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|by Dr. Kumarendra Mallick|
... BCCI has pushed it to the brink of disaster.
The recent visits by England and soon after by Pakistan have shown that India is not playing the game as a team. Instead of nurturing the players BCCI has been a step-father to many of our national players. After denouncing Mohinder Amarnath’s (then a member of Selection Committee) comments with regard to selection of team Captain, BCCI appointed a new Selection Committee. Further, the BCCI Chief himself sat to select the team, pushing aside Sandeep Patil, the Selection Committee chairman. I am not sure if it is the right thing for BCCI chief to do.
However, at the end of both the tours the shocking news has been as reported by TOI (Jan 08, 2013) that ‘Dhoni given MoM award to boost his morale?’ If it be true, it is like adding salt to the wounds of million Indians. Giving MoM award to Dhoni in the first ODI instead of to Nasir Jamshed of the winning team has raised many eye brows. In the last ODI Ravindra Jadeja’s claims were disregarded. This is not a good news.
In one article Sunil Gavaskar pleads Virender Sehwag to bat 40 overs, whereas Virender does not find a place in the team! Secondly, I am baffled by the opinions of former wicket keepers of South Africa and England, one in support of Dhoni and the other against! Do we need outside opinion, like FDI, to boost our game?
To me, Dhoni appears to be the cause of our dismal showing. He is not able to inspire the team. He appears to have severe differences with senior players as a result of which the team is unfortunately not well amalgamated. Dhoni now lacks the body language of a winner. For quite some time Sehwag has made a big difference in Indian cricket and has taken India a few rungs higher. Not many nations have such a magical player. By dropping him on some grounds or other, for sure, brings great joy to the opponents for who wants to face his bashing and aggression!
Ignoring Irfan and Yousuf Pathan and Harbhajan for too long is not a good sign. Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Pujara, Rehane and Aswini are wonderful players. We have a battery of speedsters. In spite of this we are losing the matches. Is that not strange? Let BCCI learn to nurture the players than torturing them mentally. First thing, Dhoni need to step down and get rid of his ego! Second, BCCI chief should not interfere with the selection committee. Sandeep Patil in his hay days was no small a player.
India does have a great team, and we expect sunny days to be there again!
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