Retrospection of Indian cricket
S. Zeyaur Rahman
is always sweet. It has an encouraging and electrifying effect on the
winning team. It may seem ridiculous to imagine that victory may not have
positive consequences. The first major casualty of success is reflection
and retrospection, a very vital ingredient. One does not find many a
thoughtful faces on a victory lap or deep furrows on the forehead while
lifting a trophy.
India has had the fortune (or misfortune) of being a victorious
side many a times. It has recorded spectacular results in both the
versions of the game, albeit inconsistently so. It was natural that nobody ever sat down to analyze these victories and take steps to make
them a permanent feature. It
was only after a thrashing that the post mortem was conducted and only
after a serious malady was diagnosed that a remedy was suggested.
have won yet another series and added yet another feather to our cap if
not another jewel in the crown. This victory is bound to give us a feeling
that everything is fine and we can jolly well continue the way we are. All
the past and recent defeats and humiliations will be forgiven and
victory at home. It does have a special meaning for every country. But not
when it is India. The way India has defeated, destroyed and demolished
every single side at home with a monotonous regularity that the entire
exercise appears mundane if not a farce. We could not have avoided winning
even after fixing a couple of them. A decade of unbeaten record at home.
Till date India has won only 14 Test matches abroad and three in the past
fifteen years. We needed a debutant like Bangladesh to record our first
'overseas' victory in seven years. There were a couple of very near misses
but like all would-have-beens, they should be allowed to rest. The
stunning regularity and predictability with which India has catapulted
overseas is shameful. But we
made up for that by breaking all records at home with series after series
of brown wash.
would not be solving a mystery, if I say that the ineptness of our batsmen
against fast bowling is the root cause. Every frontline Indian batsman has
performed brilliantly, even abroad, but that was never enough to provide
us with more than 3 victories in the past 15 years. The spineless displays
of these very batsmen comprehensively outnumber the occasions when they
had stood their ground to ensure a draw let alone a victory.
knowing the cause is one thing and not taking any steps to rectify the
disorder is another. Our cricket system falls in the second category. For
an entire decade it ordered doctored pitches as a tonic for a defeated
team. And the team never disappointed. A tacit quid pro quo. You give me a
doctored pitch and I will give you a victory, to distort one of our famous
national slogans. All
kinds of suggestions and theories have been floated in order to get rid of
this chronic problem. Ideas ranging from harshly realistic to absurdly
idealistic have been provided but little has been done apart from setting
up of a couple of academies and pace foundations.
common suggestion is to prepare sporting pitches for a domestic series.
That will rob us off an opportunity of making up for abroad losses through
home victory and disappoint the fans. We know what has happened to us at
Mohali. The Kiwis scuttled us for less than hundred and earlier we
squandered the golden opportunity to end the unbeaten record of West
Indies. Even the morning dew is enough to account for our collapses as
Donald and Kasprovicz have proved on two occasions.
second idea is to prepare sporting tracks for our domestic cricket.
Nothing could be more welcome than that except for the risk of running out
of batsmen who can play spin and bowlers who can tweak the ball. Nonetheless
one finds that something quick and far reaching must be done. The least we
can do is to give our batsmen more exposure to fast tracks and hostile
bowling with regularity. A test in Mohali once in three years will not do.
understand the need to prepare a turner, when the Kangaroos and the
Proteas visit us. But when less lethal sides like Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and
New Zealand come calling, then we must have green tops, at least in some
matches of the series. A victory at any such venue would do our batsmen a
world of good. Similarly we can have
a quota of fast track matches for every Ranji side. Say one of the four
Round Robin ones. Or the Knock out round to be placed on fast pitches and
we give our batsmen a feel of genuine fast bowling, nothing is going to
help. What about having Dravid or Ganguly play for Tasmania or Transval
for some of their matches? Which side would not want to have crowd pullers
like them? Conversely we can have a Donald or Lee bowling in our domestic
championship. I am sure that the state associations are rich enough to
afford that. To say in short, why do not we have a foreign player quota
like the English have? Apart from breathing in a new freshness to our
boring championships, it would give our youngsters a nice idea of the
world outside. I
seriously place this propositions before the board for consideration. Six
months of Ranji Trophy may be too much. But we can certainly have the
services of foreign players in the knock out stages or at least in the
step would help our players in their transition phase. We will not end up
with a long list of players like Raman, Rathor, Martin, Kanitkar etc, who
could not convert their triple centuries into 50's at the Test level. And
of course avoiding the home series from becoming a fixed affair.
have all the players gone…?
Indian Cricket Team- rather a tragic rendition of harassed, angst –ridden
players. If you please, shall we start with the coach himself? Even
without the infamous match fixing allegations looming over his head, Kapil
Dev had been struggling with his responsibility. Add to that the pressure
of being accused of the scam. He even was aware that certain people in the
board too were against him. What kind of influence would that be on the
Come down to the players.
The captain first Saurav Ganguly has managed to keep up the tradition that
I guess, he has sworn to follow. Once again, he lost the toss. This was
the 11th loss for the toss in the last 12 tries. In fact, just
a day earlier Ganguly was quite scathing about both Azhar and Jadeja.
Azhar, we know
the pressure he is under, too. Did that show in his unceremonious exit
after scoring shameful “One run”?
Tendulkar, of course had
clearly indicated during the Australian tour that he did not quite fancy
Azhar playing on his side. So, the key numbers four and five in the
batting line up did not merit the trust of each other.
Now, come down to the
bowlers. Srinath very conveniently opted out of playing one day
Internationals. And yes, the loss showed Agarkar’s recent form is
definitely nothing to write home about.
That leaves out Anil
Kumble, who had to be put in early in the game. So, India’s only
credible bowler was used up even before the middle, when he would be
needed the most. Bhandari, of course did the best that he could. But then,
the pressure was strong and they all succumbed to it.
They all succumbed to it
– and India lost to Pakistan.
Downfall of Indian
Every time there is a
match, a new hope arises, hundred million of us crave, beg for Victory but failure is what
is dropped in our hands. Infact now even hope is beginning to wonder whether it should
hang around this team or not.
Cricket is the passion of Indians but
still no standard equipment is provided to the players for practicing. For e.g. bowling
machines remains an unknown device, there are no means of assimilating the statistical
information, players dont follow the instructions given by their trainer. There is
something fatalistic, laid-back about this team , as if it believes India is still a land
of magic and miracles,
where everything will take care of itself.
Our team is highly unprofessional and
they lack commitment as well as the will to win for their country. Somebody please tell
them that in this world of competition, competitive cricket requires not only a
professional support but also an instinct to win, that arrives only through hard-work and
self -confidence. They have to be fit and tough not only physically but mentally also. As
per Tendulkar "Players have the talent but they have to think on the field".
.ase tell them that they think
too much, infact what they do is only thinking and no playing. We (all the Indians)
request you to wake up, wakeup because the game is changing, the style and attitude is
changing and if you can't keep up with the changing pace then you have no right to be in
the team because Indian cricket should not suffer of individual's incompetence.
INDIA : Time for change
Last few years have seen a great change
in World cricket. There has been change in every aspect of the game. Batting, bowling,
fielding, umpiring, coaching......... But the Indian cricket system refuses to
"budge". There is little wonder that the team is losing at home and abroad,
losing One-days, losing Tests. It seems like a never ending story becoming never
ending story until some drastic and fast changes
are made. Moh. Azhars comeback clearly indicates the lack of quality players in the
country, not a single player could be found to fill his place. There is a huge gap between
Domestic and International cricket. Young players with potential should be exposed to more
International cricket so that they do not crumble when the right time comes. Team
A should be sent to more tours Internationally so that the conditions are not
alien to young players fighting for a place in the senior team.
techniques did wonders for the Sri Lankan team, its time
to get rid of the ancient system and induce new methods. Its
time to change the selection techniques, its time to book
your tickets for the jet
.the days of
the Bullock cart are over...