Cricket, the Indian Selectors Are Scared to Bite the Bullet: Team for 4th Test
The third test is over and done for. For the record India lost by 7 wickets and the so called stalwarts like SachinTendulkar, Sheer Khan, Dhoni among other failed miserably. This was the second consecutive loss for the Indian team and was after 36 years. The last time it happened was in 1974-75 against Clive Lloyd’s team and that is a long way off. MS Dhoni also has the distinction of leading India to 10 defeats and surrendering the home turf advantage.
Something is drastically wrong in this team. The portends were available a year back when India lost 0-4 and a further 0-4 drubbing down under should have awoken the selectors, but they seemed to be hibernating like the proverbial Mole.
The selectors I feel have been over awed by the big names in the Indian team. One reason for this is that none of the selectors has played much Test cricket and even the Chairman Sandeep Patil has just 3 test centuries to his credit and after that he faded away. Thus without a pedigree of test cricket most of the selectors are a bit apprehensive to remove the big names of Indian cricket like Shewag, SachinTendulkar and Dhoni.
Dhoni is a case in point. His captaincy may or may not be poor, but he has led India to a record number of defeats. Earlier the Chairman of the selectors was always an eminent cricket player like Vijay Merchant, Polly Umrigar and Ghulam Ahmed and these worthies had the standing to drop a player. They removed captains after it became apparent that India was a good loser under him. Even Raj Singh Dungerpur a chief selector and able administrator were never hesitant to chop the weeds from the plants in the Indian team.
Unfortunately this selection committee has not done India proud. Otherwise a player like SachinTendulkar whose batting average is 35 over the last two years and no hundred in 18 test matches still continues in the team. He is touching 40 yet the selectors treat him with kid gloves. In fact he should have been dropped a year back after the English tour and he should also have been taken to task for avoiding ‘hard’ tours like the West Indies. This worthy missed 2 tours of the Caribbean as he wanted to be ‘With family’. Unpardonable for a professional sports man, but he could get away as he loomed large over the selectors like a genie from Aladdin’s lamp.
The selectors have now selected a team for the third test and at least 3 more players led by Dhoni should have been axed. They have made 3 changes but these are not sufficient, Indian cricket has to look to the future and Shewag, Tendulkar, Dhoni and even Kohli (his performance is abysmal in the present series) should have been shown the door. The selectors have thus let Indian cricket down. The game is greater than an individual and it would have been better if a new look Indian team had faced the MCC in the coming Nagpur test.