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Friday, February 24, 2012

Senior vs Junior : The ugly game of Indian cricket

It all started in 2007, when Mahendra Singh Dhoni first time took over captaincy of T20 team. He insisted that seniors must remain out of the T20 format and that's why Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar opted not to play in T20 format and Virender Sehwag was also ignored on the ground of injury, later Sehwag himself claimed that he was fit enough to play but he was dropped. Senior vs Junior match commenced in 2007 itself and whatever we fans are witnessing is expansion of that little rift.

In 2008 K.Srikkanth became chairman of selectors and  Dhoni also took over test captaincy from Anil Kumble  in Australia. Same year IPL also started and in auction N.Srinivasan owned Chennai Super Kings bought Mahendra Singh Dhoni at record price. At that time N.Srinivasan was secretary of the BCCI and now he is President of the BCCI. Srikkanth also became brand ambassador for Chennai Super Kings and now these 3 guys (K.Srikkanth, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and N.Srinivasan) started misusing their powers. Moment Dhoni became captain of ODI and test team, he felt uneasiness because of presence of the seniors in the team. He already succeeded in keeping  them out of T20 team, but also wanted to keep these seniors out of the team from all the formats. His first victim became former India captain Sourav Ganguly who was in sub-lime form in 2008 and was playing best cricket of his life since his return to the team in 2006. But Ganguly's days were counting and finally he was forced to announce his retirement in 2008, because of the constant pressure from Chief Selector K. Srikkanth, Ms Dhoni and N.Srinivasan, Dhoni's constant statements opposing seniors, in media during that time created lot of furore and finally Sourav Ganguly announced his reitrement after Australia series.

Dhoni also achieved success in keeping Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman out of the ODI team labelling them slow movers but he and board had no guts to keep Sachin Tendulkar out of the side, so Sachin played ODIs regularly till World Cup last year. Somehow Dravid and Laxman were scoring runs consistently at test level so they were hard to be axed from the  test side, also Indian team failed to find able replacement of Sourav Ganguly in test matches which forced Dhoni to kept playing Dravid and Laxman. India tried all options but couldn't find Sourav's replacement for 3 years and finally Kohli replaced Ganguly in the team after shaky start to his career. But India still have to find able replacement of Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. But so far no one comes even close to these stalwarts among youngsters, so it is difficult to axe stalwarts like Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar atleast from the test side. But somehow Dhoni is not happy with the seniors and want young team whom he can control and that's why mediocre players like Raina still finding favour of Dhoni. 

So cat fight is on in the team and it is difficult to say whether Team India win the tri-series, down-under or not but one thing is sure Captain and team members throwing their dirty linens in public and BCCI is trying to wash these dirty linens. God help Indian cricket, which has lost its ground and reputation in world cricket.




14 comments:

  1. you conveyed your views, glad for that !
    BIASED i feel, CAPTAIN has all rights to decide who to play and not to play, when we lose the match we BLAME captain not sehwag.

    Ganguly ? lol.. he was out of form in his later life, IN IPL what did he do ?
    Leave that, jokes apart.

    Sehwag is not a matured guy, how can he speak like that to media by opposing his captain ?
    Sehwag is bloody out of form, scoring single digits and leaving the balls behind.


    --Dee..

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    1. Deepak checkout Sourav's record between 2006 and 2008, you will get the answer of ur first question. Ganguly was among first 5 players who finished with more than 1000 runs in IPL. Talking about Sehwag , he only said what he knew. Dhoni told him and other seniors that rotation policy is the reason for resting seniors and Dhoni went in media and gave some other statement. So Sehwag just replied to the question.

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  2. I don't follow cricket much. But I do not have a good opinion of N Srinivasan.

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    1. Nexus between Srikkanth and N.Srinivasan is spoiling Team India's performance. More often than not Team India looks like Chennai Super King team which is owned by N.Srinivasan who is Board president as well..Clear abuse of power and conflict of interest is visible...

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  3. This is insane.. Sehwag And Gambhir Should appologise to the captain.. the Captain has all the rights to decide whom to play and whom not to.. They don't have any right to accuse such a a brilliant captain like MSD.. it's now time for Sachin to retire since he's not been scoring and due to which Team India has to suffer.. Remember WE ARE NOT PLAYING FOR INDIVISUALS, WE ARE PLAYING FOR THE TEAM, OUR COUNTRY INDIA.. And NO ONE has the right to criticize MS.Dhoni he just cares for his INDIA t that's why he introduced the rotation policy which would be benificial for the team.. Like AND SHARE If U Support MSD..

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