Indian Premier League January 18, 2010

The Indian Premier Lead

While the IPL boasts of a popular lineup of reputed players, it also proves to be a Mecca for domestic players waiting in the wings to make their big International debut of sorts
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What was the Kings XI Punjab management thinking when they decided to replace Yuvraj Singh with Kumar Sangakkara? © Associated Press
 

Yuvraj Singh has been replaced by Kumar Sangakkara for the top job of Kings XI Punjab for IPL 3. Some may call it a wise decision to ease off Yuvi from the responsibility of leading the side, which, in turn, may result in him prospering as a player. Some (the right wing people) may take it otherwise – “Alas! Yet another ‘essentially-Indian’ Premier League team is to be led by a non-Indian.”

Well, to the detriment of camping with the rightist, I’d insist that perhaps, for once, the wing might just have a point there. My endorsement of it though is based purely on reasons Greek to them. Of course, unlike them, I’m talking cricket.

Now don’t they say – “When in Rome, do as the Romans do!” Let’s face it – a) seven out of 11 playing members of any given IPL team are Indians, b) The setup, right from the board, management and the owner(s) are all Indians, c) Spectators/viewers are also mostly Indians. One certainly needs to understand the dynamics of the IPL. While it boasts of a popular lineup of reputed players, it also proves to be a Mecca for domestic players waiting in the wings to make their big International debut of sorts. Playing along side their Indian idols means a world to them and trust me on this; they would go through a wall for them.

They would certainly not appreciate their heroes getting marginalised, or perhaps, getting a raw deal in the hands of a certain ‘foreigner’. I don’t have to remind you of the furore Brendon McCullum’s choice over Sourav Ganguly created in the last IPL. Deccan Chargers may have lifted the trophy, but were an unhappy side when it came to Laxman not being given the place he ought to get.

Most teams, in any case, hire foreign coaches and if the captain too happens to be a non-Indian, the majority of the players in the team (read Indians) feel that they don’t have a representative in the decision-making process. Yet, this isn’t just about high-riding emotions.

Kevin Pietersen, the Bangalore Royal Challengers captain, had a tough time remembering the names of his seven Indian team-mates. Could you then possibly expect him to understand their individual game, their strengths and weaknesses, and to then exploit it lucratively? Perhaps not, which is why, the team called in Anil Kumble to relieve Pietersen of his duties. A move which did them wonders.

The obvious question of how well informed a ‘non-Indian captain’ is about the Indian playing conditions also pops up, especially now that the IPL is all set to move into unchartered territories like Visakhapatnam and Dharamshala.

So what was the Kings XI Punjab management thinking when they decided to replace Yuvi with Sanga? Stats drop a hint.

Yuvraj’s team, in the last two seasons, hasn’t managed to win the trophy and in this corporate world one failure is enough for a few heads to roll. Captain Yuvi’s animated and overtly aggressive behavior on and off field hasn’t found too many admirers either.

Wonder if all this makes for a strong case against him. In fact, a closer look at the team’s performance might tell a different story. Kings XI Punjab hasn’t done as bad as it is perceived to have. After all, they reached the last four in the first season when Yuvi’s team managed to turn it around after a disastrous start. There weren’t in the bottom two in season two either.

Yes, things could have been better but then most things can be! Also a captain is only as good as his team and Punjab were missing a few key players for the most part of the second season. And the impact was there for everyone to see. Even a magician called Shane Warne could do little (in IPL II) when his resources were limited. A captain can make plans, but the execution depends on a concerted team effort.

I’m neither a fan of Yuvi’s leadership skills nor am I a critic of Sanga’s. In fact I think that Sanga is a level-headed guy with a great knowledge of the game. Yet, I may, in the same breath, also voice my utter disappointment of the way he led Sri Lanka in the last couple of months, all thanks to his tactical bloopers. No, I’m still not holding that against him in my assessment of the issue at hand.

The big question here is about the practicality of such a decision. In my opinion, the owners/coach should strongly consider the option of having an Indian leading the IPL team. Exempting an odd exception of the Rajasthan Royals who couldn’t boast of a single big Indian player. Shane Warne was perhaps their biggest catch and hence became the captain by default. But the other teams aren’t facing such a problem.

Perhaps, the Indian/non-Indian issue may become null and void if the captain happens to be a really good one - someone who’d be willing to go that extra yard to ensure that every member of the team is on the same page; someone who’d cross the language/nationality barrier and gain everyone’s confidence.

Former India opener Aakash Chopra is the author of Out of the Blue, an account of Rajasthan's 2010-11 Ranji Trophy victory. His website is here and his Twitter feed here

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  • Roshan on January 29, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    clearly an unwanted issue to be raised...

  • ash_76 on January 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    The IPL is a complete farce it should be boycotted. The ECB should invest more heavily in its 20/20 tournment and really show the Indians on how to manage the league independent of goverment influences, political stances or region or religous influences. Something the Indians need to learn quickly to avoid further embarassing moments. But its a good larve sitting here and watching them make fools of themselves.

  • Pratik on January 22, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Oh C'mon - last time yuvi himself mentioned that captaincy is taking a toll on him and dont forget the RR....people loves Warne around the country...so i don't think there is any issue around here unless we make something out of it.

  • sami on January 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    i think that sangakara is a good captain and he has more experience as a captai in international.second laxman was not in form and he needed to be replace and after that gilchrist was the senior player and he deserved it .and let me tell the owners of the club wants to win it not like the other narrow minded people if a foreighner deserve he should captain the team last but not the least india is coached by a foreign coach.india should be making aakash chopra the coach.

  • Udbighna Unmilana Patnaik on January 21, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Hi, Akash,

    your point is very valid one, if the IPL is the booster of T-20 cricket, no doubt we are very strong for our domestic players ratio in each team, some thing like validation needs to be done for captaincy, as such we need a good leader also but this IPL trend is going other way, they want to create new resources not leaders.

    Here the IPL vision is just inclined for Money and fame only as per my observations.

    Thanx and Regards Udbighna

  • Raater Akash on January 21, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    In the first season there were 7 Indian captains and 1 Foreign captain (shane warn, RR), Champion Rajasthan Royals (Warne), in the second season there were 5 indian captain, champion Deccan chargers, captain (gilchrist).....

  • raj on January 21, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    australian player should not be the capktain as they behave rudely with indians and their people treats does not cooperate with indian dyring match

  • Kamran on January 21, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Akash, I like to read your take on Pakistan IPL snub, also do you think its not dupe hypocrisy when Wasim Akram is a Pakistani and bowling coach for KKR?

  • Chinmay on January 21, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    The captain of the team has to be the person who is best suited for the job. Indians have an advantage because one would think they know the local players a bit, but that doesn't mean foreigners can't captain an IPL side effectively and get the best out of the team. Shane Warne is the best example of this.

    The players I'd like to see captains are: Bangalore - Kumble Chennai - Dhoni Deccan - Gilchrist Delhi - Gambhir (Sehwag has already resigned) Kolkatta - Ganguly Mumbai - Tendulkar Punjab - Sangakkara Rajasthan - Warne

  • zakir on January 21, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    i agree with you akash ipl teams should have indian captains but if there is no one in the team with the potential to lead the team then it is better to go for a worthy foreign captain rather than a unworthy indian captain. kolkatta knightrides's decision of making mccullum captain was justified because there was no other indian player who is best established in t20 format.sourav is a good test captain and one day too,but t20 is a different format and i think he wil lack something in it. as far as kX1 punjab is concerned they could have considered irfan pathan or even piyush chawla too. but finally i would like to conclude a captain should be selected for the best results irrespective of their nationality.

  • Roshan on January 29, 2010, 19:14 GMT

    clearly an unwanted issue to be raised...

  • ash_76 on January 26, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    The IPL is a complete farce it should be boycotted. The ECB should invest more heavily in its 20/20 tournment and really show the Indians on how to manage the league independent of goverment influences, political stances or region or religous influences. Something the Indians need to learn quickly to avoid further embarassing moments. But its a good larve sitting here and watching them make fools of themselves.

  • Pratik on January 22, 2010, 6:44 GMT

    Oh C'mon - last time yuvi himself mentioned that captaincy is taking a toll on him and dont forget the RR....people loves Warne around the country...so i don't think there is any issue around here unless we make something out of it.

  • sami on January 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    i think that sangakara is a good captain and he has more experience as a captai in international.second laxman was not in form and he needed to be replace and after that gilchrist was the senior player and he deserved it .and let me tell the owners of the club wants to win it not like the other narrow minded people if a foreighner deserve he should captain the team last but not the least india is coached by a foreign coach.india should be making aakash chopra the coach.

  • Udbighna Unmilana Patnaik on January 21, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    Hi, Akash,

    your point is very valid one, if the IPL is the booster of T-20 cricket, no doubt we are very strong for our domestic players ratio in each team, some thing like validation needs to be done for captaincy, as such we need a good leader also but this IPL trend is going other way, they want to create new resources not leaders.

    Here the IPL vision is just inclined for Money and fame only as per my observations.

    Thanx and Regards Udbighna

  • Raater Akash on January 21, 2010, 18:33 GMT

    In the first season there were 7 Indian captains and 1 Foreign captain (shane warn, RR), Champion Rajasthan Royals (Warne), in the second season there were 5 indian captain, champion Deccan chargers, captain (gilchrist).....

  • raj on January 21, 2010, 16:47 GMT

    australian player should not be the capktain as they behave rudely with indians and their people treats does not cooperate with indian dyring match

  • Kamran on January 21, 2010, 16:11 GMT

    Akash, I like to read your take on Pakistan IPL snub, also do you think its not dupe hypocrisy when Wasim Akram is a Pakistani and bowling coach for KKR?

  • Chinmay on January 21, 2010, 6:20 GMT

    The captain of the team has to be the person who is best suited for the job. Indians have an advantage because one would think they know the local players a bit, but that doesn't mean foreigners can't captain an IPL side effectively and get the best out of the team. Shane Warne is the best example of this.

    The players I'd like to see captains are: Bangalore - Kumble Chennai - Dhoni Deccan - Gilchrist Delhi - Gambhir (Sehwag has already resigned) Kolkatta - Ganguly Mumbai - Tendulkar Punjab - Sangakkara Rajasthan - Warne

  • zakir on January 21, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    i agree with you akash ipl teams should have indian captains but if there is no one in the team with the potential to lead the team then it is better to go for a worthy foreign captain rather than a unworthy indian captain. kolkatta knightrides's decision of making mccullum captain was justified because there was no other indian player who is best established in t20 format.sourav is a good test captain and one day too,but t20 is a different format and i think he wil lack something in it. as far as kX1 punjab is concerned they could have considered irfan pathan or even piyush chawla too. but finally i would like to conclude a captain should be selected for the best results irrespective of their nationality.

  • Parthasarathy on January 21, 2010, 3:11 GMT

    Deserved get their positions...

  • sandeep mellam on January 20, 2010, 17:47 GMT

    Very good article, but franchise are missing a plot here, there will be a sense of belonging when ever an IPL team is captained by an Indian. That's why we are crazy about Mumbai Indians,Royal Challengers,Delhi Dare Devils.After finding good supporter base doesn't do any harm.In fact good fan following will always help you in building brand reputation, attract good number of sponsors.And the most important thing is...A good number of Indians will follow the progress of the team more keenly...

  • Saurabh on January 20, 2010, 14:24 GMT

    It’s no more IPL. It is WPL – WORLD PREMIER LEAGUE.

    The IPL was a platform for Indian youngsters to showcase their skills. The youngsters who are not getting chance to play from Indian team. But things are changing as its all about MONEY. Everyone loves to see more starts in their sides and big names. Indian youngsters are no where. Foreign leaders in teams suggest that the Indians do not have that capability to perform as a leader. This just enhances the Indian player as a cricketer and not as a leader.

    At the end of the day everyone wants a good cricket and the best team will win no matter who so ever is the captain.

  • Khokan on January 20, 2010, 13:47 GMT

    Hi Akash,

    A question for you. DDD have performed much better than KXI in both the seasons. Then why did they replace Sehwag,? Obviously, because Sehwag lacks leadership skills; irrespective of whether the replacing captain was a foreigner or an Indian. And so is the case with Yuvi. The only difference is KXI have an international captain available in their side & DDD don’t. The only other Indian player with credible record is Irfan Pathan. Would you prefer Irfan over Sangakarra? Doesn’t the captain need a credible history to demand respect & attention from his players? Can Irfan derive this? I don’t think so.

    1) Heroes getting marginalized: Don’t we promote meritocracy? Were Laxman & Ganguly giving match-winning performances & still marginalized by foreign players? Contrarily, will Ganguly keep a McCullam or a Hussey and Laxman keep a Gilchrist or Symmonds when they don’t perform? Will the domestic players like their team their idols being in the team over winning?

    2) Representative in the decision making process: If you remember, in IPL 1, for better or for worse, views of Ponting were not heeded by Ganguly. This will be a situation everywhere. A committed captain can easily overcome this with knowing the complete profile of their players. As far as Indian captains are concerned, how can a Yuvraj or Gambhir know these domestic players when they don’t even play a single local match? And Dhoni doesn’t represent Chennai at the domestic level? Don’t they have to study each player & spend time with them? Everyone needs to prepare, irrespective of his geographic demographics. Its like believing that a ILL PREPARED INDIAN captain is better than a WELL-PREPARED FOREIGN captain.

    3) Playing in Indian conditions: Every International captain faces this situation. And they cope with it with experience, planning & having support staff of that country. Think all these are met if the foreign captain earns the trust of the Indian internationals in the respective team, who become their intelligence sources.

    4) Comparison between Kings XI Punjab situation with Royals: How many times were Sehwag & Yuvi able to have “breakthrough moments/players” based only on their shrewd captaincy? And compare this with Warne in both IPL’s. We all watched with awe the shrewd changes made by Warne in each & every match. And how many times was Yuvi able to marshal his depleted resources & win against all odds? Compare this with Warne’s record in both the IPL’s. Of course, after a certain limit sole strategies are not going to win; it’s a team game. RR already had much depleted resources even in first IPL & obviously going below that was fatal, which was the case in IPL 2. Every team plays with lack of resources. India entered the 2003 world cup without a all-rounder. Critical question is – Is the captain able to deliver “breakthrough moments” with bowling changes, batsman & their spot selection etc. And how many times? Obviously, Yuvi fails to deliver here.

    Each team is in a UNIQUE position which is not replicable to others. Hence, I think the captaincy issue should not be looked from a macro-view but from a micro view, i.e. looking at each team’s situation in an “ISOLATED MANNER” & then taking their UNIQUE & BEST decision.

  • atul jain on January 20, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Akash has made a valid point. However it may be better to appoint o foreign player as captain if he is retired player, like Warne/Gilchrist/Hayden/Bond etc, as they will have sufficient time with them to acclimatise. There is also the concern for having a captain who can take good decision in a fast 20/20 game, and the fact that Indians pshycologically may perform better if headed by a foreigner.Though many would disgree to this but it can't be denied at the same time.

  • rizwan on January 20, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    its good bcz nw yuvi hv no extra presure

  • rohan debroy on January 20, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    i think this controversy is not worth raising...the captain is the one who can lead properly...and we should remember there are 7 indian players..so a perfect captain can lead them properly and also can share proper international experiance...it will be a real bonus for the indian young cricketers who are yet to make a mark in the national team...kings X1 has only replaced there captain, they havnot dropped yuvraj from there team...so still yuvi can help sanga with valuable inputs ....

  • kamal on January 20, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    ya i too agree vth aakash. he is corect. foreign coaches n captains dnt understand the indians well. another reason is tat indian youngsters wont be able to communicate properly vth captain.ven a capt doesnt even remembr the names forget about tat team winning the trophy

  • smlakshman on January 20, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    it doesnt matter who captain the team.The main thing is to enjoy the game and domestic players are getting their chance to show their talent as well.

  • emam hossan on January 20, 2010, 9:52 GMT

    that's a really tough decision. bt i think it's better for yuvraj..........

  • Atul on January 20, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Dumbslog was only replaced as RCB captain because he had international commitments NOT because of poor performance.

  • vivek on January 20, 2010, 8:41 GMT

    Akash There is nothing wrong in Punjab's decision to appoint Sanga as captain. Believe it or not, I was suggesting this to my friends right after IPL2. Reasons 1. Captaincy does not matter much. As you have rightly pointed out RR dint win it only because of Warne's captaincy. The whole team synergised.

    2. Yuvraj is a explosive player. Such is his destructive power that has changed matches in a span of 2-3 overs. This hasn't happened in IPL, tough. Kings X1 Punjab is missing a player called Yuvraj and its a wise decision to get him back to the team.

    Also, leadership qualities cannot be attributed to nationality. Kumble, Dhoni are good leaders. Sewag too is a good leader in my opinion. And so are certain foreigners like Gilly and Warne. So let them captain. Whats the big deal?

    Its a shame that KP could not even remeber the name os his players. ( Real culprit here is Mr Mallya who replaced Dravid with KP). KP lost his reputation as well.

  • Amit on January 20, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    I don't understand how we can have a T20 event inclusive of world's finest talent but with the exclusion of actual world T20 Champions? I am extremely ashamed as an indian that pakistani players were left out.

  • Sriram Raghavan on January 20, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Akash - I fail to understand the purpose of this article.What's the conclusion?

  • Shyam Young on January 20, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Excusre me, but weren't the first two IPL's won by teams with foreign captains? So it appears that nationality isnt an issue. The issue is getting the best out of their players, which is "easier" to do by an Indian captain culturally speaking but doesnt mean that a foreign captain cant do so.

    Aakash seems to assume that foreigners wont want to fit in and will want to get everything their way. But the foreigners (funnily enough) may try even harder to assimilate themselves. From what I heard Shane Warne and Brett Lee were very good examles of this.

    I agree that giving the young Indian players need a voice but this needs to come from someone that they trust/beleive in. This person need not be Indian.

  • bigbang on January 19, 2010, 23:44 GMT

    As Alok and others have commented, we should appoint a captain based on whether or not he would be a good captain alone. Aakash seems to think non Indians would not be - along with a few others here, I have to disagree with this notion. Sangakkara can read the Dharmasala pitch as well as Yuvi, if not better. Correct me if I am wrong, but your claim that the chargers were unhappy despite winning the trophy because Laxman wasn't captain is rather empty. In fact, Laxman was graceful enough to say no to the 15% pay nonsense in IPL 1. And I am inclined to believe that his team would have learned something from that and not be petty.

  • amit dwivedi on January 19, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    i think it's good and brave decision. we see that as a captain sangakara has good record also he doesn't play under pressure with this responsibility. yuvi's game will be more sharpened with this. he will be able to play his natural game, and contribute more to his team. so we should not see this thing as a awkward perspective rather it's a good sign . for king's 11 punjab.

  • Kamesh on January 19, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    Nice post Akash. I agree that an Indian leading an IPL side would be much better for the team. But seriously, do you think Yuvraj can be compared to the likes of Kumble? Yuvraj seriously doesn't have the "mojo" to lead a side. Simple as that.

  • BR GUPTA on January 19, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    HI Akash, I admire you since your test playing days when you along with viru used to give india solid foundation starts for the middle order to capitalise upon , while in australia. I am a keen follower of this game and i believe that u were extremely talented but always got a raw deal. 1st --> You were dropped in pakistan in favour of yuvi by captain dada. yuvi failed to fire and you unfortunately losed momentum from thereon. 2nd ---> You were unceremoniously dropped in the middle of IPL-2 ( kaif being the other one ) 3rd ---> You not being retained as captain of delhi after u returned from marriage recently 4th ---> Your county stint full of hardships

    But you have the never say die attitude and the spirit of a lion. you write so well. you speak so well on tv. just follow your passion / instincts and success will follow you ( 3 idiots movie ka lesson ). I just wanna see u keep going dear akash.. Cheers and good luck. with lots of love.. Ravi

  • xoomi on January 19, 2010, 17:43 GMT

    i think its just a stupid article to talk about.. being an indian we must not be a narrow minded. domestic players still can learn alot under the captaincy of a non-indian only if they are capable. and akash if ur mind doesn't accept an non-indian as a captain then i suggest you should ask the officials that stop bidding players from other countries. and secondly it is not you who can even suggest what to do and what not.. franchises are there, they have invested a bulk of money. they want results so let them do their job, or if u want to drive things as u wish. then why don't you own a team??????? Yuvi no doubt got a talent but yet you can't compare it with sanga, he has got his own class. and i think management did a good job by replacing yuvi with sanga.. and u will see its results too.

  • Sumant Bhalla on January 19, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    All other things being equal, I'd go for an Indian Captain for every IPL team, unless you have an exceptional leader/mentor, like Warne.

  • Kumar on January 19, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    Regarding Venkat comments on no one bid for Paksitani players - I agree with franchisee and to be honest, I do not want them on IPL.

  • Gaurav on January 19, 2010, 16:19 GMT

    Both IPLs have been won by non-Indian captains.....

  • Dinesh Karthik on January 19, 2010, 15:31 GMT

    Mr. Akash C Dont forget that both the past IPLs were won by teams captained by NON INDIANS. KIXP management may have turned to sanga as they didnt get anything out of Yuvraj singhs captaincy. In that case they Could have chosen either Sanga or jayawardene. It's a wide world now the language barrier is not a big issue. specially when it comes to english. So as I see there wont be any problem. My advice to you is rather than worrying about other teams or players or their abilities start worrying about your own KKRwho have been the biggest disapointment in the history of the IPL.

  • faisal on January 19, 2010, 14:46 GMT

    The two winning captains are from australia,two man of the series are no different,even the highest run getters are from same country.Guess what!you want to be successful,get aussies as they know how to win.

  • Dnyanesh on January 19, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    @Alok, You need to check the stats. The IPL 1 Final was between Dhoni CSK and not Sehwag. The bottom 2 teams was not led by Dravid and Tendulkar. It was led by Dravid and Gilchrist (and Laxman).

    I can understand Gilly and Warne being made captains. They were probably the 2 guys who should have got the Australian captaincy but didnt get.

    However I feel Yuvi being replaced from captaincy will free him and if Lee and Marsh return, KXP would be easily one of the favourites this year (and as a Mumbaikar, I feel sad to say this)

  • Raj on January 19, 2010, 14:36 GMT

    It's very much part of the Indian mental makeup to think foreigners are better than Indians in any field.

  • Raj on January 19, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    Bang on!!! It may be worthwhile to look at how many "foreign" captains are in the Australian T20 teams.....

  • wills on January 19, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    You need a playa that can make fast decisions that can change games, he needs to be influential, he has to be choosen by the playas as he will lead them.

  • wills on January 19, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    You need a playa that can make fast decisions that can change games, he needs to be influential, he has to be choosen by the playas as he will lead them.

  • Alok on January 19, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Thanks for pointing out the mistakes.

    The post was typed out in a bit of a hurry, but it doesn't change my point that the captain for any IPL team should be chosen among the best players with the best leadership capacity. In fact the facts as pointed by you guys themselves show that nationality of captain alone has nothing to do with a winning or losing record in the IPL.

  • Mohit Sahay on January 19, 2010, 11:39 GMT

    Hey Aakash... My point of view is that its not about an Indian or a non-indian being captain.. what matters is skills and how one handles himself and his team on and off the field.. Ganguly v/s McCullum or Laxman v/s Gilchrist, we all know who is a better captain!! Yuvraj's animated and overtly aggressive behavior on and off field as captain is also very disappointing... Sanga is a character from entirely different block - cool headed, brilliant performer and having excellent man-management skills.. Look how he managed depleted Sri Lankan team to series victory in Dhaka.. We can hope KXIP to prosper and lift the trophy under his leadership!!!

  • Sumit barjatya on January 19, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    i am completely agreed with vishal.Sanga has proved a lot about his captaincy recently by leading his national team. and i think Yuvraj will also feel relax so tht he can performed better by bat in IPL.He surely disappointed me in last two versions. @ Aakash IPL is international event now and we shud feel proud to hosting tht.no matter who is leading the team....ultimately youngster from india get benefitted under a better leader...Sanga is different case as compared to pieterson and mcmillon....he is far better captain thn both...))

  • Giri on January 19, 2010, 10:49 GMT

    Hello, I would like to reply to the posting by : Alok at January 19, 2010 5:31 AM

    He comments wrongly and uttelry without any idea about facts.

    "The two teams which finished last in IPL-I were both led by Indian captains (Dravid and Tendulkar.

    The IPL - I last teams were DC and RCB and it was lead by Laxman and Dravid not Tendulkar's MI.

    Please verify before making statements.

    Thanks Giri

  • Vishal Bulbule, Solapur 8087551058 on January 19, 2010, 9:44 GMT

    Swapnil, no need to worry about searching a new captain after MS. Dhoni. We have already found one. Havnt you seen the briliant Veerat Kohli..? He is easlily my next captain of Indian Side after MS Dhoni. I am desperate to see him playing in a test match for us. You said well that they should be always looking for an Indian Captain in most cases. But there are 7 Indian players in each team. If they all are playing under a very good foreign captain, rather than selecting our captain from those 7 players, dont you think would be great for them to get a countable experience of following him..? I think young Indian players from Punjab 11 team can easily learn more tips of leading the team from Kumar Sangakara than Youvraj Singh.

  • Vishal Bulbule, Solapur 8087551058 on January 19, 2010, 9:37 GMT

    Good Decision. Kumar Sangakara deserves captaincy of that side. And he is a good decent cricker as well. Best Luck to him..!

  • Ranjan on January 19, 2010, 9:12 GMT

    It is about leadership and not emotions. It is interesting to note that IPL has been won under 'foreign' captains. We may have good talented individuals but 'leadership' is a different ball game. Communication is the key in a team with a blended mix of Indian and foriegn players. It does not matter whether the captain is Indian or foriegn, the team needs the best guy in the captain's chair.

  • Venkat on January 19, 2010, 8:37 GMT

    Just saw the ipl bidding and was shocked to see there were no takers for Afridi, Razzaq, SOhail Tanvir and Umer Akmal ..... so I guess there was some truth in the story that IPL officials ahve told the franchises on not to bid for Pakistan players. Really ashamed on this, I wonder how will I respond to the queries when my colleagues in the office from Pakistan will ask me about it? can I say they are not good enough?!?! no I cant because they are the world champions .... really shameful business by Modi and his croonies.

  • Lakshman on January 19, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @Alok - Some errors in your comments - Dhoni(not Sehwag) and Kumble were the losing captains in the 2 finals so far. In IPL 1, Gilchrist (not Tendulkar) got the wooden spoon. Having followed the EPL for a long time, I dont think getting a foreign captain is a big deal but the only concern is the captain should last the full season (unlike KP). Recently in EPL a match between Portsmouth and Arsenal had no English players (leave alone captains!!) in their starting XI.

  • Bhaskar on January 19, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I don't think the issue should be whether a foreigner or an Indian is leading the team. I thought Jayawardene would have been the best bet. Both foreign and Indian captains have tasted success in the IPL- eg. Gilchrist, Warne, Kumble

  • jagadisih tulagapu on January 19, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Hi Aakash bhai,

    Really a good article!! For me Indian captain would be a better option

  • Alok on January 19, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Correction:

    Pietersen did have international captaincy experience, but he was only ODI captain for abt 2.5 series (one of which was an utterly disastrous 5-0 whipping in India) and was coming off the back of an almighty rumpus in the England dressing room.

  • Alok on January 19, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Right now it is difficult to say whether it is better to have an Indian or a non-Indian captain in the IPL.

    Results wise, both IPLs have been won by teams led by non-Indian captains, Warne and Gilchrist. Both losing teams have been lead by Indian captains (Sehwag and Kumble). Of the two teams at the bottom (MI & KKR), one was led by an Indian captain (Sachin) and the other by a non-Indian captain (McCullum). The two teams which finished last in IPL-I were both led by Indian captains (Dravid and Tendulkar)

    I think the choice should purely be made on the basis of the quality of the players in the team and the best one will always find a place in the team. On that front, Sangakkara is a great choice because:

    1. He is a great middle order player who will always be on the team. 2. He has international captaincy experience. 3. He has been with the KXP team for two years now.

    It is not fair to compare him with Kevin Pietersen because 2 of 3 conditions i mentioned above were not met.

  • devpratim on January 19, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    its really sad that yuvi didnt get support for the position. agree thats its cricket and the best leader should get the job but is sanga best when it comes to make the squad play as a team? can the domestic players feel comfortable with him? Shane warne is exceptional because he could do it. you can see the confidence he shows on the indian players when he sent yousuf and jadeja and not smith for the tie breaking over. i doubt sanga can do the same as he has failed to do it with lanka on several occassions. though kolkata performed badly in the two IPLs but still in the first IPL they were seen playing as a team while it didnt happen in the second one. nyways i m sure yuvi is going to be the captain in the next season.

  • Swapnil Manish on January 19, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I agree with you Aakash. The IPL is essentially a platform for Indian youngsters to showcase their skills as well as for some of the more established ones to exhibit leadership skills. Hence, team managements should strive to have an Indian captain in most cases.

  • Harish on January 19, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Hi Aakash, Your last few paragraphs are bang on. A foreign leader is more often than not dictated by the absence of a worthy Indian guy on top. KXIP and RR are fine examples. RCB did realize it the hard way and DC got away because Gilchrist did a fine balancing act.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 19, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Kudos Aakash! This is a perfect article on a thing at hand! But I feel if Lee plays this time KXIP has a strong chance to win irrespective of who wins.

  • st on January 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Come on - this is just a cricket match, the team management should be complimented on this fine decision, This is not war, this is sports and all spectators like to see a good game of cricket, the business people of India are not fools they know that their investment is to serve the global market and not narrow minded people.

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  • st on January 19, 2010, 3:16 GMT

    Come on - this is just a cricket match, the team management should be complimented on this fine decision, This is not war, this is sports and all spectators like to see a good game of cricket, the business people of India are not fools they know that their investment is to serve the global market and not narrow minded people.

  • Dr.M.S.A.Iyer on January 19, 2010, 4:32 GMT

    Kudos Aakash! This is a perfect article on a thing at hand! But I feel if Lee plays this time KXIP has a strong chance to win irrespective of who wins.

  • Harish on January 19, 2010, 4:46 GMT

    Hi Aakash, Your last few paragraphs are bang on. A foreign leader is more often than not dictated by the absence of a worthy Indian guy on top. KXIP and RR are fine examples. RCB did realize it the hard way and DC got away because Gilchrist did a fine balancing act.

  • Swapnil Manish on January 19, 2010, 5:06 GMT

    I agree with you Aakash. The IPL is essentially a platform for Indian youngsters to showcase their skills as well as for some of the more established ones to exhibit leadership skills. Hence, team managements should strive to have an Indian captain in most cases.

  • devpratim on January 19, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    its really sad that yuvi didnt get support for the position. agree thats its cricket and the best leader should get the job but is sanga best when it comes to make the squad play as a team? can the domestic players feel comfortable with him? Shane warne is exceptional because he could do it. you can see the confidence he shows on the indian players when he sent yousuf and jadeja and not smith for the tie breaking over. i doubt sanga can do the same as he has failed to do it with lanka on several occassions. though kolkata performed badly in the two IPLs but still in the first IPL they were seen playing as a team while it didnt happen in the second one. nyways i m sure yuvi is going to be the captain in the next season.

  • Alok on January 19, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Right now it is difficult to say whether it is better to have an Indian or a non-Indian captain in the IPL.

    Results wise, both IPLs have been won by teams led by non-Indian captains, Warne and Gilchrist. Both losing teams have been lead by Indian captains (Sehwag and Kumble). Of the two teams at the bottom (MI & KKR), one was led by an Indian captain (Sachin) and the other by a non-Indian captain (McCullum). The two teams which finished last in IPL-I were both led by Indian captains (Dravid and Tendulkar)

    I think the choice should purely be made on the basis of the quality of the players in the team and the best one will always find a place in the team. On that front, Sangakkara is a great choice because:

    1. He is a great middle order player who will always be on the team. 2. He has international captaincy experience. 3. He has been with the KXP team for two years now.

    It is not fair to compare him with Kevin Pietersen because 2 of 3 conditions i mentioned above were not met.

  • Alok on January 19, 2010, 5:34 GMT

    Correction:

    Pietersen did have international captaincy experience, but he was only ODI captain for abt 2.5 series (one of which was an utterly disastrous 5-0 whipping in India) and was coming off the back of an almighty rumpus in the England dressing room.

  • jagadisih tulagapu on January 19, 2010, 6:58 GMT

    Hi Aakash bhai,

    Really a good article!! For me Indian captain would be a better option

  • Bhaskar on January 19, 2010, 8:07 GMT

    I don't think the issue should be whether a foreigner or an Indian is leading the team. I thought Jayawardene would have been the best bet. Both foreign and Indian captains have tasted success in the IPL- eg. Gilchrist, Warne, Kumble

  • Lakshman on January 19, 2010, 8:27 GMT

    @Alok - Some errors in your comments - Dhoni(not Sehwag) and Kumble were the losing captains in the 2 finals so far. In IPL 1, Gilchrist (not Tendulkar) got the wooden spoon. Having followed the EPL for a long time, I dont think getting a foreign captain is a big deal but the only concern is the captain should last the full season (unlike KP). Recently in EPL a match between Portsmouth and Arsenal had no English players (leave alone captains!!) in their starting XI.