August 1, 2012

Team selections should be respected

Abhishek Mukherjee

Team selections may raise doubts, but if done fairly and with a certain objective in mind, must be respected and endured with to enable its fruition, writes Suresh Menon in cricketnext.in.com.

The greater the investment in a player, the greater is the temptation to give him one more chance to come good and make up for all the failures. It is both a practical response as well as an ego-salving one for the selectors who may be loath to admit they were mistaken in the first place.

If a selection is honest, made on cricketing grounds and not influenced by the usual Indian temptations, then selectors must be allowed to go with their instincts. Richie Benaud, for example, who made his debut in 1952, was in the team for six years before he emerged as the leg spinner and all rounder he was to become. In fact, it was four years before he had his first five-wicket haul. But there was never any question over his talent; it was only a matter of time.

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