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'Time to press the panic button' - Manjrekar

The former India batsman says that the 4-0 loss has exposed India's lack of bench strength and they now need to invest in players with long term goals (11:11)

Sanjay Manjrekar

August 22, 2011

Posted by MeraBharatMahaan on (August 25, 2011, 0:01 GMT)

Please read about our great Sachin who always hides behind Dravid at number 4 position:

Posted by   on (August 23, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Need is not to pree panic button, but to pull trigger against IPL to death. This Team India is IPL servant and completely unfit and useless to play International Cricket or Test Cricket. IPL has taken betting to highest level. IPL is not a Cricketing event it is a worst commerical event. Team India and BCCI is completely focussed on IPL. Because of IPL, Team India is losing skill, inspiration, motivation and fitness to play Test Cricket. These curators, coaches and BCCI officials are working for IPL growth rather than Cricket growth. Until IPL is thrashed, Team India is not going to perform well in other tournaments. IPL is completely meaningless and obsolete Tournament. Test, ODI & T20 Cricket is great to watch between Countries unlike IPL Teams which look like clubs. Test Cricket is ultimate to watch on sportive pitches. But IPL is making these pitches Lifeless.

Posted by Tigersrini on (August 23, 2011, 12:52 GMT)

There is no point of changing players just because we have lost 4-0. But what we need is - to plan for Tours meticulously. We should make our younger players learn the art of batting and bowling in the country where the tour is going to take place.

Young players like Kohli, Raina, Rohit Sharma, Abhinav Mukund etc should be assisted to get some contracts to play in Minor Counties in England where they wud be battle hardened by playing day in day out the short and swinging balls. The same way we should get contracts to play in minor counties for our young bowlers like Vinaykumar, Sreesanth, Aaron and some of the others who are on the fringes of selection where again they wud become battle hardened. I just don't understand when Murali Karthik was doing so well in County Cricket why shud he not be selected? Planning for the tours - Why don't we send some of the younger players in advance to the country where the tour is going to follow to acclimatize themselves.

Posted by sxg01d on (August 23, 2011, 3:11 GMT)

Something for Sanjay Manjrekar to comment on... How does a team management pick Sehwag (clearly unfit), Raina (clearly not up to the task as a batsman right now), and most importantly RP Singh ( out of shape for international cricket) for the 4th test? I can understand the selectors gambling with Sehwag and even RP, completely ignoring fitness. But the team management should have known the lack of match fitness for these two. Something seems very wrong that the team management can't assess RP's pace before the match, at a minimum. This was a self-inflicted defeat -- RP's "footmarks" were all over Swann's success (aside from Swann's great skill ). So Dhoni paid dearly for these mistakes -- since I believe we had no business losing the fourth Test. Finally, if Sreesanth, Ishant, and PK were taking injections on their foot before the start of the Test then we should have had more back-up bowlers flown in. This speaks to very poor communication between team management and selectors.

Posted by Puffin on (August 23, 2011, 0:28 GMT)

Pushing the panic button is the wrong thing to do, it sounds like desperation and that will not help produce a great test side. Best thing is to regroup and ask the question "how did India get here?" - with honest answers being most helpful. Not all of a side's problems can be changed quickly but the intent to improve and sort things out must be there. England did not get to no1 by accident or by pushing panic buttons, they had a clear plan and good support right from grassroots. It's not impossible for others to imitate this.

Posted by Viswasam on (August 22, 2011, 21:24 GMT)

I am not sure what "panic button' really means - I cannot really see India dropping Dravid, Tendulkar, Sehwag, Gambir or even Laxman although he is probably the most vulnerable. Of the bowlers are they going to be dropping Zaheer, Ishant and Harbhajan - not likely. Again the guys who are most vulnerable are Sreeshanth and Mishra but what's new? So let's panic and replace everyone - but then the question comes up - replace with whom? You have Raina, Kohli, Sharma and Yuvraj - on the batting side - are these guys ready or good enough? Bowlers the situation appears to be far worse. So it appears to me whether you panic or not you don't have many options.

Posted by Meenarpit on (August 22, 2011, 21:21 GMT)

The term is 'sour grapes'. After a successful World Cup campaign and a moderately successful West Indies tour sandwiched between a grueling and frantic IPL, it will be unjust to victimize Dhoni and his men. For an expert who achieved virtually nothing in terms of individual or team effort should refrain from making such derogatory remarks. As for our poor bench strength, it would be unreasonable to think that it would sustain against a strong English side in their own backyard. With a half fit Sehwag, Gambhir and Zaheer Khan, you are taking our experienced opening batsmen and our opening bowler. Lets not jump to conclusions and assumptions. Champions fight and we will comeback from this. Blind faith in team India. And as for Mr.Manjerekar, he once said that Tendulkar was finished. So lets not worry about such immature and preposterous views. This is coming from an ex-cricketer who is just envious of what this current crop has achieved and will go on to achieve.

Posted by   on (August 22, 2011, 20:18 GMT)

before the 1st test and after a poor practice match vs somerset..."its going to b a highly competitive series...indians are slow starters...." after 1st test and before the 2nd test..." now the ritual is expected...we have lost the first match....zaheer got injured on day 1 our team wd give a strong reply" (result:india lose even more badly)

after 2nd test and before 3rd test..."are...this wasn't expected at all...our opening isnt working....our bowling in 2nd inning s was awful...we had eng on mat on 129/8 in first innings....broads' hattrick changed the game for us...we were bamboozled by swing and short stuff...even bresnan scored nearly a century and we struggled to score even a 50...except for ofcourse dravid again.... gud...sehwag is coming and gambhir is fit to play again...."

2nd practice game....mukund scores a century....trying to keep his hopes alive for next match...

Posted by NairUSA on (August 22, 2011, 19:36 GMT)

Panic button? Yes, but the panic button to be pressed is to make sure that the Indian cricketers focus on their game rather than their business interests, partying and unabashed self promotion. I am sure some of them might be thinking of how to grow their business while taking guard against english bowlers. The fact is , IPL has made fake heroes out of some average cricketers and they strut around the world as if they are prima donnas. Enough is enough. Time to start behaving like cricketers that they are, not some celebrities with inflated egos.

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