August 19, 2011

Wanted: dossiers on Indian players

Like any company that manufactures products, India need have specific plans for each of its players. Anil Kumble could be the man to put them together
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I suspect Indian cricket is becoming the latest member of a club that believes in a theory which, unless already named otherwise, can be called the Precipice Theory. It is a club whose members steadfastly refuse to see the obvious unless they are driven to a situation where no other option presents itself. And so it is that the BCCI has now decided to ask Cricket Australia for another warm-up game before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. Thus you can see, as the optimists may well tell you, that something good can still come out of a resounding defeat.

And yet, make no mistake, the BCCI is made up of intelligent people. That they should have so strongly refused to see what was best for India's Test team gives you an idea of priorities. The day the BCCI puts the quality of the national cricket team above everything else, India will give themselves the chance of remaining either at the top or very close to it.

Good things do happen, but they do so fairly sporadically. For example, there is a very good Indian Emerging Players team in Australia at the moment, but in spite of being world champions India have also allowed themselves to panic in team selection for the rest of this England tour.

I hope India don't have to reach the precipice in a few other very obvious matters. The Ranji Trophy is one of those. All logic would suggest that if the standard immediately below international cricket is high, the national team will automatically be strong. And yet we wilfully dilute the quality of our first-class cricket.

Here's a quick parallel. If India Cements (and I use the example only because Mr N Srinivasan runs a very good company) has to make the best cement, they will do what it takes to source the best raw material and use the finest production process. If they reduce the quality of their raw material, they cannot consistently make the best cement, even if the factories are very good.

Here is another business analogy (for producing a quality sports team is no different from manufacturing a fine product). Large multi-brand or multi-product corporations, say Hindustan Unilever or Procter & Gamble, or even, in a manner of speaking, Larsen & Toubro or Reliance, have a specific business plan for each brand. Even the smallest brand has a plan attached to it. A high-profile football team or a cricket team too is a collection of brands, each of which must have a caretaker and a plan. I am sure Alex Ferguson has a plan for each of his top 20-22 players. The plan for Rooney might be different from that or Ferdinand or Giggs, as indeed for a Young or a Smalling.

And so I would like to see specific dossiers put together for the top 25 Indian cricketers. These would almost be like medical files, with a history and a current diagnosis, and most important, a plan to get the best out of each of them. A dossier on Virat Kohli or Rohit Sharma would require them to play as much cricket in different conditions as possible. Rahul Dravid's would be to get him into the best possible shape for the Tests against West Indies and Australia. An action plan for Irfan Pathan would find him a team in England and get him to bowl as much as possible. And given the paucity of multi-skilled cricketers, the message to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association would be to bat R Ashwin at No. 6 as often as possible.

As India find themselves in the middle of a serious transition phase, it isn't only about Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, but also about Zaheer Khan and maybe Harbhajan Singh. The replacements don't seem to be around. With great players there can never be adequate enough replacements, as the Australians are discovering, but that makes the need to have a well-defined plan for each cricketer even more crucial.

England started their recovery with the establishment of central contracts for key players, and that is a variation of the theme I am suggesting. Nasser Hussain says that was the single biggest factor in turning the England team around. Ideally the person putting together this plan should be the chairman of selectors, but if necessary, a committed, respected person could do it. If he has the time, Anil Kumble would be the best man for India.

In fact Kumble is fast discovering the power of being an administrator. As captain of India he asked for more warm-up games and was soundly rebuffed. As an administrator the same suggestion was immediately approved.

Harsha Bhogle is a commentator, television presenter and writer. His Twitter feed is here

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  • on August 22, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Harsha B or anyone interested in Dravid. maybe Saurav G. or his agent. Why can't the companies like India Cement and Tata Steel sponsor this man of steel for life. I say life because he has spent his life defending India. Standing tall or as the thickest Wall for his country. Can't some one in India see how great he is ? other than paying all attention to Sachin who is of course great. Dravid has given his all for India when others have failed including the great Sachin. So come on CEO's of India stand up for the man that is made of good metal' the man whose VALUES ARE STRONGER THAN STEEL. Stand up India Stand up for RAHUL DRAVID.

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Roobear2009, Can't agree more with you on this. Its our bowling that requires attention and repair. If our bowling would have changed places with the English, I doubt they would have done better than what we did.And I am surprised why its batting and batting alone that has to take the burden all the time. Just saying its historic and doing nothing is not the answer.

    From the current crop, I am sorry to say Ishant though talented iis not a thinking one. Pravin Kumar is a thinking bowler but does not have the pace. And oflate Shreesanth neither thinks nor bowls with pace. Munaf is strictly a medium pacer. If we forget Zaheer, we have no body who is consistently threatening and this factor alone has decided this series and would decide future series.

    Looking at immediate future, its difficult to make good line & length bowlers ball at pace. Rather than idea should be to find fast bowlers and train them to ball line & length at pace. So need to check - Aaron and Unadka

  • Rumy1 on August 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    For that matter, amongst Virat, Rahane, Pujara, Raina, Rohit, Mukund, Manoj Tiwari and Badrinath, only PUJARA and BADRINATH look Test ready and complete players. They have require chnique, temperament and skill to face the best at international level. In copmpany of greats-Dravid/ Sachin/ Laxman I am sure they will blossom.Rohit has the maximum talent but needs to improve work ethic and discipline to reach there. Temperamentally and technically, Virat doesn't look suited for Tests. Virat and Raina are good fit for ODIS / T20s and they should be left at that. Rahane and Mukund have some potential but will probably have to slog it out for another couple of years to come up to the required level. BCCI can have some coach take Rohit, Rahane and Mukund into his wings and take care of their deficiencies. If some sense prevails I see Jaffer definitely walking into Test team in near future.Livewire Kaif surely deserves another chance at both Tests and ODI levels.Pujara also looks a certainty

  • Rumy1 on August 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I think we are placing a lot of money on future than the present and in the bargain we have messed up our present.To restore order in the present, we must bring back likes of Jaffer, Kaif and Badrinath in Test team by dropping likes of Raina, Mukund, Yuvraj, Rohit and Virat. These experienced guys are tested, still prolific andhave a few years left in them. On bowling side, Harbhajan and Ojha must be brought back. I don't agree with Harsha that R Ashwin is a Test level bowler. Bowling four overs in T20 and bowling 40-50 overs in Tests are two different things. Ashwin at present would qualify as a good county or Ranji level bowler. He has a long way to go. Munaf, Ishant and Sreesanth may be persisted with in Tests. Munaf must increase speed by a yard or two. Ishant is a special talent. Handle him with care. Sreesanth must develop consistency and improve his length. Irfan Pathan may be monitored for his fitness. Yuvraj, Raina, Kohli, Rohit and Praveen Kumar are good for ODI and T20s only

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    In my opinion the following Lineups looks appropriate. But have to train the youngsters and give them chances: Tests: 1) Virender Sehwag 2) Gautam gambhir(reserve: Abhinav Mukund) 3) Rahul Dravid( rep: C Pujara) 4) Sachin (rep: Ajinkya Rahane) 5) VVS Laxman (rep: Rohit Sharma/ Badrinath) 6) Suresh Raina( rep: Manoj Tiwary/ Virat Kohli) 7) MS Dhoni 8)Harbhajan 9)Zaheer 10)Ishant 11) Amit Mishra/ Abhimanyu Mithun

    ODIs: 1) Gambhir 2)Sehwag 3)Yuvraj Singh 4) Suresh Raina 5) Virat Kohli 6) MS Dhoni(res: Parthiv Patel) 7)R Shwin 8) Iqbal Abdulla 8)Munaf Patel 9)RP Singh 10)Pankaj Singh/ Nehra 11)AT Rayudu/ Manish Pandey

    T20I: 1)Irfan Pathan 2) Pragyan Ojha 3) R Ashwin 4) Rohit Sharma 5) Raina 6) Virat Kohli 7)Varun Aaron/Umesh Yadav/Vinay Kumar 8)Uthappa/Yusuf Pathan 9)Sehwag 10)Gambhir(res:Manoj Tiwary) 11) J Unadkat

    Reserves need to be identified for Sehwag and Gambhir in ODI and T20 formats though Parthiv, M Vijay and D Karthik can cover to some extent. Appreciate your readin

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Suggestion on Indian Bowling: 1) Harbhajan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Zaheer and Abhimanyu Mithun should be used only for Test cricket 2) R Ashwin, Iqbal Abdulla, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Ashish Nehra, Vinay Kumar and Pankaj Singh can be used for ODI 3)Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and J Unadkat can be used in T20I.

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Suggestions for Indian Batting: We should feel greatful to the indian greats Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. But I think its right time to include some of the accomplished youngsters into the team and give them fair chances before these greats sign off. I think Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Chateswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma can become future fab4 given good number of opportunities. At the same time we should continue with likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni for couple of years. We can have Badrinath and Manoj Tiwary as backup options

  • Noboundary on August 21, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    The bitter truth is that our system (by that I mean the BCCI, their skewed priorities and the individuals' attitude) turn the best talent into mediocre ones. Look at Munaf, Ishant, Irfan, .. they started with great potential .. now they are reduced to very pedestrian standards. I remember Malcolm Marshall toured Inda under Kallicharan and was just a talented medium pacer... in the next tour he blossomed into a fearsome tear away fast bowler. Munaf and Ishant had similar potential...now they are bowling at Kumble's speed. All our focus is on when SRT will make his 100th 100... not on how much it is costing the team. When somebody criticizes a player's performance people will invoke their past glory in defense. Honestly when the players are showered with money on the basis of past performance esp on Indian soil why should they bother to excel elsewhere? Other than Dravid and a few others who have not yet tasted "success" others are not motivated to perform.

  • suyog1973 on August 21, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    For the next 5 - 10 years BCCI needs to focus on 2 areas - bowling (fast and spin) and fielding. India has and will always produce batsmen with excellent technique, temparament and hunger for runs.

  • CandidIndian on August 21, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    After all this embarrassment for us (Indian fans) the salt on the wounds is advertisement of champions league and more to it is Gavaskar and Shastri endorsing it by saying it will be a great tournament etc .Harsha has made good points but is BCCI serious enough about test cricket ?This is a time of high crisis after team is badly exposed, its certainly not the time to play lucid cricket to get the fake appreciation.

  • on August 22, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    Harsha B or anyone interested in Dravid. maybe Saurav G. or his agent. Why can't the companies like India Cement and Tata Steel sponsor this man of steel for life. I say life because he has spent his life defending India. Standing tall or as the thickest Wall for his country. Can't some one in India see how great he is ? other than paying all attention to Sachin who is of course great. Dravid has given his all for India when others have failed including the great Sachin. So come on CEO's of India stand up for the man that is made of good metal' the man whose VALUES ARE STRONGER THAN STEEL. Stand up India Stand up for RAHUL DRAVID.

  • on August 22, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    Roobear2009, Can't agree more with you on this. Its our bowling that requires attention and repair. If our bowling would have changed places with the English, I doubt they would have done better than what we did.And I am surprised why its batting and batting alone that has to take the burden all the time. Just saying its historic and doing nothing is not the answer.

    From the current crop, I am sorry to say Ishant though talented iis not a thinking one. Pravin Kumar is a thinking bowler but does not have the pace. And oflate Shreesanth neither thinks nor bowls with pace. Munaf is strictly a medium pacer. If we forget Zaheer, we have no body who is consistently threatening and this factor alone has decided this series and would decide future series.

    Looking at immediate future, its difficult to make good line & length bowlers ball at pace. Rather than idea should be to find fast bowlers and train them to ball line & length at pace. So need to check - Aaron and Unadka

  • Rumy1 on August 21, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    For that matter, amongst Virat, Rahane, Pujara, Raina, Rohit, Mukund, Manoj Tiwari and Badrinath, only PUJARA and BADRINATH look Test ready and complete players. They have require chnique, temperament and skill to face the best at international level. In copmpany of greats-Dravid/ Sachin/ Laxman I am sure they will blossom.Rohit has the maximum talent but needs to improve work ethic and discipline to reach there. Temperamentally and technically, Virat doesn't look suited for Tests. Virat and Raina are good fit for ODIS / T20s and they should be left at that. Rahane and Mukund have some potential but will probably have to slog it out for another couple of years to come up to the required level. BCCI can have some coach take Rohit, Rahane and Mukund into his wings and take care of their deficiencies. If some sense prevails I see Jaffer definitely walking into Test team in near future.Livewire Kaif surely deserves another chance at both Tests and ODI levels.Pujara also looks a certainty

  • Rumy1 on August 21, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    I think we are placing a lot of money on future than the present and in the bargain we have messed up our present.To restore order in the present, we must bring back likes of Jaffer, Kaif and Badrinath in Test team by dropping likes of Raina, Mukund, Yuvraj, Rohit and Virat. These experienced guys are tested, still prolific andhave a few years left in them. On bowling side, Harbhajan and Ojha must be brought back. I don't agree with Harsha that R Ashwin is a Test level bowler. Bowling four overs in T20 and bowling 40-50 overs in Tests are two different things. Ashwin at present would qualify as a good county or Ranji level bowler. He has a long way to go. Munaf, Ishant and Sreesanth may be persisted with in Tests. Munaf must increase speed by a yard or two. Ishant is a special talent. Handle him with care. Sreesanth must develop consistency and improve his length. Irfan Pathan may be monitored for his fitness. Yuvraj, Raina, Kohli, Rohit and Praveen Kumar are good for ODI and T20s only

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 9:27 GMT

    In my opinion the following Lineups looks appropriate. But have to train the youngsters and give them chances: Tests: 1) Virender Sehwag 2) Gautam gambhir(reserve: Abhinav Mukund) 3) Rahul Dravid( rep: C Pujara) 4) Sachin (rep: Ajinkya Rahane) 5) VVS Laxman (rep: Rohit Sharma/ Badrinath) 6) Suresh Raina( rep: Manoj Tiwary/ Virat Kohli) 7) MS Dhoni 8)Harbhajan 9)Zaheer 10)Ishant 11) Amit Mishra/ Abhimanyu Mithun

    ODIs: 1) Gambhir 2)Sehwag 3)Yuvraj Singh 4) Suresh Raina 5) Virat Kohli 6) MS Dhoni(res: Parthiv Patel) 7)R Shwin 8) Iqbal Abdulla 8)Munaf Patel 9)RP Singh 10)Pankaj Singh/ Nehra 11)AT Rayudu/ Manish Pandey

    T20I: 1)Irfan Pathan 2) Pragyan Ojha 3) R Ashwin 4) Rohit Sharma 5) Raina 6) Virat Kohli 7)Varun Aaron/Umesh Yadav/Vinay Kumar 8)Uthappa/Yusuf Pathan 9)Sehwag 10)Gambhir(res:Manoj Tiwary) 11) J Unadkat

    Reserves need to be identified for Sehwag and Gambhir in ODI and T20 formats though Parthiv, M Vijay and D Karthik can cover to some extent. Appreciate your readin

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    Suggestion on Indian Bowling: 1) Harbhajan, Ishant Sharma, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Zaheer and Abhimanyu Mithun should be used only for Test cricket 2) R Ashwin, Iqbal Abdulla, Munaf Patel, RP Singh, Ashish Nehra, Vinay Kumar and Pankaj Singh can be used for ODI 3)Pragyan Ojha, R Ashwin, Irfan Pathan, Varun Aaron, Umesh Yadav and J Unadkat can be used in T20I.

  • bestfit on August 21, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Suggestions for Indian Batting: We should feel greatful to the indian greats Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly. But I think its right time to include some of the accomplished youngsters into the team and give them fair chances before these greats sign off. I think Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Chateswar Pujara and Rohit Sharma can become future fab4 given good number of opportunities. At the same time we should continue with likes of Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni for couple of years. We can have Badrinath and Manoj Tiwary as backup options

  • Noboundary on August 21, 2011, 2:28 GMT

    The bitter truth is that our system (by that I mean the BCCI, their skewed priorities and the individuals' attitude) turn the best talent into mediocre ones. Look at Munaf, Ishant, Irfan, .. they started with great potential .. now they are reduced to very pedestrian standards. I remember Malcolm Marshall toured Inda under Kallicharan and was just a talented medium pacer... in the next tour he blossomed into a fearsome tear away fast bowler. Munaf and Ishant had similar potential...now they are bowling at Kumble's speed. All our focus is on when SRT will make his 100th 100... not on how much it is costing the team. When somebody criticizes a player's performance people will invoke their past glory in defense. Honestly when the players are showered with money on the basis of past performance esp on Indian soil why should they bother to excel elsewhere? Other than Dravid and a few others who have not yet tasted "success" others are not motivated to perform.

  • suyog1973 on August 21, 2011, 1:58 GMT

    For the next 5 - 10 years BCCI needs to focus on 2 areas - bowling (fast and spin) and fielding. India has and will always produce batsmen with excellent technique, temparament and hunger for runs.

  • CandidIndian on August 21, 2011, 0:23 GMT

    After all this embarrassment for us (Indian fans) the salt on the wounds is advertisement of champions league and more to it is Gavaskar and Shastri endorsing it by saying it will be a great tournament etc .Harsha has made good points but is BCCI serious enough about test cricket ?This is a time of high crisis after team is badly exposed, its certainly not the time to play lucid cricket to get the fake appreciation.

  • Nampally on August 20, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    @GlobalCricketLover: Warm up games are essential when a team lands in a totally different playing conditions as in England - conditions are 100% different from those in India - seaming/swinging ball, bouncy fast pitches..England had an easy time against the visiting SL & Indian teams because these teams are not used to these conditions and had just one warm up game. This was further exascerbated by the fact that at least 5 members of the team are coming out of injuries with limited net practice.There should be at least 6 warm up games in England not 1 or 2. Indian pitches are batting paradise. The same England team will have tough time beating India. In fact England were white washed a couple of years ago.If India had played with a fit XI + 6 warm up games, this series would have been very even.England is lucky to put their best XI with a full SL series ahead to get them in top form.Can England repeat this run of successes to retain their #1 ranking with injuries to key players? NO.

  • Roobear2009 on August 20, 2011, 22:04 GMT

    the dossier idea seems great but the simple problem with indian cricket can be seen for the examples in this article. when naming examples of future cricketers no bowlers are mentioned. i feel the batting talent is plenty in India and these batsmen seem to need some fine tuning and mental conditioning to achieve their potential. the bowling however is the issue. a few years ago RP singh, Sreesanth, Irfan Pathan and Munaf all looked like they belonged and could, along with Zaheer and Harbhajan form a combination that would be extremely potent. however over that time this pool of superb talent has lost a variety of pace, swing and guile. why have they've gone so far in the wrong direction and how can they be saved is the biggest issue that needs to be discussed. we need to ensure that Praveen and Ishant don't follow the same path (Ishant already looks in danger) becoz as everyone always mentions, bowlers will win you test matches.

  • xjunda on August 20, 2011, 20:27 GMT

    Is someone able to explain India's batting order to me please! Opening with Dravid makes sense if Gambhir is injured but why on earth would you send Laxman 3rd rather than sticking with the usual batting order??? We all know that Tendulkar is capable of playing new ball & Laxman loves & has been very effective to bat down the order!!! Everyone makes mistakes, but it's all about learning from them. I don't think they are learning at all. Are they? Please give me just one reason to justify this move, just one.

  • ploopytunes on August 20, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    I tuned in late to your recent recap of the 3rd cricket highlights and waited and waited and waited and waited and waited for you to at least give a quick summary of the score. Instead you seemed to be too intent on showing us the cute shots of the day or making fun of Wasim. It was also difficult to follow what you said as you were closing out a few of your segments...just heard a mumble. Getting a bit complacent in our old age, are we Harsha?

  • RD270 on August 20, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    The equation is pretty simple. You respect something and care for it and more often you are rewarded.

    I am not sure that other than Rahul Dravid (you could argue that is because he has not been selected regularly in the ODIs for the last few years) anyone in the Indian set up truly respects and cares for test cricket. That is why it is so very pleasing to see Dravid perform so well against the best attack in the world in tough conditions.

    We can keep blaming the BCCI, but none of the Indian players showed any leadership/vision/care/pride before the England series. They had won the WC and just thought, we will turn up as usual and win or draw the series!

    IPL and ODIs are where the money is so none of the players want to take on the BCCI.

    BCCI and the players will realise the value of test cricket in ten years time when the talent well will dry up and start throwing up players who wont even cope with ODIs. The fans will be gone too.

  • Marsh_aussie on August 20, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    The basic thing for Team India & Aus is to set realistic goals for them and then look for apt personnel to achieve those goals. They shouldnt be looking for exact replacement for once in a generation stars like warne, SRT & dravid. Instead find those who are atleast half as good as them. But who are equally comitted like them to perform for their country. There can be difference in performance but not in comittment. Both teams will have such players like Badri, Ashwin, Kohli, Rohit. Then build a team around them. For sure, the results will not change instantly. But it will give a good future for both the teams. I'm an Indian but an Aussie fan. I hope Argus review will guide them in the right direction. Go Aussie Go.

  • mosin007 on August 20, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    mr bhogle! i appreciate that u back indian team in all cicumstances but now u r trying to put blame of this humilating defeat on less practise matches. even if they got less match practise , atleast they should have improved in 2nd 3rd or even in ongoing 4th testbut sadly they are the SAME. plz find out correct reasons

  • on August 20, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    What can Anil do with mentally, physically fatigued players. All they need is genuine break and yes they have to take rest rather than running to and fro for commercial prospects. After all the players are all human and is not possible to keep up the motivation and desire intact if one is totally mentally fatigued. To add to the woes our test match winners are getting older and the youngsters are not yet that matured or even exposed to playing in conditions very different to the indian pitches n climate. We have to think broadly and the time has come to make a bigger pool of avialable players for all three formats, only then can we remain at the top.

  • unbiasedfan on August 20, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    Seriously! you give an example of Mr N Srinivasan only because he runs a very good corporation! Wonder when will this nexus which promotes conflict of interest plauging Indian cricket come to an end - probably never because it is so entrenched and powerful and so well developed that it provides an admirable protection to all its members. Though you attempt to espouse a noble cause you choose to remain silent on what really led to this disaster in England - IPL with its wrong timing for this year but more importantly by it relegating test cricket down in terms of importance. India did not become No 1 by putting up dossiers and it never willbe able to put up the dossiers you want - we simply do not have the required managerial skills, vision and discpline - our administration is too self centered. Probably scrapping the IPL will ensure we take the first step toward rectifying our cricket primarily by restoring back the supremacy of test cricket.

  • SUNDOS on August 20, 2011, 8:20 GMT

    There are too many vested interests in Indian cricket with their own agendas.The economy of cricket reigns supreme,by happy coincidece and the skills of a select few coupled with a rare farsightedness in appointing a great coach India reached unsurpassed heights.Post this tour it would take a lot of courage for the"wise men" who rule Indian cricket to step back and look dispassionately at the steps to rebuild.Starting with sourcing someone like Kumble in charge of all matters cricket.He should be helped by a team of altruistically minded administrators and a good media team who could satisfy the million questions of a biilion people.The world is moving towards players with different set of skills for the different formats.Mr Bhogle ,your occasional verbosity notwithstanding you have your heart in the right place.I hope those who take decisions have the wisdom to heed your words.

  • on August 20, 2011, 6:50 GMT

    Well said Mr. Bhogle, These people have made a joke on test... When will BCCI stop filling their pockets with money? A man who knw not a great deal is running MCA, by chosing a good side kris shrikant got lucky bt othewise there is no polishing of player, akash chopra, jaffer n murli kartik were not utilised n were wasted, Irfan pathan is being wasted,now we should even start grooming the elder pathan, badri, vijay, ashwin for int. Tests from now, coz we knw they have talent... How funny that indians have a camp a month before an ipl, but for an decisive series they are underprepared and tired, even many foriegn ipl player join late bt play well, its the will which isnt there in indian camp... I am a great sourav fan, and after his and kumble retirement, the test following in india has dipped, i wonder what will happen when rahul, sachin, harbhajan, zaheer or even laxman retire.... What will crowd come to see...?

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 20, 2011, 3:20 GMT

    Harsha, I would love to see you bring up the below point in your commentary today (Saturday): When was the last time any international team (other than India) gave the excuse of not having more than 1 warm up match? Also, if BCCI has now requested for an additional warmup in Aus, does it mean they sincerely believe that teams need 2 practice matches? If they do believe, are they also going to offer 2 warmup games to all teams visiting India going forward? If not, why are they asking an extra game just for their own team?

  • GlobalCricketLover on August 20, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    why so much hype about lack of warmup matches? Nowadays, except for ashes, which international team plays more than one tour game? If one warmup match is such a major issue, why are we not seeing such 'near whitewash' disasters for every visiting team in every series? How many tour games do you think Aus or Eng or SA get when they tour India? or for that matter touring any other country?..why do we ignore such basic facts? Keep in mind that Dhoni is also giving the excuse of people being tired. If u give them 2 warm up games, the excuse for their defeat in first test would be 'people were tired after 2 back to back warm up games...we needed rest!'

  • mrwaka on August 20, 2011, 1:29 GMT

    There are a few things that seem really strange to me about the Setup in Indian Cricket at the moment. Firstly, is there no High Performance Bowling Centre? Identify the most talented pace,swing and spin bowlers in Ranji and have them spend one month a year with someone like Alan Donald/ Shane Bond/ Shane Warne/ Troy Bailis. Secondly, why are India not preparing suitable pitches for young talent to learn on? I am not suggesting match-day pitches need to be green-tops for a Ranji game but surely each state could have a couple of seam friendly pitches in the nets? Lastly, the BCCI needs to force their players to spend time playing county/sheffield shield/ Supersport Series cricket. there can not be any better preparation for Eng/Aus/Rsa conditions than having spent a season playing in those countries. I hope that India sorts it's game out shortly for to global good of Cricket

  • AvidCricFan on August 20, 2011, 0:29 GMT

    With billion plus population, with right coaching system in place, India should crank out many high quality players. That can only happen if BCCI has a right game plan for all levels of game, from early formative years to maturing players. BCCI has sufficient funds. It just need to come up with a right plan and very focused execution.

  • spintl on August 19, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    StarightHit: You hit the nail on the head. But I would take it one step further. Why don't we have pictches of different variety. Make one a really really green top, so the pace bowlers can have a field day, and the batsman have the wherewithal to play. Ideally Mohali should be the venue. Second, a batsman's paradise, so that the bowlers know how to bowl when the pitch is not friendly and batsman can learn to build an innings, and not to play ODI/IPL shots, and lastly a Spinners Pitch that spins on day 1, so that we can unearth some good spinners who know how to exploit it!!Also Ranji Trophy matches SHOULD yield results, not like one team piling 800 runs and winning the match on 1st inning lead.

  • on August 19, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    i think BCCI should encourage the local clubs to have atleast 2-3 all rounders in their teams. its not nice to have only batsmen and bowlers. there should be set quota for all arounders as well. this will encourage players to be more efficient in batting and bowling.

  • Rakim on August 19, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    Woah, Harsha, are u kidding me? u think these changes are all what it'll need?... unless India find some young bloods, they have no hope. Let's see their tour to Aus in december and we'll know

  • on August 19, 2011, 22:24 GMT

    ashwin, irfan should be brought back to strength our bowling department. its poor statistics always mentioning to make retire the senior players. our batting is good enough but we should concentrate on bowling department. please harsha use your articles to wakeup the indian boards about the bowling necessity. to do a fast surgery before going to australia is by bringing ashwin and irfan.

  • yanash on August 19, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Both Kumble and Ganguly would be good. But then who is going to inject some sense in BCCI. People who have played the game should lead the sports organizations and not politicians. And BTW we should drop Harbhajan and give Ashwin a chance. Harbhajan has always been overrated & it seems his USE BY date has expired. We should also look into bringing Irfan back to give us a more balanced attack. Raina & Yuvraj are not Test quality.

  • on August 19, 2011, 21:01 GMT

    Action plans for every cricketer is pretty good. But getting a message to send Ashwin at #6 is not something that will work. I understand the intent behind the statement - but there are lines in sand that BCCI should not be allowed to cross. The line would definitely be crossed if BCCI is sending batting orders to state teams.

  • dsig3 on August 19, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    "as the Australians are discovering", Harsha, we discovered this 2 years ago when SA beat us in our back yard. It is INDIA that are discovering this for the first time right now for all the world to see. We will be on the way back up the ladder when we see you on your way down. Looking forward to it.

  • raghu28 on August 19, 2011, 20:23 GMT

    Hi Harsha,

    The real question is, how many Indian youngsters want to play and match up to test cricket anymore? Practically speaking, they would rather put in all the hard work to play for an IPL team or a similar team elsewhere than worry about tests. Its a sad state, but I feel that is the current scenario. Take the example of Keiron Pollard- he's in the same boat. Lots of talent but geared towards IPL. I do realize I'm generalizing; there could be very valuable exceptions. But unfortunately, not many stand out as being top class.

    Regarding Kumble, I firmly believe he will be an able administrator. He seems like one of those guys who earns respect for what he has to offer. His player & coach management of RCB has been quite fantastic. I hope the BCCI and Indian cricket at large can use his services after his stint with the KSCA.

  • SudhaSwings on August 19, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    {{It is a club whose members steadfastly refuse to see the obvious unless they are driven to a situation where no other option presents itself. }} This applies to your team of writers and commentators too, Harsha. The entire media finds fault with BCCI only now and not when India were # 1 or when they won the WC. Those times, it were the players who were glorified and not the BCCI. So when we fail, it is BCCI and when we win it is the players. Gross! Also, you guys are making a big deal of a Test series which has dethroned India from their # 1 status. Test series or Test rankings would not be a big thing once these big players like Sachin, Rahul, Ricky and Jacuqes retire. Only players like these along with old players and commentators talk big about tests. The reason being the way test matches are played these days unlike yesteryears. It is more of 2 extended ODIs for each team these days rather than the old fashioned way where it was a real test match.The Game keeps evolving

  • on August 19, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    Mr Steve Spragg, I was looking for the like button under your post.

  • MaruthuDelft on August 19, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Australian, South African and Indian cricket seasons go at the same time; why not organise a first class tournament spanning 4 months just like the European Champions league goes on parralaly. 4 teams each from each country play each other once over 4 months. It will force India to develop batsman capable of facing fast bowling and bowlers who could bowl at 150 kmph.

  • m_ilind on August 19, 2011, 20:10 GMT

    Kumble will be an excellent choice for selector. Honestly speaking, it's the captain Dhoni who is calling the shots here, or else how do you explain RP's selection ahead of Munaf?

  • on August 19, 2011, 19:49 GMT

    Dada Saurav would be the man not Kumble. Dada can do wonders really he was the on who backed Yuvaraj, kaif, Zaheer Irfan pathan Dhoni to the Hilt! We know he can do it

  • vickyrIND on August 19, 2011, 19:10 GMT

    First, foremost and only best thing is to have a strict rotation policy for all the players. Almost all the players should get a set nuber of mathes distributes among them equally whether Test, ODI, T20, IPL etc. Make sure that each player of contracted pool of r30 players get alloted number of mathes equally on every category. That will take care of Star status, fatigue, fitness and rest of the issues among players. That will also help them to keep fit all the time and every player in the pool regarded as main player instead a backup player.

  • JoydeepGupta on August 19, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    WHY on earth Kumble? He used to be a hard working cricketer but we are not sure if he iis blessed with a capability to plan and build a team for future. Sunil Gavaskar and Saurav Ganguly are the ideal men for this.

  • Alkais on August 19, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    Its high time Selectors sees this flop show in England as signal to blood youngsters and groom them. Domestic match format needs to be changed. Points based on first innings lead should be scrapped. If a match ends in draw, then no points should be given to any team. This will make the team to go for outright win. Make Pitches sportive. Give full freedom to curators to prepare the pitch. Matches should be played in pitches like the one in Mysore where recently the ranji trophy final was played.. Its high time to tell Sachin,Dravid and Laxman to retire from the game. Give them proper fairwell. A specific period should be given to them to retire, maybe after the australian series...

  • NairUSA on August 19, 2011, 18:51 GMT

    Nice perspective, Harsha. The selectors/administrators should be accountable for selecting and maintaining top 24 cricketers in India for any format. These cricketers will be in the list based on their match fitness, domestic averages and international performances if applicable. If somebody wakes up Srikkanth in his sleep and ask why such a player is in the team, he should be in a position to roll out the details without even opening his eyes. If the selectors cannot do this hard work, they should be shown the door.

  • Sanjusoft725 on August 19, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Ya Harsha i feel the same, There would not be ny better choice, see what he did to RCB, season 2,3,4. Anil has yet to offer a lot to the indian team

  • JJariwala on August 19, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    Very good article from Harsha. I would like to pose some questions though - why cannot india produce 10 Zaheer khans or Kumbles out of billion people? Remember, Zaheer wasn't naturally talented like he is now - it is all his hard work and practice. So what stops BCCI to make such a plan to produce 10 fast bowlers like him? Same question can be for Harbhajan Singh kind of players? We should have not only 15 best players, but 150 such players. Cricket is most followed sport in India and BCCI is cash-rich - we need to make plan for that.

  • on August 19, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Hi harsha, i dont have a good feeling on the way the BCCI runs the show. The game in India is rather administered rather than played. Cricket is such a game that it is always proved itself uncertain.While nobody can be blamed for this, but, the board need to have a strong need to look for a sea change in their thought, the way it is looking at the game.No doubt, it is the best way to run like a corporate house without undermining monetary part of it, but every care should be taken to maintain the aura of the sportsmanship among players. interms of fitness, adaptation, perseverence. No doubt, todays team is one of the best but what made the difference is the obsence of true administration from BCCI to make the team ready for a foreign tour where the pitches are different from home and surprisingly a familiar ones too. The big confusion is whether the former players in the board aren't capable instruntemental in bringing a sea change it required. it should be a simple matrix which never

  • StatisticsRocks on August 19, 2011, 14:28 GMT

    Good article Mr Harsha but my question is Why such articles come out only when the team fails miserably. The same system has been in place for so long, why did u decide to write now and not when India secured #1. Coz we Indians like to live in the past and not learn from our experiences/mistakes. It's not like we woke up today and realized that Dravid/SRT/LAX are near the end of their golden careers. We should have been looking for their replacements 10 years ago not now. This change of thinking should have been in place long time ago like @Andrew said.Selection committee is a joke led by Srikanth. Get rid of corruption and politics and stop worshiping these players and treat them alike, things will be fine.

  • Percy_Fender on August 19, 2011, 14:02 GMT

    A towering personality like Anil Kumble simply must be involved in cricket administration at the national level. I say this because he is one of those cricketing legends from India,who have the cricketing credentials,the integrity and the acumen to turn things around. India needs him, more so in the aftermath of this denoument in England. I would suggest that a list of players who have the potential to make it should be drawn up asterisking each name specifically for the format he is suited for.There may be some who could be good for all three formats no doubt, but if someone is seen as being exceptional for say 20/20,he should just be kept for that and nothing else.The list should be long and should include players outside the national level players as well.The other thing that begs to be done is to get a good bowling and fielding coach. Someone like Fanie De Villiers or Shaun Pollock if they are available. Anil could plan everything because he is above regionalism unlike many others.

  • CricketChat on August 19, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    One way to make Ranji Trophy a breeding ground for next generation of test cricketers is to reduce the number of teams, form a single tier and set up round robin league where each team plays the other twice. This way mediocrity will be eliminated and toughens cricketers to the demands at higher level.

  • Deepak_Somesula on August 19, 2011, 13:35 GMT

    Somebody make Kumble the Indian Cricket czar already

  • Nampally on August 19, 2011, 13:18 GMT

    Kumble was the best Indian Captain. It is unfortunate that he had to retire. He asked for more more practice matches but was rebuffed. Now the lack of practice matches before the test matches is haunting the team performance in England. India has been made to look like Minnows by an average England team.If the same team had arrived in England 2 weeks earlier and had 6 county matches before the test series, the results would have been reversed. The team would have been acclimatised to the pitch, swinging ball and the cold weather + Food. I totally agree that a dynamic person like Kumble should not only head the selection committee but be intimately involved in the player development program. India needs a hands on Seloection committee & a practical coach who work with the plyers very closely. Dhoni needs to be coached in leadership qualities - motivation, initiative & drive.India also need 2 other candidates trained for captaincy.Srikant has failed on all these counts - step in Kumble.

  • on August 19, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Yet another poor article from this over rated no nothing

  • here2rock on August 19, 2011, 12:09 GMT

    BCCI has so much money that they can produce better quality fast and bouncy pitches for domestic matches. Who wants to be a bowler on flat highway type wickets? They need to replicate international conditions for domestic games so the younger players won't get found out in foreign conditions. It is just common sense which is always missing with BCCI. Let's have seaming wickets against England, Australia and South Africa. That is what I would like to see.

  • on August 19, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    IPL has done so much gud to fast cricket, at the same time is doing soooo much bad to test cricket in india. Young stars not bothered to perform to cement a place in team. Their mindset have changed. "I have been earning so much in the IPL I dont mind if I have been dropped from the ICT". This is the mindset of youngstars right now. This is harming our team. We already have a grading system for our players. So for all the playesr in grade A B C, 40% of the money they receive from the IPL must be blocked and must be given based on their performance at the end of the season. That money must be given only if they perform. Doing so will make them fight for the place in ICT. Only then they vil take the international cricket seriously. these youngstars are lacking attitude because of the easy money they are receiving at the IPL

  • rtom on August 19, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    Harsha, For sure, Anil Kumble will the bestbet for that. But is that the only issue with the team ? We ought to have the best pitches to ply the Ranji matches too.Look at the england, Australia and SA. Theier country matches are played in the same venues as that of international matches. so obviously the players would be already readu for bouncy picthes while playing international matches. Compared to that, In india, i am not sure this is the case. I did watch last years ranji trophy final match. That pitch is not for the final of the premium tournament of india !! So it is not siemple adminstrotive part is the problem, but also the infra structure is also problem.

  • on August 19, 2011, 8:43 GMT

    All the successes in the World Cup and at home pushed to the background the problem of adequate or more than adequate replacements for the seniors who will soon retire. The tour of England has brought the problem to the forefront in an unwelcome manner. It is an opportunity for Duncan Fletcher and MS Dhoni to state their case to the selection panel and suggest ways to ease the transition. Else, there will many more instances of hand-wringing in the near future.

  • amitgarg78 on August 19, 2011, 8:25 GMT

    Well Said Harsha. Poor planning and even worse execution is what this england tour is going to be remembered for. This was supposed to be the series of the summer - when Sachin got to his 100th hundred and we beat a very good england squad in England. Yet it's just turned into a nightmare for an Indian fan. England have outpalyed us in each aspect and rightly ascended to the top.

    What you say about dossiers sounds like common sense in managing someone's career and yet, we have been found short of doing what is necessary to compete at the top level.

    Kumble is indeed the man to turn it around. Let's get Dravid, Sachin in that core group too, to look after the next generation. We can not put our faith on Mr. Srinivasan and other businessmen to manage that over the commercial interests of the board. They have just missed this correlation between planning and execution!

  • CricketMaan on August 19, 2011, 7:57 GMT

    N Srinivasan is the new President of BCCI, Board Member of IPL, Owner/Shareholder of CSK and only then comes a fan of cricket (i hope so!!)..Some day we will see the likes of Dravid as a batting coach, Kumble as the top adminstrator, Prasad or a Prabhakar as bowling coach, Robin back as fielding coach and the likes of Sourav as selector..but that day is not near, not even in the next 5 yrs..may be sometime in distant future...Cricketers with such pedigree must be involved in mannaging cricket team, while the adminstrators run the board..

  • kasyapm on August 19, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    Thoughtful...Kumble is the best man for such a job.

  • vijujack on August 19, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    Harsha, you did not touch upon the fact that the Emerging players should have been playing in India and not Australia, as they would have been the ideal feeder for replacing injured players. They could have gone there a month before Indian team went there and would have been match-fit & condition-fit. And when they were not playing they could have mingled with the Indian team at the net sessions. It doesn't take rocket science to plan this. RP Singh chosen over Munaf is baffling, as is so many other selections- Raina chosen over Kohli is even more so. It is a fact that the left handers were shown up in this tour, so why persist with Raina? Sometimes i am inclined to say RIP Indian cricket

  • sada424 on August 19, 2011, 6:58 GMT

    Every body agrees that Kumble is the perfect man to put the Indian team together.He is determined to cricket and knows what to do in critical situations.He is not like some senior players who are fond of name and fame and will be back of them who are dominating (BCCI).But,most respected man Kumble gives first priority to the game and then comes all.

  • getsetgopk on August 19, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    A couple of things I would like to mention, first of all saying that BCCI is full of intelligent people is simply not true, intelligent in terms of money making YES but in terms of cricket development NO. Had there been a few intelligent guys they would have immediately scraped IPL and put indians to focus on test skills... 2ndly team india is not in a transition right now this current team is the best india ever had and still looking miserable enough. And lastly, in a country of over a billion people if nobody can bowl fast than Afridi then dosiers wont help much may be India should now find a solution outside India and acquire the serives of a few quality bowlers just like England have South Africans and South Africa have a Pakistani Imran Tahir.

  • on August 19, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    very good article..BCCI should seriously start thinking this way

  • StraightFlush on August 19, 2011, 6:11 GMT

    With the vast amount of resources at the BCCI's disposal, why not invest in these things? Why not invest in a facility that can replicate playing at the WACA or Cape Town, so that our youngsters can have a bit of a headstart before they start a difficult tour? Sadly, the BCCI thinks more number of games = development. Not true. @yptl

  • ashy2010 on August 19, 2011, 6:07 GMT

    Make Harsha the Chief Strategist for Indian Cricket.. he can be incharge of putting together Action Plans for failed tours like the England tour and also to ensure that the India team and the reserve players are a well oiled machine ready for cricket any time.. Dossier on cricketers is necessary.. groom the next fab four for India..one down and 3 left.. We have not been able to find a replacement for Ganguly's position ever since he quit..so start the search now... Pujara, Badri, Rohit , Virat, Raina, Rahane as back-ups for batters.. DK and Saha for Wk..Ashwin and Abdullah as spinners.. Get Irfan and Yuvraj back to shape.. and fully fit and performing Irfan is India's answer to lower order batting problems.. Praveen can concentrate on his batting a lil more. we can bat as deep as england and SA..Balaji needs to be brought back.. he is one bowler with a lot of heart.. He is better than Sreesanth and RP any day for India..get players who feel proud to play for India and play with heart..

  • on August 19, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    I see one comment already, that this is not already in practise. And i am very really very very surprised that we dont have some plan like this already !! Well, what is it that BCCI does with all the money they earn ?? and Harsha mentions, 'make no mistake, the BCCI is made up of intelligent people.' Really !!!???

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    As Harsha has pointed out, if attention turns to improving the quality of Ranji trophy cricket (by limiting the superleague teams to 10 in total, allowing 2 outstation players per state team along with improved salaries) then something constructive would have happened from this disappointing tour.

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    India need to improve their bench strength to justify their world champions title..India need to improve their bench strength to justify their world champions title..

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Well analysed Harsha!! I think if the administration is run by ex-players we will have greater possibility of getting good results from their experience rather than the experience of the bureacrats...

  • lefty84 on August 19, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    A thoughtful article from Harsha. It's not just the players that need a dossier but we need to revamp our Ranji set-up to have more away matches and result oriented pitches. Ind can create a green top contrary to the popular association of Ind with flat tracks. They showed it in Nagpur, Mohali and even in Ahemadabad in some instanes. India is a countyr of such a varied geography that it's possible to create different pitches that can result in thorough breeding of our youngsters.

    And 2 age old policies associated with Ind cricket - less or no warm up games and launching players directly from injury should be abolished. Ind has enough talent and it's embarrassing when someone pulls up halfway during a crucial match for it shows both poor planning and lack of bench strength.

  • YatinJoshi on August 19, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Very nice & appropriate article. I think its a fantastic idea suggested by Harsha to have a dossier prepared by someone like Kumble who is well respected and knows what it takes to be a champion. We could also have someone like Ganguly to be a India Talent Manager. He always had a knack of identifying right talents. In addition to this, there is a greater need to have many India A team tours to places like Eng,Aus,NZ,SA to give greater exposure. More importantly, its very important for BCCI,Talent Manager,NCA, Selectors to take into account the performances of the India A team tours, the current Emerging Players tournament and add the top performers in the list of the top 25-30 player pool. These players should be harnessed, given right support & encouragement. Also need to have Injury Management process in place for all these players. Last but not the least, its high time our Domestic Cricket gets highest priority. Keep limited teams, prepare sporting pitches,make it more challenging.

  • Rahulbose on August 19, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    This Eng side is an one-off miracle, never before has any cricket administration been able to systematically improve all its players to such an extent. India could try to follow this and the points made by Harsha are all true. But we all Indians also know that BCCI is not capable of doing such long term planning.

  • rustyryan on August 19, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Brilliant article as ever. And looking at Ganguly at the commentary, I wish he were India's coach. Top level must look cricket ahead of business.

  • on August 19, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Thanks for stating it loud.I just had a duh! moment,sorry.Of course we need insightful,creative,intellectual planners.Corporations cited above have special teams to take care of that.I feel harsha has chosen an excellent analogy.Learnign from principles of management and incorporating science and math,which indians are known for is not an option but a requirement.

  • ns_krishnan on August 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    I agree with everything except Ashwin. He just needs to concentrate on his bowling and become very good at it. whatever he does with the bat is just a bonus.

  • on August 19, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    All sensible input from Harsha - the only astonishing part being that this isn't already the norm.

    In my work life I have a team of people working for me, and for each of them we have a plan for how they're going to get better at their jobs. I find it rather surprising if (as suggested) no-one has taken the trouble to do the same for these incredibly talented and valuable sports men.

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  • on August 19, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    All sensible input from Harsha - the only astonishing part being that this isn't already the norm.

    In my work life I have a team of people working for me, and for each of them we have a plan for how they're going to get better at their jobs. I find it rather surprising if (as suggested) no-one has taken the trouble to do the same for these incredibly talented and valuable sports men.

  • ns_krishnan on August 19, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    I agree with everything except Ashwin. He just needs to concentrate on his bowling and become very good at it. whatever he does with the bat is just a bonus.

  • on August 19, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Thanks for stating it loud.I just had a duh! moment,sorry.Of course we need insightful,creative,intellectual planners.Corporations cited above have special teams to take care of that.I feel harsha has chosen an excellent analogy.Learnign from principles of management and incorporating science and math,which indians are known for is not an option but a requirement.

  • rustyryan on August 19, 2011, 4:35 GMT

    Brilliant article as ever. And looking at Ganguly at the commentary, I wish he were India's coach. Top level must look cricket ahead of business.

  • Rahulbose on August 19, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    This Eng side is an one-off miracle, never before has any cricket administration been able to systematically improve all its players to such an extent. India could try to follow this and the points made by Harsha are all true. But we all Indians also know that BCCI is not capable of doing such long term planning.

  • YatinJoshi on August 19, 2011, 5:20 GMT

    Very nice & appropriate article. I think its a fantastic idea suggested by Harsha to have a dossier prepared by someone like Kumble who is well respected and knows what it takes to be a champion. We could also have someone like Ganguly to be a India Talent Manager. He always had a knack of identifying right talents. In addition to this, there is a greater need to have many India A team tours to places like Eng,Aus,NZ,SA to give greater exposure. More importantly, its very important for BCCI,Talent Manager,NCA, Selectors to take into account the performances of the India A team tours, the current Emerging Players tournament and add the top performers in the list of the top 25-30 player pool. These players should be harnessed, given right support & encouragement. Also need to have Injury Management process in place for all these players. Last but not the least, its high time our Domestic Cricket gets highest priority. Keep limited teams, prepare sporting pitches,make it more challenging.

  • lefty84 on August 19, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    A thoughtful article from Harsha. It's not just the players that need a dossier but we need to revamp our Ranji set-up to have more away matches and result oriented pitches. Ind can create a green top contrary to the popular association of Ind with flat tracks. They showed it in Nagpur, Mohali and even in Ahemadabad in some instanes. India is a countyr of such a varied geography that it's possible to create different pitches that can result in thorough breeding of our youngsters.

    And 2 age old policies associated with Ind cricket - less or no warm up games and launching players directly from injury should be abolished. Ind has enough talent and it's embarrassing when someone pulls up halfway during a crucial match for it shows both poor planning and lack of bench strength.

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:35 GMT

    Well analysed Harsha!! I think if the administration is run by ex-players we will have greater possibility of getting good results from their experience rather than the experience of the bureacrats...

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:40 GMT

    India need to improve their bench strength to justify their world champions title..India need to improve their bench strength to justify their world champions title..

  • on August 19, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    As Harsha has pointed out, if attention turns to improving the quality of Ranji trophy cricket (by limiting the superleague teams to 10 in total, allowing 2 outstation players per state team along with improved salaries) then something constructive would have happened from this disappointing tour.