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Jayawardene succeeds where Dhoni fails

A lot of it has to do with the cultures and make-up of the Sri Lankan and Indian teams

Ian Chappell

March 11, 2012

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Mahela Jayawardene plays a hook, Australia v Sri Lanka, Commonwealth Bank Series, 2nd final, Adelaide, March 6, 2012
Sri Lanka's fortunes changed once Mahela Jayawardene decided to push himself to the top of the order © Getty Images
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The value of good captaincy may be debatable but there can be no disputing that strong leadership improves a cricket team's performance. Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene is a good example.

His vibrant leadership during the CB Series inspired and took his team to the brink of a tournament victory. From the moment Jayawardene elevated himself to the top of the Sri Lankan order, his team became a threat. He also led the way with some brilliant fielding, but just as important as his individual contributions, it was his faith in his players and the respect he has earned that have elevated the level of Sri Lanka's play.

Good captaincy can be seen in the moves a skipper makes on the field but strong leadership is harder to quantify. It mostly involves work done behind closed doors but the rewards are reaped on the field.

Jayawardene showed enormous faith in Lasith Malinga following a horror night in Hobart. And his lead bowler continued to contribute despite a niggling injury. The rapport between the two was obvious when Jayawardene hugged Malinga after his outstanding finishing effort in the must-win match against Australia at the MCG.

In the end Sri Lanka fell just short of winning the trophy, but without Jayawardene's strong leadership and shrewd captaincy, it's doubtful they would have even reached the finals.

Compare Sri Lanka's playing-above-themselves competitiveness with India's under-performance throughout the Australian tour. There's no doubt India had a more talented line-up than Sri Lanka, but other than Virat Kohli's electrifying night at Bellerive, the Indian team was unable to live up to its reputation.

MS Dhoni is a good captain, better in the short forms of the game than Test cricket but a solid skipper nonetheless. However, he has been unable to inspire his team on two lacklustre tours and consequently eight overseas Tests have been lost on the trot. There may have been extenuating circumstances in England, where injuries took their toll, but the Australian tour was an unmitigated disaster.

The obvious difference between Sri Lanka and India was that one played as a team and the other as individual performers. As has often been observed, a champion team will beat a team of champions.

There's no doubt Dhoni has earned the respect of his team-mates as player and captain. The fact that he's more animated in the shorter version of the game suggests he's more motivated with a younger, more energetic fielding side to lead. It could also stem from the fact that the shorter versions often dictate how the game has to be played, whereas in Tests the captain has to continually evaluate his strategy. Whatever the reason, Dhoni was unable to inspire his team in England or Australia series.

There's also the suspicion that honest appraisal is an accepted part of life in the Sri Lankan team, while the senior Indian players are untouchable and some of the younger brigade have succumbed to sloppy habits. There could be another underlying cause: the Sri Lankans are still owed some back pay, while in many cases the Indian players have become extraordinarily rich overnight via hefty IPL contracts. There has long been a theory that hungry sportsmen are the most competitive.

Whatever the reasons for the differences between the two sides, there's no doubt Sri Lanka have an egalitarian team culture, while India's is more conducive to developing bad habits. India's problem is that their culture means it will do little good changing captains or blaming all the failings on Dhoni. It's obvious the Indian problem is systemic when a high-ranking official waves away criticism of the team's dismal performance on tour by saying all will be forgotten when India experience victory at home.

Generally, cricket teams need strong guidance on and off the field. What makes Jayawardene's outstanding leadership even more meritorious is that he has achieved a lot despite constant upheaval amongst Sri Lanka's administrative ranks.

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell is now a cricket commentator and columnist

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Posted by pitch_it_up on (March 14, 2012, 16:27 GMT)

What's he talking about? India had the better of SL head-to-head in the CB series - 2-1 with 1 match tied. And that tied match India should have won if the umpire had not called a ball short during India's innings.

@Ian: I know you are looking for reasons to put India down, but do look out for genuine ones.

Posted by   on (March 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

New Zealand has a far superior culture than Australia. Thats why Australia was humiliated by New Zealand in Australia recently. Everyone agrees that Pup, Michael Clarke is really a Pup, who has no leadership skills, while New Zealand Captain is a true leader. The British consider Australian culture as very mediaval and backward, compared to their own. That reflects in Australian cricket.

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (March 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

As usual Ian (for that matter any Chappell) wont let go a chance to take a dig at Team India. We know Team India have problems and we will sort them out. But Chappell being such biased Australian, we are not currently taking advise from any Chappells. So hold your peace.

Posted by jay57870 on (March 13, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

Ian Chappell is flip-flopping again! He exclaimed "Dhoni's among the great modern captains" soon after India's 2011 WC triumph. And now he faults Dhoni for failing to inspire his team in England & Australia. What a Switcheroo! Even more absurd is his half-baked theory of "Indian culture" being the root cause of this failure. OMG! Just last month, superstar Ricky Ponting went from being a Test hero to an ODI goat, playing against the same Dhoni-led team. And the Aussies were ambushed in the last Ashes by the Poms. As also recently by NZ. Were these failings caused by some sinister flaws in "Aussie culture"? Also the same Poms who vanquished India last summer were thrashed later in ODIs by India. Not to mention the newly crowned Test team's humiliation by Pakistan. Were these disasters caused by some karmic curse on "English culture"? Reality: Ian is in his usual state of perpetual denial - carping, flip-flopping, misrepresenting - a clueless faultfinder! His time is up. Go fishing, Ian!

Posted by Nampally on (March 13, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@praveen4honestremarks: Thanks for your honest remarks.Jadeja is a promising youngster. But you cannot fill a team with 3 average to below average all rounders in Ashwin, Irfan Pathen & Jadeja. This weakens the team grossly. The team needs 6 batsmen + one all rounder + 4 specialist bowlers.On Indian pitches, 2 specialist spinners are a Must such as Ashwin & Rahul Sharma + 2 specialist seamers.The all rounder has to be chosen in accordance with the pitch - spinner if it is turner or seamer if it is a fast pitch.Pakistan go with 2 spinners (Afridi & Ajmal) + 2 seamers(Gul +Junaid) +5th bowler, as per pitch.England do this as do Sri Lanka.Dhoni's bizarre XI selection is irrational. Tiwary & Rahul have each been benched for 8 games in a row & counting!. Mahela picks his team & demands 100% from them & often gets it.Dhoni's policies are not in sync with his team mates & hence the disunity.He needs to be less stubborn & take the advise of others.What Mr. Chapell says is 100% correct.

Posted by jay57870 on (March 13, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Ian's modus operandi: Divide & Rule the cricketing world! Case in point: Calling it a Jayawardene vs Dhoni issue (Read Sri Lanka vs India). It's not at all about Jaya's success vs Dhoni's failure. Nor is it about "culture." Reality: The nations broadly share the same culture. Both teams were 2011 WC finalists. Both had close contests in the CB series. And to say "Indian players have become extraordinarily rich overnight via hefty IPL contracts" as an "underlying cause" is misrepresenting facts. Truth: IPL has benefited many SL players too, incl. Jaya & Malinga. And many Aussies too. Reality: India has spread revenues & supported cricket worldwide. It's a more level playing field; more parity among teams. The Aussie juggernaut is gone. The race is wide open. It's difficult to predict a No.1 in any format. Even Ian admitted it's "a predictor's nightmare" when he picked "Australia as slight favourites" ahead of the last Ashes. He was wrong! His retirement dictum to Sachin: Dead wrong!

Posted by jay57870 on (March 13, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

(Cont) What's disturbing is Ian borrowing this page(s) on "Indian culture" from his brother's book. We all know Greg Chappell failed as India's coach & had to resign. Now Greg blames "Indian culture" for failing to produce leaders. Since when did Indian culture become a leadership problem for foreign coaches? Just ask John Wright & Gary Kirsten. They entrusted Ganguly & Dhoni to build a strong team culture. But Greg disrupted it (post-Wright) with his divisive ways & confrontational style. The rise of India to the top in all 3 formats was painstakingly built by a critical mass of great players - Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Kumble, Sehwag, Zaheer and captains Ganguly & Dhoni. All true leaders, guided by Wright & Kirsten. But Greg failed. It's obvious the Chappells do not understand Indian culture. Do they even understand Aussie culture? Did not CA axe Greg as talent manager (Argus review)? And even ban him from the dressing-room? So much for "Chappell culture" & their blame games! (TBC)

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (March 13, 2012, 0:28 GMT)

@ Nampally. It may look at times as Dhoni is patrial towards players and also non- inspiring, but both are far from truth. I explain this. First of all people ask for Dhoni's head if he selects Jadega, saying CSK memeber..Raina as CSK member, then why can't they about zaheer ?? He is not CSK aged 35 still Dhoni wants him, even with 80% percent fitness. Even Dhoni goes for PK. The answer for all above selection is simple, Dhoni always want team with right balance. I am not a Jadega fan here to support him, he did very bad..but looking into future as Dhoni mentioned long back that we need spinning all rounder, so he was just going with Jadega. We can't wait, for team to gel together with the combination. When failed, we say sack the player, we are creating external pressure un necessarily. I can give an example how Australian selection is; Hodge had failed in an entire series some 5 years back when playing in India, with scores always below 15 for nearly 7 games, retained for future then

Posted by Prema1948 on (March 13, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

The other factor that effects the Country's Cricket most is its administrators & selectors, becos they aren't prepared to play the best talent available, instead they have always fielded 2 or 3 henchmen. Though Chandimal, Senanayake, Thirimane &few others were in brilant form just before the last WC, the selectors completely ignored them to make way for henchmen.They have even failed to drop under-performing seniors though they have done nothing in their previous tournaments against Pakistan, England & SA. The truth is Mahela & other seniors are riding on the stability brought into the side by the youngsters. Without them SL is a nothing team.

Posted by here2rock on (March 12, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

Ian Chappell has ignored a couple of facts. Jayawardene is fresh leading the side. Leading all formats of the game is a demanding task, in my opinion Dhoni has done a great job. His workload is enormous; he leads India in test matches, ODIs and T20s. He leads Chennai in IPL then championship league. His workload as a captain over the last few years have far more than any other cricketer in the history of the game let alone present cricketers. The time has come BCCI to step in take workload of his shoulders, may be rest him from test matches. It is hard for him to give away the captaincy for Chennai considering the amount of money involved and his employer's demands. Now on Jayawardene it was not a long ago he gave up the Sri Lankan captaincy as the demands of being an international captain were too much for him. I think Dhoni does not get his dues, people forget that he is a human after all. He is not a robot but BCCI want him to function like one. I still back Dhoni to shine again!

Posted by talmaki on (March 12, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

@riyas izzendeen, i dont know which one year are you reffering to , but i am sorry to say that you either dont follow cricket or are just ingnorant about indian cricket , indians golden era dint start when they won the world cup , you will understand if you read what i have writen carefully , indias golden era started when ganguli was the captain,when india started winning abroad regulerly,when india won tests on some the bounciest pitches of the world kingston , hedingly,durban ,perth.than won serieses away regularly,aussis were lucky to cheat and get away with in sydney but we had them,than west indies , england , newzealand,came from behind to draw with SA,cb series,won the 20-20 world cup ,asia cup,world cup ,number one in tests , ganguli started it 18 times we reached finals and lost to a better team on that day , but msd completed it , his first defeat as a captain was in england and second was auss and everyone is after his blood .and thats the golden period i am talking about.

Posted by krishna_cricketfan on (March 12, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

@@damith_sl: Please give me a break with this spirit of the game thing. Why did your player leave the crease again and again throughout the innings? Did you even read what MJ had to say about the repeated mistake of this batsman? How in the world following a rule makes it going against the spirit of the game? Did Ashwin force the player to backup too far? No. Your player did it repeatedly. And that is against the spirit of the game. Do not blame just for the sake of blaming. And I am sure your player will correct himself. SL Players are mostly well behaved just like any of the Asian teams. So accept mistakes and move on.

Posted by Nampally on (March 12, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

A very factual article, Ian. The captaincy involves in inspiring your team to produce their best . This is only possible if the team is united & not fractionalized by biased selection of XI. So Dhoni needs to learn this big lesson of selecting the best XI first forgetting his biase towards Jadeja. In the Asian cup he needs to remember this if he can move India forward. The Indian team on paper in the CB series was the strongest. Yet they failed to make it to the final just because the team was not united. Dhoni can play one all rounder - say Irfan pathan. He cannot add Jadeja + Y.Pathan too. He needs a specialist batsman or bowler in place of jadeja, who is more a specialist fielder. In Australia, either Tiwary or Rahul Sharma should have played instead of jadeja. Will Dhoni persist with this policy in the Asia cup too? If so India are bound to lose again. So team unity is the major factor for India which is still the strongest of the 4 Asia cup teams. Can Dhoni be a impartial captain?

Posted by cricket-magicalsport on (March 12, 2012, 18:56 GMT)

It was very weak hypothesis to compare team captains based on one series. Ponting looked great when Shane warne, mcgrath, hayden, etc were in peak performance and austrialian selectors looked cluless and ponting captaincy record was ordinary when austrialians giants retired. Any sudden change in australian culture/policy selection for the sudden failure ??? I dont think so... Team did not have the right players. From india's persceptive, same indian culture and almost same team members helped us in winning CB series in the past, T20 world cup and recently 50 over world cup. When things are not going in your way, every captain's decision would look stupid but when team wins, captains are considered insipirational, etc. I guess Indian team were both physically and mentally drained because of series of failures. Indian batting team failed as a group which was the only reason and Indian team always performs better when the batting does a good job.

Posted by Nick_Pats on (March 12, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

Chappell is like a typical Indian fan you will find on the streets. One loss and you start finding fault with everything. Comparing Mahela with MS...? Not a fair comparison with due respect to both men. Why is Chappell inconsistent with the quality of his columns that he writes once in two weeks...? Lets for a moment forget cricket teams being inconsistent playing 300 days a year.

Posted by Dhushan on (March 12, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Hahaha! It's so funny to read the angry Indian fans comments because they just can't accept the fact that Dhoni is only a captain but Jayawardene is a captain as well as a LEADER!

Posted by saivich on (March 12, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

The title should actually read "Jayawardene succeeds where Tilakararatne (Dilshan) fails". I think Ian Chappell got carried away a bit here because I don't think he is comparing apples to apples.

Posted by thinktank1 on (March 12, 2012, 17:02 GMT)

Dhoni played back to back series against England and Australia.. So he was tired mentally and physically. You can't expect more than that from him. Move on.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 12, 2012, 15:21 GMT)

less than year? It was almost 2 years and a culmination of 5-6 years of excellent cricket where India were leagues ahead of Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

comments and advise were easy to give since they are for free of cost but before telling something about somebody plz think of the past also, I think there is no need to compare Mahi & MJ both are gud in their business and tats why they r in the position wat they r now :)

Posted by MENDIS_Forever on (March 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

@Apoorv Pandey : First of all, congrats to you for writing such a long essay with just 1 pull stop.then , it's the same,old story from you.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

@talmaki a shame Indias 'Golden Age' lasted less than a year IIRC lol does that qulaify as an age? hmm

Posted by talmaki on (March 12, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

there is always a phase like this , in every sport ,every era has its golden period , where the player or the team achives every thing at stake , that happens when all the positive factors (skillfull indivisuals,form,luck,oppr​tunity,peaking at the right time) come together and negetive factors diminish(injury,controvers​ies,old retire,selfish attitudes),allthe positives factors and negetive facets are part and parsel of proffesional sport and life to that matter .when all the energy is focused in a perticular direction and goals achived what sets in next is decend , coz the only way the team can go is downhill becoz of many reasons , burnouts,injuries,compleca​ncy,lack of focus,big headedness.for some the so called golden era last a litlle longer than others and easily named sustained and consistant sucsses or domination,but eventually has to come down .so many examples , brazillian football team, italian football team , liverpool,boston red socks,england after 05, westindies of 70-80

Posted by AadeeSL on (March 12, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@Apoorv Pandey: After winning 3 out of 4,and losing to SL in their 7 out 5 matches,and Aus still planing to get ind out??get a life man.SL loosing to ind in recent time because of our STUPID cricket board.whenever they're in a cash deficit, they arrange a tournament with ind.So indian players so used to our players and tactics.Unless that,for recent times we have played quite decent cricket against others countries despite the major disputes.In Eng,we lost only once,but Eng hammered ind.same Eng team got hammered by Pak recently,also same venues we lost only once to Pak.also again against Aus we lose only one match and we all know what happened to ind against Aus.this all happened during the rebuilding time of our team.so,let's see from here how they play.even without having big names like Murali,Vaasi our boys manage to get rid of white washes.The possible white wash i thought was against SA.but there also they still manage to win a game.So,let's hope for the best.Good Luck Sri Lanka!

Posted by Aartam on (March 12, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

Agreed all the greatness of Mahela. If those should be considered, then where was his greatness or sportmanship when their bowler bowled the 5 ball over ? When you compare this to our Occasional Skipper Viru is 100 times better leader when he just warned, Thirmanne while Ashwin made him out. This is called Greatness and Sportmanship. Guys please make this Greats Ian & Greg understand what is a sport and how it should be played.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Dear Mr. Ian

The reason why srilanka did well than india is that they came from a long tour of SA where they played in similar bouncy tracks and had a fair measure of the bounce. Srilanka began their tour badly in SA but towards the end, like the subcontinent team got used to the conditions and did well. They were in that sense better prepared than Indians. You would have also seen that the Indians towards the end started playing better than their previous games. The indian culture did not change in the last five years, so why now bring in stuff which are extraneous to the game? The same indians gave such a spirited fight back in the last tour, that time also they had the same legacy and upbringing! Play sport as a sport and dont make it too scientific, then it loses the charm! The indian team since i follow it from 1970 has been always like this - win when u expect them to lose and vice versa! Thats why they are a great team to watch and despair too!

Posted by whyowhy on (March 12, 2012, 11:05 GMT)

Ian, I do not know why MJ resigned a few years back and handed over the captaincy to the Pundit Sanga, which went to the hapless Dilshan last year, imagine how much better MJ and the country would have been if he had just continued without a break ......the world cup would probably be in a cupboard at the SLC headquarters now.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 12, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

@kays789 Granted India have been abysmal in England and Australia and are terrible at the moment. That does not mean that in the past we have been dominant only at home. At home we been nearly invincible mind you only losing in 2004 against Aus and 1 test against SA. Lets take a look at the time before the world cup. 1-1 in SA and before 1-2, 1-0 in Eng, 1-1 in Australia 1-2 in 2007 1-0 in west Indies, 1-1 in Sri Lanka, 1-0 in New Zealand,1-0 in west Indies again, 2-1 in Pakistan plus the t20 wc in SA, the cbseries in Aus and the natwest series in Eng 3-2. Hmmm didnt Pakistan lose the 3 test series in Aus 3-0 and Sri Lanka the 2 test series 2-0. Sri Lanka lost in SA 2-3 times, in Eng many times, and even in New Zealand 1-0 and West Indies 1-0. More recently in UAE 1-0 and at home 1-0(Aus). I dont even think Sri Lanka have won a test in New Zealand, Eng and Aus recently.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

first of all in tri series india won 2 against lanka lanka 1 aussie planned to get india out of way also total 19 odis in aus sa eng lanka won only only 2 pathetic record india is a better team then lanka look last ten years record in away series india might have lost two series but it happens eng got also whitewashed in aus same with lanka in india it was a bad phase and mind you lankar is the team from subcontinent plays mostly at home compare to india pak but neva no 1 in test and odi thats a shame unlike india even pak got close to no 1 india has replacements of greats but i dont think after sanga and jaya they have they have lost testhome turfs also last odi showed india is far better than lanka india might have won all matches against lanka in cb series kohli got out and india fall in 280 chase same case in tie match india took lanka lightly still it was 2 to india 1 to lanka aussie planned to get india out.

Posted by KaZsa on (March 12, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

India had more talented line up???Without at least one fast bowler?

Posted by Urajapakse on (March 12, 2012, 9:38 GMT)

Very true Ian. Yes, there is a huge difference how we play the game comparatively both on & off the field, immaterial of whether we win or loose.

That is something to do with the 'Great culture' we have been having for more than 2500 years.

Jayawardena is a better leader by far. People who knows inside out of world cricket would agree.

Posted by cnumadhu on (March 12, 2012, 9:29 GMT)

These so called experts are good at their post-mortem articles. Every one would have appreciated had this article was written at the start of the tournament. Especially Ian is good at these as can be seen from his articles. http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/287961.html and http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/433347.html. Indians have stopped taking him too seriously long ago.

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

I am starting to take issue with the idea that Sri Lanka is still punching above its weight. Sure, both India and Australia have more resources to support cricketers, and Australia probably has better administrators. However, the Sri Lankan team is not disadvantaged by support services to the extent that their performances should be affected. The pay issue and political interference are genuine distractions, but still they have good facilities, coaches, trainers, physios, etc. After a certain level of support, talent, skill and experience take over; Sri Lankans should be second to none: There are two batsmen with 10,000 plus runs in 1-dayers and they are still at their peak (or there abouts). They are supported by talented youngsters and one of the best attacking openers. In addition they have one of the best fast bowlers, a consistently good spinner and some talented all-rounders. They really should be expected to consistently beat Australia and regularly beat India.

Posted by dork29 on (March 12, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

I am not sure why we guys see red anytime the Chappell brothers say something. Both Ian and Greg are right. Indians lacka culture that grooms leaders and in teh tri-series, Jayawardene was a better captain. However, what I do disagree with is generalisation. The problem Dhoni is facing is, the lack of coop[eration from teh sebiors. I think there was always a problem with him catapulted as skipper ahead of Sehwag and Gambhir. That snowballed into a full blown controversy on the Oz tour. Dhoni was not getting teh kind of cooperation he got from Sachin, Gambhir and Sehwag. That was teh reason for the losses. So Ian is right. MSd has been unable to stem the tide of dissent among the senoiors against him.So agree with Ian. Jayawardene has been brilliant.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (March 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Contd @ kays789, but I bet you are doing some deductive stuff over here .Look if you like to criticize them as always in all your comments without reason ,then I am not in to it.Except Australia and SA,everyone are home champions .I am not sure what's the fuss is all about.so if I were some other countries fan I would keep that in mind before criticize.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (March 12, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

@kays789, so what does it say when you criticize India for last two series stats forgetting their past victories.?And when you join hands with some SL fans,you don't have a reason to speak for them as srilankan teams have worst record outside srilanka,infact they hardly won test matches.So you should keep this in mind when you criticize Indian team for other countries.Even my favorite team Australia ( am not an aussie but i like australia)went through hard times last year but they turned it upside down .If you call Indian team home champions then I am not sure what name you will give for srilankan team? So what do you say about the current no.1 team whitewash in UAE?.And it's not hidden truth that your favorite pass time is bashing Indian cricket team

Posted by Dolci on (March 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

@SanjivAwesome. I agree 100% with your comments although I would never post this comment. I am perplexed why India at all levels is so bad at cricket when they have the potential to create the worlds best team. I also think this article is silly, yes Dhoni is not much of a captain, but if you were to compare Jayawardene performance against Clarkes you would identify similar flaws - Why does he concentrate only on Dhoni vs Jayawardene ?

Posted by akpy on (March 12, 2012, 7:21 GMT)

Can we indians please be given ONE YEAR free of the chappel brothers?? Wait, let us start with just one month first. Add Tony Greig's tweets to the chappels articles and you realise how sore they all are about India....as for this article, india won the WC against SL, they had better one-on-one record in this CB series against SL and would have been in finals if not for that 5 ball over...it doesnt take anything away from mahela as a wonderful captain or SL as a very good cricket team..but just throwing darts at indian team and its cricketers for everything shows how immature and sore these chappels are...so, please stop their nonsense from being published to indian audiences...

Posted by   on (March 12, 2012, 7:19 GMT)

First of all, Jayawardene + Sangakarra did not do justice to SL team as senior players. How did Jayawerdene's own individual performance rocket up as soon as he got the captaincy back? Secondly, why did he take over the captaincy from Dilshan? Thirdly SL has some excellent medium pace all rounders with the likes of Perera, Mathews, Kulasekara, Maharoof + the middle order batting of Chandimal and Thirimanne who won games for them. Agreed, instead of supporting Dilshan, Jayawerdene worked his own magic and brought the team to a better mind set (his personal choice), but it was the raw talent that brought SL to the finals and nothing else.

Posted by SanjivAwesome on (March 12, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

I am a die hard India supporter. I agree with Chappel. In India, the rot starts from the top in cricket - with BCCI's own opaque governance and accountability, to Selector's apathy, to the player's lack of acute hunger when playing for their country. There is wide evidence of tolerance for under-performance in our cricket culture - possibly a reflection of our culture generally.

Posted by santosher67 on (March 12, 2012, 6:24 GMT)

@maddy20, let's be practical. Winning WC alone does not make a captain good. Bringing consistency and getting everyone to perform their best are two essential elements of good captaincy. I think Dhoni was certainly a lucky captain for a while. Somehow, Dhoni's detachment with results is worrying...I have to agree with Chappel - IPL seems to have spoiled our cricketers. Why would a player want to fight hard for an India cap when he can make millions off the field. Case in point...Jadeja just signed a $2M deal. No matter how many games he plays for India, he may probably never make that kind of money. So, why would he want to exert his body for 7-8 months every year for 10 years if he can make as much in 2 years in IPL? I admire Jayawardena for being able to gel the team after disasterous results before he took over again. Dhoni on the other hand has failed miserably in 2 of the most important series in recent times.

Posted by google_123 on (March 12, 2012, 6:17 GMT)

d guys like chappel write articles based on crrnt form nd change dier opinion series by series..... less than a year b4 it was a large hue nd cry dat dhoni outplaces jaya in terms of captaincy...... for me d crrnt sl team looks like d old indian team which had the habit of reachin nd losin every final

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (March 12, 2012, 6:13 GMT)

Love your straightforward articles.

Posted by itsTIME4ELImination on (March 12, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Haha Boy does he know to bring the Indians out! Chappell should be fired from Cricinfo for causing so much strife for Indian fans!

Posted by CanTHeeRava on (March 12, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

@drinks.break...I know that Chappell was only referring the culture within Indian cricket team. IPL is not international test (or ODI) cricket. Those IPL players whether from India or abroad don't have to cope with one-another either on tour or in India for many years. They just play for two months in a year and there is no certainty that they will be playing for the same team the next year. Besides, the incentive in IPL is money. Relationships and respect come second and Chappell was right in raising the concern about the spoiling influence of money. Playing for India is much more than just money (=IPL) and it is a challenge to play for India because the concept of India as a country is quite complex. Only a few realize the real importance of the blue cap and uniform. It is very easy to play politics in an Indian setting. Srilanka on the other hand (like New Zealand) has a small base and irrespective of how badly their cricket is run, they can still work their way around it.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 12, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

@damith_sl I don't think Dilshan would have done that if not for the issue with Thirimanne. Who knows what would have happened if the whole Ashwin Thirimanne issue hadn't occurred. Both teams have upheld the spirit of the game and sometimes issues occur when the two teams play so much against one another like the Randiv- sehwag no ball case or the world cup toss. Saying that Sri Lanka uphold the spirit of the game where India don't seems pointless really.

Posted by AbelBabel on (March 12, 2012, 4:52 GMT)

Chappell hasn't written anything out of the ordinary for sportswriters covering any sport in Australia. The common remark about champion team beating a team of champions simply means ... a team winning at the moment will beat a team whose players have won previously. That is, current form beats past glory ... yep, unremarkable wisdom. Still, it was nice of Chappell not go further and point out that SLanka would get a thrashing in test series in Oz, just as they did in at home a few months ago. It's only a year ago that England had thrashed Australia in Oz, including 3 tests by an innings.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (March 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Ian, I think you have raised a question and answered that too. Both Dhoni & Jaya being good captains with Jaya more inspiring. But none of them I think is strong captain. As u mentioned, that Dhoni feel more convenient with younger lot and that younger lot is provided to him in 50over games and he is able to get max out of them. But same is not the case in test matches. Selectors choose the team and neither Dhoni nor Jaya are strong enough to influence dem about what they want in the team. Right now Ind has more the problem of selection rather than performance. They are just like what Aus was before last year i.e. carrying the baggage. Aus had non-performing Mitch, North, Steve Smith, Bear/Doherty/xyz. No wonder they lost to Poms 3matchs with inning. If our selectors had phased out seniors at right time, I am sure we certainly would have shown more spine. I am not saying we would have won it, but could have won few, draw few more (as we rely on batting). Dravid is gone, few more to go

Posted by here2rock on (March 12, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

Ian Chappell has ignored a couple of facts. Jayawardene is fresh leading the side. Leading all formats of the game is a demanding task, in my opinion Dhoni has done a great job. His workload is enormous; he leads India in test matches, ODIs and T20s. He leads Chennai in IPL then championship league. His workload as a captain over the last few years have far more than any other cricketer in the history of the game let alone present cricketers. The time has come BCCI to step in take workload of his shoulders, may be rest him from test matches. It is hard for him to give away the captaincy for Chennai considering the amount of money involved and his employer's demands. Now on Jayawardene it was not a long ago he gave up the Sri Lankan captaincy as the demands of being an international captain were too much for him. I think Dhoni does not get his dues, people forget that he is a human after all. He is not a robot but BCCI want him to function like one. I still back Dhoni to shine again!

Posted by SmellyCat on (March 12, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

I'm not discounting the problems in Indian cricket but taking these guys seriously.. naah.. You can take someone seriously if he/she has shown same characteristics or actions in his life that he/she preaches. Chappells are those who themselves played in WSC for money.. plain and simple. Where was the country then? For me neither of the brothers has been consistent with their comments, and have been proven wrong with their analysis - more often than not. They just comment on India because thats the only they can be paid or make news.

Posted by vijaysun1 on (March 12, 2012, 3:18 GMT)

@popped : well, captains (and indeed cultures if one chooses to make it a part of the discussion) should be judged on results. and why should'nt head to head stats be used to see if there are any facts backing up the points made in this article. I cannot speak for other Indian fans but I for one am proud of what Dhoni has done as a captain and would prefer to have the two world cup trophies (T20 and 50 overs) in my cabinet as opposed to what Jayawardene has managed in his captaincy tenures. And if indeed the problems with Indian culture are so great then Dhoni must be the greatest captain of all time to overcome all those obstacles and win regularly with pretty much the same team of players for the past 4 years :) Please make up your mind about what to blame first and then decide to write or comment on such articles!

Posted by denwarlo70 on (March 12, 2012, 2:32 GMT)

@maddy20, I request you to read the following "One of Sri Lanka's finest ODI shows. Sri Lanka's top-order batsmen made it a memorable CB Series for the side, even though they lost in the finals - S Rajesh - March 9, 2012" There, you will find everything you need to know about Sri Lanka's players my friend. Accept the fact that Team India was dismal in the past 6 months or so. Facts are stubborn and it's a tough pill to swallow.....

Posted by Indianbeast on (March 12, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

why pick these 2 captains when the series was a TRI-SERIES? these Chappell bros I'm telling you are idio7s...all they know how to find a way to criticise an asian team...why didn't he just talk about how SL thrash Aus and then Aus mess.

Posted by Kays789 on (March 12, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

@mathewjohn2176: haha not quite mate. i wouldnt bet on your deductive skills for the life of me. anyway the fact remains the indians have proved creditably that they can only perform in india. they are recognized as home champions for a reason. no team that goes on to lose 8 test matches in a row in three days can be much of a threat. id keep that in mind if i were an indian fan before i criticize players from other countries.

Posted by Busie1979 on (March 12, 2012, 1:23 GMT)

This is a bit rash. Again I can't agree with Chappell. I agree Jayawardene is very good. But Chappell has a short memory when it comes to Dhoni. Dhoni was once accepted as the world's best captain. He has won a T20 and ODI world cup and achieved a temporary number 1 ranking. He has lost momentum since the English tour, in part due to destablising influences within the Indian team and an inability to convince selectors to inject youth into this team's batting line up. Also, if Jayawardene is to get a compliment for sticking by Malinga, what does this say about Clarke who didn't stick by Harris after saying Harris is one of the best bowlers he has ever played just over a month ago? Also, if Chappell is seriously blaming IPL contracts, he is forgetting that the IPL is an international tournament, which includes Australians and Sri Lankans.

Posted by ChadGray on (March 12, 2012, 0:50 GMT)

Guess SL now have a strong team with MJ's captaincy like Ricky's team who dominated cricket over past decade. On the other hand Indian team is pretty messed up.

Posted by S305 on (March 12, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

I've followed the Chappell brothers since I was a struggling batsman in high-school way back in the 1970's, and have always thought of them as grass-roots cricketers, always open, and honest, a source of inspiration. Not only India, but all of the sub-continent teams should take note of what Ian Chappel is saying here: playing for your team and country is way higher-priority than playing for money andfor one's personal gains. In the '70's all of our test cricketers in SL worked till 4:30 p.m., and then went for practice.... and they were not paid for playing in a test. That's how they played back then. Now, with money, glamor and glitter associated with cricket of today, definitions of playing for one's country appear to have changed.

Let's play cricket just for what it is: cricket.

Posted by crickeyt on (March 12, 2012, 0:23 GMT)

@damith_sl: touting Dilshan as the paragon of gentlemanly conduct in a cricket match? I don' think Randiv and Sehwag will quite agree with that!

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 11, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

Good gem of a comment from csowmi7. And Dilshan did NOT warn Wade like some people are commenting. It was a complete joke when he did that. He exaggerated the moments and as he did it, he had a huge grin and laughed about it with Wade.

Posted by AnotherCricketer on (March 11, 2012, 23:10 GMT)

On any given day, there is no telling which person shows up on the field. We are all humans, and Dhoni is not an exception. Unlike Baseball where a batsmen gets three strikes before the batsmen is declared out, in Cricket, one mistake is all it takes to ruin the day. I despise these so called "experts" to make over-arching generalizations about who is better and who sucks. Until this Australia tri-series, Sri Lanka had tried it all and nothing worked for them. Could it be that this emboldened them to fear nothing and just go out and do their best?

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (March 11, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

@coswami, I agree with your comment..Compare the head to head record instead of talking about culture and some non related stuff.. @ Kay's-789 ,you sound like a typical Pakistani

Posted by maddy20 on (March 11, 2012, 21:13 GMT)

One decent series that too a lost one and these chappell brothers have gone holla! Lets look at their Achievements as captains. Dhoni 1 T20 WC, 1 50 over WC, test no.1 ranking. Jayawardene none! You do the math!

Posted by DaGameChanger on (March 11, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

@lazyplayer - You're right as a American and ardent sports fan, my love is more for American sports mainly NFL and not cricket but I still know quiet a lot about it. Note I said Ian not Greg. Ian was good batsman or above average captain but not a WC winning calibre kinda captain and hence mediocre cricketer. Learn the difference. Please dont go anywhere about inferior complex..it dont touch me.

Posted by mukmum on (March 11, 2012, 20:46 GMT)

@ shovwar ,if sl wud hv played their knock out matches against pakistan ,australia instead of england and nz then i am not sure they would ever have made it to finals.

Posted by Philip_Gnana on (March 11, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

I am not sure if I can agree with all the comments here Ian. But, the most important point is the performances of the two captains. Mahela, with all his subtle skills and experience surely got the most of his players. Both, the seniors and the youngsters. The losses were all marginal. The exception in Hobart being the Indians being faced with a do or die battle. So they took all the risks and it paid off. As for SL they beat Australia in Australia 4-3. Not many nations can be proud of achieving this feat. SL also did not have the advantage of having paid practice games etc and used the games to get in to the groove and once they had done that there was no stopping them. To play as a unit is most important in a team game. Champion team and not team of champions. SL compared to India have not had the benefit of longer series in the first 15 years of their test playing. Lets hope the good form continues for them and they beat England at home. Philip Gnana. Surrey

Posted by jdgoal14 on (March 11, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Good article but we will have to wait and see if Jayawardena can continue to motivate the team to be successful in the coming months. He's definitely been great in his second tenor as captain and seems to bring a bit of dynamism to the team, which was absent in the last 9-10 months.

I think its nothing short of amazing how the team performed in the CB series. With all the strife regarding player payments, political interference's, changes in coaches and numerous other matters, the team still managed to raise their game. It also shows that this current Sri Lankan team have the potential to perform in any conditions and against any opposition if they were free from the above worries and have a capable captain leading the way.

Posted by damith_sl on (March 11, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

@cswomi7: True, of course I do admit that Dhoni is a respectable character such as Tendulkar and Sehwag. But do you remember in the second final, how Dilshan gave Mathew Wade a warning? I'm sure you don't. Because it was not blown out of proportion or made a big deal of. That is what I meant by upholding the spirit of the game. Of course, Ashwin had every right to claim that wicket, and quite frankly, I think it should have been given out. But under the same circumstances, I'd say how Dilshan casually signaled a shy at the stumps and gave a smile and a pat in the back of Wade is a much better-subtle and gentlemanly - way of dealing with illegal backing up from the nonstrikers' end.

Posted by damith_sl on (March 11, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

@jasonpete- two points. 'luck favors them' was used as an expression. Not literal. But of course I don't deny that it takes a whole lot of perseverance and hard work . And I have to agree that in almost all the 'finals' we lost, 'choking under pressure' was a key factor. Well, that makes MJ's work all the more admirable, because he is remarkable at keeping his cool. This CB loss is an example for both parties. One is, if we 'choked' under pressure as we used to prior to this, we would have lost the last match of the league stage and got out. But we didn't. MJ's a good tactician and it paid off. A bit unlucky at the end for sure but I see a silver lining. @kays789 - I think he is an Indian mate... Anyways, thanks.. :D

Posted by mukmum on (March 11, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

@csowmi7 india and sl have played so much cricket together that there will always be a close match as nothing is secret between the two ,and both are masters of sub continent style tracks.

Posted by shovwar on (March 11, 2012, 18:06 GMT)

Dhoni is lucky to be the captain of a side with full of stars...But SL is a much Better TEAM than India...WC final I believe was UNLUCKY for SL. AS a TEAM SL deserved the cup more than any other teams out there period. It does not mean India did not deserve it...They had players who deserved it ....But they were always the second deserving as a team after SL.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 11, 2012, 17:56 GMT)

we all know whats going to happen after the India Sri lanka match. If India wins ardent India fans are going to be talking about how they are higher than the lowly Sri Lankans and the World Champions have put the island nation in their place. Sri Lankan fans will be talking about how India are flat track bullies and how we lost 8-0 abroad. Whereas if Sri Lanka wins their fans will be talking about how Sri Lanka being a small island nation have more character, pride and skill than the Indians and how their team deserves to be number one. India will give excuses citing the world cup and their overall record being far better than the Lankans. Guys lets just enjoy the cricket. There have been way to many India Sri Lanka matches recently. Am looking forward to Pakistan vs India :)

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

ok people. We all wonder is dhoni good captain or lucky captain. 8-0 in white wash test serios makes him not a good captain but he won t20 and world cup. So he did something correct and even before that he won in lot of TESTs. I think winning TEST matches are more depends on the calibre of players and their performance. With sehwag around india always had a chance and Dhoni used sehwag play with freedom until his ego got bigger of him and stopped respecting sehwag there by 8-0 whitewash. I think he probably won the world cup even without sachin and sehwag in Indian flat pitches. His batting suited for ODI and he is no good in TEST matches. He brings lots of intangibles as captain and lots of luck. Why we always say luck because he lacks tactical moves and his field placement or bowling changes are more of instinct than tactical. Jayawardene is more of feast for brain with his tactical moves. Dhoni at his best does that that you think of something and he make that move.

Posted by niraj13 on (March 11, 2012, 17:28 GMT)

I think Jayawardene's second coming as a captain, has been really successful. However, to compare him to Dhoni is not fair. I think its a bit premature to do that. If Jayawardene can do that over a period of 2-3 years, then we can say that he is really good and if he is the better than Dhoni or not. Any player/captain can show results over 4-5 games, but a truly good player/captain does that consistently over and over again. Coming on to Dhoni, I think he is really good captain in 50-over and 20-over formats, but the problem comes in the test version. Dhoni tries to use the same tactics in test cricket as he does in the limited overs format. He really needs to change his strategy for the test version of the game, otherwise India will continue to lose tests, especially in tough overseas conditions.

Posted by mukmum on (March 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

these commentrators are like politicians who switch sides after every series.Last year india won world cup under dhoni and he was hailed better than the great kapil dev , today india has lost 2 series and no suddenly all skills have disappeared,his brother has even gone one step ahead questioning the culture of an entire country.I think they have nothing to say about their own country so they start pulling india and indian players in all their articles because it would obviously attract attention.

Posted by RoshanF on (March 11, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

You are wrong jasonpete - Sri Lanka were unlucky apart from being too hasty once they bundled out the Aussies for a mere 232. They were unlucky not just because they had not the talismanic touch of Matthews and well-set Thissara Perera BUT because they had to play no less than 6 high charged matches in 12 days. And this was not home for them unlike the Aussies.

I saw some hilarious Aussie biased comments putting it across that Australia won "despite the absence of Clarke". In fact his absence was most likely a blessing in disguise for the home team as they had the living daylights thrashed out of them by the Lankans in the 2nd final inspite of having Clarke leading the team and even after the SL dropped 5 catches including two off Clarke. AND Sri Lanka would have won the 1st final following Kulasekara heroics, if not for the need by a well set Tharanga to hit out to keep up with the D/L score during the late stages. At one SL needed just 28 odd of 24 and Tharanga would have done it.

Posted by pradeep_dealwis on (March 11, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

Good points by Chappell. By all means, player to player India has more class than SL and almost infintely more resources, yet they failed. Dhoni's a good captain and excellent finisher, but he's no strategic genius and he's no inspiring leader, he's a good manageer of men, that's all. So when the men really don't perform, he's lost, and has no ability to gee them up and turn things around. Mahela is one for the ages.

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 11, 2012, 16:41 GMT)

@ Lakshitha overall head to head between India vs Sri Lanka in India (29-11 India) in Sri Lanka(26-19 Sri Lanka) neutral venues(20-13 India) overall(68-50 India) (as of jan 2010 so add 5-6 matches for both sides) I rest my case :)

Posted by csowmi7 on (March 11, 2012, 16:26 GMT)

And how have Sri Lanka upheld the spirit of the game where India haven't. The recent issues of thirimanne and Ian Bell show that India always uphold the spirit of the game. Look at the likes of Dhoni, Dravid and Tendulkar who have been amazing ambassadors for cricket.

Posted by Sobat on (March 11, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

This is really a nice article... even i made this comment few days back showing what have IPL done to Indian cricket........ every Indian who makes the national team just thinks they are someone when they have achieved nothing except few IPL seasons.. and they have there own ways of playing ... if India will not correct this now im sure indian cricket will end up in a mess for sure....

Posted by Kays789 on (March 11, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

@jasonpete : i highly doubt you're an aussie mate. you sound like a typical indian. just saying.. and damith_sl : you took the words right outta my mouth!

Posted by venkatesh018 on (March 11, 2012, 15:20 GMT)

Will anybody in the establishment take this article for what it is-a honest assessment of Indian cricket set-up or dismiss it as another psychic rant from a Chappell brother? My assumption: We will once again discredit the messenger because we don't like the message.

Posted by lakshitha.jayakody on (March 11, 2012, 15:03 GMT)

For Sri Lankans, its all about the spirit. Yeah, in South Africa Sri Lankans were very cheap in some instances [bowled out for 43 runs], however the resilience and fighting back spirit was there, even in dismal periods. Example, in South Africa they won their maiden test victory in South African soil and were victories by chasing 300+ totals, twice. For Sri Lankan cricket, its all about the spirit, not all about the captain. But biggest obstacle for Sri Lankan cricket from the history was INCONSISTENCY. This is very evident after 1999-2000 era. First day they can be invincible but next day they are unbelievably wrecked. Anyway hope that lions will have their Hobart revenge on Tuesday!!!

Posted by jasonpete on (March 11, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

@ damith_sl ,you are wrong.when Indians win final tournaments,it's not luck favours them but courage and guts to finish the matches.What do you think when we (Aussies) reach finals,you will hardly see us losing the matches.Its not luck favours us that we won many finals.we play hard when it really matters like winning the finals and many word cups.How do you think the Top 4 batsman of srilanka scored heavily almost all the matches till the decider in CB series and in the final they all flopped together?.Its not spirited but choking under pressure. Not only this,two world cup finals ,1 t20 finals they succumbed to pressure.And you can't give excuses that srilanka lost due luck not in favour of them.If you can't win finals and you don't finish up the game,all this talk of spirit vanish in the air.

Posted by drinks.break on (March 11, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

@CanTHeeRava, Chappell wasn't talking about Indian culture in general, but the culture of the Indian cricket team in particular. You only have to look at franchise-based teams to know that a healthy team culture can be forged among people from widely-varying national/cultural backgrounds. Why did the Rajasthan Royals win IPL1? They were a champion team (not a team of champions) with a positive team culture. The fact is, Dhoni has been unable to mould the kind of culture that Jayawardene has done with SL, or Warne did with RR, and the untouchableness of the senior players in his team is a large part of the reason for this. Until the system changes, his hands are tied, and India will continue to underperform.

Posted by damith_sl on (March 11, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

You know, it's funny how people think that Indians and Sri Lankans have a 'lot' in common. I think Ian is more correct than them in this matter. Indians and Sri Lankans, are close geographically, but the difference is the same as the Chinese and the Japanese, or even the Americans and the Mexicans. Tamil is the only common language in both the countries, but the mainstream cultures are much much much more different. I don't exactly think that one is fare better than the other. When it comes to winning tournaments, India has had better luck than Sri Lankans, but when it comes to upholding the spirit of the game, I think Sri Lankans have succeeded more than that. What do you say fellas?

Posted by KP_84 on (March 11, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

Despite having one of the weakest pace attacks amonngst the elite level nations, Jayawardene was able to restrict the opposing sides to scores on or below par in all but two of the eleven games they played in the CB Series.

A topic I'd like to see discussed by the Mr Chappel is: who's better at getting the most out of the modest player resources available to them, New Zealand's Stephen Fleming or Mahela Jayawardene?

Posted by skmohanty on (March 11, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Some of your points are really valid like Dhoni may not be a better captain in TEST as compare to ODIs, today's youngsters are not HUNGRY specially in test arena. But I cant believe that he's faulting our disciplined Indian culture. We may not be natural leader from an early age as per our System, but the same system makes a perfect leader when it really matters!! Tell me one genuine OZ Cricket leader after Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh??Don't tell Ponting was a natural leader. Even I could make a GULLY team champion if I got the likes of McGrath, Warnie, Gilly, Hayden, Ponting himself, Langer etc. Also don't forget the OZ culture...most vulnerable when at receiving condition, the real cheaters when the opposition starts domination them. The biggest problem in their cricket team culture is (I'm not pointing out the whole country's culture like the chappell bros since I'm not qualified to say so) they don't know to respect their oppositions!! They need to look at their own SYSTEM!!

Posted by Srijay on (March 11, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

It is all right when you take Ian Chappell's comments. I too admire Ian's pithy comments and also his comments on Mahela and Dhoni. I agree, Dhoni lacks the tactical acument of Mahela or other cerebral captains like Ian. But he has delivered so many times. We all agree that India played badly but we all agreed before the tour to Australia that we had the best batting lineup. It so happened that the leading run getters didn't prove their mettle. Where we differ is when Ian or Greg question the culture part of it. Where the culture comes here. It is pure cricketing talent that is wanting here. Who is Ian or Greg to question India's culture? They can question the cricketing talent or the lack of it but not the culture.

Posted by ajaym55 on (March 11, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

I have always enjoyed comments from Australian commentators like Ian Chappell. Lately, they seem to be getting more extreme and a little ridiculous. When you start commenting on a country's culture or work ethic you perhaps need a little more humility and a lot more scholastic study than Ian Chappell can claim. All teams including Australia go through good and bad times. Compared to 1980s when India used to struggle being in the top six, it is a vastly improved team. While Ian is welcome to comment on cricketing matters, mate you are way out of your depth commenting on our culture.

Posted by popped on (March 11, 2012, 12:18 GMT)

@ vijaysun1 this article is not about IND vs SL stats, its about the captains. don't make you are making it even worse for them sure Sl players are earning millions too but Ian's point is about performing for your country to your best ...Ian probably should be more cautious about mentioning cultures .but the article otherwise is spot on! try to take the message the article is really giving out about the performance issue's . more often than not indian fans would take negatives out of anything that is being written here even if it was positive. cmon chaps you guys insult the Indian culture

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (March 11, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Jayawardene leads his team from being 47 all out in South Africa to kicking the world champions out of the league and defeating the Australians in their own home on many occasions. How can you not be romantic about cricket?

Posted by IndiaNumeroUno on (March 11, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Dhoni is a leader who leads by example. Jayawardene is nowhere in the same class!

Posted by lakshitha.jayakody on (March 11, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Lets wait till the conclusion of Asia cup final. This will be a ultimate test for the spirited Sri Lanka. Can they transform the momentum of CB series to be victories here in Asia? No doubt that during CB series except Hobart match against India, Sri Lanka was the best side. But here in sub continent, Sri Lanka's performance against India after post Ranatunga era was not satisfactory. In fact considering last 05 years records, India is leading over Sri Lanka in sub continent matches. Tuesday's match will be fascinating!!!

Posted by CanTHeeRava on (March 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

Ian Chappell is right in praising Jayawardene's captaincy and it is also true that Dhoni is not the same class of Jayawardene both as a player and as a captain. However, where Chappell is wrong though is comparing India's culture with that of Srilanka. As Dravid put it in his Bradman oration, India speaks in 100s of languages and India does not have one culture. It is a miracle that we have a cricket team that performs as well as it does (atleast sometimes). It is not monolithic as many foreigners tend to portray it very often. There is no system that is comparable to India's society. Perhaps, the African continent (including all the nations) comes close to representing India's diversity. Can Chappell imagine a cricket team that represents the whole of Africa? No Australian can. And 'Hunger' is an important issue and Chappell is right in raising concern about some of India's youngsters losing their way. India has a lot of scope for improvment and there is no doubt in that.

Posted by LCLC on (March 11, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

I agree to Ian's comment to some extent. Again, India's dismal performance is not just the captaincy issue. It is been mind set issue of BCCI and players to some extent .BCCI never invested money to completely prepare Indian team for foreign pitches. This has been an issue for so long . Every time we visit England or Australia , we behave as if we are visiting those countries for the first time.

Coming back to Dhoni. Some how it appears that he is more comfortable leading his team in limited over matches than in Tests. May be it is got to do with his own lack of form or ability to face opposition attack in Test matches.

Posted by screamingeagle on (March 11, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Point taken Ian, but pray tell where this logic was when India was doing well? They are in transition, planned or otherwise. SL culture, the players attitude etc etc were just the same. Any team would struggle, any captain would struggle when the loses mount. It is in how the team comes out of the rut where the captain and attitude would count. So, yes; in some ways you are right, but I find it pretty strange that the analogies do not apply in most cases, but when it comes to India, everyone loves to make negative statements.

Posted by Anurag_India on (March 11, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

This is a ridiculous piece. You can't keep beating a dead horse. Mahela as a Captain was probably better in this series but Indian and Srilankan culture is essentially the same execpt the Lankans are probably a bit more laid back. Chappell brothers seem to notice and imagine things no one else can. Maybe they're just trying to stay relevant, everyone is after all. But they should respect their own standing in the game a little more and curb this malice towards India - especially Greig.

Posted by vijaysun1 on (March 11, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

India has an overall advantage in head to head matches against SL as well as an advantage in the past two years when they have played a lot. They also beat the same SL team in the WC final. SL does not have series wins away from home when outside the subcontinent against most teams in their history. The same IPL that gave Indian players a chance to earn millions has given a chance to earn millions to all the SL top players too. Lastly in this very CB series the "champion team" lost to the "team of champions" more often than it won including the humiliating loss in Hobart.

I am a fan of Ian's but if we are going to insult a whole country's culture based on fleeting results, then maybe Australian culture also has plenty of problems after the complete decimation last year in the Ashes.

The seniors in this Indian team are good role models; one of the seniors retired the day of this article and another is not playing in the asia cup. unlike some aus senios batsmen who need 2 b dropped

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 11, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Good leadership is an integral part of a winning team and Mahela without doubt provides this in abundance. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by suve on (March 11, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

Good article Ian. Mahela's captaincy has been brilliant, I think it was a mistake for him to resign as captain in 2009. I hope he continues as captain for atleast another 2-3 years. Lets see how he does as captain in the Tests matches vs England, Hopefully it won't affect his batting.

Posted by jaygh on (March 11, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Same 3 teams played in 2008 triangular in australia, which India won, but unfortunately culture was not taken as one of the point then

Posted by lazyplayers on (March 11, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

DaGameChanger, I am an Indian and sad to say that your writings shows how much you know about cricket. Greg Chappel was much talented player than Dhoni. And Ian Chappell has been a great captain. These guys never faced a situation where their team was filled with so many superstars and kept on surrendering abjectly one after another. These guys are not defaming India as you are thinking, everyone is asking for a good game of cricket. Get out of inferiority complex mindset.

Posted by rshan on (March 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT)

Ian is spot on. He was a very good captain himself and he knows what he is talking. Ian has expressed his very honest opinion. It was all happening in front of our TV screens for all to see. Indians should view the article in a positive frame of mind. It will then do a world of good for Indian cricket, of which I'm an admirer!

Posted by DaGameChanger on (March 11, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

SRILANKA has lost all the finals from WC 2007 to CB Series while Dhoni has won almost every other tournament he has played. If egalitarian team culture is just playing good and not getting any silverware, I as a fan I dont wont it probably SL fans dont want it. I want my team to win more Silverware than reaching finals/semi-finals. Ian - you have no clue about Indian or subcontinent culture and please dont try to prove otherwise. India, SL and Pakistan share almost similar culture. You and Greg Chappell can never separate us based on your divide and rule mindset.

Posted by DaGameChanger on (March 11, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Lets compare Dhoni to any other captain. The only captain with T20 WC, WC, Asia Cup, CB Series and Number 1 test ranking for 2 years and Dhoni himself was Number 1 ODI Ranking for almost 1 years and 9 months and he is one of the best finisher of all time if not the best. Looks who is talking Ian Chappell - Mediocre cricketer.

Posted by visha_pb on (March 11, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

It' very simple, nothing to think more.

India - All the playing 11 are super stars - even the bench guys are super stars. They have to find down to earth cricket payers not the super stars.

Indian Fans - If win they are the best, If loos they are the worst.

Sri Lanka - Even Sanga, Mahela or Malinga not the super stars. Inside sri lanka they are just the cricket players who earn respect from the fans. Even this guys go the India they are becoming super stars (whats happen to the malinga)

Sri Fans - Win or Loss they are in the dancing floor.

Posted by Penny71 on (March 11, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

I think this article is very unbiased opinion of an expert. Written brilliantly with lot of sound back ground knowledge of the team cultures. Coming from and Aussie makes it even more appealing. The team thinking is so different between these two teams. It slaps on the myth of people who think Indian and SL are mostly the same. Well, it is definitely not. It is only the geographical closeness that is there but these two teams have entirely different cultures. Aussies and Kiwis have more common traits that India and SL players.

Posted by jakigui on (March 11, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

@Shivabala_Balaji ur comment is ridiculous...dhoni just won world cup that is also in india, ur r talking like he had won 3 world cups.

Posted by cute_vela on (March 11, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@rahulcricket007 yes malinga was too expensive bowler..but u cant say " MALINGA IS THE WORST BOWLER OF THIS SERIES , EVEN WORSE THAN VINAY KUMAR ." all ur stats are ok.. he gave runs but at the same time he took wickets and he was one of a reason for some Sri Lankan victories in this series itself.. Malinga is the highest wicket taker in this series.. so how can u compare him with vinay and say he s worst... yes he was expensive.. but tat desn't mean he s worst... He was not his best but he was not worst as u say... HOW CAN A WORST BOWLER BECOME HIGHEST WICKET TAKER???

Posted by Drew12 on (March 11, 2012, 6:56 GMT)

@Shivabala_Balaji what you seem to have forgotten is that Australia was number 1 from Sep 2001 to Jul 2009 and bar about 7 non-consecutive months when Aus and SA were swapping 1 and 2, number 1 since 2005. India did not come close to 4 years yet alone reaching 2 years at number 1. They were 1 only between Dec 2009 and Aug 2011.

Posted by RandyOZ on (March 11, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

Great article Ian, expect the usual Indian backlash though. They'll be fine when they win in India. The funny thing is though there is no way the rest of the world will forget their 8 consecutive away test defeats, including 4 by an innings and several by hundreds of runs. Test Cricket is dead in India.

Posted by MDCP on (March 11, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

@Shivabala_Balaji : India was no1 for "4 years"???? You have got ur facts wrong buddy.... India is pathetic away from home and as sum1 said the Sri Lankan tail handled conditions better than the Stupid Indian batsmen....

Posted by guesswhoitsmeabhi on (March 11, 2012, 6:47 GMT)

casting aspersions on the leadership qualities of 2 captains,based on the performance in just 1 series doesn't seem too professional,Mr.chappell.if you really wish to compare the leadership qualities of dhoni & jayawardane,look no further than their records heah to head as captains.in the 2008 CB series,dhoni was the champion captain while mahela's team didn't reach the finals.later in the 2008 asia cup,both won a match each.later,in 2 bilateral series in sri lanka in august 2008 & jan-feb 2009,india won both the series 3-2 & 4-1.so if we go by the stats,dhoni is better by a long margin.but i agree stats aren't always honest.i am myself a big fan of mahela's astute leadership,but to say he's better than dhoni,& to blame india's poor perfromance to their players being rich sounds too childish & simplistic.weren't the indian players rich a year back when they were test no.1,& the world cup champs.let's not be opportunists...

Posted by JohnnyRook on (March 11, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

I agree with Ian Chappell. Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina definitely look very unmotivated. They don't seem to be learning from their mistakes and it is not at all surprising if the reason is that they already have got all that they wanted. They might be taking their place for granted because they are continually being played despite of their failures. Look at Australia's CB series wining team. Most new guys in the team are from age group 25-30. In India, RJ, RS & SR are still "youngsters" despite having played 50+, 75+ and 125+ matches respectively. India has brought them to international level a little too early because of our infatuation with youth. They are not hungry enough bcoz they are being fed a lot more than they deserve.

Posted by Adeel9 on (March 11, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

"a champion team will beat a team of champions". Wow! Superb quote!

Posted by jasonpete on (March 11, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 11 2012, 05:04 AM GMT) seriously your comment is nothing but a joke.I am an Aussie and I enjoyed watching tendulkar,dravid and laxman and to some extent sehwag in our bouncy pitches.They played better cricket and have a very good record not only in our country but everywhere including England and southafrica.This time they looked Out of form may be due to their age like our punter.But comparing with srilankan tail enders is absolutely a joke.I guess even in CB series among srilanka and India,India have better record against srilanka and they won us against in 2008 when we had gilly and Hayden.so just one series better performances of srilanka and few months bad performances of India doesn't make anyone better than others.I agree with Ian, India have better batsman than srilanka and their captain dhoni have two word cups ( except last two series) including no.1 rank in test team compared to jayawardene captaincy.So this tells who is better among the two.

Posted by kinghuck on (March 11, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

Dhoni's success in tests can be attributed to his "awesome senior stalwarts". Case in point is where India started to become a mediocre team as soon as the Fab Four started to under perform. (8-0 overseas and a solitary series win against the lowly west indians) That was the case with the aussies as well. The hallmark of a great Captain would be the ability to have consistency even when a team is re-building. Dhoni has a lot to prove in this respect while Mahela is on the road to proving this judging by his exceptional handling of the young SL unit.Let's hope that both these men make Asia proud!!

Posted by gkgenius on (March 11, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

I am wondering what difference does a Captain make to a Cricket Team? 1) Choosing the right team (with the skills required for a tour/situation) 2) Understanding the skills and attitudes of every member and leveraging them at the right place/time 3) Perform well as a captain and lead through example 4) Inspiring the members (to perform to their potential and beyond) and ensuring that the team members share a good camaraderie and spirit 5) Understand the opponent teams well and plan strategies before the match and on the ground (through fielding positions, bowling changes, and batting order changes, toss decisions) 6) Have good working relationships with the Coach, Support staff and Management and have a shared Vision for the team

Given the above spheres in which a Captain can make a difference, I am wondering in which aspects Jayawardene is better than Dhoni??

After reading Chappell's article, I am unable to pick anything concrete!

Posted by ansram on (March 11, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

Jaya has just entered the scene, and is yet to make a name for himself as a captain, while Dhoni has had a succesful outing as a captain for a few years. Ups and downs do happen and it is true Dhoni looked uninspirational over the past few months. What has this to do with the cultures of the two countries? All the SC teams have a similar culture. Now, if SL starts to loose a few matches on a trot, then would Ian say that Jaya is a different person?

Posted by cute_vela on (March 11, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

For Dhoni..Lucky captain suits more than best captain.. under his captaincy indian team have won many and proved alot..but tat is not because of his captaincy and motivation.. it is coz of his team mates..he had a great team who are very talented espcly in batting.. have u all ever seen Dhoni motivating the team throughout the game in the field??? But Mahela was duin a wonderful job throughout the series.. The way he motivates his team mates..it was really a pleasure to watch.. BEST CAPTAINCY doesn't depend only on victories.. its the way how the captain is motivating..encouraging the players and espcly youngsters... in that Mahela was SUPER BEST... but dont mistake tat i am saying Dhoni is bad... but i am so impressed with mahela's captainship...

Posted by cute_vela on (March 11, 2012, 5:57 GMT)

Yes very True.. Mahela is going a great job as a captain and als as an individual.. its really a delight to watch his captaincy in the field.. i am really impressed with Mahela's Captaincy after Sourav.. God Bless U Lanka.. wish u all the best for Asian Cup..

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 11, 2012, 5:52 GMT)


Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (March 11, 2012, 5:50 GMT)

@FLIPPER-99, you are joking if you say indian seniors don't know how to play in bouncy wickets. Tendulkar ,laxman ,dravid and ganguly have a better record compared to srilankan seniors.Look at mahela test record outside subcontinent,you will get the answers.India won the CB series in Australia 2008 and srilanka haven't won a single tri series in Australia.Only in this one last CB series they compete better,but still couldn't finish the finals.At the end of the day winning series is matter compared to winning few odi matches.Indian team playing poor cricket due to Ageing batsman and loss of form.This happens to all the teams .Just by one series ,you can't judge the team (India) who played better cricket (barring last 10 months) compared to srilanka over a periods of time.Check Indian seniors players record before commenting here.As a captain MS dhoni achieved more than what jayawardene achieved in the last few yrs.

Posted by Cric-heart on (March 11, 2012, 5:48 GMT)

India is the power house of Cricket ...................It's the truth , but you must respect others .......................mind you there is a law of nature ! money is surely not the only thing in the world !

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (March 11, 2012, 5:44 GMT)


Posted by Cric-heart on (March 11, 2012, 5:42 GMT)

I am a great fan of Aussies , I am still wondering why these Indians scold these islanders ! they looked the best side of the CB series !

Posted by 07sanjeewakaru on (March 11, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

You can't argue with Ian especially on captaincy.If you don't agree,Ask Imran Khan who is the best leader ever to be in the cricket field.He will say Ian chappell.He is patriotic(understandably as AUS skipper who led Lilly/ Thomson/Rodeny marsh etc.).But his is a person with his own opinion with very good reasons.He is a man of his caliber(I don't think his brothers are in the same).And man with hell of a spine.His commentary may be dull with no animation like Bill or Tony.But all follow his suggestions(like in ESPN commentary crew).I think only when we lost him we will admire his greatness.It's a shame.

Posted by Balumekka on (March 11, 2012, 5:25 GMT)

@Shivabala_Balaji: It seems there's something wrong with your yardstick! World cup winning and clever captaincy are not synonymous.

Posted by FLIPPER_99 on (March 11, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

Ian chapell should really focus more on his own home team rather than comparing other teams. He's saying the Indian team is more talented than the lankans. well that is just 1 big joke as none of the Indians (even the seniors) could play on the bouncy tracks whereas even the lankan lower order handled the conditions briliantly. in the bowling department too the lankans got more wickets (malinga was the top wicket taker) than the indians and did not get hammered around the park as they did. These facts clearly show who's the more talented team here. (thx 4 posting)

Posted by Shivabala_Balaji on (March 11, 2012, 4:00 GMT)

The Chappell brothers seems to be interested in taking pot shots at India. What is forgotten is India was No. 1 in test cricket for four years and Australia is not there yet. Victories and failures happen in a sportsman's life and both should be treated as impostors. What has Jayawardene done better than Dhoni as a captain? How many world cups does he have to show. Both Ian Chappell and Greg Chappell try to feed off India rather than do some thing credible themselves

Posted by podichetty on (March 11, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

well said Ian "A champion team will beat a team of champions", guess that's what happened to the ICC world XI in 2005. I'm an indian but I absolutely agree with you howsoever harsh it might sound. He would be a very bold and brave man (if at all there's one) to drop tendulkar from the team coz one billion people will be calling for his head the very next minute, unfortunately u've got to live with it in india as things work differently here !

Posted by PradeepRV on (March 11, 2012, 3:43 GMT)

While I love the insights, it seems like Ian these days has very short term views (changing after every series). The simple thing is that after winning the world cup and being No.1 in tests for 2 years, the current Indian team do not seem to have any motivation and Fletcher is not doing a good job of providing a target to aim for.

While I agree that Jaywardene is a good captain, but it does not make sense to compare captains on one short series. I believe captains have to be evaluated over their entire tenure and not one series. Especially not one who just became a captain (and has a point or two to prove) and one who has achieved almost everything (a t20 world cup, a one day world cup and test no.1 status for two years) a captain could in his tenure.

Posted by Premshanal on (March 11, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

wonderful article, the truth is reveled....its shows..not only this CB series...he has closely observed all the team well..hats off and thank you Sir

Posted by Balumekka on (March 11, 2012, 3:37 GMT)

Spot on Ian. If you compare the resources both these captains have, Mahela is way behind Dhoni. However, a born leader like Mahela has mastered the clever using of the minimum resources in order to achieve the target, which unfortunately not the case when it comes to Dhoni.

Posted by TamilIndian on (March 11, 2012, 3:06 GMT)

I tend to agree with Ian here - Indians preserve themselves for IPL. They simply are not interested in winning matches for the nation.

Posted by .Raina on (March 11, 2012, 2:47 GMT)

Another of the Chappell Bros' specials!!! Very hard to understand why such quality sports-people have to always degrade one to appreciate another.....Both brothers continually do this in their writings with the ones they do not appreciate / get along with. They never appreciated Michael Clarke while Ponting was at the helm; they never appreciated Shane Watson / Simon Katich (even after contributing so handsomely to Australian Cricket); and you could always find them pushing forward 'talents' like Steve Smith, Phil Hughes, Shaun Marsh -- even after repeated failures.......And with every such comparison they come up with, there will always be some mention of the Indian Team -- Dhoni, Raina and to some extend Kohli.This time it is to 'promote' his brother's recent Book that has quite a bit thrown on Indian Culture. And there is hardly any mention of the issues they know / and have been influencing --- Culture in Cricket Australia.

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 11, 2012, 2:45 GMT)

continued... Sehwag threw his wicket away every test. You can say aussie ad english bowlers figured him out . I do not think so. There is something bothering him...he never play to stay. he play to return to pavillion because he did n't want dhoni to win. if he played and scored 100 the whole series would have been different flavor. Dhoni got cocky and truimpheting he won the world cup for india. For me Dhoni is more credit stealer and has a knack to do it. It was yuvi and gambhir did all hard work. All his test wins , sehwag did hard work and he got the credit as winningest captain. Dhoni for me still lucky and inspirational captain because he has cool head. Sehwag is worst captaincy material. I hope they never give him captaincy. it is not his cup of tea. For me india's problem is the problem with india is selecting non athletes in state level then national level. That is Indian system. Not gona change.No one worried about india not winning single medal in olympic with 1.3 billion

Posted by Alexk400 on (March 11, 2012, 2:38 GMT)

A captain is as good as his players are. Jayawardene always very smart captain. Dhoni is inspirational captain but lacks in tactics. Before we compare dhoni vs jayawardene , we need compare sangakarra vs jayawardene. For me sanga is as good in tactical manouevers or even better than jayawardene. But jayawardene interests always team but sanga kinda selfish (kinda of worrier). Jayawardene make his players play their 100%. That said it is easy to make players play when you only speak one language. India is like 25 countries in itself. Uniting them to play with one goal is so tough with so much politics , language , culture , caste..etc. i do not think anyone has skill or patience or knack to make players play for him like Dhoni doing. Even though i may not fan of dhoni , you have to give him credit in that he made indians play as a single team. Yes india got crushed 8-0 in overseas test. I really think the main reason was that Dhoni fail to keep sehwag happy...continued

Posted by Y2SJ on (March 11, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

Not accurate column. Instead of choosing the last two series to judge Dhoni's captaincy, why not use the entire tenure of his and Jayawardene's? Dhoni might not be a good leader. But he is a good captain.

Posted by miles100 on (March 11, 2012, 2:21 GMT)

I agree with everything but Chappell mentioning that India is more talented than Sri Lanka.This is not true. From my experience for the last 30 years Indian batsmen are very hard working & strong minded than Sri lankan batsmen, Indians are definietely not talented than Sri Lankans. Sri Lankan never trained enough on their batting and bowling like the Indians do. Indian board spent more money than the Sri Lankans to improve their batting & bowling. The only batsman who trains hard for Sri Lanka is Sangakara. SL fielding is better than Indian fielding because Sri Lanka has more strenuous sports atmosphere in the country like rugby, track athletics, etc where Indians don't want to know about strenuous sports.

Posted by Ms.Cricket on (March 11, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

Wan't Ian Chappell watching the CB series finals? There were several poor decisions taken by Mahela Jayawardene that cost Sri Lanka to lose narrowly.

Posted by Natx on (March 11, 2012, 1:58 GMT)

All of a sudden a big leadership lecture from chappell brothers. This is the same captain that won Twenty20 (outside subcontinent) and odi world cup (ok, it's in subcontinent - but what happened to aus and England that had extraordinary leaders)? Accepted, India didnt play well in England and Australia but there is more than captaincy in these situations. zero support from pace bowlers in England other than a medium pacer called Praveen kumar and in Australia there's a rookie by name umesh yadav. The problem lies in selection than leading the side. Until these "god" workship and pathetic fitness players didnt take responsibility there is very little any leader can do. Talking of IPL I believe we also have players from everywhere and its not only India. Not sure of the blame. grow up.

Posted by Sulaimaan91 on (March 11, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

Good article, the last statement about SL's achievement being even more significant because of the continuous administrative upheaval just tells how much more could have been achieved by the SL team had that aspect been sorted out properly as well.One of the reasons SL doesnt win finals might be because of this flaw, the SL administrators just dont deserve it, although one has to feel for the SL players.

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