Sanjay Manjrekar
Former India batsman; now a cricket commentator and presenter on TV

Over to Patil

India's new selectors have to turn their backs on popular expectation and make bold picks

Sanjay Manjrekar

October 2, 2012

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Rohit Sharma makes a point to Sandeep Patil, Mumbai, November 10, 2009
Sandeep Patil is a good judge of talent, but will he be able to make sure those players get their breaks at the right time? © AFP
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I have known Sandeep Patil well over the years. I have played with him, played under him when he was captain and also when he was India coach in 1996. I have spent a lot of time with him socially too.

I have always felt, while playing with him or watching him operate as a retired cricketer, that he is cut out to be a junior team's coach. He's an excellent motivator for players aged around 17 or 18, and can make a telling difference to a cricketer at a critical stage of his growth. When he was coaching the senior Indian team, I thought he struggled a bit to manage players between the ages of 25 and 35, in whose case the challenges are different.

I don't know how he will fare as India's chairman of selectors. He's very good at spotting talent, but selection is not just about spotting talent, is it? It's about making sure that the talent gets the right training and gets breaks at the appropriate times.

I hope Patil, or any Indian selector for that matter, realises that being popular is futile. A selector has to take hard decisions, which will often upset some people. He must disregard such sentiments and be ruled only by the thought of what is best for Indian cricket.

In India we tend to make compromises on selections, preferring to take safe decisions that will go down well with most people, especially the fans and the media. Many in Indian cricket fear the backlash from media and fans and tend to go with the popular choices rather than the ones that make cricketing sense.

Over the years I have heard selectors talk privately about what they really wanted to do but could not because "it's just not possible in the Indian set-up". This is unfortunate. A brave selector will keep things simple. He will do what is best for Indian cricket and not think about how it will go down with the fans and media. As much as the fans have been responsible for Indian cricket's great growth, they have also unknowingly been responsible for a lot of compromises made in selections.

It is important for Patil to insulate himself from all this if he is to pick the team that will take Indian cricket forward. The selectors will make mistakes, like we all do, but here's hoping those are honest cricketing mistakes.

During the retirements of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid, it was evident there wasn't great communication between the selectors and the players. I'd like to see that improve. Once you are a selector it should not matter how much cricket you have played. You should have the confidence to sit the legends down, understand what they want, see if their plans coincide with those of Indian cricket, and act accordingly when picking teams.

I think Patil has to talk to senior players like Sachin Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan, find out what their long-term plans are, and decide whether they will serve Indian cricket better if relieved of having to play any one format of the game.

No Indian selection escapes the attention of the media, which is why selectors tend to play it safe. But I think there is scope to gamble on talent. One of the reasons you have cricketers as selectors is because they have an eye for talent. They can pick the rough diamonds that don't catch everyone's eye. If a selector is going to only pick the top run-getters and wicket-takers all the time, a computer can do his job. Fast-tracking players should not be abandoned. India need to find their own Ajantha Mendis and Akila Dananjaya, two players picked from outside the system by Sri Lanka.

I hope the new selectors were as hurt by India's 0-8 losses in England and Australia last year as most of us were. If they were, every selection they make will be ruled by one thought: will this pick serve us overseas as well? India's next goal has to be to regain their lost reputation in Tests overseas. The selectors should not be carried away by a very successful run at home.

I believe that in India the chairman of selectors has a more influential role to play than the national coach. The Indian team should ideally be one for all seasons. It's the chief selector's job to build it.

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Posted by Leggie on (October 5, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

@rosh280 - seems like follow local cricket quite closely ;-) This is something that needs to change with the selection committee as well.. i have no problems that ex-cricketers are chosen for the job, but then the key question is do they have the motivation and/or enthusiasm to sit through a Ranji match or for that matter even tournaments such as Buchi Babu tournament to see the real talent that india has. To me this is really the problem with Indian cricket. The passion/fire for selectors is the key to selecting the right talent. Classic examples of excellent selection choices are the likes of Wasim, Inzamam et al who were handpicked from nowhere! I would like to see a complete revamp of the selection committee and BCCI.

Posted by Rahulbose on (October 5, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

India won the World cup and became top test ranked team under the last selection panel. So it is very unlikely that Patil will be able to do better. The best players in India are over the hill and among the new players only Kohli is top class.

Posted by rosh280 on (October 4, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Really sanjay. He definitely has a hard task before him. He has to take some tough decision if indian cricket has to survive with flying colors. Patel is a man with different skills so i feel it wont be a difficult job for him. There are lot of young players waiting for the chance murali vijay, mandeep singh, ashok menaria, vinay kumar, rithuraj singh, i d singh of jk, surya kumar yadav, ankeet chavan, ankit bawne, sunny singh, robin bist, bhuvanesh kumar, jalaj saxena, shami ahmed, harshal patel, gurkeerat singh, kaustubh pawar, mirtuja vohra, k p apanna, t p sudhindra, baba aparajith, sarul kanwar, uday kaul, gagan deep singh, gurkeerat singh, ambati rayudu,unmukt chand, manish pandey, mayank agarwal, ishant jaggi, pradeep sangwan, rahul dewan, pawan zuyal, m s goni, b bhatt. There are lot of talents in our anvil but i dont know how we can use them. seniors have to give way to them. Non performers have to look for next opportunity. Confident indian team will comeup definitely.

Posted by AdityaMookerjee on (October 4, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

Great selector. I hope the players selected understand this. Players mustn't think that selection is a chance, come good, because there are so many players who can be great.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (October 4, 2012, 11:07 GMT)

Contd.... 3. What about the captain: We are all proud of Dhoni as captain and his achievements. But at present he looks tired and not as good as before. I feel we need seperate captain for different formats. He is still good captain for ODI , but we need different captain(s) for test and T20. May be Gambhir is the good option with Virat as his deputy! 4. They need to listen to captain as well: If given a option , I do not think Dhoni would have accepted Chawla in his 15 for WC. he may be opted for Ojha or Rahul Sharma. Sometime it is better to get feedback from the captain or ask him atleast what kind of combination he needs (no. of batsmen,Variety in bowling etc)

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (October 4, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

I think selectors needs to have systematic approach : 1. The main problems with last selection panel was players were picked from no where and dropped for no reason . For Ex: Piyush Chawla's selection in both WC. Praveen Kumar promised so much in Test, He was Dropped after injury. I know he was not in form,that happens to every cricketer after injury. But he never got extended run like Rohit Sharma!! 2. They need to create a strong bench strength: Along with the best 15, Selectors need to create a pool of player (say 30 players). Currently no such pool exists. Players are picked from no where for not only main team but also for Ind A and for other domestic tournments. Players like Rahul Sharma someday gets direct entry to Main team and he wont get a place in Ind A after dropped from main team!! So the bottom line is create a pool of 30-40 good players and select 15 for the national team and others will play Ind A or other domestic tournments. Contd....

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

@Anuj Kapoor, T20 is no cricket, and how come its gonna be the future....? The real cricket is the Test matches followed by ODIs. For those who think that the cricket lovers are the one who just watch the cricket,and does not have cricketing brain, please change your views. I am a firm believer that any local street teams who play/conduct torneys in school grounds can do better than this current T20 Indian team. The difference from the street teams to the international team is the test macth and ODI experiance.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

i think its high time we look towards the future and the future is T20 so we need to pick quality players both batsmen and bowlers who are specialists in this format of the game. Its not that Dhoni has done anything wrong but its just that his ideas have gone all wrong and we need to include some fresh blood in T20 format, which will generate new spirit. There needs to be some drastic changes in the team espicially in T20 format considering the amount of T20 matches being played and that would mean to make a captain of the India team who is both young and at the same time has experience in this format. However, this doesnt mean that we need to put the burden on Virat Kohli. He is performing well so it doesnt mean that we need to put unnecessay pressure on him.

Posted by   on (October 4, 2012, 2:19 GMT)

I think its time for dhoni to take some rest from all formats of the cricket.Let Virat kohli to lead the Indian team

Posted by Nampally on (October 3, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

Sanjay: If the players are picked based on: 1. Fitness 2. Form & 3. Performance, neither Indian Fans nor the Media will call Foul. In fact the Selectors will get huge praise for doing their job to perfection. The outgoing Selection team under Srikant did not do this. Lack of fitness caused half the squad to return from UK. In the Australian tour the selection of final XI was flawed. India needs the selection of the squad + final XI to be based on above 3 factors. The T 20 squad should focus on the specialist bowlers & batsmen for that format alone. India has weak bowling but when the best available bowlers are not picked, it does not give India a fair chance to win. M.Kartik & Rahul Sharma are the 2 best proven spinners for T 20 but excluded in the recent T 20 sqaud. Similarly picking Rohit Sharma in XI under the guise of "Talent" despite his multiple failures is bad for the team.If the new Selectors can select a team based on above 3 factors, India will do well both in India & abroad

Posted by cricketsage on (October 3, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

Zaheer Khan, although a very talented and experienced bowler, needs to commit himself to being physically fit. In the T20 wold cup, he appeared to be carrying at least 5kg extra weight, for a fast bowler. I wonder if he can run around the field for a Test match these days and bowl fast as well.

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

NOT AGREE with last few points Sanjay. "India's next goal has to be to regain their lost reputation in Tests overseas. The selectors should not be carried away by a very successful run at home." I guess its not just "overseas" is what matters. We should also see home matches with equal status. How Indian team played against NZ in second test was also a concern. Quicks didn't get wickets though Southee managed to grab a lot. If you see England's performance last year they were bang on in there home matches against IND, SL. India should first focus heavily on upcoming ENG and AUS home series to win both of them and get ICC test rankings points as much as possible. They should not over focus SA tour and loose out on home matches.

Posted by pratit on (October 3, 2012, 12:23 GMT)

" If a selector is going to only pick the top run-getters and wicket-takers all the time, a computer can do his job". "every selection they make will be ruled by one thought: will this pick serve us overseas as well? India's next goal has to be to regain their lost reputation in Tests overseas. The selectors should not be carried away by a very successful run at home. "

Excellent points that I fully agree with

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

Patil is an awesome inspirational person. He made the Kenyan Cubs into Lions and made them Roar. He made the Afghanistan team what it is today. I am sure he will surely infuse new and fresh strategy in Indian Cricket. Few Changes which I would like Patil to take is get Pujara to Open the batting in ODI's as he has the class what Dravid had and he proved it in the NKS trophy; give Gambhir/Sehwag break from international cricket and let them find their touch back in domestic cricket. Probably Sehwag should consider retirement from the shorter formats and concentrate on Tests alone. Give Chand, Samit Patel(Keeper),Manoj Tiwary,Yadav more chances and not pick Rohit Sharma,Harbhajan,Jadeja despite any kind of form.

Posted by indianpunter on (October 3, 2012, 12:06 GMT)

@cyriacpeter; couldnt agree with you more ! Rohit Sharma and his unfulfilled "exceptional" talent can be showcased in the domestic circuit before he gets another long rope in the team. He is no Rolls Royce to just run on reputation anyway. His poor attitude shows in his lazy batting ( i cant call it elegance). Indians suffer from the mediocrity syndrome. all thats mediocre for everyone else, is exceptional for them.

Posted by kharidra on (October 3, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

Selections have been praised before and some selections have been criticized before. The bouquets and brickbats have been delivered after performances at the highest level. But for the selection to happen the data available is based on cricket leading to the highest level and not the data in the highest level. The level of experience that the committee exhibits will ensure that extrapolations of players performance will be against the backdrop of agreed to standards across the regions of the nation. With an objective approach to evaluation of the talent and skills and associating to relevant formats the selection process itself remains above board leaving not a doubt in the minds of stakeholders that the methods adopted provide fair and square chance for success. As the author rightly mentions everybody makes honest mistakes. Honest mistakes are generally quickly rectified for otherwise the burden of mistakes is too heavy a baggage to carry on ones shoulder. Stitch in Time saves Nine.

Posted by Sameer-hbk on (October 3, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

The real problem is lack of talent. I know people will react to this by giving a few names in the domestic scene and most of them will be so called talented 'middle order batsmen' who have accumulated 60+ and 70+ averages on batsmen-friendly pitches against poor bowling. I have been an Indian cricket fan for 20 years now and ever since the day I started the problem has been simply the bowling unit.

we just do not have world class bowlers like that can win test matches under all conditions. Sure, spinners worked in late 90s at home, but now even that seems a distant past. Every time we end up losing media complains about how the team did not get 500 in tests or 300+ in ODIs. And so called 'brave decisions' mean dropping batsmen. If you really are bothered about the 0-8 loss please wake up and get a bowling unit. because the golden generation of Indian batting that provides runs buffer is gone. Selection panels make little difference when sides just cannot bowl!!

Posted by   on (October 3, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Welcome Sandeep sir. As a cricket fan i would like to quote a few things. Please make sure the players are selected on the basis of merit. The few things which will give this merit is performance, attitude and willingness to learn. The "T" word Talent comes last in this. Because players with limited talent have made huge impact with the first three things and players with only talent have made only less impact. If possible please revamp the Test team with a new captain. It's not that Dhoni is not doing his job. He is a good limited overs captain. We are Test cricket admirers, we like to see Indian team beating Aus in Aus, Eng in Eng, S.A. in S.A. Thank you.

Posted by Jose on (October 3, 2012, 7:08 GMT)

If Patil can drop MSD from Test, ODI and T20 captaincy, things will get better pretty soon. He is the main culprit behind the loss of synergy in the team. The worst part is Dhoni believes more in Luck, rather than sound strategy and active planning. Thats the reason why we lost many matches outside the sub-continent.

Posted by 777aditya on (October 3, 2012, 3:24 GMT)

If Sandeep Patil somehow drops Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir, Harbhajan, Rohit, etc and infuses talent with good current form like Dhawan, Vijay, Pujara, Chand, Harmeet, etc, he will gain respect like no other selector could.

Posted by jango_moh on (October 2, 2012, 22:41 GMT)

some good advice by sanjay... but i think he's getting a little overboard with only playing good abroad... most teams except SA are not great away from home.... but ideally, i would like to see new players brought in for the test matches againt ENG... and get a new captain in tests... maybe gambhir/sehwag or anybody other than dhoni... rahane should be given an opportunity, and so does rohit... in terms of odis/t20, its time for zaheer to just play tests.... let other guys come in and get experience...

Posted by Naresh28 on (October 2, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Indian selectors need to make wholesome CHANGES to Indian team in all formats. We need to get rid of GAMBHIR/SHEWAG as openers. We need new YOUNG BOWLERS and batsman are there to replace some of the OLDER players. These two areas of our game is making team India lose. The whole tournament and ZAKS takes wickets in our last game???? Also I was one who believed that ROHIT was our star player but he has failed - the experiment should stop there. We have players like VIJAY, DHAWAN,RAHANE, MUKUND, CHAND - PUJARA needs to be brought into other formats as well. Good Luck and best wishes to the teams who make the final. May the best team win

Posted by Thamara on (October 2, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

I don't know much about sandeep patel both as a selector and a cricketer. But one thing I can say that India always seem to have lost something which prevent them from becoming the world's best team despite having so many resources as a cricket nation. Having seen them playing in the 20-20 world cup, I felt that they cannot even get closer to the quality of Australia. Perhaps it is because of their lack mental consistency or perhaps because of their lack of talent. I agree that they have so many attractive batsman in the team but they haven't been able to put together a balanced team. They are still depending on performance of a few batsman to win a cricket match. Virat Kholi has been the biggest improvement in indian team during last year or so. Apart from that I don't see any emerging talent in indian team. In contrast, Pakistan always have had talented young crickters who could pull pakistan cricket through in spite of continous problems in Pakistan cricket both on and off the field

Posted by WC96QF on (October 2, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Its easy enuf to blame selectors for Indias defeats. but then what abt India's victories ? does the credit go only to the players then ? maybe the coach also ? I have rarely seen selectors being praised when things go well. Maybe BCCI shud create a new position - 'Commissioner' or 'Director' of Indian National team who will have ultimate responsibility for team performance. If team fails, his head rolls. Real visible accountability for performance shud first be put in place.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

Interesting to see so many people disagreeing with Sanjay here. I guess, Sanjay has gone on to the other extreme of the spectrum here. I think the problem here is how Indian Selection Panel approached the issue regarding old guard-new generation. Rather than dropping seniors when they failed, they brought in a new face in place of another young player (Rohit for Tiwary). Had they though, ok Sehwag and Laxman needs to be dropped, lets see who other two young guns we could bring in, they dropped another young face from the team and brought in a different one. I mean, Pak have U Akmal, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq in their middle order at the same time. Yes, they hit and miss, but thats how they learn. Thats how they build characters. Once Azhar was brought into Test, he has hardly been dropped. However, it was Younis who was dropped to bring Asad Shafiq in

Posted by cyriacp on (October 2, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@trueanalyst, I dont intend to start a war of words now but just wanted to make sure you get my intentions right. I noticed your comparison of Rohit to Inzy and the qoute that he is an "exceptional" talent. I think there are far too many expectations on Rohit now as a result of people saying a lot of big things about him. Every time he walks out to bat he knows he has to do something "exceptional". And I get the feeling that every time he gets out trying to do exactly that. Dont get me wrong, I was absolutely disappointed when Rohit was not picked for the final test in Aus when he was in prime touch. But I think the fact is, now he is not in the best of form. IMHO, it is unfair to put an "exceptional" tag on any young player trying to establish himself. Just treat him normal, so he can play his natural game. Once he starts doing that without the pressure of expectations, he might one day become an "exceptionally" good player we all want. Lets not declare him exceptional already.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (October 2, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

I DON'T KNOW WHAT SANJAY IS TRYING TO SAY HERE ? DOES HE WANT ROHIT SHARMA TO BE SELECTED IN TEST TEAM ? MR . SANJAY DID YOU SEE HIS DISNISSAL AGAINST AUS . STARC COMES ROUND THE WKT , CREATES AN ANGLE & DELIVERS THE BALL , THE BALL WAS JUST ANGLED IN , THAT WAS NOT SWING , ROHIT LOST IT COMPLETELY , BALL HIT HIS PAD & TOOK OUT THE OFF STUMP . I M QUITE SURE ON THE SAME DELIVERY VIRAT KOHLI WOULD HAVE FLICKED IT FOR FOUR .

Posted by DaisonGarvasis on (October 2, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Be a "Brave Selector"? Well, you either be brave or be a selector - both dont go together. Jimmy Amarnath tried to be "brave and selector" at the same time and he was shown the door. And that he was shown the door Patil got the job. Now would you expect him to act like Jimmy did? "Well of course" NOT.

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 2, 2012, 11:56 GMT)

continuing previous discussion Sehwag had a first class average of above 50 and List A average of 32 only which is the same case now .His Test and one day records have matched with his first class career. Selectors are requested to give chance to Rohit Sharma in Tests only and leave him in one days.He can be considered only in one days if he prove succesful in Tests

Posted by trueanalyst on (October 2, 2012, 11:53 GMT)

@cyriacpeter,I do not agree with you regarding Rohit Sharma.Rohit Sharma is an exceptional talent in the longer form of the game. Unfortunately he was given an opportunity in one day cricket in which he has average record even in list A matches.His average in List A is a measly 34.Why he was and is still given chances in One day cricket is beyond my comprehension.When one watches his innings we see him throwing away his wicket mostly after being well set,maybe he does not have that temperament in one day cricket which is possessed abundantly by Virat Kohli. The way Rohit handles Raw pace and the time he has got to play shots remind me of Inzy.I am very confident of his Success in Test cricket where I think he will excel even Kohli & Pujara.Selectors are requested to give a chance to this guy who has hit already a triple century and has 60 average in first class cricket.Averages don't lie for an International class batsman.When Sehwag arrived everyone thought of him being one day player

Posted by cyriacp on (October 2, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Mr. Sanjay Manjrekar, I was a big admirer of yours when you came into the Indian team. But I am afraid, I find it extremely difficult to digest articles like these. Look at the heading - "India's new selectors have to turn their backs on popular expectation and make bold picks" and look at the picture - Rohit Sharma with Sandeep Patil. Just what do you expect the readers to make out of this. The average indian cricket fan loves this game and support the Indian cause as much as you do - eventhough not all of us are/were skilled enough to have played the game at the domestic or international level. I am afraid you are not helping Rohit's cause by forcing the selectors to persist with him despite his repeated failures through articles like these. His confidence has to come from within by winning his place in the team through sheer merit and by maintaining his place in the team by consistently performing well. Please leave him alone if you really care. He will come through on his own.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 2, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

contd oportunities - are any players given the same opportunity given to sehwag. consistently a 1 in 10 performer throughout his career and mostly on batsmen friendly tracks in case which i suggest he be given a chance in every tenth game. a simple change in selection by making players earn their place in the side and then giving them a few test series to adjust will in most cases yield better performances. if they don't make it then by all means give other players a chance but never close the door on any player. a lot of players become better players having had the experience of played test match cricket s and then going away and working on their game because they they have a better understanding if what it takes. in a country of 1 bn+ to be producing such mediocre teams suggests that there are inefficiencies in the cricket structure from grass roots level. until the bcci take a long term view no lessons can ever be learned and indian cricket wll suffer.

Posted by itsthewayuplay on (October 2, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

'selection is not just about spotting talent'??? if the selectors were to actually turn up at the grounds when these lads are playing they may actually be able to see what talent there is. the bcci has to be one of the most unprofessional bodies in the world in relation to its level of income. the ecb, cricket australia and nz achieve far more with far less resources. if pakistan were able to look after their players financially that would halve their problems in a single swoop. you say you hope the selectors were hurt by the 0-8 thrashings but what lessons have been learned? fitness? has yuvraj proved his fitness? form? what has sehwag done to keep his place and harbajan to earn a recall? looking after their fast bowlers? yadav and aaron injured at such a crucial stage of their careers? spinners? is the bcci building apool of talent around ashwin, ohja, chawla, mishra whilst developing others such as jadeja and rahul sharma.

Posted by aravabalaji on (October 2, 2012, 8:41 GMT)

We have invested so much on Rainas & Rohits. Its time to reward Badris & Rahanes as far as Tests are concerned. They have been more consistent in the domestic circuit for many seasons. Let these ODI specialists hone their temperaments in the longer version by playing in the domestic circuit.

Posted by loks07 on (October 2, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

What is definition of popular? Something what people want. People didn't want Piyush Chawla or Rohit Sharma in team. People were against Ravinder Jadeja for long time. People were gunning to kick Sreesanth out of the team. People wanted Irfan way before he was brought into team. People wanted drastic changes in the team which lost 0-4 and then subsequently added to 0-8 loss. People wanted faces like Badrinath, Rahul Sharma, Rahane, Tiwary, etc to be given more chances. People wanted a new raw pace bowler in the team. And the selectors and captain went against all popular sentiments to choose as they like. No Sir, people are not anymore just emotional; they are much more practical than the so called expert minds sometimes.

Posted by   on (October 2, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

end of the day, sport is an emotional pursuit. you play it for the fulfillment it brings you. it is not a profit and loss account or an investment in stock that needs meticulous planning. nor are we dealing with mercenaries here. the role of sport is to foster a 'feel good' vibe in the society and are we going to 'feel good' by going against who we are as a people? we have our way of life and i think it is best we stick to it than try to be someone we are not and lose our soul... i'd rather we be the nation that was tolerant of Kapil Dev bent on playing for his record than the nation that dumped our most successful captain in the name of 'process'...

Posted by Percy_Fender on (October 2, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

contd.. the selected players shpuld practise at Dharamshala and Shillong and if it is Australia then in Mohali or Bangalore on a wicket designed specifically to have bounce.I am sure there are a few curators who can help out. The point is that the Chairman should be able to influence related decisions and then go about team selection. Maybe Srinivasan should take the lead instead of being happy with the performance of the CSK in the IPL and the Champion's league.

Posted by Percy_Fender on (October 2, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

There is always hope when a new team takes charge. From the looks of it all the members of the selection committee are all well positioned in regard to their having played cricket at the highest level for some time with the exception of Hans. The new committee will need to impress upon the decision makers at the BCCI that there are important factors over which they have no control like (a) the available bench strength or pool of available players,and (b) the itinery for foreign tours. That apart they will need to lay down that they would go by a policy of selecting players specifically based on their strengths and weaknesses and of rotation to maintain optimum efficiency.By this if the team is going to Australia,or England or South Africa, the selection will have to be made appropriately not merely on the basis of home performances. The other thing which the new committee can do is to ensure that the BCCI arranges for adequate preparation. Like if an England tour is coming up then.....

Posted by cnksnk on (October 2, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Do we have a bunch of potential fast bowlers or for that matter spinners who can be groomed for leading the attack. Zaheer is aging and we do not have suitable replacements. Who is going to lead the attack and ensure that we take 20 wickets not just in India but also in away tours. Also when a team is selected how do the selectors ensure that a fair chance is given to all the members .. What does Manoj Tiwary do to get a game. If the team management does not have confidence in him is it better for him to play first class cricket and hone up his skills rather than carrying drinks.

The selectors role is critical and very frequently we have seen compromises being made. May be , and now that the selectors are not honorary members but are being paid good money to do their jobs, should some norms be drawan up. IN this is going the Australian way the right way viz pick the best team and choose the captain.

Selectors must not only be fair but seen to be fair. Will they pass this test.

Posted by cnksnk on (October 2, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

The job of the selector is thankless more so in a cricket crazy country like India, where every one and their aunt has a view. Having said this I think the last selection committee did a failry decent job. If they are held responsible for the 0 - 8 loss then they should also be given credit for the World Cup victory. However when we come to the 0 - 8 loss not sure what more the selectors could do. You had the top 6 batsmen ( except Dravid in England) consistently failing. Were there a better set of players who could have been chosen. The challenge for the new selection committee is how to take India forward in this decade. In this emotions should be kept aside. PLayers like Rohit Sharma may have the talent but till such time they score consistently they should be asked to play first class cricket. Just picking because of his mis firing talent or beacuse worthy experts like Shastri or Gavascar are rooting for him is not the way to go... COntd..

Posted by Cluedin on (October 2, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Indian selectors need to make some place in the team with a few BOLD DROPS before making the BOLD PICKS. Let's hope that it happens with this group of selectors. We talk about fastracking talent, but then where is the space? A team can have only 11 playing members and at the most 16 while touring. At any point in time a strong core group will be useful and the core group of six players players between the ages of 22 to 32. The rest of the team will be built around this core group.

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