- In a freewheeling discussion, Greg Chappell and Ian Chappell Roundtable with Sanjay Manjrekar (@ CricInfo). Among other things, they indicate that the day is not far away when a total of 500+ is possible in ODIs.
- Greg Chappell is confident that Irfan Pathan will bounce back (@ Rediff).
- Shane Warne writes off South Africa as a contender! The mind games have commenced. We are yet to hear Glenn McGrath indicate who he is going to “target”! In this context, here is a funny that I heard. We all know Glenn McGrath’s penchant for targetting specific players. He did the same prior to Australia’s tour of India in 2001. When asked who he was going to target, Javagal Srinath said, wryly, “Batsmen”!
- Sourav Ganguly wants to play on for another two years after World Cup 2007 (@ HTCricket).
- This is after Ganguly indicated that the World Cup was the deadline that he had set for himself for a comeback into the national side (@ ABC Sports — Cricket) (@ Times of India).
- Arjuna Ranatunga indicates that Team India is his favourite to win World Cup 2007! This has already been commented on by Srikanth Mangalam on this blogsite (@Times of India).
- Speaking with Prannoy Roy on the “India Questions” (NDTV TV) programme to be aired on March 11, Rahul Dravid suggests that Sourav Ganguly was the best Team India captain (@ Times of India)
- A few former Pakistan players talk up the chances of teams from the sub-continent (India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka) because of their spin resources (@ Mid-Day).
- Sachin Tendulkar, in an interview with Mid-Day cannot understand why experts do not rate India’s chances in the World Cup (@ Mid-Day)!
- Sourav Ganguly admits that he probably captained Team India for a bit longer than he ought to have (@ Mid Day). He also indciates in this interview (@ CricInfo) that, while it is a tremendous honour to captain Team India, it is also a thankless mental drain.
- Ian Chappell talks about the chances of the Super8 teams in the World Cup (@ Mid-Day).
- In a long, wide-ranging interview Sourav Ganguly says he is proud of himself although he says it is not such a big thing as people are making it out to be (@ CricketNext).
I have recently had high praise for the way in which Dilip Vengsarkar and the rest of the selection committee have conducted themselves. In particular, I have been quite impressed with Vangsarkar as an exemplar of direct-talk.
However, if this report in today’s papers it to be believed, I believe Vengsarkar has let himself down badly.
I am not sure when Indian officials will realise that what is said in the room stays in the room. If nothing else, in the interest of “cabinet solidarity” or “committee solidarity”, one should not — just should not — ascribe committee decisions to specific members of the committee! Indian officials have to learn that all debates must be and should only be held within the four walls of the committee room. Once the committee has decided on a composition the members need to learn to hold their peace forever…
This latest revelation on inner-dealings in the committee room is most disappointing. While he has been direct in his responses, in this interview, on issues such as Mohammed Kaif and Romesh Powar, Vengsarkar has blotted his copybook by spilling the guts on Sehwag. He has disappointed me. More importantly, he has been rebuked by the BCCI — that august organisation and upholder of prim internal processes that has more leaks than a rotten water pipe!
It is right of the selection committee to relent to the captains’ wishes for the team he wants. In my view, it is immature of the committee to then spill the beans to the press.
Ranatunga has categorically said that this is the strongest Indian one day side ever and is the side to beat. I have not had a chance to read through all the posts and comments on this blog on the possible last four combinations. Having said that, I find it difficult to argue with Ranatunga’s selection of India, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. The only side that I might have had different would have been West Indies instead of New Zealand. Home side advantage is a huge factor in the World Cup and particularly in the Caribbean. My prediction of an India v Sri Lanka still stays. It is interesting to note that Ranatunga has a very high regard for Uthappa and recommends that Uthappa open in all the games. I am not so sure I agree to his view that Sehwag should be up at the top, atleast, I am not convinced yet. What is most satisfying to hear is his comparison of this Indian side with the winning combination that he lead in 1996.