Mahesh Krishnan has recently posted on players who are likely to make the cut in future.
While we need to groom these youngsters, we need tactical short term solutions to take on the coming season. For this, we will still need the seniors to do the job.
I am looking at the current lot of players to see what is holding them back
Some people self-limit themselves. They do not achieve a fraction of what they are capable of because they are afraid to try; and because they are afraid they will fail.
To me, [the new] Sachin falls in this category. I think what he needs to do is decisive action. In crunch situations the fear of failure immobilizes him. In my opinion to overcome this fear, he must act, and act boldly. Sachin is best when playing aggressive cricket and worst when playing passive cricket. Years ago we touted Sehwag as the new Sachin, now Sachin has to turn into the new Sehwag.
Bottom line – He needs help before time runs out, big time.
To steal a quote, “if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”
I think in Sehwag’s case whatever he has done over the last two seasons has’nt worked at all. To me it is obvious that teams have worked out his weaknesses and strengths. He needs to re-think his role as a opener and try the lower middle order.
Perhaps he should take a break from the game, then play State / county cricket and score tons of runs in the middle order to gain the confidence back. He should look to getting a county contract for a couple of months since the domestic season is over. I would’nt mind him missing the English tour if this helps him in the long run.
Rahul Dravid makes a better public relations officer than a captain. He has grown up with Sachin, Laxman and Ganguly and has a good mateship going with them for years. But when he dons the captaincy cap he seems to be worried about the possible rifts that can come about by being open with players.
A leader needs to be forthright and assertive. Dravid seems to pussy foot around issues with statements like “Sachin knows whats best for him”. The fact is, he should have spoken to the seniors about their role that he as a captain wants them to play. As much as I admire Rahul Dravid for his batting prowess, in my book as a captain he has been a found wanting. I have a feeling the reason Dravid allied with Greg Chappell was for the qualities he himself lacked – ‘Calling a spade a spade’.
Unless Dravid has learnt from his mistakes and acts fast, we will need a new captain in a year’s time.