Dravid resigns!

In breaking news, Dravid resigns as captain of the Indian team. The rest of the year for Indian cricket is not going to be easy with tough tours of Pakistan and Australia ahead. A new coach and a new captain aren’t going to make things any easier.

So, lets look at the candidates most likely to replace Dravid –

Ganguly: There is no denying the fact that Ganguly is a great leader and India played some of its best cricket under his captaincy. Since his comeback he has also become an integral part of the team and with Greg Chappell out of the way, he will once again have supreme power over this team. But he only has one or two years left in his career and naming him captain would only be a short term thing.

Tendulkar: Tendulkar was made vice-captain for the Test team. This does not mean he is a captain in waiting. Tendulkar has in the past admitted that he did not enjoy the captaincy when he had it. Whether he has changed his mind about it in the final years of his career remains to be seen.

Laxman: Laxman would have actually made a good captain, but he still finds himself in and out of the team. If he is made captain, it will only be a short term solution like Ganguly and Tendulkar.

Dhoni: Dhoni has been made the one day captain and the selectors may decide to make him the test captain too. IMHO, this would be a bad move. Making a wicket keeper as a captain will only work as a stop gap arrangement – the burden of wicket keeping, batting and captaining would be too much to handle.

Yuvraj: Like Laxman, he still is not a regular member of the test team.

Sehwag: Until a year back, Sehwag would have been the most likely person to be the next captain. With lack of form, he has been dropped from the team. But, if he proves himself in the T20 tournament, there is still a very strong chance that he may not only find himself back in the team, but also as a candidate for a leadership position (vice-captain or even captain)

There is also the outside chance of naming someone like Kumble, but it is quite clear that India did not have a clear accession plan/vision with respect to captaincy or even if they had it just hasn’t worked out – In my opinion, naming Tendulkar as a deputy starting with the Bangladesh tour was actually a backward step. 

With not too many options open currently, the captaincy may just fall back to either Ganguly or Tendulkar and the selectors may choose eithe Dhoni or Sehwag as a vice-captain (and get him back in to the team). Not very good moves, but probably the only ones they can make in the current scenario.

Would be interesting to see if the selectors do get bold and name a completely new captain. We have a few interesting days ahead of us (and I am not referring to the Twenty20 matches).


6 responses to “Dravid resigns!

  1. Very very strange decision I thought, from Dravid, especially when it was pretty certain India would get a coach pretty soon to take a lot of the burden off him. Also, it is very unlike Dravid to locate his batting blip in his captaincy. Extremely tough job for the selectors, and I believe that we will be faced with a split captaincy in the short-term (Dhoni in ODIs and Sachin/Saurav in Tests).

  2. I think Rahul Dravid made the right decision from his own point of view, even though it is tough for India.

    He was the pillar/focus of Indian batting in test matches. Opposition coaches – Bob Woolmer – were focusing on his wicket. Rahul Dravid was not as successful with his bat in South Africa tour and also England. The pressure of captaincy was getting to him. It is also difficult to lead when there so many former captains (Seniors) in the team.

    I think India will go back to Ganguly, which I think he will be happy to take; since there is no obvious choice now.

    Laxman if he were made as captain also would be hamstrung by all the former captains in the team.

  3. Since when was having a captain for two years a short term affair.

    Most Indian capatains have lasted 2 years at the maximum. Azhar was an exception.

    Mind you, I am not saying Ganguly should be renamed the captain, I am just pointing out that he is still a good Captain and will give us sufficent time to groom Dhoni or Yuvaraj or even Dinesh Karthik for the post.

  4. M Kaif is the man for the job–he has nearly 10 years of experience–from Junior days to Indian Under 19, A, B and Z teams. He has the talent as a batsman, has been dealt cruelly by the Coaches and selectors–is an excellent fielder and often, young men like that will come up with the goods–if ONLY given an OPPORTUNITY—but then Pawar and Vengsarkar may decide that if we can win matches without a coach, we can win wothout a captain too—that leaves CHANDU BORDE as the Manager and NON_PLAYING COACH and CAPTAIN–making bowling and fielding changes with a walkie-talkie!

  5. I liked what I saw of Dhoni (as a skipper) in yesterday’s thriller at Durban. He appeared to possess that rare quality – composure. If he maintains that over the course of next week’s madness (:)), he would get my vote ahead any of the ‘seniors’.

  6. By the look of things Sachin will be given the first right of refusal. Especially with Pawar at the helm, and Ganguly a confirmed Dalmia. Sachin will of course refuse as he has done so in the past. Knowing the BCCI, and after the ridiculous issue of still not having appointed a coach, they will just appoint Dhoni as the captain for the Australia ODI series.

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