Daily Archives: 12 October 2007

India retain same side for remaining two ODIs

The Indian selectors, in a strange move, have retained the same team that lost horribly to Australia in the 5th ODI at Vadodhra!

I find this totally strange. At the start of the series, in the context of players like Virender Sehwag the selectors talked of a “rotation polocy”. Perhaps they were talking about their brains being fried and rotated inside out?

With India being 1-3 down in a ‘home series’ with only 2 matches to go in this series, here was an opportunity to have a different throw of the dice! That India is playing against a formidable opponent is well-known. Not many Indian fans would have expected India to win this series. Few would have expected them to win 2 or 3 matches in the series. But, in the wake of the T20 World Chamipionship win, most India fans would have wanted the team to put up a good showing. They were, however, thrashed in Kochi, Hyderabad and yesterday, in Vadodhra. In the only game of the series that India has won so far, Australia was in total control of the game for perhaps 97 of the 100 overs bowled!

So, somewhere the rails have fallen off this train. And, while it is known that the BCCIs’ disorganised state leaves the team without a coach, it is useful to ponder over the contributions made by the selectors in all of this mess.

They have chosen a team that is not too different in structure and composition to the team that fared badly in England.

It would require some bravery on their part to change things around. And in my view, a dramatic re-think was required — a re-think of the type that they carried out for the T20 team-composition.

The starting premise is that this team requires more allrounders. It also needed fresh legs. At the moment, there aren’t too many of either variety around. So, with all to play for and nothing to lose in this series, my feeling is that the selectors ought to have to gambled with an eye to the future.

While Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly should form part of the team-mix for India in future ODIs (and of course in the Tests), I would have thought that it was right for the selectors to let them free, at least for the rest of this series.

But no. They have gone for the same team and more beatings have been ordered!

The team is:

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Dinesh Kartik, S Badrinath, Robin Uttappa, Irfan Pathan, R P Singh, Rohit Sharma, Murali Kartik, Zaheer Khan, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh.

— Mohan