Campaign to bring back Kiran More

Context: I am, like many other Indians, terribly pissed-off at the handling of Rahul Dravid by the selectors in the latest round of selection (in)decisions. Yes, as Sam Kumar says philosophically in the comments section on this blog, “Let us move on… taking the dog out this morning, the sun did come up from the East and it will go down in the West this evening… Such is Life!

Yes, that’s right Sam, but unfortunately, just as the sun will continue to rise in the East and set in the West, so will the mediocrity that represents Indian Cricket administration. I will continue to maintain that Indian cricket performs well despite the administration.

It is not as if the dropping of Rahul Dravid — it is not a “rest” but a “drop” — is necessarily a bad thing. It is the total lack of a strategic framework within which this “drop” has taken place. This suggests a lack of vision that is necessary to back intent. This singling out of Rahul Dravid is the sort of thing that convinces me that the BCCI establishment does everything it can to stop the Indian team from winning.

Is Rahul Dravid part of a rotation policy that the selectors have been talking of ever since the Twenty20 victory? If he is, we are, at best, second-guessing the existence of such a policy. The right way to implement a rotation policy in a home series, in my view, would be like how Australia do it. They announce clearly at the start of the series that they would be resting certain players just after their “home ODI games”, for example. So, Glen McGrath might be rested after a Sydney game, Adam Gilchrist after a Perth game, Ricky Ponting after a Hobart game, etc. The selectors then back this up with a XV as well as a pool of other players who would be drafted in when a specific rotation kicks in. For example, to bring in Brad Haddin instead of Adam Gilchrist, Stuart Clark instead of Glen McGrath. In other words, a like-for-like replacement which would suggest a well planned policy backed by a strategic vision.

A like-for-like rotation policy would have (say) S. Badrinath playing when Dravid is rested; Gautam Gambhir playing when Sourav Ganguly is rested; Rohit Sharma playing when Tendulkar is rested; etc.

That calls for a vision/foresight and then planning as well as an operational strategy that falls in line with that. Are the Indian selectors incapable of such meticulous planning? What are they getting paid for then?

We are like this only” seems to be the mantra.

So we are presented with no other options but to second guess a sorry bunch of people. These same selectors indicated that there would be a rotation policy prior to the Australian series. The only thing that rotated was the roulette wheel that paid the selectors a hefty sum of money at the end of the series.

The case of Dilip Vengsarkar is strange. He shines one day and flip-flops the next. It seems like his selection decisions are as confused as his batting was: elegant in patches, a ferocious monster against a weak attack, terrible when he is not with it and like a rabbit caught in the headlights when the environment is fiery.

He has to learn from the Australians. They just don’t make statements like, “Where is the bench strength?” or “There is a dearth of left arm spinners. Show me the left armers.” They work quietly and efficiently with the various teams to groom future players like Cameron White, Cullen Bailey, Mitchell Johnson, James Hopes, Phil Jaques and Ben Hilfenhaus.

It is fair to say that Indian cricket perhaps made its strongest strides under the “reign” of Kiran More as Chief Selector. There was clarity of vision and purpose. Most of the current “bench strength” that Dilip Vengsarkar raved about immediately after the Twenty20 victory was built and groomed by Kiran More. There weren’t confusing signals everytime he opened his mouth to speak and he had the BCCI Secretaries under check.

In the wake of this most recent selection, Vegsarkar said, “At this stage Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Gautam Gambhir are the middle-order batsmen, and waiting in the wings are Manoj Tiwari, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma. So we have a lot of options.” Someone should have reminded him that he and his team actually chose Rohit Sharma in the team for the first two ODIs against Pakistan! Was Vengsarkar asleep at the wheel? Has this man lost the plot?

Bring back Kiran More, I say…

Any takers?

— Mohan

16 responses to “Campaign to bring back Kiran More

  1. If a player fails systematically, that player is sacked eventually. A captain is also on a hot seat when he loses a couple of test series or one-day matches.

    But, there is no accountability on the part of selectors.

    It can be demoralizing for a young player if he does not get a break/support at the right time.

    I was amazed that Shoaib Akhtar was selected for the last match vs SA after all the events. This was a case of “no principles in selection policy” in my view.

    I hope India team selection fares better than this.

  2. theblackirishman

    Here is more goss from TOI on the subject of Dravid’s ‘Resting’

  3. Quite disgusting Paddy. Vengsarkar’s selectorial decisions have become as confused as his batting, in my view.

  4. Fair enough that you want Vengsarkar out, but Kiran More?

    “It is fair to say that Indian cricket perhaps made its strongest strides under the “reign” of Kiran More as Chief Selector. There was clarity of vision and purpose.” – Really?

    Pray what makes you come to that conclusion?

    In 2006, when the team was in a freefall, exactly what contingency measures did Kiran More and Co have in place?

    And for all this talk of “youth”, it got kick started after Chappell took complete control of the team – so whose “vision” are we talking about?

    And just how much spine did More show in the Saurav Ganguly episode?

    What about the Challenger selections? And what about the “A” tours?

    Sepia tinted memories is all fine and dandy, but come on!

  5. Mohan,

    I fell off my rocking chair when I saw the headline;”bring back Kiran More”.
    I thiught you are unhappy with Dhoni as a keeper and wanted him replaced with Kiran More!

    On a serious note–in life never look back, however good life had been. More wasa one of 5 regionally elected selectors. More has left the fold and is now working for the Brown maharajh of Indian Private Crickewt–kapil maharaj Ji—so no chance of getting him back unless BCCI can fork out big bucks!!!!

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  7. This has to be one of the most asinine comments I have ever read on the selector issue. I mean being a Dravid fan is fine, but letting that bias take reactionary dimension is just ridiculous.

    Kiran More has the dubious distinction of presiding over some of the worst times in Indian cricket in collusion with Greg Chappell. His motivations were always in doubt given he had a business relation with the coach of the team. He droppen people, made unsupported allegations against members of the team and finally left the team in utter and complete disarray before his term ended. He almost finished Indian cricket completely because of his politics and his craven relationship with the coach.

    Under Vengsarkar, we have won a series abroad in England as well as the 20-20 World Cup. The team finally is beginning to look like a team again. Granted Vengsarkar is a bit of a “talk first think later” person, but then he is no exception to the BCCI rule there, is he. And it’s not as if Kiran More was the paragon of reticence!

    Please give us all a break. Just because your favourite cricketer has been dropped, there is no need to go totally illogical on the subject. People get dropped, they make comebacks, sometimes spectacular ones a la Sourav (that’s a model Dravid would do well to follow). It’s no big deal. Capscice?

  8. Good points Shan, but there is a difference between a random set of statement and considered comments. I urge you to read my post carefully again. I suspect you did not before you set froth,

    I have said that it is “not as if the dropping of Rahul Dravid is necessarily a bad thing”. That is not — and has never been — a problem for me at least. It is the (lack of a) framework in which it has taken place. This lack of framework leads to each selector making a different comment about what exactly the process was for making the decision they actually took! The result is that they look as confused as my backside is when it is in the throes of a bad tummy!

    There comes a point in the tenure of a person or a set of people when you lose confidence in their abilities to plan, think and execute. For me, this was it.

    It is the total lack of a strategic framework within which this “drop” has taken place.

    India won in England and the Twenty20 despite Vengsarkar. Counter that now! India won some 16 ODIs in a row under More. India won in Australia, England and Pakistan under More. Indeed, India started winning abroad on a regular basis under More… Hah! Counter that! 🙂

    Stats like these are meaningless.

    But more substantially, what meaningless allegations did More make against members of the team? And what disarray did he leave the team under? And to say that he finished off Indian cricket completely is total crap.

    Finally, as I have said in another thread, this is less about More and more about my confidence in the abilities of the current lot being completely shot.

    — Mohan

    Ps: Like the statement “less about More and more about…” 🙂

  9. Two statements:

    Under More, India won a huge number of Tests and ODIs.

    Enter Vengsarkar, India out of the World Cup in round-1.

    Not sure what Shan has been smoking lately!

  10. @Raghavan:

    Dunhills, if you must know.

    How much time did Vengsarkar have before the World Cup? And of course, Greg Chappell was still there to scuttle any Indian hopes.

    We are playing better now, and I am sure we will continue to improve. Blaming all team woes on only the Chief selector is simple stupid.

  11. Can anyone please tell this reader where is Ishant Sharma? Is he injured? He seems to have disappeared. He didn’t play in the recent final between Indian Blue and Indian Green (NK Salve tournament). He didn’t play for Delhi against Pakistan, and now he is not playing with Delhi against Rajasthan.

    Regarding use of young players in India’s senior team: Indian selectors have a tendency to create great hopes for young players. They select this bare raw talent, take them to dizzying heights, and then drop them after few tries. Instead, young players should be tried first in Indian A team. Let the players ramp up steadily in confidence. If they perform well in Indian A team matches, select them in regular team. That is the how Robin Uthappa and Gambhir came through. They played for Indian A team, and scored well against strong teams. Trust selectors offer they same opportunity to Joginder Sharma, Ishant Sharma, and host of others waiting in the wings.

  12. I cannot believe that someone wants to get More back. What strides are you talking about? He just played yes man to the Greg Chappell circus. The big bold strides were Chappell’s vision. One that ultimately earned scorn even from the ultimate gentleman of Indian cricket: Sachin Tendulkar. Dude Shaan may be smoking Dunhills, but you are smoking pot,

  13. who wants that corrupt more back,he destroyed careers of so many people,is ur memory fckd up.he is a small jealous man,a big cartoon from baroda.

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