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Over the next fortnight, as a glorified exhibition event called the Champions League – which proper tournament would have a player eligible to represent two or three teams? – seeks legitimacy in the eyes of the game’s aficionados, India’s selectors will be peering nervously through their fingers. There are three Test series scheduled for the next four months which will decide whether India remain at the top of the tree or come back to Earth with a thud. As important are the 13 one-day internationals tagged on, especially with a six-week-long World Cup to start in February. A player will need to be Bionic Man to play all the games and how shrewdly the five-man panel rotates the resources available will have a huge bearing on whether or not India become only the second host nation to win the World Cup.

It’s one of those little nuggets of trivia now that India’s legendary spin quartet played only one Test together, at Edgbaston in 1967. They took 18 wickets and kept England under 300 in both innings, but traditional frailties with the bat away from home scuppered any chance of victory. Thereafter, it was always a case of musical chairs, with S Venkataraghavan or Erapalli Prasanna usually missing out. (more…)

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A little over a week ago, in an interview with a news magazine, Manoj Prabhakar referred to Venkatesh Prasad, India’s bowling coach, as a baggage handler. He blamed Prasad for the downturn in fortunes of India’s pace bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma.
Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has sacked Prasad, and Robin Singh, the fielding coach. There was no courtesy call first to inform either man. Prasad got the news from the media. Baggage-handler, eh? I bet they aren’t treated so shabbily after two and a half years of service.
As for young bowlers losing the plot, maybe the board would do well to listen to one of their own. “One of the senior players called up after the Champions Trophy and said other players [youngsters] did not feel it [the loss as much as him], said Ratnakar Shetty, the chief administrative officer in a recent interview with PTI. “He said there was no feeling whether we won or not. There is no sadness [after losing].”
“You can see the change in attitude and focus which seems to have gone to things other than cricket. They are attracted by the different style of entertainment that is part of these events. This is worrisome. Some of these youngsters have become very big. Some of them feel that playing in Ranji Trophy is not as important as playing in the IPL.”
Didn’t anyone see this coming, when young men with not even one consistent season behind them went for twice the money that Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting and Shane Warne did? As you sow…

A little over a week ago, in an interview with a news magazine, Manoj Prabhakar referred to Venkatesh Prasad, India’s bowling coach, as a baggage handler. He blamed Prasad for the downturn in fortunes of India’s pace bowlers, especially Ishant Sharma.

Now, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has sacked Prasad, and Robin Singh, the fielding coach. There was no courtesy call first to inform either man. Prasad got the news from the media. Baggage-handler, eh? I bet they aren’t treated so shabbily after two and a half years of service.

As for young bowlers losing the plot, maybe the board would do well to listen to one of their own. (more…)

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