In one of my earlier posts, I had said that the selectors seem to choose the playing XI in Indian cricket – not the captain, not the coach, not the team management – the selecctors! I was told no, those the were the bad old days, Dravid and Chappell will not allow that, etc.
But look at this article from the latest selection meeting.
When prodded about “the other opener” – Virender Sehwag failed in both innings here – More refused to take the bait. “He’s one of the best we have,” he said in perfunctory fashion. Enquiries about Harbhajan Singh’s fate, after unflattering figures of 2 for 527 from his last three Tests, met with a guarded response. “We haven’t even seen the pitch yet,” said More. “We’ll go there and decide on an XI after we see the pitch and conditions.”
Of course, it could be that ‘we’ means ‘the team’ … but I have a feeling that ‘we’ means ‘us, the selectors’. So the story is still the same – the selectors rule the roost.
And speaking of selection, so much for youngsters being groomed! VRV had a glorious run at being groomed, didn’t he? And what about Raina? He makes way for our hero, Yuvraj. I can at least try to understand Yuvraj, but Patel for VRV? How is that a just decision for VRV?
Of course, on form, Patel should have been the one chosen in the first place and VRV should have been waiting. But what justifies including Patel now? No logic.