Friday, January 27, 2012

End of Era! Goodbye Laxman, Dravid....

Goodbye Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan! (Zaheer at 37 will not be part of the visiting Indian team to Australia in 3-4 years time). You will not be seen in Tests in Australia again!

Dravid and Laxman have definitely played their last game for India. It should never have ended like this. Great careers need a better ending! These illustrious batsmen and cricketers have played excellent innings and won games and series for India and held Indian cricket high for a decade.It is very sad that they will be remembered for losing their last 8 Test Matches and more importantly being white washed 0-4 in their last 2 Test series!

Unfortunately they probably have themselves to blame for the situation they are in. In my opinion, they should have announced their retirements coming in to the series and one or two of them should have hung up their boots after Sydney! That way they could have left with a little bit of pride and dignity.

The selectors cannot but escape blame for some of what has happened. If one or two of the senior players had been dropped and a youngster or two given a chance, India might not have seen this exodus. I personally believe there is likelihood that Tendulkar will score his 100th century (for whatever it is worth!) in the One Day series and announce his retirement from Tests. The entire middle order will then be wiped out in one go! I have been saying this from Day 1 but I will repeat the question - Why were Irfan Pathan and Bhajji not picked for this tour - remember horses for courses?

Dhoni is also culpable for playing the same batting line up, in the same batting order, for 8 innings and hoping for a better result. People talk of the miracle at Calcutta. That was a great achievement but it also involved some inspired captaincy in letting the top scorer of the first innings, Laxman come in at No 3 in the second innings. India's last victory at Perth saw Irfan Pathan opening the batting, another inspired move from an inspiring captain. One saw nothing of that sort in either England or in Australia.

Dhoni clearly does not understand tests and what is needed to win them, especially overseas. Saha has proved to be a better batsman and keeper and Dhoni should gracefully take responsibility and retire from Tests! He is a very good limited overs player and captain and should continue to be so!

Duncan Fletcher, the highly paid, non inspiring coach should be immediately dropped along with his coterie of batting, bowling and feilding coach. India needs a strong, inspiring coach, someone like Kumble, Ganguly or Ravi Shastri!

Anyways thank you Laxman, Dravid and Tendulkar. It was good while it lasted. Good luck and Good bless!!!

Sai Mahesh

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