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Monday, January 15, 2007

Good. Sehwag gets the axe.

Sehwag was looking a lot like a man having taken his place in the team for granted, wasnt he? A lot like Sourav Ganguly of the yore. The prince of Kolkata went back, worked on his cricket, did a lot of thinking and came back afresh as a different man. Not radically different. But just that slight change in attitude required to survive the expectations and pressures of competitive cricket in India. He is still the same cricket player (he's still clumsy with the short ball), but he is a different human being. And one of cricket's most watchable piercers of the off-side field IS BACK, atleast as of now.

Now, Sehwag has been dropped for the coming cricket series against the West Indians. And he too will have to emulate Ganguly. And I dare to say HE WILL. He will untangle the knots in his head (not the hair! he's bald for God's sake!) and come back as the same attacking and free-wheeling cricketer but as a whole new human being. He will play and miss. He will top-edge the cricket ball into the boundary behind the slip cordon and all that. But he will never take things for granted again. A changed VIRU WILL BE BACK! Much quicker than Sourav. You hear that?

And as I say that I should also mention that Sehwag's future will depend on how well or how bad Robin Uthappa (his replacement) performs, doesnt it? Ganguly got in riding on the back of other's failures. Sehwag might require something similar now. So if I was Sehwag, I would be rushing to the nearest temple and praying for. . . . . . er. . . . . . well. . . . . . . you know what!


Homer said...


Sehwag has been dropped for the first two games of the WI series.

Sehwag has no active cricket lined up from now until the end of the WC, when India goes to BD to play 2 tests and 3 ODIs.

So there are no opportunities for him to get his form back.

That said, the whole "we dropped Sehwag to teach him a lesson" will quickly turn into a farce because Sehwag will be reinstated into the team for the last two ODIs against WI or the first ODI against SL at the latest.

You can also bet your bottom dollar that Sehwag will find himself on the plane to WI for the WC, form notwithstanding.

This is because of the TINA (There Is No Alternative) factor. Uthappa may play a few good knocks in the 8 ODI set, but are the selectors gutsy enuf to drop Brand Sehwag for a relative unknown?
If they really wanted to show they meant business, Sehwag should have been carrying the drinks in the Third test at Newlands, but hey,we all know the outcome of that story.

At the end of the day, this is how the whole thing will be spun - Sehwag has the "weight of experience" and "offers variety by way of his off spin" and "has toured WI with the Indian team in 2006 and is well aware of the conditions".

There are no messages here in the selectors actions of dropping Sehwag, just a way to placate the angry mob back home for having lost to the Proteas in a game that was begging to be won.

Ananth said...

Whether to placate the mob or not, getting sidelined in favour of a new guy is sure to hav it's effects on Sehwag. It is human to feel the hunger to prove yourself once again and try and garner the appreciation and acclaim u once enjoyed. Sehwag will come come back with added josh, vigour and above all hunger.

All said and done, I would be the first person to vote for Sehwag's inclusion in the WC team. All the reason's u mention are actually quite valid. Sehwag is an asset and this is not the end of him. One of his best qualities is that he will not feel the pressure of playing in a world cup as he did demonstrate in the 2003 WC final. And 8 ODIs is far too less to gauge a player's preparedness for the mental and physical questions posed by a WC. So, TINA I guess will find application and rightly so.

Sam said...


Its time to kick out Chappel and get someone more experienced and level headed Indian Coach. Is it a coincedence that all the players with whom he has had the opportunity to work with for more than a year have forgotten to do what they were originally selected to do for the Indian Team. Take for Instance one by One

Rahul Dravid Once considered a wall and a technically sound batsman who could also keep wickets. He has forgotten to Bat, He has forgotten to field has dropped vital catches playing as captain for the Indian Team and he has been a miserable captain. Nobody in the Indian team wants to play under his captaincy, he mumbles in press conferences he makes a poor show as a person. Who is to Blame? Greg Chappel thought he would be a Good Captain afterall.

Sachin Tendulkar. Some people call him a blaster some call him Tendlya. But he has failed miserably with the bat.His statistics in South africa test series is 20. One days he has given a poorer account of himself. Well earlier he used to take some pretext of some elbow injury, Back spasm, Tennis elbow etc to avoid such critisism but now he can’t do it because we all know he has actively involved himself to fight for exclusion of Saurav from Team India. Sachin’s situation is Just like Pakeya in The Film Rangeela. why…. ! He is Pakaoing the Indian fans and spectators with no shows, and more importantly you must remember Pakeyas dialogue in Rangeela, where he tells Raja (Aamir) about how he was treated when he proposed to a girl, he says that the girl slapped him with her chappals and then Raja Says ” Agar eisahi chalta Raha Na to bahut Jaldi Ladies Chappal Ka Dukan Kholna Pardenga ” Sachins state is something like this he is continiously trying to propose to the girl which is Indian Cricket and every time spectatators gets no shows. It is a matter of time that spectators will go with Ladies chappals to the stadiums and will help tendlya realize his ultimate nightmare, if he does not tighten his shoe laces. Pimping his cause is Gavaskar but such pimping will stand him no chance in the eyes of Indian Spectators. Now who is to Blame for all this definitely Greg Chappel.

Shewag used to get into the team because of his explosive Batting but now he is accomodated in the team because he can bowl off spin. Thanks Greag you have made a bowler out of an explosive batsman. Now that he has been dropped should teach him a lesson, but he needs to be reinsated in the side at the earliest.

Irfan Pathan was a brilliant bowler, however Greg with his Coaching skills has converted him to a Batsman. Now he has forgotten how to Bowl. Brilliant WOW what Coaching! He was one player who stood by the Coach, when Greg was doing KINKY STUFF which he called experiments, he scored runs batted at whatever position he was asked and contributed to Team Chapell and Dravid. When this guy needed some support from his coach and his Captain he was send back in the middle of a series to “SORT OUT HIS GAME”. Wow Greg you must be a good Coach, Dravid you definitely lead by example “ass-**** you need to sit out of the Indian Team” forever.

Action has been Taken against Shewag and Pathan and why was “ Tendlya” Spared and on what basis does Dravid justify his spot in the WC squad. Is Tendlya spared because he is a Marathi, despite his poor performance he is made the Deputy , Is it because even if he fails several times he can’t be dropped becase he is the “DEPUTY” come on boys. Who will speak in a womans voice in the field apart from Tendlya. We need a woman in Team India thats the closest we have…

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