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November 11, 2007 / lazybug

Kumble is the Right Choice

Ian Chappell says in his column at Cricinfo:

Imran Khan was one of the better international leaders and he believes a good captain should “understand bowling”. Tendulkar definitely comprehends bowling when he’s facing it, but from his actions as a captain he doesn’t appear to understand bowlers.

The Indian selectors wouldn’t have done Tendulkar any favours by appointing him Test captain a third time. His first assignment would have been in the toughest environment: Australia have lost just six Tests at home since the start of the 1995-96 season. In addition, during his first two stints as Indian captain he was at his peak as a player. Now he’s no longer a dominant batsman.

While I am a bit skeptical about the last statement, I agree with the rest. Tendulkar has lead India twice and failed both the times. Isn’t this enough proof for the selectors that he is not captaincy material? Thankfully, common sense has prevailed and Anil Kumble, who in my opinion is the right man for the post, has been chosen. Further, with the Aussie tour coming up, it’s important that Tendulkar is under no extra pressure. This is his last tour down under and let’s hope he makes it as memorable as his previous three tours.

And, I also disagree with Navjot Singh Sidhu when he says:

“Are they not playing with the interest of the country,” Sidhu, a former India batsman and now a commentator, asked. “When you appoint Kumble as captain of the team, it is nothing but a retrograde step. He is a stop-gap arrangement.”

That’s total rubbish, but coming from Sidhu, I am not too surprised. He was OK with Saurav being given the captaincy of India when Dravid stepped down. Age did not mater then, but now all of a sudden, it does! I am sure he would not have said anything like this had Sachin accepted the offer.

That said, I hope Kumble is able to handle the aggressive young guns like Sreesanth properly. That will be his biggest challenge in the Aussie tour.



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  1. assemkhan / Nov 12 2007 12:32 pm

    What Sidhu said makes sense man, Kumble wont be a captain for long, even if we win the test series.

  2. lazybug / Nov 12 2007 12:50 pm

    What exactly do you mean by ‘long’? His career itself is not likely to last more than 1-2 years…that’s enough time for Dhoni to settle in. Ideally, Kumble should retire as a captain.

    Is Sidhu implying that Kumble wil be removed after a series or tow? How does he know that?

  3. Chittaranjan / Nov 12 2007 2:05 pm

    1-2 years?? Too long….

    If he suffers any injury (which lets face it, will be easier at his age!) then poof! goes the arrangement….

    Also considering that he’s an average fielder, leading-by-example will not happen on the field! Commitment will be of the highest order but apart from that, it is indeed a retrograde step.

  4. lazybug / Nov 12 2007 6:09 pm

    There’s no doubt in my mind that he will play for at least one more year. We are only talking about test cricket here, so this is not an exaggeration.

    He might be an average fielder but heis an awesome bowler and above all, a committed cricketer. Was Ganguly ever a good fielder or runner between the wickets? But that did not stop him from becoming India’s best captain.

  5. Liju Philip / Nov 13 2007 2:45 am

    Sidhu is the biggest “gas bag” of India. He’s the same guy who used to fake injury and keep himself away from the bouncy Caribbean and Aussie pitches.

    I would have preferred Dhoni to be given the captaincy cos he has managed to handle the groupism so prevalent in the team well. Anyway, Dhoni still has to prove himself in the longer version of the game and being an apprentice to one of the best bowlers should be ok for the time being.

  6. Chittaranjan / Nov 13 2007 8:23 am

    Dada commanded inspiration and respect and he was a fearless and in-your-face player. Which Kumble isn’t. His reservedness and aloofness may be a negativity to his captaincy.

    But the proof of the pudding is in the eating…so lets see how he fares on-field

  7. lazybug / Nov 13 2007 8:36 am

    Reserved and aloof? He does not indulge in verbal duels with the batsmen but everyone knows how aggressive a bowler he is. As for commanding respect, you should have seen the reaction of the players in the dressing room when Kumble scored a 100 against England during our last tour.

    I am sure the pudding will not be retrograde.

  8. Liju Philip / Nov 13 2007 8:43 am

    Saw ur pics on flickr. Which camera do you use.

    Btw, nice pics. Missing hyd already.

  9. lazybug / Nov 13 2007 8:48 am

    I use the Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ1.

    Here’s more:

  10. Chittaranjan / Nov 13 2007 1:12 pm

    I meant reserved and aloof on the field (when not bowling) and also off it. His best companion(s) off the field are maybe Rahul Dravid and his camera 😛

    But yeah, he will have some old hands (Sachin, Saurav, Rahul, VVS et al) in the test team so it will be less difficult to bond as compared to the rather youthful ODI team.

  11. lazybug / Nov 13 2007 2:51 pm

    “difficult to bond as compared to the rather youthful ODI team.”

    While this is an issue, it’s not too difficult to overcome, is it?

  12. Chittaranjan / Nov 14 2007 7:31 am

    Only time will tell

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