Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Chappel versus the Senior Players

Tendulkar is never the kind of person who has a loud mouth or louder actions like Saurav Ganguly. He is always docile and silent. Dravid too is of the silent non-controversial type.

Admittedly, Tendulkar's performance has been really hopeless in the world cup. But this time, in an interview to Times Of India, when the BCCI Management is busy passing the blame on the senior players , the normally silent Tendulkar gives his side of the story :-

"Tell me, the world has gone on talking about all this (our defeat and exit) but has anybody spared a thought for us? Did they try to find out what we have been going through?" a shaken Sachin Tendulkar asked TOI .

"Again, it's not that we are defending ourselves. We do realise that we played badly and, as a team, we take full responsibility for that. But what hurt us most is if the coach has questioned our attitude.

"I've given my heart and my soul for 17 years. No coach had mentioned even in passing that my attitude was not correct. Cricket has been my life for all these years and will always be," Tendulkar said.

Some of the seniors are, in fact, so upset with the personal attacks that they are hoping to meet BCCI president Sharad Pawar on April 5 to present their side of the story.

Another Senior Player (gawd knows who is this) gives his take on the episode :-
“Chappell did not speak to us for 3-4 days during this World Cup. He just doesn’t listen to anybody. How can a coach behave like this? It’s a disgrace”

The point which I'd like to observe here is, Greg Chappel is insane. From the moment he has been the coach, there is always some mudslinging going on between Selectors v/s players or some cr@p like this. If somebody with the responsibilities of a coach wants to be an autocrat, the whole team loses. And I want the Indian team to win in a bowler's pitch liek the West Indies pitches or the English pitches. There is no point in winning only in India.

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Anonymous said...

In 17 years nobody questioned the man's attitude... maybe someone should have the way he has been playing in the last few years. You're talking B.S if you blame Chappel for our debacle. In any job, if you fail repeatedly, you're fired. These dead-weight buggers (Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly, Agarkar) should be paid some money (thats why they play..ain't it!!)thrown out and get the new guys in. People might actually start following the bloody game again.

Anonymous said...

There have been problems in the dressing room because the ego maniacs in our team have never faced someone who could whip their butt when needed. I don't care what Tendulkar feels.. has he done his job? Nope. Do you play for free? Nope. Is there any prospect he will get better? Who knows. Its time to move on. The coutry is much bigger than individuals, I dont care who. End of story.

sudeep said...

if you fail repeatedly, you're fired. These dead-weight buggers (Sachin, Sehwag, Ganguly, Agarkar) should be paid some money (thats why they play..ain't it!!)thrown out and get the new guys in

In fact, it is just not abt the money. They are there for both the money and the glory and the passion.

It is the method of the coach which really went wrong. The changes in batting order upsets the rhythm for teams like India and Pakistan where they get a knowledge of their roles staying at one particular batting order.This may work for teams like Aus. Think abt it. Before Chappel India's ranking was #2. Now it is #6. And if a coach doesn't involve senior players(not just Sachin) while devising strategies and doesn't communicate properly with the team, it is simply not gonna work. I believe it was more a question of a strategy which got backfired and a spoilt teamwork rather than a performance problem

More precision on money : Is it like I give you 1 crore and you give me a century and a victory tomorrow ? It can't happen like that.

Even I hate ad-contracts involving players. It is a horrible thing.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Sudeep; I beg to differ. If you've been in the international arena for 15-odd years & cannot adapt to varying roles in the team (its not like people got shunted from opening to number 8 right?!), blame yourself & not the coach. As far as the ranking is concerned, our long awaited test series win on foreign soil came during Chappel's tenure. I sincerely thought he would be able to put some spine into these idiots. I'd rather cheer for Man United or our suffering hockey team than our cricket team.