Enjoy your sorrows & disappointments. Gain from them, but don’t romance or glorify them. It’s a destructive relationship. BCCI and Indian team needs to Learn to admit their mistakes, before someone read (ex-England Cricketers who couldn’t achieve anything substantial during their playing days and British Media) exaggerates the Story. This team looks jaded and has been found wanting against the moving ball; it’s not really about talent… which the Indian dressing room has in abundance. Its more about being smart, patient and how much observing an individual is who can learn from the conditions and while things are not going the way they should be; the player needs to seek inspiration & never miss a learning opportunity; let it be from the opposition in this case England; who have showed how to honor and respect the conditions; once acclimatized can give handsome returns.
India’s players have the ability to stay No. 1 but their administration doesn’t have the drive to be No. 1 on the field. The Australian series is preceded by 3 test rubber and ODI series against West Indies in sub-continent conditions; India just have 1 pre-tour warm up game before the Melbourne test; which I think is not the ideal preparation before the tour down under. The selectors have been reluctant to show faith in some talented young Indian batsmen. Now they have to choose a team for Australia where there are serious questions about the ability of some to play short-pitched bowling. Further muddying the pool, India’s Fielding capability from better batsmen is now a liability on the field.
Most Australian pace bowlers do know from birth one thing: they know how to bang the ball in short. Whether they do it wisely is another question, but judging by the performance of Suresh Raina, Abhinav Mukund and Yuvraj Singh in England, quantity will suffice if quality is in short supply. India need to be aware, too, that three key players are at the crossroads of their careers. There is a road ahead but it will be paved with extraordinary intent and determination; call it Rahul Dravid Avenue. Zaheer has been an outstanding cricketer for India, as have been Harbhajan and Yuvraj Singh, but this break is a good time for them to think about where they want to be.
The biggest issue facing the Indian selectors is finding a batting line-up that can score enough runs in Australia to give the bowlers a chance. Of the experienced batsmen Sehwag is the best equipped to mount a counterattack that will set the Australians back on their heels. However, it’s too much to expect Sehwag to play a lone hand, so Sachin Tendulkar & Other 2-3 batsmen need to raise their hand up and be counted when Indian cricket needs a way forward. Of the younger batsmen Rohit Sharma is the most talented, and he also copes best with the short-pitched delivery. It would be asking a lot of him to take on an aggressor’s role in his first Test series and in a hostile environment.
While we confer the discussion over Indian Cricket scenario it’s clear our arbitrary, chaotic system needs to change. Here’s a proposed revival plan which I think can be beneficial in long term.
On tour, have at least 2 – 3 practice matches before Game 1
Play fewer international games but be better prepared, even if it means renegotiating calendar
Monitor fitness levels regularly
Players can’t be trusted with their own fitness. Those hiding injuries should be penalised. Team India has 1 physio; at least 2 more required
Greener domestic tracks
Would make for technically better batsmen and more penetrative bowlers
Build bench strength
India struggles without Zaheer, Bresnan steps in for Tremlett and proves equally lethal.
Work on transition
Sachin, Dravid and Laxman on last legs. Blood players like Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Rahane, Badrinath, Kohli, and Manoj Tiwary now.
Make sure Tail-enders bat deep till number 10-11
England batsmen may it be number 8,9,10 made so valuable contribution that; England won the 2nd test match which in first place they should have lost considering their 1st Innings debacle.
More ‘India A’ tours
Give youngsters lots of exposure in terms of India A tour of South Africa, England & Australia where normally wickets are bouncy.
Action plan for bowlers
Talent spotting and nurturing of both pacers and spinners urgently required
Foreign players for domestic circuit
At least 2 foreign players for every team in Ranji Trophy super league will lift standard of domestic cricket
Play for counties
Encourage younger lot to play county cricket. It’ll make them better professionals and let them know more about themselves and their game which eventually make them a better players for all seasons.
The selectors need to understand the situation and devise a strategy which would ultimately call for reforms. Dropping someone is not a reform or a tough decision; but identify a pool of talented guys who would take the Indian Cricketing baton ahead and make them go through a well devised plan which would make them tougher players for all seasons.