As long as the Indian team won about half its one-day matches, which it had done until recently, the board could let things drift even if the performance was below par given the available resources. But an inept coach and weak captain have brought things to such a pass that inaction is not an option with the ad revenue at stake.
Replacing Greg Chappell is the easy part. Dav Whatmore, John Buchanan, Tom Moody or Sandeep Patil -- each one of them has had more success as a coach than Chappell. Of course the board would prefer somebody more pliant, but that can hardly be expected to lift the team out of the morass it finds itself in. Sunil Gavaskar has been plumping for Mohinder Amarnath but that would be another mistake: this time, it should be somebody with coaching, not cricketing, laurels. [Read Blame the board for picking Chappell]
Finding a replacement for Rahul Dravid is trickier because the best qualified for the job is obviously Sourav Ganguly. BCCI chief Pawar would have liked to go with his Maharashtra star Sachin Tendulkar, overlooking his previous failures as captain, except that his form and fitness have brought his own future into question. Kumble has announced his retirement from the one-day game, and none of the younger experienced players can be assured of places in the side. Yuvraj Singh's name has come up, but he only looked good against Bermuda.
Apart from Dravid, Ganguly's the only one who can hold his own in the current team. He has shown amazing mental toughness and self-belief to keep working at his game and fitness to be able to force his way back into the team after a long gap. These are also the traits that made him India's most successful captain. Reinstating him is more likely to rejuvenate Indian cricket than continuing with Dravid or giving Sachin a second chance.