Friday, September 12, 2008

For whom should the bell toll?

Kirti Azad pretty much hit the nail on the head I thought. "The decision to drop Ganguly itself is not wrong as his form in recent times has not been impressive. But the question is why the same treatment shouldn't be given to Rahul and Sachin, who are out of form as well," he said at a function in Delhi. But instead of generally venting my spleen on this, I decided to do a little tallying up, and came up with some interesting results. Check them out at this article on DNA - For whom should the bell toll?

10 comments:

Buzzz said...

critics!!

Straight Point said...

with the current jargon of for or against seniors one should never loose objectivity...

very well presented sumit...

i remember the first interview kumble gave after being selected captain and he talked at length about that performance would be monitored irrespective of conditions...how he wants to leave legacy...etc etc...

wonder what he has to say now about that...

Sumit said...

thanks sp.

i'd be happy to be proven wrong buzzz. but i doubt it.

Straight Point said...

btw how are you feel being on 99 not out... :)

Sumit said...

sp, unlike our seniors i don't play for milestones :)

Buzzz said...

Dude, how much you hate seniors. You point them in every conversation and every comment. isnt that overdose. We know that you dislike them,but then there got to be a line drawm.

BTW i refer to ur comment wer u say u dont care for milestones as seniors do.

Funny!!

Soulberry said...

Well written Sumit.

Kumble and the selectors (including some of us) are allowing sentimentality to override today and tomorrow. I agree with Kirti Azad to an extent. Dravid was looking like getting back into some stride...but whatever the four do from here, it cannot be a lot.

N.Balajhi said...

That's good objective analysis. The failure rate of 4 out of 5 is a strong point to omit both Dravid and Ganguly.

The thing that may have tilted scales in favour of Dravid over Ganguly, besides Kumble's support as you suppose, could be his last 3 innings' performance. He scored more than 40 in 2 out of 3 innings. Whether this small up-tick in Dravid's performance leads to a rally or not will be known by next month if he is picked against Aus. This up-tick in form may have rekindled the hopes of selectors and Kumble.

In TCWJ some time back SB posted an article highlighting Dravid's value to the team and that may be something both Kumble and the selectors are hoping to reap if Dravid indeed returns to form against Aus.

I see nothing grey in Kumble's call to keep Dravid, especially if it was a toss-up between Ganguly and Dravid.

Sumit said...

buzzz, others too have said i'm sounding like a stuck record - it's partly prompted by how little the idols are criticised in the mainstream press. so i'm afraid i'll keep at it, but objectively i hope. and don't mistake me, i would be very happy to see a return to form and fitness of classy batsmen.

vmminerva said...

To be fair, I must put aside my partisanship and say, well said, Sumit. Some very valid points, some of us myself included aren't that happy about that. But they are facts and we must accept them.

As for the selection, the inconsistency is the most bothersome. It is that inconsistency that makes us wonder why Ganguly? why this time?