Thursday, September 4, 2008

Of form and fitness

The previous post Who needs the famous five? predictably had strong reactions for and against. We're talking of players who have become icons over the years with the joy they've provided to fans. I've admired them too and have no intention of belittling their achievements. But to me it's more important to see India play somewhere near its potential, and currently the test team is not doing that. The loss to Sri Lanka was embarrassing not because they lost, but the manner in which they were rattled by Mendis. How can Dhoni, who is just a wicketkeeper-batsman, figure Mendis out in a couple of one-days, and the fab four fail to do that in three five-day matches where they could even afford to block everything? And don't forget we avoided an even more embarrassing loss at home to the South Africans only with the aid of an under-prepared pitch in the last test at Kanpur. And, was it an accident that the teams led by the fab four failed to make it to the semis of the IPL? I think it's not a question of their talent. I think their fitness and reflexes are letting them down, affecting their form and attitude. Yes, there are older players on the circuit, like Jayasuriya, but look at their fitness and fielding. Dravid has been one of the best slippers in the game, but how frequently do you see him drop catches now? To be in denial of this is unfair to fans who want to see India win in Tests and know that we have the talent for it. Or at least let's develop new talent, instead of seeing our icons struggle. Isn't it a pain to see the greatest bowler on sub-continental pitches going at over 40 runs a wicket, as he has done against South Africa at home and on spin-friendly tracks in Lanka? How can anybody expect him to magically do better against the Aussies?

6 comments:

Straight Point said...

dont fret over it sumit...we are like this only...its in our psyche that one day things will fall in place...one day everything will be ok...without actually doing something about it...

i fully concur tony greig's latest statement in which he says indians dont plan retirement they are thrown out from the system...or something like this...

as i wrote in one of my post...one thing is for dead sure our selectors are not gong to be assisted by our seniors in this regard...they will have to take decision on their own...sooner than later...

Sumit said...

don't underestimate blog power, my friend

Ottayan said...

Sumit,

By all accounts the players in question are intelligent and want Indian team to do well.

Then why are they behaving like donkeys? You know the sort which splays its legs and refuses to budge.

Trideep said...

It has been India's history.. They never retire when they are playing well!!!

Soulberry said...

Dhoni was able to figure it out faster because he was a keeper-batsman.

I agree that if the fab 4 aren't a their peak in all respects these days then they tend to look as if in trouble. It wasn't always that way...certinly not when younger when a ditrsaction could be countered by quick limbs, or if form or feet momevent were the issue they could be compenated by the stamina to concentrate over long periods of the game.

Change is inevitable however we may deny it. The choice for those concerned is how to do it.

Sumit said...

ottayan, for donkeys it's the green grass that holds them, for our players it's the greenbacks.