Tuesday, October 14, 2008

A captain in denial

One bad game doesn't make him a bad player, says Kumble. True. But he averages 46 per wicket in the last 11 Test matches, including three series before this one. Even part-timer bowlers in Test cricket have better averages than that. Before the Test, he had said players should not be judged by one bad series in Lanka, a similarly misleading statement. He had also said it should be performance and fitness that should matter, not age. But, performance and fitness are exactly the problems. I said at the start of the Lanka series that Kumble is a spent force, and I was right. I made the same prediction before this series, and so far it is even worse than what I thought. I don't expect him to do much better in any of the matches, except the one in Delhi. India needs a new spinner and a new captain. Although Ricky Ponting was a bit too conservative in the first Test, at least he led by example. To be led by Kumble in his current form is an embarrassment for the Indian team. I wrote about this in - A contrast between two captains.

65 comments:

Buzzz said...

Dont you think that you are sounding boring and obnoxious with ur personal grudges on Indian team ?

if we have authors like u we dont need an aussie to write us off....

write somethin positive dude. u r one with huge negativity!!

Sumit said...

thanks, buzzz. will keep that in mind. this isn't an indian team i can support, but maybe the aussies will provide some reason for positivity.

ankit said...

sumit,

i think this has been a problem with almost all Indian captains.

look back at sachin, saurav, rahul and now kumble!!

poor him!! he was made the captain when he was twice as old as another member of the team!!

Straight Point said...

He had also said it should be performance and fitness that should matter, not age. But, performance and fitness are exactly the problems.

this is THE PROBLEM sir!!

we dont have any problem with kumble taking wickets...fab four making runs etc...

but none of that is happening...

what we are seeing is just opposite...by the time they reach around 40/50 runs mark one can already see that mind refusing to concentrate...body refusing to go that extra mile...

the seconds innings dismissal of sachin is the prefect case to illustrate the point...

kumble by playing in this match even after shoulder problem virtually ensured that india, in effect, will be bowling with 3 bowlers through the match...more so on wearing pitch in second innings where a fit kumble would have definitely created more opportunities for india...if not run thru the oz side...

we are not enjoying so much riches that we can afford to play kumble purely as captain...

Swaminath said...

Definitely a point worth pondering. Kumble has always relied on poor pitches and underprepared pitches to get wickets. But now that also seems impossibe.

Now everyone seems to be reading him. Earlier he used to get tailenders out with his flippers. But now even that is missing.

I am pretty sure the next three test matches are not going to change his fortunes.

According to me, Kumble merely proves the point that if an average player plays cricket for 16years, he is likely to get 600+ wickets.

Sumit said...

ankit, sp, swami: now kumble says the media is gunning for him. actually most of the media has been asleep and has only woken up now after he bowled another 50 wicketless overs, and hid an injury to boot! the decline in his form started long back, as i documented before the lanka series in Time to end the KumBha mela.

Buzzz said...

isnt it time to end sumbha it ka dera :)

give some respect dude. What the hell is kumbha ka mela ? insane stuff!!

Trideep said...

Kumble is unnecessarily takin up a place in the team.. Kumble says he will be fine before the 2nd test.. i really hope he stays unfit.. this is the first time i am saying such a thing about any indian player.. but kumble has left no choice... according to him performance shud be the key... and tht is what is missing. He has bowled horribly to say the least in the last year... according to performance he shud not be in the team... also we saw that dhoni did a better job at captaincy than kumble... guess its really time for kumble to leave...

afrustratedfan said...

It has been said of Kumble that he is fighter, has a big heart,a never say die attitude etc. But what is missing from all these qualities? SKILL. You need that to pick wickets, not any of the above mentioned qualities. And sadly, Kumble hasnt got that.
16 years of international cricket has gone by, and it still doesnt seem to dawn on Kumble.

Time to hang up his boots? Never. Because Kumble has oodles of attitude to offer Indian cricket yeoman service for years to come, hasnt he?

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