Thursday, April 28, 2005

In Defense

continuation from the previous post

This is pretty easy..if not Dravid, who else? Who in the current Indian team is assured of his place for the next 10 matches even if he scores a zero or does not take any wicket in all the 10 matches? Only three names come to mind..Sehwag, Sachin & Dravid. Sachin is ruled out. Everyone knows his captaincy record & how the team fares under him. So that leaves us with Sehwag & Dravid.

Sehwag is an unknown commodity. It would require a set of brave selectors to make Sehwag the captain. Dravid’s captaincy so far has been good, though the results have not come his way; he has at least looked to attack more and been more aggressive.

He has a very good cricketing knowledge, is a team man (I still remember that in Adelaide, with 2 to win, he took a single & gave strike to the non-striker. Any one else would have gone for glory), is liked by everyone (every one plays their best innings with Dravid at the non strikers end and complement Dravid for it…remember Dinesh Karthik’s 93 in Eden gardens against Pakistan), has been a good understudy to Ganguly & has stepped up when the situation warranted it and could very well be our Steve Waugh (might carry on till 38!),

For all you know Dravid could be the Hansie Cronje or Ricky Ponting…captains who have leady by example..taken the fight to the opposition and taken the game by the scruff of the neck.


At Wed May 04, 02:19:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

fair enough ... but i REALLY dont want him to be a cronje :)

At Wed May 04, 03:12:00 AM EDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

comparing him to cronje!! whats up

At Wed May 04, 01:56:00 PM EDT, Blogger tifoc said...

Anon 1, Anon 2,

I certainly did not have the match fixing issue on my mind when I wrote it! ;-)
Except for the match fixing scandal, Cronje was a great captain. He led the team brilliantly. To me personally he was second best after Steven Waugh.


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