While searching for the reason of India team dismal performance, I came across a very good article on India poor show against England in 4 match test series.
Apart from the three reasons mentioned in the above article (Batting, Poor fielding, and Body language), I think BCCI role on drafting the Schedule for cricketing calendar in a year is also to be blamed. Straight after the world cup 2011, the calendar scheduled forced players to do their duty for their franchises in Indian premier league (IPL 4). IPL could have been postponed, giving cricketers from all countries some time to rest and come out fresh to compete in all level of cricket match. BCCI is using player as money machine, the association wants the players to play more and more competitive matches so that their pocket keep on getting fatter day by day.
BCCI has no concrete plan to groom a cricketer, like other cricketing boards are doing. BCCI should pick 25 to 30 good players from domestic level, and groom them to play international level match in different format of the game. Each player should be worked on and the BCCI should know who is fit to play which format of the cricket game. One cannot expect a T20 specialist to perform in a test match arena.
BCCI should learn from England and wales cricket board, as they have dropped the Stylish Kevin Pieterson from ODI squad, because Kevin was over burden with work load. Kevin was leading scorer for English team in the recently concluded 4 match test series which England won by 4-0.
Indian fans should not be disappointed, because West Indies have also lost to Australia 5-1 after winning first world cup in 1975. This is the time for Indian cricket to revive themselves. We all Hope India will surly do well in near future. Go team India go.
well said folks! but is there any respite from busy schedules now? i dont think so. the solution is to have different players specific for each format
Very Well thought of & written…I agree the scheduling isn’t proper when it comes to Indian Cricketers..but at the same time the Players should be equally accountable for all the mess.. The Cricket Calendar for most of countries are set for at least next 2-3 years & communicated to the players.. The genuine guys accordingly would prioritize there GAME for any other engagement or distraction. Barring few Our Cricketers are Most Complacent when it comes to Labor hard to be at least consistent (leave apart raising it to new high). There would be odd failures on the field but the efforts won’t go in vain.. Yes IPL does have created ripples in everyone’s mind but the fact that ” YOU DO HAVE A CHOICE NOT TO PUT YOUR NAME IN THE IPL AUCTION “… Ricky Ponting (who has immense talent fo rall three formats of game) after few matches in 1st season was very clear that he would be happy leaving IPL & not come back again..He led by example..Michael Clarke has also now given Test Cricket the highest priority…
More importantly if at all you wish to play for whatever comes to you plus make big money, then PLEASE keep yourself Physically & Mentally Fit to shoulder all responsibilities… Gautam Gambhir got the biggest cheque at the IPL auction 2011, He was Over burdened to participate in the IPL for Shahrukh’s KKR though the Shoulder Injury kept looming over.. I understand its very crucial for the franchise too, but wasn’t it necessary to MISS last 3-4 games of IPL & let the injury heal before Caribbean Tour rather than skipping NATIONAL DUTY altogether…
Virender Sehwag was included in the Test team for England tour just out of sheer DESPERATION which caused more damages than fetching fruits.. He wasn’t fit enough to play the 3rd test match, but given the message by BCCI & captain – “PLEASE SAVE US”, he would have risen to status of second best to GOD, & that led to Casual Approach to batting & not playing according to the situation…Most Importantly buying Time which is key to Test Cricket especially on LIVELY Pitches…The shoulder injury hadn’t healed but he was forced to play in the Tests…the result now He is Unfit for ODI Series..how ironical.
The Author’s Suggestion of having larger POOL of players & grooming them for different formats is very much needed…WHEN BCCI WOULD UNDERSTAND THE NEED OF SACRIFICING A PLAYER’S SERVICES FOR GOOD TO INDIAN CRICKET THEN WE WOULD HAVE MORE CONFIDENT GROUP OF PLAYERS PERFORMING BRILLIANTLY in ALL FORMATS OF GAME…
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