End the 'Remove Seniors' campaign

October 7, 2008 @ No Comments

The retention of Sourav Ganguly and his supposed comeback into the Test team, has once again torn the cricketing fraternity into two opposite camps. What is baffling is that everyone looks surprised at his selection. Accepted he had a wretched series in Sri Lanka, but he was also the one who saved India the blushes in the series against South Africa in the third test match. One bad series and the selectors have again kept his head on the chopping block. This speaks poorly of our selection process and the thought process behind it.

No one seems to have a clue as to how to phase out the ‘Fab Four’, how important they are to Team India’s cause and how to groom their replacements. In the ‘Fab Four’ only Tendulkar seems safe , that too because of his demi god status. Dravid and Laxman, despite their excellent Test track records are being kept on tenterhooks.

There has to be a plan to blood fresh talent, but certainly not at the expense of Seniors who are performing or are looking good for more. What is most baffling is that only in India, everyone is concerned how old the cricketers are. Australia played with half their team on the wrong side of thirty for three-four years, but no one made an issue out of it. Its high time we realise that talent and experience will always deliver, which will get validated the most on difficult overseas tours like the impending tour to New Zealand this December.

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