Chickens have the 'Tiger' exposed

Written by: Mamatha Maben
Published: Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 22:21 [IST]
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Bangalore: India has failed to break the jinx and the topic that has raised the temperature scales by a couple of degrees back home is Ganguly's lack of contribution. It most certainly is at the core of the issue but Ganguly's lack of contribution is nothing new. Isn't it? (It happened against Australia in both versions of the game.) Then why go up in arms now?

Well, I suppose, the veil of victory has now been lifted and so with it the blindness, not to forget that they might be running thin on patience.

The fact that India beat Australia in an amazing turnaround, due to some individual brilliance, had Ganguly shielded but the fact that India has lost, has Ganguly uncovered. However, a prudent few had seen beyond the shield of victory that surrounded the skipper and had a few stinging words flying in his direction. It in no way was the normal share of undue criticism as some chose to see it, rather it was meant as a note of caution in an otherwise euphoric atmosphere.

Today, India may be paying a price for having a captain who is simply unable to lead from the front. I don't mean a captain has to be all flair and flamboyance. If he is not a topnotch player but possesses captaincy material that is good enough but whatever he is, he cannot be anything less than effective.

He should at least be able to score those crucial few runs that matter, play those lynch pin roles, which so often turn the tide in a team's favour.

However, in Ganguly's case every time his team has looked up to him he has walked back emptied handed.

That apart, a captain, a leader of men should have a sense of humbleness, if not be all and all humble. In Ganguly's case, I doubt if these things apply.

Little wonder, he is being paid back. Remember... you reap what you sow.

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