Dravid should lead the Indian team, says Akram

Published: Monday, September 12, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Dubai:Rahul Dravid should be made the Indian team captain, said former Pakistan skipper Wasim Akram during a Cricket Talk Show organised by Signature Events and Services at the Crowne Plaza here on Saturday night.

Former Indian opener Navjot Singh Sidhu and Pakistan team coach Bob Woolmer also participated in the show, with cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle as the compeer.

Akram was responding to a query on what was needed to lift the performance of the present Indian team."The time has come to change the Indian team captain. The captain should be one who should be available for the coach and other members of the team," added Akram, referring to current skipper Sourav Ganguly's recent absence from the team and his continuing bad form.

Sidhu, meanwhile, felt the Indian players needed to change their way of thinking. "It is all in the mind. India's top-order batsmen are talented with nearly 35,000 runs between them. But, they need to earmark certain areas and start working on those. Remember, it is always the small leakages that sink a big ship." Sidhu enthralled the audience with a few of his one-liners, which are known as "Sidhuisms".

Woolmer too felt that the Indian players should start believing that they are good. "I have my doubts whether India's domestic cricket will have better players than Ganguly or Virender Sehwag," he said.

When Woolmer was asked whom he would support as he had coached South Africa, played for England, was born in India and now coaching Pakistan, he said, "When I am the coach of Pakistan, I am a Pakistani."

At the function, cricket promoter Shyam Bhatia presented his book Portraits of the Game to the cricketers and donated $10,000 (Dh36,780) to promote the game in Bangladesh.

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