Have faith in Chappell, Dravid, More: Manjrekar

Published: Saturday, July 22, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
Share this on your social network:
   Facebook Twitter Google+    Comments Mail

Mumbai:Former India player Sanjay Manjrekar yesterday urged cricket enthusiasts to have faith in the trio of Kiran More (Chief selector), coach Greg Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid and said they are on the right track to produce a team which could win the World Cup.

Manjrekar was speaking to mediapersons after kicking off the unique "Ten Sports Eleven to Lanka Contest''.

Manjrekar, fielding questions after the kick off which was also attended by Ramesh Powar, Vinod Kambli and film star Rahul Bose, said at the moment Team India has more youngsters and less of experienced players but I am sure Chappell and Dravid would get the balance right by the time the World Cup comes around in nine months time.

The former India middle-order batsman also played with a straight bat when asked about the reactions to his article on Sachin Tendulkar where he had said Sachin might be rushing back from his surgery. He refused to speak further on the matter.

''I have written an article which according to me is an honest one, and whatever criticism people level at me, I have to learn to live with it as a journalist.''

Sanjay Manjrekar opined the decision to leave out Anil Kumble from the team to Sri Lanka was a good one. ''The need is to save Kumble for the World Cup and the ace leg spinner is such a bowler that if you pick him up ten days before the tournament, he will still deliver,'' he said. This is the time to try out other bowlers and the team, chosen for the tour to Sri Lanka, is a good one which can deliver the results, he added.

South paw Vinod Kambli said that he is taking inspiration from Dinesh Mongia and is waiting for this season to start so that he can impress the selectors with tons of runs and make a tenth comeback to the international stage.

Ramesh Powar, a member of the Indian squad to tour Lanka, said that he only knows that the wickets in Lanka would be on the slower side and he would work on it during the camp which is being held for the squad in Bangalore.

When asked whether the inclusion of Mongia as an all rounder puts more pressure on him to make the playing eleven, Powar said that he does not worry about the other selections, but only concentrates on his performance.

Rahul Bose, however, had the last word when he said that he as a sporstperson feels that the players should give more than 100 per cent on the field. If they lose even after doing that, I would accept this team as winners as they had tried to win. Although, I would like to see India win all their matches forever, I think all of us must see whether the team has given its 100 per cent, he added.

Under the ''Ten Sports Eleven to Lanka Contest'', a contestant has to click a photograph portraying himself and ten others (to constitute a team) and then pen a slogan of not more than fifteen words as to why the team of his deserves to be in Lanka to cheer Team India.

The winners will be declared on August 10 and the winning team will be flown to Sri Lanka on an all-expense paid trip to cheer India in the tri-series from August 14 to 29.

Write Comments