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Consistency not India~~s virtue, feels Dungarpur

Published: Saturday, December 23, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Pune:Former national cricket selection panel chief Rajsingh Dungarpur today observed that consistency was sadly never a virtue of India.

Speaking to scribes here, Dungarpur, who has been closely associated with the Indian cricket for long, said while the reigning world champions Australia, along with England, New Zeland and South Africa, have displayed 'consistency' aspect through their marvelous cent percent physical fitness, mental toughness, commitment and professionalism, which has been the ingredient right through their formative years.

To a query regarding former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, he praised Ganguly for his knock. However, he declined to comment on the south paw's prospects in the next World Cup.

The present selection committee chairman Dilip Vengsarkar is the best judge to acertain the former cpatian's form, Dungarpur added.

He maintained that the master-blaster Sachin Tendulkar and the ''wall'' skipper Rahul Dravid are the two most outstanding cricketers.

Equating Sachin to Arjun of the 'Mahabharata', he said his mere presence in the dressing room was a source of inspiration for the others and at the same time, brought fear into the rival camp.

Though he was going through a bad patch and the drought of runs, he will come back into his own after playing a big inning, he hoped.

''I have great faith in Rahul and his skills and his astute leadership, which will definitely do turn around in the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbeans,'' Dungarpur added.

''It will certainly be an act of 'harakiri' to put Ganguly back into the saddle for the World Cup,'' he stressed.

The BCCI had already taken a decision that Dravid would remain captain till the World Cup, he said, adding, ''I see no reason as to why a change is needed when the tournament is merely three months aways.''

Commenting on coach Greg Chappell's experimentations, Dungarpur said, ''I have implicit faith in the team and they did us proud by scripting their maiden test success at Johannesburg.''

Mr Chappell is not only a tough taskmaster but an outspoken man calling a spade a spade, he added.

UNI

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