It was dismal show from Team India: Shah

Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2007, 8:26 [IST]
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When India landed in West Indies, critics were considering it as one of the favourites to lift the cup. But after Saturday night, one isn't sure whether India would make it to the Super Eight.

The cricket aficionados in entire country were shell shocked by the clinical rout at the hands of minnows like Bangladesh and so was the BCCI Secretary Niranjan Shah. Suresh Parekh spoke to him about India's nightmarish start in the World Cup. Excerpts of an interview with Shah.

SP: India lost the match very badly, your reactions?NS: Well I am too very much disappointed by the dismal performance. I think our batting failed miserably and even our bowling also ordinary on that day.

SP: Would you blame any one for that?NS: I think it is not fair to pinpoint anyone as it is a team game. But the team collectively failed in both department. I would say it was one of the bad day for the Indian cricket.

SP: Failure of the Virendra Sehwag?NS: I think Sehwag not delivering goods has definite impact but again it is not fair to say that we lost the match because of Segwag's failure as the entire team didn't do well and we lost the match.

SP: But his selection was controversial, in fact the chairman of selectors Dilip vengsarkar has said that Sehwag was in the team at the instruction of Rahul?NS: No, all the five selectors were there. It wasn't done at the instruction of Dravid. It is a collective decision. We have to select the team from the fifteen we have for the World Cup and team management must have found it right to play Sehwag against Bangla.

SP: Would you say the team selection for the Bangladesh was wrong? A team without Sreesanth,Kumble and even Irfan?NS: Well again that is upto the team management. It has to decide about the combination of the team. They must have felt that the team they selected against Bangladesh was the best.

SP: Would you blame Rahul Dravid's decision to bat first for the final outcome?NS: Well this post-match talk. But I must say that the defeat against Bangladesh is a wake up call for us and i hope the team will learn a lesson or two from the defeat.

SP: But how much hopeful Niranjan Shah is?NS: I would say that India is capable. We have to win both the matches by good margin and I think we have the potential to do it and I am still very much hopeful that India would make it to Super eight.

SP: Much has been said about Sehwag's failure but even the players like Rahul and Sachin too are not far behind?NS: I think it is not fair to say that Rahul and Sachin are not in form and if one fails in a match or two they cannot be blamed.

SP: Dhoni's house was attacked after India lost to Bangladesh and security was increased at Dravid's house as well. Your reactions?NS: I think the cricket lovers have overreacted. I understand their disappointment but after all this a game where only one team wins. They should have taken this things more sportingly.

SP: There was some controversy over Sachin's endorsement?NS: That issue is over. The mobile company has drawn the attention of the ICC and after that even Sachin has agreed not to telecast the advertisement till the world cup gets over. So the matter is closed.


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