Strange are the ways of national selectors

Published: Monday, January 21, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Bangalore: The national selectors' decision to drop Ganguly for Commonwealth Bank tri-series was something beyond anybody's imagination for here is a batsman who scored over 1100 runs in the ODIs in last calendar year at 45 runs apiece in 32 games and still find himself left in the cold. One school of thought believes that this will only spur the Royal Bengal Tiger to score a big one at Adelaide but then it can also be  the other extreme.

If this is rotation then one amongst the fab four should have been rested. Dada, Dravid and Laxman certainly don't deserve this kind of shabby treatment after having scripted many a wins for India with their sheer individual brilliance.

The national selectors policy about investing in 'youth' is welcome. Now the sixty-four-thousand-dollar-question is: is it a right time and right venue to push the youngsters with no prior experience of playing in tough Aussie conditions? Fielding a 'good fielding' side is ok only when we have a decent total to defend with. And this Indian line-up looks brittle without Ganguly, Dravid and VVS the proven performers Down Under.

Take a look at middle order: we have out-of-sorts Yuvraj, Dhoni, too, not in good touch with the willow and the likes of front-foot players Rainas, Uthappas, Rohit Sharmas on a tour where wickets boost bounce and pace and suit back-foot players and the ones who use the crease to the good measure to negotiate bounce.

It is often said that in Indian cricket, for a player to get into sides-be it national or India-A  or in Zonal sides-you need to have something over and above performances. Otherwise left-arm spinner Murali Kartik would have easily made it to the squad. Despite a string of fine performances in the recently concluded home series' against Australia and Pak, Kartik still being ignored. Feel for this performer with big-heart who has featured in only eight Tests and 37 ODIs since his international debut in 2000. The worst thing is there is no one to fight for his cause as his domestic side Railways is in Central zone and members from Central zone in the selection Committe have less say, or to be precisely, no say at all. Imagine if this injustice meted out to a player of Kartik's caliber representing Mumbai or Delhi or Bengal or Karnataka...

Dinesh Karthik is a laxury for team. Karthik is undoubtedly a talented player but where does he fit in the playing eleven when India open with Sehwag and Tendulkar, followed by Gambhir, Uthappa, Yuvraj, Rohit/Raina, Dhoni, Pathan, Harbhajan, Praveen/ Sreesanth, and RP. 


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