24 November, 2020

‘I Could Do The Dirty Job For The Captain While He Concentrates On The Real

He’s the player you enjoy talking to most in the Indian team. He’s jolly, accessible and talks sense. Though under a cloud due to match-fixing charges, the new Indian vice-captain received news of his elevation with joy and took time out to

‘I Could Do The Dirty Job For The Captain While He Concentrates On The Real
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How does it feel?
Good. It’s good in the sense that selectors feel I’m responsible enough. You can help in decisions and not as everybody thinks, that I am just there to party. Of course, I do that as well. I could do the dirty work for the captain. Leave him to do the main job. At the nets he can’t watch everybody. I could take 2-3 players to the field. We can’t have Jonty Rhodes in India but whatever we have we can improve upon.

Also a room to yourself.
(Laughs) Yes, that’s a big honour.

Why has the Indian team been performing so badly?
If we knew the reasons we would have rectified them. In Sri Lanka, I think, we were just outplayed by Jayasuriya.

The Lankans have taken the game to a new level.
It’s the same side that came here three years back and lost 3-0. The difference is that they have started believing in themselves. Everybody’s with them—manager, country, media. They have played together a lot; set patterns of play. The bowler knows which over he’s going to bowl...

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