27 January, 2021

Back To The Pavilion

After embarrasing gaffes, Sandip Patil makes way for Madan Lal

Back To The Pavilion

AS an explosive willow-wielder who could tear any bowling attack to shreds (Len Pascoe and Bob Willis would readily vouch for that!) Sandip Patil was often exasperatingly cavalier in his approach to the game. But he got away because runs rarely deserted him during his brief but exciting international career.

Unfortunately, when he assumed the managerial reins of the Indian team, luck turned its back on him. It was, therefore, only a matter of time before the Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), too, would follow suit. Yet, the unceremonious sacking of Patil did take the cricketing fraternity by surprise. What perhaps undid Patil was the fact that he carried the laid-back airs of his playing days into his high-pressure job as manager. He didn’t get away with it. As the new president of BCCI, Raj Singh Dungarpur, said on his first day in office: "It is a result-oriented world." 

But when the Sahara Cup began in Toronto, Patil seemed firmly in the saddle despite a string of failures. His six-month tenure was due to end on September 30...



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