20 October, 2020

Captain Zombie

The Indian team needs a judicious mix of batsmen, bowlers and allrounders-and a more enthusiastic skipper

Captain Zombie

THE eyes and hearts of all cricket lovers are now set on the World Cup to be held in May in the mecca of cricket. The Indian board has given us the TINA (there is no alternative) Mohammed Azharuddin as the captain. As far as the team is concerned, as is clearly visible nowadays, without Sachin Tendulkar it lacks the flavour, charisma and skill to be a world-beater. I am sure that followers of the game in India would be praying that Tendulkar regains fitness and get some match practice as well instead of shadow practice in front of a mirror.

We have worked for long on the basic formula of five batsmen, five bowlers and a wicketkeeper and tried to balance this equation whenever we had an allrounder handy. This formula will get us nowhere in today’s competitive era and the keyword for this competition has to be "allrounders". To make the team a force to reckon with, the induction of at least three allrounders is a prime necessity. For example, if a conscious effort is made to use Sachin, Ganguly and Jadeja to bowl 20 overs between them, we have...



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