20 October, 2020

'Go With Azhar'

I would still go for Azhar as captain for another year or two till the new batsmen settle down and the bowling acquires bite.

'Go With Azhar'
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I would still go for Azhar as captain for another year or two till the new batsmen settle down and the bowling acquires bite. Give Azhar a proper side with a proper combination and a constructive management, and if he still fails, only then can his removal be justified.

Azharuddin is certainly under pressure due to his indifferent form and personal problems. But why these vindictive cries for his removal? Why are all the team's problems being attributed to Azhar? Why doesn't anybody credit him for the turnaround at Lord's?

Playing in England after the recent successes on home turf was always going to be a different kettle of fish. Without good bowlers in the reserves, any captain—Pataudi, Gavaskar or Tendulkar—with a team such as this would have found the going tough.

Azhar is a team man. Azhar is a learner. When I first saw him lead South Zone, I thought he was not captain material; but over the years he has sharpened his thinking, and is a lot fairer to colleagues than predecessors. He is accommodating and quiet.

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