02 December, 2020

Summer Of Discontent

Sidhu's acrimonious exit has cast a shadow on manager Sandip Patil's man-management skills

Summer Of Discontent

INDIAN tours of England rarely pass without controversy or drama. However, the Navjot Singh Sidhu affair is an extraordinary one on all accounts. On May 25 during the Headingley one-day international, Sidhu was a moody but valuable member of the side. He had a one-day average of 40, which is better than even Sachin Tendulkar's, and there was no doubting his grit and ability.

But the next morning, he was dropped and within 48 hours the world of Sidhu and Indian cricket turned upside down. How did it happen? The simple answer seems to be man-management, or the lack of it. The satraps of the Indian tour of England appear to have cruelly mishandled Sidhu and, thus, produced potentially the worst tour of England since 1936.

That was the tour when Vizzy, no more than a club cricketer, captained India because he was a maharaja. He came with 36 bags of luggage and two servants to England before the Tests began and about the same time on the tour as Sidhu went home he sent Lala Amarnath back to India. It led to a committee of inquiry headed...



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