Adelaide (The Telegraph): Ian Healy, who held the world record for the most Test dismissals by a ’keeper, for nine years from October 1998, spoke to The Telegraph on Tuesday afternoon.
Now 47, Healy is a member of the star-studded Channel 9 commentary team. He retired in 1999.
The following are excerpts from the one-on-one
Q Is Brad Haddin’s time up?
A No... I wouldn’t say his time is up, but he’s got to improve. Haddin’s the best ’keeper-batsman we have in Australia, at the moment, but he’s not playing well... He’s certainly under scrutiny and only he’ll know if his time is up or if he can recover from the slump in form.
What do you feel?
Haddin’s good enough to recover and be there for another year or two.
The other day, Haddin was quoted as saying that he wasn’t really up to it mentally and physically. Shouldn’t he then have stepped aside?
Those comments were more in relation to the KFC Big Bash... However, it’s a sign of the pressure telling on him. You don’t opt out so easily. Instead,
"More than his ’keeping, Dhoni needs to improve his batting, more so as some of the seniors may soon retire. His batting will then be more important... India needs Dhoni’s batting to improve," Healy said.By Lokendra Pratap Sahi | Yahoo! Cricket – Wed 25 Jan, 2012 10:25 AM IST
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Young Turk Virat Kohli, who is expected to one day captain India, spoke to The Telegraph at the InterContinental on Saturday evening.
The following are excerpts
Has the Perth Test (scores of 44, 75) become the turning point in your career as an India cricketer?
Look, I didn’t see my career changing drastically even after the first two Tests (Melbourne, Sydney). Despite what was said and written, failures do happen in cricket and you need to be tough enough to emerge stronger from such situations. You can’t have a perfect career, with everything so smooth.
To improve, you do need to experience the ups and downs...
Absolutely... I’d come to Australia before, for an Emerging Tournament, but the wickets had then been flat... Had been very different... The bowling attack, too... In real terms, this is my first trip to Australia and I shouldn’t have been written off after just one Test... You shouldn’t judge somebody on the basis of one or two Tests, that’s not fair. For a batsman, there’s no
Shastri said one or two changes have to be made immediately, but as the next Test series (either in Sri Lanka or at home against New Zealand) is many months away, there’s time to apply one’s mind carefully.By Lokendra Pratap Sahi | Yahoo! Cricket – Mon 16 Jan, 2012 12:23 PM IST
Calcutta (The Telegraph): Former India captain and cricket manager Ravi Shastri spoke to The Telegraph (from Perth) on Sunday afternoon.
The following are excerpts
Q Are you stunned or had you prepared yourself for this horror story?
A Look, I knew Perth would be a difficult venue to stage a comeback, but I expected India to put up a fight... I never expected them to cave in the way they did. More than stunned, I’ve been saddened.
What would you do if you had a decision-making role in Indian cricket?
I’d look around and pick players who have the potential to do well overseas... We’ve got to look to the future... Obviously, one or two changes have to be made immediately, but the next Test series (either in Sri Lanka or at home against New Zealand) is many months away, so there’s time to apply one’s mind carefully.
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