Partab Ramchand

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  • Kumble should also come under the scanner

    A lot is being said and written about the `Fab Four’ and whether the time has come for them to be phased out in favour of young talent in view of their declining powers. In my view it should be `Fab Five’ for I would like to think Anil Kumble should also come under the scanner for the same reason – decline in bowling standards.   

     

    'Tigers at home, lambs abroad' is the most common refrain when discussing the Indian team. Individually this amply sums up Kumble. In India he is the veritable `dada’ winning matches single handedly, taking wickets by the bucketful and making the best of batsmen look like clowns in a circus on the designer turning tracks. Away from familiar pitches and conditions, it is the batsman’s turn to extract revenge on the veteran hitting him all over the place, make him look like a novice and see to it that more often than not he ends up with ragged figures.  

     

    The disparity between Kumble’s bowling record at home and abroad is well known and the recent series

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  • Hick will remain the ultimate English enigma

    In the long line of cricketers whose Test record never matched their first class triumphs the name of Graeme Hick could very well figure at the top. 

     

    Considering the promise he held out following the kind of gigantic scores he notched up at the start of his first class career and the ballyhoo that accompanied his arrival on the international stage his Test match record has to be termed as a major disappointment.

     

    Let’s consider the disparity in the figures for these would best illustrate why Hick just could not make a successful transition from first class cricket to the international stage. At the former level he was one of the most prolific run getters scoring over 41,000 runs at an average of over 52 with almost 300 scores of 50-plus including 136 centuries. These are the kind of figures that belong the age of Hobbs-Hammond-Hutton for nowadays with first class matches in England being restricted there is no opportunity for batsmen to run up such monumental figures. That is why

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  • Yuvraj is a batsman born to rule!

    On sheer talent Yuvraj Singh should have been on a pedestal all by himself by now. That he is still not sure of a Test place and is enduring an extended lean patch in limited overs cricket is proof that talent alone is not enough to take you to the top. There is now talk that he should be dropped from the ODI side something that was quite unthinkable not too long ago. After all he was acknowledged as the leader of the Generation Next of Indian batsmen.

     

    Former Indian captain Kapil Dev in an interview last year spoke quite candidly on the subject and was of the view that as the transition period has started the likes of Yuvraj and Dhoni should take up more responsibility. "The two are the leaders of the younger brigade and should be the first to take the baton from the senior pros. They are the future of Indian cricket and the size of their task is considerable," said Kapil.

     

    Right now however Yuvraj must be wondering how to get back among the runs again. In 22 innings this year he

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  • Another feather in Dhoni’s cap

    The victory in the ODI series in Sri Lanka has driven home the point that the way ahead is to concentrate on youth. Against this background it can be taken for granted that the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman might well have played their last ODIs and Sachin Tendulkar himself is under increasing pressure to hold his place.

    The Dilip Vengsarkar-led selection committee has made it clear that they are keen on building a team for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub-continent and as a means towards achieving that objective they have given avenues to many talented youngsters to display their skills.

    The Twenty20 World Cup triumph made their task that much easier and in the last few months as the transition period has commenced it can be said that the youth policy has yielded dividends. Close on the heels of the triumph in South Africa came a significant victory in the CB Series in Australia. And now comes the latest win that is also a creditable feat. Sri Lanka are

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  • Cricket needs bowlers like Mendis

    It’s fascinating to watch Ajantha Mendis in action. There he is weaving his webs around the Indian batsmen reputedly the best players of spin bowling in international cricket. Against Mendis however they seem to be as helpless as a butterfly in a gale. Clueless to his mysterious deliveries they all just grope forward hoping for the best.

     

    Certainly at the moment he is more than a handful and it is clear that both the seniors and the younger brigade have not sorted him out. They don’t have a plan B so as MS Dhoni has said the only option right now is to play more and more against him and sooner or later the Indian batsmen might be able to pick him.

     

    I am sure that the Indian players and members of the team management have made attempts at reading him by seeing videos from various angles but at the moment even this deep study doesn’t seem to be working. Perhaps a more positive attitude would help as Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag showed in the  Tests but it would be a foolhardy

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  • Historians have a role to play

    A disturbing trend I have noticed is that today’s generation of cricket lovers seem content to know about contemporary players. Their knowledge of the past greats is very limited. This is borne out through my inter-action with several hardcore cricket enthusiasts as also by a number of polls conducted by various publications.

     

    The questions pertaining to the greatest Indian team, greatest batsmen, greatest bowlers, greatest all-rounders and so on invariably have only cricketers stretching back at most to the seventies.

     

    Today’s generation of cricket lovers have been brought up on television and DVD’s and because there is so little footage of cricket played from the thirties to the sixties the younger followers of the game are quite ignorant of the feats performed by CK Nayudu and Lala Amarnath, Mohammed Nissar and Amar Singh, Vijay Merchant and Mushtaq Ali, Vinoo Mankad and Subash Gupte, Vijay Hazare and Vijay Manjrekar, Polly Umrigar and the Nawab  of Pataudi.

     

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