Whichever way one tries to analyze the Indian team picked for the first two Tests against Australia, Sourav Ganguly will have to be at the core of the arguments. The previous selection committee headed by Dilip Vengsarkar omitted the 36-year-old former Indian captain from the Rest of India team to play the annual Irani Trophy match against Ranji Trophy champions Delhi even as they included the three other senior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. This was seen as the starting point in phasing out the seniors.
Vengsarkar and his team made it clear throughout their tenure that they were keen on building a team good enough to win the 2011 World Cup and their overall approach was to look for long term goals instead of short term gains. Of late, young talent in Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, S Badrinath and Suresh Raina have been given the breaks while Yuvraj Singh and Md Kaif will always be claimants for slots in the middle order.
Inexplicably, Ganguly has alwaysRead More »from Indian cricketers generally are loath to retire