Today's topic in 30 Days, 30 Questions:
As we come to the sunset of an era of greats (Ponting, Laxman, Dravid, Sachin et cetera), who in world cricket would you pick as being the most likely superstar of tomorrow? Why?
Yahoo! Cricket's Answer [By Shishir Bhate, Executive Editor] — Eventually, all that is good comes to an end: an ice-cream, a great book, or a splendid career. The era of cricket’s shining lights – Tendulkar, Ponting, Dravid, Laxman – too is fading away, slowly but inexorably. And while the inevitable will happen, sooner than later, there seems to be an unjustifiable impatience and vicarious glee in wanting to see the back of these giants who have prowled cricket parks across the world like emperors, regaling friend and foe alike. Be that as it may, it would be prudent to find ‘proper’ replacements before nudging them away.
Given the formidable bench strength that Australia has, Ricky Ponting’s absence might not affect the Kangaroos’ chances much, but one wonders if the same could be said about India. Barring Virat Kohli, who looks every bit the next big thing in world cricket, there’s little to boast about from an Indian viewpoint. Kohli seems to show the right measure of confidence, attitude and the heart to turn in a stellar performance every time he walks on to a cricket pitch.
Aussie pacemen -- Pat Cummins and James Pattinson – both seem the superstars of tomorrow, as does Sri Lankan Dinesh Chandimal. But, alas, there aren’t too many Indian names that inspire confidence. Or am I mistaken? You tell me...
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Sandy gives us food for thought.
Let me tell you that players of these calibre are just born and you see their talent right from the beginning. Till now we don't have a replacement for Sourav Ganguly. Sachin took some time, but he was just 16 and everyone knew about his talent.
Reality feels you won't know if the shoe fits till you walk in it.
Speaking about replacements, it's a process of trying to fit in to somebody else's shoes. You never know how far they can walk in them. Let's take two good examples: when Steve Waugh retired, nobody thought Ricky Ponting would take over and go on to win back-to-back World Cups, an incomparable achievement.
Another example: replacing Sunil Gavaskar. When he retired, little did we know that Sachin Tendulkar would come on to break so many records. Now we need replacements for players Ponting, Sachin, Dravid and Laxman. You never know who's perfect, but you can only hope that someone fits to their place.
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have performed very well in domestic circuits. Provide them opportunities, back them when they fail, let them show their talents and prove themselves at the international level. Then we can put these names after Sachin, Dravid and Laxman's names.
Pradeep puts his money on Kohli and Jonathan Trott:
Two names come to mind: Virat Kohli and Jonathan Trott. These two young guys have the temperament, lust for big scores, technique. They love their game, be it batting or fielding.
Mekala has an altogether different line of thinking.
The solution to the question lies in the article. Why do we make stars out of good players? We confer stardom on some and persist with them to the exclusion of a generation of talent and then lament that there are no great players in waiting! How silly and deplorable! Retire the stars and give chance to youngsters waiting on the bench. There will be many stars for us to worship in the future!
Srinivas is pragmatic about Rohit Sharma's chances.
Deepak has a long list of future 'greats'.
There is an outside chance for Rohit Sharma to fit into Dravid's shoes, provided Rohit gets his act together in terms of temperement, dedication & determination. Even Dravid was not an instant success. He toiled for what he has achieved.
Robin Uthhappa and Kohli for India, Dinesh Chandimal for Sri Lanka, Umar Akmal for Pakistan, Richard Levi and Vernon Philander for South Africa, Rob Nichol and Doug Bracewell for New Zealand, Peter Forrest, Pat Cummins, Daniel Cristian and James Pattinson for Australia
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