Selectors face tough calls for Nagpur Test

Not only has the performance of the Indian team been below-par, it is the attitude that calls for a reality check.

Kolkata: It's time for the selectors to finally earn their salaries from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

Handed the responsibility of picking the best Indian team, the new lot, led by Sandeep Patil, have done a dismal job so far. They have failed to call a spade a spade — even if it rubs certain people the wrong way.

Not only has the performance of the Indian team been below-par, it is the attitude that calls for a reality check.

With the selection meeting for the fourth Test and the two T20Is against England coming up in Kolkata on Sunday, one hopes the selectors finally show guts to ensure that India doesn’t lose the aura of invincibility at home — something that is surely on the wane.

To be fair to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, he was so far — till last year — playing with the squad that had been nurtured by former skipper Sourav Ganguly and ever since the retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the reality has hit Captain Cool like a bolt.

Be it Dravid, Laxman or Ganguly himself, the Indian management has failed to find their replacements and even in the bowling department, Zaheer Khan who led the pack during Ganguly’s captaincy is no longer half that effective.

With Harbhajan Singh, too, past his prime and Ravichandran Ashwin badly exposed ever since India’s tour to Australia last season, it is time the selectors look past them and try out a leg- spinner with Pragyan Ojha — which Dhoni vehemently refused to do coming into the third Test.

Umesh Yadav is yet to prove his fitness and Ishant Sharma is clearly off colour, so Ashoke Dinda should be a viable choice. Parvinder Awana could be the dark horse considering his consistent performance for Delhi on placid wickets.

In the batting department, Yuvraj Singh needs to be told that he better concentrate on the shorter formats because he just isn’t performing in the longer format, and Manoj Tiwary deserves a call-up. Even Ajinkya Rahane would be a better option if the selectors are still not certain about Tiwary’s credentials.

With Sachin Tendulkar scoring a fifty in the first innings, he definitely won’t be dropped unless he himself realises it’s time to go. Whatever be the case, it is time the selectors let their actions speak louder than the words of the critics.