Indian cricket calendar is always full. BCCI knows how much India loves cricket and makes sure that they milk holy cow at any given opportunity. We have had world cup which we won then our team was made to play cash rich IPL , then sent to west Indies and then to england . Finally we are playing at home and are leading the series with 4-0 against same england which won one day series against us by 3-0.
In current one day series which is going on Indian team doesnot have following players :
1) Virender Shewag :
He is out due to injury
2) Sachin Tendulkar :
He too is injured.
3) Yuvraj Singh :
4) Zaheer Khan :
5) Ishant Sharma :
6) Harbhajan Singh :
Dropped from the team…
The seniors we have in team are as follows :
1) Mahendra Singh Dhoni
2) Suresh Raina
If we count parthiv who has been in and out , pravin kumar and even virat kohli as senior then also we get 5 senior players while 6 youngster..
Inspite of seniors not in team India has done well . So what are top ten lessons which BCCI ,selectors and Indian cricket team can take from this series?
1) Bench Strength On Home Ground First :
We must test our bench strength on regular basis and that too on home ground conditions first. Quite often we sen young inexperienced players overseas , what we get in return in one ganguly , one dravid but many probable gangulies or dravids die out .
If we test young players on home conditions , chances of they gaining experience as well as self belief is more and then when they tour overseas , chances of they adapting and excelling increases.
2) Give Players Proper Rest :
It is good that youngsters are performing but having majority of players injured is not good thing to have. BCCI must understand that only healthy cows can be milked and cricket attracts viewers not just because of game but also the players. Having packed schedules dont let players take proper rest and can cause real damage to them as well as Indian cricket.
3) People Love Cricket But Too Much Cricket Can Kill Appetite :
We are crazy for cricket and from team to selectors to bcci to corporates know that. Keeping that in mind BCCI keeps calendar busy and corporates keep investing in cricket but as current series ticket sales show, too much cricket can really kill appetite. BCCI must learn this lesson while making calendars!!!!!!!!
4) We do get fast bowlers but.…
It was heartening to see varun aron bowl. Good line , good length and great pace. The way he bowled , that too on Indian pitch , it made made wonder how he would be in australia…But at same time what came to my mind was that we do keep getting fast bowlers but in couple of years they become more of medium pacers than fast bowlers… Lesson for BCCI and coach of Indian team is that we go get bowlers like varun but how we keep him in right direction , training he gets , physically fit he remains , now thats a challenge…
5) If player doesnot perform sack him …
There was lot of speculations that took place before Indian one day team was announced for the series. Would selectors sack harbhajan was one of prime question. Finally he was sacked and inspite of that we have done well. Ashwin has bowled really well and so has jadeja. Lesson is simple don’t go on past reputation , if player is not performing sack him.
6) Bowlers win matches too…
We are obsessed with our batsman. We love to see sixes and fours by batsman. In process we forget that bowlers can win matches too and in present series our bowlers have not allowed England to get big score barring one match.
Ganguly made very interesting point regarding Australian tour. He said he would be more curious to know about what preparations ishant,Praveen,rp,shreesanth ,varun are doing for aussie tour because without bowlers performing we cant win in Australia!!!!!!!
7) Thing Beyond Tendulkar and Zaheer Khan :
Now this may sound read heart breaking but point is that some or other day Great Sachin tendulkar would retire and so would zaheer khan. Both have hardly couple of years left in them . Sachin had served India since 1989 and zaheer has been backbone of Indian pace since years now but both would need to bid good bye and it can happen in near future.
Present series has shown that in absence of sachin we have virat ,raina who can provide need composure and in absence of zaheer , we have Praveen who can be supported by young bowlers like vinay and varun.
8) One Bad Series Doesnot Make Bad Captain :
When India won first match against India, headlines today came up with headline called ‘Return of King’ with dhoni being their theme. I wondered how easily we bring any one down and how by winning one match same man becomes king again!!!!!!!!
Yes we lost terribly series in England but one bad series doesnot make a bad captain. Dhoni is considered to be successful captain because he has time and again delivered . Bashing him on loss of one series as if he is worst captain ever was good for trp but far away from facts…