Thursday, December 15, 2005

What A Sham!!!

Connect: Bhupinder Singh (Sr.), V B Chandrashekhar, Ranjib Biswal and Sanjay Jagdale.
I wouldn't be surprised if you ask, "Who the FUCK are they?"

Alright, add Kiran More.

I hope by now, you all might have guessed the subject matter of this post. If you haven't, GO AND DIE!!!

First things first. I LOVE GANGULY!!! But, going by the same token, I LOVE SACHIN, DRAVID, YUVRAJ, SEHWAG, LAXMAN, etc, etc. What I do hate are these five 'wise gentlemen' who decide the fates of players and that too in such arbitrary fashion.

The selectors had revealed themselves as 'a bunch of jokers' when they recalled Ganguly under the garb of an all-rounder. Probably they did not have the balls to tell the media and the public that he deserves a place in the side due to his batting skills alone and that we have decided to give him another chance. And now they have just confirmed their reputation by booting him out after a decent performance in the second test match.

When asked about Ganguly's exclusion from the India-South Africa ODI series this is what Kiran More replied, "We would not want to disturb a winning combination." Remember that India had then won against Sri Lanka 6-1. Back to present... the team wins and yet a need is felt to drop a player. Read, A PLAYER. Why? All with an eye on the future. Have you ever fucked up the present under the pretext of a bright future? The selectors have done just that.

If you ask me, there was nothing much to choose between Laxman (80), Ganguly (79), Yuvraj (77) and Dravid (77). Then why single out Dada for such harsh and totally unwarranted treatment?

Never in Ganguly's reign were we witness to him favouring a player from his region. NEVER. On the contrary, he always backed players like Yuvraj and Kaif, even when they were once-in-a-year performers. But, Jaffer's selection does smack of regionalism and petty politics, which is the unforunate part of the entire episode. Wasim Jaffer would now be looked upon as having entered through the back-door. Neither head nor heart thinks or feels otherwise. I hope he gets a chance to play in the third test and prove me wrong. But if he does play, it would mean no place for Gambhir. Then why not drop Gambhir from the 15?

This affair makes me angry at Dravid as well. Why did he not show the proverbial middle finger and supported Ganguly? I am sure, Chappell would have taught him the art of 'fingering'. Maybe, he is a naive captain. Maybe, he hasn't yet realised that captaincy is not just about field placements and bowling changes, but also about backing your players and fighting for them when they are going through rough patches. Sorry, Dravid. You have a long way to go....


Blogger K.K. said...

well for the first time we might see the left party doing something good for our country. They are going to raise the issue of ganguly in parliament .

Yes, very true that Dravid has also let us down . when the five selectors & coach + captain met it was 7-0 against ganguly.

btw Mr. Chappel has not still signed the contract . Its probably the " AUSTRALIAN " way of doing things.

I am sure that a shrewd politician like pawar would not like his vote bank to reduce and to avoid more embrassment would include ganguly very soon. (After all the comprehensive plan of Mr. Pawar is to increase his own popularity within the country through the medium of cricket administration).

4:24 PM  
Blogger Surya Ragunaathan said...

I love Ganguly too...and I feel he's been really sincere in his efforts to prove himself in the Delhi tests where is made 40 and 39...the selectors have definitely played politics...But I think Dravid is not to be blamed really for this...A few minutes before the selectors's announcement about dropping Ganguly, Rahul Dravid had actually praised Dada...I dont think Dravid is against Ganguly at all(like most pple think)...By nature itself, Dravid seems to be one of those species who has a strong opinion but cannot ASSERT it in the right manner and one who just perhaps 'mews'about his stance once in a while which obviously is not enough.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Dhananjay Shettigar said...

@ KK - Chappell is a Fucking Idiot. During the second test match, he talked about Ganguly being the mentor. And in the selection committee meeting, he is reported to have said, "Ganguly's presence spreads a feeling of negativity in the team." Its anybody's guess as to who is playing politics.

@ Surya - I am not implying the presence of animosity between Rahul and Saurav. But, Dravid's stoic silence throughout the selection committee meeting portrays a picture that is quite unlike his usual nature.

11:02 PM  
Blogger Soham Pablo said...

Way to go Dhananjay.
Those pricks in the selection board need to be skewered.

11:11 PM  
Anonymous Pradnya said...

Dont you think somnath chatterjee's decision of discussing this in parliament is a way too exaggeration?? there are many other things of national interest which they anyways do not discuss...
more important than all this rallying, protesting and sudden proliferation of leftist faces on television, the decision has to be taken about corporatization of BCCI and transparency of selection process. Else all this is just as "bogus" as attempts to gain "Cheap popularity" by a bunch of politicians...

11:43 PM  
Blogger Dhananjay Shettigar said...

@ Soham - You are absolutely right.

@ Pradnya - I agree that discussing the Ganguly issue in Parliament is absolutely ridiculous. But, what else do you expect the Leftists to do? As its said, "They are called Leftists because they are never right." :-)

9:22 PM  

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