Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Rahul Dravid, good player, bad captain

It amy appear to be a case of nitpicking. But facts have to be faced. Rahul Dravid remains a consistent player. He has the right temperament. And he showed it in abundance in the Test series against the West Indies. He deserved to be the Man of the Match at Sabrina Park, as well as Man of the Series.
But an equally indubitable fact is that he is not a good captain. It may sound strange to say that the captain of a winning team is not good at the job. But it can happen. You can win even when you are not particularly brilliant. Dravid has not yet emerged as a captain in his own right. The team is still wobbly.
Of course, the main thorn in the Indian team is coach Greg Chappell. He is playing havoc with the Indian players. And Dravid remains a passive spectator. Chappell's rotation system has not worked out. Irfan Pathan has been a victim of this policy. Here was a young chap who has shown immense pluck and talent. But Chappell has succeeded in destroying him even as Dravid looked on.
Chappell has also failed to make much of Yuvraj and Kaif. Sehwag is still in the doldrums. To anyone looking objectively at the state of the Indian cricket team, it is a disturbing scenario. Here is a ruddreless team. which is just drifting through victory and defeat. That is why, Dravid's failure as a captain is so conspicuous.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will realise too late its mistake in blindly backing Chappell. This will be after the 2007 World Cup. India will be faring poorly going by the present state of the team.

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