Sunday, October 16, 2005

Baffling Selections

So VVS Laxman is out in the cold yet again, and Ajit Agarkar finds himself in the thick of things once again. Honestly, I cannot for the life of me make out how Agarkar makes the national squad without really proving anything - apart from the fact, of course, that he doesn't really belong there. Zaheer Khan hasn't really found much favour with Greg Chappell, and seems to have built up a reputation as a bit of a shirker when it comes to training (if one were to go by insider accounts in the media). He has been blowing hot and cold in the last year or so, but of late was pretty good and no worse than those considered worthy of playing the Lankans and the South Africans. But the selectors seem to have reserved their best for Lakshmipathy Balaji, who has done little wrong and finds himself out of reckoning - I hope the selectors have a logical explanation, other than that they wanted to blood 'youngsters'. The only pleasant surprise is the Kerala youngster Sreesanth - hopefully he will be more than just a passenger. - NK

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with your observations but have one very important fact to point out. Lets not discredit the performance of the poor chap, Agarkar. He has performed beautifully but has always been the favourite whipping boy of Indian cricketing media!!! The rascals have branded him as 'Inconsistant' & no matter what he does it has failed to shrugg this totally inappropriate tag off his shoulders. A look at his stats will tell the truth (more glaringly a comparison of his stats with ANY OTHER INDIAN BOWLER will give a tell tale account of how shabbily he has been treated by the media & public alike!!!) And comeon, the potential in that young man is undeniable!!! Ask any South African or Pakistani- They would have made him into one of the world's best all rounder by now. Its only in our Indian team that a talented chap like him is denied opportunities to flourish with the bat 'cuz then the image of our 'SUPERSTAR' batsmen (who are the real deserving candates for the tag of INCONSISTANT) will take a heavy beating.. Forget the benefit to theteam as such!!!
Please correct yourself from henceforth & also try and bring out this fact about the totally inappropriate tag of 'Inconsistant' being attached to the thouroughly hard working, dedicated, talented & champion cricketer that is AGARKAR!!!

12:43 PM  
Blogger Gameboys said...

Anon, Agarkar was young and had potential. He is now a veteran, having been on the scene for seven years or so.
-NK

12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agarkar is the closest to an all-rounder that India has right now.

Another player I'd love to see playing soon would be Robin Uthappa.. Seems he has good potential

2:01 AM  
Blogger khelnayak said...

So pleased to find folks blogging on sports and more so for being india-focussed.

Regarding the current post, I am seriously baffled as to how we havent been able to unearth an allrounder of kapil's class. But well, we all know the answers for it. :D

Went through previous posts too. Completely agree with chess being so difficult to market. Our folks often overlook business of sports. Will write a post on it soon.

Checked the profile of you folks. Is anyone contemplating a career in sports mgmt? Me too a s/w engineer(i prefer calling myself s/w quarry worker :p) looking to break into sports mgmt and really do something 'worthwhile' . :) Do check out my blog for more on this.

And yeah...its high time we need to find answers to the serious questions pertaining to our sports.

4:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with NK what he says about Agarkar. I used to be great fan of Agarkar for his bowling action and his batting etc., In fact even now I wish to see Agarkar doing well. But the fact is that being there on the ground for more than seven years he is still being considered as potential!! Alas!
I guess this is the difference being the world cup finalist and the champion. So, there is no point in having potential palyers forever. So, better try another potential palyer to see if he can become the reality...
Prasad Narahari

10:26 PM  
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