Month: December 2012

BCCI President and selectors

In January 2012 Mahendra Singh Dhoni said at the end of 2013 he would decide which format of the game he would retain as the captain. The question arose if he decides what to retain what are the selectors for? Sachin Tendulkar talked about he deciding when to quit. The impression was that selectors choose players and when a player talks about his choice as to when he retires why the selectors do not drop him?
Mohinder Amarnath on 12/12/2012 was on TV channels and talked of overruling of selectors by BCCI President. When India were 0-3 in Tests in Australia the selectors unanimously wanted to drop Dhoni as captain. Mohinder Amarnath wanted Virender Sehwag as Test captain and Virat Kohli was ODI captain. He said it was a unanimous decision. The decision was overruled by BCCI President N. Srinivasan. He was told that according to BCCI constitution the BCCI President has to approve the team. He was shown the clause. According to a newspaper report Mohinder Amarnath, Raja Venkat and Narendra Hirwani wanted to remove Dhoni and K. Srikanth and Surendra Bhave were not on their side. Mohinder Amarnath was not given a copy of the constitution when he was made selector. He felt the constitution dated back to 1932 and the clause needed to be deleted.
Now we know selectors are not that all powerful. BCCI President can overrule selectors and have his choice of captain and players. Sunil Gavaskar said that is the protocol in India and Australia. It seems Dhoni and Tendulkar have the backing of BCCI President and they can decide for themselves. Many feel N. Srinivasan favours Dhoni because he is the captain of Chennai Super Kings owned by him. There is conflict of interest.
Mohinder Amarnath lasted just one year as selector. He was supposed to become chairman of selectors. That did not happen. Selectors who do the bidding of BCCI President get extension. Those who oppose are shown the door.

Hoax calls

There are various types of hoax calls. There are radio jockeys who impersonate others. One radio jockey impersonated Hugo Chavez and called Fidel Castro. After some talk the jockey called Castro a murderer. Castro was furious and turned abusive. Sarah Palin was a victim of hoax call. She took it humorously.
Death of Jacintha Saldanha led to debates on hoax calls also known as prank calls. Some anchors said everybody who heard the call laughed in the beginning and turned serious after the death. They are wrong. Many were furious that the privacy of a pregnant woman was violated. The jockeys apologised but were happy at the publicity they got. A few days after the death they appeared on TV and shed tears.
It is said that 2Day FM had got into trouble before. Perhaps there was not enough outrage or legal action to stop them from doing illegal acts. Some in radio broadcast claim when they make prank calls they let the person know that it is a prank call and with their consent they broadcast the recording. It seems every radio station does not do that.
There are hoax calls that cause inconvenience to people. Some call to say there is a bomb in a plane or in a building. Flight is delayed or building is vacated. There has to be suitable punishment for such hoax calls. If the flight was to carry 327 people then the punishment should be 327 years rigorous imprisonment. If 1,600 people had to vacate the building then the punishment should be 1,600 years rigorous imprisonment.

Loss at Eden Garden

It is not right to build up any series as grudge series or revenge series. That is what some TV channels did about the Test series against England in India. India had lost 0-4 to England in England in 2011. There was talk of India winning 4-0 against England in India. Gautam Gambhir had said let them come to India.

The series began with Indian victory in Ahmedabad Test. India won by nine wickets but Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not happy about the pitch. He wanted a rank turner. At Wankhede Stadium he got that but lost the Test by 10 wickets. He wanted a rank turner at Eden Garden too despite losing Bombay Test. BCCI was ready to oblige him. Prabir Mukherjee, the curator at Eden Garden, did not oblige. He said the demand for rank turner was illegal, immoral and illogical. He wanted to go on leave. Jagmohan Dalmiya prevailed upon him to continue and Prabir Mukherjee prepared the pitch which gave equal chance to fast bowlers, spin bowlers and batsmen.

Dhoni won the toss third time consecutively and elected to bat. India put on 316. Virender Sehwag’s run out was unnecessary. England batted. Cheteshwar Pujara, fielding at first slip, dropped Alastair Cook when he was on 17. Cheteshwar Pujara usually fields at forward short leg and Virender Sehwag fields at first slip. Alastair Cook was dropped again on 155 by Ishant Sharma off his own bowling. Alastair Cook was run out on 190 at non-strikers end. It was a freak dismissal. He lifted the bat to avoid blocking Virat Kohli’s throw and the ball hit the stumps. It was Alastair Cook’s first run out in Tests.

On the fourth day in the first session England were all out on 523. Monty Panesar was not happy at lbw decision. India batted. Alastair Cook dropped Virender Sehwag. India went to lunch on 86/0.

After lunch Virender Sehwag was out first ball on 49. Cheteshwar Pujara’s run out was unnecessary. Wickets fell in succession. India were 122/6. Ravichandran Ashwin had two lives. Matt Prior missed a stumping chance and dropped him, both times off Monty Panesar. Second time India were 161/8. It could have been 161/9. It was 197/9 and Ishant Sharma was out. India ended the day 239/9.

On 9/12/2012, the fifth day, India were all out on 247. Ashwin remained 91 not out. England had to score 41 runs to win. It seems they were in a hurry. They lost three quick wickets for eight runs. After that Ian Bell and Nick Compton scored runs and England won by seven wickets.

The selectors dropped Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan for Nagpur Test. Harbhajan Singh had played only in Bombay Test. Yuvraj Singh scored 127 runs in three Tests, more than Sachin Tendulkar (110) and Dhoni (92). Ashwin has not done well as a bowler. He continues in the team for his batting.

India can at best win the next Test and draw the series. TV channels should take a balanced view and should not be jingoistic.