Last night, the BCCI
working committee selection committee, announced the team for the Bangladesh tour. Three ODIs and two Tests.
Here it is.
ODI Team : Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthapa, Virendra Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwari, Dinesh Mongia, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh.
Test Team : Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid (capt), VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Munaf Patel.
Given the performance at the World Cup and the buildup into this meeting, there was no way there would ever be a “satisfy-all” team composition. Going into the World Cup, the selectors said they had given India the team it wanted, the best available. Add that contrast in, and garnish with the rumblings from all and sundry and media gossip. That got us to a stage where nobody even wanted to hazard a guess. (I cant remember the last time we had nobody in either blogs or the press hazarding a guess about the 15. Bits and pieces about contenders maybe. But not about the overall composition).
Even with that background, the selections throw up more questions than answers. They had to. Do we want to blood youngsters? If so, why against minnows? If they do well against this opposition, will we stop saying “yes, but …” ? If they fail, will we go back the guys wh are “resting”? Do we want to “rest” seniors? What from ? Why not give the guys who are struggling for form – like Irfan – a chance to play ? How old is old ? Is Sehwag at 29 old ? Is Dinesh Mongia at 30 young? If Mongia deserves a chance, doesn’t Kaif ? Was Sachin rested because they actually wanted to rest Saurav? Or the other way around? Why isn’t there a Vice Captain? Does anybody remember Suresh Raina? Should I send a SMS to Rajan Bala ?
Let me rest while you answer this lot of questions, then I’ll ask the next set.
Bottomline is : There were no easy answers to any questions and no matter what answers they had, we would still have questions.
Lets just take this as the hand thats been dealt and enjoy the game. Good Luck.