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insouciance IF-Rockerz

Joined: 10 January 2006
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Posted: 18 December 2006 at 9:39pm | IP Logged

The composition of the Indian cricket XI is hotly debated. As the World Cup draws closer, to get the flavour of what the cricket fan thinks, BT draws up its own panel of five selectors, who choose the team they feel has the aggro and the drive to win

The panel's decision is unanimous – Sourav Ganguly must come back as the captain of the Indian team.
Why… "Because he's a tiger. He's aggressive and can fire up the team. He's India's answer to Ricky Ponting, who plays to win," says Alyque. "Sourav can motivate the boys with his pep talk. And the youngsters are in awe of Ganguly. He is the only one who can bring team spirit to the quite fragmented team we have now," echoes Mandira. And Arbaaz feels, "He's the captain who stuck his neck out for his boys at the cost of displeasing selectors and coach. Imran Khan used to stick up for his boys, and that is why he was such a great captain. And Ganguly is similar in attitude." Bhatt echoes this with, "Dravid is Mr Right. They say Ganguly is erratic, temperamental… agreed, but he's got a charisma…."


Ganguly (Opener & Captain)

We have no choice. There's no replacement for Ganguly. He's an aggressive player, and can keep the scoreboard flying.

Virender Sehwag (to open with Ganguly)

It doesn't matter if he's out of form. He's a gutsy, big match player. He can, in three overs, change the course of the match.

Sachin Tendulkar

Is the 'mental' backbone of the team. If he scores, the rest of the team is motivated to win.

MS Dhoni (WK)

His flamboyance is necessary for the team. A big match performer too.

Rahul Dravid

Not a fast scorer, but he's a tenacious holder-on. Stabilises a match.

Md Kaif

His catches have turned matches. Not too bat with a bat either.

Yuvraj Singh

Let's hope he comes back. Is a good mid-fielder, a big-hitter too.

Irfan Pathan

He's India's best bowler.

Munaf Patel

Can complement Pathan's attack from the other end.

Anil Kumble

The only economical spinner


Quick hand in batting but his spin is no less unnerving. Reserves: Dinesh Mongia; Gautam Gambhir; Zahir Khan; Ramesh Pawar.


"They've Bollywood-ised cricket by making stars out of certain players. They give them all the money, all the backup, and when they are not in form, turn the other way. What if the prize money is shared by the entire team? Then, everyone'll be equally motivated, and there'll be no politics"

"They do not show the door to some so called 'stars' who are nothing but jaded, tired people who're trying to match up to their own act. How can they inspire anyone else to perform?"

"If you send a Dinesh Mongia to play when five wickets are down, and only 125 on the scoreboard, and then drop him for the next match because he didn't perform a miracle, that's wrong. That is why the Indian team sees players making a comeback sometimes as many as four times in a year"


   The selectors are still arguing this one… though the naysers are 4:1 in favour of Chappell.
Keep Chappell… Milan says, "Keep him as the coach, but put in someone else like Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, or even Ravi Shastri as an add on." Mandira and Arbaaz feel that this will create pandemonium among already low-on-morale team. "Where is the time for a new coach to try something new? It'll make a basket case out of the already pressurized boys. Let Chappell be," they say. Says Bhatt, "When everyone is making an ass out of themselves, why blame Chappell?" asks Bhatt.
Change Chappell: Says Alyque, "He has picked the right team, but has failed to coach them to win. Maybe because he's out to make a ruthless Aussie team out of our mild boys. We need someone like Nasser Hussain."
Who will choose the actual World Cup team

Dilip Vengsarkar (West Zone, chairman of the selection board); Venkatapathy Raju (South Zone); Sanjay Jagdale (Central Zone); Bhupinder Singh Sr (North Zone); Ranjib Biswal (East Zone)


That thinks the team on this page should be the one going to the World Cup

Alyque Padamse
Theatreperson and ad guru
Cricketers are not just players, they are performers too. Alyque talks of Team India's brand value and acumen

Arbaaz Khan
This self-confessed cricket freak never misses a big match. Just the reason why he has encyclopedic info of the game

Mahesh Bhatt
He has a passionate one on cricket. Bhatt continues his tirade against 'star system' here too

Milan Luthria
Filmmaker, is currently making Hatrick
After research on cricket for his film, he knows everything about the game, and more

Mandira Bedi
Cricket show host
"I am an outsider with an inside view," explains Mandira, a veteran of cricket shows ConfusedLOL(yeah right)

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So your views...
Should Ganguly be handed the baton ??
Should Laxman be included in the team?
Take your pick of the 16 member squad...
Do you think the current team stands any chance of clinching the world cup.....?? (I sense deja vu,in 2003,India went down in the tubes in New Zealand,where they lost both the test and the one dayers,...They bounced back wonderfully in South Africa??...Can we hope for soemthign similarBig smile)
Any more experimentations??Or should we stick to the usual team


Sharmii IF-Sizzlerz

Joined: 21 April 2005
Posts: 14058

Posted: 18 December 2006 at 11:21pm | IP Logged

Definitely Ganguly.
He may not be a great player But he is the best captain.And what matters most are the results And India definitely wins under Ganguly.
Infact the Team was so united under him.Today I see insecurities and fear in the Indian dressing at just one loss .They look a dis- united lot.

Talking about the bouncing back at south africa...We cannot call it a bounce back.
After losing soo many matches we had to win something.One of the laws of Nature LOL .If we win the series Then I would call it a bounce back.I feel its too early to celebrate...

Thirdly....India need o once and for all decide whose gonna play and whose not going too...
Chappels seems unsure of choosing even the Best 30 these days....

My 16 would be

Sachin -
He still is good.
Needs to be supported and not be dropped like ganguly.We cant lose such crucial players at such crucial Times
Vice captain
wicket keeper
Great player
He can bounce back
He is proving a lot in SA

Kumble-Two spinners might be required
Munaf patel
and oh i leave the rest to choice..
Majority IF-Dazzler

Joined: 29 August 2005
Posts: 3132

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 12:11am | IP Logged
Sehwag, Ganguly (C), Laxman, Dravid, Dhoni, Yuvraj, Pathan, Zaheer, Sreesanth, Harbahajan, Kumble, Munaf

Keep the Captain, Keep the Coach
Change the Captain, Change the Coach
If you don't win you gotta go,
Eenie meenie miney moe.
TallyHo IF-Rockerz

Joined: 01 April 2006
Posts: 9330

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 8:44am | IP Logged
No one ever expected the 1983 team to come back with the cup....

we have talented players in the team is just a matter of things going right on the day of the game...
insouciance IF-Rockerz

Joined: 10 January 2006
Posts: 6874

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 8:58am | IP Logged

Originally posted by TallyHo

No one ever expected the 1983 team to come back with the cup....

we have talented players in the team is just a matter of things going right on the day of the game...

Similarly,no one expected India to reacvh the finals of World CUp 2003,especially after the ignominious defeat to Australia in the initial games

India can bounce back,cricket is highly unpredictable,and that's the beauty of the game

My 16 would be


Dravid(V C)

DHoni(W C)




Yuvraj Singh

Mohd Kaif



Irfan Pathan

Munaf Patel

Dinesh Mongia/Suresh Raina

Zaheer Khan

Ashish Nehra/Agarkar


This team needs to be backed up by the coach(no more experiments please)...

The one reason Australia win is because they BELIEVE they can win,Indians more often then not lack that self belief....

sareg IF-Dazzler

Joined: 10 January 2006
Posts: 3976

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 9:36am | IP Logged
Sehwag - Just needs time to get back his form, lets not burden him with VC till he regains form
Sachin - Vice Captain- experience needed
Dravid - Captain- needs to catch form again
Ganguly(if he stays to current form) or VVS Laxman
Yuvaraj- If he is not fit, replace him with Kaif
Dhoni - WC needs time
Pathan -- need to be steady with him
Agarkar -- he is very good at ODI's
Sreesanth - he is our find, let us ride the hot hand
Kumble - I always wonder why they dont think he is ok for ODI's
Harbhajan - Need another spinner in case the pace attack stinks again
12th Man
Zaheer - In case any of the pacers is not fit
Ramesh Powar
Gautam Gambhir
Stay with the current coach(if he is the problem replace him with Sunil Gavaskar or Sandeep Patil or Ravi Shashra)
Hire a bowling coach - Probably Kapil and Bedi
Gujji_babe Goldie

Joined: 07 November 2006
Posts: 1644

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 12:38pm | IP Logged
Because im 4rom South Africa and Im a Hindu, Gujarati as well, I support Mainly South Africa when they play aginst India but I do support India aginst all da oder teams excluding South Africa Big smile
sareg IF-Dazzler

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Posts: 3976

Posted: 19 December 2006 at 12:51pm | IP Logged

Originally posted by Gujji_babe

Because im 4rom South Africa and Im a Hindu, Gujarati as well, I support Mainly South Africa when they play aginst India but I do support India aginst all da oder teams excluding South Africa Big smile

no problems both the teams you support can get to a final, but never winWink

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