My views on Indian cricket are very unpopular. So this post is just me joining the World Cup bandwagon! Don't bother to pick up fights with me on the comments page.
I see the world cup squad has been announced. Apparently it was a struggle to find 15 Indians who could play cricket. Don't know why we could not tell ICC that we were able to find only 12 players. We could have saved the expenses on Sehwag, Kumble and Pathan. But then BCCI has so much money.
These days Dravid struggles even against a team of reporters. But I appreciate his suggestion that we should only be sending 6-7 players to the world cup! Would have saved even more money. Guess he was far more comfortable saying what Chappell told him to say. This 'I run the show' drama is not his cup of tea.
The other day I saw a Google video on the Indian team going through New Zealand airport security. Harbhajan Singh says he won't give his shoes for agri inspection because he is too busy on the phone to be bothered with repacking them. The team manager (who was quite a character himself) duly paid $200 as fine for this. See how your money on cable/ticket is well spent.
Why should not we require that a college degree is a must for international selection? These teenage wonders from the north of the Vindhya's are so uneducated and culturally insecure that it should be affecting their cricket as well. When media says people like Zaheer, Sehwag, Harbhajan, Munaf etc have 'attitude problems', they mean just that.
Obviously these small town boys are strong characters and that is precisely the reason they have made it big on the field. But then, the 12th man cannot substitute for their off field engagements. No wonder Chappell is more comfortable with the cosmopolitan English speaking guys in the team. Well yes, Sourav is different. Thats why he is dada!
And finally, this season ends next March with South Africa touring India. By that time we should have seen the last of Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Kumble and Laxman. If they are around after that, I think Amitabh Bachchan should be in the team as well. What, you want Aishwarya too?