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Dhoni should go slow in rebuilding process

One wonders what must be going in Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s mind when he asked the selectors to give him a young team sans seniors like Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. After two rain-hit matches, India defeated Australia convincingly but then lost two consecutive matches. Dhoni cannot blame the young players for the back to back defeats against Sri Lanka and Australia as he’s sound enough to understand that exuberance alone cannot win you matches, you need experience as well. Are the selectors listening?

True, every side goes through a transition to build a team for the future but the timing of this transition is questionable. How fair is it to thrust inexperienced campaigners in a team on a crucial tour like Australia against two best teams of the world? The logic given by BCCI chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar and the captain was that we are building a team for 2011 World Cup. Well, the Australian tour isn’t the last tour before the World Cup to introduce all young talents in one go. Even rival skipper Ricky Ponting accepts that India have too many youngsters in the team.

“I guess a good balance of youth and experience is always welcome. In our teams, we try to have experience in important positions. This India hasn’t got. They have a lot of talented youngsters but they are in a rebuilding phase”, Ponting said. This rebuilding of the team is alright if there is a balance between experience and raw talent. Cricketer-turned-commentator Ravi Shashtri says, “For a year a so, one should not expect this team to win all the matches”. A very sound suggestion indeed but this might not go down too well with the a billion cricket fanatics.

Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were dropped from the One-day side for being sluggish on the field. Ganguly recently said that he was not dropped on the grounds of his form. Fielding is an important aspect of One-day cricket but it’s secondary to bowling and batting. Their experience would not have been missed if players like Sehwag and Yuvraj had played to their potential. Sehwag failed to give India a capitalising start while Yuvraj it seems to have left his form back home. Thanks to his off-field antics. These two batsmen on their day can throttle the bowlers. Sehwag is looking as tentative as always. Yuvraj Singh seems to be caught in two minds while playing his shots. Every time he plays a shot in the air, the ball finds a fielder under it. He is overtly cautious in his approach these days.

In the match against Australia on Sunday, what compelled Dhoni to go for five bowlers when the batting has been a failure? Except one washed out game, India have failed to play fifty overs. In such a case Dhoni should have added one extra batsman like Suresh Raina, who got the nod ahead of Sourav Ganguly, or all-rounder Praveen Kumar. Instead he went ahead with Munaf Patel, who is a pathetic fielder, no batsman and looks lost while bowling. Sunil Gavaskar too came down heavily on him questioning his attitude. “He is a good bowler. But his attitude on the field is just not right,” Gavaskar said.

Amid all the disappointments, India had their share of moments with rookie pacer Ishant coming of age and firing all cylinders. India’s bowling led by Ishant, Irfan and Harbhajan in the tri-series has been impressive. Batting which supposedly is India’s main strength, let the team down. There is no dearth of talent in the team; all that’s required is to display it to the hilt. India have three more matches to play in the tri-series and will have to win them to make it to the finals. It’s not a far-fetched dream if everyone performs according to the team’s requirement.

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