Tuesday, October 7, 2008
BEGINNING OF THE END OF FABOULOUS FOUR
I like to go back to the late 80s of Dhaka. There was a 4 nation under 19 tournament . India was the champion of this tournament. In fact
This Indian team was the future India team. Ajoy Jadeja, Vinod kambly, Ranjiv Bishwal,
Late Dhruv Pandab, Bhupinder Sing, Jateen ParanJapey and another name was Sourav Ganguly. In fact It was my teen age days and I was very excited to see those teen agers.
But this name Sourav Ganguly gave me huge attention. During those days west Bengal media
Was so much vocal about injustice to Bengal from BCCI. This old record was very common. But it is not always Bengal Media was right. They were very much vocal about
Arun lal. But It was known fact there was no such quality player who could match the Indian team. So name Sourav Ganguly kept my interest high.
Then success of debut series against England of him and Rahul Dravid are history. Sachin Tendulkar established himself then as the star of Indian cricket. Then here came
South Africa Series India had witnessed of VVS Laxman.
With out a doubt this middle order ( Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly and Laxman) is
One of the best middle orders of the history of the World cricket. It is the best luck of India
That they have got such super class Batsman at a time.
But again problem of Indian cricket is of the whole subcontinent not to adopt proper
Sports culture. Virendra Sehwag has been groomed him self nicely under Fab four. Test
Cricket is a complete different ball game. Sehwag is extremely success full because he went to bat with out pressure while Yuvraj Sing could
Not capitalize his extreme talent in test cricket.
India is now in a transition period as the Australia of late 80s while a number of cricketing greats had retired . Australian cricket was rebuild centralizing Allen Border.
But Indian cricket is different now . Border got people like Dean Jones, Geoff Marsh,David Boon, Mark Tailor , Waugh brothers . Then they don’t need to look behind.
Sourav Ganguly did same thing for India while India was sank in betting controversy.
People like Virendra Sehwag, Yuvraj Sing, Mohd Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Asish Nehra, Harbajan Sing , Irfan
Pathan were discovery of Sourav . But fact was that there was also visionary like Jagmohan Dalmiya from whom he had got full support.
Now Post Fab four and Anil Kumbley era I am not very much optimistic about Indian Cricket.
MS Dhoni , Yuvraj Sing are purely adopted by 20-20 culture. This Current Indian team has not been tested in green top surface in overseas while Fab four was the most successful
In South Africa, Australia and England.
Now the actual testing period of Indian cricket starts