That controverisal old man has one mor feather in his cap now, which by now would have become such heavy for him to put it on his head. His hat started gathering feathers when Kerry Packer offered loads of money to players, all the way till today’s controversy. Two great things people cannot forget is he ordering his brother to bowl underarm which Prime Ministers of both the nations condemned and his destruction of Ganguly’s career. May be as a player, Ganguly was at his career’s end, but does one of the greatest Indian captains deserve such an ignominous exit? First of all, is he sufficiently qualified to criticize the way of life of a country – academic, first hand experience and what not? What is the depth of his knowledge over India? If his knowledge is limited to the current political turmoil in India, then sorry, he is not welcome into the country.
“The (Indian) culture is very different, it’s not a team culture. They lack leaders in the team because they are not trained to be leaders. From an early age, their parents make all the decisions, their schoolteachers make their decisions, their cricket coaches make the decisions,”
Define what leadership qualities are. Proper judgement? Support for his subordinates at the correct moment? Inspiration to his subordinates? Will these things come out of a textbook? Which country’s textbooks define you to be the best leader? England? USA? Japan?(I still consider Australia as a Crown Colony, not as an independent country). In India, the culture teaches us to follow the advice of one better suited than us. Do you call that someone making all decisions on your life? Even if someone is taking decisions over my life, how much percentage of that is wrong? It is almost certainly, never. How much, of the decisions taken by the ‘fiercely independent’ Australians is correct? Even coming to the contemporary India, take the Tatas or Birlas or other corporates, or politicians like Nitish or Sheila Dixit, or even anti socials like Kishenji, if you don’t call them leaders, whom do you? Even if you forget about all, what about Sharad Pawar, the Big Boss of Cricket?
“The culture of India is such that, if you put your head above the parapet someone will shoot it. Knock your head off. So they learn to keep their head down and not take responsibility.
“The Poms (British) taught them really well to keep their head down. For if someone was deemed to be responsible, they’d get punished. So the Indians have learned to avoid responsibility. So before taking responsibility for any decisions, they prefer not to,”
This sort of language is not at all acceptable in any public forum. How would an Australian feel if I say Australia is a penal colony which was created for people who are not eligible to live in a civilized society? How would he feel when I say, unlike Indians, you rounded up the natives and killed them mercilessly? History also teaches that it took 70 years for the Muslims to roll over into Spain from Egypt. It took 60 years for Muslims to gain a foothold in India, which they lost again in a generation. It took 300 years for the Muslims to enter into India proper as an unstoppable force, which is not at all possible without proper leadership and loyalty. How would a white skinned feel when I quote Saddam’s Foreign Minister aiming the Americans – When we were trying to build the best civilizations of the world, you were fighting like dogs in caves? Britishers didnot teach us to keep our heads down. Had they taught us, Atlee would never have said Gandhi’s role in getting India independence is nothing. How long did they rule India? About 100-120 years of absolute power? Is it comparable to anything in Indian history? Before saying Indians don’t have responsibility, just try to remember what happened to Uganda when Idi Amin kicked out all Indians from the country. How much of the workforce in the so called developed world is Indian, outside politics and national represenation?
“Dhoni is one of the most impressive young men that I have ever worked with. When he came into that Indian team, you just knew that he was a leader in the making. He was definitely someone who could make decisions, and he didn’t mind putting his head above the parapet, and didn’t mind putting the bigger players in their place. I think he is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket in recent times,”
“I think Dhoni is getting to a point where Test cricket is getting too hard for him, and the undercurrent around the dressing room cannot help,”
OK, tell me, in Australia, how many seniors played under those who are juniors to them by ten years and were shunted out of the team because they didn’t perform well? Border? Bradman? Steve Waugh? The Chappels? I know only Ponting. Even Ponting complained. There is something called inspiration and experience. Sachin’s presence in the team itself gives a confidence that nothing can go wrong. Sehwag hasn’t got the consistency, but how many batsmen besides him has more scores than him above 290, that too at a strike rate of 100? He is an affordable compromise. With how many players, who are playing for more than four or five years, is Dhoni on good terms? Can one be a good leader and run the show if half the team are against you? Even Chappell himself has dragged on his career. What did he score in his last few matches? I don’t know whether he complained or not.
“It was obvious from the start of the tour that the Indians weren’t really interested in Test cricket,”
This, I agree. Who is to fault? The cricket board? The selectors who selected this team? The captain? Which one do you prefer – easy money or credit for the country? If you don’t have a proper team fit which can survive two years, what are you going to expect? How many players whom you have are well versed in foreign tracks?
“Sehwag thought he should be captain after (Anil) Kumble, so there is a bit of a collision there,”
The question here is does he deserve it? If he deserves it, then what’s your problem? Why did you try to visualize an alternate fork in a natural sequence?