[First appeared on Sunday, October 23, 2005]
So went the chant after Sourav’s scintillating century at Rajkot. His is a great effort, what with scathing attack on his performance for quite some time. Sourav is a team-man and a sound leader, who has gone extra length to prove his worth.
Critics say he’s no longer useful to team. Some bear grudge toward him for their own selfish reasons. Others strongly feel Dravid must now get a chance. To add to Sourav’s woes, here’s a coach, who is hell-bent to see him go.
Cricket in India isn’t a simple game any longer. It’s more a money-spinning machine today. Lot many people have their fingers dipped in cricket-pie, and would stop at nothing to protect their turf. No wonder, there is too much of cross-connections.
To me, the solution lies bone-deep. Mere scratching the surface, like removing Sourav, wouldn’t help. For, the danger is, if Dravid fails too, the claws would come out again. This time with double vengeance.