Rahul Dravid is captain for two one-day series. Ganguly’s not in the team because he’s not fit. Laxman is not in the team because, well, he’s Laxman. Tendulkar is back, recovered from the same injury that now Saurav has.
Greg Chappel says that Dravid has a good cricketing brain. I guess I have a good blogging brain. Okay, that was a reach.
Chappel alleged in an email that Ganguly faked injuries, and that he was unfit to lead the Indian cricket team. The email was leaked by someone to the media. Harbhajan defended Ganguly and said that Chappel was dividing the team. The BCCI issued a gag on the players speaking to the media. Before that, Sachin Tendulkar said that what is discussed in the dressing room, or whatever it’s called, should be kept private.
In today’s newspaper, it was alleged that Ganguly had called Tendulkar a tourist and that Tendulkar did not want to play under Ganguly.
In other words, it’s a big, dysfunctional family. And yet, we persist with this one, big happy family metaphor.
Wouldn’t it be much easier if everything was transparent? For instance, do you know why Tom Moody was not picked to be the Indian coach over Greg Chappel. Or, why Dravid was picked as captain instead of Virender Sehwag, who’s much younger.
Then again, maybe this soap opera is what everyone wants, it’s entertaining isn’t it?