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Tendulkar- Finally the selectors got it right

After our inconsistent display at the latest edition of the cricket world cup, it was certain that Mohd. Azharuddin would be relieved of the Indian captaincy. His tenure which was split up in two parts can be described as a period of extreme ups and downs which on the average can be termed as satisfactory. At times this wristy batsmen showed extreme class and control, and at other times he seemed helpless and without focus. The holds good for his batting as well as his captaincy. He was not an aggressive captain, but still boasts of the best record for an Indian captain ever in both forms of the game. His captaincy was however destined to end as all things do, it was time to let a new face take charge of the Indian cricket team.

Eyes fell on Ajay Jadeja to take charge, especially in the one day form of the game. He had captained India in Sharjah, when Azhar was injured and had led India into the final. Those matches leading up to the final showed that he definitely had some rare leadership qualities, specifically his light but dedicated approach. The problem for the selectors arose in the fact that if they appointed Jadeja captain he could only captain the one day side as he does not have a fixed place in the test team. The selectors would have to chose a different test captain. It is very unwise to have two different captains. It causes conflicts within the team and can leads to a change in focus. Therefore it was wise of the selectors to look at the other various options that they had.

The only two names that I can seriously consider for a single Indian team captain are Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble.

Rahul Dravid may come to mind but he still has a few years to go before he can be seriously considered for captain. Anil Kumble has lead Karnataka well in the past, he has claimed the the Ranji Trophy for his domestic side. He has been vice captain in the past and is known to have a good cricketing brain. For me however Kumble might just be a little to intense of a cricketer to become the captain. He has what it takes to be good captain, but he lacks the dynamism and "magic" that is the making of legendary captains.

Sachin Tendulkar is not new to the job of captaincy, in his first "term" as captain he did not live up to expectations. Let us forget that as I feel that at that time he was not mentally ready for the captaincy, he was not mature enough. It was however a good learning experience for him. He has the brain, the class, and the leadership qualities that are essential for any captain. Tendulkar has that "magic", the magic that has won lost games and left the world awe-struck. He is also mentally ready now. This can be seen in the way he talked to the selectors. Sachin Tendulkar wants his independence, and is ready to lead the Indian team to many a victory. He is the right choice for captain and he has the potential to go down in history not only as a legendary batsmen, but also as a legendary captain.

Sharad Bajaj



Editorial Board: Aatish Bhatia, Sharad Bajaj, Saionton Basu, Priya Malik, Pallavi Raghavan. Shruti Sharma, Deivyani Dheer, Maalini Kochhar, Aman Raj Khanna, Shonan Trehan, Shivan Marya and Prayaag Akbar (Editor)


From: General Manager

To: Departmental Heads

"On Friday evening at 5 p.m., Halley's Comet will be visible in this area, an event which occurs only once every 76 years. Please have the employees assembled in the park area outside the building and I will explain this rare phenomenon to them. In case of rain, we will not be able to see anything, so assemble the employees in the canteen and I will show them a film of it."

From: Departmental Heads

To: Deputy Departmental Heads

"By the order of the general manager on Friday at 5 p.m., Halley's comet will appear above the area outside the building. If it rains, please assemble the employees and proceed to the canteen where this rare phenomenon will take place, something which occurs every 76 years."

From: Deputy Departmental Heads

To: Superintendent

"By the order of the general manager at 5 p.m. on Friday, the phenomenon Halley's Comet will appear in the canteen. In case of rain in the area outside the building, the General Manager will give another order, something which occurs only once every 76 years."

From: Superintendent

To: Foreman

"On Friday, at 5 p.m. the general manager will appear in the canteen with the Halley's comet, something which happens every 76 years. But if it rains, the General Manager will order the comet into the area outside the building."

From: Foreman

To: Team Leader

"When it rains on Friday at 5 p.m., the phenomenal 76 years old Bill Halley, accompanied by his comets will drive the General Manager through the area outside the building into the canteen."

From: Team Leader

To: Workers

"When it will be 5 p.m. on Friday, it will rain like once in 76 years, along with comets. So you better be here to see the General Manager drive home through that kind of rain."

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