Thursday, November 30, 2006

A balding man's bland excuse

Source: Rediff

India's balding out of form stand-in captain now wants to blame Dravid and Sachin for India's pathetic losing streak in SA.

"India's stand-in captain Virender Sehwag said Rahul Dravid's absence and the poor form of Sachin Tendulkar put enormous pressure on the rest of the young and inexperienced batsmen in the fourth cricket one-dayer in Port Elizabeth against South Africa on Wednesday."

What are the other players in the team then? Freshers? Some of them have played a significant amount of one day matches. Kaif, Raina, Dhoni - inexperienced?

Sehwag also felt India missed having experienced batsmen in the middle-order as South Africa had also started off badly but could recover because they had tried and tested players in their ranks.

"Dravid's absence hurt us in this game. He is the kind of batsman who tries to bat out overs in the middle-order. The other batsmen then can feed around him," he said at the post-match press conference.

"Tendulkar's failure also puts pressure. When a big player fails, the rest of the batters come under pressure."

Then what is your role in the team Sehwag? Waterboy?

"We are not opening well and are losing far too many wickets in the first 10-15 overs. Youngsters thus are confronted with a huge task.

"South Africa are also starting badly but they are able to recover because they have experienced cricketers like Jacques Kallis and Herschelle Gibbs in the middle. That is not the case with us."

A classic case of passing the buck, a trend that is so common in Indian politics.

But Sehwag begged fans back home to be patient and give them some more time to come to terms with the tough conditions in South Africa.

"I want the fans to keep trust in us. Things cannot change in a day and it will take time. We will improve," he said.

That will never happen. People are becoming deaf listening to this oft repeated excuse.


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