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Saturday, October 08, 2005

Lack of Teamwork or Faulty Selection?

The one day part of the Super Series has been somewhat of an anti-climax. Australia thumped the ROW side with ridiculous ease. The pundits will now talk about the importance of teamwork and how it is not just the brilliance of individuals that can suffice...etc etc.

I agree that teamwork is important, and twelve players thrown together can't be expected to gel as a team overnight. But I still think the bigger culprit behind these defeats has been faulty selection. How on earth can Inzimam and Vaas be left out of the one day sides? The teams were picked more on the basis of star potential than cricketing wisdom. What else could explain the selection of Kevin Pietersen, barely a season old? I am a Sehwag fan as everyone knows, but even I oppose his presence in the one day side. Tests, yes, but one days? No!

I could go on and on...but the bottomline is that a well picked team would have played a lot better. They might not have beaten Australia for sure, but would have put up a better fight than this lot.