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Return of the anti-heroes

This is indeed ironical that the players who were discarded for long by the selection committee on some flimsy grounds were the real heroes of Johannesburg Test victory. That they were discarded as per the “mission 2007” of the present coach is a common knowledge. The players who were persisted, or rather burdened the team, like Sehwag, Dhoni and company were the biggest failures this time.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2006 16:20 IST

In the hype, glory and hoopla surrounding the historic win of our cricket team against South Africa in Johannesburg, we are missing out a crucial point.

This is indeed ironical that the players who were discarded for long by the selection committee on some flimsy grounds were the real heroes of victory. That they were discarded as per the “mission 2007” of the present coach is a common knowledge. The players who were persisted, or rather burdened the team, like Virender Sehwag, Dhoni and company were the biggest failures of this test and the players who were discarded by the coach were the big winners, who thankfully were not coached under Greg Chappell.

I believe if we were not Indians and if we were English or Australians then there would definitely be calls for the present coach to be sacked immediately, as he has failed miserably in his “mission 2007” and his agenda of deliberately keeping some key and good performers outside the Indian team for a long time.

This is like a slap on the face of the coach. Also these players were drafted into the team only when the public lost complete faith that Team India can win any match.

Nonetheless, it is good to see the old winning Team India back, which is willing to the fight.