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Smells like a broken team spirit

india Updated: Jan 12, 2009 00:00 IST

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The resignation of Kevin Pietersen from the England captaincy and the sacking of coach Peter Moores have been too bizarre to understand. Sure, we are miles away from the action, so will probably never know the full story, but where and how it started is also a mystery.

Pietersen was on a holiday in Africa when the issue boiled up, and before he could return, he had to resign and the coach lost his job. Both said nothing in public domain, so how things came to such a pass is baffling. The British papers reported fissures in the English dressing room. It brings a wry smile on the faces of those in the subcontinent because for years the British media has gone to town about the frissons in the dressing rooms of the subcontinent teams while making everyone believe that there were none in their own team's rooms.

The fact is there has been no team which has not had some amount of friction in the dressing room. It is virtually impossible to have a tension-free dressing room, for the pressures of international sport are such that there are always some temperaments that are fragile.

How teams put it behind in the dressing room and go out and give their best is what makes that team win. Have you ever heard of a present skipper and coach ever being criticized by other team members in public?

No, simply because the players know that their future depends on the coach and the captain. But , the moment the skipper and coach are out of the job, the knives come out.

The differences between Moores and Pietersen were over selection and training methods, with latter wanting somebody who could lift the team out of its underachieving status.

English cricket is in turmoil and there is widespread chest beating about how all this is going to affect the Ashes clash. But hey guys, you lost badly to India, so how about defeating West Indies first?

Smells like a broken team spirit

THE RESIGNATION of Kevin Pietersen from the England captaincy and the sacking of coach Peter Moores have been too bizarre to understand. Sure, we are miles away from the action, so will probably never know the full story, but where and how it started is also a mystery.

Pietersen was on a holiday in Africa when the issue boiled up, and before he could return, he had to resign and the coach lost his job. Both said nothing in public domain, so how things came to such a pass is baffling. The British papers reported fissures in the English dressing room. It brings a wry smile on the faces of those in the subcontinent because for years the British media has gone to town about the frissons in the dressing rooms of the subcontinent teams while making everyone believe that there were none in their own team's rooms.

The fact is there has been no team which has not had some amount of friction in the dressing room. It is virtually impossible to have a tension-free dressing room, for the pressures of international sport are such that there are always some temperaments that are fragile.

How teams put it behind in the dressing room and go out and give their best is what makes that team win. Have you ever heard of a present skipper and coach ever being criticized by other team members in public?

No, simply because the players know that their future depends on the coach and the captain. But , the moment the skipper and coach are out of the job, the knives come out.

The differences between Moores and Pietersen were over selection and training methods, with latter wanting somebody who could lift the team out of its underachieving status.

English cricket is in turmoil and there is widespread chest beating about how all this is going to affect the Ashes clash. But hey guys, you lost badly to India, so how about defeating West Indies first?

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