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Dravid's captaincy instilling confidence in Team India

I would like to see Rahul handle six or seven bowlers at his command with instinctive application, just the way he handles his own batting, writes Bishen Singh Bedi.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 17:04 IST

"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes"

Oscar Wilde

I hope Indians can take some solace from the great philosopher while rejoicing at their good fortune that the ball continues to run for them largely. This despite some lapses in the field. And not to forget some atrocious bowling by some of the reliables. By the way, some of the essentials of contentment are doing " something", loving to do that "something" and then hoping that "something" would bear fruit after all.

The sense of right observation is often called cynicism by those who are bereft of it. I am pretty much enamoured with Rahul Dravid's learning curve on the captaincy front. It is bringing about an overall self confidence in the Indian ranks. However, I am not very enthused with Irfan Pathan's appearance at number three with regular monotony. That position must belong to the Indian captain as and when he is doing national duty. It seems any new or not so planned move for now falls in the category of "Good for the World Cup situation". Nothing wrong with that as long as the team management doesn't get carried away. It is important to be happy ourselves than endeavouring to make others believe that we are happy. And remember, we can never be happy perpetually.

Not very often do we see so many fluctuations in a one-day game. With the toss, Indians grabbed the first initiative claiming four wickets early. Then the game slipped out of the butter-fingers while Shoaib Malik and Abdul Razzaq flourished. Indian bowling looked thin with Zaheer as poor super-sub. Pakistan managed 288 in 50 overs, not very daunting but respectable all the same. Sreesanth was very unlucky having nearly four catches dropped off his bowling. The youngster is promising and must keep his enthusiasm alive. Hopefully, he is observing the fire in Agarkar and Zaheer extinguishing palpably. Sreesanth and R P Singh need to be protected from this viral of disinterestedness.

Sachin's batting may not have pleased one Moin Khan. It was still good enough for India for a marked role performance. Yuvraj is coming out of the shadows of his more illustrious seniors and is beginning to look more of a Michael Bevan as a finisher.

Dhoni got more compliments for his hairstyle than his dare-devil batting from the millitary ruler of Pakistan. Hopefully, Dhoni must know what his priorities are -- good and attacking batting and not doing an ad for long hair. Thus far Dhoni has won hearts with his gay cavalier approach to his cricket. With an ever ready humble smile that is clearly his patent trademark of feeling good and living in the present. May his tribe flourish with every new day.

From here, Indians must forget everything and concentrate on a 4-1 margin in the one-dayers. That alone will heal the wounds of Test series loss. Taking one step at a time and solving one problem in any given situation would be advisable just as it would be prim and proper to forget the step taken in the right direction as one of the past moments.

The presence of two offies doing bench work must rankle somewhere. What is Harbhajan doing in Pakistan if the spinning finger is so sore? And why call Ramesh Powar if his services are not to be utilised? It is downright daftness. Personally, I would like to see Rahul handle six or seven bowlers at his command with instinctive application, just the way he handles his own batting. Rahul has to be seen to be a bowler's captain for his overall development as an international captain. Looking for wickets instead of dreary dot balls must become visibly advantageous as also ambitious. Ambition leads me not only further then any other man, but as far as I think it possible for the man to go. I am sure the intellectual Rahul would pick the right stuff from my humble statement. Very soon Dravid will be pitted against the wily Yorkshire man Michael Vaughan, whose army has already landed in Mumbai.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 17:04 IST