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Indian cricket and Sourav

History will testify that Indian cricket owes its resurgence to Sourav. Should it also bear testimony to the fact that the Indian cricket was held to ransom by an out-of-form player, who just didn't know when to hang his gloves? Even the most selfish of the players can see that there is a flood of young cricketers waiting in the wings who need to be groomed in the international arena.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 18:02 IST

History will testify that Indian cricket owes its resurgence to Sourav. Should it also bear testimony to the fact that the Indian cricket was held to ransom by an out-of-form player, who just didn't know when to hang his gloves?

Even the most selfish of the players can see that there is a flood of young cricketers waiting in the wings who need to be groomed in the international arena. Again, I do not understand all this noise for a player, in the twilight of his career, whose fans probably speak louder than his bat. Like anything in life, your performance is only as good as your last outing and in Sourav's case read that as outings!

Enough said on the subject-let him be given a national award and asked to rest on his laurels. Are we going into the World Cup to win or to entertain the millions of spectators with a B grade soap opera -will-he-wont-he play, will-he-wont-he open? Only one certainty, we will not win once we let our hearts rule our better sense.

We will not even attempt to belittle Sourav's contribution to the Indian game. All we ask is that he should not belittle his contribution. I would not like to remember him as sitting alone in the stands, chewing his nails, not knowing whether he is in or out of the eleven.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 18:02 IST