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'Rotate players for best results'

Barring minor hiccups, surfers seem to like the present team selection.

india Updated: Jan 13, 2007 19:25 IST

Selecting for Team India is never easy. Neither is it free from controversy. And without doubt, it raises a storm of responses.

We asked our surfers about what they thought of the 15-member squad announced for the ODI series against West Indies.

And here's what followed.

Vishwanath from Johannesburg, South Africa felt dropping Irfan Pathan wasn't at all fair.

"Dropping Irfan Pathan was a wrong decision. He's a youngster who needs the right grooming and exposure. I think he certainly has the temperament and skill. I hope our selectors are weighing all these things before arriving at such decisions," he said.

Ashish Mishra from New Delhi, India however, thought the team was just right.

"At last, the best available team!" he said.

Sharbani Ranjan Kundu from New Delhi, India had the best piece of analysis to offer. She seemed to like the team selection and went on to offer a prescription for all future team selections.

Here's how she went.

"It is good that Vengsarkar is calling the shots. Colonel is undoing all the wrong done by Kiran More. Naturally since Vengsarkar was Indian captain and a great batsman. Above all he is a sane man."

"Dravid, you lost much of your sheen because of the Chappell and More combine. Initial triumph that people witnessed was not because of Chappell or Dravid. It was a triumph of Team India crafted by Ganguly - but alas without Ganguly!"

"Ten years back I wrote in two national newspapers that captaincy should be rotated among the top players. But it did not impress them. Whatever happened in Indian cricket in last few years justified my suggestion."

"See, Tendulkar one-time captain, has come back as a vice captain. Rotate captaincy amongst Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble, the senior players, in next couple of years. Whoever will captain, will fall short in his department a little. Ganguly did. Dravid has. So rotate."

"It is not a prestige issue. Rotate different series amongst top 36 players. Rotate captaincy too. If you don't, fortune will through injury, form, etc. Players are humans. Not performance or entertainment machines!"

Surajit from Kolkata, India thought a middle-order batman should have been picked instead of Gambhir. Here's how he went.

"In my opinion the composition of the team could have been balanced even better if a middle order bat would have been selected instead of Gambhir as there are already three openers in Sachin, Sourav and Robin. Also Rahul Dravid is also capable of playing the role, where required."

"I also feel that Ranadeb Bose of Bengal should have been picked ahead of either Joginder or RP Singh with his recent performances in the domestic season."

Debasish Dhar from New Delhi, India said, "In place of Dinesh Karthik, Virender Sehwag should get chance in the middle order to get his form back."

Finally, Mumbai's Deepak got down to giving his wish list. His team would include the following: Sourav Ganguly, Virendar Sehwag (vice captain), Rahul Dravid (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, Mahindra Singh Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Dinesh Karthik, Ajit Agarkar, Srisanth, Anil Kumble, Ramesh Powar, VRV Singh, Dinesh Mongia, Zahir Khan and Suresh Raina.

Now, Vengsarkar better start listening!

All views and opinions presented in this article are solely those of the surfer and do not necessarily represent those of

First Published: Jan 13, 2007 19:25 IST