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Team India's PR baffling

Strange are the ways of the cricket team when it comes to sending a player to brief the media, writes G Krishnan.

india Updated: Mar 04, 2006 02:30 IST
G Krishnan

Strange are the ways of the Indian team management when it comes to sending a player to brief the media after a day's play. On Thursday, when Wasim Jaffer made an unbeaten half-century on his return to the Indian team after three-and-a-half years, the think-tank sent VVS Laxman.

In fact, on Thursday, the Indian team did not want to send anyone. But after strong requests by a section of the media to the Central Zone representative in the BCCI media committee, Rajan Nair, they sent Laxman. On Friday, when Mohammad Kaif had scored his career-best 91 but missed his ton by nine runs, the player sent to address the media was Jaffer. The idea of having a player to brief the press is defeated. Contrary to these amateurish ways of the Indian team, the England squad is accompanied by a Media Relations Manager, Andrew Walpole who has taken the phone numbers of the journalists and texts messages to them about which member of the English team is going to attend the media conference.

On missing his hundred: "It is very disappointing. It was important for us to bat big and get the upper hand in the game. But, losing five wickets in the first session and not getting my personal 100 were disappointing. But it feels very good to have scored a fifty straight on my return to the Indian team.

Making a comeback after three and a half years is not easy. I have realised that I need to be scoring consistently. The last time I was in the Indian team, I was not scoring consistently. That was why I was dropped then (in 20002).

On India's position at stumps: The last two wickets went down in quick succession. That was disappointing. We would have got the upper hand had Kaif and Kumble not got out. However, we must now see how the second innings goes.

On Monty Panesar: Monty bowled well and he had many maiden overs. He kept the pressure throughout on our batsmen. To get the wickets of Sachin and Kaif was very big. As their fast bowlers were bowling well, it was important from their point of view that he kept the pressure from his end.

On Kaif: As a batsman, getting into the nineties and getting out before scoring a hundred is always disappointing