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    March 29, 2005

    The Indian captaincy conundrum: Does Ganguly deserve a spot in the side?

    After the loss, it can obviously not take too long for the recrimination to start. BBC Sport looks at if there are any alternatives to an increasingly beleagured Ganguly.

    I think Ganguly must be dropped. Yes, he has had his share of 30s and 40s but its the big scores which matter. I dont think this Indian team can afford to carry a batsman who doesnt pull his weight along, in comparison to say how Inzamam does so for Pakistan, pun completely intended! The problem though is that Yuvraj and Kaif, his potential replacements, are not exactly consistent either.

    Part of the blame for Yuvraj's inconsistent showing must be taken by Ganguly, who insisted on him opening in tests. Strangely enough, the experiment was done away with after precisely one failure on Yuvraj's part. Yuvraj batted beautifully at Multan. It was the kind of innings which would have made anyone proud.

    Lest it be forgotten, Mohd. Kaif averaged 30.6 against Australia, not 50.6, when they toured last year. Yes, he fought it out, braving cramps and a superb bowling lineup. But he had three scores in excess of 30 and did not convert one of them into a century.

    So why are they better than Ganguly? Kaif is too inconsistent. Yuvraj's batting does not make me comfortable about him staying at the wicket. Ganguly is also a strokeplayer, but perhaps the fact that he is out of form is a blessing in disguise, because it could mean he cuts out his shots and grinds it out. At least, I hope he does it, the next time around. A joke floating around:
    "Ganguly's batting form is Wright's fault. John told him not to bother about the boundaries and instead score in ones and twos".

    So why dispense with Ganguly at all? Back to square one!
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 7:26 PM |
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