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    November 15, 2006

    Apples or Oranges - there's no comparison

    When talking about India's cricketing woes, I have to disagree with many of Peter Roebuck's views. Among all, there is one thing which I shouldn't just disagree but also should raise a post here.
    Too many Indian players become lazy in office. Consider the differing pressures put upon Mitchell Johnson and Irfan Pathan. Both emerged from backwaters. Like most youthful players, both have experienced the ups and downs of the game. However, the Queenslander was given time to learn in a tough domestic competition. He made lots of mistakes, bowled badly plenty of times, none of them whilst wearing the colours of his country. When he was ready, he was chosen to play for Australia and even then was treated carefully. A toll was taken of first spell in Mohali, so the ball was thrown to more seasoned campaigners. Later he was brought back and looked dangerous.

    Contrastingly Pathan, a much younger man, has been asked to lead the attack. Inevitably his form comes and goes. He is still an apprentice.
    Australia have the liberty of delaying talents into International cricket, simply because of their on-field strength and even the second string strength. Would you imagine a Gillespie or even a Kasprowicz getting dropped from an Indian side? Its just plain dearth of talent here in India. It would have been immensely better if he had spoken about ways to unearth talent in India. Instead, he has continued to harp on the same issue of Irfan being raw. Indians haven't tasted success as much as Australians have. Hence, whenever we spot someone a bit special, we tend to push them to the big stage and infact when I think of it, Irfan hasn't been as bad as he is being talked about. Yes, I want Irfan to be more consistent with his contributions and I would be one of the first men to be proud about Irfan and India, but you can't compare Johnson & Pathan by any odds.
    Thus spake Ganesh @ 5:28 PM |
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