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Are selectors responsible for Indias Performance?

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Indian Selectors are always criticised of not taking harsh decisions .Selectors are also accused of selecting players based on their name rather than the player’s performance. Is it correct? Everyone in the world will say yes at this at this point of time as the performance of Indian team is pathetic in the past year. Is India the only team who is dealing with things this way or all the others in the world deal it the same way? And is taking harsh decisions good for team?
Tough questions to answer, aren’t they? If a player has done well for quite a long term for the nation generally selectors won’t be harsh on them even though they are below par for a ‘particular point of time’. This ‘particular point of time’ differs from country to country, India is the country in which this time is quite high when compared to other countries and if we consider the other extreme it should be Australia .Ponting was below par for more than one and half year and Australia have taken decision to remove him from the team only after letting him play for one year irrespective of playing below par. If the same thing happens to a batsman in India they might have allowed him to play longer. We can consider this either as respecting what the player has done for the team or believing in his ability to perform sooner or later.

Should selectors be harsh? Answer will be yes in some cases while no in the other. There have been a lot of comebacks where we have seen a drastic change in the attitude of the players towards the game, this happened only because selectors were harsh on them and dropped. Sourav Ganguly , Zaheer khan and Yuvraj Singh are the best examples of the players who made a strong come back after being dropped. Zaheer khan was dropped in 2005 from the team due to his inconsistent bowling. He had taken it as an challenge and worked on his bowling as a part of it he played for surrey in England’s county cricket and performed exceptionally well .His consistent performances earned him his spot back in the team and now he is the spear head of Indian bowling attack, he was one of the reasons for India winning 2011 world cup.

Yuvraj Singh was dropped from Indian ODI team in 2010 after underperforming for more than year. He wanted to come back to Indian team and for that he had worked hard on his temperament as his technique was always great and he leant to keep price on his wicket .He came back strongly in 2012 World Cup where he almost single headedly won the world cup for India. He performed well with both bat and ball. He played a very crucial innings against Australia in the Quarter final. He was very handy with the ball in all the matches India had played in the World Cup. If he wasn’t dropped we do not know what might have happened.

Come back of Ganguly is considered as one of the best comebacks of all time. He was left out of the team when he was completely out of form .Getting dropped was very humiliating for Ganguly. He has taken it very personally and wanted to show everyone what he can do. He scored four half centuries in his comeback ODI series and continued his form in test matches and the year 2007 turned out to be his best in his carrier where he has scored more than 1000 runs in both ODI’s and test matches, he made his first double century and a 300 run partnership with Yuvraj singh and he won his first man of the series award in six years in 2007.
The statement given by Greg Chappell who was the reason for dropping him tells the story
“I have never seen him bat better.” -Greg Chappell
All this happened only because selectors were harsh on the players and that made them come back strong and play better for the team. This doesn’t mean that the selectors should be harsh. How many players are dropped and how many are coming back strongly if we consider this statistics the percentage will be just 10 and what about the rest. So it’s really tough to say whether selectors have to be harsh or should they deal according to performance.
Selectors deal the selection of players based on their name and performance both. If we consider two players in the Indian cricket team Suresh Raina and Sachin Tendulkar, both of them have not performed well in the past one year in test matches but Sachin has played for India for long and had proven his ability but Suresh Raina hasn’t done it. Selectors cannot consider both of them equally on performance and remove from team. Selectors have to give more time to the players who have proven himself to get back in touch and score runs. That doesn’t mean the players with experience should play forever, it just means that they deserve more chances than the others do. Harbajan Singh is a perfect example .Selectors has given him chances even though he was not performing while other youngsters were better than him. Even then he dint perform well so selectors were left with no other option rather than dropping him and they dropped him.
India had always been an emotional country so dropping any one has not been easy and selectors have given enough time to players to make sure they don’t take wrong steps. That is the reason why Rohit Sharma is given so many chances irrespective of his performance but he hasn’t delivered and it was same with Ravindra Jadeja and Yuvsuf Pathan. Many of these are trying to make a comeback by performing well in domestic cricket. Ravindra jadeja made his way back in the team and made his debut in test match by scoring three triple centuries in Ranji Trophy while others are trying hard to comeback .These people are hoping of come back because they had been dropped from the team. There are a lot of youngsters who are knocking the doors of selectors with their performances and because of this some might have been given lesser chances than the other but that should never consider as personal.
Nehra has been performing well from past few months and suddenly he got dropped from the team after an injury. He was not considered for selection even after him submitting certificate of his fitness what does that mean? Answer to this question selectors have considered the age of the player. India has always been a weak team when it comes to bowling especially fast bowling and so they wanted to make sure youngsters get a lot of exposure early in their carrier and perform well for India for many years. Being selectors they should consider on building future Indian team.
Indian selectors were also accused of selecting players based on IPL only but by the selection of Ravindra Jadeja, Parvinder Awana, Ashok Dinda and Manoj Tiwary it is evident that selectors are considering domestic circuit performances also which is a real good sign for Indian cricket .they are also like us who want their country to perform well at the highest stage. Selectors are giving their best in selecting players. We should respect them rather than blaming them for everything that goes wrong.
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