By John Cheeran
Rabindranath Tagore says in one of his short stories that every village needs its own idiot.
May be every cricket team needs its own cross and no wonder then that Indian cricket team captain Rahul Dravid gets Sourav Ganguly.
This retrograde step – bringing back Ganguly – is politically inspired and has been arrived at consulting star charts than looking at what has been happening in the middle in South Africa.
At his best, Ganguly has been a good one-day cricketer.
His Test play has been patchy and it does not make any sense to include this prince of manipulators for the Test team.
Selectors have reasoned that they are falling back on experience. It is surprising that Dilip Vengsarkar could not see that experience has failed abjectly in the form of Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Mohamamd Kaif, Ajit Agrakar and Dinesh Mongia.
Well, Sehwag has been stripped of the vice-captaincy, a big psychological blow for him, and he will have to soon play for himself. Making statements in support of coach Greg Chappell has not worked apparently.
Kaif and Agarkar have been given return tickets.VVS Laxman is the new vice-captain and he will have to live up to the additional responsibility.
The Test team for South Africa: Rahul Dravid (captain), VVS Laxman (vice-captain), Wasim Jaffer, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Dinesh Karthick, Sourav Ganguly, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Irfan Pathan, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh and VRV Singh
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