Sunday, May 13, 2007

Chappell's ghost wanders in Indian dressing room

By John Cheeran
Greg Chappell has gone, but the Chappellway, stays with Indian cricket team.
The dirtiest word in Indian cricket for the last two years has been ‘experiments’.
And it should be remembered that the word ‘experiment’ was dirtied by frustrated former cricketers, who turned into journalists, thanks to the market forces.
And what happens in Dhaka and Mirapur now?
Skipper Rahul Dravid played footsie with the batting order by promoting Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the second one-dayer, ahead of Yuvraj Singh and holding back himself too. Why none is raising the bogey of experiments against Dravid and Ravi Shastri now?
One reason and the obvious one is that India has won both these matches. In India, critics often fail to take notice of the fact every team makes changes to the batting order, which will be necessitated by the weather, rival bowling, game situation, available resources and level of fitness.
There are no rescue forces around in Indian cricket still it is good that young Piyush Chawla got an opportunity to play in his first one-day international in Mirapur.
That’s also part of the continuing experiments in Indian cricket.
Youngsters should get their chances and that’s the whole point of the BCCI sticking to the schedule in this sweltering heat in Bangladesh.

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