Prem Panicker on his blog writes about the recent Ind vs WI test match

 Windies 318/6 in 82 overs at stumps

A distinct lack of imagination characterized the captaincy, and the team performance, in the third session of the day – all the more regrettable given that India got the breakthrough they needed to the first ball after the break.

Anil Kumble opened the session with a well directed flipper that hustled on off the deck, beating Ramnaresh Sarwan’s tentative push and nailing him bang in front of the wickets in the leggie’s most favored mode of dismissal (58/110; 182/4).

Given that start, you would expect the team to have attacked at the other end too, with the only seamer to have shown enough skill and mental strength for the job – but Dravid opted first for VRV Singh, then Sreesanth, rather than Munaf Patel …..
Dwayne Bravo, who bats in the tradition of the majestic West Indians of the 70s and 80s, underlined the folly of that move, whipping the seam bowlers off his pads, driving him through mid off, then clipping him again through the leg side for fours in one over (the 53rd) as the bowler appeared increasingly frustrated and out of touch.

The single biggest folly, though, had already been committed 48 hours previously when the captain and coach opted to ‘rest’ Harbhajan Singh

Which brings up yet another mistake – over the past one year, one of the lessons you would think had been rubbed in time and again is that Mohammad Kaif, for all his skills in the outfield, is no good as a close in fielder.

The key point, that Kaif never stays still as close catchers need to, but keeps bouncing around on his toes, has been made often enough by television commentators, print and net reporters, but apparently, Dravid neither read, nor heard, nor noticed the number of chances Kaif had let go whenever he was tried in that position.


Well, we all know, Dravid is not going be as great a captain as Sourav and Kaif is no good for international cricket (and selectors are a$$holes)