I wrote this some days back.
Post India’s tour of Pakistan every thing has gone wrong in Indian cricket. From being the 2nd best side in the world in 2003 they have crashed to being number 8. When I say every thing, I do mean every thing. The World Cup is in 2007 as we all know and it is now or never for repairing, and mending which will hopefully lead to India going from strength to strength in 2007.
Making people captain for a series or two is not a solution to the problem. It only makes it much more complex. Looking at all the possible options, we have:
Ganguly – A successful captain but some one who is a liability if not batting well and just captaining the side. A wonderful asset as even a batsman alone, India would be well served if the guy can concentrate on bringing back his batting to the desired level.
Tendulkar – Despite a poor run with the captaincy, has a very good cricket mind. But with his batting in a soup, it is a bigger priority area that the guy comes good in batting.
Kaif/other alternatives – May become a good captain. Some people like Sehwag, Yuvraj may also. Who knows. But does India want to take such a risk of causing further turmoil less than 2 years before the World Cup? Not really.
Kumble – Viable for the captaincy. Certainly a better candidate than the above people mentioned if the Indian team management feel he has a spot guaranteed in the team. But if they do not with Harbhajan and other possible players, the spot cannot go to him.
Dravid – The only viable option then.
A captain, Dravid, Ganguly or any one else should be immediately decided till World Cup 2007 and a lot of unnecessary confusion can be sorted as a result of it.
Other areas to focus:
I suggest people take the issues in different posts or with clear subheadings. I havent gone into them yet.
Basically how the period till before 2007 should go for the one day team so that it can be best for India as a team.