Thursday, October 18, 2007

Selectorial shenanigans and name games

The only absolute truism in Indian cricket is that your selection to the team depends a lot more on who you, let me rephrase depends on who knows you rather than any on-field talent that you may possess.

Read this fine piece by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan regarding how the teams were selected for the ongoing Challenger series and you will understand what I mean. The absolute kicker for me is that a player with just 2 first-class centuries (yes, just TWO) is a shoe-in for all the prestigious sub-Test teams simply because of who his father is.

Shakespeare probably did not factor in nepotism when he wrote about roses being roses and smelling just as sweet. The stench here is definitely not rosy.

1 comment:

Rajanikanth Jayaseelan said...

Ah This is depressing. Really.