LOOKING AT THE FUTURE-THE SENIORS SAGA 0

IT SEEMS AS IF THE SENIOR-JUNIOR DISCUSSION HAS TAKEN OVER THE CONCEPT OF PERFORMANCE BASED SELECTION.THE BCCI HAS NOW,IT SEEMS,FINALLY DECIDED TO BE UNFAZED BY THE BIG NAMES AND HAS STARTED TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE PROSPECTS OF THE COUNTRY,THOSE WHO WILL REPRESENT OUR COUNTRY IN THE HOME WORLD CUP.THE SAME WORLD CUP FOR WHICH MILLIONS AND BILLIONS OF OUR CRICKET-LOVERS DIE FOR.
BUT A QUESTION DOES ARISE.IT IS VERY FINE TO LOOK INTO THE FUTURE AND HAVE YOUNG BLOOD ALREADY INCORPORATED SO THAT IT DOESN”T BECOME THE SAME CONDITION AS THE AUSSIES ARE FACING RIGHT NOW.IT IS GOOD TO HAVE YOUNGSTERS LIKE ROHIT AND RAINA IN THE SIDE.BUT ONE DOES WONDER THAT WHAT ELSE DOES A MAN LIKE SAURAV GANGULY NEED TO DO?IS IT FAIR ENOUGH TO LEAVE SUCH A PERFORMING MAN OUT OF THE TEAM?WHAT MAKES IT WORSE IS THAT HE HAD MADE IT TO THE TEAM WITH GREAT AMOUNT OF PAIN AND SOME LUCK TOO.AND NOW THAT HE HAS AGAIN BEEN DROPPED,AND THE YOUNGSTERS TOO PERFORMING WELL AND TO TOP IT ALL,WINNING THE SERIES;WILL HE EVER BE ABLE TO COME BACK IN THE TEAM?IS IT ALL THAT WE HAVE SEEN OF GREAT PLAYERS LIKE GANGULY AND INDIA”S MOST DEPENDABLE OVERSEAS BATSMAN-RAHUL DRAVID?
THE REASON WHY I AM RAISING THIS ISSUE IS THAT NOW NO ONE IS TALKING ABOUT THEM AS WE HAVE TASTED VICTORY.BUT I AM COMPLETELY SURE THAT HAD WE LOST THE SERIES,ALL THE EXPERTS WOULD HAVE RAISED QUESTIONS IN THEIR COLUMNS ASKING-“WHERE ARE THE SENIORS?”,”INDIA DID MISS SENIORS”;AND THINGS LIKE THIS.IT IS IMPORTANT TO REALISE THAT PERFORMANCE IS THE BASIS AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE MAKING A COMPLETELY YOUNG TEAM.
THEY HAVE BEEN GREAT PLAYERS,INFACT OUR MASCOTS OF CRICKET.THEY HAVE RULED THE HEARTS OF MILLIONS FOR A DECADE.THEY HAVE CAPTAINED OUR TEAM AND THEY HAVE MADE US PROUD.THEY HAVE TO BE TREATED WELL.IF THEY AREN”T GOOD ENOUGH IN THE EYES OF SELECTORS,THEY MUST BE TOLD WITH DUE AMOUNT OF RESPECT.ATLEAST THEY DESERVE A GREAT FAREWELL.THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED SELFLESSLY,MUST BE GIVEN A NICE AND WARM FAREWELL.
DON”T YOU AGREE WITH THIS?I STRONGLY BELIEVE THAT WE NEED THEM ONE LAST TIME SO THAT THEY ARE NOT LEFT UNHAPPY AND UNSATISFIED.