Dissection of an email - When the captian gets nervous...

The full text of the email is available on DNA (never visited that site before). I am going to start dissecting the email with the piece where I think Greg Chappell is being a bit unfair in his criticism of Saurav.
I also told Sourav that his nervous state was affecting the team in other ways as he was prone to panic during pressure situations in games and that his nervous demeanour was putting undue pressure on the rest of the team. His nervous pacing of the rooms during our batting in the final plus his desire to change the batting order during our innings in the final had also contributed to nervousness in the players waiting to go in to bat. His reluctance to bat first in games I suggested was also giving wrong signals to the team and the opposition and his nervousness at the crease facing bowlers like Shane Bond from NZ was also affecting morale in the dressing room.

Well, that IS Saurav. He has always been like this and will probably be the same forever. When has he ever been comfortable facing bowlers like Bond? When has he shown composure during crunch games? He is not exactly an ice-man like Waugh, he is more like Nass Hussain. You cant really hold his "nervousness" against him. The team knows it and the same combination has performed well before, there is no reason why they should let it (Saurav's nervousness) affect them now.

I agree that a captain's body language is very important, but there are lots of leaders and athletes out there who revel in the feeling (of nervousness), use the "energy" to their advantage and bring out their best. Debatable topic.. yes, but not something which should be held against Saurav's ability to lead the side.

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Blogger Stu 3:46 PM

Does India really want a captain in the mould of Nassar Hussain? Your comparison may be accurate, but I don't think it is a justification for his captaincy - if it's accurate, I couldn't blame Chappell for wanting to get rid of him.    



Blogger vishnupavan 8:33 AM

Yeah.. I dont blame Chappell for wanting to get rid of Saurav either..
And yes, I would take a Steve Waugh for a Nass Hussain as the Indian captain anyday.. the motive of the post was just that Saurav's ouster shouldn't be based on the point that he gets nervous.. There are way too many other factors for which Saurav has to quit..    



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