There have been a lot of discussions going on about captaincy of
the Indian team. These are my views on the same topic.
1. The loss of the Indian team in the Aus series, B&H and WC series
can't be blamed totally on Azhar's captaincy. ie. there is no
point in making his captaincy the scape goat for all these losses.
2. The lack of coherence between players is to be blamed on Azhar's
captaincy. Similarly his inability to motivate and bring the best
out of them, were limitations of his captaincy.
3. Azhar was too adamant on many issues, for example he was so
adamant in not to receive advice from senior players. This was
very well pointed out by Ian Chappell in one of his articles
in India Today. In the latest News India there is an article which
say he use to take most of his advice from Tendulkar and he use to
ignore seniors completely. Baig himself, in a interview given at
New Delhi said Azhar needs to learn a lot about captaincy. He said
the seniors should have adviced him on the field atleast.
4. If there is a basic resentment among players about the captain, it
will be better to change him, otherwise it will affect team-spirit.
If such a resentment exists, each player will play for his own
good than for the team.
5. The worst thing to happen during the world cup was the day to day
interference of BCCI in running the show. A friend of mine has an
article from a leading Indian news paper which says, the board
members used to call the Indian manager before every world cup
match and demand that he needs such and such player to be
played for this match. This sort of behaviour from the board
members were unfortunate. Even if you have the worlds best captain
and manager in the Indian side, it is not going to do any good if
the board interferes like this. Then, why is the team managment
6. Azhar may not be a great captain, may be he doesn't have the stuff
to be a great captain, a lot of things necessary to be a good
captain comes through experience, some people have leadership
qualities born with-in them, some develops these traits as they
move along. Azhar to me is not one of those born with leadership
qualities, but I think he is one of those who is developing those
traits as he moves along. But things he should know is, not to
develop that resentment among player, give senior players the
respect they owe, try to get as much advice from them (because
none of them are going to give to him unless and until he
approaches them). He should learn to earn respect and not to
7. In my personal opinion, not because of the losses, but because he
has developed that resentment and has lost that faith in his
fellow players, it is time to give him a break. I think it will
be a good idea to bring Kapil back as the captain and make Azhar
his v.captain. Shastri because of so many obvious reasons, doesn't
think to be a good candidate for these positions. Let us say
Kapil plays for another 3-4 years, by that time he can mould the
present young Indian team and by making Azhar his deputy
can learn a few tricks from that veteran. So by the time Kapil
retires Azhar will be much more ready than he is now. By
bringing Kapil back we are not repeating the same mistake we did
in 87. Instead, if they bring a new guy(for agrument sake let us
say Manjerekar) as the captain then we are repeating the same
mistake. In that case we will be better off retaining Azhar himself.