Apropos History Walked This Way (Feb 13), Suresh Menon goes haywire in his defence of the trinity. Even if it is to be granted that a counter to the media’s uncouth panning of the trio was due, he hasn’t gotten anywhere close to either explaining the debacle or outlining a way out of the morass. The trinity came to be despite Indian cricket. The future too shall come to pass.
B.C. Veeraraj Urs, Mysore
Suresh Menon’s piece is an eye-opener for fans and cricketers alike. Perhaps, the two deserve each other. Cricketers are a little too greedy and fans a little too thankless.
Javed Mohd, Delhi
With the bats hogging all the limelight, what has always been overlooked is the role played by India’s greatest match-winner, Anil Kumble, in scripting some memorable away Test wins. From 2002 till his retirement in 2008, Kumble has figured in 14 away wins. The attendant stats are compelling: 72 wickets at an average of 22.37 runs.
R. Raja, Thiruvananthapuram
It’s not just that the trinity is not making runs. They slow down the fielding, leak at least 20 runs per wicket and bring down the overall enthusiasm of the team.
Bharat Paul, San Francisco
It’s time for the trinity to call it a day and make way for young blood. They can do better as coaches or consultants or even mentors.
Subbu C.K. Jayant, Mumbai
Suresh Menon's piece is an eye-opener. Eye-opener for both fans and for cricketers themselves. Perhaps cricketers and their fans deserve each other. Cricketers are little too greedy and fans little too unthanking. After reading this piece I am much wiser.
With the batsmen hogging the limelight, what is always overlooked is the role of India's greatest match winner, viz., Anil Kumble. Indians owe a debt of gratitude to this modest and self effacing but fiercely competitive cricketer. In the away victories of India since 2002 till his retirement in 2008 Kumble has figured in 14 away matches won by India. The stats are compelling. 72 wickets at an average of 22.37 runs.
It is natural that as a cricketer gets older, his foot-work and his reflexes suffer. To check that out we have domestic tournaments. Unfortunately, the established players are playing so any international matches, they don't have time o play in domestic tournaments. Case in point, in just concluded Ranji Trophy and on going Dulip Trophy tournaments almost no established player was featured .
If the three retire or made to, at once, then not only Hisory but also Future will walk away with them leaving a fragile backbone for the Test Cricket Team of India.
Krishna Pavan, Vijayawada
" Dravid has scored more runs for India than Tendulkar in the same period, a statistic that is not widely known or appreciated." The reason this statistic is not appreciated is because Dravid has scored only 447 test runs more than Sachin and played 32 more innings, at an average of 14, ignoring not outs. Hardly something worth celebrating. And in the 146 test matches that they have played together in, Sachin has scored 692 more runs, batting in five fewer innings. Why make such a misleading statement in an article that is meant to remind us what this 'trinity' has achieved not too long ago?
its not just that trinity taking not making runs, they slow down the fielding, leak 20 at least runs per person in a test match, bring down the overall enthusiam of the team(They already have done many tours and no excitement for them but just another day). Given the indian culture of seniors demanding respect (keeping distance) from juniors, it also mean non- congenial atmosphere in the dressing room..
“If the word ‘IMMORTALITY’ is valid only in English Dictionaries, let us accept that it won’t make any sense in the Cricket Field either.”
"and by 19 had made centuries in both England and Australia." huh? still sucking up to the white man? i don't see such "praise" in english or australian papers for their batsmen making runs here. and in case menon doesn't know, lillee's figures in the subcontinent were 3 for 303. no one in those countries rate him based on that. for ef's sake, when are we going to get some pride?
Cricket lovers’ only wish is that all the three, Tendulkar, Dravid and Laxman, make the right decisions about retirement from international cricket. Timing is very crucial, as it is while choosing a shot. Unfortunately, the current series has been disastrous for all the three and there is little guarantee that the one day series will change things for Tendulkar much. Let us only hope that they bid good bye in a cordial way!
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