Easwaran Pits Alpha Male Captain Against Selectors
Chairman Chetan Sharma has bridged the communication gap between the national selectors and the squad management, including the captain. Kohli, Virat This isn’t the first time a controversial choice like Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran has been made.
And it won’t be the last time in Indian cricket that alpha male captains clash with wise individuals with an “authoritarian reputation.” This is a good moment to examine some of the classics that have gained a lot of traction throughout the years.
Handsome Man Born and Raised in Kolkata
aBengal had a wicketkeeper of Parsi ancestry named Rusi Jeejebhoy, a gorgeous man born and reared in Kolkata, from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. He appeared in 46 first-class games and had a batting average of 10.46, which he described as “awful.” Even if batting was not considered a fundamental skill for keepers, Farooq Engineer was in a different league.
There was a spot for a third wicketkeeper for the historic 1971 West Indies tour and a Duleep Trophy match between the East and the West, which was led by the stylish Bihar batsman Ramesh Saxena and Daljit Singh (after being recognized as the BCCI’s top curator). In 1970, they were playing at the Brabourne Stadium in a Duleep Trophy match.
“The chairman of the selection committee, late Vijay Merchant (an icon of the Parsi community) called Ramesh Bhai, a good gentleman, just before the toss. “He instructed Ramesh Bhai to play Daljit as the batsman and choose Russi as the keeper. If someone of Mr. Merchant’s stature requested, Ramesh What could the brother do?”
“We knew that Kiri (Syed Kirmani) would be dropped. A day before the team selection, some players came up and said, ‘Sambaran we know you are in the team, we need treatment.
“I must have spent around Rs 400 (a considerable amount in those days) to take some boys out for dinner and the next day, Reddy’s name was on the list. I think he did 30 odd in 4 Tests (38) scored runs,” one could guess the hurt in Banerjee’s voice.