Saturday, September 30, 2006

Chappell and Dravid can't flex this

They were seeing the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies as the hour of reckoning. But eight defeats in the last 14 matches, including five in a row to the West Indies, has backdated the crunch situation by six months. That is, to just about now.

The team's recent showing has left coach Greg Chappell and captain Rahul Dravid with little choice: they have to deliver the goods in the ICC Champions Trophy, on in India from October 7-November 5. Now consider this: India has never won the Champions trophy outright, having lost to New Zealand in the Nairobi final in 2000 and shared the title with Sri Lanka in a rain-hit tournament in the island nation in 2002.

Is the team ready to improve on that? Well, going by the trough it slipped into in the West Indies and the inertia it displayed in the DLF Cup in Kuala Lumpur last month, it will take one hell of a standing leap for Team India to come out of this one.

Read more as Outlook demands that Chappell and Dravid have to deliver. And now.