Indian Cricket Team Captaincy, the glorious but controversial part of Indian Cricket

There have been numerous captaincy and selection disputes in Indian cricket’s long history. The Maharaja of Patiala was chosen captain when India played its first Test match in England in 1932, but it was Col. C.K. Nayudu who led the squad onto the field. Maharaja of Patiala and Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram, two of the game’s principal funders, had a role in who was chosen.

NKP Salve, the BCCI president, asked the Chandu Borde-led selection committee to rethink removing Kapil Dev from the third Test after he had hit a “bad shot” to go out during the 1984 home series against David Gower’s England.

Borde inquired if including the ace all-rounder was a directive. When Salve answered no, the selection committee “unanimously” upheld its decision, and Kapil was unable to participate in the Kolkata Test.

  • Lala Amarnath

Lala Amarnath, one of India’s most illustrious cricketers, is most known for making the country’s maiden Test century. His cricket career, on the other hand, was marked by controversy, with his first spell as captain ending in a ban for misbehaviour and breach of discipline. After a few years, he was promoted to captain, but he was fed up with internal politics once more, and he resigned in wrath. Lala’s relationship with Indian cricket did not end there, as he went on to become a selector. Surinder and Mohinder Amarnath, two of his kids, were both cricket players for India.

  • Mohammad Azharuddin

After being found guilty of match-fixing, Mohammad Azharuddin’s Test career came to an end after 99 matches. Many of India’s finest batsmen and bowlers, including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and Anil Kumble, rediscovered their A-game under Azharuddin’s instruction. It’s a shame that such a talented batter had to quit the game in such a humiliating manner.

  • Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly is credited with transforming Indian cricket and transforming it into a force to be reckoned with, particularly in international conditions. People grew up watching him and Sachin Tendulkar start the batting for India, and people could watch highlights of their partnerships all day. Later, all know Ganguly as ‘Dada,’ one of India’s most successful captains who seized the helm during a tough period for the cricketing nation (the match-fixing era).

Unfortunately, under Ganguly’s leadership, India was unable to win the World Cup, losing in the finals to Australia in 2003. The lowest moment in his career came when he was dropped from the team coached by Greg Chappell (he was playing badly as a batsman), and while he did return to cricket – it was only as a player.

  • Present Scenario

The captaincy dispute between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma has added yet another melodramatic, but needless chapter to Indian cricket. The controversy reflects badly on BCCI management, especially after they dismissed a media storey in September that Kohli was considering stepping down as T20 captain after the World Cup.

While Kohli’s plainspokenness has left Ganguly in hot water and the knives are drawn, two things remain unaddressed. First, did the selection committee, which was ostensibly independent, seek instructions from the BCCI, and if so, why? Second, did Ganguly direct the chairman of the selection committee to replace Kohli with Rohit Sharma?

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