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lesson 1: do not blame your team

A blog by Â(c)hinaman:

In a tournament considered of little significance
an outcome of the final match was too obviously predictable. Or was it?
Victorius pakistan team
A team,
so convincingly beaten less than a week ago,
put all their problems,
all their criticisms behind them
and played the traditional 50 over cricket;
to win in style, to turn the tables on their perhaps overconfident opponents.
A victory thoroughly deserved even if only for their application to their individual tasks.

And lets face it, the scorebooks will show it was a 25 run defeat,
their batsman in form retired with cramps just when he was about to explode
and there were atleast two, maybe three LBWs appeals, that should have gone against us.

The finger of blame

And in expected fashion, the finger of blame is being pointed …

Dhoni blames batsmen after loss
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed the heart-breaking 25-run loss to Pakistan in the tri-series final in Dhaka on Saturday on the top-order’s failure to build solid partnerships, while admitting that he too committed a couple of tactical blunders.

Lesson No 1: Mr Dhoni

The instant you accepted the captaincy,
you also accepted the responsibility of the players’ performance and the team results.

A captain should never blame his team.

It is irresponsible of you to blame the defeat on the batsman.
When you lose, do not start pointing the finger of blame at anyone.
I would have expected you to have learnt from the mistakes of your immediate predecessor.

The ‘team’ lost.
A team is not only the batsmen,
but also the bowlers, fielders and a captain.

That team lost because they let the opponents, who were 100/1 at halfway mark, reach 315.
A team, where 5 bowlers conceeded 156 runs for no wickets in 15 overs, an ER of 11.
A team of youngsters, who you told us would justify their selection on the field.
They didn’t.

You chose the team, Mr Dhoni. You chose the entire squad.
Those 156 runs is your failure – you got your bowling lineup horribly wrong.

You decided on field placements that could not contain their batsmen.

You decided on the batting order too, that could not deliver in the circumstances.
It is for you to know every batsman’s capabilities, experience, form and his mindset
before you decide on the batting order, not after.
It is not a ‘gut’ thing.

This is not a lesson of how to play, to hoick sixes,
it is a lesson in how to be a true leader your players will look up to.

The buck, as they say Mr Dhoni, stops with you.



  1. Posted June 16, 2008 at 3:07 am | Permalink

    Yes, i agree.

    If you can take the win’s effort why not accept lost’s blame.

    In real there is nothing like a stick of magic. Here in media said earlier, Dhoni has a stick of magic. Whenever he rotates his bowler, they provide the wickets. Yesterday was just opposite. Whatever they used it made situtation more worse.

  2. Posted June 16, 2008 at 11:38 am | Permalink

    Thanks Hitesh,
    For stopping by.

    Dhoni needed to learn that he has a lot more to learn.
    I hope this defeat makes him realise it.

    Magic sticks, and instincts can win a match or two.
    But not all.

    It suddenly focusses on how important a role Tendulkar played in our victory in Australia. It was not the young brigade.