Wright not right
Former Indian cricket coach John Wright's book `Indian Summers' has stirred a hornet's nest. After enjoying a successful stint in India, Wright was expected to keep certain matters to himself. Nonetheless the current team management and players are best advised to look ahead and not ponder over Wright's utterances.
This has reference to the article about the Indian team selection for World Cup 2007 and the Champions Trophy. I feel it is unnecessary to bring Anil Kumble into the one-dayers when the team has been playing without him for a year now. Harbhajan Singh is there and there are other spin options for the captain. It is better to preserve Kumble for the Tests. Can there be a better example than Shane Warne?
The BCCI has for reasons best known to it made the cricket probables undergo rigorous physical training that is best suited for candidates selected for the defence services. From what little was shown on the electronic media, the secret training appeared to have no relevance to cricket.
A champion player
Nirmal Shekar's tribute to Sir Garfield Sobers on his 70th birthday (The Hindu, July 28) was indeed soul-stirring. The description of the romantic era revolving around its chief champion Sobers took my breath away. What added to the greatness of Sobers was that he had played at a time when such protective gears as seen today were not in vogue.
Ranji Philip Stephen,
Use Tendulkar sparingly
Sachin Tendulkar should be used sparingly so that his fitness can be judged. It would be better for Tendulkar to prepare himself for bigger challenges such as the World Cup next year.
We now have two world champions in shooting Abhinav Bindra and Manavjit Singh. They certainly deserve the best coverage possible.