Girilal Jain, the late editor of The Times of India, once wrote that in India i.e. Bharat, politics sets the pace, everything else follows in its wake. And as a grieving nation comes to terms with the sudden and untimely demise of its leathery hopes, we are seeing that prognosis play out in full. The coach is blaming the players. The players are blaming the coach. The board is blaming everybody except itself.
Greg Chappell‘s leak that the senior players were acting like a “mafia” has drawn a full-blooded response from Sachin Tendulkar, who has said that never once in his 17-year career had his attitude been questioned. Is Chappell pitting player vs player to save his skin? Or are some players—with the silent OK of their puppeteers in the Board—playing politics to pull Chappell and Rahul Dravid down? Who is telling the truth? Chappell or Sachin? Or is it ridiculous to question the Master Blaster’s commitment just because some white-skinned man tells us so?