Sachin Tendulkar‘s decision to turn down the offer to be the Test captain of the Indian cricket team for the third time, has turned conventional cricketing wisdom on its head. On the one hand, the single-point agenda of BCCI chief Sharad Pawar and chairman of selectors, Dilip Vengsarkar, seemed to have been to install the “Bandra Bomber” once again at the helm. But Sachin’s decision, citing personal reasons, changes the plot a bit and throws open the third most important job in the country.
Questions: Was Sachin right in listening to his “inner voice” or wrong? Has the manner in which senior players like Rahul Dravid have been treated been “The Colonel” a motivating factor? Or was the fact that he was up against Pakistan and mighty Australia at the fag end of his career, which could alter the manner in which people view his legacy, behind the move? Should one-day and T20 captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni take on the mantle? Or is the time ripe for the ethereal Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman?