I am no fan of this format - but the love for the game & the amount leadership activities that go in to the sport keeps me glued.
The format has players from different cities/regions playing for different city-teams. As such my loyalty lies with Amchi Mumbai's own team.
Some Leadership thoughts -
- I thought it was a great move by Sachin to opt out of captaincy & just enjoy cricket. That what his millions of fans like him to do. Also, it is quite obvious though he is a legend, he is no great manager, or captain. A cricket captain is more a manager, than a leader, though it involves leadership skills.
- But the choice of Harbhajan as captain, was not very convincing. He surely is past his prime, as a player. He is no strategist, like Saurav, to make up for the deficiency as a player. In previous matches, he was struggling for wickets...!
- In that context, it was a great move to open bowling yesterday, VS Deccan Chargers. Bhajji gave the impression of 'leading from the front' (cliched, sorry!). Even though in the initial overs a low-ranked team like DC will anyways be tentative ( it would have been a different story if Viru was batting ). Neverthless, it helped him to some extend and the team, a lot.
- The overall body language of the players was a lot positive. It showed in their fielding too, stopping some tough ones and holding on literally to few caches - the smile was back on their faces!
- Perhaps that positive frame of mind saw them through the match. They did not panic, fortunately.
- But Sachin and Rohit should have played a more responsible innings, as the team needed their techniques on a juicy wicket.
- Sadly, they rank very low on Fairplay table too. No excuse here. The team captain needs to take responsibility and ensure same. But to expect from a mercurial Bhajji would be too much. Here Sachin should play the mentor-role, support Bhajji.
- The team won yesterday, but missed an opportunity to improve average, which could be very crucial in days to come.
- Mumbai Indians are yet to come together as a powerful unit, though it has some great talent. Don't seem to be champion material yet