Only two Indian Test players have ever left a series overseas – Lala Amarnath and Navjot Singh Sidhu. Both were branded as villains, and traitors… and this gentleman leaves a series, that too as captain, and is then eulogized!
His seventh Test series defeat in three and a half years, and we say his ‘brand’ is still intact. He had not played any competitive cricket for two months before the second Test, and we take him back as both captain and player.
Pataudi as captain lost three overseas tours spread over five years – West Indies, England, and Australia – he then led us to our first overseas Test tour victory ever, against New Zealand in early ‘68 –and for the next overseas tour, he is sacked.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni chooses to exit before he is removed – and with arrogance, such blind faith in his image.
He should be banned from representing India ever again. He has not only broken his contract, he has broken a sacred bond with those of us who truly love Indian cricket and he does not give a damn. Why? Because he is the corporate favourite, the boss’ and the bosses’ favourite, and for them losing or winning is not important, it is all ‘brand’ and money and such total and utter rubbish.