If you were one of the few who heaved a sigh of relief that Indian cricket is in the right hands with the inclusion of the venerable Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman by the BCCI to improve India's chances of victory abroad, you were not the only one. But sadly this is just the armchair enthusiast's hope in expert wisdom and some lazy star worship thrown in.
While the three batting legends are bound to be useful with their tips, the way players play cricket stays on the field and not in the craniums of the three wise men in the dressing room.
The reliance on expert wisdom as a means to ensure victory instead of adding to the confidence and performance of the current playing lot by whatever measure is an Indian truism. A better example to illustrate this is in the field of medicine. In the 1980s and 1990s, if one suffered mild pain in the chest one scurried to the MBBS doctor, the general practitioner, who checked one out and then recommended if tests were needed and if a specialist should have a look. But now, there's no GP - it's rival hospital chains opening franchise clinics in every nook and cranny of the city and suburbs. And if one lands up with the aforementioned mild chest pain in the new clinic, nobody less than a cardiologist will tap one's chest. And the tests, an ECG is damn mandatory. The rest lurk about and wait their turn, depending upon how panic stricken one looks and how often one verbally requests divine intervention.
There is controversy over the BCCI cold-shoulder to Rahul Dravid in not including him. The Wall is in the running to take over as the coach of the under-19 team.
The India coach is a hot job to hold, ask any Indian or foreign coach, including the much maligned Greg Chappell. Is the BCCI lowering pressure on expectations from Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman by democratising a job that has seen despots turn lacklustre players into shining diamonds? Democracy works but not in sport.
The legends’ committee has done their bit for India. It's Kohli and co's turn now and they will win or lose matches. With or without the experts.