For the first time in his career as captain Rahul Dravid goofed when it came to responding to queries from the press. When asked about the team manager’s report referring to the spat between Chappel and Sehwag, the otherwise suave and composed captain lost his cool and verbally shot the messenger, Chetan Desai, instead of responding to the issue at hand. No matter what the qualifications of the team manager might be, he was just performing an operational responsibility. In this capacity he is clearly entitled to his opinions and interpretations of happenings in the dressing room. The truth is that Mr. Desai found some issues and he reported them. One can understand Dravid taking issue with the fact that the report was leaked. But attacking Mr. Desai’s credentials was totally uncalled for. Does it really matter what his cricketing credentials are? If his credentials are an issue, Dravid should take up the issue with the Board rather than attack him in public!
In any case, it is good to know that Dravid stands up for his men. One can only hope that in backing Sehwag to the hilt, India’s most reliable man has not made an unreliable bet.