Thursday, March 12, 2009

Vice Captain / Captain - What Are You?

You're not that talented but break into South Africa's strong middle order.

You become one of the mainstays of their batting line up.

You out-shine Kallis and bore the crap out of viewers with your long and slow innings.

You are elevated to the Vice Captaincy.

Your tag of being a test player does not get you a bid at the IPL auction.

You are your country's best test batsman.

You injure your thumb.

A young promising batsman replaces you in the middle order and makes his mark.

You are fit again but lose your place in the team.

But you're still Vice Captain.

The captain gets injured mid way during a test and is ruled out for the next test.

The opener is dropped from the team for the next test.

You make your return to the team as an opener and the captain.

You were the Vice Captain so obviously you would be the captain in the original captain's absence.

24 hours later the selectors decide that you need to focus on your new opening role and should not be burdened with the captaincy.

So its taken away from you.

But are you still the Vice Captain?

Should we be happy for you or feel sorry for you?

Make your pitch on this post...

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  1. Anonymous said...

    You're known as mittens.

  2. Unknown said...

    Isn't he a quota Vice Captain anyway.. so when he got injured the only choices for VC would have been - Ntini (formerly convicted rapist), Duminy (on debut) or possibly Amla (wrong minority) so the easiest way out was to leave it with prince despite his not playing.

    The Springboks did the same thing with a Hooker called Chillyboy Rapelle, captained South Africa now can't get a start for his province.

  3. Anonymous said...

    Poor guy... not long ago he was saving their arses every match... boring but got the results.

    There sure is trouble brewing in the camp.

  4. achettup said...

    It was daft to bring back someone who didn't even make the final eleven as captain, they might as well have gone with, omg I've forgotten his name already, the guy who captained the ODI squad in the Aus :D. Having said that, there is no way they should have been playing McKenzie ahead of Prince.

  5. Ankit Poddar said...

    the curious case of ashwell prince, the man with the broken thumb?!

  6. Q said...

    Mittens he is Jrod..

    @Moses: Im not too sure if he was a quota VC.. was he really?

  7. Q said...

    Scorps - is it really trouble? Something like this in India or Pakistan wud have definitely meant politics, trouble in the camp and all that.. but SA somehow seem to come out of it.. they had Botha captaining Boucher and Kallis and still beat the Aussies 4-1 in the ODIs..

  8. Q said...

    That was Botha Achettup.. they've got him as captain for the T20s.. i guess he'll captain the ODIs as well..

  9. Q said...

    No more broken thumb Ankit.

  10. Gaurav Sethi said...

    when they suck, they suck harder than anybody.

  11. Anonymous said...

    He's had some bad luck all right.

    Starting off when he got named Ashwell.

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