Crowe is ready to rebuild from scratch
A man of innovative ideas on the fast-changing dynamics of cricket, Martin Crowe landed for the IPL extravaganza as Chief Cricket Officer of Royal Challengers Bangalore with huge hopes amidst massive hype.
Barely two weeks into the league, the affable Kiwi found out that what he had occupied was a hot seat with each single game a tightrope walk between glory and agony. After an ignominious inaugural season, the former New Zealand skipper finds himself "hugely frustrated".
In an e-mail interview with TOI , Crowe felt that the team failed to achieve what he thinks is the defining principle of T20 cricket. "T20 is all about maintaining massive intensity and as a team, we never reached that," lamented the head of the the Bangalore support staff.
On the most widely-used adage 'a Test team in T20 clothes', Crowe more or less agreed with the criticism by refusing to buy the argument that a good Test batsman can always adapt to any sort of the game. "You have to be naturally suited to T20," he dwelled. Reflecting on the poor show by his team, which could manage only four wins from 14 matches and just one in seven home games, Crowe believed it was not only the batsmen who had let the team down.
"The bowlers were equally disappointing given the bowler-friendly wickets they had to bowl on in home games," he explained. The 46-year-old also agreed that the Bangalore team relied too much on experienced campaigners when the other teams opted to blood young talents even in the initial stages of the league.
On the selection of the playing eleven, Crowe refused to take the blame and added that role of each member of the support staff was strictly defined. "But, we could never find a good enough playing eleven anyway," he rued.
On a query on three players he would have loved to have in his squad taking into account the performances so far in the league, Crowe went for the Australian trio of Shane Warne, Shane Watson (both Team Jaipur) and Shaun Marsh (Team Mohali). Looking ahead to the next season, Crowe was candid in stating that the team has "to start completely from scratch.
He also stated in the affirmative on the need to have a wider talent hunt, particularly on the domestic front. He also agreed that identifying lesser known overseas talents such as Shaun Marsh could be an important factor in team composition.