The 59-year-old Pataudi has begun to take an curiosity in cricket after having stayed away from the sport for just a few years. His exploits are legendary and his knowledge of nice worth.
In this unique interview to Sportstar, Pataudi shares his views on numerous elements of the sport, from the previous and current.
Your final public look on a cricket discipline was in 1975. How has life been since then?
After I retired from cricket, I did lot of writing for a sports activities journal in Calcutta. Then I did so much of commentary, each for BBC and Doordarshan. I used to be concerned as a referee for some matches between England and Australia. It was solely in the previous few years I didn’t comply with cricket that carefully. I couldn’t have taken any curiosity in commentary as a result of if you’re probably not following the sport, it turns into troublesome to commentate.
But lately I’ve gotten concerned on this web site of The Hindustan Times and have began to take an curiosity within the recreation. It (curiosity) has revived. Sometimes you lose curiosity and then it comes again. If you will have performed for a very long time, it’s pure that you’re not that eager. You need a bit of a relaxation. But now I’m starting to take a eager curiosity in what’s occurring in cricket. I can’t watch an excessive amount of of one-day cricket. I feel I want to see just a few more Test matches come again.
Why did you not actively affiliate your self with cricket other than being a journalist and commentator?
It will not be appropriate to assume that simply since you occur to be a cricketer, you have to go into administration. Far from it, good sportsmen don’t develop into good directors. It will not be crucial that everybody who has performed the sport ought to develop into concerned within the administration angle.
Why have you ever at all times stayed away from the board?
I choose to avoid the board (Board of Control for Cricket in India) as a result of it entails a good quantity of politics. If you wish to get into the board, it’s important to win elections. And I do know that if it’s important to win elections, it’s important to canvass. Once you begin canvassing, then it’s important to return favours. It turns into a giant circle and I needed to remain out of it, that’s all.
MAK Pataudi: I used to be concerned in my very own priorities after the sport and I believed being a selector would have taken away a lot of my time that I wouldn’t have been capable of do what I believed was precedence work. – THE HINDU ARCHIVES
Could you not have served cricket as a selector or a coach?
No. I’ll let you know why. For teaching, it’s important to be a professional coach. Certainly, through the years you probably have performed as a lot cricket as some others have, then you might recognise a very good participant from a nasty participant so simply. But being a selector takes an extended time. There is so much of travelling on this nation. At least after I was enjoying, the communication was not superb. All this enterprise of the Internet had not are available. A phone name generally took 5 – 6 hours to get by, in the event you obtained by that day. It was very troublesome to speak. I didn’t actually have the time. I used to be concerned in my very own priorities after the sport and I believed being a selector would have taken away a lot of my time that I wouldn’t have been capable of do what I believed was precedence work.
There was a very fashionable match in Bhopal. Why did you discontinue it?
That match was began by me within the good outdated days once we nonetheless had our privy purses and so on. And then the federal government determined to cast off the privy purses and minimize us off from that supply of revenue. And I discovered it troublesome to seek out sponsors to run that match in Bhopal as a result of Bhopal is a sort of place which doesn’t have an awesome deal of cash. So it needed to be cancelled, sadly. But there’s nonetheless cricket in Bhopal. I hold an eye fixed on it although I’m not personally concerned. People come and discuss to me about it. When I’m going there, I watch the cricket.
People nonetheless discuss your captaincy, batting and, of course, fielding. How a lot did you’re employed on it?
It wanted so much of onerous work. In our days, we didn’t play that a lot cricket, so it was a lot more troublesome to remain bodily match than maybe it’s now as a result of now it’s important to be bodily match all through. (In the) low season, it’s important to do so much of work to stay in form. Whatever you do, whether or not it’s cricket or any discipline of life, and if you wish to succeed, it’s important to have a bit of expertise and do so much of onerous work.
Did you realise the significance of good fielding on your individual?
I performed so much of cricket in England in my early life and folks used to take fielding severely. In India, it wasn’t taken severely till the ’60s. In (English) county cricket, we have been taught that fielding was essential, actually at least batting or bowling.
How did you handle to command respect in a workforce that had many seniors and exceptionally proficient gamers?
When I obtained the captaincy, I used to be the youngest, however then I turned captain by default and so much of the senior gamers supported me. Polly Umrigar and Vijay Manjrekar have been very supportive. There have been of course one or two who maybe thought that I had taken their place away, their rightful place away from them. I actually couldn’t do a lot about that and they might have felt disenchanted. But I obtained so much of assist from senior gamers whereas I used to be discovering my ft.
How a lot did your royal background aid you on this?
I don’t assume that background is all that essential. I feel what’s essential is that it’s important to be completely clear and no participant ought to really feel that you’re being biased in direction of him or discriminating towards him. And I don’t assume that required any variety of background to get that impression.
How would you evaluate cricket of your period with what we see in the present day?
One-day cricket has truly taken over. It is a special recreation completely. The bowler will not be speculated to take wickets however comprise the batsmen. The batsman can’t construct an innings. He will not be anticipated to remain there for 3 or 4 hours. So, he has to begin off fairly early, take pointless dangers and play photographs which he wouldn’t play usually. So, the entire emphasis has modified in that sense. I feel the fielding has develop into most essential, clearly. People are bodily fitter. The recreation is beneath more strain as a result of it’s performed so much. There is so much of travelling concerned. There is so much of cash concerned additionally. So, there’s more strain in that sense. It has develop into a commercialised recreation now like many different video games and one must be bodily and mentally a lot more match than maybe more than after I was enjoying.
Has commercialisation of the sport affected its attraction? Has it performed more hurt than good?
I feel when cash is available in, it’s certain to remove a certain quantity of romance from something. But I don’t assume truly cash itself has harmed the sport. One or two individuals who have entered into administration would have entered for the sake of the cash. That has harmed cricket. Perhaps one or two gamers have been a bit grasping over the previous few years and that has harmed the sport. But cash as such has not harmed cricket.
Why do you assume our cricketing icons haven’t been capable of encourage the standard ones to emerge from the amount?
I’ll let you know why. Because the essential amenities stay the identical. Nothing has modified in that sense. The board had a really feudal angle within the outdated days and I feel it nonetheless has that fundamental angle. It continues to be referred to as the Board of Control for Cricket in India when management will not be a phrase very trendy on this century, however they proceed to attempt and management cricket and not contain the gamers in its actions. I feel that wants a bit of a change.
How would you describe India’s cricket picture within the final 50 years or so?
India has at all times remained inconsistent. We have performed nicely for the final 40 years on our own residence pitches, however we’ve not been capable of do nicely overseas irrespective of how good the workforce is or which icon is enjoying within the workforce.
What may the treatment be?
I feel principally the board has to alter its angle. It has to alter the pitches, has to make home cricket more aggressive. It has to drive worldwide gamers to play home cricket. It has to restrict cricket, too, particularly one-day cricket, so that individuals nonetheless keep an curiosity.
Do you approve of a lot of one-day cricket?
I feel one-day cricket is turning into fully meaningless. You lose one match and you will have one other match tomorrow. You lose that one you will have one other someday after. Public reminiscence being brief, they solely bear in mind the match earlier than. So, I feel one-day cricket must be curtailed and a correct programme has to return in.
What are your views on the globalisation of cricket?
I don’t agree with this enterprise of globalisation of cricket. I don’t assume there’s any have to play cricket in Toronto or Papua New Guinea in any respect. Because solely India and Pakistan go there and play and solely the Indians and Pakistanis come and watch these matches. The locals truly, the white Canadians, will not be in any respect. I don’t assume it’s crucial to do that in any respect. You should focus on the 10 nations that you just play and attempt and focus on having correct cricket there.
MAK Pataudi: No matter what the idea is, until you will have the correct individual in the correct job, you aren’t going to succeed.
Are our priorities misplaced in recognizing expertise?
No, I don’t assume so. Everything in concept is ideal on this nation. You have gotten your under-16, under-19, the Ranji Trophy, the Duleep Trophy, membership cricket and school cricket. No matter what the idea is, until you will have the correct individual in the correct job, you aren’t going to succeed. I feel the board has to place the correct folks in the correct locations moderately than attempt and run it on a really novice foundation.
There is so much of focus on cricket in India, with hundreds of thousands enjoying the sport so passionately. Yet we’re not capable of produce match-winners. What may the explanations be?
I agree with you. With the quantity of curiosity that cricket generates on this nation, we must be producing many more Tendulkars. But we don’t do it as a result of we don’t organise it correctly. If you take a look at how cricket is concerned in Australia or how soccer is organised in Germany, you’ll realise it wants lot of onerous work. It wants a more than part-time administration, which is what is occurring for the time being.
Do you assume we endure as a result of we don’t groom our children?
I don’t know. Perhaps, on this sense, Pakistan is barely higher than we’re as a result of they throw their folks into the deep finish instantly. I don’t assume it makes that (a lot of a) distinction, however a very good participant, usually, will come ahead. Maybe it is going to take him a yr or two longer, however he’ll come by usually.
Would you prefer to remark on the standard of coaches we’ve in India?
I’d say I’m not very pleased with them. It is once more a query of passing an examination and turning into a coach. The institutes on this nation simply reel out information and figures on the quantity of coaches. The amount is there however the high quality is lacking.
Have we stored tempo with the sport and its modifications?
Of course. I don’t declare to be an professional, however I’ve seen lot of modifications in world cricket and in Indian cricket additionally. We have stored tempo with the modifications, I suppose.
Do you assume we really feel shy of experimenting?
Not actually. If you will have a very good aspect, I see no purpose why we must always experiment. If you will have two good bowlers and two good batsmen, why ought to we experiment with them? There are sure issues I don’t agree with. I don’t agree with (Sachin) Tendulkar opening the innings. But then, so much of folks would disagree with me. I feel even Tendulkar himself might disagree with me. In a 50-over recreation, somebody like Tendulkar can rating 100 in 30 overs. So why put him towards the brand new ball? He may simply get out towards some good bowlers like Glenn McGrath. It is okay towards Bangladesh. It is okay towards different groups. But towards top-class bowling, you will have more possibilities of committing errors with the brand new ball. I would like to see him bat at No. 3.
What are the qualities that make a very good captain?
I feel principally there are two methods of captaining. One is in the event you occur to be the lead participant, then you have to pull the workforce with you. If you don’t occur to be the lead participant, then you have to push the workforce from behind. For instance, Richie Benaud pulled the workforce. lan Chappell pulled the workforce. Steve Waugh is pulling the workforce. Then you will have the instance of Ray Illingworth who pushed the workforce. Mike Brearley pushed the workforce. All have been superb captains. Then, Clive Lloyd. Captaining a workforce just like the West Indies was not simple since you have been captaining eight or 9 totally different islands. Different nations, truly. But Lloyd, of course, did an excellent job.
What position does training play within the making of a very good captain?
I don’t assume it’s essential to be formally educated in any respect. But it helps in the event you learn concerning the recreation or undergo outdated books and examine different folks’s experiences.
But most of our gamers have a really poor sense of cricket historical past.
Well, I feel not solely cricketers, however Indians have a really poor sense of historical past.
Is it troublesome to guide an Indian workforce as a result of the gamers come from totally different cultural backgrounds?
I don’t assume it’s troublesome. I feel the good half of enjoying cricket to your membership, state, zone or your nation is that you just wish to do nicely for your self, and 99 p.c of the time if you’re doing nicely for your self, you might be doing nicely for the workforce. It is only a query of being more clear and saying we’re enjoying for the nation. One has to generally sacrifice one’s wicket for the workforce. I don’t assume there’s a conflict of ambition between a person and the workforce fairly often.
MAK Pataudi: I feel the good half of enjoying cricket to your membership, state, zone or your nation is that you just wish to do nicely for your self, and 99 p.c of the time if you’re doing nicely for your self, you might be doing nicely for the workforce. – THE HINDU ARCHIVES
What was your expertise?
In my time, it was maybe more troublesome. We didn’t play sufficient cricket and to get the workforce collectively after the match was not simple as a result of folks had totally different meals habits and totally different pals. Today, they play so typically and meet so typically that they don’t have to fulfill a lot after the match. They can go their separate methods within the night and nonetheless stay a component of the workforce.
Now that your curiosity in cricket has been revived, is there a selected space the place you want to contribute?
I wish to return to writing. I don’t wish to get entangled in administration for causes I’ve already talked about. But I want to return to writing and commentating.
Finally, how do you view the present scandals in cricket. Does it ache you?
It pains me. It disappoints me. With all the cash that has are available, the temptation has additionally are available, which wasn’t there in our instances. Obviously, when there’s temptation or greed, it doesn’t recognise any colors, it doesn’t recognise any borders. Some folks will get tempted. And not solely gamers. I feel with a lot cash within the recreation, the directors may even get tempted. So one must be very cautious now.
This article was first revealed within the Sportstar problem dates June 3, 2000