Colombo: What is it that we want from our cricket selectors? Some foresight would be good. Transparency would be helpful, if only to keep a million conspiracy theories at bay. Thick skin never hurts, especially in a country where most former players, journalists and fans reckon they know better.
The ongoing season is a pivotal one for Indian cricket, with eight Tests against England and Australia the stage for a new generation to assert itself. The previous panel misread the signs of decay in 2011 and the team paid the price. The 0-4 scorelines in England and Australia were accurate reflections of the performances. India were so bad and the margins of defeat so massive that even hard-luck stories couldn't be trotted out.
When things go well, as when India were climbing to No.1 in the Test rankings or when they won the World Cup in 2011, the selectors barely merit a mention. When things go wrong, as they did so spectacularly last season, there's no end to the vitriol.