What Management Guru NR Narayana Murthy has to say about India’s failure in the World Cup
The most sensible piece of writing on the World Cup is an opinion piece on the World Cup
by NR Narayana Murthy of Infosys. His first words are hard-hitting:
The tragedy of India is that instead of seeing what’s wrong with us and taking steps to correct it, we indulge in hysterics and look for scapegoats. India has a long record of playing badly abroad, which precedes both Rahul Dravid and Greg Chappell. So why single them out?
Unfortunately, the article has been chopped badly in the online version by TOI (front page today) therefore I am quoting most of it here:
We can succeed, not just in cricket, but in everything else if we only follow four basic principles: strictly adhere to meritocracy, work hard, train well and follow strict discipline. We need to pick the best guys available, based purely on merit and no other considerations. And the same applies to the coach. People keep asking whether we need a foreign coach. I don’t think that’s an issue at all. We should ask, who’s the best guy for the job? Whoever it is should get it. Next, once you’ve given someone the mandate, let him implement it without interference. At Infosys, we have all our debates, arguments before its decided who’ll be responsble for something. Once its decided that X is the boss, all arguments stop and everyone rallies behind him. We shouldn’t be constantly undermining the coach…
I know ‘process’ has become a much-mocked term. But at Infosys, we firmly believe in following processes and it’s always worked for us. If Chappell’s process didn’t work, maybe it wasn’t followed properly or he wasn’t allowed to implement it in full. I’ve read that some senior players were allowed to get away indiscipline and thats totally unacceptable. No matter how big a star you are, if you’re disruptive to the team, you need to be shown the exit. Never mind if we lose a few matches. If you follow the correct process, positive results are bound to eventually follow. Frankly, I don’t think having a coaching camp for a few days helps. I’d suggest that we pick the 30 guys who we believe are the best in the country. They should all be given good salaries by the BCCI and closeted in a hi-tech training centre round the year. Rotate them so that even if are playing a seres, the other 15 are training.
Ensure that everyone gets to train intensively during the year. Follow the best practices from round the world, give the players the best facilities and make them work really hard – eight hours a day. If anyone refuses, axe him immediately. Follow these principles and you’re bound to have world beating team.
Well, the principles Mr. Murthy has outlined are universal truths. But the problem is that in our country we scrape and bow to ‘stars’ and even the selection committee does it. There is a also a fair amount of regionalism present in selection. Also, no one wants to take the risk of doing something new…if the process fails, who is to take the blame? There are news reports that the selection committee and the Captain were afraid that if younger players had been selected, they could fail…and then who would shoulder the blame? Apparently they were afraid of being torn apart by the media! That is what has been revealed by a well known journalist, Rajan Bala, who spoke to Chappel before the World Cup.
I think this is shocking. If the selectors and the captain were afraid of the media (and their advertisement contracts?) what business do they have to be where they are? They should all resign.
(Photo sourced from TOI)