Who the eff is Vijay Mallya to blame Dravid’s selection for the poor performance of Royal Challengers. He may be the owner and all, but had he known anything about cricket he would have known that his team’s overseas players are arguably the second best pick coming next only to the Deccan Chargers. The quartet of Ross Taylor, Cameron White, Misbah Ul Haq and Dale Steyn should have no problem in making into any team’s playing XI. Ironically, the teams with the best foreign based ammunition are at the bottom.
Even a six year old would know better than to heed Mallya’s advice when it comes to running legal franchises. So one can’t really blame Dravid for sticking to his own choice of players. Had Mallya been a successful man, he would have realized that it would be prudent for him to work upon what he has than to go about complaining on what he has.
The biggest drawback for RCB is their local contingent and how on earth is Dravid supposed to know anything about the local players. I’m sure Ganguly knew nothing about Dinde and Dhoni too would have had no idea regarding the existence of M.S Goni. The responsibility for the selection of the local players lies upon the support staff and by no means on the captain. Surely, Dravid must have known better than to pick Jaffer but then Ganguly too bought a Aakash Chopra ! Mistakes do happen but to go about mud-slinging in the open is surely unacceptable.
To be honest, Mr.Mallya has had more success with deals made under the table than with the ones made over it. Just take a look at his franchises. He owns the Kingfisher Airlines which at last count accumulated losses of 300 mn US Dollars in a time span of two and a half years. What more, he also owns the Force India F1 team which also, only sees a one way flow of cash. So where does he make all that money from?? From the sale of Kingfisher swimsuit calendars?, I don’t think so.
So if indeed he wants his team to do well he should do what he does best, pull a few strings here and there and steer his team away from the bottom. What the heck, he sponsors 75% of IPL and owns the rest of it.
p.s:- The sale of kingfisher beer has been conveniently neglected for all that is worth.