With so much commercialism being done on the team and with an foreign coach who has led the Aussies for world cups it only succeeds to disappoint us all.
I, never was a fan of John Buchanan's coaching and think that his coaching is plain stupidity.
Having a foreign coach in an international team makes sense. But in the IPL, where only four internationals are playing, the coach is better of if he is an Indian. An Indian coach can communicate in the same language and not feel out of water. Also an Indian coach will have seen the players playing in Ranji or other domestic circles, so he can spot talent in the domestic circle and bring up them. But a foreign coach only has statistic to look from. A player should be selected based on his temperament and his talent rather than figures on a computer.
No team will win only due to the four internationals so the other seven players are also important.
Chennai, was quick in this department and through director V.B. Chandrasekar, the likes of Gony and Thyagi emerged. These were unheard players now contributing big time.
Kolkata, are playing with three keepers in their ranks. Wriddhiman Saha, one of India's brightest keepers is being played in the eleven as a specialist batsman. This shows the lack of talent in the squad or the team management's ignorance.
Having said all this, the captain also is in the mix. McCullum may be the best thing in New Zealand, but definitely not in the IPL. He is not captain material. I don't find him doing any leading on the field and does not motivate his players on the field. His thinking is also so much clobbered like Buchanan's.
McCullum, if he was a responsible captain, in this time when the runs aren't flowing for him, he should take up keeping. Instead he fields and drops sitters. A captain should lead from the front and McCullum having a highest of 21 in this IPL surely doesn't qualify.
In yesterday's match, I saw a sign that said "Ganguly, We love you forever". Buchanan may have ignored him and so may have Shah Rukh Khan (saying Ganguly is a 'dude' doesn't qualify), yet he persists. Ganguly would and will be a much better captain than McCullum for the simple reason that he can communicate to his players in the way they can understand in their own language. Besides he is already known to this situation of building up a team of aggressors from a nurturing bunch of youngsters.
Ignoring Ganguly's credential as a skipper has surely caught Kolkata in a position they are in now.