There is individuality in the game. He placed the ball correctly and almost cleared the table. 42-22 win in one snooker match should slightly improve his ego. In the short snooker or badminton game Chandu Borde finds relaxation lately at Poona Club.
“What else to do at night? Something must keep me busy. And I have begun to enjoy playing snooker or badminton, “said Borde, whose cricket duties are now limited to managing the Poona Club team, although he could soon be busy as the head coach of the Maharashtra Cricket Cricket Association’s one-month camp coach for bowlers.
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Borde has not been associated with Indian cricket, somehow, only in the past year and a half. If not, he is one of the rare personalities who has played international cricket with three generations, becoming a coach and manager of junior and senior teams and also a voter and committee chairman. Which means that for nearly three and a half decades, Borde has been associated with Indian cricket. Maybe only Polly Umrigar can match Borde’s credentials.
Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar and Chandu Borde are the ones who set 3,000 more as a benchmark in the Test for India. Borde, in fact, played 55 tests, scored 3,061 runs and took 52 wickets. Only two decades later Sunil Gavaskar set a massive barrier of 10,000 runs. The range of the three-person test varies between 11 and 14 years, and if the test is as frequent as it is now, they will definitely make more than 5,000 each.
Borde and Umrigar (Manjrekar has died) were arrested with admiration and were admired by cricket players in the past and present. Umrigar is now the executive secretary of the Control Board for Cricket in India (BCCI) and in the past held important positions such as voters and managers. But Borde stands out from the rest. “I have been there for over 30 years. And I am very interested in continuing and helping Indian cricket, “he said.
Borde would retire from service on 1 June 1991, after which he refused to be available “full time” for cricket. The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has asked him to see talented bowlers in Maharashtra and to train them for a one-month camp.
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In an interview with SportstarAmong other things, Borde deals with management and the roles he has played as different team managers.
Can you recall your relationship with Indian cricket after your playing days?
Well, I have been involved in various capacities, most of them related to cricket activities. For starters, I am the coach, voter and manager of the Indian junior team. The young cricket bride has been a council priority since the 70s and here I must stress that it has given Indian cricket extraordinary. I am a junior and board voter, with good intentions to shape young prospects, nominating me as manager of an Indian junior team who went to Sri Lanka and England in the early 80s. After that, I became a senior voter and chairman, Indian team manager during the Test series at home and then team manager in Pakistan in 1989. I benefited from observing cricket at close range for a full decade and more.
Assigning a junior team to tour Sri Lanka and England in 1981 must be very exciting?
I was very clear in my mind. It’s not difficult to work with a junior team, but all the same must be very committed and very responsible. This applies to senior teams too, but with respect to juniors, you handle teams that will be the country’s future. And on overseas tours where conditions are unfamiliar to players, the responsibility lies with the manager to shape each player.
On those two tours, Ravi Shastri was the team captain and there were players like (L.) Sivaramakrishnan, Kiran More and some more promising young people. Because I have seen them before, I know their strong and weak points and hence it is easy to work with them. This is a tour where the players show enthusiasm and work hard to improve their game. We did well in Sri Lanka.
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I have to make a point here. For the UK tour, continuity is maintained, which encourages children to show their courage. There are six promising players – Shastri, More, Sadanand Viswanath, Maninder (Singh), Sivaramakrishnan, and Chetan Sharma … (Navjot Singh) Sidhu are as careless as he is today against slow bowlers. I can provide the knowledge I have and work with them to get the best.
I would say there was a quick increase in their performance because they were able to absorb what
are being told to them. Their observations are sharp and the best part is they are eager to do. After those two tours, I have mentioned in my report about the players who can advance to the Indian team and that Ravi Shastri has the potential to be a good captain.
What do you have to say about Sivaramakrishnan, who is currently on both tours?
Siva is a truly brilliant bowler. He is the winner’s trump card and bowler. He has extraordinary potential and has it to be a great spinner for India. He has a rhythm, a good googly and a loop that cheats every hitter on the tour. He has fins and arcs to lines and good length.
But when I saw Siva in a camp in Bangalore, I could not believe my eyes. All the selectors were there and I was very surprised to see Siva bowling by running longer and struggling to land. When I asked him why he changed his style, he remained silent. He loses rhythm and his hands get lower. I have asked him several times after, but I don’t think he wants to embarrass anyone. Maninder Singh’s case is similar. He has beautiful actions. Now there is nothing there.
We have had striking examples before in Dattu Phadkar and Pandurang Salgaonkar. They went to England, changed their actions and there was no place after they returned. I don’t know why people tell them to change. I truly believe that originality must be encouraged and not killed. Even now if Siva returns to his original actions, he will be effective. But it all depends on his tendency to work hard and regain confidence.
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Ravi Shastri lost his rhythm and confidence because of the bowl. In Karachi, he was disgusted by his bowing. Shastri is very sensitive about his game. He started screaming in the dressing room and no one could understand why he did it. In Sialkot, I observed his actions and found the problem. At the time of delivery, Shastri’s right hand was on his knee and only his left hand was moving. The problem is hand rotation. He was happy after he got his original actions back. I think soon we will see Ravi back in action. Maybe he is interested in hitting now. Ravi is a person who likes bowls. Make no mistake about that.
Chandu Borde: In Sialkot, I observed his actions and found the problem. At the time of delivery, Shastri’s right hand was on his knee and only his left hand was moving. The problem is hand rotation. – HINDU ARCHIVES
You are a cricket manager on a tour of Pakistan. This is your first overseas assignment with a senior team. What was your opinion before accepting the job and afterwards?
Yes, we were abolished, not by Pakistan, but by our own people. One must accept the fact that Pakistan has great bowling rows at Imran (Khan), (Wasim) Akram, (Saleem) Jaffer, Aquib (Javed) and (Waqar) Younis. So, the general question is whether India will be defeated 2-0, 3-0 or 4-0? And considering what happened in New Delhi before leaving for Pakistan, the pressure mounted on me. My biggest concern is how to motivate the players and improve their morale and confidence. In addition, there are three young people on the team. That is a real challenge for me.
In New Delhi, players experience mental disorders. (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Vivek) Razdan and (Salil) Ankola worried. They were not sure whether the tour would take place. But Pakistan is very ready for this series. They are trying to destroy us. As a manager, I’m worried. But as soon as we reached Pakistan, I had a meeting with (K.) Srikkanth, Kapil (Dev) and senior members. I emphasize the need to forget the differences with the blackboard. They have to forget that for the sake of the team and the country.
We discussed at length and decided to concentrate on the game. India’s image is at stake. I was a very happy person after that meeting. It was at the first meeting that the battle plan was canceled. Because mental preparations were made at the Lahore meeting, half the battle was won. Even Imran said at the end of the series that Pakistan hoped to destroy India 4-0 and that by drawing the series, India had won it.
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And remember, we have to win it on and off the field. There was increasing tension after Srikkanth was attacked and the issue of the Babri Mosque made headlines. Most players want to leave the field. But I told them to stay because we would be declared losers. Even the Indian embassy personnel expressed their great thanks and support for helping us face the situation bravely.
I was alone for 28 days after the second official returned to India. But I can continue because the players are working with me. That is the right reason for India to fight and not lose the draw. I want to show here that there is no problem in dealing with senior players. The reason is, from the beginning, I have played cricket with three generations. First with people like Vinoo Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Ghulam Ahmed, Subash Gupte and Vijay Manjrekar. I am the youngest member of the team. The second is with Nari Contractor, (Mansoor Ali Khan) Pataudi, (Faroch) Engineer and (M. L.) Jaisimha. And the third is with Chandra (B. S. Chandrasekhar), Pras (E. A. S. Prasanna), (Bishen Singh) Bedi and with Pataudi as captain. And I see the fourth generation as coaches and voters. So I am connected from one era to another. There are ongoing links. The combination of elements has helped me. Playing with so many of them has taught me the practical part and is involved with administration, I have seen the growth of players today.
You say you are worried about the motivation, morals, and confidence of the players. How do they get it?
Yes, the Indian team is like a healthy family there. Srikkanth was too eager to perform better and this came from the bottom of his heart. He has his own way of doing things. Kapil came out with advice and intelligent observation. Shastri made several comments and it was very valuable. So, all things put together, we can plan and act accordingly in the field.
Are you disappointed that you were not arrested as a manager after the tour?
Me first. Very much. Because no one gave us a chance and we went home with our heads high.
Bedi, (Sunil) Gavaskar and Kapil lost their captain after losing a series in Pakistan. Srikkanth did not lose the series, but he was expelled from the team itself. Why?
That’s a million dollar question. That’s beyond my understanding of how Srikkanth was dropped. I want to know that myself. In 1954, I toured Pakistan with Vinoo Mankad as captain and Lalaji (Lala Amarnath) as manager. I am the youngest member of the team. That is the first series after Partitioning. And the competition between the two teams is at its peak. Then in 1960-61, I played against Pakistan led by Fazal Mahmood.
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What I am trying to describe is Pakistan’s strong desire to defeat India. From 1954 to 1989, I watched the Pakistan team. After evaluating all the teams, I would say that the Pakistan team in 1989 was the best. That is an extraordinary side. Apart from that, it was well prepared to defeat us. The prey was there to be killed. Considering all these things, the performance of the Indian team was fantastic. I do not want to say anything more.
Kris Srikkanth pushed Andy Roberts for four. His 38, out of 57 balls, with seven fours and six, was the highest score in the 1983 World Cup final. – HINDU ARCHIVES
Do you agree with BCCI’s policy to change managers for each tour?
I will not agree with that in any way. Look at England, Australia and the West Indies. The board must have a manager for three years. And he must have a say in the team selection. Complete cricket managers must be employed by the board for a period of three years. Make him responsible. Give him confidence, freedom, and put him on the national team. Because it’s a cricket manager who has been playing cricket for a long time.
What will be your formula for success in Australia?
There should be a camp for four to six weeks. Someone who can be accepted by the players must be a cricket manager and he must be responsible for this camp. There should be no more than 20 possibilities. You must have four players as standbys, who will give you a cushion if someone is injured. I don’t think there will be a change for the World Cup. A situation has been reached where all Test players are experienced enough to adapt to One-Dayers.
I will give weight to fitness for a long tour like this. It must be ensured that the bowler who has the ability to lift the ball is chosen. The Australian field has inherent qualities to drive a bowler fast. The more medium pacers we take, the better. A good left arm spinner will tour well.
How about cricket in Maharashtra?
Well, when I became a coach, the team reached the semifinals. After the 1988-89 season, I was not yet a coach. It was felt that the senior state team did not need a coach. But there are many talents. Surendra Bhave is a better opener than most in the country. He is an amazing player too. But he failed when tried. But he is a very solid opening. Then there’s Santosh Jedhe, who has the potential to be great. Shantanu Sugwekar is an excellent bat.