India, April 18 -- When the late Raj Singh Dungarpur was chairman of selectors, I once asked him how much influence captains had in picking a team. "Very little or very much, depending on personality," he was candid.

"Pataudi and Gavaskar, for instance, always got the players they wanted, others didn't," said Dungarpur. "For a captain to get his way, he must not only be clear in his mind, but forceful about who he wants and why."

This was the time when team selection in India was viewed with great scepticism, by fans and particularly players, and immortalised by Mohinder Amarnath's 'selectors are a bunch of jokers' statement when he was omitted for a series.

In those days parochialism and favouritism - by selectors and strong captains ...