An Open Letter To The Mallyas
Dear Dr Vijay Mallya and Siddhartha Mallya
When our minds refuse to Rest In Peace, we have to write a letter to the Gods!
When my dad died a few years back, something very precious was up in smoke. Something that was very much mine was no longer with me. Yet I felt the thing that was mine and has been lost is still there - doesn't matter even if it is in the form of smoke! So didn't feel like leaving the crematorium!
It's much the same feeling today - so I'm hanging around, hopping from page to page and randomly posting my thoughts!
What saddens me most is the fact that it was not a match we lost on the ground during those 40 overs of madness. It was lost well before - at the strategy meetings starting from Match #7 when the scoreboard read Lost 2, Won 4.
I assume the "action plan" at the end of each strategy meeting would have been a "carbon copy" of the previous one!
To repeat the same stratgey over and over again, hoping they have failed enough times and this time it will work is surely not the way "a team run by a successful business tycoon" is expected to do!
I like the way DD exited - they didn't deviate from their philosophy of "attack from the word Go" - which explains why their loss to DC was by a narrow margin.
We lost 8 of the 15 matches played! Is there any narrow loss that we suffered in any match - a loss that makes us feel "we were at the doorstep of victory when the bell rang!?"
Dr Mallya, you’ve given too much freedom to your team to figure out how the game will be played – doesn’t matter if it’s won or lost! I am sure your management teams in other businesses will not have enjoyed this much freedom “when business was down”.
It will help if you bring "strong business management concepts" into how Team RCB shall "Form, Storm, Norm and Perform". You need more than just players, senior players, former players to make decisions on the playing XI. You need a different kind of think tank.
For starters, I would suggest that the team management should pick only 9 players of the playing XI. 2 players - 1 Indian, 1 Foreign, should be picked by The Mallyas based on suggestions from the RCB Fan Club on this site. This is an “emergency interim measure” till things get better. If what the fans expect and what the team does are different, there certainly is a disconnect that needs to be understood and addressed.
Otherwise, why waste the time of 100K fans on this site by giving space for them to express their opinions! The more space you give, the stronger their passions and anger get!
Teams that had dumb, static websites, dormant or no fan club, no goodie bags to offer, no free tickets etc. seem to have performed better than a team that was ostensibly very close to its fans! If they didn’t perform too well, at least 84,363 fans and their families, many of them being “fanatic fans”, would be less disappointed than us!
Surely you wouldn’t like to receive this “open letter” next year, right? All the best in all your sporting and other endeavours!