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Friday, June 10, 2005

Ganguly in control...

2 fours in his first 30, 5 fours and two sixes in his next 43 -- he's paced this just right, taking his time, settling in, ignoring the chaos (4-23, 5-34, 6-78 while he watched) at the other end and once he had settled, opening out. Batting 73 off 81 at the time of writing this, and single-handedly hauling Glamorgan away from an innings defeat.


  • Well what can you say he is heading towards a ton. with a strike rate more than 100. Way to go SG keep up this good form.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 12:49  

  • SC Ganguly 97 off 93 10x4 3x6 now. Good to see Ganguly among runs...

    JC Tredwell taking a beating from Ganguly:
    Bowlers: O M R W Econ
    JC Tredwell 2.0 0 26 0 13.00 (0nb, 0w)

    By Anonymous sridhar natarajan, at 12:53  

  • He seems to be running out of partners. dang dada needs to complete this century

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 12:57  

  • Prem, Dada might run out of partners to actually haul Glamorgan from ther innings defeat pit. 8 down 2 more to go. Hope he gets his hundred.

    By Anonymous Mayur, at 12:57  

  • whatta horrible batting line up glamargon has .ganguly is running out of partners ....anyway good salvage work by lower middle order

    By Blogger zombie, at 12:59  

  • :) great to see so much support suddenly. Someone ought to tell him that there's a whole world of bloggers egging him on towards his hundred!

    By Blogger avinash, at 13:01  

  • 9 down and 2 more runs required.

    By Anonymous Mr V, at 13:02  

  • omigawd! this is a cliff-hanger. get them measly 2 runs, sourav!!!

    By Blogger chatura, at 13:03  

  • Well what can we say Its fate that drives us all isnt it. If SG has to get those 2 damn runs then fate should not interfere.

    After all we need someone to blame right;)

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:07  

  • cummon dada , 1 more run....

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:09  

  • yoohooo! Ganguly ROCKS! Prem, don't you dare disagree on this NOW.

    By Blogger chatura, at 13:09  

  • that's it a run a ball 100.

    By Anonymous Mr. V, at 13:09  

  • Why the heck the century so important? I mean its only the difference of just 2 runs. Dada has shown that he is getting back into groove doesnt matter whether he gets his century or not.
    I would be very interested to know if there were easy singles available for him at the start of the inning. Pakis(Inzi) did very well in blocking the singles whenever he came to bat in the last series.

    By Anonymous Vivek, at 13:10  

  • Yeah let's fry Prem's balls.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:10  

  • 100 up. But Glamorgan 27 runs short yet...what a f***ed up team!

    By Blogger Sridhar Natarajan, at 13:10  

  • he gets it!!!!!hope this is a great new begining for his rejuvenated career!

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:10  

  • cmon, 100 was very important to shut up all those jellyfishes who quiver in delight when they ask "when did dada score his last ton?". who cares abt Glamorgan!

    By Blogger chatura, at 13:11  

  • Have been following Dada from his 90's to his century despite his county on the brink of an innings defeat.

    Surely, this century and a half century in the earlier innings should be the tonic Dada was looking for rejuvenation.

    Its time now to take these happy memories forward and ride back to form.

    Jaggu da on the other hand will surely pull his plugs in the echleons of ICC to see that Dada and Sehwag walk out in the first ODI in Sri Lanka.

    And have been also following Dhoni's exploits in P Sen Trophy. He has made the bowlers look pedestrian. Ominous signs that he wants a Twenty 20 Game badly.

    Kudos Prem for having this blog. Is this blog in software parlance something like a load balancing tool for Rediff.

    By Blogger Aniruddha Dutta, at 13:15  

  • Well for those guy answer should be not too long back. Just in his last first class game(if i remember it right) he hit a 170. And i am sure attack wasnt any different even then. Whats important for Dada that he gets his belief in himself back. And a 98 will be as good for him as a 100 right now.

    By Anonymous Vivek, at 13:16  

  • Folks
    As Chatura said who cares about glamorgan. All we are interested is in one player. If he gets back to form to lead Team India thats all we need from this team glamorgan. in essence we are looking for some batting practice for dada.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:17  

  • Interesting the # 11 has beeb belting some boundaries!!

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:19  

  • I am still waiting for a quick 150 comprising of a couple of dada-style sixes and sweetly timed cover drives. DADA ROCKS!!

    By Anonymous Mayur, at 13:20  

  • Aniruddha, nope :-) This is how do I put it, V1.1 of an idea I have; seeding it here, tinkering, trying to see what works and what doesn't... and when I get some clarity, will migrate to Rediff.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:21  

  • Oh i understand that we are looking for batting practice for Dada. All i am saying that batting practice will be fruitful even if he gets a 98 instead of 100. There is only 2 runs difference btn two.

    By Anonymous Vivek, at 13:21  

  • I think the #10 guy of glamargon should have opened(18 of 21, 4X4)

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:23  

  • still waiting for dada style onslaught!!

    By Anonymous Mayur, at 13:24  

  • ok vivek we all agree with you...happy?

    By Anonymous 98 is same as 100, at 13:24  

  • But you are missing the whole point here Vivek. the 3 figure will do a lot of confidence to dada psychologically. Also when the media rteports they will say it as a ton rather than a half ton. Which again will shut the critics atleast for some time.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:24  

  • Good to see Ganguly hanging around to avert innings defeat - he obviously places more premium on his team's health than most of you guys do :-) :-)

    By Blogger Sridhar Natarajan, at 13:25  

  • i think dada now is trying to get the game going as long as possible , probably take it to the last day

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:25  

  • from get out of the team...to "get that damn 100" to get a quick 150 to take the match to last day....talk of increased expectations ;-)

    By Anonymous am i there yet?, at 13:26  

  • sridhar,

    isn't he *such* a team man? :-)

    By Blogger chatura, at 13:27  

  • Yes Mr Chatura , you are the ultimate Cricket guru....knows Dada's physche in and out(that he is not a team man or whatever) , i bow to you ....what a revealation you just brought to all the blind cricket fans like us !!

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:31  

  • When was the last time any report on Prem's blog got as many as 32 replies (as of now and still counting)??? :))

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:32  

  • Hi Prem
    Ganguly just hit another sixer against Stevens. He's making Stevens look like Sukhbinder Singh.

    By Blogger Michael Higgins, at 13:33  

  • duh@zombie but bow away anyway ;-)

    if you wanna pick a fight with me, find some other means and please don't abuse this blog. as it is, it is being used as a chat.

    By Blogger chatura, at 13:34  

  • Yes well, is the thing with the guy -- if he gets that sighter, he can be hell on wheels. Recent trouble's been, in and out too quick, no time in the middle to get set. Always fun when he is, though.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:36  

  • c'mon dada 200 door nahin

    By Anonymous double dada, at 13:39  

  • Am I sensing that there are many children blogging away Prem? I see some infight among the ranks here or is it only me?

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:40  

  • Gone

    By Anonymous dada is out, at 13:42  

  • While I am personally not a fanatic about a particular individual as some of the people here, I am certainly happy for Gangs and Team India.

    If he manages to stay in the team on the merit of his performances and contributes to Team India with his batting, that will do a lot of good to Team India and probably will resolve captaincy issue until the world cup.

    On another note, it is just an observation, may be Prem can kick off a discussion on this. I observed that most of Gangs supporters hail from Bengal, which is not a bad thing, but taking it to fanatical levels loosing objectivity is definitely bad. This tendency is what probably gets reflected in out team selection process. Hope gangs hard core supporters try to emulate Gangs in this matter(remember how he contributed to form a 'national team' in the true sense by backing people from all over the country and without bias to Bengal..atleast that is how I perceive it).

    Again, before getting hyper on me, I reckon this is indicative of all regions. A lot of my friends tend to support a Dravid or Balaji partly because they hail from their home state. Only problem is 'fanatical, regional minded' individual centric support often at the cost of objectively analysing Team India's strengths and weaknesses.

    My point is, may be India emotional,subjective supporters attitudes are somehow getting reflected even in national team selection. Selectors are after all not foreigners.

    Hope the discussion I am trying to kick off , does not end up as an argument about gangs and his 'hard core' supporters.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:42  

  • where do u see fight/abuse buddy :) ?? isnt it just a blog to express views ??? kool down:), will buy you a drink when we meet
    anyway glam boyz are all out!!

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:43  

  • Sorry pal, I know many Non-Bengali liking Gangs more than the Bengalis I know. The funny thing is I know a few Bengalis who like Sachin but not Sourav and a few Maharastrians who prefer the opposite. Amazing indeed. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:45  

  • Hey!!!! Bloody hell, I do all the work -- on no sleep whatsoever mind you -- and you guys buy each other drinks, no one thinks of asking me though. Sheesh!

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:47  

  • Hey fellas lets keep away the part of India we are from and feel like proud Indians. I think that should will be more fruitful. We call it team India lets leave the zonal politics to the selectors and BCCI. We as fan should applaud who ever is performing well for the team.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:48  

  • Prem a big hug and thanks to you for these wonderful blogs , i believe you are in EST , i am in PST , next time when i come down to NY sure will buy a lotza drink :)

    By Blogger zombie, at 13:49  

  • Prem
    I can buy you a drink I always wanted to meet you but When I come to NYC I some how get caught up in other things. Well I am wondering if I can get in touch with you to let you know next visit well in advance to plan something.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 13:50  

  • Well I was hoping for a discussion on general tendency across India not specific to Bengal or Gangs. I only used Gangs as specific example.

    Also, a general tendency doesn't exclude a few contrary examples. You knowing a few bengalis who like Sachin doesn't disprove my point. I think we don't need a election to know that most of Gangs supporters come from Bengal.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:51  

  • Mr. Anonymous, where do you get that bengali thing here. I don't come from Bengal but I am a die hard fan of dada. What is with this regional mentality? Such mentality is ideal for zonal selectors or religion based politics. I just hate such mentality!!

    DADA just rocks!! No doubt

    By Anonymous mayur, at 13:51  

  • Sorry pal. Are you also suggesting that most of Sachin supporters are Marathi people? Don't be so sure. You may be surprised.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:56  

  • *LOL* Cooooooool, that's 2 drinks; anyone else? Bar's closing, gents and gents, put your hands up.
    Seriously, though, *this* kind of blogging could get to be serious fun.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:58  

  • wow prem! in all that hullabaloo of ganguly getting his 100 guess your half century ( of comments ) got no attention.....bravo!

    By Anonymous no one can have just one, at 13:58  

  • no regional mentality. I am only trying to analyze something from what I observed.

    As far as Gangs rocking, he's been going thru a very rough patch lately(to put it mildly) and its good to see him among runs. But, a long long way to go before we can say 'he is rocking' in international games.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 13:59  

  • Well Anonymous while Analyzing remain your perogative. Its also ethical not to bring in the regional sentiments here. As you might have seen not many like that kind of attitude and that remains to be everyone perogative. So beware of what you say.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:02  

  • Cricket fanatic! please back off. I would appreciate if you refrain from making rules about what I can or cannot say.

    Please read my posts carefully, before preaching. I did not bring up any regional sentiments or accusations. Talking about communalism doesn't make anyone communal same way, talking about regionlism doesn't make me regional minded. Again, my point is, why are only the selectors, administrators or politicians regional or communal, what about the people they represent.

    I know it is somewhat digressing from cricket. I will leave it at that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:08  

  • just a piece of advice for Cricket fanatic. Please check the spelling and meaning of 'perogative' before freely using it..most of what you said about ' your perogative' & 'everyone perogative' doesn't make much sense. What are you trying to say?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:17  

  • Prem,
    I don't think it's a good idea for you to go out with these guys for beer. As you know, most of them are diehard Ganguly fans and in their opinions, you know where you stand. So, this may well be a bait for you. Be careful. :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:19  

  • Anonymous FYI
    All Bengali may be the supporter of Dada buy Not all Dada's supporter are Bengalis. Hope you understnad the difference between the two.
    And i dont blame Bengalis for supporting him, He is afterall prolly first big player from Bengal in Indian team since Cricket became hugely popular in India.

    By Anonymous Vivek, at 14:20  

  • Well waht can we say Some people think they are patriotic towards their community and leave forget the big picture. You seemed a sensible person hence I was pointing you towards the big picture. If you refuse to budge then I apologize for trying to straighten a dog's tail :) Now I learnt my lesson

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:20  

  • good to know that Cricket fanatic can write coherent english without using 'perogative'. It is also great to know that Cricket fanatic has full 'perogative' over the 'big picture'.

    May be, you should go patent the 'big picture' concept.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:23  

  • Well You again miss the point anonymous. just because a person can write coherent english does not make them a good thinker. A very good example is yourself. you write very coherently but thinking is lacking. Also remember I am not doing spell checks here. I do not have that much time in hand like you.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:27  

  • vivek! As I already said, it is not specific to Gangs or Bengal. Also, as I already said in my original post, there is nothing wrong in loving a local hero. It is natural and universal. Azzu was a big hero in Hyd.

    My point is about the India supporters tendency to loose objectivity and become hard core fanatic supporters. We keep accusing the selectors of bias and all that, what about the cricket fans in general? Are they free from regional bias? do they really objectively analyze cricket without regional feelings?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:29  

  • Ha that menatlity again

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:30  

  • cric fanatic! as your name indicates, you seem a fanatical guy. It might be very difficult to put this across to you since you are already a fanatic and it is a fine distinction I am trying to make. I will still try.

    Usually, you cannot claim to have coherent thinking if you are not able to put it coherently. Now, understand , there is difference between spelling and 'coherent, logical' sentence formation( without too many 'perogatives')


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:33  

  • hahaha Anonymous Who is fanatical and immature you hold up to a few typos to disprove me again as I said you miss the whole point here just refusing to accept. I am saying do away with the regional politics and zonal support. If you truly beleive India as a whole should improve change that mentality. Today with you tomorrow with some more. See where the country goes?

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:37  

  • BTW there is nothing wrong in being fanatical as long as you dont interefere with others.

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:38  

  • Mr.fanatic what the anonymous guy is saying is that we all have an inherent regional bias. You cannot deny it. You just refuse to listen and ramble on ... stop this stupid argument of yours both of you and go home!

    By Anonymous Shhh!, at 14:40  

  • shhhh, Did you read my last but one blog you will understand why I said that. If not then God Save our country!!

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:41  

  • With that prayer by fanatic " God save our country" lets all put an end to the comments section of this post! dont discriminate against other posts :-p

    By Anonymous The end, at 14:44  

  • Ok lets make this a even seventy then. Guess we all succeded in bringing the blog to 1 more than dada's first innings score:)

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:45  

  • hmm nothing wrong being fanatic!! cric fanatic has serious problem with language, coherent thinking and fecility with words. Tends to use all known words(only a few obviously) randomly and claims all illogical fanaticism as typos.

    Cannot continue any sensible conversation...

    over and out!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:45  

  • Yes I agree Only sensible people can continue any kind of sensible conversation is not in the league of this anonymous person

    By Blogger Cricket fanatic, at 14:47  

  • Arre baaba.....time ho gaya...ab chalo! agle show ke liye fresh hoke aajao!
    Aaj ke liye itna hi....dhanyavaad! kal phir milthe hain sensible aur non-sensible logon se!

    By Anonymous rukhaavat ke liye khed hai, at 14:49  

  • ok. Being a smart guy, I could decipher from your 'incoherent' ramblings that you think you are not my league. That is ok. don't worry, there is always hope. read, read, read before you type anything. That will atleast help you in forming complete sentences.

    Trying spending some of the time you spend on writing 'just make it even' posts in reading.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:51  

  • f... everything and understand 1 thing east or wes ganguly is the best.a tiger always remain a tiger.he was just wounded for some time and always remember that a wounded tiger is more dangerous than tiger in perfect health.he was wounded and roared like he has always done.and finally a tiger will always remain the king of the jungle and that is what he is whether wounded or not wounded.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 19:02  

  • Time out folks what is all this noises about incorrect spellings and incoherent sentences. R we talking cricket here or making personal attacks. BTW the anon guy seem to be living in the US where he is being racially profiled. His blogging reflects his true nature. Beware.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 00:08  

  • Finally,can see so many Pro Ganguly posts after what has been a hard time for the great guy
    Prem,have yr drink and send me the bill.I want people the world over to celebrate Dada's return to form :)
    I can't wait till I come to NYC to celebrate

    By Blogger Ravi, at 02:49  

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