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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Just links

Never thought to read a piece suggesting that Australia's problem could be its fielding, did you?
Elsewhere comes news that Brett Lee does not have any significant injury -- this, after a period of speculation that his shoulder could be crock.
Shane Warne, in his column in the Times, downplays the euphoric aftermath of England's Twenty20 win.
SORRY, but I spent yesterday morning thinking that I’d missed something. Had England won the Ashes? That’s the way it seemed with all the headlines in the papers and the gibes I was getting from cricket fans. I’ve hardly been able to stop at a traffic light without somebody winding down a window and shouting: “79 all out.”

And back home, comes word that the Firozeshah Kotla is getting a brand new, fast, cricket pitch. Actually, it's an interesting development of the off season -- just the other day, I was reading of the KSCA's efforts, headed by a Kiwi pitch expert, to spruce up the Chinnaswamy wicket; now the Kotla's doing it too.
And while I am throwing up links that might interest you, check this one out, about cricket in New York.
That reminds me -- an old friend is due here this weekend. Starting 18th, Robin Singh wll conduct a two-week cricket coaching camp in New Jersey, and I'm hoping to go spend some time with him. Any of you have any questions you always wanted to ask Robin, send them to me (in email, please, to prem@us.rediff.com with Robin Singh as subject line -- will get answers and post them on here.
Been a less than full blogging day, but must run -- it is nearing midnight, and much work remains. See you guys again tomorrow... take care, meanwhile


  • g'nite, Prem. hopefully, you will allow me to say hello to you if i ever come to your neck of the woods ;-)

    By Blogger chatura, at 23:54  

  • We have a Tennis Ball Cricket League in Bay Area, California. More information can be obtained at www.tennisballcricket.org

    By Blogger Geoffrey George, at 00:29  

  • http://sccacricket.org, this one is actual season ball cricket in LA area!

    By Anonymous chirayu, at 01:40  

  • Prem,
    Following your blog with great interest,keep it up.Couple of points to make,
    First is the appointment of Greg Chappell as the Coach,my choice was Tom Moody,younger and hungrier and more modern coach.Also read comments from Faisal in the Indian express few days back,how in his presentation to the BCCI ,Greg Chappell mentioned the younger guys Like Ambati Rayudu and hence has a grasp of the future of Indian cricket and so on.I think this is bull shit , the guy is going to be paid a Rs.1 crore a year,If somebody can't do even such basic research either they are lazy and plain stupid.Everybody worth his 2 pence knows Ambati Rayudu,Shikar Dhanwan,Venugopala Rao,Thilak Nayudu are suppossed to be the next big things.
    Also the goals for Greg Chappell should be that India consolidates the 2nd Position in the Test rankings by 2006,when we should have defeated England and Pakistan by then and finally go for the Top slot in 2007 when we should beat Australia away.2007 WC would be a bonus.


    By Anonymous PrasK, at 04:51  

  • The problem with guys like Ambati who can destroy bowlers on their day is with mental application. They lack temparment which is essential at the highest level of the game. I remember Vivek Jaisimha (the asst. coach of Hyd team) saying that it would take at least 2- 3years for Rayudu to make it to the test team. Even Robin Singh who has coached Ambati feels that he needs time to develop.

    By Blogger mustt_mustt, at 07:34  

  • When a 17-18 year old shows skill, it doesnt mean immediate selection. That is a mistake made many times over in the past. We need to learn from how aussies handled clarke. Gradually phase him to the indian team not just dump him there and expect him to be a future cricket great!! I think rayudu will play sooner or later....there is no need to rush his entry. By the year end he will be in the team. Look what happened by putting laxmi ratan shukla, reetinder sodhi etc in the national team before they themselves knew what their niche was...they were not complete in bowling skill, batting skills etc...they were utility players who should have been given time before being picked. Yes i know sachin played at age 16, but you cant keep that as the benchmark! At the same time i am not professing selection at age 30 or 40(!!) as england have done in the past but at a time when they are ready rather than entering unprepared and fading out faster than afridi can hit his first boundary in a match! THats why selectors' job is such a responsible position that needs to be handled professionally....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 07:54  

  • interesting to see Shane Warne call the Twenty20 game as nothing more then an 'exibition match'. Wonder why he wasn't playing in it though considering that he turned up for another exibition the very next day.

    The Aussies are already on the defensive, which is a great sign...

    By Anonymous Saurabh wahi, at 08:04  

  • Prask... I tend to disagree. True,any person who is pitching for the job would have done his homework.But,that does not take the credit away from Greg for the way he has put his candidature across. That in the ultimate analysis would be the clincher. Incidentally, Thilak Naidu is nowhere in the picture.In fact, it would be a matter of time before he loses his place in the K'taka Ranji team. now with Karthik and Dhoni firmly in the radar of the selectors, Thilak Naidu does not stand a chance. He will go the same direction as Somashekar Siruguppi and Rajashekar shanbal(For those not in the know, these two were also spoken of as possible replacement for Mongia / Dahiya / Ratra etc.,)

    By Blogger Ravi, at 08:55  

  • Cricket in Iowa:


    for anyone interested in following or playing the game.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 09:37  

  • any tennis ball cricket league in NJ???

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  • Massachusetts State Cricket League :



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