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Friday, June 10, 2005

Saurav -- the sequel

Anyone been keeping an eye on the Glamorgan-Kent game? Much fun -- the second half of the batting lineup didn't do too badly, the last five wickets adding 153. Kent asked them to follow on anyways, and they are already five down, just 52 on the board, and Saurav Ganguly is back at bat, currently 22 off 28 (just a couple of fours in that score, so SG seems to be focussing on working the ball around more).


  • not so much fun :( why didn't Ganguly get a 100? and now, they are crumbling.

    By Blogger chatura, at 11:23  

  • Not so sure this is a bad thing, actually. First innings, he got to play a carefree innings; second innings, he had to come out into chaos -- and work at the runs, rather than just squirt the ball around. Seems to have played it just right -- was monitoring the scoreboard, didn't see him change his game when Croft was doing his Nuts R'Us act at the other end. Controlled batting, absorbing the pressure of wickets tumbling (ooops, another one gone) at the other end, could be the tonic he needs to get that self-belief back. At least, IMHO.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:36  

  • 80/6 @ tea
    Seems like SG is the only one who wants to stick around as he has been around for 75 mins. Doesnt look like he will be able to save the game though. Its going to be an interesting summer. I for sure am keeping an eye on him.

    By Anonymous Sundeep Bhatia, at 11:45  

  • umm..you have a valid point.

    hope saurav returns to form soon - but then what will the media do for their daily fix ? :)

    By Blogger chatura, at 11:46  

  • Saurav is quality player no doubt. Hope he continues with the some sort of form he has regained so far. Media will as usual have its footh in mouth. Don't worry about 'absurd' media. I am excusing 'selected few' journalists from the absurdity. Good luck to Saurav.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:56  

  • Chatura, watching the board? This is what I meant/hoped-would-happen. Versus Pak, SG was playing without a plan -- unless trying to slog your way out of trouble counts as a plan. This is just perfect -- came in, worked the ball around, absorbed and shrugged off the pressure of a collapse -- and now he's had his eye set, the scoring rate's gone from the 50s to the 80s in the space of two overs.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:19  

  • It's interesting though that these past two innnings were the first time in a while that he's spent any amount of time at all in the middle.
    Incidentally, which is worse? Getting out so early so often that you never know what sort of form you really are in, or spending a lot of labored time out in the middle while never looking like you are going to get anything going?

    By Blogger avinash, at 12:37  

  • am keeping an eye on cricinfo.
    well, against pakistan, he didn't last many balls, did he? :) the one ODI where he tried to settle in didn't go very well (with the run-out.

    but the pressure faced by him was several orders of magnitude higher. not to mention the vultures hovering above his head.

    signing off now- have a pleasant weekend...

    By Blogger chatura, at 12:40  

  • I'd think the former, Avinash. Even if you scratch around in the middle (sure, you aren't doing your team any favors -- this would be a purely self-centered point of view) you at least know what the problem is. Not sighting the ball quick enough. Back foot not going back and across. Back lift not straight enough, ergo finding edges instead of middle. Whatever -- you go back with some diagnostics; that, you can build on, rectify. But if you last two balls, you go back with no insight into your form, don't know what the heck to focus on.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:47  

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