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Thursday, June 16, 2005

Strictly without comment...

...I offer you this piece, from the Hindustan Times.
Why no comment? Because when you spot things like this in what purports to be a newspaper article...
He better not insult Tendulkar because neither does he have that stature nor any right.

...you take the charitable view, and presume that when the staff wasn't looking, someone's adolescent son fiddled with the comp.


  • hmm Does this really need some reactions. We should leave it like a dog barking at the sun.......

    By Anonymous Sri, at 13:50  

  • i can understand that mr. bhasin must be some rookie out to impress his bosses. But how did the sports editor at hindustan times(which i presume is a premier newspaper) let this pass?

    By Blogger sachin, at 13:57  

  • Looks like Mr. Bhasin really had a bad day. Or may be he was one of the reporters Mr. Chappell refused to talk when he arrived from Australia.

    This is cheap journalism at its best. Its directed towards the masses (just like David Dhavan movies). Hindustan Times is actually more responsible to let this article get published.

    By Blogger Rahul Kulkarni, at 14:19  

  • I think its a pattern on part of the newspaper organization to purposely come out with extremely biased articles. I think they must have done some market research and found that there is a section who is interested reading such rant just to confirm their view of "Tendulkar is the best" or "Ganguly is the best" or some such thing.

    Indian express has much better cricket reporting than TOI, but they have this one reporter/columnist : Harish Dugh, who writes similar articles. The best part is, its very transperant that he writes these biased pieces for the sake of writing and not because he has conviction. as in, when Arundhati Roy writes.. Whether you agree or not -- with her extreme left leaning ideals -- her conviction (however misplaced) comes out. But some of these writers in premium publications these days write for the sake of it, or in the hope that it will increase their readership.


    Did you read the way Chapell answered questions today: He added a disclamer to the effect that "When he says absence of Tendulkar is a boon to other players, it doesnt mean that he desires absence of Sachin; in fact quite the oposite". I think he must have read the articles after he made the coments about Sachin. And at another point he said "Don't put words in my mouth"
    The funny thing about his comments on sachin is, cricinfo had a headline "Chapell thinks that Sachin can get back his form", while Rediff reported "Chappell thinks that Sachin can't be the same again".



    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:29  

  • Did you read timesofindia.com's article on Ganguly today?
    One day they're predicting the end of his career...the next they're counting on his comeback

    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 14:45  

  • what a bunch of horseshit. this fellow Bhasin is a poor writer.
    " Chappell has attained just a fraction of what Tendulkar has earned in his career."
    I BEG to differ. But let's not discuss Chappell's playing career.
    "I sincerely feel Sachin still has five to six years of cricket left in him and he will show his class once again."
    Who is the cricket expert, Mr Bhasin, a subordinate writer for a poor newspaper, or Greg Chappel, the legend? Moreover, why do ppl take what Chappell said so much out of context?

    And finally, a simple contradiction:
    "He scored a century in the recent series against Pakistan, so there’s no question of lack of form for him. The media is actually responsible for sparking a debate on Sachin’s form."

    " He has a good head over his shoulders; he will come back, himself, to his old best. Many great batsmen have made a comeback and Tendulkar is greater than all the greats."

    By Blogger Dhruv Deepak, at 14:53  

  • Actually I love Chappel's take on this whole issue and to say the least I am greatly impressed by his attitude. This is the aussie attitude I want to have for Indian team where no one is a star and everyone is measured with the same yardstick called performance.

    As for Mr.Bhasin saying that because Chappel has neither 'the stature nor the right'. Well I was LMAO and stopped reading after that. This piece of Garbage isn't worth my time. And Mr. Bhasin is an Ignorant idiot of highest order to question Chappel's Stature. Chappel is one of the premier batsman of all time and as for Chappel's rights, Isn't he the Indian Coach ?

    By Anonymous SP, at 14:56  

  • I stopped counting Hindustan Times as a newspaper. It's a tabloid of first rate.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 14:56  

  • Prem,

    Does this article deserve a dekko on your blog?

    Look, I love wasting my time by reading your blog and the janta's comments too. But seriosuly, even I do not want to waste my time over articles like this.

    As my Hindi friends put it, "time pass karon yaar magar *shaan* se karon...."

    Need I say anything more...


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15:11  

  • It occurs to me that Tendulkar certainly gets worse sledging in actual matches, so Greg's remarks should really be considered 'friendly sledging'. Laugh. The Australians just cannot let go of their old habits.

    Prem is trying to be mischievious. If you noticed the link comes from the Trendy Teens section.

    For serious fans here is the Greg's quotes from HTCricket: "It also becomes an opportunity for someone else (to) come up to be the next champion cricketer for India. He may not have got an opportunity so far since Sachin was there" It makes wonder who this player could be, for the usual suspects like Mongia, Sriram, Gambhir cannot be described as an Indian Champion. That gets me excited. Who can he be and why hasn't his name come up before?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 15:15  

  • Relax guys!! this article is really written by a teen, since it does come from the teens sections.

    Bhasin is probably a school kid out pouring his love for his idol. Nothing wrong with it, considering so many adults around here can't over come their emotions about their fav cricketers.

    Prem! Hope you will check it more carefully before making fun of HT article.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 16:06  

  • UMmmmmmm the article gives me hope.... Maybe I can also become a writer for a daily!!! Not much required in terms of research, ethics, civility or diction. Beautiful just absolutely beautiful!!!!

    PS: Yes, I was being caustic, ascerbic, sarcastic... take your pick

    By Blogger KB, at 18:34  

  • oh dear, someone accidently published an article written by his/her 10 year old son for his English class? The boy's name is sachin, methinks.

    By Blogger chatura, at 21:23  

  • Not to worry all !!
    as this piece lies in the following category

    HindustanTimes.com » HT Next » Teens » Kaleidoscope » Story

    so what to comment??

    By Anonymous Abhay, at 00:36  

  • Abhay is right.The language is not that of a seasoned correspondent on the lines of a Rajan Bala, Sharda Ugra, R Mohan and our own Prem.HT has let a rookie loose in the absence of their regular correspondent who must have taken time off to attend interviews for his next job

    By Blogger Ravi, at 01:56  

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