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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

What do they know...

...of cricket, as CLR James asked...
Was reminded of the quote -- which I have used as motto for this site -- when I read Akash Chopra's diary in the Hindustan Times just now.
His diaries are worth your while -- at times, they focus on the cricket; other times, he writes, and very well, too, on the things he sees and hears, characters he encounters...
Very articulate lad; another of those players who feels a tinge of bitterness towards the system. He feels he's been hard done by, because temperamentally he is the sort of player who loves to play shots. In Australia, though, he was asked to rein in, to keep one end going while Sehwag played his natural game at the other.
The results were stunning -- the two were engaged in good opening partnerships that stopped the Aussie attack in its tracks and more to the point, eased the pressure on the middle order and allowed the likes of Dravid, Sachin, Laxman and Saurav to play with ease.
Then -- simply in order to make room for Yuvraj, who couldn't fit into the middle because that threatened Saurav's place -- he was dumped; his game fell away as a result, and suddenly he found himself entirely out of the reckoning, with Gautam Gambhir taking his place in the side.
It is not the fact of being dropped that bugs him, but the fact that in all this time, no one has explained to him what his fault was, and what he in the selectors' wisdom needed to do to reclaim his slot.

4 Comments:

  • Prem,
    Was a pleasant surprise to read Akash Chopra's columns (which you linked to)!
    Didnt know our cricketers were this articulate (with all due respect to them). I referred to an interview Irfan Pathan gave to Outlook on my blog in which he was quoted using the word "vicissitudes". I had to look up a dictionary to find the meaning oof that word! Spoke more about the interviewer's writing skills rather than the player (as Amit Varma of India Uncut commented)!

    By Blogger Soultan of Swing, at 02:10  

  • After the Ozzie series Chopra had a poor time in domestics so I was expecting him to fail. His slow batting in the 2004-5 season did not help. Surely he is smart enough to realise that.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 04:46  

  • And surely even in Australia, the management would not have told him to 'just hold one end up' ! I mean he surely should have known to convert those big starts into better scores. Gambhir has a similar motto, still he is currently doing a better job, isn't he ? So if Chopra is looking for answers, as to what he should have done, then look at Gambhir !

    This ofcourse does not mean that Gambhir is the final answer. Even he needs to go on further. A top flight batsman should have more conversions to longer scores, irrespective of the batting position. Well actually openers more so, especially when playing in India.

    By Blogger worma, at 07:45  

  • Then -- simply in order to make room for Yuvraj, who couldn't fit into the middle because that threatened Saurav's place -- he was dumped; his game fell away as a result, and suddenly he found himself entirely out of the reckoning..

    of course, don't you know that Saurav is Sauron's cousin - what else do you expect? :P the truth is that SRT needed some elbow room.

    aaaargh@rediff and their brilliant deductions. tempted to write more but i should sign off and not read more of such nonsense.

    By Blogger chatura, at 23:12  

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