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Friday, August 05, 2005

In suspended animation

Sorry, guys, feel too ill to sit up and browse through cricket on the net -- this blog is in suspended animation till the India-Windies game Saturday night my time (which I want to watch, so aim to get rest till then).
Open thread, for you guys to throw up thoughts, ideas, links, whatever catches your fancy. Adios for now


  • Hi Prem,
    Hope u get well soon!!



    By Blogger MAHER, at 19:12  

  • Prem,

    Get well soon. So far, it looks like England's aggressive move has paid off.

    Warne truly holds the key, like Langer mentioned in his column.

    By Blogger RPM, at 19:57  

  • The last time England won two days in a row in a live Ashes test match was back on a barmy day in Edgbaston when Australia where reduced to 54/8 on the first day. It is refreshing to see the world champions show some mortality throughout this tour. What was weird was that none of the batsmen on either side were prepared for a grind and as far as I could see the best English bowling only came much later in the day when Simon Jones was swinging the ball both ways and Flintoff got those yorkers to the tail-enders.

    It's been seen throughout this series that the Aussies don't know how to take a step back when being dominated. they are so used to doling out the stuff. In my sum-up of yesterday's action I wrote Brett Lee should learn the art of defensive bowling when the batsman is on top. I think this has to go out to the whole team. They need to take a step back once in a while and play the game the old-fashioned way; grind the opposition and wait for the bad ball.

    By Blogger Ashwin Ramachandran, at 20:05  

  • I think the Aussies have that tiny little bit of arrogance that says "If you can dominate my bowling, I can do the same to yours".
    Obviously its unfair to comment on it without watching the match. But I had that feeling yesterday that they might go after the English bowlers instead of grinding it out. So I am curious to know, from those who watched, whether the Aussie batsmen got out trying to dominate or whether it was because of good Eng bowling.


    By Blogger Hari, at 20:23  

  • With the current Aussie middle order, the wicket of Simon Katich will always be the key. Clarke and Gilchrist (the batsmen before and after Katich in the line up) will continue playing their natural game and the bowlers would always fancy their chances against them. It is amazing that on a pitch like this where about 750 runs have been scored in 2 days, none of the batsmen has been able to score a century.

    By Blogger vishnupavan, at 20:51  

  • prem bete,

    Tell the fever, "if you don't go away, I will make you watch BLee bowl. If you go away, I will make you watch SWarne bowl".

    Seriously, get well soon. take ample rest.
    Lots of action you are missing.

    By Blogger amar, at 22:01  

  • Prem,

    Get well soon...

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 03:23  

  • Get well soon Prem.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 03:26  

  • Statistics mean nothing really, but they do give us some indication of what to expect.

    Here are some interesting stats about Aussie run chases:

    1. of the 232 times the Aussies have batted 4th, they have won 118 times, Drawn 48, Lost 65 and Tied once). Pretty impressive.

    2. While they have chased a score of 200 or more 22 times, they have lost twelve times chasing 200 or less (8 against England, 1981 in Leeds and Edgebaston, and 1997 at the Oval being the most recent).

    3. Of the 60 times that England have set Australia a target of 200 or more, Australia have drawn 23 times, Won 9 times and lost 28 times.

    On both of the above counts,England will recon they have a chance...

    3. This current Aussies Team (and I start from 1999/00 when Pak/India toured Austrlia) have conceded a lead in the first innings only 9 times. If you ignore the 1 run lead to NZ this year, and 6 runs ti SL last year, of the other 7, they have lost 1 (India in Madras 2001), drawn 4 (three against India, one NZ), and Won 2 (against SL in SL last year). In fact, in both those wins, they were behind by 91 & 161 runs respectively. But it was SL that were batting last.

    So, it will be a first for "This" aussie team to try to win after being behind by so many runs in first innings.

    By Blogger Saurabh Wahi, at 03:46  

  • Hey Prem!!
    Get well soon Boss!!!!

    About WI-India game is there any possibility left, that the team for the final among these two be decided on the basis of either run-rate or the bonus-points?
    I so want to see india loosing to WI and then somehow on the basis of above two criterion reaching final!!
    As so far the way they have played in the tournament...there seems to be no improvement or courage to improve things.
    1) Runing between the wickets has been pathetic.
    2) Fielding not to the point, even so called "best fielder" Yuvraj cant collect the ball neatly. Sehwag has dropped 3 catches so far.
    4) Dhoni is so weak on the left side, cant seems to be judging the angle..have given lot of byes and legbyes..
    5)Batting..no point talking about this..cant really understand why we need to persist with Yuvi and laxman...drop them...what the hell....
    6)Below average performance of "world Class spinner in india" Harbhajan singh..the other day indians were unable to play likes of Dilshan, but srilankans were hitting harbhajan all over the park..cant understand....
    In the ashes, Warne turned the 7 over old ball like no one can do..
    Thats the master....
    Anyways...the new season is nothing but the continuation of the last one...
    Prem..you take care...get well soon...


    By Blogger Medium_Fast_LegSpin, at 04:23  

  • Prem...take good care. We may need you for the Sunday game. WI looks like having got their act together to some extent, done some thinking. Chanderpaul opening. They may have a better performance....might just win this one. Then next one becomes do-or-die for India !..so...all the more reason you should rest well and be ready :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 04:56  

  • hey Blog hero!!
    get well soon..
    no jokes..i mean it..u will be missed for every session u r absent!
    Nice change to ur blog's look!!
    keep going - as strong as always prem..

    By Blogger ananth, at 05:39  

  • So..WI 88/1 in 22 overs...going comfortably. Almost a rarity for WI. And Murali not yet effective. Hmm...so this is the new pitch in Colombo. I hope Indians are quick enough to change their game plane to suit these condtions, because it looks like Dambulla plans should go out of the window

    By Blogger worma, at 06:10  

  • So far, it seems that this is NOT a pitch to play two spinners ! And this when India has decided to bring in Kumble. I hope it is noticed. Someone watching the live action ? Howz the pitch playing ?

    By Blogger worma, at 06:34  

  • Some more bs from Langer here http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/cricket/england/4747287.stm

    Says **For years there has been a growing perception this Australian team needs a real challenge. Winning this Test from here is certainly going to be that...** So what about the Indian challenge ? Is he writing for the Eng readers only, hoping to earn some popularity there through his columns ?

    Also says **In hindsight, there may be a few raised eyebrows about sending England in to bat, but history and all other indications on this pitch suggested Ricky's choice should have been the correct one.** I wish he had clarified what history, and what pitch suggstions ??

    Prem...u like his writings ?

    By Blogger worma, at 06:39  

  • what a hypocrite Gilchrist is!!!

    with his holier-than-thou "i walk" attitude, he has no qualms claiming false catches.

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 06:59  

  • Mock turtle,
    Is Gilchrit's hypocritical nature something new? All Aussies are hyocrites. They follow ethics when it suits them.

    By Blogger Toney, at 08:15  

  • To be fair to Gilchrist, he may not have known that Pietersen did not touch that. It looked close and it was understandable for him to get excited.

    Also, notice that Gilchrist is the least likely to go up for an appeal when it is not out.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 08:41  

  • Gilchrist is very clever, imo. with his "i walk" stunt, he has managed to create an angelic image of himself that am sure influences the umpires too.

    He shamelessly appealed for Sehwag's dismissal at B'lore test, remember? And sehwag got fined for "dissent".

    By Blogger Mock Turtle, at 08:56  

  • mock turtle: don't remember that. probably repressed it. :)

    Flintoff with tow biggies. Hope this lasts.

    By Blogger Jiet, at 09:13  

  • SL 75/4 in 19 overs...ooh yeah. :)

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 10:19  

  • SL 6 down and staring down the barrel.. Most probably WI would win today.. What that means is WE HAVE TO WIN TOMORROW...

    By Blogger Raju, at 11:14  

  • WOW..SL lost !!

    By Blogger worma, at 12:13  

  • WI beats SL in their own backyard...something not many teams have done. I know its just one match but SL rightfully being shown their place...I really think they are a mediocre team who should be taken to the cleaners every time. Well done WI...keep it up.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 12:37  

  • So what happened with the aussies? I honestly thought 280 should've been eminently gettable. Not a walk in the park maybe, given England's bowling, but with a bit of application there's no reason why it should've proved too big a target. Problem is, I think Aussies also thought it was eminently gettable. And made a mess of it due to overconfidence. Or, was it just brilliant bowling by England?

    By Blogger Rahul, at 13:02  

  • Australia were on course until Freddie came along and took Langer & Ponting in 1 over. Thats what England needed..a spurt, a stroke of brilliance to get the ball rolling. And the theory that Australia are poor chasers in a relatively low score is holding true..they cannont grind it out and stake a win for some reason. Gilly had no business dancing down the track and from reading the commentary Martyn and Katich shouldn't have thrown their wickets away.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș, at 13:05  

  • Rahul, I've always felt that this Aus side has not been tested enough with tight chases (not their fault, they've finished the matches earlier) but it does seem they have nerves (remember few times we tested them, they were almost always showing lots of nerves Kolkata 2001, Mumbai 2004 etc) Ofcourse this doesnt hide the fact that Eng is bowling great, and that Flintoff is now officially their new Botham :-) That man is closing on 'greatness'.

    By Blogger worma, at 13:11  

  • Clannzu, agreed with what u said. btw u can follow the match at bbc radio comm on internet.

    By Blogger worma, at 13:12  

  • Well, two absorbing days of cricket today. West Indies brought this Indian Oil Cup alive with a thumping win over SL and Eng have battered the Aussies to bring the Ashes alive. The WI bowling always looked dangerous with their pace but their batting lacked depth. But Chanderpaul opening was a long due move and he duly delivered and once WI got a total on board, the bowlers bowled brilliantly at the SL once again exposing a soft top order.

    Flintoff I think has well and truly established himself as a worthy succssor to Botham and what another brilliant day of test match cricket. Once this match is over this will definitely rank among the top 3 most extraordinary test matches ever witnessed.

    By Blogger Ashwin Ramachandran, at 13:42  

  • well game set and match england ... i think aussies in the same dump as india all batsmen out of form . Also very interesting is whenever aussies without mcgrath they just lose it in the field rem the shakeup india gave them in australia (they didnt even have warne tho i guess to indians not so mucha issue) .. 3rd test will be really interesting

    By Blogger Karthik, at 13:42  

  • interesting stats on india playing with without extra bowler and austarlia without mcgrath tells a real story


    By Blogger Karthik, at 13:50  

  • Ashwin, 'two days of cricket...' ? ;-) But really..what a day..freddie is way above the rest of this Eng team...talent is not the only ingredient for greatness...some of the Eng guys (Harmy, KP..) are talented...but this guy comes up with pearls beyond what is expected of a person of his talent.

    And abt WI yeah..atleast we wud have a good match at hand tmrow..and when almost all thought Ind-SL final was a given! U know..had WI management sat down to plan earlier, they could have won a few more matches ! Anyway...who knows...we may be coming home earlier than expected ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 14:18  

  • I think I was probably trying to write two absorbing matches in one day...or some such thing. Just so excited about WI winning and Eng almost there, that I'm tending to blurb a little.

    By Blogger Ashwin Ramachandran, at 16:48  

  • Worma,

    What is the link for BBC's audio webcast of the Ashes? The other place for commentary is the cricbuzz.com.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 17:49  

  • Hello Prem

    It is a long time since i have written to you.

    i would like to know from you the reaction to the following:

    As i was watching the Ashes test today, there were two appeals for lbw against the England batsmen. After the appeals, Shane Warne, Brett Lee and the captain engaged in conversation with Mr Rudi Koertzen, supposedly a very fair umpire. He is certainly fair when the reference is to skin pigmentation, but the 'Oh so respected' Mr Koertzen is not really a fair person when it comes to judgement. Say, if this was done by Sourav Ganguly and the bowler was Harbhajan Singh or the unfortunate Mr Nehra, i am sure that those unfortunate persons would be 'endowed' with a fine of 50% or a suspension from certain number of games! Imagine!

    Will the BCCI take this matter up in the next ICC conference? It will not!
    The players involved in this 'racket' are not black or 'brown'!!

    What do you do?
    Thanks for the insight into the game.
    Please write more about the inequalities among children, the spread of choice, etc.

    Yours sincerely


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    By Blogger soorya, at 18:02  

  • Its quite usual situation for India again. I think SL wants WI in the final .

    By Blogger -L-L-D-a-s-u, at 22:42  

  • Hi Prem

    Hope the fever goes away and a part of it, albeit in a different form reaches the shore of Lanka and the Premadasa. That the India play with some burning desire...



    By Blogger Shakeel Abedi, at 23:24  

  • Prem,
    I think this is the best thing that can happen to any new coach. And to GC, it cant get any better. Yesterday, I somehow joking with my friend that WI would win the match against SL. The reason why I said that is, I want India go through this semi final kind of phase which they will in a few hours from now. That way, GC will get a chance to enforce his tactics on this team. Ideally I really want India lose this match. We have a long season in front of us. So, these losses might wake up the likes of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Kaif and Co. (I cant help but laughing at Sehwag for blaming his fellow batsmen after the Bangalore defeat against Aussies, he thinks he is greater than other batsmen in the team. Keep your head down Viru. Its good for you and India).

    Wishing all the best to my team, by wishing the same team bad luck with the game against WI.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 23:41  

  • Hearing the match commentary for the third day from 4:30 in the morning was an emotional and mystifying rollercoaster ride . I was listening till Pieterson got out and then drifted to sleep then woke up again for the Aussie innings. Was listening till the Aussies were 30 something for no loss(It all seemed to be like the old times, the Aussies would be behind the clock for the most part and then race ahead to the front) and drifted back again to sleep. Woke up at 11 am to the clatter of Aussie wickets falling one by one.
    Two opposing sets of thoughts came to my head during the days play, England have lost the plot and their batting has no backbone(Till Pieterson's wicket) and Is the wicket finally falling apart? Listening to the commentators on cricbuzz, it was tough to tell what was exactly happening on the ground but Im glad my first instinct was wrong.
    This has been a momentous match just like the first one. I think the next three matches (if weather permits) will be as electrifying.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 23:44  

  • Words that Dravid is going to say in the early morning huddle:

    "Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war..."

    Met the guy once in Singapore long tme ago. Was impressed by his love of reading...


    By Blogger Shakeel Abedi, at 00:04  

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