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Thursday, August 04, 2005

The paper rounds -- India

1. The Arjuna Ranatunga column hits all the obvious points, is frank about the quality of the pitch, and unexpectedly forthright in suggesting that Dilshan (Must I repeat? 23 matches at home, 10 wickets at 40.40; 22 matches abroad, 1 wicket at 95.00) is at best a 'half-bowler' who, ergo should not have done the damage he did yesterday.
2. Mid-Day has a clutch of stories, all by Clayton Murzello: One on Chappell's muted reaction to the loss yesterday (In passing, I have seen identical reactions from Wright -- which were totally at odds with what he told the team in the dressing room, and I would expect this instance to be similar; coaches don't go around telling reporters they intend to turn the batsmen or bowlers over their laps and whack them with a cane); another that homes in on Ganguly's sympathy for Dravid (SG, as far as I can make out, had one interaction with the media yesterday; is amusing to see how many different ways those comments keep getting interpreted, and reinvented); and one on Mahela Jayawardene -- again, I suspect, drawn from the post match media interaction.
Outside of these, not much happening in the newspaper space -- a touch too early to do the rounds, I suspect, so will do an update later this evening. For now, off to grab some soup, some medication, and some sleep in that order. See you later, guys.


  • Prem: What do you think about this?


    Wasn't it the Ozzies who started this thingy...throwing the ball at the batsmen to intimidate them...during the '99 WC I think...and I remember reading somewhere they claimed it was hugely successful particularly against the Pakis in the Finals. Now this?

    What say you?

    By Blogger obelix, at 14:30  

  • I think I recall an incident where Yasir Hameed held his bat up when Martyn, I think, hurled the ball at him and Gilchrist was furious because the ball could have deflected into his face. The aussies have been as guilty as anyone of throwing the ball back unnecessarily

    By Blogger Abe, at 14:38  

  • they obviously dont like the taste of their own medicine!!

    By Blogger obelix, at 14:44  

  • good look for the blog prem!!

    By Blogger amar, at 14:54  

  • Niiice blog, Prem. esp creditable to have accomplished this thru an illness. just wondering if it will be better to run a discussion, during alive game, on an IM/chat type of program. this is great for posts but during games we have to keep refreshing manually.
    registration is a tedious but welcome development. i guess this enable syou to shut out obnoxious "anons" and other spoilers.

    By Blogger suresh bala, at 15:48  

  • Obelix, you are right. This was within their tactics, if I remember correctly. They used the same tactics in the last Test at Chennai, 2001 where they lost narrowly.
    The Aussies conveniently switch to being ethical cricketers when they feel like it. I hope England continue to do it. I wouldnt reccomend hurting a batsman but repeatedly throwing the ball to the keeper, over the stumpsis not a bad idea.
    Mimicking can irritate a lot of people. Nasser Hussain used to come up to the batting crease and re-adjust his field. The batsman often had to move away from the crease. SG did the same thing when Hussain batted and he wasn't very pleased with it.

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:03  

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