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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Bad to worse?

R Mohan, in the Asian Age, sums up the state of Indian cricket today (and, surprisingly, segues into a major role for Dilip Vengsarkar.

The national cricket team is under a cloud even in triumph, though the team they beat is the lowest of the lowly rated in Zimbabwe. The coach thinks our captain is physically and mentally unfit to lead. Our best batsman is not able to lift his bat to play strokes off a cricket ball.
There is not a single umpire from the country on ICC’s elite panel of umpires. The satellite television deal is so bad in law that it will be continually challenged in courts. Our board is in such a mess as to be unable to conduct its own annual general meeting, where the focus is on control and not cricket, on schedule. India’s opinion hardly counts in world cricket today.
Never have things come to such a pass in the national game. Do you get the feeling that the world is laughing at Indian cricket? The sequence of events has, however, been so extraordinary that we have no choice but to endure being the laughing stock. This has happened because we have certain reigning forces that are blind to anything other than self-interest. The administration as well as the captain it blindly supports are hardly bothered by the need to think nationally.


  • Oh Prem,

    Would there be an angle on vengsarkar too?

    But I like Mohan's suggestion. DV knows cricket. Occassionally write. Can not be as naive as GC and might be a counter balance to Sunny! What more can you ask nowa days when Less is More.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 14:31  

  • Prem:

    What has Vengsarkar done in his role as TRDO? Why is R.Mohan lavishing unnecessary praise on this guy? He spotted Tendulkar!!! Jeez, even I could have spotted Tendulkar.

    By Blogger nish_the_dish, at 14:43  

  • R Mohan = Verbal Diaorrhea. In 1983, when India won the World Cup, his opening sentence was: "It was a roseate day for the apotheosis of Indian cricket" :) I can't forget that one.

    Dilip Vengsarkar = Cricket Diaorrhea. More than anyone in Indian cricket, he proved that given enough chances and years, you can learn the art of batting. Do you remember when Vengsarkar was rated the best batsman in the world after some consistent scores (at last!) Interestingly, Greg Chappell at that time laughed at the ranking targeting Vengsarkar pretty directly.

    It is only fitting that Mr. Verbal Diaorrhea roots for Mr. Cricket Diaorrhea aka plain Diaorrhea when he faced Malcom Marshall.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 00:38  

  • The BCCI is composed of crooks, but are they indeed as dumb as we all think they are? After all, they have their grips firmly around some sweet moneybags through some solid politicking and canny conniving that does not come to village idiots. Has anyone speculated on the following:

    The board realizes the time of their man, SG, is up only because of overwhelming public opinion against him. They conclude it is best for all and sundry that SG heads out under better circumstances, preferably with his head held high. Basically, they emphasize that SG has to perform in the next two one day series (SL and SA) so he can hold his head high and win back some support. They point out that the games are going to be on docile pitches that can be adapted to SG's liking!

    At the same time, they tell GC that SG has been told in no uncertain terms that the two one-day series are his last, and to prepare his swan song. That seems reasonable even for impatient ole' GC. He has won, just needs to wait out two more months, during home series in India.

    Dalmiya, ever the schemer, takes SG aside and says it is best to exit after the ODIs. If he does well in the games, he has endeared himself to billions including all those cry-baby reporters. If he doesn't, well he knows he cannot be selected ever again. SG mumbles his consent. Dalmiya is assured that the word he has given to GC is rock solid. In this moment of triump, he spares a thought for the hapless GC. He tells him to quickly involve himself in administration and become his successor by 2006.

    He then goes back to GC and privately says that the letter was leaked by others to put pressure on SG and guarantees him that the ODI series will be SG's last. The smile is back on Chappelli's face. Two months is a small wait.

    Front man puppet-string Mahendra is asked to drop the two-captain theory (which in fact has already been finalized) out there. Dravid for tests, SG for ODIs. SG will not play another test for India.

    In the face of the public spat between SG and GC, the board continues its murky, secretive ways. Dalmiya has pulled out of this imbroglio and strengthened his future, both with GC the coach for the next 5 years and SG his protege-to-be in administration. He has pandered to both, unbeknownst to one another.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 01:05  

  • Tffy, nish_the_dish : How old were you folks when Vengsarkar was playing cricket ? I've been watching cricket since 1970 and trust me Vengsarkar is one of our all time great, consistent middle order batsman. More than anything I like the idea of Vengsarkar as the Selection Committee chairman becos he has stayed away from cricket politics for a long time and can bring some objectivity into the selection process.

    Remember he is the Sarkar ! I loved his style of batting as well as some of his articles (when he used to write). Who would ever forget him and Kapil Dev going against New Zealand in worldcup 1987 !

    By Blogger GuchuGuy, at 09:24  

  • Old enough, guchuguy. I've been watching cricket since 1975, ever since they started showing highlights on the tube in one channel black and white glory. Vengsarkar had more disastrous tours than successful ones. Especially when outside Indian soil. When he arrived to bat, he was always a cat on a hot tin roof and nervously fended away the first few overs. On average, he was far worse than Rahul Dravid at his defensive worst when starting an innings. I've been searching mighty hard for GC's words about him when he became ranked the top batsman. Alas, no luck.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 12:27  

  • Help me Dude, I think I'm lost..... I was searching for Elvis and somehow ended up in your blog, but you know I'm sure I saw him in a car lot yesterday, which is really strange because the last time I saw him was in the supermarket. No honest really, he was right there in front of me, next to the steaks singing "Love me Tender". He said to me (his lip was only slightly curled) "Boy, you need to get yourself a San Diego cosmetic surgery doctor ,to fit into those blue suede shoes of yours. But Elvis said in the Ghetto nobody can afford a San Diego plastic surgery doctor. Dude I'm All Shook Up said Elvis. I think I'll have me another cheeseburger. Then I'm gonna go round and see Michael Jackson and we're gonna watch a waaaay cool make-over show featuring some Tijuana dentists on the TV in the back of my Hummer. And then he just walked out of the supermarket singing. . . "You give me love and consolation,
    You give me strength to carry on " Strange day or what? :-)

    By Blogger Hoodia, at 04:46  

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