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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Brothers in arms

Indian cricketers seem to share interesting relationships with their brothers -- some years back, there was a major hoo-haa when Snehashish Ganguly ripped into his brother Saurav.
Now another sibling, Mohammad Saif, has weighed in on the omission of his brother Kaif from the Test lineup -- says it's fair enough that Yuvraj got picked ahead of MK for the Zimbabwe Tests.
Kaif’s exclusion turned on the heat back home, when a bunch of fans in Allahabad burnt an effigy of skipper Sourav Ganguly, holding him responsible for the decision.
The wheel had turned full circle because, just two years ago, Kaif’s poor performance had irked ‘fans’ into smearing the family residence with black paint and oil. ‘‘It shouldn’t have happened,’’ said Saif, referring to yesterday’s incident.

9 Comments:

  • Hmm...Donno if this is just Kaif's way of saying to SG that all's well and that he is forgiven.

    By Blogger blueboy, at 16:42  

  • At least, looks like Saif's comments did not have the same wrath that Snehashish's did. I wonder how their brothers must have reacted to such comments...

    Prem, abt the ISRO scandal- what are Narayanan and Sasikumaran upto? I remember Raman Srivastava's daughter getting a lot of bad publicity because of whatever her father was alleged to have been involved in.

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:01  

  • I meant, what are the scientists doing now? Are they back at ISRO now?

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:01  

  • toney: When the verdict came out, Nambi told me he was hoping to be reinstated. Sasi was, too. Don't know though if they are still with ISRO, or decided to move on -- Nambi in particular gave me the sense of being a quintessential 'government servant' who would serve out his tenure and fade away into quiet retirement

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:03  

  • Yeah and Kaif would have played this long without Ganguly being the captain. Can anyone tell me how many cricketers from UP have played for India before Kaif? And How many times Media, And public was asking for Kaif's head? Indian public/fan have short memory and they swing like a lota from one direction to another.

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:04  

  • Prem,

    Sourav does not need his brother to tell him that - he knows it himself. Hence his desperate attempt to stay in the team. I think the problem is more physical than mental. Remember G R Vishwanath (my favorite batsman). In the end his reflexes went to pieces. It was shocking to see a batsman of his caliber falling to mediocre bowling. Sourav has been trying for ages to get his act together - note the numerous people he has consulted over his batting technique. And I think he has come to realise that something is not working physically - reflexes, footwork, who knows?

    By the way I saw Harsha spell Dinesh Karthik's name as Kaarthick. Is that the official spelling?

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 17:15  

  • hjrsingh...umm...I think that snehashish article was from 2003....where I believe both he and the team did 'well'

    By Blogger worma, at 17:20  

  • Don't thinnk there was anything wrong with what Kaif's brother said. In fact, it was admirable. But Snehashish's statement was just weird. Reminds me of the brother teepee in the movie Jerry Maguire.

    By Blogger roublen, at 17:31  

  • roublen - Show me the money !

    you knew it was coming. ;-)

    By Blogger ClannZú, at 01:06  

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