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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Finishing school

Gautam Gambhir's coach, Raju Tandon, is pretty peeved that his ward didn't, with the Zimbabwean bowling down and out, put in the boot.
Recalling that meeting before Gambhir’s departure for Zimbabwe, Tandon today said that he had told the cricketer not to leave things unfinished. ‘‘There are only two Test matches and you may get only to play two innings. Make the best use of the chances and never leave things unfinished,’’ he said.

21 Comments:

  • prem, this goes into the fact that personal milestones weigh in too too much pressure on these lads. who cares if GG had got a hundred yesterday. do we care? it was important for him to motor in the morning and accumulate a lot of runs. what is this hue and cry about not getting 100 here?

    By Blogger Mayur, at 17:37  

  • mayur..thats the problem..we, as in Indian fans, do care a lot about milestones...so that now when D Karthik fails in a couple of innings...we say bring on Dhoni....IMO thats because our memory says 'Karthik played decently in the past..' and not 'Karthik scored a match winning Hundred in a test against Pakistan' a feat to he put in the highest pedestal of our cricketing celebration.....and only because he scored a match winning 93 !
    ..i dont want to give this example...but many times recently we read 'SG hasn't scored a century in n test innings....m ODI innings'...although he scored 90+ (once match winning) runs twice in the last season..

    By Blogger worma, at 17:43  

  • Ah well, the coach thinks, if the lad gets a 100, he stays in the team; if he is in the team, I am coach of a national player, which is like honey, attracts wanna-bees

    Think that is far fetched? Consider this: Ashok Mankad, who was the BOmbay coach at the time, once bumped into me at the CCI, asked for my cell number. Next morning, I get a call. Can we meet, he says, lunch on me.

    We meet, we lunch, we talk of all sorts of things, and finally, he comes to the point -- he wants to do a column for Rediff.

    I'm like, okay, what kind of column? Oh, very analytical, all kinds of insight, he says. I go, what are you expecting to be paid?

    Man doesn't bat an eye, he says 15k for an 800 word column. I go, are you nuts?!

    His answer I still remember: "Don't forget, I am coach of the team that has the world's best cricketer in it"

    So? "Oh, I can provide all kinds of inside stuff"

    I'm, like, Ashok, any time I want "inside stuff" from Sachin, I'll give him a call but I'm sure not paying that kind of money for any column.

    Is just one instance, but it shows you how the system works -- as coach of a national player you get to write your own check, more or less. As coach of a former national player, you are not quite as saleable. So you can see why a player's coach would have been concerned with landmarks.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:45  

  • hmm...makes sense Prem....isn't this why Jenner landed the spin coaching assignment with ECB...that he's the mentor of the Great..

    By Blogger worma, at 17:48  

  • Prem, do you know Acharekar personally? Ever had an opp to talk to him?

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:49  

  • i personally feel worma that the talks to drop kartik r simply ridiculous. he is still young and he shud be giving quite some chances before he gets dumped. going with popular opinion is fine, but who cares. tomorrow dhoni might score a century and settle in the team, some another under 19 player might come along and score 2. the media and some sections of the fan base is going to call for dhoni's head. this is simply setting the wrong precedent. this test too, i was hoping that yuvi gets picked ad fortunately he did otherwise he wud have been destroyed and on the other hand it wud have put pressure on kaif to score big in this test since he might get 1 chance before v rao replaces him (or whoever). continuity is imp!! give karthick a decent run. let him play till the eng series unless he starts to fumble like PP. he deserves it especially after showing some promise in the series against pak.

    By Blogger Mayur, at 17:50  

  • Ah well, the coach thinks, if the lad gets a 100, he stays in the team; if he is in the team, I am coach of a national player, which is like honey, attracts wanna-bees

    Sorry cant stop myself.

    Here is how friends think...

    if This other dude goes, my friend becomes the captain of the team; if he is captain of the team, I am the friend of a national captain, which is like honey, attracts wanna-bees :))

    By Blogger Vick, at 17:50  

  • I think Prem that far too many of us are fair weather fans.. Think about it.. Of the billion or so Indians who claim to be passionate about the game.. how many are really into it.. Understanding the subtlities and nuances and following the game for what it is.. And how many are xenophobes who will wave the flag at any given instant and create celebrities overnight.. and wont think twice about stoning players houses the next?

    I do not think we have a cricket culture and if we do.. its not strong enough

    By Blogger SHRI, at 17:51  

  • mayur...I totally agree with you...just telling you how I feel it works..how opinions get formed...and they keep building through fans...through our past cricketing 'experts' (I wont be surprised if I sometime soon see a statement from a Kapil or some such saying Dhoni shoudl get a chance in tests)...through media....

    By Blogger worma, at 17:53  

  • Prem:

    I know what you are getting at but the premise of your logic if faulty. Do you mean to say that his 97 will get him out of the team? Gautam Gambhir is still the opening partner for Sehwag in tests and even his coach knows that.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 17:54  

  • worma, is kapil up for loksabha elections?

    By Blogger Mayur, at 17:55  

  • mayur what elections? no such elections scheduled anytime soon (unless you have some inside info ;-)....and no atleast I haven't heard of Kapil going into active politics...

    By Blogger worma, at 17:59  

  • His missing a century not withstanding (which I believe is not really relevant in the larger picture), GG could be a very fine one-day prospect. He runs well between wickets, seems a good fielder and can play real pace. I think he should be groomed by the selectors with the world cup in mind. So, in case SG's downward trend in ODi's turns into a deathly spiral, Gautam can be fitted into a a possibility. I would rate his chances of better than a Venugopal Rao as a one day player.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 17:59  

  • worma, i was just kidding!!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 18:01  

  • DOes anybody know who the five selectors are ? DO they get replaces at the end of this month following AGM/elections?

    By Blogger Prasad, at 18:01  

  • Singh: No no, didn't mean that; 97 is as good when it comes to retaining his berth. But coaches do give such self-centric advice to their wards, and most times, this is where they are coming from.

    Chalo, guys, back with you later in my night

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 18:02  

  • prasad.. if SG is not around.. AAnd GG comes in.. then where does SRT go? I do not think ST will go down the order...And GG is an opener through and through..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 18:03  

  • leaving for the day.. taek care all

    By Blogger SHRI, at 18:09  

  • Shri: Can I just correct you a wee bit? You said - I do not think we have a cricket culture and if we do.. its not strong enough Actually we DO have a cricket culture and it is the strongest in the world. But what we lack is a sporting culture.
    Essentially we view cricket just like we view movies, envying the players for having what we don't have and that makes us pull them down if we think they are not doing as good as we think they should. We look at the trappings of the game and seek to remove it at the slightest hint of a loss of form.
    However, elsewhere, what is celebrated is the physical hardships that atheletes go through and when they are villified, it is only because they do something like what Latrell Sprewell (Minnesota Timberwolves) did last year when he publicly justified a demand for a pay hike with the words "I've got to feed my family" (he was getting $21 million over 3 years and he wanted more). Thats when the boos begin.
    This happened again with the Philly Eagles's wide receiver Terell Owens stayed away from training camp over his demand to redo his existing 7 year contract barely a year after he joined the team. His reasoning - that he acheived what he said he would, i.e take the Eagles to the Superbowl (to his credit, he DID say he would do it and he did it). Fan went mad and his house in suburban Philly was barracked and local radio stations made up rap numbers sullying his name. Finally he saw reason and he has since started playing (decently well, i should add) this season!

    By Blogger anantha, at 18:14  

  • anti, TO also said that he wants it re done because he needs to take care of his family. $ 49 million for 7 years is apparently not enough to buy cheese steak in philly... TO lost the respect of few of his mates(notably mcnabb) and the result is that eagles lost their season opener to vick(not the one doing rounds on this blog) and the atlanta falcons.

    By Blogger blueboy, at 18:20  

  • Blueboy: I hope that TO and Mcnabb have put the whole fracas behind them. The 42-3 suggests that, but the 49ers are not exactly the team to beat, their opening day win regardless...

    By Blogger anantha, at 21:50  

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