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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

From the tech files

For those of you monitoring (I even know of one guy who routinely clips and files stories on the subject; there are likely others) the benefits of high-tech help for sportspeople, here's one. On how tech helped Liam Plunkett rehabilitate himself. One immediate candidate I can think of, to benefit from this, is Ashish Nehra.
PS: And this is likely the last update in a while :-)


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    By Blogger Amy3331, at 13:21  

  • Prem, Isnt Ashish Nehra a bit too long in the tooth to try a complete revamping of his action?

    By Blogger Toney, at 13:27  

  • Great article on Plunkett. But like *some* of our friends on this blog say this won't work in India, because in India yaar we don't respond to all this new stuff, we know that cricket is see the ball hit it game. All the tech stuff is for teams who want to be successful. We don't. When we have a weakness say against the short ball in batting we don't figure out how to rectify it we stop practicing it and then blame everyone else.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 13:29  

  • gopalblog, you missed something else too, "Arre yaar, keep the game simple" kind of dialogs. Also, all this is theory, wont be useful. And just like GC doesnt have any history as coach, so he is a bad coach, this technology hasnt been used before, so this is not useful...
    And dont talk about weaknesses against the short ball. I heard that an understanding has been reached regarding this and no batsmen from India will have to face such deliveries again because we are too soft to handle this.

    By Blogger Toney, at 13:37  

  • Prem: What's the deal man? Why all these diversionary posts.. under 19 guy, women's team, technology in cricket etc. Are we done with the GC-SG saga..or is this the post-op trauma reaction - run away from the hospital ;-)

    By Blogger losing now, at 13:37  

  • Yeah, Prem does seem a little bit rattled to me :-D
    Easy guys, I suspect a whole lot of stuff happened underneath the official "amicable resolution" cover. Chappell is too proud a man to accept such a resolution unless something else were promised to him. I think the selectors will likely remove Ganguly as the Captain, or at the very least put him on notice. I would expect to see the true outcome of this be revealed in a month or two.
    In the meanwhile while Gangu-teli continues to (mis)lead from the front, I will skip watching matches.

    By Blogger Multy, at 13:46  

  • toney - LOL about the "understanding" reached, if only the opp bowlers were as cooperative then we would have no problems. That's the thing I resent about this the anti-GC tirade by *some*. We can't use the new tech, we can't train as hard, we can't measure up to the fitness regimens, we can't play as well as the other teams on the one hand BUT who the he__ is this guy to tell us how to play when we are so great just look at past records 10,000 runs in ODIs 200 wickets in ODIs etc. It would be funny if it weren't sad.

    By Blogger Gopalblog, at 13:49  

  • multy - while we are diverting .. here's another nincompoop (like SG).


    some chutzpah

    By Blogger losing now, at 13:53  

  • Is it just me, or does Ashish Nehra look like a horse ?

    By Blogger nikhil viswanathan, at 14:04  

  • Well "losing now", to be fair at least Gangu didnt run a horse-racing association before he got the captaincy, and his (Ganguly's) incompetence or lack of performance didnt cost any lives, only a lot of depression for folks like you and me :-D

    By Blogger Multy, at 14:06  

  • Who said cricket is not entertaining. On or off the field some how you get Yash Chopra style entertainment.

    There is love, there is hate, there is emotion, ofcourse there is drama.

    And, finally, like all stories "Everybody lived happily ever after :-)"

    By Blogger GuchuGuy, at 14:27  

  • PP, do you know if any of the Indian team or people connected to the BCCI read this blog?

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:34  

  • Mark my words. One year from now this is what the settings will look like:

    Coach : Greg Chappell
    Captain : Rahul Dravid

    Team for Test:

    Team for One Day :

    Not much difference from the state of affairs now. There is not much talent to be unearthed. We need specialists in the areas of "a good middle order bat who can field well", "a good spinner who can field well", "a good fast bowler who can field well".

    Note the commonality, ie., fielding. Yes. Currently, Lax in tests and Gangs in one days are a liability so are Kumble, Khan and Harbhajan. Lax in tests is a strength in slips so his inability to field well in other areas is discounted. Harbhajan and Kumble are just fillers in the role of a spinner. Real quality spinners are lacking of the standards of Warne, Muralitharan or even the pak spinner.

    So, we badly need replacements for Ganguly, Khan, Nehra, Harbhajan/Kumble for Indian cricket to get to the next level that England was able to get to with the help of Flintoff, Simon Jones and Kevin Peterson.

    Until that happens India will continue to do all the talking and not produce quality cricket when it matters (Word Cups, Finals). Why can't they treat every match they play as if they are playing against their arch rival Pakistan. Why the synergy and chemistry between the team members only once in four years whenever they face Pakistan.

    I think the roots need to be shaken up.

    By Blogger GuchuGuy, at 14:47  

  • Looks like Ganguly is either put on notice or going to be given some rest from captaincy and concentrate on his batting.
    Read this for some hints:

    By Blogger devatha, at 15:01  

  • Actually, I wouldnt expect Ganguly to be there in either side 1 year from now, if his current form continues. I also expect a Dinesh Karthik to be there instead of Dhoni on the test side, and maybe a Murali Karthik (damn, two Karthiks) fighting it out for Harbhajan for the spinner's place (given that HS hasnt done anything worthwhile in a long time). Would also expect Chappell to blood a few youngsters and give more chances to the likes of Venugopal Rao, Raina, Dinesh Mongia, Badani, Ambati Rayudu etc..

    By Blogger Multy, at 15:11  

  • http://cricket.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1244637.cms

    a fair report from indiatimes or is it, read almost the same thing in cricinfo

    By Blogger JD, at 15:16  

  • M Karthik doesn't have what it takes to be a quality spinner. He lacks temparement. D Karthik vs Dhoni I would go with Dhoni on both versions of the game longer term.

    None of the Raina's, Rao's, Mongia's, Badani's are match winners or franchise players. They are fringe players.

    I don't know much about Rayudu.

    By Blogger GuchuGuy, at 15:21  

  • multy:

    Roa and Raina, okay. But Mongia, Badani and Rayudu would get a chance only when they are selected in the first 15.

    As Ranbir said today, Coach has his own job to do. Apparently, he does not have a job in team selection!!!

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 15:25  

  • Hi guys

    This is what really happened, in the review meeting. Looking at it, lot has happened that might change team selection policy.
    Look at this: what really happened

    By Blogger devatha, at 16:04  

  • Hi guys

    This is what really happened, in the review meeting. Looking at it, lot has happened that might change team selection policy.
    Look at this: what really happened

    By Blogger devatha, at 16:04  

  • hmm...guchuguy..agree with the teams in there..but doubt that ganguly should be there in the ODI team cos irrespective if he get his form back or not he'll still be a liability in the field...picture this scene..we're in the WorldCup Semis..4 runs for the opposing team to win..ball's hit to ganguly...*shudder*..ganguly jogging mightily chases it to the boundary..opposition team run four while dravid,kaif,tendulkar and all scream and pull their hair out...harbhjan and zaheer clap and cheer on 'dada' for his valiant effort..what to do yaar..ball was moving soo fast..

    aside from that...read on cricinfo that the committee might be advising that selectors be chosen on merit and not on the zonal basis thats present now..


    hope this is true..and also mentions that selectors will choose players based on merit..which would be the 'common sense' theory..yeah DUH..but this being Indian Cricket..who knows..maybe Dalmiya will be head of the selection panel and the entire Bengal team would be representing india..:p..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 16:09  

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