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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Leisure time

Nice, very nice, to wake up (what do you mean it's 11? I only went to bed nearing 4!) and log on to this thing and find your work done for you -- thanks much, Ruchir! :-) It also means I can actually get some work done on the edition.
Ahead of which, there is this other story -- sorry, opinion piece; Mid-Day founder Khalid Ansari has his own view on who Deep Throat was.
Elsewhere, the board which yesterday according to "sources" was planning to trim down the Chappell entourage by getting rid of Ian Frazer, now says it is not contemplating any such move (so either the source was wrong, or the board has had a rethink, or there is a lot of heavy duty back and forth bargaining going on behind the scenes that we are not aware of).
Outside of the interesting clips Ruchir threw up from the Rohit Brijnath piece, the interesting point is that he frames the larger question a bit differently. It is not, he argues here, a question of whether the coach's methodology is right or wrong; it is more a question of did he try to sell it too hard, too soon.
Of course, situations differ and every team has its own demands. Australian coach John Buchanan, merely recounting his own experiences and not endorsing a particular method, says he took it "slow and steady" at Queensland, where he was vastly successful, and got a few senior players on his side. At Middlesex, where he was asked to enforce change, he started straightaway, but tensions with a few key players undid it all. "In hindsight," he says, "I might have tried to rush things." Perhaps so is Chappell.

Reminds me tangentially of a story about his admittedly even more abrasive elder brother, Ian. Relates to when Dennis Lillee was trying to make a comeback after injury (Lillee, when I got to chat with him at length in Chennai some years back, said he was not even keen on a comeback because he thought he could never regain his peak; he was pushed, coaxed and cajoled into it, he said, by Chappelli).
In his first game back, Lillee on the first morning of the Test apparently bowled like a dork. And Chappell, after a while, took him off.
During the break, Lillee -- who, by then, wanted nothing more than the earth to swallow him up -- went up to Chappell, hand held out, and said sorry, skipper, thanks for giving me a chance but I don't think I can do this. Chappell ignored the outstretched hand and sneered: I don't shake hands with medium pacers. Lillee was so livid, he punched Chappell in the gut, then held out his hand again. Chappell repeated the message: I don't shake hands with medium pacers; and got punched again for his pains. Lillee then stormed off, fuming -- and, post lunch, the story goes, produced an inspired spell of fast bowling. More to the point, he never had doubts about whether or no to come back, after that.
There, that's your bedtime story told; now I'll get back to work. Catch you guys later.


  • After hearing this bedtime story, I feel like sleeping :-)
    Ruchir, could you please do my work too?
    much thanks in advance :-)

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 11:25  

  • HEY Prem...that man Fleming is in news again. This is about the county game where Kent and Nottinghamshire 'planned' a finish!!

    Look at the scorecard (http://live.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/2005/ENG_LOCAL/CC1/SCORECARDS/14-18SEP2005/KENT_NOTTS_CC1_14-17SEP2005.html)and its amazing that Kent declared at 230 odd chasing 486. If they had averted follow on, and the game drawn,Nottinghamshire would have been 2nd! However Fleming and Fulton came together and Nottinghamshire came first.
    Fleming was a suspect for almost throwing the India game too, by resting Bond and Vettori.
    One look at what Fleming has achieved over 10 years as captain will show you that its zero..almost.
    The article...(http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/ci/content/story/220469.html)

    Doesn't underperforming is part and parcel of some 'activities'?
    NZ was never that bad, was it???????

    By Blogger mau tor, at 11:33  

  • Is it the standard operating procedure to select the captain first and then the captain selects the team (off course the selectors are present for appearances)? What a stupid way of selecting a team!!!

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 11:38  

  • If Gangs is captain of one of the challenger teams and doesnt win the challenger cup, how likely is it that he wont be made the Indan skipper?

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 11:40  

  • Doesnt GAG order apply to Ganguly ?

    'I have been vindicated'

    By Blogger P K, at 11:48  

  • JHAkas ->

    By Blogger Jai, at 12:17  

  • This could be really far fetched, but maybe GC's sniping will awaken the bengal tiger dormant in SG too. SG is in a do or die situation and the current spat with GC may shock him into rediscovering his lost form as a batsman and guile that made him such a competitive captain.

    By Blogger saum, at 12:17  

  • Have you guys missed out on the report in cricket-next.


    I may be wrong, but I vaguely recall that this site was inagurated none other than SG ?

    By Blogger thirdempire, at 12:20  

  • I think you are wrong third umpire and tell me what should be done when the third umpire gets it wrong? Be ready for a hearing from the Match Referee.

    By Blogger Jai, at 12:23  

  • Looks like I have to assume another alias.

    But am I right ?

    By Blogger thirdempire, at 12:29  

  • p k:

    I think gag order applies to everyone, but is never implemented unless it is hurting Dalmiya. ;-)

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 12:34  

  • This bedtime story is inspirational only because Lille has that killer instint in him to deliver and prove it to himself. Some of the Indian players in that situation probably will get discouraged and most likely end up doing the opposite of what Lillee had done.

    By Blogger PaperTiger, at 12:37  

  • there was aonther occassion when lille was bowling at medium pace, the captain(dunno who it was) asked the keeper to standup to the wicket. this drove Lille mad and almost took the batsman's head off the next ball

    By Blogger JD, at 12:41  

  • jai:

    Excellent link on JHAkas....

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 12:43  

  • Have those chose the Rest of India
    for the Irani Trophy ? ;starting oct 1.

    Not able to get info on Rest of India team , appreciate any links.

    By Blogger PODI, at 13:01  

  • GC: I don't think you have it in you to play for India any more.
    SG: Is this an honest opinion?
    GC: Yes. You are mentally and physically unfit to lead the team and you are scared of fast bowling.
    SG (wails): Uncle Jaggu!! Look Mr.Chappell is making fun of me!

    By Blogger Jiet, at 13:02  

  • Prem,

    About the Khalid Ansari article - Prem, is it possible for you to find out about the 2 leaks? The first one you would know from Harhsa, wouldn't you? (He is done covering the series and so should be approachable to you). The second leak - can you tap into more sources about Gautham DasGupta?

    The BCCI, as past events have shown, won't do anything to investiage these issues. At least, we would like to get your inside insight, if possible?

    By Blogger Anand K, at 13:06  

  • a well written article there by mr. ansari!!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 13:12  

  • The JHAkas is back! Thanks for the link.
    He beleives its Shastri/Gavaskar combo that leaked the news to Harsha!

    By Blogger Anand K, at 13:16  

  • @podi
    Here is the ROI team
    Pretty pathetic - it wud have been great had the top players played - at least ppl like Kaif and Yuvi and SG

    nice one :-)

    By Blogger GK, at 13:24  

  • hmmm, mr. ansari suggests that amitabh choudhary may have leaked the captaincy issue...the same amitabh choudhary tells the review committee that SG has attended each and every training session...now, how does one trust such a person?

    Prem, can you ask Harsha abt who the 'leaker' was? That may throw some light on the way the review meeting was conducted.

    By Blogger rp, at 13:34  

  • Whatever happened to Ambati Rayudu.
    Chappel was high on him before, but couldn't get him in the probables list and now he is not in the ROI team.

    By Blogger RM, at 13:37  

  • Now dont u see parallels between what Ian Chappell did with Lillee and what GC is doing with SG? Only difference being, while Lillee got inspired to perform to great heights, SG started sulking and complaining!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 14:08  

  • Thanks GK for the link.

    By Blogger PODI, at 14:31  

  • Prem:
    There's a line of thought in cricket that it's wrong to set fields to compensate for bad bowling. The BCCI can't afford to treat professional athletes like the delicate little darlings that they seem to think they are. When someone challenges you, you can either rise to the task or whine. You can't do both effectively. Players must be held accountable- here's a brilliant idea, the BCCI should 'leak ' the training and fitness regimen summaries of all players, starting with our dear captain. Let's see how many cans of 'Boost' someone can sell when people realise just how far (or how low) up a mountain someone can climb. Hit 'em where it hurts the most!
    It's interesting that the focus isn't on whether Chappell proposing bad ideas, but if he's pushing them too fast. The litmus test being used is the immediate change in, or lack of, performance by the team.
    Hello, did someone say 'Catch 22'? This is a brilliant way to maintain the status quo, especially when it dawns that there has been resistance, at many levels and of no small significane, to his ideas. Can we then turn around and blame him for ideas that aren't being implemented?
    If this point is true, the team is wasting the money the BCCI is spending on it.
    Speaking of reverse psychology,until Sourav Ganguly, the so-called Bengal tiger, scores against decent opposition, perhaps his fans should raise this slogan- "Kill, Pussycat, Kill, Kill!"

    By Blogger djlykan, at 15:29  

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