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Saturday, October 22, 2005

And in other headlines...

Nimbus, we learn, has been awarded overseas rights for the India-SL and India-SA games; which hopefully means the likes of Willow should be webcasting the games.
Elsewhere, the board has appointed a media manager -- who, hopefully, has a better sense of what a media manager ought to do than his predecessor Amrit Mathur, whose raison d'etre, as far as I could see, was to arrange passes for media friends, and freeze out those he didn't care too much for (nope, this is not sour grapes :-), Amrit is a friend -- or at least, good acquaintance -- of mine).
Kapil Dev -- is it my imagination, or has he been spouting comments with increasing frequency of late -- says Dravid should not be judged on the basis of just two tours. Actually, it's an interesting exercise, checking out the headlines various papers have given the same news story: Ganguly has enough cricket left in him; Kapil against stopgap skipper; and so on. It cues a thought that never occured to me when I was doing this full time -- do the headlines we write serve as a Rorschach test for the writer's, and paper's, own biases.
Otherwise, it's a quiet day overall (wish there was some substantive reporting coming out of the Bangalore camp, but I didn't see much, thus far) -- and that suits me; after two rather stressful weeks, plan on taking today and tomorrow off, and just chilling, someplace. You guys have a great weekend, see you tomorrow morning.


  • Does anyone know who is going to telecast the series in the UK?

    By Blogger Akshay, at 12:32  

  • yep Kapil has indeed been giving more of soundbites lately...although making much more sense these days than in the past...venturing beyond outright cliches also a bit more.

    About the media bias...ofcourse the headlines are an indicator of that....the inclination of the media channel....or more so of the writer in question.

    Why only headlines...its the 'content' of the article also..and no, I'm not talking about opinion piece...thats anyway supposed to give an opinion. I'm talking about 'news' reporting....the way different media channels (and writers) look at the same event....and 'see' varied report-able matter in it. Its a big revelation....and it surely has been accentuated in these challenging times that our cricket (team, individuals...all of it) is going through

    By Blogger worma, at 12:58  

  • Prem,

    You once mentioned that you'd do a post on your favourite cricket writers. I eagerly waited for it , but it never came. What happened?

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 17:35  

  • Just saw on BBC world that Waugh has accused Warne of excessive showmanship and labelled him as an 'attention seeker' and also lambasted Ian Chappell in his new autobiography. Hmm...it would surely be an interesting read.

    Meanwhile here is an interesting site with small clips of ex cricketers.


    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 18:45  

  • thanks for the link dark nights. brought back fond memories.

    By Blogger inoc, at 19:18  

  • From an Oz Newspaper:

    "Australian new-ball pair Glenn McGrath and Brett Lee will play in NSW's Pura Cup match next week after being told to do so by chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and coach John Buchanan.

    After a baffling 24 hours for a national side that prides itself on attention to detail, the two pacemen were confirmed in the NSW side yesterday to play South Australia at the SCG from Tuesday.

    Buchanan insists his players were told they had to play the state games after the conclusion of the Super Series Test at the SCG last Monday. For McGrath and Lee, this comprised NSW's ING Cup match against the Redbacks at Bankstown Oval tomorrow and the Pura Cup match.

    But when NSW coach Trevor Bayliss on Thursday told the pair they could take the Pura Cup match off if they pleased, McGrath and Lee opted out and said they would play tomorrow's match and next Sunday's one-dayer against Tasmania instead. That news did not please Hohns and Buchanan, however.

    McGrath and Lee were still sorting out the matter at NSW's season launch yesterday morning, with phone calls made from the players to Buchanan and Hohns. Eventually, having consulted the two team officials, it was announced the two quicks would play tomorrow and in the four-day game. They will not play in next Sunday's match, four days before the start of the first Test against the West Indies."

    Can such a scenario be ever be envisaged in India? More importantly, how would any of our pampered and star cricketers reacted if they were forced to play domestic cricket after drubbing the World?

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 19:19  

  • Also another interesting piece of news from the Herald..... that was some sight - the big Ambrose and the small Waugh.That was some series too......

    "Steve Waugh has lifted the lid on his most famous sledging incident - his toe-to-toe confrontation with West Indian paceman Curtly Ambrose in 1995.

    The episode in Trinidad has gone down as the turning point in a series that began Australia's era of modern domination of Test cricket. The diluted version of what Waugh said to Ambrose would have it that he incensed him by saying: "Just you bowl."

    The truth is revealed in Waugh's autobiography, and the real words spoken were less clever and less clean.

    Ambrose repeatedly stared down Waugh during a searing spell, and Waugh, who sized up the towering quick, said: "What the f--- are you looking at?"

    Ambrose was stunned because, as Waugh says, "no-one had ever been stupid enough" to speak to him like that. Ambrose replied: "Don't cuss me, man", before Waugh's response, which had nothing to do with bowling.

    "Unfortunately nothing inventive or witty came to mind, rather another piece of personal abuse, 'Why don't you go and get f---ed'."

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 19:23  

  • world series ON!!

    By Blogger losing now, at 19:52  

  • dye..hits one out of the park.. WS 1-0!!!
    Houston, you have a problem

    By Blogger losing now, at 20:22  

  • WS 3-1 ..bot 2nd. hey hey .. hey hey.

    By Blogger losing now, at 20:48  

  • dark nights, that's a v. interestng site. thanks for the link:)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 22:31  

  • http://www.telegraphindia.com/1051023/asp/opinion/story_5386667.asp#

    By Blogger Dark Nights, at 22:53  

  • As a long time observer,i feel Kapil and Gavaskar represent two sides of the same coin.They will talk through both sides of their mouth and that will leave everyone confused.India has remained mediocre because the men who matter in this country have mediocre minds.

    By Blogger laks1234, at 00:25  

  • Some of you Guys,
    SA vs NZ
    Look, Bond with same ER as Agarkar!
    Bond concedeing 13 runs in an over at death. Are you going to draw the Long Knives for Bond?
    Please Be consistent.

    By Blogger CrickTip, at 11:37  

  • dark nights:

    very interesting and especially relevant article. I think the author has hit the nail right on the head.

    Thanks for the link.

    By Blogger kban1, at 13:06  

  • From the article by Rudrangshu Mukherjee, See: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1051023/asp/opinion/story_5386667.asp#

    Rudrangshu simply does not believe India will win the WC2007. He feels India has not committed itself fully to planning, decision-making and execution for this important event. Here are two examples to inspire the team:

    Bodyline series involved captain Jardine's brilliant implementation of "leg-side" theory. It was developed in the cold light of day, well before the England team left by ship to Australia. In fact, Jardine made sure the expert in the theory were on board as the tour manager. Planning of this sort, "has to be backed by firm decisions and has to be executed" to perfection. It is the only way to win against all odds. Also in 1921, MacLaren (the former England captain) became the sole selector. His singlemindedness and hard work in planning and execution gave him a great victory, when his Amateur England XI was the only team to beat the all-conquering Australians.

    Indian cricket structures have long been corrupted by "prejudice, vested interest and provinicial bias" and unhealthy "plotting and intriguing". It makes it hard to drop players that don't warrant selection to the "best team for a given opposition" or to induct the "very best talent in the country" as a uncomplicated process. It also assumes the captain can be trusted to plan and execute assudiously, and in the team's best interest.

    The best Indian combination of Ganguly-Wright failed to take India to the familiar easiness of the Clive Lloyd era. Team India could achieve much more if it gives the reins of decision-making to the best equiped person: the question is who can provide this whole-hearted, smart and sincere leadership? Though I believe it can be a collaboration, decisions must be made with the single purpose of achieving success.

    By Blogger IssaicN, at 17:50  

  • Cricktip - You simply cannot compare Bond and Agarkar !!! They operate on two different planes.

    Bond is a through and through match winner - quick, intense, mentally tough, reliable and consistent. Agarkar at his fiery best can pick up a few wickets but otherwise he is always inconsistent cannot be relied upon. Sure every bowler has his moments of vulnerability and maybe Bond just had his in the last match. I am still trying to figure out how on earth Agarkar can be part of the Indian team XI. True he started out as a real promising all rounder when he was 19-20 but since then he has just not delivered. His inclusion seems to be based on regionalism and "you scratch my back I scratch yours" favors. Besides, he brings the same loser mentality (and selfish attitude) to the table as his local brethren Manjrekar, Vengsarkar and Gavaskar. We do not need that in a world class team.

    By Blogger MM, at 21:53  

  • mm,
    Totally agree with you; comparing Bond and Agarkar does not really warrant any statistical comparison since they're miles apart. However, one thing Bond still has to prove before he can be classified as a great bowler is his fitness levels. The guy breaks down a little too often for my liking. However, for his sake and the sake of all fans that love rythmical fast bowling, with a clean action, I hope his new remodeled action helps avoid any further injuries.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 22:16  

  • sahir.. WS win!!!!!!!!! Up 2-0. Go Sox!

    By Blogger losing now, at 23:30  

  • losing now,
    Terrible call by the umpire in awarding Dye first base- the ball clearly hit his bat and not his hand! Cost the Astros the game.
    still counting on that fabulous home field advantage at Minute Maid Park to come through!

    By Blogger Sahir, at 00:28  

  • mm A few points here

    Bond is 30 and look at what he has achieved till date? In ODIs and tests

    Couple of good performances against a ordinary team like india and he is great for us. look at his oz series in tests bond was ordinary,in the ODIs he did do well.

    Ur great bond and AA took the same number of wickets in the recent ODI tourney in Zim.hihest wickettakers for the tourney at 11,go check out
    By talking of mumbaikar's as a single set u have greatly weakened ur argument as u have indulged in a generalisation of a whole set of ppl. I am not a mumbaikar or even maharashtrian and never really enjoyed staying in mumbai.but to generalize enmass shows a slightly closed minded approach.

    Whom do u think sud replace AA in the side, the options are as poor with the ball.Look at ZK or LB and an perinially injured AN. Who else keep giving youngsters a chance after one young boy another right thro' till WC2007. This guy at least can field well and bat ok

    Ok accepted AA is not in the same class as bond in tests and even ODIs maybe, but to talk of his attitude i think is just putting down a man for even things he does right. If he does n't have the right attitude he has nothing, that is his plus point. watch out in the last few crucial matches champ trophy against pak , VB series finals against OZ, tri series final against Oz in mumbai , have a look at AA 's performaces and whoever is ur pet boy, tell me abt crunch matches then

    By Blogger Avinash, at 01:05  

  • Here is Ganguly singe handedly beating North Zone with his great batting, bowling and his charisma. See East one's performance without Ganguly in the following matches.

    By Blogger Dennis, at 02:01  

  • I happened to see the sixes tournament in Hong Kong on TV. Robin Singh led the India XI which included Kanitkar, Sodhi, and a few other names that have represented India.

    One interesting aspect I noticed was that a 42+ Robin Singh was pushing Sodhi to run this twos and threes harder! ;-)

    And boy, he still packs a punch in his slogs over mid wicket.

    And it was quite clear who the fittest member of the Indian team was.

    I would go further to say that RR would probably be the fittest in the current Indian XI if selected.

    This guy is simply wonderful. And of course, he is such a down to earth unassuming man. Wish our board made better use of him as a coach. And hopefully he will play a role in the NCA with budding cricketers - he should be India's role model and not the Ganguly's and Sehwag's or the Zaheers and Balajis who seem to not want to spend time on their fitness levels. (In the world series, I noticed Sehwag's paunch - it might soon come in his way of hitting the red cheery that he loves to do so much).

    By Blogger vshan, at 03:08  

  • Sahir: Good luck at MM park. What a game of baseball. As i have been saying good defense (pitching) beats good offense..in playoffs. Contreras,buehrle,garland,garcia vs clemens(now iffy),pettitte,oswalt,backe.. i give the edge to WS. Bullpen - the Astros had the edge till y'day..but i think Lidge's confidence has to be down with back-to-back blown saves. Wed night's game is absolutely critical..because i think Oswalt beats Garland.

    By Blogger losing now, at 10:39  

  • I was just browsing various blogs as I was doing a search on the word poster, and I just wanted to say that I really like what you've done with your blog, even though it wasn't particularly related to what I searched for. I appreciate your postings, and your blog is a good example of how a blog should be done. I've only just recently started a Posters website - feel free to visit it when you get a chance if you wish. Much success, antonio.

    By Blogger Antonio Hicks, at 21:26  

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