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Thursday, October 27, 2005

Arjuna's latest column

The former Lankan skipper, in his latest column, is a bit scathing about Lanka's tactics in the Nagpur ODI, especially the use of leg spinners to a left hander. Like many others who have commented on the game, Arjuna seems quite taken by Dravid's captaincy.
His captaincy too conveyed a man who had come well prepared to the middle. He brought on his spinners at the precise moment and his field placements were thoughtful. It also appeared to me that the team backed him to the hilt. He made a great statement of intent and India seem ready to leap into the arms of future.
Elsewhere, he raises a question about his own team:
The old bogey of being poor travellers would raise its head again. In recent times, we have truly believed in the intrinsic value of this side which is not subject to the conditions in which they are playing.
They have risen to number two in world rankings on merit and better things looked in store. Now the old doubts will resurface again.

Meanwhile, a mixup appears to have caused the Lankans to be tagged as poor losers; not our fault, says the touring side's manager.


  • Prem:

    About the "Dew Factor".

    Most Australian grounds have a vehicle called "Super Soaker". It is a miniaturized road-roller kind of vehicle where the front rolling part is made of huge chunk of sponge. When there is water on ground because of rains etc., they run it on the ground and the sponge sucks the water. After every 5 minutes, they drive the vehicle to the side and a pump automatically flushes out water from the sponge and it is ready to soak again.

    My question is, can that machine be used in Indian grounds to quickly remove most or part of dew from the grass; or even rain water? In winter, most grounds have large amount of due when match starts at 9:00 AM and also in the 2nd innings of D/N matches. Is it a very costly machine to buy? If BCCI is not willing, can state associations afford it?

    It can be used during lunch time and also during drink breaks to remove whatever dew can be removed quickly. That way, playing field will be a little more equal for both teams.

    What say you?

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 11:31  

  • I'm dismayed by the universal approval of Dravid's captaincy after just one victory. I have no opinion on this matter actually, but remember that if India had lost this match, nobody would be gushing over his captaincy even if he had employed the same tactics. It is easy to praise a captain when the team is winning and criticize him when it's losing. If Pathan had failed with the bat and there were undue pressure on India after his wicket, this move would have been condemned. Just as Dravid has rightly refused to hail Pathan as an all-rounder after just one knock, let's give Dravid a longer run before passing judgment.

    By Blogger Salman's Shirt, at 11:40  

  • That's the point salman spot on. These days media is trying everything possible to belittle Ganguly. Look at the guys record as ODI captain. India hae won about 53% of the matches India played in whole five and half years span in one dayers. I am disghusted the way media is trashing him like dirts which was triggered by chapells email. As I agree Dravid may be a good captain so do I agree saurav does not such a trash from fans, media and ex cricketers. Saurav can still enrich team India with his thoughts and runs that he is capable of scoring.

    By Blogger soothingguy, at 11:45  

  • "Saurav can still enrich team India with his thoughts and runs that he is capable of scoring"

    LOL @soothingguy

    By Blogger Bala, at 12:07  

  • soothingguy,

    My comments had nothing to do with Ganguly or the treatment he has received. I have my opinions on that, but they are not germane to this discussion.

    By Blogger Salman's Shirt, at 12:12  

  • Right on Salman and Soothing guy about everybody and their mother going bannanas about this victory.

    Suddenly GC is the new messiah to Indian cricket and RD is the God on both sides now, off and on ... LOL.

    Time will only tell ....

    By Blogger dapolice, at 12:14  

  • Guys dont worry.. another thumping victory is on the cards.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 12:54  

  • Don't know about the media but Rahul Dravid himself seemed to have his head screwed on straight when he admitted that this was a day when everything worked. Bottom line - we need a captain who can make it into the team based on his merits as a player. Most of the Ganguly bashers I suspect are afraid that somehow his political clout will get him re-instated as captain and we might again have the same issue of a non-performing captain.

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 12:55  

  • Ashvin,
    I fully agree with you. Problem number two is that as a captain.. other parameters like fielding and fitness can not applied uniformly if the captain is unfit himself.. As a captain SG had to field in the circle, and he was absolute disgrace.. all and sundry just played the ball on the legside and ran.. and alway got a single.. He could never stop the single and could never get anyone runout.. such milking lost us many matches.. including the one at Ahmdabad recently..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 12:59  

  • If he is good enough to bat again(which I doubt he can do against good attacks anymore.. specially in ODIs..), atbest he can be a supersub. While chasing, make him an opener..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 13:00  

  • ruchir: Along the lines of "Super Soaker", I often wondered why a baseball like cover is not deployed in criket to protect the pitch from rain. Here the covers are wrapped around a lightweight corrugated metal tube and when required rolled on to a playing area in a jiffy with minimum amount of labor unlike in cricket, where it is common to see hoardes of people dragging the covers with some effort.
    Of course, for BCCI to adopt this or a super soaker idea a committee needs to be formed first and then Kapil Dev or SMG made its head. The honcho(s) will make some noises and then the whole thing dies down like the pitch committee did ( I sound like Prem:-)).

    By Blogger babi, at 13:05  

  • ashvin and tC-

    I have issues with a non-playing captain but that can be dealt with by the other players upping it a notch.

    In case of a certain esteemed one though, it is like having one player in the opposite team.

    By Blogger Bala, at 13:13  

  • We played the whole India-Pak series with 10 vs 13 (1 for the stupidity galore by our captain)

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 13:17  

  • soothingguy, salmas shirt - Dravid is the first to recognize and admit that there is much to be done and we should not get carried away with this victory. This over reaction is a common plague among Indian cricket media people and fans. We all need to realize that we will lose some games and for sure we will. The important thing is that we win more games than we lose and that, over time our win % creeps up to 70, 80 or 90% irrespective of whether we play at home or away. Only then can we say that the Indian team has arrived. The problem is that after a few wins... people like sreesant, venu, raina etc. etc. will start spending more time on modeling assignments and chasing bollywood bimbos and opening hair saloons, restaurants and all sorts of things.

    We have seen that with Zaheer, Bhajji, Yuvraj, Pathan and all the supposedly determined cricketers who get blinded by the bright lights that shine upon them during the good time.

    By Blogger MM, at 13:19  

  • It was interesting to read the following piece in the Article "Dravid expecting a close match" in Rediff.

    He also refused to comment on questions pertaining to Sourav Ganguly saying that it would not be proper for him to do so.

    "I am not going to go into this. It is for the selectors to decide," he said, when asked if Ganguly would be able to return to the Indian team"

    Hmm.. I would've thought the comment from a very balanced person, who is also a well wisher of his former captain should be something to the effect of.. "Ganguly has a great one-day record, and I'm sure he will make his way to the Indian side".. Having not said that, it appears that Dravid is defintely not convinced about Ganguly's place in the team. It also raises suspicion if Dravid feels threatened on his captaincy role.

    By Blogger Sudhakar Govindarajan, at 13:34  

  • Dravid is realistic. Ganguly does not fit into the scheme of things for the future. his focus is going to winning so he can remain captain and build a team through WC 2007

    By Blogger MM, at 13:46  

  • Sudhakar, I don't understand this ganguly obsession. Clearly, Dravid just wants to stay out of controversy. And he probably does not think much of him as a player - don't know too many people who do

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 13:56  

  • Ruchir,

    That's an excellent point you've raised. Not only can it be used to help rain-affected games, it's seems a useful thing for reducing the dew factor...making the contest between bat and ball more relevant than the toss. I don't think the machine cost is out of reach for our board...but I think it's small details like these that our board has to pay attention to.

    By Blogger rp, at 13:57  

  • rp:

    I think so too, that BCCI ussually misses small details like this one.

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 16:03  

  • ruchir joshi,
    With all the man power available in India, we can do it the old-fashioned way-- send 100 people out there with sponges on both hands and feet. That would be about as progressive as the BCCI gets. :-)

    By Blogger Sahir, at 17:13  

  • Babi - Dur formation is continual activity int he evenings. One cannot stop a game and dry the ground and start again.

    By Blogger J, at 17:57  

  • J: You didn't read my piece clearly. I was talking about covers to protect pitches from rain. I wasn't born yesterday:-)

    By Blogger babi, at 23:07  

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