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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Insight from Veeru

Aussies, Virender Sehwag writes here (or, more accurately, has written for him) are no pushovers.
Elsewhere, Steve Waugh suggests the World XI may not find it easy against a supposedly demoralized Aussie side.
This is not to say that the ICC XI is going to be a pushover. But at present, they are a group of highly talented individuals, and John Wright has less than 10 days to sew them together as a unit. Most of the interest in this event has centred round the selection of the world team, and while there will be those players who feel that they have been omitted unfairly, the one-day and Test teams that have been announced are the ones I would have chosen.


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  • so smith gets a thumbs up from waugh! interesting!!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 12:25  

  • Laloo Prashad Ganguly is at it again..this man is amazing, isn't it? Now he doesn't want to play challengers.
    I pity Indian cricket.Look at all the other team captains...Ganguly looks like a joke in front of all of them. Poor Nasser Hussain..he was asked about Laloo Prashad Ganguly too! Everybody and anybody who now visits India is intorrogated on LPGanguly at length. As if its their problem...

    By Blogger mau tor, at 12:39  

  • I found Viru's column distinctly unimaginative and most of the last couple of paragraphs in the articles seems to be a sort of repeatition of what was said earlier in the article.

    By Blogger flute, at 12:55  

  • Prem,

    How much of input do these ghost-writers get from the stars who get to put their names on the column? Coz that doesn't sound remotely like Veeru. I feel sorry for the poor writer who doesn't get the credit for his piece. It's sad that we'd rather read a column supposedly written by a cricketer (guaranteed to be a lousy writer) than a relatively unknown writer. In this age of celebrity writers and commentators, I don't see the likes of another R. Mohan showing up. I remember the quality of Sportstar back in the day, and all these columns by ex-cricketers (of any coutry) just don't match up.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 12:56  

  • Was not R Mohan unceremoniously ousted from The Hindu group after a SL tour that also had large accusations of match fixing? The whole issue then was hushed up and nobody knows why Mohan was shown the door by The Hindu.

    But you are correct - I used to love his articles in the Hindu as well as the Sportstar. I remember that his pet names were Shastri (whom he called Mr. Consistent) and Dilip Vengsarkar. Of course they were probably at the peak of their careers when Mohan was with The Hindu.


    By Blogger vshan, at 13:10  

  • Prem
    You being in the journalism I would like to ask you a question. In those match fixing days there was a rumour( I hope it is) going around that some journos were to acting as liason for bookies with the cricketers? Is that really true. I am asking this because I heard R Mohan's name in the 97 India vs Pak( Anwar scoring 194) not to take the credit away from a great game. But many got a suspicion by the way jadeja got out when he was dropped the previous ball attempting a similar shot. Some even got to the extent saying that mohan was the liason for the bookies and after that series mohan was not writing anymore for the hindu group. I have always admired Mohan's writing. I hope and pray that this is all false rumour. I would like your insight though on this

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 13:16  

  • Yeah alvin,

    I am not sure if Viru knows some of the English put into this article. But can't blame anyone- if we had the stature of some of these players I am sure we will like to make money every which way we can.

    By Blogger suraj, at 13:17  

  • vshan you just pulled the words out of my moputh Infact when Hindu was asked about this, Infact krishnan was the sports editor he hung up the phone.

    By Blogger Sriram Vanamamalai, at 13:17  

  • i dont know how many of you are aware mohan started a web site with ajay jadeja called clickcricket. the site now is not in existence. i agree he was a good writer.
    another writer from little bit earlier was k.n. prabhu who used to write for times

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:19  

  • now i remember i wrote a mail to mohan asking how he and ajay were together in when all knew ajay and his betting scandals

    he replied back saying ajay is just an investor and blah blah doesnot force the editorial, site content etc

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:21  

  • Used to love Harsha's articles (daily reports) in The Indian Express in 1992. He was also a radio commentator for the 1992 series down under. That was the first time I listened to him and boy, was he good. Have been a fan of his ever since.

    Mohan and Nirmal Shekar my favourites from the Hindu. Ramachandra Guha was another great guy.

    I agree with the comment here - with cricketers being preferred these days, the quality of cricket writing has gone down (not everyone can be a Jack Fingleton eh?) On the other hand, I found the Ashes coverage very impressive.

    By Blogger vshan, at 13:24  

  • I would have played Afridi at the top ahead of Sehwag, given his current form. For my last week take on the World XI team selection, click here .

    By Blogger Raju, at 13:43  

  • alvin: Depends. Some of the stars are particular what goes in their names. They get them ghost written, but tell their ghost exactly what has to go in, and vet the copy

    Others go, yaar, kuch tho likh de, they are a good team, we are determined, jo bhi, chalega.

    And I agree about the other; in fact, towards the latter part of my stint in rediff i instituted a policy that we would not bother with star columns, unless firstly they were exclusive, and secondly, we got to discuss with the star in question stuff like topic, treatment etc. In other words, no say nothing blah

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:45  

  • sriram: It is a fact of life that journos had on occasion served as liaison. In R Mohan's case, his firing was an act of Hindu hypocrisy. Everyone knew for years that Mohan bet heavily on games -- corollary being, you have to know the big time bookies. Mohan being who he is, he had access to the stars, inside info, etc. Whether that translates into aiding and abetting match fixing, there is no definite proof. But the fact is, Mohan's betting was common knowledge, which the Hindu conveniently ignored. Then when it got outed, the paper got all indignant and sacked him -- obviously, the crime was not betting, or related stuff, but being found out.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:48  

  • vshan: Harsha actually was phenomenal in the early 80s. We were with Mid-Day then, and India was touring England. The challenge was, since Mid-Day comes out in the middle of the afternoon, or used to then, we couldn't carry conventional match reports; the morning papers would already have it. But you couldn't ignore the cricket either. So whoever wrote, had to do it in such a way the copy would be current even for those who had read all the match details in the morning papers. As it turned out, the copy Harsha sent was so scintillating, in the Rediff news room we would fight to read the copy in galley form, even before it went on-page. IMHO, that is the best writing he has ever done.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:51  

  • prem, any chance of those articles being archived online?

    By Blogger Toney, at 13:58  

  • toney: faint to none. Mid-Day those days didnt even have a comp system, we worked on typewriters. :-) and the net was not even an entity here in the US. Sure, much archival material exists, but I dont think this is among them.

    I remember the despatches were collectively produced as a book, but it is long since out of print. I know I have a copy back home in India, but unfortunately not here, or I could have thrown up samples

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:01  

  • prem,

    Apart from Harsha ( I assume Harsha is)
    who all re your favourite cricket writers ?

    By Blogger Amit, at 14:27  

  • Prem, a quick point - It would appear that the comments section is the only place for a discussion. However, everytime a new post comes on, the disucssions on the older ones kinda die down. case in point - there is a pretty decent discussion on in the comments for the post titled "Saurav-watch", and it's hard to keep track of all the others that there might be.

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 14:42  

  • Amit: Actually, is an interesting blog post to do, but let me do it right. Will do little takes on who I like, and why, and link to samples of their work. Not today or tomorrow, too much to do, but Friday prolly.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:43  

  • alvin: A friend, Arjun, is working on a discussion group. When it's ready, will throw the link in here. Easier to just set topics -- Ganguly, say; BCCI, etc. Then comments on here can stay related to the specific post, the rest of the generalized discussion can be collected in one logical place.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 14:44  

  • prem: no matter whatever forum u guys come up with (discussion groups or blogs) each and every discussion is going to veer towards the SG debate. if u want to separate it out, then good luck mate!!

    By Blogger Mayur, at 15:02  

  • prem,
    thanks, looking forward to that.

    Have you guys checked out cricinfo blog ?
    They have sections like Indian cricket pakistan cricket etc. Not sure How easy/diff it will be to incorporate similar functionality here.

    Also while on the topic of blog, of late there have been several redundant posts e.g. your post about raj sing dungarpur and Sujata's Post about kirket. So we have two posts and (hundred comments) for something which doesn't deserve one in first place (that is a different matter altogether)

    By Blogger Amit, at 15:10  

  • For all his contributions to cricket, SG should be given one more chance.

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 17:27  

  • just kidding about my previous post, guys ;-) I seriously do not want to go there

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 17:28  

  • Great!

    By Blogger Sudo Nima, at 17:31  

  • Does anyone remember 'Rohit Brijnath' He used to be awesome too that is untill he moved to australia. And Harsha in his early days was really great. Now he is worse than chidanand (or whatever his name is) from TOI.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 17:53  

  • And of course we cant forget our own PREM Panicker, I still think he is the best and some of the stuff he wrote btetween 98-2003 was the best I have read on cricket.

    Also What happened to those guest writers on rediff ?? There used to be some really talented folks couple of years ago who would write amazing stuff once in a while ?

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 17:55  

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