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Thursday, October 06, 2005

No place like home

Not really to do with Indian cricket, but for those of you who are feeling homesick (okay, just being a little facetious, here), this one, on the Channel 9 telecast of the Super Series game, might raise a smile.


  • i agree the telecast was blah! Incomplete and dour. No snickometer, no hawk-eye. Tony Grieg and Bill Lawrie were subdued...and I do not know about you guys, I think Richie Benaud is way past his prime. He should retire like the great Pat Sumerall of NFL. Also, we sorely need a John Madden for cricket. The combination of depth, wit/humor and a sophisticated appeal to the blue collar guy - it is missing in all the Cricket Analysts.

    By Blogger losing now, at 15:53  

  • losing now,
    I thought commentators get better with age, like good wine. Benaud isnt as bad as you osund, right?
    The other thing I noticed (other than missing Gilli gettng bowled) is that, when the stands are emtpy, the cricket doesnt seem as good on TV too. A noisy crowd adds to the atmosphere.

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:01  

  • toney,
    of course Richie is not as bad as i might have implied.. but my point is that he is clearly on the wane. BTW, ask any connoisseur of fine wine, they will say that wine also peaks - it is only the cognoscenti who can figure it out when - it does not always get better with age. Agree on the noisy crowd bit..but I still think the telecast lacked punch besides the technical misses. At one point the 3rd umpire was called to check if the batsman snicked..but there was no snickometer. That to me is a serious shortcoming...specially if they knew that tech was going to be used extensively by 3rd umpire.

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:08  

  • losing now,
    The inexplicable part of the new experiments with the 3rd umpire is that snickometers and hawk eye cannot be used. i think this may have been the reason why the production companies decided to exclude them
    But I agree. I cant understand why the viewers should be denied these.

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:12  

  • prem,

    one thing that made me home sick was this para!!!

    "Every moment except the first wicket, that is. Unfortunately the first thing the viewers knew of Adam Gilchrist's dismissal was when they returned from an ad break to see him headed back to the dressingroom."

    oh my beloved doordarshan... i miss u

    By Blogger Mayur, at 16:14  

  • schadenfreude or nostalgia

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:18  

  • I think the former

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:24  

  • yeah .. i thought so too!

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:28  

  • ok..i'll see you tonight during the telecast. hope the rest bat first.

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:30  

  • yup, hope this is more of a match too. See you then

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:35  

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    By Blogger J, at 17:36  

  • I saw the match on Channel 9. I believe their coverage, when it was on that is, was fairly decent. They did miss a couple of deliveries here and there, and like our good "old" DD, they had a news telecast during the start of the 2nd innings!

    Imagine DD doing the production!! Thanks to the production houses like TWI/Nimbus/Worldtel that DD's coverage seems decent despite the obvious talents of the commentators in India. Channels 9's production has been outstanding and I beleive it still is, even without the super super slow motion camera that was with Channel 4!

    Coming to Channel 4's coverage of the ashes, the only thing missing was Bill Lawry's commentary... Man, you've got to give it to him.. he is pure bliss!

    I dont know if ESPN/Star had Channel 4's commentary back home in India (likely to have been SkySports').

    Richie Benaud/Boycott/Atherton/Simon Hughes(the analyst) did a superlative job and surprisingly enough Slater and Tony greig had a decent outing too :)

    By Blogger teZasvi, at 19:42  

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    By Blogger losing now, at 20:06  

  • What is with Virender Sehwag? Have the bowler's figured him out.. his last 15 ODIs vs his career avg from Cricinfo! One 50 and 2 near 50s. Avg of 23!!Comments guys. I hope he comes through today.

    Filter: most recent 15 matches.
    Sort order: chronological.

    Mat I NO Runs HS1 HS2 HS3 Ave 100 50 0

    unfiltered 126 123 6 3734 130 126 114* 31.91 7 18 10
    filtered 15 15 0 345 75 48 45 23.00 0 1 0

    Runs Pos Dismissal I *+ R Match

    5 1 bowled 1 L 5th ODI v Pak in Ind 2004/05 at Kanpur [2239]
    21 1 caught 2 L 6th ODI v Pak in Ind 2004/05 at Delhi [2240]
    14 1 bowled 1 L IOC Cup 1 v SL in SL 2005 at Dambulla (d/n) [2262]
    2 2 caught wk 2 W IOC Cup 2 v WI in SL 2005 at Dambulla (d/n) [2263]
    32 1 bowled 1 L IOC Cup 4 v SL in SL 2005 at Dambulla (d/n) [2265]
    6 2 lbw 1 W IOC Cup 6 v WI in SL 2005 at Colombo (RPS) (d/n) [2267]
    48 2 bowled 2 L IOC Cup F v SL in SL 2005 at Colombo (RPS) (d/n) [2268]
    21 2 caught wk 2 L Af-As Cup 1 v Afr in SA 2005 at Centurion (d/n) [2269]
    38 1 caught wk 1 W Af-As Cup 2 v Afr in SA 2005 at Durban (d/n) [2270]
    5 1 bowled 2 N Af-As Cup 3 v Afr in SA 2005 at Durban (d/n) [2271]
    15 2 caught 2 L V'con Tri 2 v NZ in Zim 2005/06 at Bulawayo [2273]
    45 1 bowled 2 W V'con Tri 5 v NZ in Zim 2005/06 at Harare [2278]
    12 1 bowled 2 W V'con Tri 6 v Zim in Zim 2005/06 at Harare [2280]
    75 1 caught 1 L V'con Tri F v NZ in Zim 2005/06 at Harare [2281]
    6 2 caught 2 L SS ODIs 1 v Aus in Aus 2005/06 at Melbourne (DS) (d/n) [2282

    By Blogger losing now, at 20:08  

  • Hi :

    Do you have the web link for the live video coverage ?

    People are discussing about Channel 9. Can we see it from net ?

    Thanks much,


    By Blogger Arpan K Chowdhury, at 23:30  

  • Aus wins the toss and decides to bat

    By Blogger JD, at 00:06  

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