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Monday, October 31, 2005

Playing with the master(-worma)

Did someone point out this particular interview of Irfan Pathan in the Telegraph? Because Prem's in such Dhoni-esqe form today, that I, for one, am unable to keep pace with his postings :-)

In that interview, what caught my eye was the mention of how Sachin guided him during that Nagpur innings...that what it means to play with the master(emphasis mine).
I did, thanks to Sachin’s presence at the other end... He guided me on the strengths of the bowlers and the shots I should go for... He made me feel so comfortable.

Also, good to see that his head is still screwed on right (I got this level-headedness in all his interviews till date)
I'’ll be inviting pressure if I keep thinking about it... Today, I don'’t see myself as an allrounder. My primary job is to get wickets and most of the effort is going to go towards bowling. To become an allrounder, I guess one needs five-six years of international experience. I haven'’t even completed two years... I need to have my feet on the ground and get over my limitations. I don'’t look at the mirror and tell myself that I've already become an allrounder.


  • Isn't Sahi one of the Calcutta gang that Prem refers to - the ones that get tidbits from Ganguly all the time in return for praise the lord articles on Ganguly?

    How come he's been getting all hese interviews these past few days - Dravid, now Irfan!

    Good to see Irfan speak with a level head

    By Blogger Prabu, at 15:25  

  • prabhu..I think he's fairly reputed. Recently he had an exclusive interview from Buchanan as well....GC also....even Wright again recently, if I remember correctly.

    And anyways, whatever may be Sahi's credentials...Telegraph itself is one of the most reputed media groups in India....so that helps

    By Blogger worma, at 15:30  

  • thanks for clarifying that worma

    By Blogger Prabu, at 15:41  

  • My favourite part in interview ...

    John Wright remembers you with affection...

    It’s mutual and I can’t forget him... He helped me not get carried away... Told me what to expect as an India player and what to do and what not to do... He made me tough mentally... John will always be special

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 16:02  

  • i thnk irfan looks like a nice guy hope he doesnot carried away like zaheer did....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:09  

  • http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=81086

    By Blogger @mit, at 16:32  

  • I hope he continues in this vein..seems very level headed.One can't help but feel happy for such blokes.Sachin seems to have passed on some of his modesty too along with batting tips.

    By Blogger AR, at 16:36  

  • I tried telling oracle_guy that Sachin is one og the most unselfish cricketers in the team. Hope he reads this

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 16:41  

  • Non cricket but IIT'ians please enjoy


    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 16:43  

  • what's not to like about Irfan's approach to the game

    By Blogger Sahir, at 16:51  

  • Yup.He's got all the makings of someone who'll serve the team successfully for a long time..I think he needs to work on his pace.Swing at 140+kmph would be more devastating that at 130 kmph.That could make the difference between a Wasim Akram and a Terry Alderman(can't think of another left arm swing bowler of repute).He's got age on his side.

    By Blogger AR, at 17:03  

  • Man, This guy looks really down to earth. He is not taking for granted that he will be in the team for the 7th ODI @ Baroda

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:07  

  • Alderman is a right arm swing bowler not left arm I think.

    You could say Karsan Ghavri!

    By Blogger Prabu, at 17:08  

  • Yeah thats what I meant.I could'nt recall another left armer.Ghavri also bowled a bit of spin I guess..and his pace was military medium at best.

    By Blogger AR, at 17:10  

  • Pakis going with paid selectors...


    By Blogger Kannan, at 17:19  

  • ashvin: you are wasting your time trying to convince folks who are set in their believes such as oracle_guy. nothing wrong that they are such ardent fans of somebody else... but convincing them is like running a fool's errand.

    By Blogger saum, at 17:48  

  • Look at this list:


    Only 4 knocks are in the 2nd innings aprt from dhoni. out of the 4, 2 knocks are by Lara (153 and 146), one by jayasurya(151 against india) and the other by andy flower(against india in a lost cause)

    By Blogger open forum, at 18:00  

  • Hi, Everybody in the blog happy diwali.

    By Blogger thoughda, at 18:37  

  • So far as I have gathered, Sahi is the butt of jokes even amongst Calcutta journo circles. He is actually quite universally reviled, if I trust the words of a journalist friend of mine from Calcutta. In fact, my friend assures me that he doesnot even enjoy a big rapport with Ganguly... what he does however, is have a line into the administration... the selectors and other people who generally have nothing to do with cricket but nevertheless run the game in the country, and generally use it as a platform for bigger political/ economic clout.
    Actually this is revealed when one reads his 'interviews' of 'stars' that appear regularly on the pages of the Telegraph. They all follow the same pattern, have the same banal queries and the same wishy washy answers... something one can construct out of their head to add to half a minute worth of quotable quotes, without getting too specific and therefore legally prosecutable! It is another matter entirely with the journos of some Bengali dailies from Calcutta however, including the ones from Anandabazar, the sister newspaper of TT; according to my journo friend. But that apparently has more to do with the personal likes and dislikes of Ganguly. As someone pointed out, he has always been unbiased in official capacity in press conferences. So Prem and the Cricinfo guys should not be too upset with that, I guess!

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 19:05  

  • i did read somewhere that Pathan got a little carried away after the Pak tour (partied too hard with ZK, Yuvraj and Bhajji). Good to see him back in line. If this winning trend continues it will be a true test for ALL the newbies - canyou imagine Venu and Raina and JP brushing shoulders with the bollywood and modeling crowd .... tough to be absolutely modest .. for anyone

    By Blogger MM, at 19:13  

  • oldmanblues:

    so sahi is the butt of jokes among calcutta journo circles, according to your journo friend. hmmm...care to name your source?

    By Blogger bouncer, at 19:34  

  • saum,

    I think in the otehr forum, you wonder how these Indians get so much time for burning effigies and all. Don't they work?

    Well, being a cricket fan myself, and spending 8-9 hours watching a one-day game (the shorter version), I won't even go there.......

    By Blogger bouncer, at 19:38  

  • bouncer might be Sahi.. his views are such..

    Bouncer.. haow yaa feeling now after Chappel's success with the Indian Team.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 19:39  

  • tc,

    got to go, need to write the column for tomorrow's TT.

    I am really really impressed by Chappell. Those superb shots by Dhoni had Chappell written all over them!!!

    By Blogger bouncer, at 19:45  

  • Ghavri never swung the ball. He was military medium but he had a good bouncer. I think Terry Alderman was right-handed. There have been a few other left handed swing bowlers but they had short careers like that guy from New Zealand who was great in 1999 world cup.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 19:53  

  • This is off the topic but I wanted to say it here...

    I am appalled to see that South is always short changed when it comes to deciding venues for matches. Why is Hyderabad not there in the list of venues? The last match that was there here was in 2002. They now even have the best cricket stadium in the country (Visaka International Cricket Stadium - yes it is even better than Mohali, the so called best stadium of the country). Gujarat can get 3 matches in a row (Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Baroda) and have atleast one venue for every series in the last few years but Hyderabad gets none in the last 3 years?

    By Blogger Deepak, at 20:13  

  • Deepak, the ground selection is illogical and represents major political favors. The irony is that in spite of this illogical selection, the chosen few are equally rotated!

    In my view Kolkatta should never get any tests. The crowd behavior there is horrible. Even after the shameful World Cup incident against Sri Lanka, the crowd there misbehaved. But it was the home of Jaggu da and Maharaj. If Pawar wins as seems likely, Kolkatta will rightly get marginalized.

    The south always gets the short end of the stick when it comes to match allocation.

    By Blogger TFFY, at 22:40  

  • deepak lol! hyderabad the best cricket stadium?! are you out of your mind!

    By Blogger Ruchi Shah, at 22:42  

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    By Blogger AR, at 23:03  

  • Ruchi Shah:
    I think the new stadium in Hyderabad is indeed really good..donno if it is the best or not.
    The venue allotment is intriguing and perplexing at times.There are 3 venues in Gujarat bcoz there are 3 associations .Gujarat CA(Ahmedabad) ,Vadodara CA( Baroda) and Saurashtra CA(Rajkot).Even Maharashtra has 3 venues (Mumbai ,Pune and Nagpur) for the same reason.Thats why those states get multiple matches.Not entirely fair but thats how the BCCI works.

    By Blogger AR, at 23:04  

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    By Blogger Ruchi Shah, at 23:49  

  • Excuse me. Totally off topic. An interesting observation about india's empathy to its own disasters. I've no stand on it. Just interesting.


    All this while I've been rueing about lack of coverage for india's disasters in US media (which is very true. When 50 people die in London US media covers it for 2 weeks non stop, when more people die in Delhi there is just a mention in the headline news for one day)!

    By Blogger open forum, at 23:51  

  • Ruchi shah: I am from Hyd'bad and the new stadium in Hyd is supposed to be the best. Built on the lines of Wanderers. Deepak is definitely right.

    By Blogger Ravi, at 00:05  

  • bouncer

    I definitely will, after those Cricinfo guys and Panix name theirs!

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 00:19  

  • Ruchi Shah,
    Stop being a frog in the well. Don't base your opinions on well... your biases and pre-conceived notions. Visaka stadium was built by ex-CM Chandrababu Naidu along with Gachibowli stadium (which again is the best hockey and athletic stadium in the country along with 5-star accommodation facilities for 1500 athletes! I don't normally like using superlatives but in this case I have to.)

    People who have a pull in BCCI happen to bring mathces to their homes every time. IS Bindra to Mohali, Kiran More to Gujarat, Dalmiya to Kolkata. Where does South figure? Go figure :-)

    By Blogger Deepak, at 01:06  

  • ar,
    Having multiple associations in a state is ok. But fulfilling the wishes of all these associations within the same series is a little too much.

    By Blogger Deepak, at 01:12  

  • guys discussing venues here....my impressions (and I repeat)...test matches are fairly rotated amongst the 9 chosen test venues in the country (why 9, I don't quite fully know)...and ODI matches are allocated randomly. So in ODI matches(which are anyway the cash cow of organisers) a lot of backdoor deals happen, favours are granted etc....and whatever some of you complain of (south not getting enough matches etc) may be true (actually i lived in Hyd for 3 years, and just one match in all those years..thats I darned missed it is another story ;-). But I dont think any bias happens towards South (or any other association) in test matches.

    By Blogger worma, at 03:15  

  • i think worma is correct..clearly the test matches are by rotation..where the country's most well known stadiums are getting the same number of games as other locations..but the odi allocation have no rhyme or reason..so daal me kuch kala..altho if financial considerations are important indicators..then the way the match was conducted in jaipur with more money raised than ever..will give better opportunities to any center with the capability of doing so..big or small will not matter..i think down south the associations are to blame if you were unable to get matches..need to manage better..other than tn or karnataka..are they really well run..will be important to know..

    otherwise, there will always be tier 2 cities complaning against tier 1..and crying foul..

    sharad pawar doing good for indian cricket..or any politician having time for indian cricket..tffy..dream on dude..

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