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Friday, October 28, 2005

Roebuck on Rahul

Peter Roebuck, in the Hindu, on the man who is a part of, yet apart from, the national team -- and about his successor.
First stint as captain? Previously Dravid has merely been a temporary replacement for the incumbent. As a loyalist, he has not wanted to impose his own viewpoints on the team. Rather he tried to maintain the approach instilled by Sourav.
Nothing is more unsettling for a team than a vice-captain trying to outshine his leader. Supportive senior players reinforce a captain's strengths and cover up his weaknesses. With destructive senior men it is the other way around.
As his conduct confirmed a hundred times, Dravid is not the jealous type hankering after power. Rather he is a determined but modest man happy to lead but willing to serve. In any case, his respect for his captain reflected the mood of the team and the performance of the side.
Ganguly has been a highly successful skipper. Never forget that the Bengali played his part in transforming a team that had fallen into bad habits. He turned a fractured side into a fighting unit. Ganguly's weakness has not been vanity but laziness.
Now Dravid's situation is different. Now he has the captaincy in his own right. Although nothing official has emerged from wherever Indian cricket is being run this week, or from whichever officials are currently in charge, it's clear that Dravid has become the true captain of his country.

75 Comments:

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    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 17:30  

  • Amen to that!

    A point that Roebuck misses is that RD is the only one at this juncture (including ST) who can hold this fractured side together.

    For those living in the US, DST ends Sunday.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 17:32  

  • What DST?

    By Blogger Ramesh, at 17:35  

  • Daylight Saving Time?

    Roebuck's article shows the kind of reputation RD has, as a team. Nice to read...

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:36  

  • Did you guys see the parade they had for White Sox after winning the world seires? There were 500,000 people greeting them. Can we expect that kind of reception for Ranji cup winning team?

    By Blogger Ramesh, at 17:38  

  • Another rant about Ganguly not making the team

    http://cricket.indiatimes.com/quickiearticleshow/msid-1279029.cms

    Man I am so sick of this

    By Blogger Bala, at 17:47  

  • Looking forward to LP Sahi's latest take in telegraph.

    Lets see how he fits SG in the article this time... I am sure he would come with something like "With SG, even dinner break wouldn't have been needed.."

    TOI photo-essays.. suckers.. now saying why JPY is in the team when Ganguly is a better bowler and batsman... they want SG as an allrounder now...

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 17:47  

  • If a scenario arises where Ganguly wins back his place in the team based on form , n Dravid is the captain ,

    Do you guys think Ganguly will play the role of a supportive senior player or

    do you guys think his ambition to regain captaincy will take over and then ...

    By Blogger Adi, at 17:47  

  • And what has JPY done wrong?
    (ref TOI article above)

    and apparently 28 is very old for fast bowlers!

    Where do they pick these samples from?

    By Blogger Bala, at 17:48  

  • Gavaskar's article will sell like a hot cake too...
    expect the headline to be something like "Saving Private Rao"

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 17:48  

  • SG should be gone for good. should be included in Test team provided he declare a reasonable timeline for retirement beforehand.. say end of India-SL test series.. if he goes to Pkaistan, we are doomed..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 17:50  

  • adi,

    if Ganguly plays really well in the domestic circuit and proves he is worth coming back again into team, Which may not happen given his work ethic and QUITTER attitude he has, then he will defenitely try to destabilise the team to get back the captainsy.

    As chappell already metnioned in the leaked email, he is very good at the divide and rule strategy.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 17:53  

  • Ganguly hospitalized for finger injury. chewed his nail...

    Telegraph edition gets delayed.. LP Sahi couldnt get his latest take's approval from SG in time...

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 17:53  

  • Oh and talkinm of Times of India, there is no doubt in my mind that it is the most biased news outlet. I guess Dalmiya and DADA pay those guys a monthly salary.........:D.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 17:54  

  • Although nothing official has emerged from wherever Indian cricket is being run this week, or from whichever officials are currently in charge, it's clear that Dravid has become the true captain of his country. - First time I found Roebuck trying fun element in his piece...and good one at that :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 17:56  

  • Yeah Peter Roebuck's article was very insightful and informative unlike the crappy articles i see on TOI.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 17:57  

  • Actually DST ends on the night of saturday, correct me if i am wrong.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 17:59  

  • ss highlights at 22:30 gmt

    By Blogger Ashvin Iyengar, at 18:09  

  • PREM WOULD LIKE TO HEAR YOUR VIEWS ON THIS AS YOU PROBABLY KNOW SG N RD BETTER THAN ANY OF US !

    If a scenario arises where Ganguly wins back his place in the team based on form , n Dravid is the captain ,

    Do you guys think Ganguly will play the role of a supportive senior player or

    do you guys think his ambition to regain captaincy will take over and then ...

    By Blogger Adi, at 18:09  

  • DST ends Sunday morning 2:00 HRS..you could loosely call it Saturday night. :-)

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 18:10  

  • WOW! WHAT A CONGLOMERATION OF sg HATERS!! Folks you should now get SG out of your mind now as he is not coming back to haunt you anytime soon.

    It really requires a great mind to find a QUITTER in SG!! That surely was a great piece of imagination.

    SG was banished on his arrival in '92, wth JD group in power. Those of you who talk too much without knowing anything..please put this info in perspective. SG came back only in '96...well not in a home series on placid wickets but for the England series.

    I guess you folks are attaching too much importance to the liar GC.

    By Blogger SS, at 18:19  

  • adi,
    asking these specultaive questions about SG is like asking will RD prove to be the best Indian captain?

    By Blogger SS, at 18:21  

  • SS

    What else would you call a guy who retires hurt because a new ball was due!

    What else would you call a guy who didnt want to perform in the challenger series when asked to prove his form

    What else would you call a guy who faked injury during the last 2 tests of the indo-aus series and the first 2 tests in Pak.

    I find no better word for him than a QUITTER!

    Jai hind!

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 18:27  

  • RAHUL-FAN, Real mature comments from you from a large base of Ignorance.

    Not JaiHind, But God Help India with Fans like you.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 18:33  

  • Whats wrong with you all tryin to find fault with my comments when i am talkin the truth here.

    May be QUITTER is not appropriate enough for him. For a guy who lost 19 of the 20 ODI finals he lead the team, I guess LOSER!!! would be a better description.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 18:37  

  • http://www.indianexpress.com/full_story.php?content_id=80963

    Seems to suggest that Dalmiya is the only key to the door o the Indian dressing room for Ganguly.

    By Blogger Bala, at 18:37  

  • Indian cricket will do better if it can get rid of people like Dalmiya. What is his qualification, why does he have so much say in the BBCI? Its never good for any organisation when one person has way too much power.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 18:42  

  • DST -- Daylight Saving Time

    In USA, in 3rd week of April..sat nite, clocks are set 1 hr ahead...if it 1.00am...make it 2.00am...assumption is it helps power during summer and extended day light for people to enjoy sun light.

    Again in oct last week...sat nite/sun mrning, clocks are set back by 1 hr. In winter, we get to work before..sun rises and leave work after sun set...we miss sun effectively :-)

    By Blogger Rajg, at 19:02  

  • Rahul_fan do you base all that you say on fact, or something that mama told you that GC said?

    You really need to do some thinking before you come and vomit all over this blog. I have to clean my screen afterwards.

    Ans whats with the Jai Hind? You think with those two words you can give logic, thought and mental application a complete miss? I pity RD for having fans like you.

    By Blogger i, at 19:20  

  • Rahul-Fan, You surely are a disgrace to Rahul Dravid Fan club. Since the moment you have started posting with this name, it's all about Ganguly and nothing about Rahul at all. Couldn't you choose a better name for yourself?

    By Blogger Jai, at 19:30  

  • But I can find an appropriate word for you and that is 'Moron'. Compared to you, even thanks chappell looks like a gentleman.

    By Blogger Jai, at 19:32  

  • BCCI review meeting to address the spat between SG-GC.. Check it out..

    http://earth2050.blogspot.com/2005/10/what-bcci-stands-for.html

    By Blogger whoami, at 19:54  

  • yeah rahul_fan agreed to saurav_basher yesterday but still cannot stop hiding behind rd's name :) :)

    about the indian media; it is clearly as divided as the indian fans....telegraph, toi right from day one clearly supporting sg and indian express have some sort of personal issues like you know who...our own rahul_fan is it...ooops i meant saurav_basher :)

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 20:07  

  • hello guys just joined back in. as expected this has drawn out into a pro/anti gangs affair.
    he must be good SG to polarise people like this.
    as far as i am concerned the selectors have done what they always do - keep a winning side.
    unfortunately it has made life difficult for SG but i also think it is a blessing in disguise.
    SG whether capable or not at international level (remains to be seen) is still good enough (atleast in the domestic circuit) to keep performing well. that will build pressure on the newcomers to perform. after they have had a good go at this level SG can return if he is in form when selectors,et all, will be more conducive to his returning to the fold. (obviously if there is a vacancy)
    if, a big if, he is still good enough he stays end of problem.
    it actually gives him the best chance to get back into reckoning again.

    By Blogger inoc, at 20:08  

  • whoami: just checked the earht2050 stuff....silly things for silly people..??

    By Blogger indianfansrcrazy, at 20:10  

  • rahul_fan,
    It is very funny to watch the JD bashing alongwith SG hate!! To speak the truth, Indian cricket has not seen a better adminstrator group than JD group, whether you like it or not. Disclaimer: I do not like him personally, but give the devil his due. When you look at the scale of organization like India-Pak WC hosting, man, everyone else is a liliput. Only because of JD group the Asian nations are dictating terms in international cricket today, to great extent. faltu Raj singh type choro yaar..talk about major league things.

    for that matter what dose Mr. Pawar have to do with Cricket? Why you guys do not say anything?

    By Blogger SS, at 20:24  

  • inoc, totally agree. SG must perform to stay in team. However, if he is not getting selected for not performaing 6-7 matches, then that yeardstick should be applied to all and sundry.

    SG should take a SRT type break, to rebuild himself and see if he is still good enough for the team.

    After all, he has achieved what almost none in the present crop can achieve...as a player and captain.

    By Blogger SS, at 20:28  

  • yes you are right SS
    but i was thinking about what gives him the best chance to succeed. (i am a silly fool in a way and cannot forget the pleasures our cricketers have given me and wish them luck always when they are struggling)
    i think and this my personal opinion that SG will find it easier to comeback on the proven lack of form of his so called replacements. that will give him the best chance of a comeback ( with least pressure). unfortunately that leaves the door wide open for a youngster to clinch his position and if that happens good luck to that person. i still believe SG has something to give to this team.

    By Blogger inoc, at 20:34  

  • In fact SG's non-inclusion will be a good thing for him in the long run. The law of averages will catch up with the Indian team and soon the party will be over. The team wil start loosing again. If SG were included in the team, the knives will be out in a flash for spoiling the team chemistry. The Indian media, and the public have zero objectivity. When an oppostion collapses under 150, it happens because of one or more the folowing; some superb bowling, a scary pitch, or self-destruction. To claim that this is due to some recently found team chemistry does not even pass a smell test.

    By Blogger bouncer, at 20:48  

  • inoc,
    It is very difficult for SG to make a comeback. He is the same fighter who has given us many exciting moments and resons to cheer, but his age is not on the right side.

    However, no one can tell the future. If India continues with the fairytale run till 2007 WC begins, then he should not have a chance. Let's be fair. But selectors should look to him if the team hits adversity. If you discount the GC liar's mumbo-jumbo, he is some one who can really drive the team to a goal.

    By Blogger SS, at 20:49  

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    By Blogger inoc, at 20:54  

  • SS,

    "However, no one can tell the future. If India continues with the fairytale run till 2007 WC begins"

    Ya, so 2 wins make a run!

    By Blogger bouncer, at 20:56  

  • well GC's email as far as i am concerned is the only 'official' thing in the entire SG/GC saga which you can count upon. i agree that lot of his points are not only presumptive but betrays a lack of trust in his captain, whatever the reason. SG in his true self has taken it all chest on and is possibly enumerating the consequences. it still remains to be proven that GC has been successful.
    i donot consider that these two ODIs mean anything in the long run,cant deny the pleasure they have given me, we have to wait and watch for much longer before we make and assessment on GC/RD
    i will give you the reasons why:

    1.india are playing at home, great at home games, against SL notorious at performing badly away from home.
    RD/GC are in their honeymoon period - everything they do feels great(sorry couldnt avoid the pun.
    2.it remains to be seen what happens when opposing teams start to get a feel of the nature of RD captaincy. also he has to show how he does under pressure - lost two ODIs admiitedly deputising for SG from winning positions.
    3.captaincy pressures have not yet permeated RD, and they will surely if he is there long term, and one needs to see how he handles them.
    if we continue this discussion i will certainly come up with other not so important ones.

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:03  

  • inoc,
    One thing isvery strange about captaincy. I do not remember a situation where SG was made captain for more than one series, in spite of proving himself again and again.

    and here is RD, he has become captain for 2 series in the first go.

    And think about SL tour..SG was out for a match or two, but RD was made captain for the whole series. No other country does that, including the performance crazy Aussies. I didn;t hear any analysis on that from media or Prem.

    By Blogger SS, at 21:09  

  • there was a doubt whether SG was going to be banned for six matches or not and in that case if india did not qualify for the final they would have only played four games. if gangulys punishement was not reduced he may not have played in the tournament at all. so i think the selectors were ok in choosing RD ofr the tournament what happened afterwards is not correct though. i mean the controversy of whether SG should come back a s captain?

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:14  

  • GUYS, My take is that Kiran More and co. have done a GOOD job with team slection and what I like is they have explained their rationale. They ALREADY know what SG can do to win games for India other things remaining equal (form, fitness etc) The VR's and the GG's and the Rainas are unknown commodities and the selectors need to know how they measure up to SG and VVS etc. Though I would like see SG back in the team **in full flow and as a matchwinner**...I have no problem if he he's left out for a few more games. His ODI captaincy days seem clearly be over, though. And I think thats no problem. I prolly think SG is releived at not being captain actually. If Rahul flops as captain we should go straight to Sehwag for WC'07 !

    By Blogger Prasad, at 21:17  

  • in a way this is the first time that SG has been dropped(today) since till now he was not in the team for fitness problems. considering he is a stalwart in the indian ranks he should have been automatic choice when he is fit. but this is the first time that the selectors have actually said he is not good enough in their view to be in the indian team, again whatever the reason.

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:18  

  • agree with most of your post prasad
    except the sehwag bit, i am not sure he will be automatic choice in the indian ODI team if he continues in the present vein. if he improves no problem. i have noticed watching these two matches live that VS has hardly ever been consulted at any time during the match. leaves me with a doubt that he is the incumbent.

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:22  

  • SG better does not come back to be humiliated again on the pitch..

    Maggi noodel jokes might flare up again... He is past it. Not today.. since last two years...

    He is a minnow basher.. this series was his best chance as SL does not have any bouncer-bowlers since Malinga not in the ODI team..

    Come SA or the next trip to PAK, he just does not cut it.. He cant not survive a 5 over spell of decent fast bowling..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 21:36  

  • all of what you said is presumptious thanks chappell
    if you want to draw me into a SG bashing/supporting postins you will be thoroughly dissapointed

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:40  

  • His reflexes have gone poor beyong repair now.. He has lost the respect in the team by quitting in certain matches and feigning injuries..

    And all those who claim, team is with him or some of that nonsense.. thats not true.. Current team spirit shows that.. Guys are very happy without him.. new spring in the steps..

    above all, RD goes and tell selectors.. NO SG.. I am sure SRT seconded that..

    Good for India.. Great players like RD/SRT cant leave a poor legacy behind just because there are some poor joggers in the team.. who cant bat/cant field and cant do anything else.. They just bring gloom in the dressing room.. by their PACING around by the look of BOND bowling..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 21:40  

  • inoc.. dont start "what I can do" thread.. no need to make claims.. type it.

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 21:41  

  • sorry to get your name wrong thanks chappel will be morer careful next time

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:41  

  • when did i say what i can do? imho

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:42  

  • I didnt make anything up.. I have seen him bat in every match in last many years.. I have to accept that Kumble gives me more confidence as a bat these days than a SG..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 21:42  

  • you r welcome to your opinion i dont want to argue with you

    By Blogger inoc, at 21:45  

  • INOC..

    I do not think the slectors have said SG is not good enough. Only ignorant people..we know the likes on this blog ;) .. would say SG is done. In all fairness, Raina, VR and GG have not been tested fully at all. So, why shud they be removed before getting a chance. Their pedigree has to be tested before we assess them. BY ICC cup, we should have 16-17 players ready for World cup. SG WILL be there in that group. Much improved.. I hope .. and mentally more free.
    Re: Sehwag, I agree but I am basing my comment on the fact that otehr things remain equal like form fitness etc, he will become the next captain. He will be a Ganguly style captain and I htink he will make a very good captain. No Analysis Paralysis for this guy. He is fearless.. that will be his strength and will NEVER back down whoever the opposition.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 21:55  

  • people can say what they want about VVS Laxman on how is not fit to play ODI's.
    one thing is for sure. I will take him over Sachin any day of the week while chasing in ODI against quality teams or fourth innings of a key test match.
    I guarantee if you have this mix of cricketers potentially representing India in WC 07 they will not come anywhere close to making the top six.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 22:01  

  • I agree with Prasad. Those who think that SG is done for good (incl. some moron in Indian Express) need to get their heads examined and I am willing to pay for the cost. SG is a proven performer at the top level while others are untested. There is a possibility that they may not come good at this level which will be bad for our bench strength. But there are plenty of examples in Indian cricket when batsmen who play consistently well in domestic cricket flopped at the highest level. Thus to get all excited thinking that Rao, Raina, Gambhir can replace SG will be foolish. Yadav is yet to prove himself both as a batsman and as a bowler. Still early days to even think that SG can be replaced. World Cup is way too far away, before that we have important series against England and Pakistan coming up. A lot will depend on how the team performs in those two series. So SG bashers, go slow. You may have to eat your words in the near future.

    By Blogger Jai, at 22:05  

  • one more thing they have place for Ajit Agarker a perinnial failure out of the sub continent. God knows why. I think I can play GOD for a second and say a certain Tendulkar is behind this. Just a hunch.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 22:06  

  • sorry i dont agree with you prasad
    VS will not be captain unless he proves that he is inevitable in this side.
    he is actually struggling to keep his place
    in the event we need to change captain and VS has not proved himself,highly likely, and SG is not in the equation, very likely, SRT actually may take it up. he has never been averse to the idea .
    what say

    By Blogger inoc, at 22:17  

  • @ ramshorn
    the whole of mumbai are behind AA.
    He has been earmarked as the next allrounder and you will never see the the end of praises ravi shastri et all.
    but considering that he is still a good choice his statictics say so at least in the last year so i have no problem in AA being in the team

    By Blogger inoc, at 22:23  

  • rahul_fan said...
    [What else would you call a guy who retires hurt because a new ball was due!]

    Which match are you referring? Besides, so far as I am concerned, one of the most courageous incidents involving an Indian captain I can recall was in Melbourne in the test we lost, where, in the 2nd innings, I seem to remember him walking down near the end of day with India at 27/2, without requesting a nightwatchman, in order to protect SRT who was scheduled to come in after Sehwag fell! Can't exactly remember SRT, MA, KD, or even SG ever doing that in their entire playing careers, ever!!! With the kind of short memory and sick mentality that you and your ilk have, I do feel that Indian cricket does deserve what it gets: Dungarpur!

    [What else would you call a guy who didnt want to perform in the challenger series when asked to prove his form]

    So the tennis elbow injury was faked, you mean to say? Then why did the physio and Dr Anant Joshi corroborate the 'story'?

    [What else would you call a guy who faked injury during the last 2 tests of the indo-aus series and the first 2 tests in Pak.]

    At least he did not sit out for eight months, nursing his injury, so that he could return to chase more personal milestones, a la SRT, but went out and tried to give his best on the field!

    [I find no better word for him than a QUITTER!]

    Get a life!

    [Jai hind!]

    Yeah, whatever!

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 22:29  

  • inoc what statistics and against whom???? come on man. But for these Jackass selectors and tendulkars blessings he should never be there. did you ever see his pathetic runup to the wicket. It is a travesty that he is included and the best crisis player in the country VVS Laxman is out.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 22:31  

  • SG is priven failure in Intl cricket scene for last two years..

    However some of the people here are in that "Hero worshipping" bullshit for along time.. and there Hero is an alltime hero.. who cant be bad irrespective of even age.. or the bouncer rule in ODIs :)

    But they fail to see to it which is so obvious.. which bring me to this conclusion.. they are fanatics.. who wont accept defeat inspite of being beaten time and again on this board..

    Guys.. dont jump on those 10000 thousand runs too much.. an opener who plays for 10 years for obscene amount of ODIs, its not much of a deal.. wait for 3-4 years.. there will be 15-20 guys in that club.. 20000 will be the mark then..

    To say.. none of those greats like Viv rechards, Haynes, Greenidge, lloyd, border, miadad, in SMG got those 10000 runs in ODIs..

    Its not because there are poorer bat that SG, but because the number of matches they played was low and conditions were very bowler friendly..

    Imagine, SG of bowlers were allowed to bowl as many bouncers as they can(unless they are wises), ganguly wouldnt have scored even 3000..

    He smashed all those minnows.. at the top of the order..

    I also have to confess that 5000 runs out of those 10000 were absoluety miserable.. nicks.. no man land stuff.. and against pie throwers..

    All good bowlers in the world has shown him where HE ACTUALLY stands..

    He stands only as an arrogant snob who some misguided zealots happen to worship..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:42  

  • A little amount of pressure showed SG's true colors..

    some short balls, and thats it. Done. Even spinners threaten him with short balls these days.. what a misery this guys has gone through..

    On the other hand, he is compared with people like Yuvi and Kaif.. who bat alwasy way doen the order so dont get to belt minnows much.. if the pitch is flat, they come out in 40th over or so.. if pitch is bad, they are there in 7th over, courtesy SG.. with a monkey on their back..

    and LAX has to play every match as if it is his last.. thats pressure.. and he handles it well.. bowlers cant make him look ugly and helpless.. bats with difnity..

    not like a scared wild cat on the pitch..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 22:46  

  • Atleast SG understood the SUPERSUB concept. RD/GS dont even understand that. ;)

    http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/indvsl/content/story/223417.html

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 00:59  

  • >>> SG is priven failure in Intl cricket scene for last two years..<<<

    You just contradicted yourself. ;) Because first you say that SG is a failure for intls cricketer for last 2 years then come up with tyour theories that how he scored those 10,000 runs..basically saying his entire career is a failure....Let me guess SG & RD made their debut @ same timke..how many runs RD has made so far, how mny 100s does he have so far..besides..if SG was so pathetic and RD was so great then why didn't he become captain in 2000.. HAHAHAHAHAHA

    Anyways, can you tell us how many ODIs & years SRT took to make his 10,000 runs compard to SG ? As for RD, we will talk when he makes 10,000 runs.

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 01:06  

  • >>>if pitch is bad, they are there in 7th over, courtesy SG.. with a monkey on their back <<<

    Errr.. how is that..for kaif & YS to come in the 7th over, both the openers have to fall, then the no. 3 has to fall, then the no. 4 has to fall, then no. 5 has to fall. Now SG can be onlt one of those, right ??

    I hope you are not suggesting that SG bats on all the positions from No. 1-5. :)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 01:09  

  • >>>All good bowlers in the world has shown him where HE ACTUALLY stands..<<<

    Yeup - and that is One of the best ODI batsmen ever. :)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 01:10  

  • >>>Guys.. dont jump on those 10000 thousand runs too much.. an opener who plays for 10 years for obscene amount of ODIs, its not much of a deal.. wait for 3-4 years.. there will be 15-20 guys in that club.. 20000 will be the mark then..<<<

    Yeah there will be but none(except SRT, who is in a diff. class) will be faster than him.
    And no, no one will score 20000 runs. :)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 01:16  

  • >>>
    He stands only as an arrogant snob who some misguided zealots happen to worship..<<<

    Oh the Irony. Pot calling the kettle black. :)

    By Blogger Oracle Guy, at 01:18  

  • "I have seen him bat in every match in last many years.. I have to accept that Kumble gives me more confidence as a bat these days than a SG.."

    Yes, that confirms that you are delusional.

    By Blogger dapolice, at 02:00  

  • "He is a minnow basher.. this series was his best chance as SL does not have any bouncer-bowlers since Malinga not in the ODI team.."

    Come on! Think off your head and not off your arse for once. You know as well as anyone else here that all those 10k runs did not come again BD, ZIM and Kenya. Stats cant really lie while your morbid brain can!

    By Blogger dapolice, at 02:04  

  • "And all those who claim, team is with him or some of that nonsense.. thats not true.. Current team spirit shows that.. Guys are very happy without him.. new spring in the steps.."


    One swallow does not make a summer, remember the age old adage? Your man has just won us two matches against the so called minnow. So, wait for a lil bit till we proclaim that wall has the mantra to wc 2007....

    By Blogger dapolice, at 02:14  

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