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Friday, November 18, 2005

Clothes make the man?

Someone's all steamed up about those body vests the South Africans are wearing. Me, well, I'm pissed off at Rahul Dravid's cap -- did you notice that tattered Indian flag on it, flapping in the wind? For all I know, that is a prized cap, sort of like the one Steve Waugh made such a fetish off -- but surely, in the interests of aesthetics, Mrs Dravid needs to take a needle and thread and nail that flag in place.


  • worma
    i admit i've not been following very closely but it was my understanding that the problem that hayden was facing was similar to what sehwag is currently facing. he was able to get starts but not sustain it.
    was this the case or was his technique exposed?

    By Blogger JD, at 13:48  

  • my bad
    posted the above in the wrong place :)

    By Blogger JD, at 13:48  

  • But that leads me to another thing; why are we talking about matching, or equalling Australia's record of 21 matches?

    "Their 21 matches on the trot were all victories. Our record is simply one of not having been beaten.

    There are ties and noresults in among those 20 and I can't help feeling that comparing this with 21 straight wins is a bit like comparing apples and pears."

    This is so true- the whole record chase has been twisted to present a false picture to the public. Definitely the Aussie acievement was more dominant

    By Blogger suraj, at 13:51  

  • talking abt uniforms- do u think there will ever be a time when the whites of test cricket will be replaced by colors

    methinks it is unavoidable and will happen soon

    I know the purists will hate it but the change is going to happen at some point- let me know wht u think

    By Blogger suraj, at 13:53  

  • Suraj, I don't think that will happen soon. There are lots of things to it. First of all the color of the ball needed. If players start wearing different colors, you will have to use white ball and white ball cannot last for 80 overs. Remember you cannot change ball in test cricket unless its out of shape or is hit out of the ground and cannot be located. Think about the importance of condition of the ball in test cricket unlike onedays.

    Considering all these, I don't think they will change uniforms in test cricket, unless they can invent a white ball which can stay white for 80 overs and also stays in good condition for that amount of time.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 13:58  

  • Prem,
    flags are meant to flap. For all you know the flapping was intentionally created by opening the seam on some sides. And using piss in the same sentence as the national flag can be perceived as a sign of disrespect in this crazy world of ours where people like Khushboo, Suhasini and Sania are being made to eat crow thanks to the hordes of witch hunters running amok - r we back in the dark ages?

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:00  

  • Prem...why Mrs Dravid...he should do it himself...lets not be sexist ;-)))

    By Blogger worma, at 14:00  

  • suhasini, the actress from the 80s? Or someone else?

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:02  

  • Gardhabh, Thats a very good point you made. Are we following the Islamic countries with culture police around. I don't understand why courts should accept the case against kushboo in the first case. Can any person who knows Indian law explain me what the case was.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 14:02  

  • Worma - my thoughts exactly ... lets not be male cahuvnist (without the smiley)

    By Blogger @mit, at 14:02  

  • Suraj,
    Why is a change to colors inevitable in Test cricket? I mean cricket is not like other sports where you have all the players playing at the same time. The teams are easily distinguishable-- one is batting and one is bowling. Even a first-time watcher ought not to be confused. I'm sure the ICC will keep Test cricket different from ODIs by maintaining the whites. Real question is how long before every nation is playing 20/20 series?

    By Blogger Sahir, at 14:03  

  • well...its friday evening...I refuse to withdraw my smilies :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 14:04  

  • yorker, toney,
    sorry to be unable to give further details - you would make better headway if you research them on news.google.co.in.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 14:04  

  • yorker,
    I dont know the particulars of the case nor am I connected to law in any wya. But isnt there some antique rule in INdia which prohibits homosexuality, sex in public places and a lot of such other ...? In fact, anything other than normal man-woman sexual relation within the boundaries of marriage is illegal. So, maybe, her comments went against this law.
    Once again, neither do I know the law well nor am I saying that Kushboo's comments were wrong.

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:05  

  • suhasini is the actress from the 80s.. Also Mani ratnams wife

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:06  

  • all she said was if if u wanna do it, atleast use some protection...but trust our "moral police" to make a song and dance out of it..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:08  

  • shri,
    Taliban India-style ? :) At least, she didnt get her hands cut off or Mani Ratnam being forced to do an honour killing

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:08  

  • Worma...

    Sunny inspiration for Mumbai

    DNA Correspondent
    Friday, November 18, 2005 23:10 IST

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    Mumbai cricketers are famous for their attitude. They hate to lose. One of Mumbai's more famous sons, Sunil Gavaskar, had a particular aversion to it. So, to get him to take an hour out from his day to give a pep talk to the Mumbai Ranji team, which lost in the semifinal of the 2004 edition of Ranji Trophy, was one of Mumbai Cricket Association's better ideas.

    It was only 65 minutes for Gavaskar, but it was a huge inspiration for the players. "It gives you a lot of confidence, just sitting next to a player as great as him," said all-rounder Ramesh Powar.

    "But here he was, sitting with us, giving us tips on how to get out of a bad patch, on how to prove we are better than others, and advising the players how to prepare for a big innings."

    On a special request from chairman of selectors, Milind Rege, and skipper Nilesh Kulkarni, Gavaskar was only too happy to come to the team nets and talk to the players. "Mumbai cricket is special. Mumbai has always been looked up to," said Gavaskar.

    "Last year, they had one bad day and lost in the semi-finals. But, they have always been the side to beat."

    Dravid's heart in right place

    Sunil Gavaskar said he was "very impressed" with the way India has risen their level of performance in a short span.

    Most impressive was the comeback the lower oder made against South Africa.

    "It reminded me of how Rakesh Tandon and Sharad Hazare used to rally around in the lower order for Mumbai," said Gavaskar.

    Rahul Dravid came in for special praise. "Rahul has been impressive on the field, all right. But, off the field, he has been simply terrific," said Gavaskar.

    "Giving Sachin Tendulkar the credit for sending Irfan Pathan up the order was an example of his magnanimity. His (Dravid's) heart is in the right place, it always has been

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:11  

  • and this rom supercricket

    Hyderabad to Hobart...bikers everywhere by Neil Manthorp
    Posted on 17 November 2005

    There is a pool bar in Hobart where bikers gather in their gangs to drink beer, shoot a few frames, grope their girlfriends and generaly intimidate the police and anyone else who happens to be around. It's a fun place.

    There is a coffee bar in Hyderabad just around the corner from one of the better hotels where wannabe tour-guides on bicycles seek out anybody resembling a tourist (reading a copy of the Lonely Planet Guide is a good tip) in order to make friends and earn a few rupees. Well, dollars actually.

    They are worlds apart but both had their TVs switched on to the same match on Wednesday and, by and large, both sets of clientel were cheering for the same team. And it wasn't South Africa.

    Australians are already muttering bitterly about the possibility of Graeme Smith's team matching Steve Waugh's lofty, 2003 record of 21 unbeaten matches because the 'inferior' South African mark would have included games against the pubescent schoolboys of Zimbabwe and, even worse, two contests that were washed out.

    Never mind that Australia's record run included three World Cup wins over the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Namibia. Australians have also been quick to point out that Waugh's record was actually 21 consecutive wins - no ties or washouts. But as every cricketer in the world will tell you, there is nothing you can do about the weather.

    South Africa's commanding victory in Hyderabad has put the Australian media and public on high alert. As fascinating as a tour of the subcontinent always is, South Africans regarded the 14-day, five-match jaunt to India as an admittedly very tasty appetiser to the real business happening in Perth, Melbourne and Sydney in December and January.

    And now, thanks to the clinical efficiency of the Iceman Kallis in Hyderabad, Australians are also starting to look ahead with a sense of caution, even nervousness. The first tour of Australia in '93-'94 was an exploration into the unknown and the team was completely unburdened by expecatation.

    Four years later Hansie Cronje's simmering intensity added to the pressures of over-expectation and by the time Shaun Pollock led the third tour down under four years ago the Australians had developed such a strong mental domination of South Africa that Matthew Hayden opened the batting in all three test matches like a one-day pinch-hitter and South Africa's attempts to meet "fire with fire" were hideously exposed with a soft Nantie Hayward, an old and unfit Allan Donald and a Makhaya Ntini who later admitted he felt sick at the possibility he was being selected for political reasons.

    Now, Graeme Smith is talking about "brave cricket" and saying he'd rather lose playing it than than go down 'softly'. And his team could be about to match - maybe even take - a precious Australian record. Local body hair is starting to bristle in Hobart where Ricky Ponting is preparing to lead his team in their second test against the West Indies.

    In previous years before a tour to Australia the bristling has always started in South Africa. Smith, of course, is in a perpetual state of bristling but it is interesting nonetheless that to note that the condition ahead of the 2005-06 tour to Australian appears to be starting there.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:12  

  • shri: good to see sunny praising RD....good for this blog as well ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 14:14  

  • looks like indian express conducted a survey among women about premarital sex. it seems majority or all the women whom ie surveyed talked positively about this. and one of the ie reporter asked kushboo about this.

    kushboo first made the statement about safe sex before marriage. till this point, there was not much fuss created here. when another reporter asked a week later about the same, she told "is there any lady here who does not have sex before marriage?" and that is what provoked people here. when she made the second statement, she was referring to survey conducted by ie and generalised it to all women (in india or tamilnadu, nobody knows). since kushboo talked about women in general, lot of cases were filed against her.

    this is what i read from weeklys and dailys here. i might be missing something also.

    By Blogger muthu, at 14:16  

  • Prem, LOL after reading caption for this particular post.
    RD maybe into sentiments....it might be a lucky cap till start of 1st ODI. Will be interesting to see, whether he will wear same cap for tomorrow's toss.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 14:17  

  • rofl worma..

    I put that article here because of the fact that Sunny G was giving the Mumbai team a pep talk.. With the Bengal team all ready to blood the under 19 players, Delhi getting a physio, maharastra and Punjab getting foriegn coaches, mahasrastra getting an entire support staff in place, this years ranji trophy is sure going to be interesting..

    Throw in the fact that indian domestic wickets are not as high scoring as they once were and better and stronger pacers being unearthed.. sure should be a great season.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:18  

  • Talking of uniforms & bodysuits-

    quite a few Indian players wear these body suits too..even when they are batting...players like Darvid, Yuvi etc. So bashing SA alone on these grounds is not fair.

    But the thing I have bigger concern about is the inconsistent and cheap looking Indian uniforms. Has anyone noticed how the numbers on the back of the shirts not the same font and size for all players. Ex: Sehwag's numbers are bordered and bigger.

    And how some times the numbers are covered with duck tape (esp. when someone was just included in the team). Now, don't tell me you can not Fedex the uniforms to the players in time for the match.

    By Blogger Next SRT, at 14:18  

  • by the way, how about more posts on the domestic cricket scene in india instead of the pro/anti SG bile?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:20  

  • shri: yeah I also noticed the importance being given to ranji this year. btw who's the new coach for Maharashtra?

    By Blogger worma, at 14:20  

  • lol srt.. atleast they have uniforms.. there was a time when the team was given the India blazer after they cam back from a tour instead of before :)

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:21  

  • I believe Maharastra only has a foreign coaching consusltant. If I'm not mistaken, the coach this season is the former Bengal coach.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 14:24  

  • Holder.. I forget hs first name.. An aussie..he is also responsible for overall development and some other responsibilities.. and maharastra is also importing players from other states to win the ranji..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:25  

  • muthu,
    Thanks for the information. Even then this sort of agitations by political parties is not something good for a democracy. If anyone has a problem with her comments, they should file a case. Why protest in streets and attack her car etc. And last thing we need is political parties getting involved in it.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 14:26  

  • Paras Mhambrey is coaching Bengal.. Sandhu is coaching Mumbai now..Is ghavri coaching at all? and what about Anshuman gaekwad

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:26  

  • prem that is a very sexist statement. why should she stich his flap? for the record she is a qualified doctor and not someone from backwater with no education...:((

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:29  

  • shri
    u got that wrong ghavri is coaching mumbai....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:30  

  • Since the discussion is on domestic cricket, I have a question. I will in HYD during in Feb and I noticed that Ranji One-day games for south zone are scheduled in Hyd from Feb 10th to 14th. They have more than one match per day. 3 on somedays and 2 on others. How do I know which games will be played in which grounds. I would like to check out new Hyd ground and also some young talents. Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, Vidhyut etc. Does someone here know anyone in HCA to get this info. Any information is appreciated.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 14:31  

  • poor sania she has to now keep a hand on her womanhood and swear that she is a virgin....maybe maulvis would also like to verify that i presume????

    this bastards should be flogged in the streets for having such a backward view in such day and age. what she does with her virginity should be her say and not the goddamn maulvis and other asses

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:32  

  • Domestic bliss

    Siddhartha Vaidyanathan

    A quiet revolution is blowing through India's first-class game, producing zip, swing, wickets and results.

    The batsmen haven't had everything running their way this domestic season © Getty Images

    On November 3, 1999, Rajeev Nayyar, captaining Himachal Pradesh, erased a record that had stood for 40 years. Lasting five minutes under 17 hours, Nayyar's epic 271 eclipsed Hanif Mohammad's 970-minute 337 for the longest first-class innings of all time.

    While Nayyar's innings made headlines for its duration, it was just one of several big scores that were being amassed by batsmen all over the country. Five days after Nayyar's feat, Pankaj Dharmani cracked an unbeaten 305 for Punjab and Mohammad Azharuddin made a double-hundred for Hyderabad. Eight scores of more than 200 were made that November, and in all there were 33 scores of 150-plus in 64 Ranji Trophy games that season as bowlers around the country were dominated and manhandled.

    Fielding captains often found themselves in hopeless situations and spinners were called upon to limit the damage. Of the top 20 wicket-takers in 1999-00, 11 were spinners; the faster men were often required only for lacquer-removing purposes. The upshot of these batting marathons was that a number of games ended in stalemates: only 50 per cent of matches produced results. One hundred and thirty-seven hundreds were scored in 220 innings.

    Five years on, there's a different buzz in the Ranji Trophy: it's about bowlers - pace bowlers in particular - and results. Only five double-hundreds have come in 79 Ranji games this season (and there've been merely 13 individual scores of more than 150). Teams have crossed 500 only very rarely. Medium-pacers - 13 out of the top 20 wicket-takers in the 79 matches so far - were hugely influential, and more matches produced results - nearly a jump of 6.5 per cent from 1999-00.

    To dismiss this as a freak season would be naïve. A look at the trends since 1999 reveals a gradual shift of power: from bat to ball, from spinner to seamer, from draws to results. Average first-innings scores have dropped gradually, from 324 in 1999-00 to 279 this season. It is impossible to attribute the transformation to any one factor, but as we explored the possible reasons, the blur gave way to a more meaningful jigsaw.

    The pitches
    In 1999, Keith McAuliffe led a group of pitch experts from New Zealand to India. They, along with their Indian counterparts, made an attempt to zero in on the type of pitches that would work best in the country. A number of scientific experiments, dealing primarily with soil dynamics and horticulture, eventually produced a model that was to be implemented in grounds across the country. The BCCI's pitch committee, formed in 1997 but largely ineffective till 1999, soon undertook an extensive operation of inspecting each stadium. The picture in front of them was grim.

    At most grounds, the pitch preparation was left to the malis [gardners], many of whom didn't have a basic understanding of the process. Most shaved the grass off completely, and worsened matters by rolling the track with 2.5 ton rollers. The continuous over-rolling made the pitches extremely compact, rendered the grass dead, and reduced the bounce considerably. At many grounds, the ball hardly rose above waist-height.

    As late as 1995, most grounds in India didn't have modern irrigation facilities. Equipment was archaic, soil quality wasn't up to scratch, and even a smattering of grass on the pitch was considered a no-no. The wishes of the home captains were adhered to as gospel, and most associations had little control over the groundsman's ways. Many captains approached the groundsman before the game and spelt out the exact nature of the turf they wanted.

    The last few years, though, have seen a sea change. Curators' seminars have played their part in instilling a general awareness, and the appointment of five zonal representatives has also streamlined the monitoring process. Interaction with foreign experts has helped, and unlike earlier, when groundsmen prepared pitches by rote, there is a much greater understanding of the intricacies of grasses, soils, pesticides, fertilisers, irrigation, equipment, machinery and the like. According to Daljit Singh, the curator at Mohali, the mindset of both players and administrators has gradually changed. "Last year, a Duleep Trophy game was shifted from Jalandhar because it was felt that there was not enough grass on the wicket. Such measures were hardly taken earlier."

    In 2002 there was a major revamp. Pitches on most first-class grounds, including eight of the nine Test centres, were relaid at the behest of the board. The fresh pitches needed approximately two monsoons to settle down completely. Once they did, the faster bowlers were pleasantly surprised with the assistance that some of the tracks offered in the last two seasons of games. The Gymkhana Ground in Secunderabad, where Hyderabad played five matches this year, was the most striking example: medium-pacers accounted for 152 of 185 wickets to fall.

    Shivlal Yadav, the former Indian offspinner, was chiefly responsible for developing the pitch, which many players reckon is the bounciest track in the country, and he observed how it could provide spinners with an ideal grooming ground. "A spinner doesn't need a raging turner. The ball just has to turn a bit; bounce is much more critical. That's when the spinner's flight, loop, and mastery of length come into play."

    Only 95 hundreds have been made in the 282 Ranji Trophy innings so far this season (33.68%). This is just about half the corresponding percentage in 1999-00, but batsmen have come to accept that it is the way ahead. Kiran Powar, who played for Baroda this year, and has not only been one of the most consistent scorers since 1996 but also has the experience of playing for different teams, thinks it was high time this happened. "Batting techniques will definitely improve and players will learn the importance of grafting. It's a new challenge, and this season most of the batsmen haven't been up to the task."

    The ball
    Not only are many batsmen across the country baffled by the nature of the pitches. many are also convinced that the SG ball, used in domestic cricket for the last 12 years, has changed its properties. Chandrakant Pandit, Mumbai's coach, compared the balls used in the early nineties to the present crop. "Ten years back, the ball used to lose its shine within the first six or seven overs. The bowlers swung the ball much more during the early overs, but once the shine was gone, there was not too much the batsmen had to worry about.

    "Now the ball doesn't do too much in the initial stages, but from around the 15th over there is quite a bit of assistance. Bowlers are able to swing the ball even around the 60th over, and once it gets old, reverse-swing comes into play. Unlike earlier, not too many bowlers look forward to the new ball, and even spinners are getting extra help because of the more prominent seam."

    Amol Muzumdar, who has been playing for Mumbai since 1993, agrees. "Even when a batsman is on 80 or 90, he is never set when playing against this ball. Earlier, one just had to weather the initial burst; now it is tough to say that you are completely set."

    While insisting that there has been no change in the make-up of the ball over the last 12 years, Paras Anand, Director of SG, puts forth a possible reason for the transformation. "Since 1998, we have become extremely conscious with regard to quality, and are constantly in touch with players and coaches in our bid to improve the quality. We have had complaints about seam-cutting recently, which was solved by carefully analysing tolerance levels. Players also felt that the ball lost its shape, so we have tried to stretch the leather more accurately."

    The format
    If one were to revisit the 1999-00 season and replace the zonal format with this year's divisional system, one would see that 13 of the 33 scores that exceeded 150 were made by batsmen from today's Elite teams against bowlers from the Plate group. The zonal format always gave the powerful sides some easy pickings against the minnows.

    Anshuman Gaekwad, the Gujarat coach, considers the change in the format a significant factor. "Teams get to play against similarly matched opponents and you rarely get games when the batsmen have to watch out for just one or two bowlers. Most Elite teams have three, or sometimes even four, quality bowlers, and batsmen can't relax and knock off easy runs at any point in the season."

    Another change that the players have had to contend with is the need to get used to weather patterns in different zones across the country, of playing on alien surfaces (each zone has distinctive pitch compositions) and having to acclimatise like on foreign tours. In 1999-00, Karnataka played nine out of their 10 matches in the South Zone. The only time they left the Zone was to play Bengal in Kolkata in early March, one of the most pleasant months of the year. This season, three out of Karnataka's seven league matches were in different zones and they made trips to Kolkata in November and then to Mumbai and Delhi in December, one of the hardest months in which to play cricket in north India.

    The medium-pacer
    No one is suggesting that there has been a drastic change in the quality of medium-pacers, but many bowlers who have been playing domestic cricket since the nineties admit that their effectiveness has been enhanced.

    Physiotherapy and biomechanics have made their appearance on the domestic scene and Paras Mhambrey, Maharashtra's coach, says there is now more awareness of these aspects. "There are more coaches trained in the science of fast bowling and seamers all over are realising how to get the best out of their body action. Also, bowlers are much fitter these days and are able to bowl more overs a day and sustain their fitness for the entire season. Most teams prefer to play three seamers and one spinner. It was rarely the case in the late nineties. Batsmen today are struggling when put under such sustained pressure."

    By sheer coincidence, a large number of matches this season were played on bowler-friendly tracks. Mumbai, Mohali, Hyderabad, Chennai and Nagpur - all of which favoured mediumpacers - hosted 19 games. But there were still a fair number of typical Indian paata surfaces and it will be premature to suggest that the dull days have passed by completely. However, the progress made cannot be ignored and could, if sustained, lead to a completely new era in Indian domestic cricket.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:33  

  • yorker,
    you know one thing, those political parties are trying to grow in tn. all they know is attack some film actor (rajni, kamal, vijayakanth suffered the fate here) and show that they are there. people don't care about those parties.

    i think we are off the topic(cricket) here.

    By Blogger muthu, at 14:34  

  • Ranji Trophy 2005-06, Schedule

    [ Elite Group | Plate Group | Knock Out Matches ]
    Elite Group:
    Group "A" Group "B"
    Railways Punjab
    Mumbai Hyderabad
    Maharashtra Haryana
    Gujarat Andhra
    Karnataka Services
    Bengal Uttar Pradesh
    Delhi Baroda
    Tamil Nadu

    Dates Between Venue

    First Round:

    23-26 Nov Delhi v Mumbai Delhi
    23-26 Nov Railways v Karnataka Delhi
    23-26 Nov Maharashtra v Bengal Pune
    23-26 Nov Tamil Nadu v Gujarat Chennai
    23-26 Nov Punjab v Services Mohali
    23-26 Nov Uttar Pradesh v Haryana Kanpur
    23-26 Nov Andhra v Baroda Andhra

    Second Round:

    01-04 Dec Karnataka v Mumbai Bangalore
    01-04 Dec Railways v Tamil Nadu Delhi
    01-04 Dec Delhi v Bengal Delhi
    01-04 Dec Gujarat v Maharashtra Ahmedabad
    01-04 Dec Punjab v Haryana Mohali
    01-04 Dec Uttar Pradesh v Baroda Kanpur
    01-04 Dec Andhra v Hyderabad Andhra

    Third Round:

    09-12 Dec Mumbai v Bengal Mumbai
    09-12 Dec Railways v Gujarat Delhi
    09-12 Dec Delhi v Maharashtra Delhi
    09-12 Dec Tamil Nadu v Karnataka Chennai
    09-12 Dec Punjab v Hyderabad Mohali
    09-12 Dec Uttar Pradesh v Services Kanpur
    09-12 Dec Haryana v Baroda Haryana

    Fourth Round:

    17-20 Dec Mumbai v Railways Mumbai
    17-20 Dec Karnataka v Bengal Bangalore
    17-20 Dec Delhi v Gujarat Delhi
    17-20 Dec Maharashtra v Tamil Nadu Pune
    17-20 Dec Uttar Pradesh v Punjab Kanpur
    17-20 Dec Hyderabad v Haryana Hyderabad
    17-20 Dec Services v Andhra Delhi

    Fifth Round:

    25-28 Dec Mumbai v Tamil Nadu Mumbai
    25-28 Dec Railways v Delhi Delhi
    25-28 Dec Gujarat v Bengal Bengal
    25-28 Dec Karnataka v Maharashtra Bangalore
    25-28 Dec Baroda v Punjab Baroda
    25-28 Dec Hyderabad v Services Hyderabad
    25-28 Dec Andhra v Haryana Andhra

    Sixth Round:

    03-06 Jan Gujarat v Mumbai Ahmedabad
    03-06 Jan Railways v Maharashtra Delhi
    03-06 Jan Karnataka v Delhi Bangalore
    03-06 Jan Bengal v Tamil Nadu Bengal
    03-06 Jan Andhra v Punjab Andhra
    03-06 Jan Services v Baroda Delhi
    03-06 Jan Uttar Pradesh v Hyderabad Kanpur

    Seventh Round:

    11-14 Jan Mumbai v Maharashtra Mumbai
    11-14 Jan Bengal v Railways Bengal
    11-14 Jan Gujarat v Karnataka Ahmedabad
    11-14 Jan Tamil Nadu v Delhi Chennai
    11-14 Jan Andhra v Uttar Pradesh Andhra
    11-14 Jan Baroda v Hyderabad Baroda
    11-14 Jan Services v Haryana Delhi

    Plate Group:
    Group "A" Group "B"
    Himachal Pradesh Rajasthan
    Saurashtra Kerala
    Tripura Jammu & Kashmir
    Vidarbha Assam
    Goa Madhya Pradesh
    Orissa Jharkhand

    Dates Between Venue

    First Round:

    23-26 Nov Vidarbha v Himachal Pradesh Nagpur
    23-26 Nov Goa v Orissa Goa
    23-26 Nov Tripura v Saurashtra Agratala
    23-26 Nov Madhya Pradesh v Rajasthan Madhya Pradesh
    23-26 Nov Assam v Kerala Guwahati
    23-26 Nov Jammu & Kashmir v Jharkhand Jammu & Kashmir

    Second Round:

    01-04 Dec Himachal Pradesh v Tripura Dharmashala
    01-04 Dec Orissa v Saurashtra Cuttack
    01-04 Dec Vidarbha v Goa Nagpur
    01-04 Dec Rajasthan v Jharkhand Jaipur
    01-04 Dec Madhya Pradesh v Assam Madhya Pradesh
    01-04 Dec Jammu & Kashmir v Kerala Jammu & Kashmir

    Third Round:

    09-12 Dec Saurashtra v Himachal Pradesh Rajkot
    09-12 Dec Goa v Tripura Goa
    09-12 Dec Vidarbha v Orissa Nagpur
    09-12 Dec Rajasthan v Kerala Jaipur
    09-12 Dec Assam v Jammu & Kashmir Guwahati
    09-12 Dec Madhya Pradesh v Jharkhand Madhya Pradesh

    Fourth Round:

    17-20 Dec Goa v Himachal Pradesh Goa
    17-20 Dec Orissa v Tripura Cuttack
    17-20 Dec Saurashtra v Vidarbha Rajkot
    17-20 Dec Rajasthan v Jammu & Kashmir Jaipur
    17-20 Dec Madhya Pradesh v Kerala Madhya Pradesh
    17-20 Dec Jharkhand v Assam Jamshedpur

    Fifth Round:

    25-28 Dec Orissa v Himachal Pradesh Cuttack
    25-28 Dec Saurashtra v Goa Rajkot
    25-28 Dec Tripura v Vidarbha Agartala
    25-28 Dec Rajasthan v Assam Jaipur
    25-28 Dec Madhya Pradesh v Jamu & Kashmir Madhya Pradesh
    25-28 Dec Kerala v Jharkhand Kerala

    Knock Out Matches:

    Elite Championship:

    20-24 Jan SF1: Winner of Elite A v Runner of Elite B TBA
    20-24 Jan SF2: Winner of Elite B v Runner of Elite A TBA
    30Jan-03Feb Final: SF 1 v SF 2 TBA

    Plate Championship:

    03-07 Jan SF1: Winner of Plate A v Runner of Plate B TBA
    03-07 Jan SF2: Winner of Plate B v Runner of Plate A TBA
    20-24 Jan Final: SF 1 v SF 2 TBA

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:34  

  • shri
    stop pasting the whole freaking test..just put the damn link that should sufice

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:36  

  • shri:
    instead of trying to convince us of what a class 1 ass*ole you are with your diarroehic posts, why dont you just give us the weblinks?

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:37  

  • When coach Sandip Patil dropped Ganguly from one match he got thousand calls and he was soon removed from coaching the Indian team , that’s how long Ganguly had been fixing things with Dalmiya . Sandip Patil said on Dravid books realise in Banglore, the biggest complement I can give Dravid is that when I played a Ranji match in his first year against him I saw him for the first time, since then and now there has been no change in him.

    Sandip Patil said Dravid deserves all the respect he is getting because he has earned it , there are people who demand respect and there are people who command respect, Dravid commands it.

    When asked what name he would give Dravid book, Sandip Patil said there have been many mental people in the game but Dravid is gentleman of Indian cricket, so I would call his book gentleman of cricket Dravid

    By Blogger team, at 14:38  

  • Mumbai’s speed merchants

    Ashish Magotra
    Monday, November 14, 2005 20:47 IST

    There was a time, in the not so distant past, when Avishkar Salvi would keep cursing himself each time he saw Irfan Pathan make the headlines. More than that, he would curse his luck.

    The reason? In November 2004, an acute shoulder sprain ruled him out of the tour of Australia. His place in the squad was taken by Laxmipathy Balaji and a young Pathan was blooded by the team management for lack of a better option. Since then, Pathan has grown from strength to strength, while Salvi struggled to get fit.

    A year hence, the lanky paceman has managed to rid himself of injury woes. And he realises just how important the upcoming Ranji season is going to be for him. Some wickets, and he could be hoping for a place in the Indian team. A poor performance could see him relegated to obscurity.

    In the absence of newly-appointed skipper Ajit Agarkar, Salvi currently is Mumbai’s most experienced bowler. With India coach Greg Chappell watching, the country’s premier domestic tournament is the perfect stage to rescript his wicket-taking prowess.

    “I know this is a very important season for me. The World Cup is coming up in 2007 and Chappell has been giving chances to youngsters. I need to make my mark this year,” says Salvi, now 24.

    “I am feeling fine now, I think I am back at my peak. The injury scars, both mental and physical, have healed. Past is over. I want to look at the future,” he adds.

    Mumbai coach Karsan Ghavri feels Salvi’s ability to extract bounce even from the most placid of tracks should stand him in good stead this season. He can consistently bowl around the 140-kmph mark and that could hold the key in the domestic circuit.

    But Salvi doesn’t carry the Mumbai pace attack alone. His partner in rhyme is 24-year-old Usman Malvi, who claimed 21 wickets in his Ranji Trophy debut season last year. “Salvi can extract good bounce, while I am more of a workhorse. Coach Ghavri has been telling me to concentrate on bowling a good line and length and that’s what I plan to do,” says Malvi.

    Malvi, who plays for Tata Sports Club — which is Ajit Agarkar’s club as well — feels having Agarkar as skipper will help the pacers’ cause. “He knows what we really need and will see our side of the story. He is aggressive as a skipper. He doesn’t wait for things to happen,” Malvi adds.

    The third seamer in the pack is 25-year-old Swapnil Hazare, who also made his debut last year. He prefers to steam on to the popping crease, unlike the more measured approaches of Salvi and Malvi. “I tend to spray the ball around,” admits Hazare, “but I am trying to curb my instinct for speed. Coach Ghavri has asked me to try and gain control of my line and length. If I can do that, you will see a much better bowler.”

    These three are Mumbai’s leading pacers in the absence of Agarkar. But the competition among them is fierce, despite them all being very good friends.

    “We know when Ajit returns, his place in the side is guaranteed. We have to make sure we bowl well enough to retain our places when he comes back. It isn’t a joyride for us,” says Malvi.

    The Mumbai pace attack is perhaps the most potent in domestic cricket, even in the absence of Agarkar. Salvi is straining to make his presence felt — his weapons are bounce and pace; Malvi is the steadying factor as he concentrates more on line and length; while Hazare is like a loose cannon, at least for now. All-rounder Wilkin Mota adds to the line-up with his gentle medium pace.

    So how do the three pacemen rate Mumbai’s attack as compared to other teams?

    Says Salvi, “We are very strong. I think we are the best in India. Perhaps the only thing we lack is experience. But the age factor can work in our favour.”

    Malvi is more cautious, “We have a good attack but I haven’t really seen the others. So I don’t know whether we are the best or not.”

    “We are quite good. I would rather say we are among the top three or four in the country,” avers Hazare.

    So when Mumbai take on Delhi in their Ranji Trophy opener on November 23, one thing at least is certain, the effort will not be lacking.

    Leading Pace Houses

    Mumbai pacemen may think they are the best but they sure face tough competition from these teams


    Gagandeep Singh (28 wkts in 4 matches), VRV Singh (25 wkts in 4 matches), Amit Uniyal (18 wkts in 5 matches)


    Ashish Nehra (6 wickets in 2 matches) , Amit Bhandari (29 wkts in 6 matches), Kunal Lal (11 wkts in 2 matches), Sanjay Gill (11 wkts in 3 mts)


    Ranadeb Bose (34 wkts in 7 matches), SS Paul (13 wkts in 4 matches), Sabir Ali (6 wkts in 2 matches)


    Harvinder Singh (23 wkts in 7 matches), JP Yadav (27 wkts in 7 matches), Sanjay Bangar (7 wkts in 7 matches), Santosh Saxena (5 wkts in 2 matches)


    Zaheer Khan (8 wkts in 1 match), Rakesh Patel (30 wkts in 6 matches)

    Performance during the 2004-2005 Ranji season; players currently representing India have not been considered

    Thanks tombaan.. karsan Ghavri is the Mumbai coach.. And Sandhu the maharastra coach.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:38  

  • team:
    do you check with sandeep patil before you go to the loo as well?

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:39  

  • team and shri = made for each other.
    have fun

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:40  

  • and please use protection

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:40  

  • Shri,

    I did not ask for that. Most of us here are knowledgeable enough to know that you can get that from Cricinfo. i don't know about others but atleast What I asked is about Ranji Oneday tournament details. The schedule given in cricinfo does only mention three matches in a day in Hyd. I wanted to know which grounds. If you know that your answer is welcome. If not, stop posting what everyone knows.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 14:40  

  • jat.. not interested in convincing you or anybody mate... There have been issues before when people accessing the blogs have been unable to use the links provided and have requested for the full posts.. and you will be better served if you could post without resorting to profanity..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:41  

  • shri
    jat has a point ur posts are irritating for people who come in late and want to catch on what others said in the past..u need to cut it out+

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:43  

  • fair enuf yorker. will keep you posted once I know more...

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:43  

  • shri:
    you sure are trying hard
    and assh*le was a compliment not a profanity considering what you've been upto - screwig up this blog.

    PS: and i am not your 'mate' - what are you? A *******g australian that you go using 'mate'!!!! if anything, that is a profanity.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:44  

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    By Blogger Zainub, at 14:44  

  • http://cricket.expressindia.com/fulliestory.php?content_id=82269


    better tombaan ?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:45  

  • shri:
    who's going to delete and remove the shit you've already posted?

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:46  

  • thanks for the links BTS shri - really appreciate it.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:48  

  • thanks shri

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:48  

  • sorry: thanks for the links BTW shri - appreciate it.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:48  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 14:48  

  • no worries.... had seen people having problems accessing links before and so i pasted the articles.. apologies if that pissed you off.. just acted in good faith..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:50  

  • zainub
    god or no god...it is for the players to decide. it is about glamor as about game. i love women in short skirts ....but let the women decide not some f***** maulvi or pundit

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:50  

  • team:
    what does sandeep patil have to say about dressing? we are dying to know.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 14:52  

  • http://news.ft.com/cms/s/fcda0352-585d-11da-90dd-0000779e2340.html



    By Blogger SHRI, at 14:55  

  • SG Statement


    By Blogger gangulysucks, at 14:56  

  • i am sorry for the link, i think it is not working now

    By Blogger gangulysucks, at 14:58  

  • Prem;

    Why are you telling Mrs. Dravid to do the needle work?

    Dravid can do it himself.


    By Blogger nish_the_dish, at 15:00  

  • Ganguly and Yousuf Youhanna


    By Blogger gangulysucks, at 15:01  

  • http://www.smh.com.au/news/cricket/bad-back-threatens-warne-record-bid/2005/11/18/1132016990545.html?oneclick=true

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:03  

  • @jat, @yorker etc..

    that was good laugh man :-)) Shri and team and all!!!!

    By Blogger SS, at 15:05  

  • Guys,
    why sportingstreams not accepting new memberships? Any ideas any body

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:05  

  • I didn't Ajit Agarkar bowled googlies. Look at his statement below:
    Asked about the difference between the Ganguly-Wright and Dravid-Chappell regimes, he said, “When the team is winning, we tend to overlook certain aspects and under Sourav we were winning a lot.”
    AA is a senseless, ungrateful donkey who thinks he is a smart ass and was making a politically correct, but loaded statement but ultimately makes a mess of it.
    If not Ganguly's persistence, this guy would have been relegated to eating vada pao and smoking beedies in front of Poddar College.
    Ganguly persisted with him, while, all the time (even in this blog),ppl were alleging that AA was in the side due to his nefarious connections with SG.

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 15:06  

  • ...This is the same Sandip Patil who some time back told that SG is right and he was wrong...

    By Blogger SS, at 15:07  

  • yorker/sahir,

    Your comments on use of white in tests makes a lot of sense.

    zainub- I luv Maria Sharapova the way she is- hopes she keeps wearing 'my dress is shorter then yours'

    and I think Sania is just fine in wht she wears

    Tennis is just more flamboyant and an individual sport vs cricket

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:08  

  • ss

    wht was the good laugh? I missed it

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:09  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:09  

  • Guys,
    why sportingstreams not accepting new memberships? Any ideas any body

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:10  

  • i luv short skirts and hope "more women decide insult other women" the way zainub described it

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:11  

  • Oh, BTW, I am not saying SG shd be in the team. He does not deserve a place in the current side based on current form

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 15:12  

  • zainub,
    some of your comments do make a lot of sense

    Well actually just one:

    "I'll shut up now. I really should."

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:12  

  • does sg stream work only with windows media player?
    or does it work on real palyer too?

    By Blogger cricfan, at 15:14  

  • I think Sania should wear a burqua and 3 layers of salwar kameez while playing

    it will not insult other women in the world then

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:14  

  • cricfan:
    sg is both a 'media player' and a 'real player'. is he a 'great player' as well?

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:16  

  • or rather not insult the men in Pakistan then

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:17  

  • jat


    By Blogger suraj, at 15:17  

  • How stupid fan Rediff.com can get?
    Look at the heading from those morons...

    SA tour: Team India banking on Sehwag to fire

    How can the whole team bank on ONE player...
    even if it is SRT, gimme a break..

    can't believe Prem worked there once...

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:18  

  • Guys,
    why sportingstreams not accepting new memberships? Any ideas any body

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:18  

  • maher, I am laos not sure how sportingstreams membership can be opened...let me know if you figure out. The other link indiancricket.net is also not showing any links for the match.

    By Blogger flute, at 15:18  

  • suraj:
    thought you didnt have a sense of humor after your previous post to ss.
    more force to you.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:19  

  • Bowling allrounder

    As the search for #7 rolls on, Pathan tops the short list.
    He has shown his qualities as batsman against pace bowling as
    well as spin. He has faced upto McGrath, Akthar, Lee in Tests
    and has done reasonably well. He was certainly ok against
    Murali and Warne as well.
    There are two position up for grabs - spinner to support
    Singh and a fast bowler who can bat.
    Strangely the spinning prospects looks thin. Vikram Singh
    is definitely a bowler who can bat. Zaheer Khan is the
    other one who is in contention at the moment. Balaji
    is in the picture as well.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:19  

  • Yacrik,
    those guys harish kotien and party are worst in cricket coverage, they even makes sahi looks like godd guy

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:20  

  • yacrik:
    your aggravation would have been understandable if the headline was '...banking only on sehwag to fire'.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:20  

  • yacrik.. that headline is in the same league as "desperate ganguly wants to play".. the emphasis being on the player, not the team.. and then very same media complains about how players are being hyped and how thier profiles are larger than life..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:21  

  • zainab, I noticed, you have a cartoon pic on your profile and not your photo(I hope it is not your photo), is it for the same reason? To make sure your human body is not displayed on the internet? lol

    By Blogger flute, at 15:21  

  • What does baking on some one mean?
    can't bank one any one !
    If you said India banking on batsmen to post good
    score is an acceptable thing.
    (though not ideal... it should be a team effort -
    bowling,batters,fielders ...)

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:23  

  • jat

    u missed the blog session yeasterday

    it was humor, humor and more humor

    and i was there every step of the way- just joined late today

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:23  

  • agree with you completely.. But that wont make a catchy headline will it ?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:24  

  • desperate ganguly made sense.
    because he showed some desperation... mislead about
    number of wickets took, did not accpet poor form in
    the immediate past; instead talked about pathetic 100 against pathetic ZIM attack... so desperate ganguly made some sense.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:25  

  • btw, what do you guys think of Sania's retraction regarding pre-marital sex?

    By Blogger flute, at 15:25  

  • flute,

    zainub's job of propogating Islamic fatwas on women is done
    so he's probably back in his Karachi fiefdom

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:25  

  • zainab,
    say hi to mullah omar and osama- you seem to have the same sensibilities.

    you obviously dont watch tennis for the battle between 2 individuals- your focus is more on what people are wearing. you want to enjoy people's dressing sense, go to the oscars or ascot.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:25  

  • suraj, too bad, I was hoping to have some fun at his expense -:)

    By Blogger flute, at 15:26  

  • after all the attention she got for standing by Khusboo, I think this was a smart PR move.. Dont think her views have changed one bit, just issued the statement to get all the people and the press off her back flute..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:27  

  • And also no reasonanle person says "ready for anyrole" ; take up bowling because not doing good has batsmen;
    someone with 15000 runs, takes up bowling to get back to the team - shows desperation... Prem said it was bad thing to say.
    Prem just wanted to highlight "desperate" part;
    If he did not like it, why did he even bring up here...
    Prem is the BEST ! very smart alek types...

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:27  

  • flute

    have fun but make sure u don't look at a skirt

    women all over the world will be insulted

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:28  

  • flute:
    why do you care?
    is she to you what sandeep patil is to team - the speaker of the gospel truth?

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:28  

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    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:28  

  • jat, zainab cannot watch anything clearly enough, coz he/she is in burqa so that no part the body is on display

    By Blogger flute, at 15:29  

  • @suraraj...for more humor just scroll to the top and scroll down untill you hit Shri's wall to wall posters and move on to find more ...and then comes Jat's comments ..and then comes team...ha ha !!!!

    By Blogger SS, at 15:29  

  • yes zainub - you will just issue a supari for suraj.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:30  

  • yacrik... besides the ganguly headline.. jut about every newspaper in india comes up with catchy headlines and tries sensationalizing even run of the mill stories.. esp if they are related to cricket... and the very same media does an about face and says.. look at the hype... look at how the Indian cricketers persona is larger than life.. look at how domestic cricket is disregarded... MSM sux.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:30  

  • shri:
    how many people (besides bloggers) read that 'sensationalizing' shit? its just a battle for eyeballs but eyeballs that can read thru the hyperbole of the headline.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:32  

  • Friends,
    Can you tell me the means to watch Ind vs SA, online. I know about Directv, but I don't want to pay the full amount for couple of matches that I plan to watch, suiting my schedule. Appreciate your response.Thanks

    By Blogger Sree, at 15:32  

  • jat, so it seems like you don't discuss/analyse issues unless you belive the talk from someone as gospel truth. interesting!!

    By Blogger flute, at 15:32  

  • so the point is, why the f*ck do you care what the headline is in rediff or toi.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:32  

  • Peace Zainub.

    Don't wanna bore other ppl with our non-cricket banter

    but you did say that

    "I am from the old school - I tend to think everytime a woman wears a short skirt - it's an insult to all the the other women in the world"

    Didn't understand that as long as they are not being forced to wear them why would other women care

    Anyway back to cricket...

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:32  

  • i think somewhere along the line, we(the 'awakened' world) started attaching too much importance to clothes. the only purpose of clothes should be comfort, not hiding skin. But alas, if i roam around in summer dressed like someone from "The gods must be crazy", i'll be labelled 'mental' :-(

    By Blogger Chetan Reddy, at 15:34  

  • Where is ruchir darling ?

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:34  

  • sree, I too am looking for info on live match feed..if you happen to find out, please do let me know..

    By Blogger flute, at 15:34  

  • flute:
    you just dont get it.
    my point was, why are you according importance to what sania mirza has to think about premarital sex? why does it even merit your blog in the 1st place?
    it is beyond being worthy for discussion. its a total non-issue.
    her thinking & other reaction to her thinking - is this really that important stuff to discuss?

    BTW - i was being sarcastic when i used the word 'gospel truth' you might want to take some lessons in humor from ss & suraj.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:35  

  • ss- did that LoL!!!

    jat- supari for me, myself too insignificant- they usually target celebrities

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:35  

  • ruchir lover????


    By Blogger suraj, at 15:35  

  • jat, your point being?

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:35  

  • to watch:


    before the match starts type "bangalore" and follow the instructions.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:36  

  • suraj,

    don't user unparliamentary words. I will ask Ruchir darling to hit the crap out of you.

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:37  

  • Thanks.Yacrik.

    By Blogger Sree, at 15:37  

  • no suraj - they target non-believers. they target a 'way of thinking' not celebreties.
    WTC, jerusalem, delhi, kashmiri hindus etc. were all
    'insignificant' non celebreties

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:37  

  • yacrik,

    why does it say no such package exists

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:38  

  • shri:
    my point being that the sensationalist headlie journalism is nothing to be perturbed about.
    but to be ignored.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:39  

  • Guys,

    Does anyone know what is the event name in SG stream for tomorrw's match?

    By Blogger bouncer, at 15:39  

  • Scary thought - SG still haunting Indian cricket fans in 2500 AD - http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/story/0,3605,1645418,00.html?gusrc=rss

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 15:39  

  • yacrik, I tried this for the last match..never worked for me. kept getting the message 'this action cannot be performed by media player'. They refunded my $10.

    Do you think we need to install some codecs?

    By Blogger flute, at 15:39  

  • ruchir...

    sorry- didn't mean to be the villian in ur luv story

    although WTF is manadated in the parliment of Suraj

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:41  

  • jat

    my bad- u are right

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:41  

  • jat.. thats what i have been saying all along...

    talking of humor

    Journo to Greg Chappell: “Do you know Rahul Dravid has picked two ODI wickets against South Africa?

    Chappell: “I know. And that is probably where it’s going to stay!”

    Chappell: “We wouldn’t want to ruin his figures.”

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:42  

  • Everyone here is an expert and cites stats and incidents to prove their points. But most of that comes from hindsight. So now, it's time to seperate the men from the boys...time for predictions for the game. Who wants to stick out their heads first?

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 15:43  

  • suraj,

    U seem to be a smart guy. I am unable to get a hold of Ruchir. Can you help me ?

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:44  

  • mock

    mine is SA win

    I always jinx India when I predict our victory anyway

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:44  

  • Sa bat first .. score 286... India play raina in the playing XI with JPY as the supersub.. India win by 3 wickets..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:45  

  • mock,
    get ur opinion from Ruchir. He is always correct.

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:45  

  • given the turn of events, what do you guys think really happened during the review committe meeting? Until the SL series started, it seemed like GC lost that round and that SG might come back as captain etc.

    To me this is all very surprising given that Gavaskar & Dalmiya in the review were openly pro-SG. These are really interesting times.

    PS: None of the above is gospel truth. Nobody need to treat the above opinion as gospel truth.

    By Blogger flute, at 15:46  

  • ruchir_lover -- one-way traffic, eh?

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 15:46  



    By Blogger gangulysucks, at 15:46  

  • ruchir...

    Firstly, sorry to give you the very wrong impression abt me being smart

    Secondly, last I heard Ruchir was in hiding from this lover of his

    wonder who that is...

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:46  

  • mock,
    it is going to be 2way soon, IF u know what I mean ; )

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:48  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Zainub, at 15:48  

  • ruchir_lover -- good luck then......if it helps.....

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 15:49  

  • mockbasher:
    "So now, it's time to seperate the men from the boys...time for predictions for the game. Who wants to stick out their heads first"

    * sandeep patil will be watching the match from the stands
    * team will be watching sandeep patil
    * zainub will be watching some porn movie trying not to focus on the lack of clothes but on the technique
    * the cricket headline in tomorrow's TOI will be 'Chappell is evil' and in Telegraph will be 'Saurav is prabhu"

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:50  

  • Thanks Mock ,

    I am beginning to like u !!!!

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:50  

  • mock_basher, my prediction for tomorrow's match.

    In a emergency meeting conveyed by Mahendra, SG gets selected for the 2nd ODI and SG gets named in the playing 12 , as a super sub. An indignant SG leaves the ground holding his elbow. India still wins even without the luxury of a super sub. Post match, Dravid finds it very very difficult to explain the situation to the media.

    By Blogger flute, at 15:50  

  • zainub,
    remove that picture. that large head reminds me of a boob and offends my sensibilities.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:50  

  • suraj:

    I am like Govind in Saajan Chale sasural...

    First Sujatha and not ruchir_lover....

    Very soon I will run out of hiding places...

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 15:50  

  • jat, good one..really made me laugh out loud.

    By Blogger flute, at 15:52  

  • so 3 predictions. one for an SA win, one for Ind, one playing it safe like what Sania et a suggested.

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 15:52  

  • zainub:
    the lesson for you is stick to sport - dont lech at the players, focus on the score.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:52  

  • zainub,

    first of all I cannot condemn whtever the blond is doing- her choice

    but even if assuming it is wrong- it should make her look stupid why you?

    if you know what is right and you are not following her how do u become stupid

    and wht consequences?

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:52  

  • ruchir darling,
    what are ur plans for the weekend ? I am free (if u know what I mean)

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:52  

  • lol ruchir.. quite the chick magnet :)....

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:52  

  • zainy baby
    dont go on a self-flagellation trip - the body beautiful is a gift of god - no need to be ashamed if someone decided to show his or her gift to others.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 15:52  

  • zainub,
    Are you a gal or a guy - just curious.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 15:54  

  • jat- you are cracking me up!!!

    Ruchir joshi- I think this is sujatha again, different id

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:54  

  • btw this ruchir lover seems like a guy....poor Mr.Joshi

    By Blogger tombaan, at 15:54  

  • mock:

    Tomorrow, SG invades the ground in the middle of first innings and demands to be selected and played. After repeated requests, he leaves the ground but comes back with 2000 people and burn effigies of RD/GC/KM while shouting "Humaari maange poori karo" and "Ganguly zindabaad" and "Jab tak suraj-chaand rahega, Sourav tera naam rahega" and "Sourav tum aage badho, bengal tumhare saath hai"....

    Finally, match is abondoned.

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 15:54  

  • flute, try with Real player and upgrade your windows player and real player to the latest version - I have never had problems.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 15:54  

  • ruchir_lover -- confused eh??? seems that you are showing traits of not knowing 'where' u belong.

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 15:54  

  • and who wants to bet $100- sujatha/ruchir lover is a guy not a gal

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:54  

  • suraj.. to each his own. zainub has an opinion and thats fair dinkum.. we all do.. i do not understand why zainub has to explain his/her opinion.. an opinion was stated.. take it or leave it..

    By Blogger SHRI, at 15:55  

  • tombaan,
    what makes u think that Ruchir is straight ?

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:55  

  • zainub, One more question , just curious, given your dislike for human body display, how do you suggest couples indulge in 'you know what'? Is human body display allowed in your book in such situations?

    By Blogger flute, at 15:56  

  • zainub
    Let the wind blow in. I always felt sorry for women in burqa my god how can you breath through that stuff. I for one feel every man who has wife or wives wear that should also wear it atleast a week a month :>

    By Blogger tombaan, at 15:56  

  • come on ppl more predictions, let's keep a tab and review after the match

    I'll be very happy to lose on my prediction

    By Blogger suraj, at 15:56  

  • suraj:

    I believe so too...


    Yes, poor me. Here I was dreaming to see WC2007 with Jessica Alba and now I have fend off 2 persons.

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 15:56  

  • ruchir,..lol...can't stop laughing -:)

    By Blogger flute, at 15:57  

  • Zainub..not trying to attack you or anything but what about men ? Should men also refrain from wearing shorts or dress codes are only restricted to women ?
    Like suraj said...if a blond or any woman for that matter wants to wear a mini skirt thats her choice. Even I'm interested in the consequences you speak of.

    By Blogger ClannZú, at 15:57  

  • ruchir,
    I will be waiting for u. I am leaving now. Bye darling

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 15:57  

  • Zainub is playing the GAME with lot of guys.. dont fall for it guys.. and please get away from Sania right now.. we have a match on our hand and I am sure.. not only we will defeat SA, we will defeat the team detractors too..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 15:58  

  • so why take the accronym of sujata or whatever???

    By Blogger tombaan, at 15:58  

  • ruchir like i said watch ur back now it is surreal in more than one ways

    By Blogger tombaan, at 15:59  

  • One Zainub.. and I guess I will be fired soon to visit a porn blog.. guys screw yourself..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 16:00  

  • chappell.. its the process remember.. who cares if we win or lose against the proteas.. as long as the processes are in place.. and lets not take our eyes off the big prize.. in 2007.. thats what all this is for.. not to win a series against the proteas.

    By Blogger SHRI, at 16:00  

  • clannzu,

    long time no see- where have u been?

    sri- my view no one should have to explain anything- if Zainub wants to fine otherwise even better

    tc- I agree with you- let's talk abt the match & predictions

    By Blogger suraj, at 16:00  

  • tombaan:

    Thanks for the warning, buddy. I am watching my back and other body parts too.

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 16:01  

  • HOT NEWS: PTI Report: Zainab is the same mufti who landed in jail for giving the fatwa that a Indian court judge's verdict is not valid because the judge is not muslim.
    Indian jails improved a lot with even internet fecilities in most of them.

    By Blogger flute, at 16:01  

  • what time EST is the match supposed to start?

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 16:01  

  • come on zainub - don't stop posting

    now the biggest democracy in the world will be insulted if you don't post

    By Blogger suraj, at 16:02  

  • ruchir
    I think this is a guy whom u pissed off with your anti ganguly ante...now that ganguly has been screwed he wants to get back at you....LOL

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:02  

  • yes, predictions plz.

    Mine: India jeetega.....SA peetega.....Sachin marega...Sehwag dho dalega....India wins by 25 runs.

    By Blogger mock_basher, at 16:03  

  • zainub, please keep your profile with the large head. It doesn't offend my sensitivities. BTW, is your face a part of your body?

    By Blogger flute, at 16:03  

  • I like what Ruchir likes.
    I hate what Ruchir hates.

    Ruchir , I want you....

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 16:04  

  • What's the most amount of sand you've ever had in your swimming trunks?
    I'm afraid I've never owned a 'swimming trunk'.

    ths is from zainubs profile

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:04  

  • tombaan:


    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 16:05  

  • Ok, got it. 4:00 AM EST

    By Blogger sauravganguly, at 16:05  

  • Guys,

    Please see Zainub's profile and refrain from making snide remarks. Just a request...

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 16:05  

  • @ruchir_lover:
    what happens if Ruchir hates you??? recursive call?

    By Blogger SS, at 16:06  

  • ruchir, this might be your real lover, a gal whom you know and is playing tricks with you, play ball man. ruchir_lover seems a lady in love, com'n man have heart..accept the lady's hand.

    By Blogger flute, at 16:06  

  • ruchir
    why did u say that? regarding zainub...is she connected to our you know who residing in karachi

    By Blogger tombaan, at 16:07  

  • Flute/Yarick

    I had the same problem with sgstream last match. I have both Real Player and Windows Media Player.

    Luckily had another m/c and it worked on windows media player

    For some reason when I tried to pen the URL in Real Player it always went to WMP.

    the version is both m/c were same (10) the one it did notr work on had latest patch

    By Blogger cricfan, at 16:07  

  • suraj,
    You seem to be in top form today too, mate. Hope you are there for the match too. BTW, what do you drink? :)

    Dont worry, mate. You dont have to stick to cricket either. But I do agree with the rest who say the choice is hers. Which is why I was a little surprised when she retracted her statement. I dont think any of the rest of the women are insulted by Maria Sharapova or Serena WIlliams dressing the way they want to.

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:07  

  • Zainub - Everyone is entitled to their opinion...but didn't mean to put you in a corner. No hard feelings.
    I like reading your comments on cricket and thats why we have come to this blog to discuss so lets just stick to that.

    Suraj - been here only mate. Was hoping the General Discussion forum would take off...it gets hard to go through all the comments here and more often than not what you wanna say has already been said. But majority wins and the blog it is.

    By Blogger ClannZú, at 16:08  

  • ss,
    Ruchir loves me, I know that for sure

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 16:08  

  • flute:

    but my hand has already been taken!!!


    If you want the lover, you can have....

    By Blogger Ruchir Joshi, at 16:08  

  • ruchir,
    I dont want SS , I want u.

    By Blogger ruchir_lover, at 16:10  

  • Ruchir, saw zainab's profile, so what? its upto Zainab to explain herself , not for you to protect her.

    By Blogger flute, at 16:10  

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