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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Dadagiri, in Sourav's name

Donno what this world is coming to. No, I mean really. One CM threw down the gauntlet, not so long ago, when he said he would love to see how Sourav Ganguly is kept out of the side. Another, more recently, said he would not watch the first India-SA ODI if the stadium was not named after his favorite politician (or more accurately, the late favorite son of his favorite politician). Now comes another bloke, saying he won't watch the India-SA game at Kolkatta if Sourav does not play - and a colleague of his who goes, oh yeah, well, we'll see about that!
While Ashok Bhattacharya, minister for urban development, has said that he would not be watching the India-South Africa one-day international at the Eden Gardens if the former Team India skipper is left out of the squad, Subhas Chakraborty, minister for sports has categorically said that trouble-makers would not be given a chance to disrupt the game.

All that remains is for Jayalalitha Jayaram to say she won't make it to the MAC if Sridharan Sreeram and Hemang Badani are not picked. Seriously, though -- irrespective of the issues, if a politician doesn't come to the ground to watch a game, who gives a fish? Just why do these guys -- a Rajashekar Reddy there, a Bhattacharya here, who knows who tomorrow -- even imagine their being there makes a difference?


  • Prem:
    Absolutely, who the hell even cares whether its the PM or some minister who wants to watch the match. Indian public would care the least and this on the contrary is adding fuel to the fire to the whole SG thing. Even the Aus PM was criticised when he said comments about Murali.

    By Blogger Hemal, at 16:05  

  • politicans love to make it into the press....as much as possible...top item in their to-do list each day. Thats the *only* reason.

    Btw this disease is not India by any means. I'm sure you remember, as hemal also pointed out above, one dear John Howard's take on all things cricketing ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 16:09  

  • Prem - why dont the scribes who report these stories have the presence of mind to ask the said CM what makes him think that his absence will be felt by anyone. Au contraire - isnt a CM busy with more important work than to spend a day at a cricket match? I remember Ravi Shastri profusely thanking the Rajasthan CM at the award ceremony after the Jaipur ODI, for having come to see the match. That was laughable! The CM needs to be admonished for wasting time watching a cricket match and not praised for gracing the stadium with not just her own but her entire entourage's presence. Some one needs to tell these fellas that they are elected to work and not watch cricket matches.

    By Blogger Tiger, at 16:15  

  • tiger: You aren't nuts, surely? What, ask the CM who the fish gives a fish whether he comes to the ground or no? 'With what face' as we say, will we then go to said CM for an out of turn apartment allotment, or a gas/phone connection, or a school admission for a nephew, or... geez, boss, talk sense.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 16:23  

  • Prem - u mean no one ever asks them any uncomfortable questions ?:)
    I thought that only the White house press briefings were that orchestrated!

    By Blogger Tiger, at 16:32  

  • tiger: oh, we are a touch better than the White House press corps. How it works is, we wait for some whiff of scandal -- then we all descend en masse. But most times, we prefer to let the vvip take a pass -- not that we don't rock boats, but we are pretty selective about it, and this would seem scarcely sufficient to raise dust about.

    Tell you what, though -- I'd love for a minister to announce a press conference, land up half an hour late, and pompously talk of why he does not plan to watch the next cricket game. And for some reporter with an ounce of integrity to stand up and go, right, and that matters to us why? Talk of kodak moments, said vvip's face would be it.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 16:38  

  • Also really awkward to see the presentations in Pak and India where everyone wants to be on the podium and the guys at the edges of the podium have one of their feet in the air (reminds me of Bombay local trains) just to be photographed and probably seen on TV...

    By Blogger Kannan, at 16:53  

  • kannan..LOL...and the presentation announcer, esp if from outside these regions, just cant seem to get to the end of the list of name and title..and portfolio...and what not ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 16:58  

  • Prem, while nobody cares if a CM makes it to the match, don't you think the politicians too know that it doesn't make a difference to the cricket fans if they come or not come. The real reason is always something else, like YSR wants to score a few brownie points with Madam, WB CM probably wants to sing the tune of the public mood. All said and done, I think the Indian politicians are a smart tribe and they will refrain from such antics only when they
    perceive that such drama will have negative effects. As of now, it seems like atleast WB CM might accrue some political gain by supporting SG, I mean just look at the hupla in WB about SG. In case of YSR in AP, he probably earned some good points from Madam, even though Rahul Gandhi famously asked him "Uncle, why are you giving everything n my father's name?"

    By Blogger flute, at 17:03  

  • nice one worma... LOL.
    I missed that...

    By Blogger Kannan, at 17:05  

  • I got the inside scoop. You know why dravid was so edgy while batting in Hyd? Because YSR was pressurizing him to name his new born as Rajiv Dravid and that got to his nerves.

    By Blogger optimist, at 17:08  

  • flute: Oh, I know where the pols are coming from. Is just, was teeing off on the sheer idiocy of such statements -- so incredibly like a badly brought up child's sulks. :-)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 17:08  

  • Prem, while I too share your frustation, my point was, may be the pols political base i.e mass too need to share the blame. However much we are riled by the pols, I feel that Indian politicians are a very smart tribe and they will mend their ways the moment they realise it is not gonna cut the ice. They are just being a reflection of our people. IMHO

    By Blogger flute, at 17:11  

  • optimist,
    you just beat me on that. I was thinking the same.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 17:12  

  • Why the brillant captain Dravid underbowled RP SIngh today while his part time spinners were milked by the Proteas quite comfortably?

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 17:14  

  • Prem, so you are comparing Sriram and Badani to Sourav Ganguly. Does backpain affect brains too? Did not know that.

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 17:15  

  • bhairo,

    wow u are very intelligent

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:27  

  • Bhairo SinghJi....baraah(12) baj gaye kya??...talk of cryin for attention..lol.Shut the heck up.....will ya!

    By Blogger sunny, at 17:28  

  • sunny which part was crying for attention? instead of asking me to shut up, why don't you reply why RP Singh was underbowled? If you understand cricket and not just lol.

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 17:32  

  • bhairo,
    If u understand cricket or English for that matter, u would understand that Prem was not comparing SG with Badani or Sriram.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:34  

  • bhairo...
    RD said in an interview that the old ball was not reverse-swinging and the slow bowlers were expected to get more purchase from the wicket... but he had set a defensive field for most of the middle overs.

    By Blogger Kannan, at 17:36  

  • poondu,
    that was an indirect comparison. You can't expect Sriram's exclusion to evoke similar reaction from his state's CM or from his state's people as Ganguly.

    But the slow bowlers didn't do any good. I am not asking why RP was not bowled when Sachin and Sehwag bowled brilliantly? But that is not the case. So why could not he go back to RP?

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 17:40  

  • Bhairo,

    You can interpret things anyway you want. I am sure Prem was only criticizing the way political leaders act .

    By Blogger Poondu, at 17:42  

  • poondu ya gandu whoever you are, that's your way of interpretation. I am fine with it, but you shouldn't question my English knowledge for that.

    By Blogger Bhairo Singh, at 17:46  

  • Next politico demanding his son to be captain of India cricket team will be Lalu. Already, Tejasvi(something like that) Yadav played for India U-16.

    Lalu promised...his son will be that allrounder senior team waiting for...

    He will demand his son to included soon or central govt will fall....
    Just like Bihar elections every 3 months.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 18:00  

  • Wow - SG fans are more entertaining and they think they are helping too

    By Blogger @mit, at 18:23  

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    By Blogger serendipiti, at 20:03  

  • It just proves that politicians just have to be in everything...be it goog,bad or ugly!
    The way the safs bowled y'day,we shud be thankful SG wasn't there...Nel and Ntini would have bounced the hell out of him,in a way the selectors have done him a favour by dropping him and saving the blushes for us.

    By Blogger serendipiti, at 20:08  

  • Prem,

    You do sound fishy, y'know. Incidentally, do you like your meen with tapioca or mustard? Why is it that NONE of you seem to question the justification of asking these two bits politicians what they feel about cricket? Is it because the general public ought to know their views? Or is it because the press thinks that such statements are a build up to something more sinister -- where backdoor influence is brought to bear to bring SG back? Or is it because the press finds this a good ocassion to ridicule this cricketer for no fault of his?

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 20:32  

  • Prem,

    Your paraphrasing completely changed the tone with which Bhattacharya said all this. The way you quote him makes him almost threatening. That was not what I got when I read the interview.

    By Blogger bouncer, at 21:18  

  • bhairo or mairo, whoever u are, will not question your English again.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 22:29  


    By Blogger dapolice, at 23:29  

  • Bhairon ke rajah!!
    "Does back pain affect ur brain too" was your query to Prem.That part was cryin for attention.Did you want Prem to respond to ya??Maan...atleast U shud not be takin abt 'brains'...OK??
    N u lost ur cool with Poondu....c'mon dude...take chill pill.Abusin sumone will not make u sound u intelligent.
    Abt RPSingh being underbowled...Dravid's post match remarks must have quenched ur silly doubts.
    Hope u read this maan....its almost 12 am now....hehehe LOL!!!
    maake di roti aur sarson da saag,khana puttar.....:))

    By Blogger sunny, at 01:14  

  • Hey Guys,
    On the subject of Hyderabad stadium,I understand that the mail stand has been called "Shivlal Yadav" Stand.While Hyderabad has produced many great cricketers such as Pataudi,Jaisimha,Abbas Ali Baig,Gulam Ahmed,Azhar,Abid Ali etc,who the hell is Shivlal Yadav?

    By Blogger suds, at 05:01  

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