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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Dravid comes home

KC Vijay Kumar, in the Hindu, on Saturday's day-nighter at Bangalore where Rahul Dravid gets to walk out as captain on his home ground.
GR Vishwanath, the Karnataka batting icon and chairman of the selection committee that first picked Dravid for national duty in 1996:
The former chairman of selectors also expressed his happiness over Dravid's ascent to the throne. "I think Dravid has got the captaincy at the right time and we have to give credit to the selectors for giving him a long rope, in terms of the number of matches. He has a team that is a good blend of experience and youth. It was heartening to watch their performance against Sri Lanka and now that experience will help them against a tougher side like South Africa. Even at Hyderabad, though we were 35 for five, we recovered well and that is a positive sign," Viswanath said.


  • few cricket links on google video
    (Courtesy SS)

    Dravid and Sachin : http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2367802879340814152&q=cricket

    sachin : http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=tendulkar


    By Blogger JD, at 20:07  

  • see http://sport.iafrica.com/columns/dan_world/572165.htm

    Quote :-

    "Monday 14 November: First match! Had a surprise visitor this morning — Sourav Ganguly, the old Indian captain. Was very friendly, if a little weather-beaten — unshaven, slightly shabby looking, and appeared to have slept in his clothes, although I'm sure that's not the case. He asked me quite a few questions about how I'd got rid of Ray, and muttered something about filthy Australian scum — call me a psychic, but I think there may be something Sourav isn't entirely happy about."

    Man, this guy is incorrigible. He has the audacity to ask smith how he got rid of Ray...

    another quote :-

    "Wednesday 16 November: First match! I always get excited, and today was no exception. Saw Sourav on the way to the game, standing by traffic lights, offering newspapers to passing cars. Must have been some sort of charity drive — I do plenty of stuff like that back home."

    is this for real ???

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 20:46  

  • greg2..

    The diary is fictional.....

    By Blogger sundeep, at 20:52  

  • OK. I was fooled. I thought it was too sensational to miss the hawk eyes in this blog...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 20:59  

  • hey guys, there's this very interesting cricinfo column. Apparently Pollock *hates* bowling to left-handers. His test average against right-handers is 17, his test-average against lefties is 42.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 21:07  

  • jd
    thanks to the links for the videos. good stuff.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 21:10  

  • roublen, that stat makes a good case for
    GG to open and YV/IP come at 3.

    By Blogger squarecut, at 21:22  

  • few more google vids for Jeremy Clarkson (top gear) fans


    By Blogger JD, at 22:02  

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    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 22:24  

  • http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2757529141682958169
    zaheer having fun

    By Blogger Pankaj Tripathi, at 22:30  

  • Wow,from Saurav's mouthpiece ..


    "I’ve always respected Greg and it was I who went to Sydney in mid-2003 for a one-on-one with him.... Why, then, should I have any problem in forging a (fresh) relationship once the selectors bring me back? Both Greg and I are mature and can handle situations"

    By Blogger losing now, at 23:26  

  • both SG lovers as well as bashers would feel good if he is given chance to play in Kolkata...He can't stand in front of Pollok and Ntini for more than 2 min.......but there is one prob...51 in SL and 101 in Zim were terrible....these days he is playing for himself and eating too many balls....he is so worried about himself that he forgets that there is target to be set or target to be chased...

    btw...Ganguly is expert against Zim, BD, Holland, Kenya, Namibia etc....so he should be given chance to play in those matches only...the same way as we say that VVS is expert of test match and Yuvraj for ODIs...SG is expert of playing against those team so he must given chances to play against them...we should not waste his talent...perhaps his records is best among present players against those teams...

    By Blogger Shivam, at 00:48  

  • Anyone up following Aus vs WI? (I know stupid question but I have a point.) I was struck by Worma's post on the Hussey inteview earlier about how long he had to wait to hit the international scene. He just scored his maiden test century in his second match. Like in the case of Michael Clarke, it shows how intensely Australia bloods their young cricketers in their domestic first-class system, and how prepared, confident and hungry for success they are when they make their debuts.

    By Blogger Sidhant, at 01:20  

  • Shivam..Let me take a guess...You are a kiddo...not even close to 15 or 16 years and pretty new to cricket..Your writing reflects that..Cool guy!!Such talent at such an young age.Way to go,mate!!

    By Blogger AntiSGguyssuckbigtime, at 01:36  

  • India clearly missing ganguly's managerial skills. This was felt in the last ODI

    By Blogger idli vade, at 01:41  

  • There are few observations, the way this Ind-SA series started...many things have worked EXACTLY in the reverse way...

    1. SL lost against MCA at Mumbai <------------> SA won against Hysderabad...

    2. SL lost the toss <--------------> SA won the toss

    3. SL lost the first match which sets the momentum <--------------> SA won with their captain setting the way......

    4. Dravid as captain could set an example by playing a match winning knock and by getting MOM award<------------------------>Failed to do so in the SA series in the first match

    5. One of the biggest reasons for the win against SL was the "surprise element" which India could produce<-------------------> As most of the surprises are already out from the "surprise package" during SL series, it is really hard to surprise SA that effectively,

    6. Choice of super sub didn't work in SA series <----------> in SL series it worked in perfect manner even in the matches where we lost the toss

    Add your points to these events which exactly went in opposite way with respect to what went during SL series.

    Also do you think, with this SA team we should play exactly the opposite way (in terms of strategy) and should stick to the usual batting line-up than sending surprise element at number 3? Should be play for saving wickets during first 20 overs than going for free hits as this attack of SA is much better during first 15-20 overs that what SL had...?

    Will these happening continue and series result will also alter, the way warm-up match, toss, first match result, captain's knock went in the opposite way? Many things have worked EXACTLY in the reverse way, will the result of the series also go in the reversed way?

    By Blogger Shivam, at 01:43  

  • 7. SL have Maharoof <-------> SA dont have a Maharoof

    By Blogger idli vade, at 01:54  

  • PREM,

    By Blogger dapolice, at 01:55  

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    By Blogger dapolice, at 01:55  

  • wow.. i was wondering why R Mohan articcles missing in hindu..
    now i got that ans.. thanks dapolice for the ans.. is it really true he was invloved in match fixing ?
    btw one thing i want to tell that SJ's colums are pathetic. he will write anything to grap attention.. his website sucks too.
    note : am not a gangu hater or gangu supporter

    By Blogger idli vade, at 01:59  

  • dapolice,

    I saw on TV news channel yesterday night......

    A minister who was supposed to visit the stadium during coming match has refused to attend the match....he said that it is like 'protest' for him and he will not go.....

    Another MLA from opposition said that anybody who supports SG, he will give support to him......he said it is just politic that an in form player has been kept out...

    Video of these two I saw....

    The CM of bangal has already said that nobody can stop SG to make a comeback (but leave it, that may have been said in good spirit)...

    Mahendra said, SG will surely be back soon...he said he was out only due to injury and not due to form...he said he has scored a hundred in Zim so he should be back...

    I think BCCI president should not talk in language about selection matters...it is like putting pressure on the selection committee..

    By Blogger Shivam, at 02:02  

  • off-topic..but having some late night fun!
    Jessop: You want answers?
    Kaffee (Tom Cruise): I think I'm entitled to them.
    Jessop: You want answers?
    Kaffee: I want the truth!
    Jessop: You can't handle the truth! Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinberg? I have a greater responsibility than you can possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: that Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives...You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me on that wall.
    We use words like honor, code, loyalty...we use these words as the backbone to a life spent defending something. You use 'em as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it! I'd rather you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to!
    Kaffee: Did you order the code red?
    Jessop: (quietly) I did the job you sent me to do.
    Kaffee: Did you order the code red?
    Jessop: You're goddamn right I did!!

    By Blogger losing now, at 02:02  

  • looks like there are a few good men here...

    By Blogger The Straighter Neo, at 02:14  

  • 32.2 Alok Kapali to Kaif, SIX, tossed up delivery outside the off stump,
    Kaif comes down the track and lofts it over the long-off fence
    24.3 Mbangwa to Kaif, SIX, short delivery on the middle and off, Kaif
    picks it up quickly and lofts it to the mid-wicket fence, all
    timing in that shot
    45.5 GW Flower to Kaif, SIX, down the legside, nicely moves further to
    the on, and then pulls the ball way over deep midwicket
    first six for India
    46.2 Hondo to Kaif, SIX, now Kaif's finding his range! a half volley
    outside off stump, just smashes through the line, lofting it hard,
    high and handsome over long off, clearing the boundary by quite
    some margin
    46.6 Willoughby to Kaif, SIX, and Kaif picks Willoughby from middle and
    off and simply slaps the ball far over long on, a mighty hit, well
    timed as well, Willoughby not having a good time of it here
    48.2 Willoughby to Kaif, SIX, a biggie this time! Willoughby pitches
    just short this time, and Kaif rocks abck and thumps the ball
    cleanly over the midwicket ropes, way over too! Good shot
    48.6 Willoughby to Kaif, SIX, and this one again outside the off, and
    Kaif gets on one knee and belts this one high and far, the long on
    fielder trying to get a hand on it but failing miserably as it
    falls metres beyonds the ropes. Kaif in sight of a hundred here!
    38.2 Tudor to Kaif, SIX, short, literally cracks off the bat and ends up
    in the tavern stand, clean pull
    42.1 Irani to Kaif, SIX, over the top of mid-wicket

    By Blogger idli vade, at 02:25  

  • Those are the 9 sixes kaif hit sofar. Willoughby was the unlucky bowler who got hit 3 times by kaif in a single match.
    I wud rate the six he hit of Alok Kapali is the best of the sixes. That was an amazing hit.

    By Blogger idli vade, at 02:31  

  • Hayden was on the verge of being dropped. Look what he does??
    Scores 4 successive hundreds in 4 test matches. Also he now has 24 hundreds ater 75 matches. Thats like 1 hundred for every 3 tests.

    By Blogger idli vade, at 02:47  

  • Rahul's take on SG-GC affair in Telegraph ..

    Q: Following the Sourav-Greg Chappell face-off have you (as captain) set out roundrules to ensure that even if there’s a difference of opinion, nothing comes out of the dressing room?

    A; I have a good relationship with Greg... I know where he comes from and he knows where I come from... He’s straight and direct... (After a pause) Some of the things which recently became public, didn’t come from the team... The leaks were from outside, not within the dressing room, and it’s disappointing.

    By Blogger rajesh, at 03:25  

  • Another lopsided article from R Mohan.Similar to his write up about SG and SRT.He was such a good writer..but age has caught up with him. Also, the frustration of not being able to make money on the sly is taking its toll

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:18  

  • dapolice...u are not being fair to Prem.He has only linked the article and pulled out some relevant stuff.He has not taken anyside...unlike some guys(u know who...no not Worma)who have been given the right by Prem to publish on the main blog and they try and twist everything to suit thier thought process

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 04:21  

  • Guys,
    Is there any url for r mohan's involvement in match fixing?
    I was taken by surpise when i got to know of this. I thought he retired from the hindu.

    By Blogger idli vade, at 04:31  

  • You_Southies_are_regional_Fanatics.And_Prem_is_The_Leader...All_you_guys_Suck_Big_Time


    By Blogger Bharat_Mata, at 04:41  

  • You_Southies_are_regional_Fanatics.And_Prem_is_The_Leader...All_you_guys_Suck_Big_Time


    By Blogger Bharat_Mata, at 04:43  

  • hi

    By Blogger idli vade, at 05:03  

  • any idea as to what happened to charitha buddhika?

    By Blogger idli vade, at 05:30  

  • Champaka,
    I believe Charitha Buddhika is still playing first-class cricket in Sri Lanka, but seems to be out of the international picture now-- partly due to his small build for a seamer. The real question is where is Prabath Nissanka? I know he suffered from some stress fractures, but I heard he has recovered. I would like to see him given an opportunnity to get match fit with the rest of the squad in place of Zoysa. Zoysa is a completely unfit player that cannot last 2 matches without getting injured.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 07:09  

  • did u see the hit SG got from that ball from akthar. he was writing in the ground with pain...what game was it?

    By Blogger tombaan, at 07:11  

  • tombaan
    are u talking abt the 1999 game at mohali ? SG had to be taken to hospital - but he came back, scored a 50 and top-scored ... we lost that match pretty pathetically tho.

    By Blogger GK, at 07:16  

  • Yah Sahir. Even am wondering where Prabath Nissanka is.. He was quite fast. Suresh Pierara was good too.
    I think Loukarachi can become a very good leg spinning alrounder.
    Also Ranganna Herath will be missed in the test matches. He is a world class spinner

    By Blogger idli vade, at 07:21  

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