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Saturday, November 12, 2005

Homespun heroes

Gulu Ezekiel, on Sify, looks at the increasing presence, in the national side, of cricketers drawn from 'non-traditional' centers.
Cricket till the mid 90s was not considered a viable career option. Particularly in middle class India, education has always been a priority and the time spent on cricket considered a waste by parents. Today coaching camps have spread to every city and town across the country with untold numbers of children being encouraged-sometimes even forced-by their parents to learn the game.

4 Comments:

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    By Blogger Bridgitte, at 04:42  

  • Gulu got a lot of things fatually incorrect. Irfan's father is not a maulavi; in fact, their family was one of many supported by the mosque. Islam encourages the wealthy to support the needy families, and Irfan's family was one such family. They actually grew up cleaning and sweeping the mosque complex.

    Even now, Irfan has not bought a mansion, as reported. He has bought a flat for his family and a car for himself which he's learning to drive. His father continued to live in the mosque till he was asked to leave earlier this year by the maulavis; after his son got a stint with Middlesex.

    Irfan is probably the classic Cinderella story of Indian cricket. Its a shame to give a factually incorrect picture about him; for he can actually become a role model for the Indian youth. Not only cricketers, but people in every walk of life.

    Bringing in examples from Ghaziabad is actually extending the story a little too much. Ghaziabad, Noida, Gurgaon are Delhi's extensions and as such not really far-off, remote or non-traditional centers. As is Nazafgarh (Sehwag's home).

    Overall, a badly written piece; but the subject is alright. We are getting to see a number of players
    from non-traditional places these days.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 05:29  

  • I agree with Gulu. Although I have been out of India for a awhile, but I hear same stories. Maybe there is tremendous expectation from these young ones. Is it coming from parents or kids themselves. The role of parents would br to coach kids.
    Parents could also guide kids to be successful cricket players and also have a good educational background i.e., Srikkanth K (I also heard Srinath and V. Prasad) were engineers.
    Recently there was Paki series, I read on sify(?), Sachin urging kids to focus on studies. That was nice of hime.

    By Blogger wowcricket, at 17:31  

  • Ganguly gets a pair of 'ducks'

    where are the 100s? he he:))
    Ganguly must retire
    1st innings
    *SC Ganguly b Khan 0 12 7 0 0

    2nd innings
    *SC Ganguly lbw b Khan 0 2 1 0 0

    By Blogger Kiran R, at 03:47  

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