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Monday, November 21, 2005

More wet stuff

R Mohan doesn't think there is much chance of play being possible in the Chennai day-nighter.
The Chennai met office has no good news for the city’s cricket fans as it is forecasting rain on Tuesday also. "Since the depression near Pamban, in southern Tamil Nadu, has not weakened, rain is expected on Monday night as well as Tuesday. Chennai is getting rains as a result of passing winds created by the depression", says a met office statement. Internet weather sites predict a 70 per cent chance of rain on Tuesday.

Must say that having grown up in Chennai, the words 'Vangi kadalil puyal ondru mayyam kondadhu' (A depression has developed in the Bay of Bengal) raises visions of lots of wet stuff; good news only if you are a schoolkid (strange, btw, how quickly perspectives can change -- by the time I got into college, used to hate these annual alarms because there was no way the girlfriend of the moment could sneak out of home in the middle of a storm -- 'combined studies' and 'special classes' don't usually go down too well with parents at times like this).
Anyways, we can wait. And watch. And maybe ask Kunnakudi Vaidyanathan (who once went to some spot in TN in the middle of a prolonged dry spell and began playing his violin, raag Amogavarshini or some such, to make it rain) to put that damn gadget away for a day or three.

222 Comments:

  • ya rite...
    u shud have blamed the BCCI and the TN cricket administrators for scheduling one at this time..

    They would actually do well to cancel the test against SL as well..and instead swap it with the Eng tour..
    A good opportunity to extract concessions from the ECB saying we did this for them..


    Btw, wat did poor kunakudi and violin do to u..:-)
    were u one of those 'kids' that were forced to learn an instrument and became the targetted...'gnyana suniyam' only to vow never to touch the violin again..:-)

    By Blogger Ginkgo, at 15:20  

  • hahaha... good references to Chennai, Prem.. You stirred those 'good old days'.. :-)

    Gingko was right about scheduling a game in chennai in oct/nov. BCCI hasnt learnt anything from the last two years..

    2003 : Ind Vs NZ ODI - Abandoned after 10 odd overs..
    2004 : Ind vs Aus test - Last day of match total wash-out, costing India the series.

    2001: A test match in March vs Aus goes down the wire to the last session..

    I wish Chennai matches are always between Jan-March.

    By Blogger Raju, at 15:32  

  • Prem,

    That has to be one of the funniest posts ever....esp the Kunnakudi bit...I did not know about this incident involving him.

    Well, coming from Blore, depression near Medras (I mean, Chennai) always meant rains in Blore. It is so funny...living in Atlanta for the past few years, anytime a depression occurs in Florida, we are pretty sure to get rains here (outer bands of the depression)...

    Your post made my day :-)

    By Blogger Sriraj, at 15:35  

  • agree with previous post..chennai gets rains from oct to dec from ne-monsoon and never a good time for matches..

    jan - mar is great with low heat and especially jan with festive pongal season...quite a few great test matches in this period (tied test, hirwani test, sachin 155 vs aus, sachin century in loss vs pakistan, bhajji's tricks against aus)...well i don't expect bcci to learn anything

    my friends now in chennai told me there was just wild frenzy for tickets with people waiting from the night before...too bad its going to get washed out...

    they can hope for the test match to come later in the season

    By Blogger uma, at 15:40  

  • sriraj,
    and week after b'lore that same chennai D brings rain to gujarat...but PREM there were no stopping to *special class* just PREM...
    may be that 70s(i guess thats time u talking) problem now turns out as blessing atleast in that regard
    seems after INd win ur posts way entertaining than ones after defeat

    By Blogger MAHER, at 15:44  

  • Prem,

    That's Raaga Amruthvarshini.

    By Blogger mustt_mustt, at 16:26  

  • oh no! The attack of the 'sambhar' crowd. Prem, what are you unleashing man ;-)

    Disclaimer: My best friend is a Makku

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:33  

  • i just found out from my Tamil colleague.. Amogavarshini means pleasure rain! Vow. Prem,is on to something

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:37  

  • what the heck is makku? :)

    By Blogger Toney, at 16:43  

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    By Blogger losing now, at 16:53  

  • toney: Makku is a "derogatory" slang for south indian (typically from Madras!). Just like Ghati for Maharashtrian. Now i know i am going down a path i should not. Peace!

    By Blogger losing now, at 16:55  

  • mm interesting.. i never knew you grew up in Chennai :)

    guess you would need to write an autobiography sometime :)

    By Blogger Balaji, at 17:17  

  • :))))

    I personally would like to see a rain shortend match and Mr. Duck and lewis being call in :)

    Would love to see indias changing strategies under these conditions. Just another twist to this tale.

    My blog

    By Blogger Realms, at 17:21  

  • thought makku is a mexican

    By Blogger JD, at 17:21  

  • Prem,
    LOL!!! That was funny one :)

    By Blogger Gopi, at 17:41  

  • There should definitely be some play, say 30 overs, and India should bowl first. The pitch @ MAC Stadium, even though every blade of grass would be cut - retains tons of moisture and has good bounce - made slow-medium guys like Diwakar Vasu (ex-TN Ranji) seem like Joel Garner in the local leagues. Besides, with clouds and humidity around 90% + white ball - would make it swing around like a banana. Needless to say, dew won;t matter at all. But under lights, the ball stops swinging in 10-15 overs - which is totally odd.

    To me, having played local leagues in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai - Chennai is genuinely the paciest track in the country, if not the bounciest.

    By Blogger YumEyeYenEyeYumYouYum, at 19:39  

  • prem, LOL...especially the "kadalil puyal ondru mayyam kondadhu" bit...another thing one always gets used to is "ang angae mazhai peiyya kuudum" ( translated, it may rain here and there...). Man, these guys were really "cover thy ass" types..

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 19:42  

  • yum, agree with you that MAC was the bounciest...I wish we could bowl first too...what with the sweat under the covers and the bounce, even guys like JPY could be devastating, not to mention Pollock and Ntini...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 19:44  

  • LOL Prem!! More like "Vangai kadalil mayyam konda kaatrazhutha thaazhvu mandalam Chennaiyai kadanthu Andhira maanilathai nokki sendru kondiruppadaal, Chennai matrum suttruppurangalil balatha mazhaiyum, puyal kaatrum veesi dinasari vazhkai bathikkapadum ena ethirpaarkapadugirathu." (Due to the low pressure area developed over the Bay of Bengal, which is drifting towards Andhra Pradesh, heavy rains and cyclonic winds are expected to hit Chennai and its suburbs, bringing a halt to day-to-day life.) I guess Madras is experiencing such a heavy lash after nearly 18 years. I distinctly remember the heavy cyclone around 1986-87, when I was still a school kid rubbing my hands with glee, over the prospect of the closure, which eventually stretched for over a week. I guess I'm glad I'm not caught back home this time around....
    Coming back to cricket and your blog, your accessibility to the innumerable desi cricket aficionados, truly sets you apart from the rest of the cricket media world. I guess this is a tight-rope you've managed to tread very successfully right from Panix Station days during WC'03.
    A grateful cricket fanatic,

    By Blogger arun swami, at 19:52  

  • latest update on weather at chennai

    Just called up Chennai and seems it has been pouring continuously for the past two days. With only 6 hrs to go and rains refusing to deter, it is very likely that the game will be a washout. I pity the people who had to wait in long queue to get their tickets.

    By Blogger Ragav, at 20:01  

  • itz a pity the game's going to be washed out. my folks had tix to the game :(

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 21:00  

  • called chenai and heard that rain has stopped now but they r expecting more showers though :(

    By Blogger Balaji, at 21:36  

  • yes rain has stopped, but it is still overcast & sun is not out yet.....

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 21:37  

  • How is the rain situation now, folks from Chennai?

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 21:46  

  • What about the latest on rain?

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 21:47  

  • Can't wait for my team to get to the field, mate! All my uncles have tix to the game - should be interesting. Thanks to Ramesh (ex-India opener), everyone in my family got tix (when we went to Ramesh's cousin's wedding he got a truck load of tix for us - kinda cool, don't you think! nice of him to get tix for us!)

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 21:50  

  • Rain has stopped, The sun is not out yet.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 21:50  

  • my folks at home are giving me constant updates :D

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 21:50  

  • ravi krishnan,
    Is it a 95% washout today? Only 2-5% chance for match to take place?
    Thats how I'm hearing...very bleak.

    By Blogger FineLeg, at 21:56  

  • oh yea, prospects of even a shortened game definitely is very bleak. our only hope to get even a shortened game is if doesen't rain from now till match-time (next 6 hrs) !!! letz keep our fingers crossed.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 21:58  

  • It is very very bad if it rains out tonight. Bad for the game of cricket. We never should schedule matches in the rainy season. It is all politics against TNCA. Mr Jaggu Dalmiya, is rain lying or you are lying? Why do you allot matches when it is going to rain? Shame on you Mr. Ex-president of BCCI? IA duty keeps me busy - otherwise, I would contest BCCI election and run Indian cricket like Saddam did in Iraq!

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:00  

  • If I take over BCCI, I will make sure Bajji bowls around the wicket with 3 men in catching positions. I have a big print out of wagon wheels of each player in the world to make sure they don't get many runs. It is all about field placings. As BCCI president, I will make sure Bajji gets a decent fielding choice.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 22:03  

  • guys, it has stopped raining Chennai. Weather.com says that it is now hazy. Hope visibility increases by the time match starts. Hope also that the groundsmen will clear all the water from the Ground.

    By Blogger devatha, at 22:06  

  • I would love to run the BCCI. However politics & bureaucracy will be too much to handle. IMO, Ganguly can be given the whole reigns of indian cricket (just the single man), once he retires. He'll do a great job. Just my 2-cents. not kicking a debate or anything.

    2003 Ind-NZ ODI in Oct washed out, 2004 Ind-Aus test 2 day 5 in Oct washed out, now Ind-SA ODI in Nov perhaps washed out. Any 10-yr old kid in Madras will know that it will rain in Madras in Oct-Nov !!! BCCI is just crazy.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 22:06  

  • also hope that no water has seeped through into the pitch !!!

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 22:26  

  • Update 9 AM IST: The Sun is out. letz hope for the best.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 22:40  

  • thanks Ravi. How do you know that?Are you in Chennai? or it is weather.com?

    By Blogger devatha, at 22:41  

  • Lol Prem, amused at your Tamil :-)

    Btw, it is raag Amruthavarshini.

    By Blogger Shankar Anand, at 22:44  

  • hey devatha,

    No dude, I'm in the US. Getting updates every 1/2 hr or so from my folks back home in Madras. They've got tix to the game & will go if itz not rained off.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 22:48  

  • I am also in the US, Cincinnati, Ohio. It is already 11:00. When the chances of rain is 60%, I don't want to lose sleep. Instead, I can wake up early in the morning and check the scores (if match is in progress by that time)

    By Blogger devatha, at 23:09  

  • just talked to my mom in chennai...she said that there is a slight drizzle..

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 23:14  

  • No rain now, it has cleared up, but wonder how the ground is, have they taken off the covers etc....

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 23:53  

  • update from chennai... bout 4hrs to go for da game... rain stopped a couple of hrs ago but its still gloomy out here... some play could still be possible if there is no more rain...

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 00:01  

  • Bad News: It is pouring right now in Chennai !!!!!!!

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 00:32  

  • its not pouring where I am but it is drizzling and it sure looks like its gonna start poring any second... my take - chances of the game today as bright as reetinder sodhi becoming the next great allrounder (sorry sodhi :)

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 00:40  

  • oh, where are you? wonder if it is raining at chepauk?

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 00:41  

  • yep, its pouring now.. such a bummer!

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 00:47  

  • jay, ravi, pls keep us posted...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 00:54  

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    By Blogger SantosLHalper, at 01:03  

  • 3 hrs to go... still raining... highly unlikely we will see any action today...

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 01:05  

  • it was drizzling here in chennai (10am to 11am). now it has stopped. but chances of match look very slim. dark clouds have covered the whole region. it might rain at any time again.

    By Blogger muthu, at 01:06  

  • shucks...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 01:35  

  • on a side note..watching eng. vs. pak test..botham just mentioned that "crowds in india and pak have been disappointing in test matches in recent matches"...which world is he living in? if memory serves me right, test matches in india are really well attended!

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 01:43  

  • yes balanced,
    like most westerners botham fails to make a distinction between india and pakistan. however if we are hell-bent on giving test matches to lesser important centres like nagpur and ahmedabad i daresay he cud be proven right

    By Blogger GK, at 01:45  

  • muthu,
    what abt all the preparatins that the TNCA has done ? they were pretty upbeat abt their "excellent" drainage facilities

    By Blogger GK, at 01:46  

  • Botham's brain might not be working without beer in a dry country..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:49  

  • i disagree gk..in fact, the crowds at these centres are huge and enthusiastic...i think ahmedabad crowds are second only to kolkata crowds in terms of their passion

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 01:49  

  • every stadium in India is full and packed these days.. even in Ramlila, leave alone a cricket match..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 01:50  

  • Hi Prem, dharma here from Singapore.Just heard that the rains have stopped.I arranged 2 tickets for my friend's sons for the game through Mr Murali(TNCA and EX icc umpire).Those poor kids were suppose to watch their first live match in action. Hope there is some play for their sake

    By Blogger rdharma, at 01:50  

  • no balanced, ahmedabad is great for odis not for tests, thanks in large part to the pretty pathetic batsmen-friendly pitch there

    By Blogger GK, at 01:52  

  • yes i heard botham's comments too. he sucks. Test match attendance in Pak is really awful. there was hardly any crowd last year for the Ind-Pak tests.

    Even in India, there was not much crowd in the tests played at Kanpur, Nagpur. Only test matches in Chennai, Mumbai, Calcutta, Mohali and Bangalore are filled up to near-full capacity all days. (well calcutta half-full, but that means 40-50k, which is full in most other venues). That is why test matches should be alloted to only the above 5 venues.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 01:53  

  • ravi
    absolutely agree - actually even mohali is not that great for tests

    By Blogger GK, at 01:54  

  • guys any chnace there will be a match today???

    By Blogger krish, at 01:55  

  • but how will these politicans garner votes if it was confined to just 5 good centres

    By Blogger rdharma, at 01:56  

  • yea but they have a very good test match pitch (excluding the last test played there Ind-Pak).

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 01:57  

  • gk,
    i am not sure about the facilities in the ground. but my opinion is - if it is going to drizzle/rain now and then, what can they do? if it stops raining completely, then they may be able to ensure the match is on. but i am not sure whether rain will allow them to do.

    By Blogger muthu, at 01:58  

  • Latest news is the indian team is just about to reach the stadium

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:00  

  • oh well it is those "politicians" job to get the crowds in the other test venues (nagpur, kanpur, ahmedabad). Itz a pity and shocking that Indian victory doesen't seem to be the primary goal of the BCCi folks.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:01  

  • found this new live streaming site..donno if you guys knew about it...www.cricketon.tv

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:02  

  • ravi
    mohali has given a result only 2 times while there have been 4 draws

    By Blogger GK, at 02:03  

  • Guys, you fail to understand one thing. if there are only five venues fixed for all test matches, in that case te crowd in those cities also will lose the apetite for cricket.. you need to give everything a break.. hence test matches at more number of venues, the better.. crowd might not come in some venues, but then the reason is Test matching were boring in last decade.. nature of the pitches has to be such that the result always come out... thats why people didnt come to Kanpur.. why would they come if a foriegn team bats for two days and score 450 runs and there is no result in sight..

    same things happened in Mohali and Ahemdabad..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 02:04  

  • ravi..there is no correlation between holding test matches at 'major' venues and india winning those test matches..i think it's great that more ppl in inda get to see their heroes in test matches...all for it..but that's just me.

    p.s.: bob willis now on..he really gets on my nerves, so obviously biased and khoosat

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:04  

  • Ravi, who cares about the public.If you note they sell some 2000-3000 tickets to public out of 50000 and claim that it is the paying pbulic who decides.I do know there is lots of black tickets being sold.This happens in prime venues also.I remeber only 2000 tickets for public during IndV Aus mumbai onedayer in 2003

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:05  

  • I heard that facilities are not so great and world class as projected by the TNCA folks ?!?! AOn TV, apparently they showed women and kids mopping the water from above the covers !!! - world class !!! Also they just have a small mini-super sopper.... )not sure about this)

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:05  

  • 12.30 local time here.. no rain here the last half hour or so and the skies brighter than this morning... hopefully the sun will make an appearance soon... dont want to give anybody the wrong impression... chances still very bleak.

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 02:07  

  • dharma..that reminds me of the fact that only 10-15% of the seats in engineering colleges go to merit students..should have reservation for 'merit' students now.. :) apologies for the tangent

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:08  

  • Yeah, I mean the way these people project that the game is for the people etc and the comentators go voerboard about the crowds at the stadium. Does any one of them honestly care to explain the plight of genuine cricket lovers who want to go and purchase a ticket for a match. Don't ask me then how is the stadium is full

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:12  

  • can they have a 20-20 match, weather permitting? or do they have to play for a minimum 25 overs each?

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:12  

  • oh gk, didn't know that. thx for the info.

    thanks_chapel i disagree. y was there no crowd on the 1st day of kanpur test? - they didn't know that SA will bat 1st or will score 450? also see as it is, the major venues for e.g., madras gets 1 test a year, the city will not lose its apetite if it gets 2 tests per year !!!

    balanced - no correlation at all, i agree. was not meant to ne, just added that comment in.

    Oh, rddharma, 20K tix were sold to the public in chennai for this 3rd ODI today (40% of capacity).

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:13  

  • balanced,
    a 20 overs match counts as valid now

    By Blogger GK, at 02:13  

  • so watz the cut-off time? 8 PM IST?

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:15  

  • I got a pass from Anil kumble for the mumbai match in 2003 against Australia. You know which stand- West Stand. One of the pathetic stand at Wankhede. I know anil well from many years and he mentioned that that is what he got from BCCI being a member of the playing XI.Then u can imagine

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:15  

  • it's free market dharma..the paying public can afford the tickets in black, thus driving the prices high..
    btw, talking of *major* centres like mumbai...has anyone attended a match at wankhede? it's like being in prison..cannot move, cannot make a pit-stop..drink water from water pouches..eeks

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:15  

  • wow this is how BCCI treats India's highest wicket-taker !!!!!

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:16  

  • Ravi tv reports says only 12k for public and I heard from friends the gate closed within a few hours of opening.Not sure if even the 12k fig went to public

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:16  

  • balanced, I fully agree with you on wankhede.I got vadapaaved between the crowds in 2003 and came out like a beggar.In SA for the WC finals with full capacity crowds I could move in feely in and out and munch donuts in between the middle overs. In Wankhede you can't even get up for the duration.It took me one hour to get back to my seat and I felt lucky to survive with the kind of crowd movements on those dark staircases.

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:20  

  • no way, gates closed hrs after opening. my family got tickets the next day ?!? someone at the gate told them abt the 20k tix.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:20  

  • oh chennai is not that bad, even though is really tight. I've been to all matches in chennai from 1986-1999 (i.e. until i came to the US)

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:21  

  • HAHA look how much we have digressed from the main topic ;)

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:22  

  • Ravi, lucky then. These kdis that I referred to reached up to buy 8000 rs tickets and were told all the tickets sold out.

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:22  

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    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:22  

  • Yes, I agree chennai not that bad.I saw the 194 Anwar match and the bloddy 15 overs rain washed previous ind v nz game. There at least they observe the seat numbers and you can get out in between and get back.

    What to do with match situation in doubt we have to change topic

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:24  

  • 8000 or 800? my folks bought Rs 800 one - pepsi stand (G)

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:24  

  • any hopes of a match tonight guys ? is it still raining ?

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:25  

  • 8000 spl pavilion ticket with dinner etc just near the players enclosure as these 2 kids wanted to take autographs etc

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:26  

  • jsut saw a headline in rediff that RD is retained as test captain. nothing else. team announced already ?

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:28  

  • if england continues to play spinners so ineptly, it won't matter where they play in india...kumble,bhajji and karthik will be smacking their lips :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:28  

  • 11.50 am There has been intermittent rain through the night, and the weather this morning is overcast with almost no sunshine. There are wet patches on the outfield at the MA Chidambaram Stadium and even if the weather should improve dramatically, the possibility of play starting on time is remote.

    As per cricinfo update

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:28  

  • team will be announced before kolkata loi..ganguly to be retained in test team to please bangla crowd..makes sense, if you ask me.

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:29  

  • Nope as is the norm, captain announced the day before team selection. Oh, england with simon jones will be a good team.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:29  

  • then why is there a headline in rediff that RD is the test captain ??? how did they get this info ???

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:30  

  • oh..so captain is announced first ? OK...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:31  

  • any news of the rain from any chennai vaasis ???

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:31  

  • team selection Nov 23, so captain announced Nov 22.

    Play starting on time !!! all we want is play to start thatz all :D

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:32  

  • Captain will be announced just before the toss on first day against lanka.Both saurav and dravid would go on with the tv commentator and the first toss will be to decide who will lead and then the winner will go for the second toss with SL captain

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:33  

  • thats great news if RD is the captain !

    By Blogger GK, at 02:33  

  • play starting on time??? ravi - wake up!! :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:33  

  • ravi, r u in chennai right now ? r u sure play is starting on time ? dude, I would rather sleep than see covers and gloomy skies at 1:00 AM (my time)...pls let me know...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:33  

  • hey balanced not me, i was reponding to rdharma's comments.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:35  

  • dharma- sue ravi for attributing comments you clearly did not make :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:38  

  • sorry rdharma - cricinfo's comments !!!

    no Guyz, i'm not in chennai. Let me make that clear. I'm in US, just like most of u, itz 2:40 AM for me

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:41  

  • anybody here who is in chennai right now ??? first hand info is better than cricinfo updates...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:42  

  • balanced, it's all in the game. It happens to all indian cricket fans at some point of time

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:43  

  • confirmed...RD is the new test captain...
    http://us.rediff.com/cricket/2005/nov/22dravid.htm?q=tp&file=.htm

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:44  

  • Googled out a weather site for Chennai , i think its good -it has a real time camera too!
    http://www.kea.in/

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 02:44  

  • this (rains) is a conspiracy by the bay of bengal against RD and the indian team to avenge for SG's exclusion..apologies for the pj :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:44  

  • Friends, I just to spoke to Murali from tnca, he says at this moment notthing can be sure as the umpires have another inspection after about an hour or so just before the original scheduled time

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:45  

  • sachin, awesome site...
    looking at the camera view, looks like rain has stopped and sun is out...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:46  

  • balanced, that might backfire. because SG has a chance to be back for the last 2 ODIs if india lose (hope not) today.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:48  

  • Isnt it pathetic that the selection of test team is preponed for including SG ? And, more pathetic that there is still speculation going on in media whether SG would be included in the test team or not !

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 02:49  

  • yes sachin awesome site. but wonder what the conditions are like in the chepauk area? dharma can u throw some light?

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:50  

  • Drizzle starts at Chennai @0.5 mm/hr. Source www.kea.in

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 02:50  

  • dude...looks like SG in test is a sure shot thing...a pity...
    on the other hand...he will fail big time the next opportunity he gets, so that, all the SG fans will shut the fuck up....
    Hopefully, murphy's law is not at play and he makes a 100...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:51  

  • Ravi, that was the last I could get, he refuses to speak more as he is around the players area and din't want to talk much on mobile

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:52  

  • Team India is currently doing well, but i somehow get the feeling that Chappel has lost his killer-instict sting - he said he expected India to win 'some matches' in this series !

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 02:53  

  • sachin yaar...baal ki khaal mat nikaal (don't remove skin from hair!)...if he said "We would win all matches", we would have accused him of being cocky..sometimes, you just can't win with picky indian fans..sighh :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:55  

  • board prez X1 is announced...

    Board President's XI squad Y Venugopala Rao (capt), Dheeraj Jadhav, Shikhar Dhawan, Robin Uthappa, Munaf Patel, Niraj Patel, Sreedharan Sriram, Parthiv Patl (wk, vice-capt), Kulamani Parida, Amit Mishra, Ranadeb Bose, Gagandeep Singh.

    Why no VRV ????

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:55  

  • If SG makes 100 for India, everybody would be happy . We dont have anything personal against him, everyone just want the team to do well, irrespective of who is captaining or in the playing eleven, or BBCI president or coach.

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 02:56  

  • it is unfair to drop Ganguly from the boardpresident XI list. Hope he makes it the next time

    By Blogger rdharma, at 02:57  

  • sachin, I mentioned that SG will make 100 only if murphy's law is at play...relax dude...that is NOT going to happen...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:57  

  • board prez 12...interesting..3 from south, 4 from west, 2 from east and 3 from north...long live zonal selection :)

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 02:58  

  • rdharma...thanks for the update dude...pls keep em coming...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 02:59  

  • no greg, itz quite possible, that fellow SG is a great fighter. why no Lax & SG i wonder? don't hey need some practice? (assuming both r in the test squad, vvs in for sure).

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 02:59  

  • Balanced, propaganda is a part of sports. Look at Aussies before the matches (remember McGraths 5-0 prediction before Ashes, and then scaling it down to 4-1 and so on and so forth ?). Public statement that we can win 'some matches' can affect the moral of team, by allowing some room for doubt on the capability of the team. India and SA are evenly matched, team which plays better (which includes confindence as a big factor) should win.

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:01  

  • we don't want to let SA know of SG's weakness against the short ball...he;s our secret weapon against them in tests..as for VVS, hey we already have 3 players from south!

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:01  

  • VRV is still injured. where is hemang badani !!!

    wonder who's the keeper for tests - dhoni or KKD

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:01  

  • i dont know on what basis uncle ranadeb bose gets selected...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:02  

  • rain update? 1 hr to go to official start

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:03  

  • sachin..yeah..i remember the big egg on mcgrath's face after the ashes...and i'm sure greg communicates well enough to the indian team the need to put processes in place for a winning combination...

    6 by pieterson!

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:04  

  • ravi, it will be dhoni I bet...
    In an interview I read, naive KKD says that he is already in test team and is gearing up to get into ODI team...did he watch the Ind-SL matches at all ??? his last match was with Zim...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:04  

  • ravi..knowing chappel, he's lobby hard for dhoni..and get him as a test keeper

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:04  

  • but McGrath was right. I have no doubt, if MCGrath was fully fit, England would have found it much tougher to win the Ashes....

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:06  

  • balanced, there is no need for anyone to lobby for dhoni...his performance speaks for himself...he has also proved that he is improving greatly as a keeper, so, no prizes for guessing this one right...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:06  

  • VRV, SG, VVS L, and Sreesanth are notable exclusions from board presidents XI...

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:07  

  • sachin, I guess, they selected people for BP X1 who are sure shot not going to be in the test team...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:08  

  • yeah, reap into players good form when he is up there....good time to cap Dhoni for tests, he cannot bat worse then KKD, and there is not much to choose between two in terms of keeping skills !

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:09  

  • ravi- u're probably right..but that still doesn't alter the fact he had a big egg on his face..it's better to let your actions speak

    greg- by lobby, i meant he'll fight to keep dhoni..like fletcher fought to keep jones as a keeper over Chris Read for England..attitude matters for these 2 coaches..and dhoni has tons of it

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:09  

  • rain update? <1 hr to go to official start

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:10  

  • sachin : r u the trinidad sachin?

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:10  

  • Rain slashing Chennai @ 2.8mm/hr..does anyone has update for Chepauk?

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:12  

  • balanced, i guess there will be no fight for WK this time...It will be unanimous...only 5 or so people will be unhappy with this decision..KKD, his mom, his dad and 2 of his best friends...that guy had plenty of chances and he muffed it up...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:12  

  • parthiv patel as wk in BP XI? strange are the ways of selectors

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:15  

  • only questions in selection are :-
    1)SG
    2)ZK
    3)AA
    4)MK
    5)RPS

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:15  

  • hey come on greg..that's not fair..kkd has done a good job with gloves and bat since coming in the test team..he's better than dhoni with the gloves any day..it's a close decision

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:15  

  • sachin 2.8 mm/hr ?? where is that in kea.in? i can't finit?? it still says partly cloudy.

    yea balaced, but that bugger McG has been accurate on most of his predictions/promises

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:18  

  • pietersen out after reaching hundred!!

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:18  

  • balanced, KKD has made 1 score of 93 in 13 innings...call that good ?

    ANyway, what makes you say that he is better than dhoni in WK ?

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:19  

  • losing- No, i am very much a desi Sachin, now in US though.

    Tom Moody have stated that SL are very confident for the test series. Difficult to imagine from where does SL get this confidence, after 6-1 drubbing at the hands of an Indian team w/o traditional warriors - SG, VVS L, Zaks, Ashish Nehra, and out-of-form Sehwag ?!

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:19  

  • Pietersen SIX to get hundred .. repeats the shot and OUT!

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:19  

  • oh well pieterson, thatz the way he plays.

    actually both kkd & dhoni are not high quality kee[ers. is there no quality keeper among so many cricketers in india ?!?!?

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:21  

  • sachin : I meant,where u i trini for the Sachin 30th hundred test? There was a guy called Sachin Agarwal there ..who wrote a good article for Rediff at that time

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:21  

  • did u guys know that Parthiv patel is the only currently contracted WK in the indian team...funny...he lands up with a contract and gets dropped...also read somewhere that he is some sports director or something for reliance...for a guy with pathetic skills, this guy has it all made...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:21  

  • Ravi- See under "CURRENT" and "RAIN TODAY" on kea.in
    The bad news is rain has gone up to 12.5 mm/hr in Chennai, which means the cloud-burst is big this time !

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:22  

  • Shoaib akthar taunting KP. heres another ban/fine coming his way

    By Blogger losing now, at 03:23  

  • sachin, chennai is so big. Few hours back my mom said it was drizzling when I called her, but, some guy here said that rain has stopped. Just hoping that this rain is not in chepauk...only guys who are now there can tell...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:24  

  • sachin - you call zaks and nehra warriors? lazy, complacent guys with lousy attitudes who haven't done justice to their talents...SG used to be a 'warrior', not anymore..

    ravi- wicketkeepers need to be invested in..they don't come in annd start performing..the peak age for wicketkeepers is usually 27-32

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:25  

  • Parthiv Patel is also a decent proposal with bat. He was dropped because he missed on many chances during his last series. I think he can be trained to be a better w/k, and so we can have competition for the spot of w/k as well - it wouldnt allow Dhoni to lower his guard !
    But why is Parthiv still the contracted player beats me. Perhaps he pays a part of his contract money to those who decide on the contract pool of players!

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:27  

  • yea greg, chennai is so big. hope itz bright & sunny in chepauk :D

    balanced, i think we should just give citizenship to taibu - will solve out wicket-keeper woes for the next 10 years :D

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:28  

  • saw KKDs record in tests right now...29 catches and 4 stumpings in 10 matches...not bad...I even liked his batting style, but alas...consistency is missing...Also, Dhoom Dhoom has arrived..

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:28  

  • contracts are usually for a specific duration of time...i think once it expires, they will not renew parthiv's

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:29  

  • balanced, probably not Nehra, but Zaks was excellent till before the WC Finals ! He never recovered after that it seems !!

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:29  

  • sachin, I know why PP is still contracted...It is a fixed-term contract drwan up when he was still a keeper. Lucky bastard....His batting is good and gutsy but he is pure embarassing as a keeper...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:30  

  • losing_now, are u watching eng-pak live ?? what is the score now dude ? this cricinfo page does not even come up...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:32  

  • England losing to Pak after having a chasable 4th innings target is pathetic ! Nothing against Pak, but it means England winning Ashes might just be a one-off thing, and Aussies are still the super-power in cricket, with no team claiming a stake at there position!

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:32  

  • ravi- taibu seems a special talent..but you can count such exceptions (regards wicketkeeping) on the fingers of one hand..

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:33  

  • greg..england 270/4...bell and freddie playing

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:33  

  • sachin, end winning ashes is not a one-off..we all know that they are good in their own home conditions...welcome to subcontinent...pity we didnt play them before Pak. I would have predicted a 3-0 win for India and won my bet with any takers...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:34  

  • yea, i'm just kidding. seems like he's banished from Zim, poor guy, what a waste of a talent !!

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:34  

  • balanced, thanks...they are not in such a bad shape in this match after all...looks like a draw match to me (unless the ball starts turning big time). live watches - what is your take on the situation there ?

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:36  

  • lalu loses bihar after 15 years...where will i get my entertainment from? :(

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:36  

  • ravi, taibu banished from Zim ?? I did not know this...why ? how ?

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:37  

  • Crininfo:

    "today the ground was hit by a few passing showers. At the moment all the covers are on and the news is that the start of play has been delayed."

    & Freddie clean bowled by Akhtar

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:38  

  • greg...just as u ask, shoaib bowl freddie :) so it looks pak's game for the taking...england still feeling ashes after-effects..very disappointed with england's performance...too over-confident and found out against real aggression..aussies too meek last ashes

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:38  

  • any updates from chennai ? it is < 30 mins before the game...the umpires must have surely gone out to inspect conditions !!!

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:39  

  • whats the update of OUR match ? Have umpires been on the field for inspection ?

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:39  

  • read something about threat to his life & exiled from Zim etc....

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:39  

  • greg- taibu and family threatened by zim idiots (want to use stronger word)..so has to go in hiding..

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:40  

  • rediff says match delayed

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:40  

  • check cricinfo guyz, match delayed

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:41  

  • balanced, from india's point of view it is good that Eng gets a sound thrashing before they come here...I also wish we provide them with cockroach-ridden rooms when they visit...those whiners...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:41  

  • ooh...poor taibu...real talent...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:42  

  • Friends, not much good news.It is again raining there

    By Blogger rdharma, at 03:43  

  • have pak players had too much greasy finger food? they seem to be dropping an awful lot of catches..3 easy ones already down today!

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:44  

  • "delayed" is a better sounding word than "abandoned"...hope it is true...Also thank you guys for preventing me from falling off to sleep...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:44  

  • greg- Couldnt agree more ! Who are they to complaint about $ 5 rooms at Agartala, and say its never staged any first class match ?? Well, we can charge them $ 500 for the same hotel room, and if the facilities at the stadium are good enough, then it shouldnt bother them if it staged a first class, a second class, or any match for that matter !

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:44  

  • actually greg, i like the attitude of this bunch of english players..unlike the older generation, they're more open and don't have the colonial mindset

    By Blogger balanced_view, at 03:45  

  • cricinfo updates :-
    1:50pm The drizzle has ceased, and the sky is clearer than it has been previously, but ground staff are struggling to remove copious amounts of water from the tarpaulin sheets that have been used to cover more than half the field. To add to their troubles, there are puddles and slushy spots near the boundary line, and barring a dramatic burst or two of sunshine, it is unlikely that play could start before 4pm, if at all.

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:45  

  • greg, they will not abondon it so soon, will wait until at least 8 PM IST to abondon the ODI.

    By Blogger Ravi Krishnan, at 03:46  

  • Cricinfo-
    1:50pm The drizzle has ceased, and the sky is clearer than it has been previously, but ground staff are struggling to remove copious amounts of water from the tarpaulin sheets that have been used to cover more than half the field. To add to their troubles, there are puddles and slushy spots near the boundary line, and barring a dramatic burst or two of sunshine, it is unlikely that play could start before 4pm, if at all.

    By Blogger sachin agarwal, at 03:46  

  • balanced, yeah. hats off to them for winning the ashes...shows their determination and attitude, but, look at their tabloids man...those guys think that India is still in their dark ages...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 03:47  

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