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Friday, November 25, 2005

Open thread for the day

Game over, folks and Friday, with its India Abroad deadline, on me now. Open forum for whatever you guys feel like talking about; will try and step back in for a spell later, but not too sure when, or if. Cheers, and have a good weekend all.


  • RD-GC should assess this lose, comeback with a win in Mumbai irrespective of toss outcome. VS is in gook knick, GG-VS should open; SRT at #4. If team can make it 2-2 series draw....not bad against strong opposition.

    By Blogger Rajg, at 11:24  

  • Ravi fucking Shastri's prejudices were quite evident today at the presentation. Dravid was indeed booed by a section of the crowd. You cant call that anti- Dravid u know...having watched many Tests and ODi's at Eden, whenever India has lost at the Eden (even under the captaincy of Saurav like against Aus in a triangular series Final), a section of the crowd has booed the losing Indian captain.

    By and large the crowd behaviour was excellent today , and I dont think that it would have been much different if Saurav wasnt selected in the Test 11.

    But Ravi's body language while speaking to Rahul was like...dont care about the crowd..I support u...never supported SG...except for my own cause in becoming an ICPA member...blabberings like " youve played good cricket over the last few weeks...this is a one- off ..forget it"...

    Not surprising considering the flak Shastri drew from the crowd after crwaling to a 10 hour 100 against England in 86.

    Never liked this self proclaimed "mastermind" of Indian cricket- Shastri- an ordinary player who bled India more often than not.

    India need a bit of help from the curator to draw level at Wankhade. A Banglaore like wicket should do. Good luck Rahul Dravid....you know Kolkata loves you...you know how the feeling was when you scored that 180 in 2001..or the century earlier this year....you dont need Ravi fucking Shastri to restore the equanimity of your mind.

    Best of luck to Team India.

    By Blogger From the great Waugh to the fucker called Ponting, at 11:35  

  • It was excellent strategy to shield SRT from the new ball - he was not in such a good nick and needed no additional pressure to go after the bowling at the start of the innings. Of course, the strategy failed, but it was a good one that did not get implemented right.
    Now we can hear suggestions that it was a bad move - not in my opinion.

    After Pathan got out, if the idea was to shield SRT, we needed Kaif to come in at #3 for some blocking. That could be done next time - we learn as we go.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 11:37  

  • @yacrick-Kaif at 3 today-agree completely.

    By Blogger From the great Waugh to the fucker called Ponting, at 11:42  

  • from: can you please change your name? it is very "nice" - but we could live with not so nice one.

    By Blogger Yacrik, at 11:43  

  • As usual we are amking too much of a loss enjoy the weekend guys we will win in mumbai. The kolkata pitch and the demons in the head plus the due factor did us. Most importantly the demons we did not bat well, let us accept it, all this talk of dropping bowlers is utter .... With such a low target u wud tend to go 4 wickets it makes no differnece if they reach the target for no loss in 30 odd overs or in 40 odd. U don't try to lose well but try to win. yes keeping it tight is very imp to get wickets but every bowler has done this some time or the other. the test of character will come i mumbai and RD and GC combo will definetly do it. dont right out a magneficent hundred from sachin i am banking on it

    By Blogger Avinash, at 11:50  

  • Guys,
    Anybody else perturbed as to why Zaheer Khan was not selected for the BP XI? I guess we all sort of know why, but still does not make it fair, IMO. The guy is in the middle of a purple patch in domestic cricket, the likes of which I have never seen from any domestic seamer.
    Since returning to domestic cricket, here are Zaheer's figures:
    26 wickets in 3.5 games (one ongoing) at 11.77 per wicket
    Batting average-- 18.33

    If performance is the criteria, it does not get any better than this. Fine, I can see those that say the ODI seamers have performed well and deserve their spot in the Tests. But Munaf Patel, Gagandeep Singh, and Ranadeb Bose were all selected ahead of Zaheer for the BP XI. That to me is ridiculous.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:09  

  • Interesting news that Collins Obuya, the Kenyan legspiining allrounder, is going to train in Australia under the watchful eyes of legspinning guru Terry Jenner. I always thought Obuya had a world of potential-- really Test class material. He is a tall man that gets plenty of bounce, turns his legspinners significantly, and displayed unerring accuracy during the World Cup 2003. Add to that the ablility to wield the willow down the order and great athleticism in the field, and you have a fine prospect. Injuries seem to have derailed his progress significantly, along with the lack of proper cricketing infrastructure in Kenya. However, it seems he will be playing county cricket for Warwickshire, and I just wonder whether he may upon fulfilling a 4-year residency requirement be the solution to England's search for the missing link-- a Test class wrist-spinner.

    News out of Zimbabwe has it that Taibu has quit international cricket. He already has an official offer to play domestic cricket in RSA for the Cape Cobras (formerly part of Western Province for those unfamiliar with RSA's new domestic structure), and rumor has it, an offer to play county cricket in England next summer as well. I just wonder if he is going to end up being another African defector that ends up donning England colors. He'd still only be 26 when he completes his residency requirement and Obuya wouldn't be much older when he completes his. All hypothetical scenarios, but certainly not out of the realm of possibility. The two could be tremendous assets for England in the future.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:33  

  • LOL..just read this on cricinfo..Chappells in abit of trouble..apparently he gave the finger to a bunch of Pro-Ganguly protestors...well good on him i say..:D..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 13:35  

  • chowmein... are you amongst the lot who consider cricket to be a gentleman's game?

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 13:38  

  • chowmein,
    Certainly is not the manner we want anybody representing India to act in.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:39  

  • Although, I'd expect a public apology through a statement (something along the lines of let my emotions get the best of me) and the whole thing will blow over, unlike other more pressing cricket-related issues.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 13:41  

  • Ravi Shastri exposed- why did Shastri repeatedly call the Eden groundsman 'talented'? He even went on to say that Bengal would have been a better team if they played more on that sort of wicket.

    What kind of fucking comments. Suppose if India would have won the toss and Pathan made incisions into the SA attack? Hmm. India could have easily chased under the dew and won the match.

    Coming back to Shastri, why was he upset with the groundsman?

    q: Is it cuz he doesnt like Kolkata or gets regular 'Hai Hai ' shouts?

    A: the arguemnts are true but those are not the reasons for his rants today.

    q: it is well known he does propaganda for RD GC combo?

    a: Yes he does...but his rants were not beacuse of that.

    Then why??????????????????????

    Why because, the green pitch did SRT. It infuraiated Shastri, a good batting tack would have assuaged SRT's efforts to come back to form- and dont we all know that Ravi is the unofficial spokesperson of SRT.

    What a sonof a bitch this Ravi Shastri...his testicles should be crushed into powder ...his wife Ritu's breasts should butchered and fed to the street dogs of Mumbai.

    But God is up there..Ravi has had to pay for his sins...even after so many years...his wife Ritu remains a 'Banja' ...they dont have an offspring. Hopefully the scenario wont change.

    By Blogger From the great Waugh to the fucker called Ponting, at 14:14  

  • http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/india/content/story/227286.html
    thats the link to the new chappel controversy

    By Blogger oldmanblues, at 14:30  

  • yikes ball-crusher, you really have to reel your emotions in

    By Blogger seewagfan, at 15:16  

  • Sahir, I think Zaheer is a certainty to get recalled soon, so they decided to try out other bowlers. From a pure performance standpoint, he deserves to be in the team, of course, but I guess the thinking of Chappell/selectors is they want to develop options to Zaheer/Nehra to give them competition.

    The problem with Zaheer is inconsistency. I think he's potentially a better wicket-taking bowler than any of the current bowlers (Agarkar, Pathan, Singh), but if you looked at his performance the past 2 years, they've been really disappointing.

    interesting about Collins Obuya. Would rather see Zimbabwe cricket reform than try to poach their players, but isn't it time India opened up some slots for first-class teams to hire foreign players?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 17:25  

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