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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Open thread

Oh brilliant -- between them, Worma and Ruchir have put up links to every story worth mentioning. This is way cool, nothing to do in my morning but work -- which, my boss might suggest, is what I am supposed to be doing in the first place *L*
Hopefully, more stories will come up as the day progresses; meanwhile, open thread, for your comments, opinions, queries and all else.


  • prem.. i am a regular follower of india abroad and also indian express north indian edition.

    I was pleasantly surprised when I saw harsha's article (latest one) in indian express NA edition. It would be great if those kind of stuffs r put up on IA as well. IA is good but I feel it is devoting too much time on cinema. It would be great if it could have more sports news as well (something like sportstar does, a week that went by and some comments on it etc.)

    Just my 2 cents on it.

    By Blogger Balaji, at 11:23  

  • balaji: Thanks for the note; appreciate it. Last week, for various reasons, we couldn't fit in the sports page, but the two previous weeks, I'd been doing some writing and actually hope to do a bit more of it in the coming weeks. The idea of a roundup is interesting, let me see if I can't make that happen, soon.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:36  

  • Prem,
    Are'nt you glad this is a blog and not your work place, otherwise you would be thinking of "job security" ;) Good work by Ruchir & Worma.

    By Blogger Vins, at 11:45  

  • Did you read ranatunga's column.. He has predicted a 7-0 drubbing for SL..lol.. i dont see it happening tho.. I vl still say 4-3 for india

    By Blogger Ridham, at 11:47  

  • vins: *L* Actually, no -- Ruchir and Worma are doing it voluntarily; at my workplace, I get to delegate work, and the delegatee, for want of a better word, can't argue about it.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:49  

  • Please help...
    Has anyone used SportingStreams for cricket watching? How is the quality compared to WillowTV? Do we have to pay for each match on top of the membership fee?

    By Blogger Next SRT, at 11:50  

  • ridham: Your read is a lot closer than mine, mate. I don't see Lanka -- not on the basis of what has happened so far, but on the basis of their team composition -- pulling back three on this tour. My take would be one win, max two.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 11:50  

  • Trevor Chesterfield predicts 5-2 even if SL play abysmally. Wonder if he knows something we don't.

    By Blogger hjrsingh, at 12:02  

  • Prem: A suggestion, besides giving the number of comments besides every post, could you also give the name of the person and the time-stamp of the last comment posted (just like the name of the contributor and time stamp of when it was posted.. which you do).

    It makes it easier to decide how the discussions are going for a thread, insted of actually going in.

    By Blogger santa_from_NJ, at 12:04  

  • hjrsingh: if SL play 'abysmally' -- in other words, like they have thus far -- I'd think Ranatunga is more on the money. I think Chesterfield is very simply playing the odds; figuring that India even in this mood will slacken now and again, especially once the series is won, and that will help Lanka pull off the odd win.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:04  

  • santa: boss, this is not my interface, it's blogspot's, so can't really implement all that stuff. :-(

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:05  

  • Actually my saying 4-3 is based on facts. I have been following cricket *very* closely for like 15-20 years now, especially series involving india. I hate to say this, but after the match fixing controvesy, i have begun to belive that most series are played for the gallery, TV etc.. A 4-0 or 5-0 would mean huge loses for BCCI/TV/grounds that organise games 6 and 7 and so on. Hence, india will play poorly just to keep this series alive and kicking.. I say this coz i have never seen india wrap up a series win against any country before the final game of the series. I hope I am wrong but this is a fact. .I dont think things will be different this tiem too, would love to be proved wrong thou. I can give more instances/proof here ,but will resist..
    However, i hope we win today ;)

    By Blogger Ridham, at 12:34  

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    By Blogger Kannan, at 12:53  

  • ridham,
    if 4-0 happens today...then shouldn't we call it start of a new era in indian cricket...as it has never happened if against BD/Zim :) :)

    By Blogger Shivam, at 13:41  

  • Prem,

    How about 'experimenting' with Yuvraj at no. 3. He cant seem to hit out against the spinners, maybe he will get some confidence against the fast bowlers.


    By Blogger Geoffrey George, at 15:10  

  • I think our batting is shaping up to be in pretty good state. However our bowling still lacks the fire power and the discipline. There is irfan pathan, then theres ajit agarkar and sreesanth, none of them have great pace and also lack control. I am not sure how these guys can improve and present India with a potent bowling attack by WC2007.

    I must say with soo many cricket acadamies and so many ppl playing cricket why we dont have a pool of 7-10 genuienly quick fast bowlers from who we can pick and choose any time we need.

    Are we indians not genetically blessed? as the Aussies, english, west indies or even pak as produce bowlers who look like fast bowlers. our bowlers are very lean and are physically not gifted as say a McGrath or Harmison or a shoaib. So it just genetics or our culture that doesnt stress the importance of physical training.

    By Blogger rahul_fan, at 15:19  

  • I am not sure how the writer came to the conclusion, but he thinks Inzy is the 3rd most feared person in sports..



    By Blogger Hari, at 15:19  

  • I'm guessing the idiotic writer of this fox sports piece must have a really good Pakistani friend with visors on. BTW, somebody ought to tell him the spelling is not "Lehore." And here's the quote to justify the selection:
    From his own teammate Waqar:
    "We worked really hard. Especially Inzy; he's probably the best player in the world at the moment."

    Even Waqar used the word "probably," and that was 5 years ago-- a little dated.

    Did you realize Inzamam is more feared than Roger Federer?

    Maybe somebody ought to alert the writer of this piece that a poll was recently conducted amongst bowlers around the world as to who the most feared batsman was. I believe Afridi and Lara topped the list, with Sehwag at third? Anyways, point is Inzamam was not there.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 16:09  

  • geoff,
    I would go the other way with Yuvraj- have him come on in the last ten overs only. Try to make him a power-hitting slog over specialist (something India will lack if they consistently play Dhoni up the order). Should many wickets fall, we should not hesitate to bring in Yadav and Pathan in front of Yuvraj since they are more capable at working the spinners around for ones and twos.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 16:12  

  • Don't know if anyone posted a link to Tom Moody's article after the Jaipur game:


    He tries to put a positive spin on the Jaipur game but you can see through his paper-thin optimism.

    By Blogger Ranjit Nair, at 16:30  

  • Any predictions on tonight's game? What new surprise will Dravid/Chappell spring on the hapless Sri Lankans?

    Clearly, India having a flexible batting order is making it difficult for Sri Lanka to plan when to use Murali and when to take their power plays. But they could very easily do the same thing as India, say by introducing Vaas or Maharoof at No. 3. How will our bowlers deal with an all-out attack from a pinch-hitter esp. during the powerplays?

    We also need to have an answer to Sanga. That guy is clearly going great guns. Any idea what his weakness is?

    By Blogger Ranjit Nair, at 16:50  

  • Indian team usually has the habit of going off the boil after 2 consecutive wins. This time it might be 3 time unlucky. Although I would really like Indians to go ruthlessly at SL since they are down. No mercy victories by fielding second string team in the name of giving all players a chance to play. Remember we lost to Bangladesh doing this.

    By Blogger Geoffrey George, at 17:53  

  • hullo...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 17:57  

  • 4-0 tonight folks...
    In case you want to watch dhoni's 183 again tune into willow tv and watch the replay of the third match at 3:25 PM Pacific time...You can spend the next four hours watching the diwali bonanza till match-4 begins...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 18:00  

  • Surprise package tonight may be Yuvraj at 3...not a bad ploy considering the left-right combination. If Yuvraj is found out again by the spinners, then, too bad. But, on the other hand, if he clicks, good for the team morale...

    By Blogger greg2rescue, at 18:04  

  • I think Yuvraj at 3 in pune isnt a bad ploy . the pitch assists seamers ...

    I think Santh will be in in and Murali Karthik may become the super-sub or may even be out of the game ...

    By Blogger Adi, at 18:18  

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