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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

Round-up

It's the season to prove fitness -- and Anil Kumble is the latest in line. The leggie turns out for a Ranji game for the first time in six years.
"It is the start of the season, and it is important to get started on the right note. And I have to contribute towards that," Kumble said on the eve of the match. "I am also coming back after a gap of two months. It will be important for me to get some overs and confidence ahead of the Sri Lanka series."

Gautam Gambhir, on opening in ODIs, and much else, in this interview:
firmly believed my time would come. The aim was to score runs and make optimum use of opportunities that came my way. Form of the game didn’t matter, the runs were important. The good thing was that I could score quickly both in Tests and one-dayers. With the runs behind me, I was certain the selectors wouldn’t ignore me for long.

Here's a brief, but fun, story: Mahendra Singh Dhoni tells Mid-Day he has no problems keeping to Bajji and Kumble; the bowler who gives him headaches is, hold your breath, that master of infinite variety, Viru Sehwag.
Elsewhere in that paper, its founder Khalid Ansari weighs in on the fracas over venues allotted to England. Don't give an inch to the ECB, is the theme of his column.
Basking in its new-found glory, the august body has had the temerity to reveal that it is planning to register its protest by skipping the warm-up matches and, instead, playing them in Pakistan, our friendly neighbouring country!
News agency reports suggest that the initiative may have come from London’s Sunday Telegraph newspaper, which is hardly surprising given the fact that its cricket correspondent has done a 360-degree volte-face from being an unabashed Indophile to an in your-face Indiphobe, merely because of domestic reasons.

And still with Mid-Day, ex-umpire Piloo Reporter and others on two umpiring gaffes of recent days -- the run out involving Inzamam, and the 'dog that didn't bark' incident involving Andre Nel.
And that, for now, is that. Back later, with more; meanwhile, enjoy the day.

5 Comments:

  • Prem,
    what are your thoughts on Dravid bieng the captain of the test team and any ideas on the line up for the tests?

    By Blogger Dementor, at 09:08  

  • Prem, would have loved to read your thoughts on the new captain. I am sure your pen is itching, so please co-perate.

    By Blogger Toney, at 09:21  

  • www.chappellway.com

    is the official coaching website of GC and Frazer.

    i am not sure how many of you knew this, so this post

    By Blogger krishkannan, at 09:51  

  • Read the column by t.chesterfield, and if he thinks Nel is just"exuberant" frankly chesterfield does not have a clue what he is talking about, Nel is a moron, with a capital M, with no lack of other choice words!:-)

    By Blogger sherine, at 12:54  

  • Congratulations Dravidians on a terrific coup....RD's illustrious scores in the 5 tests he has captained India are 13,5,6,33,0,21,2,31,27...certainly good enough to replace SG who has only a 40+ average over 49 tests as India skipper...This can only happen again in India where Lord Rama(SG) was banished by his father (Kiran More) on 14 year exile to be replaced by Bharat(RD) at the behest of queen Kaikeyi (GC)....however the exile helped Rama doing more heroic acts like slaying the evil Ravana and his evil Dravidian army in Lanka.

    By Blogger Southie_joker, at 21:44  

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