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Thursday, November 24, 2005

This says it all(-worma)

Managed to catch some time...and besides following the draw-headed Eng-Pak match, had a look at some other stories. The England tour schedule issue is now getting the Indian tint. After Anad Vasu's take on cricinfo comes this wonderful column from Rahul Bhattacharya. And this one is probably the most balanced of it all, leaving virtually nothing uncovered.
Everybody's just been so miserable about the whole thing! The Indian board has been needlessly petty and typically incompetent and whoever will be ruling it next week ought to make a few amendments quickly. In the response of the English media there has been the conceited assumption that they're being chucked into the toilet bowl and a woeful absence of adventure.
That just about sums it up, doesn't it.

And Rahul even manages to make a sales pitch to the 'tourist' interests being put-off by the English media reports!
Look at this picture and ask whether you'd really want to pass up a chance to watch or play cricket here. Himalayan Dharamsala, Bohemian Goa, Agartala and Guwahati in the forgotten Northeast, Kochi and Visakapatnam in the tropical South, more than a week in Bombay, half a week in Delhi, a whiff of Calcutta, provincial towns here there and everywhere... They may hate some of these places, love some, stay indifferent to some, but each will add to their understanding of the country in a broader and deeper way than a hop about the metros alone. Even if not configured specifically for the twenty-first century pro-sport outfit or the Barmy Army and package tour-operators, there is much for the curious traveler. You would have thought that some voice somewhere would indicate a wee bit of excitement at the prospect. Ultimately a sense of discovery, not luxury accommodation, makes a tour what it is.
And I do sincerely hope that voices like his are heard, above the din, by all interested parties, both in India and in England.

p.s. spoke too soon about the match...this is England...its never over :-)

31 Comments:

  • hi worma..could u post a link to that pic? Its definately one of the most prettiest places to play cricket..:)..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 03:08  

  • Yeah. Spoke too soon. Perfect situation for Steve Waugh, innit? Or maybe even Nasser Hussain. Let's see if Pieterson can make a difference.

    Pity about Asim Kamal not doing too well in this match, though. Like his dogged approach to the game.

    By Blogger Nikhil Pahwa, at 03:08  

  • chow: done

    unrest: yep...next match probably Kamal in...for Afridi. btw Eng match thread is the other one

    By Blogger worma, at 03:28  

  • Worma....oops !!! Did u see the note below the Dharamshala photograph...Hope u have yr legal counsel up and running :D

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:38  

  • Oops. :)

    By Blogger Nikhil Pahwa, at 03:41  

  • Worma...Get yr counsel to argue that copyright actually means the 'right to copy' ;D ..Anyways, beautiful place.Wish I could watch a good match there

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:42  

  • ravi..dont think theres any problem with this since the pictures not actually on the site..:P..

    but what are the english complaining about playing on such a ground?..personally..i'd love to play there..:D..(might be biased cos i'm half a himachalite)..but the vista is amazing..hehe..might even forget the cricket and just look at them mountains..:D..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 03:44  

  • hmm..worma..prem..how about a poll or a post on the 10 most scenic grounds in cricket? something to do on a slow cricket day..;)..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 03:47  

  • Chow...yeah...the legal part was just trying to pull Worma's leg...Not reachable as he is in Finland and me in India....You are right...I would rather watch the ground only during the Luncheon and drinks break...

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:48  

  • Chow....guess most of NZ grounds would walk away with the highest votes...a few from WI and definitely our own Dharamsala

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 03:50  

  • hmm..dont remember which one..but there was one NZ ground that caught my eye..background seemed as if it was lifted straight from Lord of the Rings..:D..Dundain maybe??

    hmm..also think Hobart makes for a nice place to play cricket..

    By Blogger TheChowmeinWarrior, at 03:54  

  • yeah this ground is great looking...saw more pic during the Aus warmup match there. Btw...I didn't 'copy' the pic...I linked to that webpage of cricinfo...just like any other page. Still...got my lawyer revved up :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 05:32  

  • worma, there are some good articles on Ganguly's selection in mid-day. Have a look. Ganguly himself is not doing badly at the moment aganest Maharashtra...the last time I checked, he was 60+ n.o. in a total of 150 odd for 5

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 05:50  

  • reverse: if you mean the one about the selection meeting, I did read...and am not too happy with way the selectors worked to get him in the team. Ofcourse this is not the first time someone would have gotten in without a consensus, and which is why there are 5 selectors in the panel....but then, if RD also absolutely doesnt want him the team...then whats the point. Although, again, this is just one media version of the turn of events.

    And as you said, SG is doing well it seems. Lets hope he's in good form (or even if not)..as I said yesterday....atleast (and atlast) he has the chance to write the end of this story with his bat, after so much having been written with the pen.

    By Blogger worma, at 06:06  

  • The Indian dressing room is not going to be a very happy looking place come the first test. I hope the negative vibes dont impact our performance..

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 06:14  

  • mount: If it is as bad as it seems from some reports..then it *will* affect...whether it shows in the results or not (for example, but not for comparison, the Aus dressing room hasn't always been a happy one during their period of domination)

    By Blogger worma, at 07:09  

  • EOD score...SG 81*...If this is not allround performance....what is ??Way to go SG

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 07:22  

  • ravi: this is allround performance. But he's not an allrounder.

    By Blogger worma, at 07:25  

  • Worma...he is not,I agree...Only thiing is he is proving a point or two here.Very sad for someone who has put his heart and soul into making Team India and he has to struggle to get in...And RD not wanting him,surprising!!.But, my mind tells me that it would not be true.Just a figment of media imagination

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 07:31  

  • ravi: I hope you are right...because, as I said, this is just one media angle of the issue. There would be others as well.

    By Blogger worma, at 07:36  

  • "Very sad for someone who has put his heart and soul into making Team India and he has to struggle to get in"

    The world is full of sorrow. Accept it.

    By Blogger GK, at 07:39  

  • "RD not wanting him,surprising!!."

    not very surprising to me. SG is just the kind of personality that does not endear itself to others

    By Blogger GK, at 07:43  

  • SG does look determined and his very recent performances barring the blip in the last Duleep game do make a case for him to be a part of the test team. Several of us 'SG baiters' wont actually mind seeing him play and play well, its afterall the team India that we support and not individuals.

    My only concern remains around the vibes within the ground and the dressing room. Unfortunately, we Indians are not as proffessional as the Aussies are, emotional as we are, things might be a tad difficult. Though again, SG has made some very positive noise about being happy to play any role given to him within the team.

    By Blogger Mount_Cleverest, at 08:18  

  • true mount. if SG plays of course we will wish him the best and hope he contributes positively to the team.

    By Blogger GK, at 08:21  

  • http://in.rediff.com/cricket/2005/nov/24gang.htm

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 08:30  

  • http://www.cricketnext.com/news1/next/Rep2005/rep328.htm

    By Blogger dave_dj, at 11:25  

  • "SG is just the kind of personality that does not endear itself to others"

    Yeah mate,that's exactly the kind of attitude that we are so proud of in ourselves..we need only to trust ourselves to pull down whoever believes in playing the games differently,even if we don't ourselves possess those capabilities..

    By Blogger mpb, at 11:41  

  • "SG is just the kind of personality that does not endear itself to others"

    Of course, we do not like strong personalities - we need the person to be at least meek on the surface - it's OK to be plotting underneath.

    Also, we hate to say the truth and we hate to face the truth. We hate those who say the truth.

    SG, in a way, is not like us, regular Indian - no wonder he is endearing to lot of the folks. Nevertheless, all youngsters in the team found him endearing because of his support sometimes against all odds and India is a team of youngsters now.

    By Blogger dave_dj, at 11:52  

  • dave_dj,
    Couldn't agree more...i mean one of the reasons that i (& probably many others) found SG a captivating personality is the refreshing difference in his attitude,when u compare it to countless other Indian *Stars*..& i really feel sick when many of these former stars give their comments on SG...i mean,come on,we all know how u guys yourself looked as players,so give us a break.But i feel that somewhere along the line SG got it wrong by not cosying up to the media,could have saved himself a lot of criticism that way..every paper & every journo nowadays seem to in competition on who can run him down more..compare it to Azzu & see how better it would have been for him to play "meek",albeit not his trait.

    By Blogger mpb, at 12:05  

  • mpb
    playing differently is fine as long as one is playing well and not stupidly

    By Blogger GK, at 12:16  

  • SG completes his first-class century at Pune in a pressure situation after taking 5 wickets.....go ahead Dravidian fans...knock this all-rounder's achievement down ...you bunch of losers...

    By Blogger Southie_joker, at 00:16  

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