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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Trolls, and such

K-slice: yeah prem then why are we having conversations on a cricket blog about a hypothetical situation where achin is an asshole and is blocking you off? not that it bothers you but why do people here feel that you are incapapble of defending yourself? i mean joking around for shits and giggles is one thiing but eventually this is your blog aint it? its not that you lack command over the english language? so why do people here try and appoint themselves lawyers for you?
guys if someone is attacking prem that is their perogative. let prem respond or not.
i would love if we concentrated on cricket instead of attacking achin or defending prem.

Precisely. You guys don't need to get into this; if someone needs their cheap thrills this way, why let it impact on your enjoyment of the game, guys? I'm okay, you be okay too :-)
PS: Off to snooze for a bit once the game is done; see you on blog late in my morning


  • the posts looking for the prem-blocker reminds me of that joke:

    So General, how's the war going?

    Well, we're having a little problem finding the enemy.

    So how are you looking?

    Well, we go up to people and ask them "Are you the enemy?", and if they say yes we shoot them. . .

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 05:12  

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    Come and check it out if you get time :-)

    By Blogger Silver Fox, at 05:15  

  • roublen,
    funny anecdote there

    By Blogger Sahir, at 06:12  

  • hey guys a quick question what is ur take on sreesanth as a bowler? i think he is long way off from being a finished product....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 07:11  

  • funny but everybody says SG and short-pitch stuff are like fire and water but how many times like today have we seen this in the last 12 years?

    from cric info:
    "Sachin Tendulkar c Maharoof b Fernando 19 (57 for 2)
    Chipped a slower ball straight to the man at mid-on"

    yet no one really talks about it. i don't have stats to back my claim of sachin's waterloo at mid-off, mid-on ; but i have seen it too often to ignore it.

    By Blogger achu, at 07:11  

  • tombaan
    i see a lot of promise in sreesanth. the main reason being i like his rythm and that is most important - beautiful smooth run up clean action, and natural bounce. He also has the ability to swing it both ways (which I admit he has displayed only patchily) Most importantly in his eyes he looks a fast bowler.

    By Blogger GK, at 07:31  

  • gk thanks i would like to see how does against south africa....if lankans have it easy against him i am sure it will way easier for the africans
    anyway with rp performing he might not get first shot in the team...with agarkar and pathan filling the other two spot

    By Blogger tombaan, at 07:36  

  • to gk and tombaan:
    and balaji laxman getting omitted in the process? irfaan has cemented his place. zaheer is good in spots. rp is good, no doubt. but it like sailing in untested waters. i would rather want balaji laxman to be included in the final 15 and maybe give him a chance to bowl in some matches... the man in fire in pakistan deserves a new territory to hunt his prey!

    By Blogger Rubic_Cube, at 07:44  

  • tombaan
    that might be the case in the SA series - in fact i do think that he wont be so successful in the near-term but id like to think 10 years down the line he wud be a major bowler for india

    sure, im a huge fan of laxman and love balajis attitude ... it all depends however on the team requirements at that point of time ... havent thot too deeply on that yet .. maybe after the last odi

    By Blogger GK, at 07:49  

  • guys,
    a dumb question..
    i gather from all the postings in this blog that lot of ppl posting here are currently based in the US.. what are the sites that you use for watching the matches live?

    I'm based in belgium and am desperately yearning to watch these matches especially now that india is doing well.. cuz.. u never know how long the honeymoon's gonna last.. :-)

    free/paid sites links are welcome..

    Thanks in Advance

    By Blogger Anand, at 08:04  

  • Prem....something to take the mind off cricket and have a laugh


    have a great day.Cheers

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 08:34  

  • Anand,
    Try www.sgstream.com
    You have to go to events section and type in the location of the game on the day of the match. For example, today would have been Rajkot. It costs $10 per game via Paypal. Please acknowledge once you read this e-mail so I can delete it.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 09:03  

  • www.sportingstreams.com charge $12 USD for unlimited cricket for 2 months.

    The Quality is damn good

    By Blogger Shyam Prasad, at 09:10  

  • shyam,
    sportingstreams is good, but lately they have been having many problems with too much traffic during India games causing major buffering problems

    By Blogger Sahir, at 09:21  

  • gk thanks ten years is a long time mate....i would rather have a balaji or fit nehra/zaheer to give team more teeth.
    i am not sure santh has in him if he cannot kick a down and out of luck lanka i am not sure he can do it against anyone else
    if a rao can be dropped inspite of decent performance because he has not been spectacular then santh should be gone after this series back to local games and maybe now get a break into english county and then come back

    By Blogger tombaan, at 09:56  

  • Some incidents which happened in the last few days:

    Nov 6: Gautam Gambhir scores 103 off 97 balls.

    Nov 7, press conf: GG is asked who his idol is. You may remember that a couple of years back, GG had said that Sourav Ganguly is his role model (as a batsman). Even now, he reiterates that SG was and still is his role model.

    A journo gets up and asks whether GG is sure "that" should be put on record. GG looks a little surprised, then says, "of course"!

    My take on GG: very gullible, simple, uncomplicated guy.

    Nov 8, nets, Rajkot: GG has a long session at the nets; Chappell is watching from a distance. After a while, GG walks up to Chappell. Asks, "Sir, I am having some trouble with the pull shot." Chappell curtly replies: "you are not looking like you are the centurion from the last match. after a century, your opponents should be worrying about your strengths and weaknesses, not you."
    GG goes back to the nets. After a while makes way for others.

    I would want to believe that this was mere coincidence. One of my friends actually tells me that it was GC's confidence-boosting measure. But am I wrong in thinking that a coach's primary job is to correct deficiencies?

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 10:01  

  • yes-i agree that sreesanth has a lot more work to do before he can come to the indian team.one feels sad for VVS and Balaji

    By Blogger pressi, at 10:02  

  • i think people should leave chappell alone...having ganguly as a role model is good as before that the one good left hander we had was wadekar and we know how he compares with respect to gangs...i am not sure chappell is so small minded....

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:05  

  • Thought of noting this one..
    Atapattu gave a fantastic statement yesterday " Today was not our day"
    Where have all the good captains gone? There is Chanderpaul who is an absolute joke and a disaster.He cannot speak, cannot motivate, cannot strategize..then there is Atapattu.Does anyone think that he even has a clue to what he does? All these guys are robots, who just do things as they are supposed to be done. If the opposition plays well, that's it. We lose. By the way Sehwag also looks from the same talent group as Chanderpaul,Atapattu etc. Just not captaincy material. Someone like Badani or a Mongia or Dravid or Laxman look like thinkers. And will most probably do well as captain. Example..Vaughan, Nasser Hussain( the best I have seen).
    Anyways...yesterday was not Sri Lanka's day, isn't it. Or else all the other games they have played fantastic cricket...LOL.

    By Blogger mau tor, at 10:06  

  • Now everyone is bum-licking (forgive my language).

    Check this from last week: in a Duleep Trophy league match between East Zone and Zimbabwe President's XI, EZ won the match within three days thanks to some spirited bowling from SS Paul and Ranadeb Bose. As all of us know, Paul and Bose have been a consistent duo over the last few domestic seasons, though I don't think either is as good as Zaheer Khan or Pathan. Even among right-arm pacers, Balaji is probably our best bet, now that we know for sure (I told you so!) that Sree Santh is an absolute no-no!

    Anyways, coming back to the original topic, after the match, Bose was complimented for his consistent length throughout the match, and he promptly said, "I have been immensely benefited by the tips GC gave me while I was in Bangalore". Huh?

    Just when did GC became an useful bowling coach? Just spare a thought for the Bengal (and EZ) coach Paras Mhambrey here, he is definitely working hard with the bowlers and it shows in the consistency with which Paul and Bose are bowling. Still the credits go to another person. Some people really get everything in life.

    However, I am glad that bum-licking does not always work. Inspite of all good words Bose had for GC, it was VRV Singh who was chosen ahead of him: a bowler who was sent to all parts of the park in a previous Duleep Trophy match by a lesser batsman called Sourav Ganguly. Though the selectors chose the fact that before that rather shabby treatment, he managed to hit SG on his helmet once. Bose should learn from this and try to hit people rather than taking wickets.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 10:11  

  • there is no need for guys like these pacers to bumlick chappell.give credit to where it is due only.

    By Blogger pressi, at 10:15  

  • tombaan, I did say that I hoped that the sequence of events was mere coincidental. I want you to make your own judgement.

    By the way, GC is very very small-minded, if I have to use your own words. And I am not saying because a non-performing SG is out of the team. I am saying that because a top-performing Zaheer Khan is out of the team. Also the underarm bowling incident was too mean.

    I feel sorry for Gautam Gambhir. For some reason GC-RD don't like him. He was on the sidelines for four consecutive matches while much less talented Raina and Rao got look-ins. I used to think that Venu Rao is a very good potential by looking at records, but looking at him now, I think he can be a Praveen Amre at best.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 10:16  

  • shantanu says:

    "ins. I used to think that Venu Rao is a very good potential by looking at records, but looking at him now, I think he can be a Praveen Amre at best. "

    pal you are doing a disservice to praveen amre here by comparing him to venu. praveen amre hit a century against south africa in south africa when we were something like six down for almost nothing. i don't think dear venugopal rao would be able to ever do that. the prob with amre was consistency not talent. in venugopal's case i feel he can consistently play bad cricket.

    By Blogger achu, at 10:22  

  • santunu de,
    "Bose was complimented for his consistent length throughout the match, and he promptly said, "I have been immensely benefited by the tips GC gave me while I was in Bangalore". Huh?
    Just when did GC became an useful bowling coach?"

    What people do not no about Greg Chappell is that he was an allrounder. He was not required to do as much bowling at the international level since Australia had a great attack. However, in first-class cricket, he has 291 wickets at an average of 29.95 (Best figures 7/40). In List A Limited Overs games, he has 130 wickets at an average of 25.93 with an economy rate of 3.84 (Best figures 5/15). Even in international cricket, he had 47 Test wickets at 40.70 apiece and 72 ODI wickets at 29.12 average with economy rate of 4.04. Just because he was such a sensational batsman, his bowling was overshadowed. However, these figures display the guy probably knows a thing or two about bowling. BTW, it is not essential that you also bowled to be an effective bowling coach, but it certainly does help.

    By Blogger Sahir, at 10:35  

  • Praveen Amre was a very good player. People should go and ask Mr Azharuddin as to why he did not play more tests than he should have. If I am not wrong, he finished with an avg of more than 40! Poor guy. Anyways Venu looks like a decent bat too. To me he is a much better and organized player than Kaif and Yuvraj. First class records don't always lie.
    Anyways..should not compare Amre with Venu. Amre was unfortunate.

    By Blogger mau tor, at 10:40  

  • sahir
    you certainly get your facts . that's quite an eye-opener. no wonder zaheer khan is suddenly asked to sit on the side-lines. obviously gc knows what it takes to be a bowler and is demanding that out of zk, an and lb. don't know if ip is delivering after today's match though.

    By Blogger achu, at 10:42  

  • amre is one of the sad cases...which one will never know. he was unfairly treated and he was team man to core...look at his one day records he came in always when it was in last few overs...if only he had been treated like say a kambli and other jerks he would have had much better record...

    By Blogger tombaan, at 10:56  

  • pravin amre had the best defence against pace after sanjay "the origianl wall" manjrekar. sad i guess if you don't have a GF.

    By Blogger achu, at 10:59  

  • in the team of the 90s that is

    By Blogger achu, at 11:00  

  • and sehwag seems to be the first person in the history of cricket whose batting seems to be affected by vice-captaincy. :)

    By Blogger achu, at 11:02  

  • and sehwag seems to be the first person in the history of cricket whose batting seems to be affected by vice-captaincy. :)

    By Blogger achu, at 11:02  

  • Sahir, Achu, very knowledgable discussions going on here. Sahir, thanks for the figures here; however I personally felt that Bose owed his better bowling more to Mhambre who spends more time with him than to GC who spent precious little, probably.
    I, however, still don't know why Balaji is getting iggied. I don't know of anyone else in India right now who can consistently swing the ball both ways (AN, probably?).
    And I think exclusion of Zaheer is probably due to non-cricketing reasons. If you leave out a good player for too long, it can get very de-motivating for him.

    Amre was inconsistent. So much, that he ended up playing for Assam at one stage. And thats what I meant, I am not expecting Venu Rao to deliver except for an occassional innings.

    And Yuvraj has phenomenal first class records. He is a big potential, but I don't know whether he will always remain a potential (ala Agarkar).

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 11:08  

  • sanjay manjrekar has turned out to be a decent commentator who has no use for cliches like (RShastri: what india needs is a couple of wickets?)or SG's innumerable ones

    By Blogger achu, at 11:09  

  • Anybody else , besides me, who thinks it is the SL team that is playing bad cricket than India playing good cricket.

    What kind of team collapses for less than 200 runs on a pitch tailor-made for batting.

    SL is like a fish out of water outside their little island.

    I was of the view that the Indian team turned a corner but after today , I think we should wait a bit before reaching a verdict

    By Blogger wonderloud, at 11:14  

  • i think the whole thing is fixed, in mumbai that's the word on the street

    By Blogger achu, at 11:15  

  • game 4 they gave mahroof more overs than he deserved especially in the light of the pasting he was getting

    By Blogger achu, at 11:16  

  • and suddenly jayasurya seems to be finding fielders on demand, the trot of bad scores is a little too long not to be suspicious

    sorry, about the conspiracy theorey, but these things happen in the sub-continent where all it takes is a phone call to get things done

    By Blogger achu, at 11:18  

  • wonderloud, I am with you. But cannot take away the fact than Dravid is batting like dream, and the Dhoni innings was spectacular. But Indian bowling has been pedestrian. Delhi Ranji team has a better attack. Sree Santh won't have made into a good Ranji side like TN, Delhi, Mumbai or Baroda. There are people in Mumbai and Baroda who bowl better than him and cannot get into the state teams.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 11:19  

  • Amre was not inconsistent. He scored a hundred in SA on his debut against Donald at his fastest. He was just ignored after that by the biggest match fixer of all. He was a good fielder too. If only he had even got half the chances that the likes of Yuvraj, Kaif etc. are getting today

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:20  

  • only wish it wasn't so. where are the good ole days when no matter what happened kapil dev would always get us out of trouble. the whole innocence of this game is lost now. who knows who is calling the shots and where and why.

    By Blogger achu, at 11:21  

  • and that's my point reverse sweep. amre hit that great century against donald and we all felt here's the new messaih, one who plays without ego. but that was it. a few 40+ scores and that was it. enough fodder for azza to get him out and get some chopra or jadeja in. we all remember how many chances jadu got as opener in tests and we all know how he fared

    By Blogger achu, at 11:24  

  • Achu, remember what Manoj Prabhakar said about him? Do you know the player he has been closest to? Jadeja, who used to call a bookie on match days 70-80 times and then say he did it for the fear of having bad luck

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:24  

  • man what a bunch of crooks those guys were, the A company

    By Blogger achu, at 11:26  

  • and i'm sure all the selectors knew, the admin guys were in the know too, everybody gets secret benami accounts and everybody gets rich, except the game of cricket. rd calls back st on 194, now how much was made in mumbai, dubai and karachi on that little act i wonder?

    By Blogger achu, at 11:29  

  • Achu agree, a few 40+ scores in the limited chances that he got. I know Amre, one of most unassuming guys you can ever come across. Came from a humble backgroudn and worked hard. I think he is still involved in the under19 catagory. He is one of a tragidies of Indian Cricket. Similar to Vijay Dahiya, Aaksh Chopra, Bhaskar Pillay (who never go to play even one test), Surendra Bhave, Milind Gunjal.

    Raju Kulkarni who took 3 wickets on debut only to find himself on the boundary in the 2nd innings, thank to the captain at that time - one KD Nikhanj

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:29  

  • mobile phones or n mobile phones, any sport can be fixed; like WWF; i tell you what may not have been fixed - the eden gardens epic, that looked like a fight through and through. but could have been fixed - the mumbai test where we got the aussies out for 93 on the last day of a sad test match

    By Blogger achu, at 11:31  

  • God talking about Dravid, in the same vein as Jadejas and the Hydrabadi fixer. Like you said, total loss of innocence. No one, no action is above suspicion these days..

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:32  

  • and rd is a real real fvourite of mine, a complete player if there ever was one...but sometimes you can't help feel cynical about the way cricket is played. and my apologies tot he blog for all this conspiracy theorey nonsense. still enjoy my cricket i guess.

    By Blogger achu, at 11:38  

  • Wish someday we know what was what and who was who. Atleast Cronje had the gall to come clean (albeit after being caught and then too limitedly...). Our guys just keep denying...I was a great fan of Azhar the player, Azhar the fielder but not Azhar the captain and then he sold his country..

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:43  

  • RD is my neighbour, and guys, please don't speak anything against him.

    reverse sweep, "Raju Kulkarni who took 3 wickets on debut only to find himself on the boundary in the 2nd innings, thank to the captain at that time - one KD Nikhanj"; do you remember a Subrata Mukherjee from Bihar? ?He was meted out the same treatment by Azhar, three wickets on debut in Aus against Aus and did not get a chance in the 2nd innings. Or ever again in test cricket.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 11:51  

  • Shantanu, as a matter of fact, I do..

    By Blogger Reverse Sweep, at 11:52  

  • santanu: it was subroto bannerjee. dude, atleast be correct about the last names of your fellow bongs.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 11:56  

  • that was kapil bhai protecting the spot for chetan sharma. finally the bombay crowd starting yelling before kapil got him to bowl a few.
    same with arshad ayub and raju ...with azhar....
    my hats of to ganguly he did not have a regional bias hope dravid continues that tradition

    By Blogger tombaan, at 12:02  

  • btw suborto is now settled in australia coaching a club team there

    By Blogger tombaan, at 12:02  

  • Guys...why is everyone making such a big deal about GG calling SG his idol? why do people have such short memories? SG is the man who gave Indian players BALLS and was a thing of beauty in full flow. he was a great player and great leader. emphasis is on 'was'. not everyone can worship SRT and RD. GG sounds pretty honest to me. Even RD was in love with SG at one time.

    By Blogger jat_in_ny, at 12:03  

  • I remember some time in the late 90s when BCCI declared a veterans cricket match against Pak veterans and had Amre's name listed in the team. Amre was horrified and said that he is still playing actively and hoping for a India call-up someday.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 12:03  

  • http://ind.cricinfo.com/db/ARCHIVE/1991-92/IND_IN_AUS/IND_AUS_T3_02-06JAN1992.html

    Here is that match. Banerjee was the best bowler in that innings; but it was the only match he ever played. Would never understand what happened.

    jat_in_ny; thanks for correcting. But wasn't he your fellow Indian as well? Why is it a Bengali first and an Indian last?

    Banerjee is now in Australia for the past few years; runs an academy for cricket coaching and coaches Australia U-17.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:03  

  • One thing Azhar did as soon as he became captain was slowly purge the team of all seniors in the team. Except Kapil, every other member of the team senior to Azhar was thrown out over a period of 2 years inspite of them having a few good years left in them.

    By Blogger Prabu, at 12:05  

  • Tombaan,

    Yeah , Chetan Sharma was the worst bowler ever. All the current crop of bowlers are miles better than Chetan.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 12:06  

  • jat_in_ny, GG is sure honest. He is a left hander and models himself on the best left-hander we got in recent times. Nothing wrong with that. I was shocked that some scribes thought he was not serious. People who probably never held a bat.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:08  

  • Santanu - Raju kulkarni was given 3 tests where he took 5 wickets with SR of 73.20. He was found lacking.

    I saw Subroto Bannerji's performance and he was OK. neither good nor bad.

    By Blogger J, at 12:08  

  • santanu,

    Yeah remember that match.

    Incidentally was also the match Shane Warne made his debut.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 12:09  

  • GG,

    Looks like a honest bloke. Nothing wrong in idolizing SG.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 12:10  

  • jat - I agree. SG was our best bet for a period of 6 months and true match wnner. Before 2003 world cup, he completely lost it and was never ale to regain form. He refused to leave and it required GC's guts and tactics to have him ouated.

    By Blogger J, at 12:11  

  • whtas wrong in GG saying he modelled his game on SG's or idolizes him? It was immature of the reporter to even ask him if it was to be put on record.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:13  

  • J, Banerjee was quite good. He coaches in Australia now, and is probably an Aussie citizen now. He did not even get support from his native Bihar Govt to start an academy there.

    I don't know how you can say he was just OK, he bowled for only one test innings. A judgement should be passed only after at least 3/4 innings. I would never know why he was not asked to bowl in the 2nd innings.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:13  

  • Santanu,

    Was just looking at the score card. Subroto did not even get a bowl in the 2nd innings(Even though a total of 84 overs was bowled). Wonder what happened.

    By Blogger Poondu, at 12:13  

  • Shantanu "I was shocked that some scribes thought he was not serious. People who probably never held a bat.

    Do you know how to cook everything you eat in best manner? But you can sure taste the food and decide whether it is good or not? Its same with lot of other things. Bhogle has never played cricket but he is one of our better commentrators.

    By Blogger J, at 12:15  

  • "SG was our best bet for a period of 6 months and true match winner"- did you mean years, or are you serious about the months bit? LOL!

    I remember that the SRT-SG duo was a dreaded pair for bowlers all over the world (except Aus) for a number of years.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:17  

  • poondu/Shantanu - It was all Kapil's doing. He wanted to stengthen his old in unjab/Haryana cricket and puching sharma. Unfortunate but Dev and Azza have been our best cricketers who turned out match fixers as well. It is a clear understanding in cricket admins not to involve Dev or Azza in anything to do with Indian Cricket after fixing controversy broke

    By Blogger J, at 12:17  

  • Bhogle's latest. Reminded me of a few people on this blog.


    In this article, Bhogle writes:

    "There was a banner at Ahmedabad. It was crude, pathetic and, yet, a stark reflection of the reality of Indian cricket. Tendulkar-Master, Dhoni-Blaster, Ganguly-Disaster it said. The last time someone sat down to write a piece on the resurgence of Indian cricket, the man labelled disaster was the toast of the town, he had the world at his feet and I am sure the pitiable person who wrote that banner thought Ganguly was the best thing to happen to Indian cricket.
    India’s cricket followers are fickle, and aggressively so. If Kipling thought triumph and disaster were twin impostors, here in India we embrace them; we celebrate triumph like there is no tomorrow and we grieve like there was never a yesterday. And should Ganguly, by some quirk of fate, score another international hundred, the banner will be hastily re-written."

    IMO, average indian cricket fans are a sad lot. However, the cricket media (Bhogle and few others excluded) is even WORSE.

    In time it will come to be known that a country's sporting achievements will always be a direct correlate of the way it treats its sportspersons.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 12:18  

  • ""SG was our best bet for a period of 6 months and true match winner"- did you mean years, or are you serious about the months bit? LOL!"

    I am serious. he was better then SRT during those 6 months and rest of the time second best after SRT in ODIs

    By Blogger J, at 12:19  

  • J, you must be a compulsive hole-finder; this is not the way to argue. I have not said anything against Bhogle, but against the scribe who sounded silly by asking the stupid question to GG. And if you have observed Bhogle, he never comments on how a shot could or would be played, or how a ball could or would be bowled. He leaves it to the experts; thats what makes him good.

    You don't need to argue to look stupid.

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:21  

  • SG was never better than SRT. Never ever. SRT has no match. Do you understand cricket?

    By Blogger Santanu De, at 12:23  

  • LOl "Tendulkar-Master, Dhoni-Blaster, Ganguly-Disaster" Who authored this? he needs to be invited here.

    I dont understand why the banner is taken so seriously. It must have been written to create few good laughs. SG did very well for us and we are all prowd for his achievements but he wanted to last beyond his sell by date and hence got the treatment

    By Blogger J, at 12:25  

  • de - kat le

    By Blogger J, at 12:26  

  • JackAss comments:

    India won against a team that has clearly lost it's competitive hunger after being vanquished in the series in a surprisingly swift destruction at the hands of Chappell-coached Indian team. The Sri Lankan team's performance was so insipid it is difficult to fathom that this team had so much fizz till recently that they were World no 2 in ICC rankings. What a calamitous collapse! The decision to rest Dravid was inexplicable and asinine, even if India won the Rajkot match. To Chappell's credit , every member has clicked so far, albeit the " experimentation" will soon be hitting the law of diminishing returns. Where Greg scores high marks is the outstanding fielding by the Indian side which was usually perceived as a laid back lazy outfit.


    By Blogger Prabu, at 12:44  

  • Subrato Banerjee got injured when he was batting. Dont remember how serious the injury was. That could have been the reason

    By Blogger The Suds, at 12:51  

  • Santanu...u are RD's neighbor...So a fellow Bangalorean like me.Why don't u walk up to his house(he is believed to "not shut the door on visitors") and check on what are the possibilities of SG making ot back to the team??

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 12:52  

  • more Jack-ass oops JHAkas

    25th November is Kolkatta's date with their recent nightmare and nemesis, Greg Chappell. The latter who has made no secret of his dislike, distaste and dismay with their local hero Sourav Ganguly ( referring to him in the most vile, vicious and vitriolic term to close journalist friends as " cancerous") will be in the City of Joy for the Day-Night ODI against South Africa.

    If you have not been to Kolkatta, you have not yet seen an Indian metropolis so refinely cultured, classy and full of character. It is one of those cities which has the highest respect for women, and in public buses people voluntarily surrender seats and make space for women, children and the aged. The former headquarters of the British East India Company has the most exotic private clubs, Presidency College, aaloo poshtos and kheer kadams ( potato dish and a delectable dessert) , a historical legacy co-existing amidst the 7 star ITC hospitality, quaint Chinese restaurants, the famous IIM, Bengali theatre and of course, the charming trams. In a lighter vein, the BCCI is perhaps the only aberration.

    At this moment, the apparent answer to the title question on whether the Indian coach will be welcomed into the 100,000 capacity stadium of Eden Gardens in the capital of West Bengal, is a loud and unequivocal----NO! If the simmering anger and discontent with Greg Chappell were to be apparently guesstimated , I am sure most people expect the passionate cricket-loving public of Kolkatta to be highly unlikely to forgive Chappell and would consequently refuse to be a gracious host to the Aussie coach. What a peculiar irony indeed, as Kolkatta is perhaps the most culturally rich, artistically inclined and wonderfully resplendent city in it's respect for historical traditions, where every guest is treated with unusual warmth , simplicity and welcome smiles. The city which boasts of such eminent personalities such as Mother Teresa, Noble Prize winner Amartya Sen, Satyajit Ray, Rabindranath Tagore, Jyoti Basu, Aparna Sen etc is embellished with the old colonial charm and pristine glories of pre-Independence India even as it copes with the onerous challenges of a stressed-out infrastructure and attracting investments in the burgeoning IT sector.

    The cricket-aficionado of Kolkatta, contrary to public belief, is a die-hard sports fan, and I am not just talking cricket here. It still is the football capital of India, and loves tennis as well. They have often been castigated of late for having carried their emotions on their sleeve ( literally); I am referring to the abandoned World Cup 1996 semi-final between Sri Lanka and India , and the dramatic incident between Shoaib Akhtar and Sachin Tendulkar which fuelled their inflammatory discontent and led to the subsequent day's proceedings being played in an empty stadium.

    The Kolkotta fan , despite their enormous love for Ganguly will in my opinion, turn up to watch the match and clamor for their nation's victory , whether Sourav is in the team or not. They will shout hoarse even as Sourav's erstwhile colleagues hit the boundaries and will fall into a deafening silence should Sachin Tendulkar have his stumps shattered even after scoring a 100 runs in 50 balls. That's what makes Kolkotta unique. So what if Chappell called Ganguly " cancerous" in the most curt, crude and caustic manner, never mind! Kolkotta , like the rest of India will show Chappell some of it's intrinsic values and innate fibre ; cultured, classy and full of character.

    How cliched is this guy?

    By Blogger Prabu, at 12:57  

  • prabu
    where did u read these comments?

    By Blogger The Suds, at 13:05  

  • Cricketnext.com...where else can one find anti GC stuff :)

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 13:07  

  • Take it or leave it...Jha writes well...is extremely biased but makes good reading....if one were to just read and not assimilate too much from this

    By Blogger Ravi1010, at 13:09  

  • Guys.. tell me one city in world which has no culture of its own..

    tell me one big city in the world which does not boast of a few personalities.. every one has some..

    I am not saying anything against Calcutta.. I like it.. except for the fact that communists rule there and I hate them..

    Singing these praises of specific cities.. castes.. regions and all that .. just take some column spaces in papers.. and thats all to it..

    Well I love that this Chutiya Jha is having some sleepless nights with a huge egg on his face..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 13:15  

  • ravi1010,

    I have not come across a worse writer than Jha .. ever..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 13:15  

  • and you go to his site, everything that he write has been given a huge thumbs down by the polls on his site itself..

    I am sure soon he is gonna fudge up those numbers and gonna write a column about himself..

    By Blogger Thanks Chappel, at 13:16  

  • Ummmmmm, haven't heard any comment lately about Gavaskar having eggs on his face because of his comments on Venu.

    By Blogger Jai, at 13:43  

  • Chill guys..


    By Blogger Prasad, at 13:47  

  • Well if that was not enough..chill some more...


    By Blogger Prasad, at 13:52  

  • THANKSCHAPPEL: i am sure EVEN you may have something nice to say about Bengali women.

    By Blogger Prasad, at 13:56  

  • Prasad: Bengali women totally roxxxers!

    By Blogger i, at 14:16  

  • women rock period why only bengali???

    By Blogger tombaan, at 14:40  

  • sahir/shyam prasad: Thanks for the info regarding the sites

    By Blogger Anand, at 17:04  

  • Prasad, keep those videos coming...

    By Blogger Toney, at 17:09  

  • Tombaan, have you seen those punjabi chicks once they married? They loom in front of the eyes as the cricket ball in front of SRT when he is well set - gend badi football jaise najar aa rahi hai unko.

    By Blogger i, at 18:33  

  • Bengali Women - Great Eyes, Great boobs, Great Butts and a lovely accent.

    By Blogger Rishi Gajria, at 21:02  

  • One of the earliest products of the MRF Pace foundation, Banerjee was included in the Indian team admist high expectations. He went on the tour of Australia in 1991-92, where it was thought he would succeed given the hard and bouncy tracks Down Under. He played in the third Test at Sydney as the fourth seamer when India took the field without a specialist spinner. Banerjee bowled only in the first innings picking up three wickets for 47, those of Mark Waugh, Mark Taylor and Geoff Marsh. He then figured in the Benson & Hedges World Series that followed without any conspicuous success. Banerjee was also selected for the tour of South Africa the next season but did not play a single Test and met with only modest success in the one dayers and the first-class games and was a forgotten man after that. The fact that he bowled short and wide and could not bowl long spells were perhaps the reasons for his international career being brief.

    Banerjee, however, continued to play first-class cricket with some success. His best bowling in the Ranji Trophy was been 7 for 18 (12 for 78 in the match) against Tripura in 1989-90.

    By Blogger Adi, at 21:13  

  • Amre: A fighter with great attitude, decent talent too. Got a raw deal from Azhar & co. Pity that we now bend over backwards to retain guys like Yuvraj.

    Yuvraj: I guess he batted well yesterday because he did not see Murali on the field. I can bet on anything that YS will be a big failure in test cricket, in ODI's be may continue to flash now and then besides his fielding is a major plus.

    Venu: From the limited games that I have watched him he seems to be better suited to Test match cricket than ODI's. A very good player of spin. Has to prove himself against a good pace attack on wickets that help pacers.

    Sreeshanth: Very raw, still needs work. But then if we can persist with AA then why not try this guys or for that matter anyone else. Anyway, SS has some way to go before being polished. But capability is evident, consistency is lacking.

    RP Singh: I think this is the guy most suited to the ODI game, I think he can restrict runs. This is an important ability that none of the Indian pacers have. IP,AA,ZK,LB,SS, etc... are all lavish when giving away runs. AN is kind of restrictive on his day on other days he is a millionier. We have to groom RPS. Would have liked to see VRVS but that will have to wait.

    By Blogger Swamy Cricathmanandha, at 00:32  

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