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Monday, November 21, 2005

What's in a label?

Level-headed question, that, and it comes from Irfan Pathan:
"Please, please don't call me an all-rounder yet. I just do things normally in the middle and there are no special preparations," Pathan told reporters here Monday.
"I don't understand the Indian tendency of attaching tags. When I was not doing so well last season people wrote me off and now I play well in a few matches and I get labelled as an all-rounder," he added.

Nice to see this kind of attitude, actually; contrasts dramatically with a 'young turk' of some years back who, on the back of one big outing at the start of his career, told a colleague of mine that he was the 'Hritik Roshan of Indian cricket'.


  • actually that young turk wasn't wrong...Hrithik also had just one big hit at that time....rest was all fluff ;-)

    By Blogger worma, at 12:10  

  • how about a poll on who the young turk was
    i'm pulling for yuvi :)

    By Blogger JD, at 12:14  

  • Was the young turk in question Yuvraj Singh? He definitely was the flavor of the season some time back?


    By Blogger Greg, at 12:14  

  • Prem:
    It is good to see Irfan react this way and not lose track of where he is. As a bowler he is not way ahead of a AN or a ZK. But where he scores very high over these other blokes is his commitment to the team and wanting to improve. Case in point. His batting over the last few games and doing what the team wants him to do. His bowling needs some more refinement and consistency. But by the way he responded to the challenges to this point I do not put it beyond him to make strides in that department as well. Irfan and MS Dhoni are two jewels in the making for Indian Cricket. It is nice to see he has a level head over those broad shoulders.

    By Blogger ramshorns, at 12:16  

  • jd: prem has earlier disclosed here once that it was Yuv :-)

    By Blogger worma, at 12:25  

  • worma: LOL about the Hrithik and one hit part

    By Blogger Mr. V, at 12:33  

  • worma, *L* about the Hrithik comparison.

    By Blogger Toney, at 12:37  

  • its been disclosed on rediff also, worma.

    i think in the post WC analysis, prem did a player by player analysis, and said that when Faisal went to interview YS, he came in late and drawled " I am the Hrithik Roshan of Indian cricket, everybody wants to speak to me and not enough time"

    In any event, Roshan Jr. and YS have done enough subsequently to prove they are not flashes in the pan.

    By Blogger Arjun Swarup, at 12:37  

  • this reminds me, prems blog on rediff had him blogging on movies also. it was fun to read. would be nice to see prem expand this blog into other areas... such as indian films and so on?

    By Blogger Arjun Swarup, at 12:39  

  • Actually it was I who wrote him off after a few bad outings - not a good thing that I have done (with the benefit hindsight).
    Now that he did well, all of us (including me) paste whatever he says on the main page (or our blog)!

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:41  

  • how u doin fake prem

    By Blogger JD, at 12:43  

  • Good suggestion prem - expand onto other things.
    As long as my team does well, I will stay put and
    focus on cricket. If they start losing, we could put our minds into other areas. Nice idea really, if you think about it.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:44  

  • You guys are agree or not...the presence of Greg, Ian, RD and supporting staff is making a huge difference to players' cricketing as well as non-cricketing abilities.

    Greg, Ian and RD are very well read and they have terrific knowledge on cricket as well as sport in general. I am almost sure these three are guiding the younger players to keep working harder, give them new targets and goals and at the same time tell them not to rest on their past performances.

    When Irfan speaks like that...credit goes to Irfan...but part of the credit goes to the forces behind the scene

    By Blogger G285, at 12:49  


    By Blogger Toney, at 12:51  

  • sorry guys - it is real Prem.
    I just got an email from Prem from his verified email-id.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:55  

  • is ur name that bad that u have to take prem's and toney's name?

    By Blogger JD, at 12:58  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 12:58  

  • Funny things.. now fake prem turns to fake toney.

    Only this post

    toney said...

    sorry guys - it is real Prem.
    I just got an email from Prem from his verified email-id.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 13:00  

  • he was fast to delete it

    By Blogger JD, at 13:01  

  • How you doin fake yorker?
    yorker - you are nuts! There is no fake prem around here. Only real one -
    it is his blog. I messed up.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:13  

  • it is pretty easy to know who is fake just click on their ids and it tells you who it is

    By Blogger tombaan, at 13:15  

  • but tombaan - I thought Prem used different ids to hoodwink the blockers to his site? Don't you know!

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:17  

  • yes, JD - i forgot. Prem posts from several blogger ids (but the name is the same). Sorry folks for the confusion. Prem is a cool dude.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:19  

  • hey there prem... Im here in chennai on vacation and it looks pretty bleak guys... its been raining almost non-stop here for the last 6 hrs or so...

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 13:28  

  • Even if they have the pitch covered, I doubt if the outfield will be in good shape... I got tickets for the game and still have my fingers crossed...

    By Blogger Jay Mo, at 13:32  

  • Guys,
    Just click on the profiles. Mine would show sightscreen and another blog (which I never use BTW). Also, it might be a good idea for you guys to have your own blogs for namesake, so that the rest of us can differentiate b/w imposters such as fake Prems and Toneys and JDs and...

    By Blogger Toney, at 13:34  

  • toney,

    there was something like blog id which was a number. Wasn't there. Tell me if I am wrong.

    By Blogger Yorker, at 13:37  

  • This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

    By Blogger Prem Panicker, at 13:42  

  • I guess SG must be really in a fix - with IP refusing to be labelled as an all-rounder, difficult for SG who is performing worse than IP in batting, bowling and fielding to label himself one.
    But then again reality is not a requirement for SG's comments.

    By Blogger Gardhabh, at 13:50  

  • LOL@Gardhabh

    By Blogger Poondu, at 14:09  

  • poondu,
    dont remember nay such thing. I would have liked it though if blogger forced the use of a unique ID

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:28  

  • Oops, I meant the last post for yorker

    By Blogger Toney, at 14:28  

  • Not sure if anyone mentioned it on this blog, I thought the banner during the last game was quite amusing. It goes like this " Ganguly prepared for any role, even 12th man"

    By Blogger babi, at 14:56  

  • u kidding me.. now he needs to be at least 13th man.

    By Blogger indiansportsfan, at 18:46  

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