Monday, December 31, 2007
I'm not sure I'm looking forward to the next test. I wonder if anyone on the team is. Happy New Year?
Thursday, December 20, 2007
You have to read this.
Friday, December 14, 2007
We know that Sreesanth won't be running in Down Under when the first test commences on Boxing Day (Dec 26). But he's all set to bowl for his home state in a Ranji Trophy game which starts a day earlier.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
That's one aspect of the duel on hand. The other is the war of words. (Andrew Symonds must be licking his lips and getting cream in his mouth.)
How are the men in blue going to win that shoot-out? Let's assume for the moment that they are ready and willing to take the verbal attack to the Aussie camp. How? The Aussies understand English and nothing else. And if you've heard our bowlers at the end of a mike, you will know that their line of attack is baffling to say the least.
So what's the solution now? There isn't enough time to 'Learn English in 30 days'. But we might just be able to squeeze in the 4 letter words before the first test.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
He's my dad's only example when he talks about Indian cricketers who have displayed evidence of a backbone.
He is the drift of conversation in our living room when the finest innings by an Indian is discussed - standing on the balcony at Lords, bare top, shirt in the air, Flintoff 1 - Dada 2.
So if there's anyone celebrating Sourav Chandidas Ganguly's return to monarchy in the Indian batting line-up, it's my parents. No, they aren't Chatterjees, Bannerjees or Mukherjees, but they do share a fondness for fish with the tribe. And of course, a very strong affection for Dada.
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Barmaids? Now that's a different story.
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
The ICL may have started, but it hasn't quite taken off. The attempt at cooking up excitement for the TV audience falls flat without a doubt. Shrieking commentators, unknown players, rehearsed celebrations, a 7000 crowd, a Kareena show. It all looks like a carefuly choreographed effort. Even the parts that are supposed to look spontaneous.
It's obvious that the best efforts, deep pockets and noble intentions aren't sufficient. The ICL needs better players. Only that will ensure that the matches turn out as exciting as this TVC.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Now with 2 days of the match on a supremely placid pitch, 1 double hundred, 2 hundreds and a smiling Indian batting line-up behind us, all is hunky dory. The superstars have risen from the ashes. Yuvraj's place on the benches has been cemented. The squad to Australia has picked itself. The curator's got a sore back from the all the pats he's received. It's India shining all over again.
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Marvan Atapattu's career profile.
Friday, November 23, 2007
It's the manner in which the top five bat that bothers me. It's the attitude they bring to the crease. So defensive that even if a batsman spends 3 hours at the crease, he's only done the opposition a favour. This block and tackle manner of batsmanship, which can at best be called an attempt to score, won't hurt us against Pakistan. But trying it against Australia, is like bending over to pick something off the floor in a men's prison.
I hope the Indian team has another strategy to play Lee and Company. Or we might as well just concede the series via email.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Hopefully he will be fit for the Delhi test which starts tomorrow. Hopefully he won't whack somebody with a bat before the start of play. Hopefully he'll be throwing down the gauntlet at the opposition and not at his own. There isn't a better sight in modern day cricket than that of the Rawalpindi Express steaming in, and getting creamed for a boundary. So, I shall keep my fingers crossed.
If Dhoni doesn't play, India won't need a replacement keeper. Karthik is available and most willing. Then all Yuvraj needs to do is to put down a substantial innings which might nudge the selectors towards 'resting' Ganguly or Laxman in the games to follow.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Just as soon as the last ball of the over makes contact with willow, CUT. Then a buck toothed Shahrukh frets over a new mobile phone offer. An elderly couple prepares to leave for Singapore thanks to a bank's retirement plan. A cockroach wriggles out of a kitchen wall and into a salad, demonstrating the virtues of a sealant. Kajol does a step-two-three-four with Mr. Mach (her pet croc). Salman takes a U-turn and puts on a few layers for a clothing brand. CUT.
We return to the field of action. The score reads 210 for 4 in 37.1 overs. Introducing the 5 ball over. Invented and promoted by Doordarshan. You see, they can't afford spaghetti straps and designer sarees to up ad rates and eyeballs. So they make do with the time they have on hand.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Akthar and company must be thanking their stars, Saurav Ganguly and the Indian selectors. Not necessarily in that order.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
1. Dinesh Karthik
2. Wasim Jaffer
3. Rahul Dravid
4. Sachin Tendulkar
5. Sourav Ganguly
6. VVS Laxman
7. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
8. Anil Kumble
9. Harbhajan Singh or Murali Kartik
10. Zaheer Khan
11. Sreesanth or RP Singh
12. Yuvraj Singh
India's hottest batsman in recent times will in all likelihood be cooling his heels during the Pakistan series.
Friday, November 9, 2007
So what's the scene today?
We have our neighbour's chief muscle popper who wouldn't be allowed a bowl in a tennis ball cricket tournament at Shivaji Park.
Then there are a few Proteas, Kiwis and K'roos whose demise would be the attempted quicker ball.
There's also a West Indian who shares a name with Pakistan's coach but is an embarrassment to his action.
And some tweakers from the sub-continent who bend more than just their backs at the crease.
I don't blame Shas, Was, Gas and other mike handlers for maintaining a deathly silence. A place in the commentary box is worth a lot of money, and hardly worth sacrificing at the altar of righteousness.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
In the last decade or so they've scored tons of runs. They've won some matches for the country. Almost won a lot more. Currently in the twilight of their careers, it's more of the latter.
Yet we forgive. We'd rather see them being embarassed at the crease by sprightly young fast bowlers, than see their places taken by the Badrinaths, Karthiks and Tiwaris.
No, don't blame the selectors. They don't want their effigies burnt on the street on which they live.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
So while Rahul is out of the first 2 one-dayers against Pakistan, he should be on the flight to Australia. The boys certainly aren't yet in a league that can negotiate Brett Lee and company over anything more than 20 overs. In fact, you just might see Dravid ushered back into the team against Pakistan. Akthar (I hear he's back) and the rest of that talented bunch of cherry handlers could very quickly have the selectors ducking for cover behind the Wall.
Saturday, October 27, 2007
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