Thursday, January 24, 2008

Sachin deserves that knighthood even more now

I had written about that knighthood that could possibly come Sachin Tendulkar's way. Now, after this sterling, still unbeaten, performance from Sachin at Adelaide, I guess the officials concerned need to rush with the honouring formalities!

He has really proved his class by the manner in which he totally dominated the bowlers. Man, you've got to respect him for the way he has carried on and on doing his stuff inspite of all that has happened around him. So much pressure, so many expectations. Anyone else will have definitey crumbled.

Anyway, that's just about one innings in one day of one test match. Still a long way to go in the game. I guess we'll get upto about 400 in the first innings. Then it's upto the bowlers to rework the magic that hapened at Perth.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Knighthood for Sachin?

I hadn't thought about this earlier. But I guess the English should be enjoying every moment of the ongoing test series against India where the Australians have surprisingly found themselves at the receiving end. Atleast, the British Prime Minister seems to be happy.

Just a little something that I came across on the Internet:

Can Sachin Tendulkar join the honoured ranks of Sir Don Bradman or Sir Gary Sobers? Well, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown certainly seems to think so. If he had his way, he would recommend the little master for a knighthood.

"I would like to see some of the great players of the modern era — like Sachin Tendulkar — proposed for honorary awards so the British nation can salute their achievements in these sports."

If Brown's remarks come true, we could be looking at the first Indian sports knight. In between courting trade and investment from India and China visiting British Prime Minister Gordon Brown showed where his heart really lay — at the WACA stadium in Perth.

"I believe it was a good tradition to celebrate the achievements of the great Commonwealth cricketers. Obviously these are issues for the independent honours committee, but - hope they will consider it."
Well, looking at the way Sachin Tendulkar has made a silent yet thumping comeback inspite of all the criticisms, he does deserve any honour, I suppose.


On dropping Ganguly and Dravid

Now, there has already been so much said on the selectors' decision to leave out Ganguly and Dravid from India's ODI team for Australian series. So I will spare you the pain of reading all that stuff again.

All I'll say is that my take on the issue is that it is surely better for the team. After all, ODI cricket is almost totally about slambang stuff and yougsters can do the job better. Plus, there are so many talented(and powerful!) young guys waiting to get into the team too.

So lets hope this young team does well in Australia and we get to see some awesome cricket.

And by the way, Sreesanth has already gotten into aggressive mode. This is going to be fun!


Sunday, January 20, 2008

We've won...and how!!!

No joy like the joy of victory. No joy like the joy of defeating a World Champion team in their own backyard. No joy like the joy of watching rookie pacemen rendering doyens of the game in the opposition clueless. No wonder these guys have gone mad with joy!! So have I...

Uncork the champagne bottle everyone..


Thursday, January 17, 2008

A beautiful day of cricket ahead

What an awesome contest this India-Australia match at pacy Perth is turning out to be! No Zaheer, no Sresanth and no Munaf and yet there were three Indian fast bowlers who could skittle out the Australian batsmen for a mere 212 runs. Booming hurrays for RP Singh, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma who have done what I, atleast, had thought to be unthinkable. If bowlers win test matches, then India must and should win this one.

Also, looking at the way the Australian batsmen themselves struggled against the subtle movement and extra bounce, I am full of awe for the way Dravid and Sachin played yesterday. Truly fine batsmen, they are.

The lead for India is now a good 170 runs. Sehwag is still there and looking very very good. The Indians are surely in the driver's seat and if they can give the Australians a target of above 400 to chase then we should be in with a very good chance of winning the game.

But then as Ponting had said before the match commenced, the Australians are desperate for victory. A win here will enable them to create history, which means they will make it as tough as possible for India, which in turn means there is a riveting third day's play ahead!


Anil Kumble's 600

Congrats, Anil! What a feat!


Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Eveything was fine, but the collapse

The Indian team has again fallen down from a situation that they could easily have capitalised upon. I can't help thinking what the score would have been at the end of first day's play if only Sachin had not gotten out(to a poor umpiring decision, again!) or if only Dravid had kept his cool and not played that shocking un-Dravid like shot that resulted in his dismissal or if only Ganguly had not chased that wide delivery or if only Laxman had been a little more watchful.

I mean, all four of Ganguly, Tendulkar, Laxman and Dravid seem to be in such awesome touch and they have got to make it count. Instead, just as they seemed to be on the verge of frustrating the fierce Aussie pacemen, all they did is to just gift their wicket away, thereby frustrating us expectant fans. And the fact that this has happened so many times in the past, makes the pill all the more harder to swallow.

Anyway, the fact remains that the Australians have gotten 6 Indian wickets and I can only hope that Irfan Pathan makes his selection count. If the Dhoni-Pathan pair can add another 50-80 runs atleast and India can reaches a score of 400+, we will have a good match going!!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

No end to "monkey" and umpiring jokes

My Inbox is flooded these days with jokes on Steve Bucknor, Andrew Symonds and some others.

So I thought of posting some of them on this blog...and here they are.

Now, some of these jokes might seem racist or something...but then, it is all in good humour and they are quite funny too!! Laugh away.....

Why Bhajji was banned....
Procter: Did you call Symonds a Monkey?

Bhajji: No, I called a monkey, Symonds.

Procter: You did what?!!

Bhajji: (Silence)

Procter: How dare you insult a monkey. You are banned for 3 matches!!

Bhajji: (Sad)

Ponting& Co:!!! ?

Ponting: Hey, Symonds.What did he say?

Symonds: Whatever, he is banned. You can bat well next game.

Ponting: No, Anil is there too, ask Mike if he too can be banned too.

Symonds: We'll see in the next match. If he takes your wicket, we'll complain.

Ponting: Fine then. Come.

Spot the monkey contest!!

Rare pic of Steve Bucknor


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Some jokes on the Australian cheaters and the horrible umpiring

There is no better way to vent your frustration and anger over an incident than crack a few sarcastic jokes about it.

And so, after having watched the controversial India-Australia test match at the SCG, someone has written down some rules about cricket in Australia so that any other team touring the place could benefit from the knowledge of these undocumented rules:
(1) Ricky Ponting , THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE MODERN ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED, should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, the FOURTH UMPIRE's decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpire on or off the field. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field.

(2) While the AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, if the ball flies anywhere close to an AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN a distance of 5 metres), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any further clarification for making a decision should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This rule is made so as to ensure that all teams play within the SPIRIT OF THE GAME.

(3) When batting, the AUSTRALIAN players will always necessarily wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE's decision (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat, you see!!). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out for a MINIMUM of FOUR TIMES before he can be told to return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH a high degree of INTEGRITY, this can be higher.

(4) UMPIRES will be awarded a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions made in the course of the innings will result in an additional bonus being rewarded to the umpire and all such decisions will receive the full backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.

(5) All AUSTRALIAN players are allowed to make any comments about all players on the field. However the OPPONENT TEAM should never make any comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the game. Any comments made by an opposition team is to be considered as RACISM only.

(6) The MATCH REFEREE's decisions will be taken purely based on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM's advice only. Player views from the other teams will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus whenever this rule is implemented.

(7) NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA. This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of the game is maintained.

THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE: If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - "THE MOST GENTLEMANLY CRICKETER OF ALL TIMES" - out more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/captain will be able to play and break all records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

Any team visiting Australia is requested to go though these guidelines and strictly follow them. Any appeals made against these rules will be considered as EXERTING PRESSURE on the ICC.

Thank you everyone for your time and hope you have a nice time Down Under!


Monday, January 7, 2008

Champion Cheaters

Apart from being champion sledgers and champion players, the Aussies have added a new dimension to their game and their image: that of Champion Cheaters. Regardless of how well they play their cricket or how many games they win, this pack of ruthless, unsporting cricketers will never ever deserve the same respect that they enjoyed before the Sydney game.

Ponting's and Clarke's shameless feigning of having taken clean catches was disgusting and lowly.

As for the umpiring, even if Mark Benson's and Steve Bucknor's erronous decisions maybe condoned, at best, as "human mistakes", Benson's 'bright idea' of asking Ponting whether Clarke had caught the catch cleanly was utterly stupid and even suggested a degree of favoritism towards the Australian side.

Anyway, let's not let the umpires take the limelight away from the dirty Aussie doings.

At the end of it all, nothing could describe whatever happened in the cricket field beter than Kumble's little quip about only one team having played within the spirit of the game....and we all know which one did not...