Recently I came in possession of a few books on cricket, including a biography and an autobiography. That made me think what the titles would be if some of the Indian cricketers decided to put their lives on print.
Irfan Pathan – I used to be a fast bowler
Ajit Agarkar – Get your ducks in a row
Sreesanth – Show the other cheek, said Jesus
Yuvraj Singh – Mom’s the word
Ashish Nehra – What happens in St. Lucia, stays in St. Lucia
Harbhajan Singh – Maa ki See, Maa ki do
Sachin Tendulkar – God promise, I didn’t hear it
Sourav Ganguly – Striptease
Rahul Dravid – The Bridesmaid’s tale
MS Dhoni – At the end of the day
Zaheer Khan – Return of the dead
Virender Sehwag – I’m a better clone than Dolly the sheep
Send in your suggestions for VVS Laxman, Gautam Gambhir, Munaf Patel et al. Its open season, folks.
Posted in India, weird wild stuff
Tagged Ashish Nehra, Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan, MS Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Rohit, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Sreesanth, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh
The fact that India could not defend a reasonably good score of 285 against a weak Zimbabwe team proves one thing that the followers of Indian cricket have long been aware of – the scarcity of match winning bowlers in the Indian set up. The ease with which Zimbabwe chased down the score was very uncomfortable to watch. Agreed, India was playing a second unit team and the three pace bowlers used in this match were all making their international debut, but for crying out loud, its Zimbabwe, a Zimbabwe that is shorn of all their major players due to Mugabe’s politics and are on the mend.
Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra who would’ve been the first choice seamers have been rested and so was the first choice spinner, Harbhajan Singh, for this rather meaningless tri-series, also involving Sri Lanka. The recent Twenty20 world cup debacle, rightfully, exposed the shortcomings of the Indian batsmen against the bouncing ball (yet again) but an important aspect that was missed by all and sundry amongst all the finger pointing and brawl gate, was that the Indian bowling could not restrict the opposition in any of the matches (except against newbies Afghanistan). The pace bowlers looked toothless on the same pitch where the Jerome Taylors and Shaun Taits of the world were making the Indian batsman hop around like cat on a hot tin roof. Even the medium pace of Dwayne Bravo and Darren Sammy was making the Indians feel extremely uncomfortable, which shows how ineffective the Indian pace attack was. [The only bowler that looked reasonable – and he was a spinner – was Harbhajan Singh but even he did not look like taking wickets, although he restricted the batsmen almost always, except in the all crucial do-or-die game against Sri Lanka.]
Posted in India, India fast bowlers
Tagged Afghanistan, Ajit Agarkar, Ashish Nehra, Australia, BCCI, Dirk Nannes, Dwayne Bravo, England, Harbhajan Singh, India, Ishant Sharma, Jerome Taylor, Praveen Kumar, RP Singh, Shaun Tait, South Africa, Sreesanth, Sri Lanka, Twenty20 World cup 2010, West Indies, Zaheer Khan
While being at a bar called “Shirley Heights” in Antigua and ordering a few shots of Bacardi 151 rum, my friends and I were pleasantly surprised to see, Adam Gilchrist was only at arm’s length, standing at the bar, ordering a few drinks himself. This was during the 2007 World cup. We were, of course, thrilled by the opportunity and to see a super-duper star so up close, was goosebumps inducing. We gathered up enough courage to actually ask him for a chance to get our pictures taken with him, which he flatly refused, very promptly. “Sorry mate! Can’t do it.” One of my buddies (you know who you are) with a couple of 151 shots in him by now, was dejected but well within Gilly’s earshot, bitched about this uncaring, un-fan-friendly attitude of Gilchrist and throwing in a asshole or two as well. Now, that’s just rude, isn’t it? We proceeded to take a picture or two of him anyway (as you can clearly see Gilchrist wasn’t comfortable with his pictures taken at a bar).
Posted in Antigua, Cricket World Cup 2007, T20 World Cup 2010, weird wild stuff
Tagged Adam Gilchrist, Antigua, Ashish Nehra, Bar Brawl, cricket world cup 2007, harsha bhogle, India, Twenty20 World cup 2010, World cup
Sri Lanka just wrote the coaching manual on how to chase down a target on a tricky pitch. SL needed to get 144 runs (of the 164 they needed to win the match outright) to boot India out of the T20 World cup. The SL bowlers fought, clawed and yorked their way back into the game after India had scored a swift 90 odd runs in the first 10 overs of their inning and restricted them to just 163 off 20 overs, when a score in the neighborhood of 185+ loomed quite large.
After the initial reverses in the first two overs, the SL batsmen went about rebuilding the innings up. While the captain Sangakkara was digging in for the long haul, Dilshan found the perfect opportunity to get out of his rut to quickly score 30-odd runs which ensured the run rate did not fall too far behind. The scene of the one down batsman causing damage to India after the two dangerous openers have been gotten rid of, rather quickly and cheaply, gave me the feeling of Deja Vu! Then came, the most crucial partnership of the match, which eventually gave a firm shove to India’s aspirations of sneaking in to the semis through the back door. Continue reading
Posted in Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2010
Tagged Angelo Mathews, Ashish Nehra, Dilshan, Harbhajan Singh, India, Jayarsuriya, Jayawardene, Kapugadera, Malinga, MS Dhoni, Sangakkara, Sri Lanka, Twenty20 World cup, Vinay Kumar, YK Pathan