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On Sourav Ganguly

CricketNext’s Sanjay Jha puts it almost poetically:

Because you took over as captain when match-fixing clouds hung over, but you made the right bets for the team.

 

Because with Sachin Tendulkar, you made ODI opening a treat for Indians, and a nightmare for the opposition. It was left right, left right, alright.

 

Because when Andrew Flintoff ran naked chest on national display at Wankhede, you lost your shirt.

 

Because when the Oz threatened you with chin music, you played hip-hop with them at Brisbane hitting a majestic hundred.

 

Because you never quite understood the logic and rationale behind being dropped even after scoring 10000 runs plus in ODIs and in good nick. You are not good at reading whodunits.

 

Because they burnt your effigies and hurled stones at your team in 2003, and then you led India to the finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

 

Because you discovered youngsters, groomed, encouraged and inspired Yuvraj, Harbhajan, Zaheer, Irfan and MSD to become our future heroes.

 

Because you suffered the humiliation from Greg Chappell and several critics with humility, dignity and grace.

 

Because you proved that the word “age” is not a four-letter word.

 

Because when axed, you concealed your hurt and disappointment, went and played local tournaments and sneaked back into the team. Then Johannesburg happened. Your fairy-tale return had happened.

 

Because you have redefined the word, comeback. And grit. And determination. And fighting spirit. And leadership. And many unmentioned superlatives.

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The staRs of tennis: Rafa and Roger

What a match!

What a pair of geniuses.

We salute you Rafa and Roger, and are thankful that we get to see magic made before our very eyes.

As the Washington Post says:

A thrilling display of shot-making followed. In his four years as the world’s No. 1 player, Federer has grown accustomed to wielding his racket like a magician’s wand. His cross-court forehand is a wonder to behold, particularly when the ball skims the sideline just so and takes a sharp turn out of the court. Even Federer must marvel at his artistry.

But Nadal denied him that luxury so many times Sunday because he kept retrieving balls that would have been winners against lesser men and firing back winners in kind. Still, another tiebreaker was needed.

Nadal bolted to a 5-2 lead but played his worst two points of the match to give Federer a reprieve. After fending off a match point at 6-7, Federer soon found himself again in trouble when Nadal blasted a beautiful passing shot down the line.

Federer answered with a backhand passing shot even more beautiful than Nadal’s and went on to win the tiebreak and pull even at two sets each.

Jokes related to the Sydney test

Definition of “Bucknored”

Bucknor: (n) (adj.): Temporary blindness leading to
missing out on the obvious. To be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Situations leading to grave judgemental errors.

(usage) “I feel bucknored by my boss !” or “The
wrong employee gets the boot – because of a wrong input of Employee Code in ERP
– You have been bucknored !” or “Life often throws a series of bucknors at you.
It’s upto you to duck the bucknors”
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

After watching the
test match, someone has written some rules have to be incorporated by ICC to
give the other teams a perfect clarification

 
(1)  
 
Ricky
Ponting – (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY
SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED
) should be considered
as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the
new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision
is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of
RICKY PONTING even if he is not on
the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the
importance of the FOURTH
UMPIRE
.

 
(2)  
 
While AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball
flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN
FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance)
, the batsman is to be considered
OUT irrelevant of whether the
catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification
should be seeked from the FOURTH
UMPIRE
. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with
SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the
teams.

 
(3)  
 
While BATTING, AUSTRALIAN players will wait for the
ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only
(even if the catch goes to the FIFTH
SLIP
as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return
to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER
WITH INTEGRITY
, this can be higher.

 
(4)  
 
UMPIRES should consider a
huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player
scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge
bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.


 
(5)  
 
All AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep
commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they
will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any
other language are to be considered as RAC
ISM only.

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

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

 

(8)  
 
THE
MOST IMPORTANT RULE
: If any bowler gets
RICKY PONTING – “THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER
WITH INTEGRITY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET”
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
played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

 
These rules will
clarify better to the all the teams VISITING
AUSTRALIA
.

 

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Racism and sledging in cricket

Sanjeev Bikhchandani has an interesting take on it:

it is apparently OK for Glenn McGrath to ask a West
Indies batsman what a certain part of Brian Lara’s anatomy feels like
because it was non racial macho Aussie thing to say – basically gutter
level personal abuse is OK in the gentleman’s game but not anything to
do with race. We in India need to be educated in the tradecraft – we
are but beginners in the subject.Harbhajan made a mistake if (and only if) he referred to Andrew Symonds
as a monkey. Wrong choice of animal mate – you should have used a
reference to some other noteworthy mammal to respond to Symonds’ abuse
– swine or dog come to mind as possible candidates – they are pure
insults and carry with them no racist overhead. For good measure add on
“non-monkey”. After all you cannot possibly be called racist if you say
someone is not a monkey. “You mother*%$#ing, snivelling, lilly-livered,
non-monkey, son of swine” logically ought be acceptable sledging in the
ICC and Australian lexicon.This error by Harbhajan (if he
indeed called Symonds a monkey) gave the Aussies a handle to turn the
tables on the Indians by raising the racism issue. The Indians need to
learn from this and refine their sledging strategy. It needs to be more
nuanced and must take into consideration the subtler shaes of meaning
of various insulting and abusive terms and what they mean in different
cultural contexts – someone in the Indian camp needs to think this
through. India needs a specialist sledging coach (anyone for Gregg
Chappell for this position – after all he is Australian and should be
good at it).We have a situation where a white match referee (from a country that till very recently practised the worst form of racism as state policy) takes the word of two white witnesses (who are not neutral) over that of one Indian witness (who is not neutral) and without any independent witness or corroborating evidence (no
video, no audio, nothing heard by the umpires – can’t blame the umpires
though they seem to be deaf as adders and blind as bats and just in
case this is a racist slur I voluntarily ban myself from selection for
the Indian team for the foreseeable future) bans an Indian player (who
the white Australian captain finds himself incapable of playing and so
will benefit from this ban, and it was this Australian captain who
insisted that the racism charge be laid at Harbhajan’s doorstep).

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Old is gold…

That’s what it seems seeing Sachin’s and VVS’s centuries and Rahul and Ganguly’s half-centuries on the third day of the second test versus the Aussies.

And thank god the Indian tail is also wagging overseas ! Well done Bhajji and Ishant Sharma!

The questions that remain:

Why are Yuvraj and Dhoni not able to build on the seniors’ contributions?
Will Sehwag only remain a tourist on this tour or will Jaffer be dropped to make way for him?

And how will the Aussies react now tomorrow in their second innings?

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