As a spectator, I think India is not well prepared for the high pressure tour, Down Under. I’d blame the following, if Team India under-performs:
Crammed schedule will not allow the team to acclimatize with Australian conditions. BCCI should have planned only two tests with Pakistan instead of three. This would have given Team India some extra time to recuperate and get used to bouncy Australian wickets. Sachin Tendulkar speaks out
Team India does not have a regular coach till date who can lay match winning strategies against the very best in the world. Again BCCI is to be blamed for it’s myopic vision
India does not home good cricketing wickets, either. We only have the ‘batting’ wickets here. Though Indian wickets are said to be spinner friendly, the tracks are more or less flat.
Team India only has some great experience with little skill set to play at the challenging tracks in Australia. I wish this tour ends in a draw; if India loses pathetically, then it will be recorded as ‘Blunder Down Under’ in the cricketing history.
Indian media is gaga over Dhoni’s crush on Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. It is believed that Dhoni invited Deepika to watch the T20 match with Australia, which was sealed by a marvellous six off Dhoni’s willow. Cameras turned to record Deepika’s reaction and she was obviously enjoying the moment. Mr. MS Dhoni also requested Shahrukh Khan for a special screening of ‘Om Shanti Om’ for the Indian team in which the damsel acted. Dhoni cut his locks at Deepika’s request (or behest), it is speculated.
What more proof is needed? I think, media is right this time.
But, no love story is complete without a twist. Yuvraj Singh was spotted with Dhoni’s girl at a disco, recently. Rest is left to be concluded by the vivid imagination of the learned reader…
Sledging is the practice in cricket of insulting opponents to break their concentration and cause them to make mistakes. Sledging is effective because the batsman stands within hearing range of the bowler and certain fielders. The aim is to intimidate or distract the batsman into making a fatal mistake and being dismissed. Sledging thus tries to “break the flow” of the batsman’s game. There is debate in the cricketing world over whether this is poor sportsmanship or good-humoured banter.
I call this ‘Verbal Abuse’.
This is an art which the Australians are well-versed with. No sooner did they land in India for the Future Cup in 2007 than Ricky Ponting & Co. started lashing their tongues at us. The first one came from the captain himself when he said that the feat of winning the Twenty20 world cup a few weeks back was actually a history. Then during the ODIs Andrew Symonds, Matthew Hayden and Micheal Clarke went a little ahead by pointing their bats at the Indian bowlers.
I’m very much proud of the present generation of Indian cricketers namely, Bhajji, Sree and Robin. They subdued the kangaroos by matching them at sledging skills. Hats off to Sreesanth who showed the Australians their true class. If they want to play cricket like this then we know how to answer fire with fire.
Even before the start of Indo-Oz series 2007, Down Under, the former Australian coach, John Buchhanan, started verbal abuse by targeting Sachin Tendulkar. From the Indian camp Harbhajan retorted by saying that Brad Hogg is not good enough a spinner and stands nowhere in the likes of Warne and MacGill.
The generation of Indian cricketers has changed and along with answering the remarks thrown at them by the opponents with bat and ball, they return the same with verbal abuse as bonus.
The trend of hiring a foreign coach is quite prevalent in the sub-continent. The cricket boards of these nations do not show any interest in the cricketing greats from their respective countries. These foreign coaches are not able to gel well with the players because of cultural and traditional differences. What they bring along with them to the dressing room is nothing but confusion!
Moreover, the foreign coaches give more emphasis to workouts at the gymnasium. Weight training is OK to get in shape but not sufficient to achieve the fitness of batting for eight continuous hours. Weights swell the muscles and cramps accrue due to weight training and hence the injuries. The best way to achieve match fitness is to spend six hours in the nets everyday, instead of gym. Batting requires a different fitness level which can be achieved by batting, batting and only batting. Jogging and stretching exercises are much more useful for batsmen and bowlers alike, because these are natural forms of exercise and don’t exert the body too much.
After a gap of more than 100 years, IOC has recognised cricket as a part of Olympic games. Cricket last featured in Paris Olympiad in 1900. This is very good for cricket as a whole as it will help enhance it’s profile in countries where it is still developing.
The Olympic governing body has given this recognition to cricket for 2 years initially and it will be extended after discussion in 2010. When the first cricket match will be played is not known but this decision has really given both the men and women cricket a new lease of life.
I don’t think they will be playing Test cricket at the Olympics 🙂 . It will be Twenty20, I reckon.