Beer, Chips and Cricket

This is a site about drinking beer, eating chips and thinking cricket. I am not a former player, a television commentaror or a journalist; my qualification to being worthy of hearing is that I drink a lot of beer, eat a lot of chips and think a lot about cricket. The thoughts need not be politically correct and often include colourful language but there will be no deliberate bias towards any player, community or state. I don't care about popular opinion or perceptions and I speak it as I see it.

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

The Chuckster is back

The Chuckster is a changed man. Marriage and a honeymoon almost makes him forget the pain of the test series defeat to Australia. Not totally, but almost.

Anyway, what is past is past. India won the final test and brought a little bit of respectability to the series scoreline. About the whining about the pitch by the Aussies, they should take some time and look at the replays of the dismissals. The pitch may have been difficult but most of the dismissals were due to bad shots or good fielding etc.

Finally about Ganguly's 2 match suspension (as of right now, the ICC has suspended the suspension, thus making him free to play the SA series), it was long overdue. If one looks at all the matches of the Indian team over the past two years or so, more often than not, they are behind the time schedule and not by a small margin either. Rather than cursing his luck at being suspended, Ganguly might be better served wondering how he escaped for so long. See, point is that there is a rule and it has been enforced here. Yes, this rule is not enforced uniformly across all matches across all match referees etc, but if one guy implements it correctly and the others don't, I don't think the guy doing the right thing oughta be cussed, really. It oughta be the other chaps who don't follow the rules who should be given the stick.

Anyway, poor Dinesh Mongia. After hitting a ton and considering Ganguly's suspension, he must really have fancied his chances but with the ban being put on hold, his knock has no value except as a reminder when more injuries occur.

Ramesh's knock in the same tour opener was disappointing. Ramesh has had a rought time of it in the past and many would say for no fault of his but then he can either sit and cry about it or can make his way back to the second opener's slot. The only way to do it is scoring big and he just blew a chance. He isn't getting any younger and he would do better to grab such opportunities when they come. Else some day in the future, he will be sitting at home with a warm cup of tea and wondering about "what if ....".

BTW, anyone who hasn't yet ... take a look at the new SA sensation named Amla. With his bald head and huge beard, he makes Saeed Anwar (after his religious thingy set in) look smart.

Good to be back.


The Chuckster


  • At Tuesday, November 16, 2004 2:38:00 AM, Blogger chugs said…

    congrats man. good to have u back.

    mongia neednt be worried. another failure for gambhir and he will be in. they will make him open. "well he has opened before in the"

    john wright has made some interesting comments - "There are a lot of people who want to play for India and if people are not performing well, then they should not stay because of reputation or whatever reasons."

  • At Tuesday, November 16, 2004 7:19:00 AM, Blogger Gana said…

    Welcome back !
    Just commenting on the previous comment. If performance is considered as the sole criteria isn't this time for John Wright to go also ??

  • At Tuesday, November 16, 2004 7:54:00 AM, Blogger Ani said…

    hey..congrats wishes to your wife.
    good to see u again!u disappoints us a lot,when we look for a console during the australian tests.
    nyway..nice to know that u r back for south africa test series.

    have a nice time and happy wedded life once again..

  • At Tuesday, November 16, 2004 1:55:00 PM, Blogger Murali said…

    hey congrats man and nice to have u back, ive started an account here finally, been seeing ur blogs for a while...

    what do u think will happen against south africa, i think this is a good chance for india to get back into our rhythm and the likes of VVS and Gangs making huge scores, lets face it, thats the only way they will regain their confidence by making huge scores and winning.

    so fingers crossed, india will win!

  • At Wednesday, November 17, 2004 11:35:00 PM, Blogger Ari said…

    Hey Chuck,

    Hope things have been great and I believe the SA test matches are more like "Morale Boost" to us.. but lets hope Smith and others dont really make a mess of us!!

    Am so confident about their abyssmal display against the spin. If they couldn't play Bahutle well donno how they might find Bajii...

    Laters M8

  • At Thursday, November 18, 2004 11:54:00 AM, Blogger shakester said…

    Congrats, Chuckster. wedding and honeymoon were punctuated by the Adelaide win, so lucky me! I had friends coming up to me and whispering in my ear as I sat at the mandap, that Dravid was pilingon the runs. The whole process of boarding the train for the h'moon was not about trying to fix the seats (which were not ok) but about following the score via sms as we chased down those runs at Adelaide.
    Oh, well- there is the SA series to (prospectively) make up.

  • At Sunday, January 30, 2005 11:51:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Theres nothing wrong with SA sensation Amla beard, and Saeed Anwar was a class Act, so do me a favour springbok take your average team and continue playing negative cricket.

    SA are simply crap.


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