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Friday, March 11, 2005

Hope it rains tomorrow

I am a very passionate cricket fan; I would be the first to admit that. That is why it pains me when a team plays like it did yesterday. The bowlers have really given the Indians a second shot at winning the match but the fact remains that the first shot given by Sehwag was wasted by the Tendulkars and Gangulys.

Laxman scored 58 odd runs but faced the perennial problem of playing with the tail. I have said it before and I will say it now - This guy has no clue what to do with the tail. As long as Dravid, SRT, Sehwag or Gangs is at the other end, Laxman looks good. The moment the wicketkeeper, spinner or fast bowler types walk in, Laxman is not the correct man to be out there. Simply put, he bats the same way as he does with the top order, maybe even a little bit slower ... maybe he feels he oughta be more careful since he is the only good batsman left. It is totally opposite of what he should be doing - which is farming the strike and nudging up the rate of scoring so he does more damage to the opposition than the opposition does to the tail. I have seen this in Laxman for a long time ... I remember even in the West Indies, he would be stuck with the tail and wouldn't have a clue and that was almost 2 years back. Anyway, the way he plays the ODIs and then cribs about being left out of the team, it is obvious he is a very poor adapter ... so if he wants consistent big scores, either someone has to do him a favour and push him up the order ... or ... I don't see any other way, really, except that one of SRT, Gangs, Dravid, Sehwag plays with him always. He is not gonna learn anything and improve ... that doesn't seem to be one of his strong points.

Anyway, Balaji and Kumble bowled India back into the match and seriously, SRT and Ganguly ought to be bending over and kissing their (Kumble and Balaji) respective asses this evening ... without the performance they put in, Pakistan would have well been on the way to a comfortable draw. That is why I want it to rain ... coz if it doesn't, India will win and everyone will forget the farce played out by these chaps. I want people to curse the cricketers and remember Day 3 of the test .. today no one really grudges the cricketers the millions they earn .... but every time days like Day 3 of the test happens, people will start asking "this is supposed to be sachin phucking tendulkar??? this is what sourav phucking ganguly is being paid crores for???" ... that is when they will improve ... when they see their names being dragged through the mud in the media. For that to happen, it has to rain and the match end in a draw.

Ok, that was a relief; letting all that steam out. Really, it shouldn't rain ... and it is not coz I suddenly like SRT or Ganguly any better than I did 5 minutes back. It is coz if it rains, it would be cruel on people like Sehwag, Kumble and Balaji who earned every bit of the pittances they earn (compared to the heavyweights, of course ... compared to the Chucksters of the world, even the pittances r not really so). Balaji deserves a man of the match award in a winning effort; or maybe it will be Sehwag ... my choice would be Balaji but the point is - these guys need to win this test ... it would be cruel for them to have the test end in a draw coz of rain.

I read some reports where supposedly SRT said the short sight-screens at the ground was a factor inn his slow batting of Day 3 ... since SRT is short too, he gets affected even when a taller batsman might not be coz his angle of view is different. He didn't attribute it completely to the sight screens but implied that it had a lot to do with it. What a phucking misery of a gutter rat is this guy, anyway? To think he was once great!!!

Gary Kasparov announced his retirement from competitive chess a day back or so. Everyone will remember him coz he was the greatest even when he said enough ... if he had waited till the Topalovs, Gelfands and Anands (for all of his exploits, in my opinion, he will never approach Kasparov in terms of greatness) were beating him every now and then, he could have renamed himself as Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar.

Cheers

The Chuckster

8 Comments:

  • At Friday, March 11, 2005 7:16:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    agree with the comment on laxman not playing well with tailenders, but the same could be said of srt and gangs if they ever stayed long enough to see tailenders. maybe the lesson here is to send laxman higher up - he definitely belongs higher up than gangs. as a side benefit, then we can also notice the fact that srt and gangs dont play well with tailenders :=)

    sehwag in his interview attributed the slow batting to a team management decision - if that is true, the entire management needs to be kicked in the rear.

     
  • At Saturday, March 12, 2005 4:13:00 AM, Blogger ananth said…

    Hey chuckster!
    Thats exactly what I felt y'day..the match shud be a fuken draw...else the great exploits of sachin God tendulkar and saurav deputy god gangs will never come up to open..we wud all be crowing of this great test victory against a B pak side!!


    and yeah..lax will never learn else he wud have been a pillar in one days by now rit? si if it happens it happens else sit back and pray is ihis attitude i guess.- absolutely no resolve or application..

    bad captaincy too by gangs all thru..altho great show by balji, kumble n ofkurs sehwag!
    need a big kick on their rear end those demi gods eh??

     
  • At Saturday, March 12, 2005 4:13:00 AM, Blogger ananth said…

    Hey chuckster!
    Thats exactly what I felt y'day..the match shud be a fuken draw...else the great exploits of sachin God tendulkar and saurav deputy god gangs will never come up to open..we wud all be crowing of this great test victory against a B pak side!!


    and yeah..lax will never learn else he wud have been a pillar in one days by now rit? si if it happens it happens else sit back and pray is ihis attitude i guess.- absolutely no resolve or application..

    bad captaincy too by gangs all thru..altho great show by balji, kumble n ofkurs sehwag!
    need a big kick on their rear end those demi gods eh??

     
  • At Saturday, March 12, 2005 4:13:00 AM, Blogger ananth said…

    Hey chuckster!
    Thats exactly what I felt y'day..the match shud be a fuken draw...else the great exploits of sachin God tendulkar and saurav deputy god gangs will never come up to open..we wud all be crowing of this great test victory against a B pak side!!


    and yeah..lax will never learn else he wud have been a pillar in one days by now rit? si if it happens it happens else sit back and pray is ihis attitude i guess.- absolutely no resolve or application..

    bad captaincy too by gangs all thru..altho great show by balji, kumble n ofkurs sehwag!
    need a big kick on their rear end those demi gods eh??

     
  • At Saturday, March 12, 2005 4:14:00 AM, Blogger ananth said…

    Hey chuckster!
    Thats exactly what I felt y'day..the match shud be a fuken draw...else the great exploits of sachin God tendulkar and saurav deputy god gangs will never come up to open..we wud all be crowing of this great test victory against a B pak side!!


    and yeah..lax will never learn else he wud have been a pillar in one days by now rit? si if it happens it happens else sit back and pray is ihis attitude i guess.- absolutely no resolve or application..

    bad captaincy too by gangs all thru..altho great show by balji, kumble n ofkurs sehwag!
    need a big kick on their rear end those demi gods eh??

     
  • At Saturday, March 12, 2005 10:21:00 AM, Blogger GK said…

    Agree with you entirely mate, it was poetic justice that Pak held out for a draw - we did not deserve to win - not after we batted the way we did. Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman all deserve a kick up their ass (we need to get in Yuvraj pretty soon) and there are ppl who actually thought this was a "good" innings by SRT - altho their batting was not the ONLY reason we could not win - the others being the batsman-friendly MOhali wicket, lack of peneteration in the bowling (no Harbhajan) and some superb batting by Akmal and Razzaq and of course Inzy initially

     
  • At Sunday, March 13, 2005 12:04:00 PM, Blogger ananth said…

    oops...
    sorry for that multi posting..(yeah..it was not the dumbe me but the dumb machine ;-) u see!)
    -ananth

     
  • At Sunday, March 13, 2005 1:01:00 PM, Anonymous murali said…

    hey chuckster

    first of all id like to say that i understand about the post thing and if u press next ur post wont come back no matter how many times u go back adn forth, damn technology :@

    about the test, we threw it away totally and thats about all that can be said.

    on the bright side its very good to see that weve made a big score against a half decent attack since a while ( discounting bangla') and every batsmen except gangs making a contribution (but since when did we expect anything from him anyway ?, i expect more from his bowling)

    altho the comments on SRT was harsh it was stil fair, but it wasnt simply cos of him,VVS abd gangs that we threw it away. credit must be given to akmal and razzaq, who ADAPTED (take note VVS) to a new kinda situation and didnt try and hit every ball for 6.

    keep up the good work

    murali

     

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