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.

Friday, November 25, 2005

quick post - mid innings 4th ODI

Don't have time to write essays today ... ;-) ... weekend starts and wifey awaits at home ... need I say more?

A few links to things I read -

Some player's wives pics - Click here

On Zaheer - Click here

Something random on how the pressure of Ganguly's selection might affect the other players - Click here

Harsha on the Ganguly selection issue - Click here

Telegraph's LPS on Ganguly selection - Click here

And on Khaleej Times -
Click here

A few lines before I sign off -

Shame on Calcutta for creating such a fuss about Ganguly. While we may agree or not on his selection, if people from all states start saying "XYZ or no match in Delhi / Gujrat / Hyderabad etc", then I really feel ashamed. I haven't heard anyone say - He will make plenty of runs in domestic cricket and wipe dung on the faces of those who dropped him ... which is something that is acceptable ... but no one is really equating his selection with any kind of performance. Nonsense public ... people talk about Calcuttans being passionate about their sports etc etc etc ... is it passionate or selfish? As Kapil rightly put it (never thought I would say that of any comment from Kapil) - When no one objected to Kumble or Laxman's ommision, why create such a fuss over Ganguly?

On the topic of the Calcuttans burning effigies of Chappell and performing mock last rites (or "shhradh") with a priest and all, u have to pity the chap ... I really don't think any foreigner could really adjust to these things ... geez, he is only doing what he thinks is good for Indian cricket ... and people want to perform his last rights.

BTW, they have given a wicket with more than a tinge of green for the 4th ODI and India has been all out for 180 odd ... firstly, shame on Calcutta again for keeping state above country ... and secondly, a message to the Indian cricket team and to Chappell - Don't be wimps ... win on all wickets. When we expect so much from Greg C and Dravid's boys, one of the expectations should be good cricket on all wickets ... we want good players, not flat track bullies. When expectations r set for everyone, they r set for Chappell and the rest of the guys too. If they r gonna wet their pants on seeing grass, then I don't think Chappell is any way better than a Mohinder or Madan Lal. But to be fair, it is just the beginning ... hope things do improve on that score.


The Chuckster


  • At Sunday, November 27, 2005 10:09:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hello mr. Chuckster,

    well said, ok the kolkatans can behave more friendly to the team chappel, but why should they. if you were expecting there will be waits for them a red carpet, then its yours problem not the kolkatans. tell me what the kolkatans did that you are so much offended. you didn't get support, so what that's your problem, not the kolkatans. we kolkatans still remembers what the people from alahabad did when mr. kaif didn't get chance in the team. they all burns posters and stuffs of mr. ganguly. atleast kolkatans didn't do that. about the grass, what happens when nagpur presents so much grassy wicket at the time of ganguly's captaincy. now tell me something about the middle finger of mr. chappel. who gave him right to behave this kind of insulting act. is it fits well with our indian culture? if this kind of act done by mr. ganguly what action will you asked against him? waiting for your answers.

  • At Monday, November 28, 2005 2:00:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    bull shit on the face of all the kolkattans that made a mess... useless buggers die for a stupid player and make a mess for the rest of the cricket lovers... coming to greg's issue, damn man.. how often have you not heard the F word fluently used by all the people in the cricketing and film community... those buggers who are making an issue of it are just hypocrites !!! bull shit on their faces too...

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:10:00 AM, Anonymous S on Cricket said…

    Pawar wins 20-11. It is curtains on Ganguly now. I guess he may not even get to play the Chennai test going by what Dravid has said in a recent interview. He is against passengers in his bus.

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:11:00 AM, Anonymous S on Cricket said…

    Thanks to Kolkata, we could only draw the series 2-2. We may have won 3-1 had they been a bit more sane.

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:14:00 AM, Anonymous Jai said…

    S On Cricket, if you think we couldn't win the Kolkata ODI because of the spectators, then you are really being naive here. If a team loses due to lack of support from the crowd, then we shouldn't play abroad.

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 10:18:00 AM, Anonymous Jai said…

    Chuck, Kapil's memory is very short. When the people of Kolkata fought for him when he was dropped by Gavaskar for a test, did he show similar sentiments? So why now? Majority of the Kolkatans (and many more from other parts of India and followers of Indian cricket) may not have liked Ganguly's exclusion from the team, but do remember only a few of them protested. So don't shame the entire Kolkatans. We don't hold the people of Hyderabad responsible for your comments/propoganda on this blog.

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 1:16:00 PM, Anonymous M15 said…

    I think you should better stop with the beer and the chips...

  • At Tuesday, November 29, 2005 8:06:00 PM, Anonymous S on Cricket said…


    I was referring to the pitch. :-)

    And about the crowd behaviour, it can be a distraction (although not an excuse) and something that the crowd has to be ashamed about. I do not want to cite that as a reason for the loss.

    The pitch however (very similar to the Nagpur pitch) put India at a disadvantage. Goes to show the remarkable potilitics in Indian cricket. Nowhere in the world would a home team prepare a pitch to suite the opposition to take cheap potshots at another faction.

  • At Wednesday, November 30, 2005 9:46:00 PM, Anonymous S on Cricket said…


    Looks like the cyclone may choose to skip Madras. And Ganguly may play the test after all.

    So tomorrow is an interesting day for the fans of the game. I would not mind seeing a Ganguly in full flow, devoid of all the BS we have seen the last few months. Whether he has it in him will be seen in less then 24 hours.

    That said, the Sri Lankan team seems to be in total disarray. I hope the divisions in the team does not act as a glue for the opposition. We have done this in the past. A test for Sourav as the player and for Dravid as the captain. Not to forget Greg-finger-Chappell's management skills. He seems to be a person who can be instigated easily.

    I hope Ganguly will not be used as an all rounder. Then you may find Zaheer, Balaji and others rushing to hone their batting skiils. ;-)

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