quick post - mid innings 4th ODI
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 -
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.