Re: National team?? What a Joke
by sree harsha on Aug 25, 2011 10:10 AM
Exactly, Playing for the BCCI cricket team does not represent the country. BCCI itself said that. The team just represents the Board. Considering this, there is nothing wrong in playing well for 1 local club instead of one big club (BCCI). BCCI has lead everyone to believe it represents the country. It states otherwise when money matters crop up.
The national team is selected based on IPL performance and quota. See the influencial IPL owners .The teams are selected not on Ranji Trophy or Duleep Trophy -it is IPL .Next the favorites are there to see .Poor Ojha has no support . The only way to bring the gl;ory is to shen IPL which can be done by publ;ic - no wachers or viewers - sanity will come.
this country is simply over obsessed with cricket. the humiliating licking in england has brought us back to earth. today apart from cricket india is performing well in many sports.just recently india won 2 golds & 1 bronze @ the universiade 2011 held in shenzhen,china,where 153 countries & over 10,000 athletes participated.the universiade 2011 was the third biggest international sports event,after the summer olympics & asian games, much bigger than commonwealth games where only 51 countries & 4000 athletes took part. this is india's best performance on an international sports scene. so cheer up mates, we have vishwanathan anand,saina nehwal,vijendra sing,gagan narang,ronjon sodhi,pankaj advani,sushil kumar,mary kom etc to keep our sports flag flying.
dont think like fairy tale, india did not train or utilize what we have today. Botham says England will win 1 dayers too, how?
Did we consider ROhit, Pragyan for test ? Kept on dragging Raina to spoil his 1 dayer game.
As long india is weak footed and weak time for rising and swinging balls outside off stumps with odd one coming inside, india will be stubbed again. Similar issues with Swann that is more like a medium pace spin.
India has not prepared against some methodological training and planning by angrez...
The aftermath of this series boils down to one thing. Over the past 7 tests or 14 innings they had the right and best options in the WI tour of Mukund and Vijay.
In the absence of Shewag and Gambhir. So for the England tour should the selectors go with a pair which has been playing but not as established as Gambhir and Sehwag?
This resulted in India getting poor starts for the last 14 Test innings. What is the solution then?
It would be better to not rest the openers. Shewag was injured but that was not avoidable. Missing both openers in WI was a problem.
Murali Vijay had bailed Gambhir out in India, but it is not possible to bail both out at the same time.
The inclusion of Ishant and Gambhir has made a big difference to the Indian side over the last 2 years. We hope Varun Aaron and Rahane can add to this difference.
Though Ishant has slowed down, Varun will make a similar impact early. If he can decide to focus more high nutrition diet and a very strict fitness regimen along with playing lesser cricket than needed.
Varun Aaron in this short List-A career has an eco rate of 4.6, which makes him a legitimate contender with his pace to survive the Indian team.
It was a shocker to lose 4-0 after being Number:1.
While England have been playing good cricket the last 2 or 3 years and have a fantastic unit, and add to the fact they are playing @ home, the loss could have been minimized to 1-0 or 2-1.
But poor planning cost us. before an important tour like this, we should have had sent Sreesanth, Zaheer to England to get acclimatized and BCCI should have forced atleast 2 tour games. But where on Earth do they have time? They want to part of IPL after a hectic worldcup and now after a disastrous tour, they want to play Champions league.
While its easy to put presurre and question when things are bad, the question is have BCCI and the Team learnt their lesson?
Just because one is Sachin or Laxman or Zaheer doesnt mean he is going to hit form on landing. BCCI needs to plan these tours carefully to avoid embarrassment and they should put curtails around IPL.
Gambhir, Sehwag, Yuvraj injuries should have been nursed well and they should have not played IPL before a critical Windies and England tour which is determining out No:1 stay @ top.
Re: If the Champions League starts tomorrow, I will turn on my TV
by A Singh on Aug 24, 2011 08:48 PM
That there are so many people on this board is enough to prove that we are as crazy about the game as we were before the drubbing.