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 on: September 25, 2015, 01:56:05 PM 
Started by Cover Point - Last post by Cover Point
News padhi to bas muh main paani aa gaya .... (Thanks Achu for the news)

Dene waala jab bhi deta ... deta chappad phaad ke .....

 on: September 25, 2015, 01:54:17 PM 
Started by ruchir - Last post by Cover Point
Ruchir made a great point. Ganguians have accepted Gangu teli to be the crap player he was. He coasted much longer with scoring than even Rohit Sharma.

Ganguly hai hai

'Fraud'ian slip :P

Fraud-ian slip is bound to happen when talking about Fraud-ulant people :)

 on: September 25, 2015, 01:53:09 PM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Cover Point
CP, you are stuck on Ganguly. It is a worrying obsession that we have followed for a decade now. Go get a doctor or eat some gobi ka parantha. Otherwise you are such a charming fellow!

Can I get a prescription for the Gobhi ka paratha?

 on: September 20, 2015, 05:14:07 PM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
Rest in peace sir......

He passes away ...on duty..... the work that he loved and ....he was the best! :notworthy: :notworthy:

 on: September 20, 2015, 05:12:54 PM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya passes away in Kolkata
TNN | Sep 20, 2015, 09.25 PM IST

KOLKATA: Jagmohan Dalmiya, the president of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), passed away at a city hospital on Sunday evening following a massive cardiac arrest. He was 75.

Dalmiya was admitted to hospital three days back after he complained of chest pain.

He was admitted to B M Birla Hospital on Thursday night after which he also underwent a coronary angiography.

"Dalmiya died of internal gastrointestinal bleeding and internal organ failure," hospital sources said confirming the veteran cricket administrators death.

Cricket Association of Bengal sources added: "At 6pm in the evening his condition deteriorated and shortly afterwards he suffered a massive cardiac arrest from which he could not recover."

Dalmiya has not been keeping well for a while now and was not actively taking part in the day-to-day functioning of the BCCI.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee called him a giant sports administrator and a true lover of Bengal.

Dalmiya took over the reins of the BCCI for a second time in March, after a gap of 10 years, when he got a walkover in the elections. But he has been ailing since then, and his health had deteriorated further over the last few weeks.

According to sources, BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur and IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla will reach here tomorrow.


 on: September 20, 2015, 12:29:52 PM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
Thomson: I didn't believe in saying things to batsmen
Sun, Sep 20 2015 , by Gaurav Gupta   

"I didn't believe in saying things to the batsmen. They anyways had my bowling to be worried about." Few bowlers can say that. And when Jeff Thomson says that, you don't cast too many doubts. Prodded by TV presenter Gautam Bhimani, and then by a distinguished gathering of current and former Mumbai cricketers, corporates and cricket fans, the Aussie great, in Mumbai to coach young bowlers at MCA-IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation, took several dips in the pool of nostalgia and lit up the evening with interesting anecdotes. By the end of the 'show,' where a few clippings were shown where he was either hitting batsmen or terrorizing them with his pace, one was left thirsting for more 'Thommo tales'.

Recalling Australia's 1977-78 series with India, which the hosts won 3-2, Thomson, who took 200 wickets in 51 Tests, started off by saying: "I found Chandra (leg-spinner Bhagwath Chandrasekhar) as dangerous as me! The ball would make a certain type of a noise when it left his hand. I would really feel for the keeper, because no one had any idea what he would bowl next.

"Sunil (Gavaskar) and (Mohinder) Amarnath played me well, though I can't say the same for Gundappa Viswanath," he reminisced. Gavaskar, via a video message, remembered how his opening partner Chetan Chauhan "upset" Thommo with his laughter, before playing out an ultra-quick spell of one of the greatest fast bowlers of all times despite a broken finger.

Dennis Lillee, his famous pace bowling partner, according to Thomson, was 'mad,' when it came to sticking to a work ethic. "He returned to bowling fast after a serious back injury. He could've ended up on the wheelchair," Thomson quipped. The four best batsmen since he retired three decades ago, in the Queenslander's opinion were Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting and Jacques Kallis.

One-Day cricket had just started to get popular when Thommo was at his peak, with Kerry Packer introducing the lucrative World Series of Cricket, but Thomson admitted he never enjoyed it. "My bowling was about getting the batsmen to nick one behind the stumps, to the keeper or slips. But in the ODIs, there were no slips," he rued, before adding: "I would've loved to play T20, though."

Thomson felt playing the best team of his era, the West Indies, brought out the best in him. "When they won the (1975) World Cup, I could see them celebrating just below our balcony at Lord's. 'I'm going after you guys in Australia,' I muttered back then," he revealed. Thomson took 29 wickets in six Tests as Australia beat Windies aside 5-1.

Unlike today's bowlers, Thomson never believed in indulging in wild celebrations after taking a wicket. "I was just doing my job. I can't understand why even the strikers in the Premier League go ballistic after scoring a goal. I mean, isn't that your job!" he lamented.

 on: September 15, 2015, 03:10:50 PM 
Started by ruchir - Last post by Blwe_torch
I agree...I hope they are more responsible about this

 on: September 15, 2015, 12:50:46 PM 
Started by ruchir - Last post by ruchir

Why Shastri-Kohli IPTL deal smacks of conflict of interest
Pradeep Magazine | Updated: Sep 15, 2015 12:06 IST

Team India director Ravi Shastri and India Test captain Virat Kohli during a practice session in Colombo in August. (AFP Photo)

Strange is the logic of a world which sees nothing wrong or unethical in a professional relationship that has conflict of interest written all over it. Our cricketers and administrators are past masters in performing dual roles which give them the advantage of exploiting one role at the expense of the other.

The maze of interlinked layers of ownership in the Indian Premier League and N Srinivasan’s blatant misuse of his administrative powers and various other misdemeanors finally led to a Supreme Court-monitored probe and the start of cleansing the game of corrupt practices.

The Board, aware that its very existence as an autonomous body which creates rules that benefit a chosen few is under threat, is trying to give the impression that it is keen and willing to transform itself.

The Board’s recent missive to its members and players to declare any links that put them in conflict of interest situations is the first positive sign in a long, long time that they mean business.

Given this backdrop, it is simply shocking that the Indian Team Director — a high-sounding name given to the coach of the team — is now going to be an employee of the India Test captain in a professional venture, even if it has nothing to do with cricket. Virat Kohli has become an owner of an IPTL (International Premier Tennis League) team and has hired Shastri as its advisor/ consultant.

Improper alliance

We don’t know what the financial arrangement between the two is, or between the other owners of the IPTL team and Kohli. Neither is it germane to our argument here. One thing though is sure, that both these players won’t come for free and it is safe to assume that Shastri the coach has now a commercial relationship with the man who captains the India team.

Shastri was quoted in a newspaper as saying that there is no conflict of interest here as this relationship has nothing to do with cricket. Sure, it has nothing to do with cricket, but no conflict of interest? You must be joking!

Both are paid by the Board for their services, for helping the India team perform well. Doesn’t this professional arrangement get vitiated when the two get into a mutual arrangement where one is the employer and other the employee? Does this not change the relationship between Kohli and Shastri? Any decision, especially if it is controversial, taken by Shastri at the behest of Kohli or vice versa, could acquire a meaning beyond professional in nature.

Flouting contract

That apart, aren’t both contracted with the Board and shouldn’t there be a clause that bars them from any outside activity that could interfere with their assignment? The IPTL, where Shastri is supposed to teach “team work” to the likes of Roger Federer, will be held during the peak cricket season when India will be playing South Africa at home. Shouldn’t the Indian Board question both why in the first place should they be allowed to take up this new assignment, even if, for the sake of argument, it may be ornamental in nature?

If Shastri, an extremely intelligent man who, as a broadcaster, enlightens the world about what is right and wrong, and Kohli, who has the potential to be one of the truly greats of the game, do not see anything wrong in this and neither does the Board, then it would be a sad reflection of the world they live in.

(The views expressed are personal)

 on: September 15, 2015, 07:04:38 AM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by vincent
Jeff Thomson should coach him and he also needs a stint in England.

 on: September 15, 2015, 06:19:08 AM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
Ishant Sharma lacks discipline: Jeff Thomson
Tue, Sep 15 2015 , by Gaurav Gupta   

He never bowled in India, but Australian pace great Jeff Thomson didn't forget to begin his spell as a fast bowling coach in this part of the world with a bouncer. "Kaise ho? (How're you?)" he quizzed the media, while launching into the first day of his new job at the Mumbai Cricket Association-IDBI Federal Life Insurance Bowling Foundation.

Revealing that he had been a football coach too after the end of his glorious career during which he took 200 wickets in 51 Tests, 'Thommo' said he wasn't too pleased with the kind of cricket coaching being imparted these days.

"It's great to be here. I've coached football and cricket teams before. I love to impart knowledge. I've just been annoyed at the way cricket is being coached of late. I think there has been a lot of false coaching going around. I won't mention names but there are plenty of people in that category. I think I have quite a bit to pass on," the 65-year-old said.

The Aussie said he had guided Queensland to their maiden Sheffield Shield title in the early 90s, and had even come to India once for a short stint (at the MRF pace academy in Chennai), at the insistence of his illustrious Australian pace bowling partner Dennis Lillee. The duo had terrorized batsmen the world over with their fearsome bowling during the 70s. The Queenslander has been contracted for the bowling foundation, a brainchild of veteran journalist Makarand Waingankar, for two years, and will spend the next month guiding around 30 Mumbai seamers.

India's bowlers may have impressed by taking 60 wickets to fashion India's Test series triumph in Sri Lanka, but Thomson was critical of the seamers' show in Australia last winter, where the visitors lost the Test series 0-2. "The Indian bowlers were not bad, but they lacked discipline on their last tour to Australia. Their concentration dropped, which made it hard. If you can't bowl five to six balls where you want to in an over, you will be punished," he remarked.

Even Ishant Sharma, who has been bowling well of late, came in for stick. "Ishant lacks a bit of discipline. He's been playing for India for a long time. Eight years ago I thought he will be a world beater, but he lost the plot somewhere. He also lost pace. He looked injured to me last summer in Australia. He's not where he should have been. He should have got more bounce and bowled well with the height he has. He has good skill but he has to be reminded what he has to do. He bowled a lot of deliveries down the leg side."


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