Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Comeback Day!

Okay.. this blog has been dead from a loooong time, and a lot has happened between now and the last time I updated this space, both with the world of cricket and with our own Dada.

This is a pleasant coincidence that I am reviving this blog today, when Saurav is also making a comeback to Indian side after his 4 match suspension. The fundamental change for Dada this time is that he's not leading the team, instead he'll be playing under the captaincy of oh-so-reliable Dravid. Much has been talked about Dada playing under Dravid, so I'd rather keep quiet on this.

The current IND-WI-SL tri-series being played in SL, is the most dull cricket series i've seen in recent past. The dismal performance of Indian top order (except Dravid) continues, (Now Chappel guy will know why is it such a huge challange to coach India), and even other teams are not performing impressively. The crowds at the stadium, the level of cricket, and that much needed euphoria is sadly missing.

However, if last two matches of the current tri-series are any indication, Dravid has shown that his batting form is no way getting affected by the added responsibility of captaincy. Whatever the outcome of current series, if Dravid performs well as a Captain, will be fair to him, if reins of team are given back to Saurav Ganguli post series??? That's a question which should be well thought, before answering in haste.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Ganguly Lovers, try & defend Ganguly, do not cry about Sachin's form

This post is in response to the comment that was made on my very first post on this blog. I thought it would be better if I put it as a Separate post. Read On....

Though I agree that today's Sachin is not the same which he used to be 5 years ago. and I am equally critical of him when he does not perform. But I have never understood one thing .... whenever someone attacks Ganguly, why do his fans attack Tendulkar, instead of defending Ganguly??

Why do you have to defame Sachin, to make Ganguly look better?? The answer is simple... you do not have anything with you to defend Ganguly, and so in desperation you choose to find fault with Sachin's form.

I agree that Sachin has not been in great form for some time now, partly because of his injuries, and still if he is not performing to the desired level there is no reason why he should not be shown door. However I do not see that such a time has come for Sachin. Its just that Sachin has set such high standards for himself, that when he scored 95 against Pakistan, no body said 'Wow! sachin made 95', but people said 'Why could not he reach 100? Is he unable to concentrate enough?'

Next match when he was wrongly given out in 50s, every one screamed, 'Oh! Sachin was going to get his 35th 100 today, unfortunately he was given out'. I ask WHY? Why do we expect sachin to score a century every time? I mean he could have got out on very next ball, or in 60s, 70s or 80s. But that is what Sachin has done to all of us. We have such extremely high expectations from him, and frankly he does not really have to satisfy our expectations. All he has to do, is to satisfy his team management's and captain's expectations. And if he is doing so, he should be in the team. If he is unable to do so, no mercy should be shown to him just because he has been such a great asset to team India, just because in two world cups prior to last world cup, he single handedly faught india's battle with brilliance.

Bashing Sachin is easy, just as the 'in news' indianexpress article quoting Wisden has done, but still they could find only 6 test matches from 1997 onwards where sachin did not perform as expected. They've even criticized 94 against Pakistan at Mohali in recently concluded Indo-Pak series. Isn't it funny. If he scores less runs you criticize him, and now he makes 94, and contributes to Indian win, still you criticize him. Also the article mentions only the incidents where Sachin did not perform, and is totally silent about his countless performances which made Sachin, the great player that he is today. Just for the records Sachin is still ranked # 3 in ICC One Day batsmen rankings, below only to Ponting and Sarvan(who has only one point more than Sachin).

All those who compare batting strike rates of Sehwag and Sachin, wait for few years, 4-5 years from now, the same people will start crying that Sehwag is scoring only at a poor strike rate. The reason is clear, Sehwag has set some very high standards for himself, the day he scores with a strike rate less than 100, we all scream 'Sehwag is not in his elements'.

Coming to Ganguly now, he has undoubtedly created a "team" India, which his predecessors were unable to do. He backed his players, stuck with them in thick and thin, extracted better performances from entire team. We all have fond memories of Ganguly the captain, but how many of you even remember Ganguly, the wonderful stroke player?? This is Cricket and not Tennis where they have non-playing captains. In cricket captain is one of the 11 people in the field and he has to perform as a player as well, apart from just being a good captain. Unfortunately Saurav has not been performing as a batsman or as a fielder at all for a long long time.

Okay, may be he is going through a slump in his career (though it has been a bit too long), which every player goes thru in his cricket life. But the biggest worry is his attitude. He is not at all ready to accept the fact that he is not performing. Ganguly is an intelligent player with loads of experience, I believe the day he accepts that there is something lacking, he'll be able to overcome it. You can only solve a problem if you acknowledge that there IS a problem in first place. But what we get from Ganguly instead are the arrogant assertions like 'I do not have anything to prove to anyone' and 'look at my average, it's still good'.

I still maintain that everyone whether its Ganguly or Sachin or anyone else, should secure his/her place in team purely on the basis of performance. But puhleeeez you Ganguly lovers, when someone criticizes Ganguly, try and defend Him (i know you do not have any substance to defend him), and do not start crying foul about Sachin.

Hat trick

Sachin was out first ball. On the long walk back to the pavilion he had to pass the incoming batsman Ganguly.

'Hard luck, man,' smirked Ganguly.
'Yes. It's a shame I had to be right in the middle of a hat trick.'

Some more jokes

I recd in my mails in past few days, I do not know who their creator is, but i sincerely want to compliment all the creative funny minds. :o))

nJoy!!!

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Just 2 Minutes

Instructions on the back of Maggi 2 minutes noodles pack:
Step 1: Boil one cup of water
Step 2: As soon as Ganguly goes out to bat, put the noodles in the boiled water and add the tastemaker.
Step 3: Stir till Ganguly is on the field.
Step 4: As soon as Ganguly is back in pavilion, your noodles are ready to eat.

addendum:

Dear Customers,

We have received many compliments after we shared our recipe of 4 easy steps to cook Maggie. However we have received a very important complaint which we need to share with you all.

One of our regular customers, Mrs. Radha Pai, from Meerut had written to us that she tried out the recipe to cook Maggie during the first ODI between India & Pak.

She says that she followed all the steps correctly and was eager to have her breakfast. But she found that the Maggie was hardly fully wet and hence was not properly cooked.

We thoroughly apologized to our customer on behalf of our captain who returned back to the pavilion even before the Maggie was properly soaked in water.

In this regard we request all our customers to take a precaution and to wait for the Maggie to be cooked until after the re-plays.

Remember, even if Ganguly is back well before 2 minutes, the replays would ensure your Maggie is rightly done.

The management once again apologizes for any uncooked Maggie’s during the first ODI.

Regards,
Customer Care.

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MasterMind Q&A on Sourav

1)What is common to a 100 mtrs race and Ganguly's innings?
Ans: They both last for the same time

2) How can u say "Get Out" to Ganguly politely?
Ans: Ask him to go to bat

3)If Rahul is "The Wall", what is Ganguly?
Ans: The hole in the wall

4)How can Ganguly save time everyday?
Ans: By not bothering to pad up

5)Who is the only cricketer who does not bat, bowl or field and yet plays international cricket?
Ans: no comments.......

6)Why has Saurav Ganguly been recommended as the fielding coach for India after retirement?
Ans: No one else can provide catches as easily as Ganguly

8)Which was the hottest place in B'lore Chinnaswami Stadium for the past few days?
Ans: The seat Ganguly was sitting in while in the Pavillion.

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Best Seller by Saurav Ganguly

Back to the Pavillion in two minutes

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The nervous Ganguly was having a terrible time and was lucky to still be at the crease. During a lull, he stammered to Kamran Akmal ,
'Well, I expect you've seen worse players.'
Silence....
Ganguly repeated 'I said I expect you've seen worse players.'
Akmal said 'I heard you the first time. I was just trying to think.'

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Ganguly had a large opinion of his batting prowess. He was approached by a KSCA member who couldn't resist saying to him,
'You know, whenever I watch you bat, I always wonder...'
''I know, I know. How I do it.''
'No. Why you do it?'

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Ganguly had a dreadful test match which cost his side the game. All week long he practiced hard for the next game. During the following match, he said to John Wright,'Notice any difference?'
John Wright looked at him thoughtfully. 'You've had your hair cut, haven't you?'

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Phone call for Ganguly!

India Pakistan Match has started. As to be expected, it's a charged up atmosphere and the heat is really on! India is put in to bat. As to be expected, three wickets down, for a measly score. There is phone call for Ganguly, at the Dressing Room. The Team Manager picks up the call.
"Hello ! I am Ganguly's friend speaking . Can I talk to him now ?"
The Team Manager replies : "Sorry ! He has just gone in to bat. "
The caller replies "No problem . I'll hold the line ! "

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Dinesh Karthick confesses that his skills in getting ready and padded have improved a lot. "As soon as Ganguly goes to bat, I know there is very little time in getting ready. I must have broken world records a few times in this series in getting padded up" says the Indian wicketkeeper.

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After the shameful defeat of Indian cricket team to Pakistan inBangalore, the team members were not able to show their faces to peopleand they chose not to go in public and rather just pack up in hotelrooms.
Ganguly could not resist for too long to be in hotel and notable to go out shopping and have fun. So he disguises himself as aSardar and goes out.

he meets a woman at the exit of the hotel who greets him "Hi Saurav !"

Surprised for having been caught he comes back and makes himself up asa Muslim woman - in Burkha etc and goes out. Yet same again - thesame woman greets him "Hi Saurav!".

Ganguly comes back determined to give it yet another try with the makeup of a Hippie wig and shorts etc. All in vain - the same lady catcheshim again and greets him "Hi Saurav!".

Bewildered by now, he could not help asking, "How did you recognizeme?"

The lady replied - "I am Laxman!"

The ORIGINAL 'Ganguly Series'

What is the next number in the series 21, 12, 12, 1, 2, ...
Scroll down for answer .
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Only Ganguly knows it. Because these are his scores in the Test series.

I did not say this.. they said it

"I don't just mean he hasn't made runs but he's played poorly. He's played some pretty awful shots and ..." says Geoffrey Boycott, who famously nicknamed Ganguly 'The Prince of Calcutta', in this article on espnstar by Jason Dasey. Read on the full article.


"Can Ganguly rebuild the team he built? His first hurdle is Ganguly the batsman." read the full article from Outlook.

Here it goes....

> Shoaib Akhtar admits Ganguly is faster and quicker than him.
"I haven't seen any one get out so fast. Man, I envy his speed. I am
quick but he is quickest," he says, "I think I should now cut my
run up short when I bowl to him. Or else, he might be gone when I
am half way through my run up."

> Indian Railways keen on Ganguly as brand embassador:
"We'll be having someone who comes (back) before time. This will
help railways improve the image with the Indian public." says a
Railway spokesperson.

> Q: Any guess which is Ganguly's favorite movie?
A: Gone in 60 seconds.

>>> Contributed by Addicted...

> Que- What is the difference between God and Ganguly?
Ans- God doesnt think he's Ganguly

> The Indian side’s standard of batting was very low. Even at net
practice, they couldn't hit a thing. Finally, captain Ganguly rushed
forward and grabbed the bat. 'Now bowl me some fast ones!' he yelled.
Ten fast balls came down in quick succession and he missed them all.
He glared at the team and shouted: 'Now that's what you're all doing.
Get in there and hit them!'

>>> Contributed by Animesh (http://ani.rediffblogs.com/)

Ganguly Series ... The Debut

Our own Saurav, (The price of calcutta, as Geoffrey Boycott likes to call him) has joined the ranks of George Bush, Santa Banta, Little Johnny, Bill Clinton in the big bad world of jokes...

I started getting Ganguly Series of jokes in my mail box since past few days, so thought it would be a good idea to put them all in a blog, where all the ganguly lovers/haters can share their funny thoughts. I mean i do not have anything personally against Ganguly, he did a great service to Indian cricket, but i think now its time for him to prove himself again or hang his boots.

You all are welcome to share more 'Ganguli Series' jokes, or anything else you like/hate about Dada Ganguly.

Lets have fun :o))