24 March 2007


It is indeed sad that Sachin Tendulkar should go out of world cup like this. But then again, he never had a good track record of bailing India out of critical situations didn't he ?
And so, India's World Cup campaign comes to an end. I pity the organizers who will now loose out a lot of revenue !

And I distinctly remember a certain Mr.Chappell saying that he is making changes with a view of world cup. Crap. Load of Crap. He has been successful in transforming a world beating outfit into a bunch of whimpering nobody's.


PS: I wrote out a long post about my Guanajuato travel and a Google outage caused it to be unpublished.

Posted by Shyam Krishnaswamy at 3:14 AM


  1. Blogger Akshan says... posted at Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8:00:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    I disagree with you that only 2 members of the team were a cause for this. IMO, the whole team sucked. Those bunch of guys are nothing but overrated, overhyped by the fans and the media and I hope this proves the fact that they are totally inept.
    My reasons:
    1. everyone is an idiot. No one thinks.
    2. They are not as talented as they are portrayed.
    3. They are not cohesive as a unit. Each team member seems to be playing for his position in the team alone.

    Basically, if what these guys play is called cricket, then, Indian cricket sucks. And, I am also happy that the sponsors will now know what they are getting into before overbidding for rights.
  2. Blogger tejbir posted at Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 1:08:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    why can't we accept the fact that the opposition played better?
  3. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 2:41:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    Akshan: I never said that only two members were the cause of this.

    I will give one instance of chappell's bullshitting. Irfan Pathan. He was a brilliant bowler. Now, he was being moulded into a batsman too. What was the need for that ? Now, he is neither the bowler he was, nor he is a good batsman. And chappell was saying that this is being done with the world cup in mind.

    Your observation that each player seems to be playing for his position comes from the silly idea that we need to make each player play in all position ! As a result of this, no player feels confident.

    tejbir: Yes we were outplayed by good opposition. But bangladesh ? Come on ! That is plain laziness and nothing else !!
  4. Blogger Al posted at Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 6:50:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    all players lose their edge with cricket overkill and Pathan/Balaji/Harbhajan/Zaheer/Sehwag are no exceptions :) In case of Zaheer/Ganguly, they went back to the drawing board and came back stronger.Basically when the team loses to minnows, you simply cannot blame the coach. Let's face it, this was the best team we had and the debacle was due to the inferior talent our domestic system produces. Aside of the big 4, we have no one who translate good domestics at the the international level.
    Last 3 world cups, we lost badly initially and clawed back. This format wasnt so kind.
  5. Blogger Balaji posted at Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 9:52:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    hmm..I don't think we can blame Chappell for the B'desh loss. His contribution is far greater. He destroyed two dozen cricketers over a period of 2 years. anyway I still think a better captain would have defended 191.

    besides why doesn't anyone who defends chappell or dravid give examples of their brilliance on the job? I have never heard of Chappell giving such-n-such practice to the boys. same with dravid. simply because he doesn't bat like his grandmother (as sachin did as captain), he is being defended now.

    my suggestions: make yuvraj captain, srikanth coach and prasad assistant coach. guys like patil and amarnath will never command any respect among the 'stars'. these guys need a coach who can slap them in public if needed. bet srikanth can do that.
  6. Blogger The Talkative Man posted at Tuesday, March 27, 2007 at 12:40:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    -Can you pls say what mistakes Dravid made w.r.t bowling changes or field placings? The pitch had way too much moisture in the first hour against Bangles and inserting the opposition is a decision which the capt makes collectively with the team management. If you can chase 250 against Aus not long back, 191 against Ind was certainly achievable for a young and josh squad which had nothing to lose on a wicket which was easing out. It was overconfident/defensive batting that is to blame in both games.

    Dravid handled the bowling/fielding part well in Game 2, except that he gave a couple of extra overs to Sachin ahead of Ajit.

    Yuvi is battling for his place in the Test squad, Srikkanth earned 43 Tests through Zonal Quota with a crappy avg of 29 and is 100% instinctive in thinking. Kapil/Patil would make far better coaches than Prasad, Patil having done a great job with Kenya. The grapevine has it that Sachin might be offered although recent history shows Dravid is the only one who didnt let captaincy affect his batting. What Chappell has been doing is to ensure a bucket of 20 best players with decent reserve strength but the youngsters we got were just not good enough - natural outcome of playing 75% of our ODIs on flatbeds.
  7. Blogger Balaji posted at Friday, March 30, 2007 at 12:31:00 AM GMT+5:30  
    hmm...sorry Shyam for turning ur comments page into a debate club.

    Talkative Man >> hmm... i didn't get to watch the bdesh match but only followed it on cricinfo. so can't comment abt bowling changes. but a 17 yr old blowing away zaheer, agarkar and munaf seems inexplicable.

    do u remember the SA vs SL match in 1999. how Cronje made his fast bowlers to crush SL after SA had been bowled out for a small score aided by some dubious umpiring. (Venkatraghavan if I rem correctly!)

    considering that all WC matches are day matches and bowlers get some assistance only in the first half hour, dont u think opening with agarkar was flawed? he is an utility bowler and his exp may have been useful against Srilanka (esp at the end overs). an imaginative captain wud have used Sreesanth to scare the minnows and fallen back on exp against Srilanka. a text book captaion ala dravid wud play agarkar.

    a guy has some 10000 runs and 40 centuries playing as a opener and u not open with him in the biggest tournament there is? and this to accommodate a rookie batsman whose only ticket to WC was a 75 in a dustbowl and against an attack minus murali/vaas. even if dravid has no sense of cricket he shud atleast have sense of history. man, why wud u experiment with a guy playing his fifth world cup for heaven's sake!

    even assuming uthappa is the next bradman in the making, why wud u play him in a crunch came against SL after he has failed against the minnows? was text book thinking going to take dravid anywhere against srilanka? even if it was playing it safe, wud u play karthick to handle a top order collapse or hope for a disgusting sub continental innings from uthappa?

    well, i understand i have the benefit of hindsight. but text book captains have never gone anywhere in the WC. ask border, imran khan, ranatunga or even saurav for that.

  8. Blogger K.Shyam posted at Friday, March 30, 2007 at 10:37:00 PM GMT+5:30  
    Balaji: No issues man. In fact, I think your observations about captains are bang on target. Especially, dravid. As a captain, you need to show that agression. IMHO, there was only one Indian who did that. Saurav Ganguly.

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