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Cricket Thread III - Guest - 12-30-2006


Pls post a hymn to call the rains for tomorrow.. Parjanya please save our ar$e... <!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 01-05-2007

Make or break time tomorrow. Got to score 25-300 with atleast an hour to spare.

Virudada kuch karo.

Cricket Thread III - Shambhu - 01-10-2007

My report card:

Sehwag: Bye bye. No temperament to open. Slashes like clockwork at deliveries that can easily be left alone. India cannot afford him. maybe eye-hand coordination saved him in his early yrs, but now he is too out of shape to have any coordination. No technique to fall back on, even assuming he develops temperament somehow. So ta ta!

Karthik: Welcome. Got a bad decision on ing 1, caught off pads. Good I2 too! Needs to continue to open with Jaffer.

Jaffer: Improving. Has technique. Tough luck in T3I2, ball kicked up.

SRT: Below par, but OK. T2, T3: 60s in one inng, lapeted in other inng.

Dravid: Subpar but OK. lapeted in T2I1, lbw on top of kneeroll..after 2 RSA bats were given not out on T2D1 when hawkeye showed they were out..

Dada: Bhalo!

VVS: Subpar but OK.

Dhoni: Carry on..doing good..

Kumble: OK..

Munaf: Should be kept out for some time..injured.

VRV: Improving...

Sreesanth: Keep it up! Boss, stay focussed now, do not become a Irfan pleej onlee!

And everybody needs to work on not replaying T1 in mind while playing T2 and T3. Old Indian habit. Unprofessional, predictable, dirty, lazy habit. Work on it.

Umpires: I know where you live.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 01-10-2007

If Dada Bhalo then Sehwag is good too. I do think he needs a good kick in his nuts.

Also I think Munaf is going to loose the pace atleast - not built for what he is good at.. Needs to start eating veggies.. <!--emo&Smile--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='smile.gif' /><!--endemo-->

SRT has a year or two at best. VVSL needs to be treated better.

Jaffer, I dont know.

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DITTO.. <!--emo&:devil--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/devilsmiley.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='devilsmiley.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Cricket Thread III - Shambhu - 01-10-2007

Z TV quoted Greg Chappell as saying, "SRT and Sehwag should bat in middle order in WC. The team that can do well in overs 20-40 will win."

Cricket Thread III - Shambhu - 01-12-2007

Sehwag out of ODIs, Dada in..Z TV

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 02-21-2007

Aus is in dumps.. Should be an interesting WC.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 02-25-2007

A very interesting interview with Kumar Sangakarra. Very impressive man.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-03-2007
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Saturday March 3, 01:09 PM
<b>Commandos to guard Indian team at World Cup</b>
India is to send elite commandos to protect its cricket team during the World Cup in the West Indies later this month.

It is the first time that a commando unit will be deployed to protect a national cricket team off the pitch.

The Indian government's decision follows a formal request from the authorities in the West Indies, where the championship is being played.

Speaking through a translator, India's Junior Foreign Minister Annan Sharma refused to say whether the decision had been prompted by any specific threat.

"The Indian security agencies have got all the relevant information at their disposal. From the point of view of the security services, whatever the government feels needs to be done to ensure the team's security will be done."
<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->Friday, 2 March 2007, 17:55 GMT 
<b>Commandos to protect Indian team</b> 
[Photo caption: The commandos are the cream of the Indian army]
The Indian government has ordered elite Indian commandos to fly to the Caribbean to provide security for the cricket team at the World Cup.

The government's decision follows a request from the West Indies, which is hosting the event later this month.

Sixteen members of the National Security Guards (NSG), who normally look after VIPs, will protect Rahul Dravid's side during the tournament.

It is the first time that commandos will be deployed to protect players.

<b>'Terror groups'</b>
"The decision, taken early this week by the government, comes after <b>a security assessment that terror groups could target the Indian team</b>, which was followed by a formal request from the West Indies," said the Indian Express.

[Photo caption: The Indian side is used to heavy security]

An Indian security assessment said "there were chances of terror groups targeting the tournament, particularly at venues where the Indian team is slated to play," the newspaper said.

"The matter was taken up with the Caribbean authorities, who felt such elaborate security cover may not be possible without assistance."

The newspaper said that government sources said they were told by West Indian officials that they did not have the expertise to deal with such terror threats.

It said they feared that the Indian team had been identified as a "prime target".


The commandos - <b>including bomb detection and disposal experts</b> - will be located in Jamaica, where India play warm-up matches, and in Trinidad, where the team's preliminary matches will be held, the paper added.

[Photo caption: The commandos are anti-terrorism specialists]

But it is not thought that the tight security arrangements will put off the Indian team.

The BBC's Sanjay Dasgupta says that the popularity of the game in India makes some well-known cricketers the most high-profile of celebrities - mobbed whereever they go and surrounded by a constant police presence.

India's junior foreign minister, Anand Sharma, refused to tell the BBC whether the decision to deploy the commandos had been prompted by any specific threat.

The Indian cricketers are already in the West Indies, along with their Australian coach Greg Chappell and other officials.

The commandos are expected to follow soon.<!--QuoteEnd--><!--QuoteEEnd-->Is India's situation as a terror-target becoming so serious that we have to take similar measures as Israel? Israel is (was?) also protecting its sportspeople during international events.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-05-2007

<!--QuoteBegin-Husky+Mar 3 2007, 02:09 AM-->QUOTE(Husky @ Mar 3 2007, 02:09 AM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->Is India's situation as a terror-target becoming so serious that we have to take similar measures as Israel? Israel is (was?) also protecting its sportspeople during international events.

I think it is two things:

1) either the indian intelligence agencies are so ignorant that they have no idea and they are just covering all bases or

2) there is actually a credible threat and god forbid the terrorists actually attack the indian team, the UPA govt's pro-terrorist policy will be become apparent to all indians.

Either case it is not good for india at all.

Cricket Thread III - narayanan - 03-10-2007

Allooo Krishna:

Time to start wasting time on World Cup. As u may have noted, Mandira Bedi is off to West Indies, so I have to see if I can get Streaming Video, since Satellite TV has been ruled out by SHQ. <!--emo&Sad--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/sad.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='sad.gif' /><!--endemo-->

Technical issues, need help pls:

I c that at cricinfo, they advertise this streaming video for $200, but when I tried out the "test clip" all I could see was this pretty small window (about 1/4 of screen in area).

Any way to get this on full screen? I have DSL, at least 250KB version. Have choice of 2 computers at home, with resolution up to 1600 x something theoretically possible.

Also, courtesy of eBay, I am now proud possessor of a 106-inch Optima Graywolf II retroreflective screen, claims 1.8 Gain. Price was down to my level, which is about one order of magnitude less than its original cost. So one part of the screen cover looks like it was in a car crash, but that's OK as seen below.

After dire threats from SHQ re: prospects of conversion of living room into a pigsty, there seems to be relative calm since the screen is now seen to disappear entirely behind sofa when not in use, and this has no visible impact on decor.

(This is why I got those engg. degrees, u no.. saved my life - realizing that if the screen can be pulled DOWN, it can also be pulled UP since spring constant >> acceleration due to gravity, hence the screen can be placed along the tops of 2 ancient speakers that are just the right height). Only a few good books on Hinduism etc. had to be used to level the screen.

So I am all set, and official approval of the screen will come after SHQ watches "Aradhana" tomorrow on it as she has announced intention of doing.

Question is, is a piddlin' little low-res streaming window worth paying $200 when all I REALLY want to watch is M. Bedi and Indian team (latter only if winning).
Would be worth it if it were full-screen.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-10-2007

Desi resident expert Nikhil who's good at such things <b>and more</b> has been missing for a while now. Nick... You around and lurking somewhere dude?

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-10-2007


I watched a couple of hours of recent Ashes on a 19 inch monitor, 2 feet away. They have a full-screen mode. Its not that bad but definitely not TV quality. Little nicks etc can all be seen clearly but a regular dish-network feed is definitely much better if you can get it.

Cricket Thread III - narayanan - 03-10-2007

Added motivation of this mode compared to Dish is that they say u can use it off any computer - which means workplace as well. Then again, last World Cup, I showed the local Pakistani (and desi) kids how to con their university into subscribing to the full package on the campus network. This was a carefully planned move, reasoning that certain places under moi's control had 100MB/s access to anything.

The Pakistani kids got the TV. I didn't (or was too busy on other things), though the 40" LCD and the big-screen projector were all set.

Supreme HQ's arguments against splurging $30/mo on Sat TV were compelling:
1. Unlikely that I will actually have much time to watch, beyond a few minutes per day.
2. Quality no better than that of NetFLIX and DVDs from local desi store, which are quite satisfactory. Local channels don't look any better if the image quality is improved - it's the airheads that's the problem, not the air transmission. Amplified antenna installed in attic by resident engineer about 10 years ago, working disgustingly well.
3. After World Cup, no interest in Dish, except the bills.
4. Many years of peace since cancellation of Cable TV, and avoidance of contact with "customer service" would now be shattered, with probably a hole in the roof to add to joys.
5. **Most scary*** Purchase order being prepared for the sari that M. Bedi was modeling.

So, sorry, kindly don't remind me of the long-planned and now-flopped Dish TV coup.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-12-2007

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-14-2007

Did anybody see this program on ESPN-Star? My respect for Sunny has gone up immensely! <!--emo&Big Grin--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='biggrin.gif' /><!--endemo-->

<!--QuoteBegin-->QUOTE<!--QuoteEBegin-->The Ponting-Gavaskar spat

'Aussies could get whacked in a bar' - Gavaskar

Cricinfo staff

March 12, 2007

Sunil Gavaskar delivered a strong retort in what was the latest in his media-driven verbal-joust with Australia's captain Ricky Ponting. In a scathing reaction, <b>Gavaskar said a "hot head guy" might actually whack the Australian cricketers if they dared replicate their on-field behaviour in a bar. </b>

It all began last week with Gavaskar terming Australia's on-field behaviour as "awful" in a column for India Today magazine. Ponting felt it was "high and mighty" of Gavaskar to complain, considering "the way India have played their cricket over the last few years".

<b>"Some day, some other hot head guy might actually get down and you know whack somebody who abuses him," Gavaskar said in his latest reaction on ESPN. He cited the example of former Australian cricketer David Hookes, who had been fatally beaten up outside a bar."There's the example of the late David Hookes. Would the Australians who use that kind of language on the field, and not all of them do, in a bar and would they get away with it? Would they have a fist coming at their face or not?" </b>

He also defended his decision to walk out of the MCG in protest against an lbw decision in 1981, an incident that Ponting had alluded to while reacting to Gavaskar's statements on on-field behaviour. "The reason the walk off took place was simply because I was abused by the Australians. <b>Let me also come back to what he [Ponting] said about the way I played my cricket and I do not know what he's looking at.

"When he talks about the Indian team not having won matches, we are not talking about winning matches here, we are talking about behavior on the field," </b>he said. He drew a comparison between the Australians and the West Indies side of the 1970s and '80s, adding that the players from the Caribbean were more popular champions.

"The West Indians were popular winners, there was an affection about the West Indians players in spite of the fact that they were beating you in three days. They [West Indies] did not abuse the opponents. They did not have anything to say to the opponents. When they were dominating world cricket the West Indians did not resort to personal abuse on the field, they just played the game hard, they were very tough competitors but there was nothing untoward in their behaviour towards their opponents.

"West Indian players always had a smile on their face when they came in at the end of day's play to talk with you and to commiserate when you lost, you could see that there was no arrogance there. Cricket lovers all over the world wanted the West Indies teams to get back on their feet and start winning again."

© Cricinfo


Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-14-2007

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Owned by Paki. Don't go during and India or Paki match. You can hear worse curse and worst misbehaved hooligans.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-14-2007

First of all Pointing can't hold a candle to Gavaskar. His own teams record in past month isn't all that impressive that he should start pointing to Indians. As for his comment about Gavaskar's decision in early 80s, hey, these wankers were bowling underarm to deny opponents victory.

But the whole attitude that Pointing brings to field says a lot about how cricket's been played these days. We'll miss the aggressive streak that Ganguly as a captain used to bring to World Cup, hope some of it has rubbed off on Dravid. No point being nice guys on field with Pointing's bunch - play to win.

Cricket Thread III - Guest - 03-14-2007

Ponting is just trying to play mindgames with Team-India.

Sunny's response was very mild. Somebody from the current camp should respond to this. At the very least a mic should be stuck infront of fellow aussie Chappell.

Cricket Thread III - Hauma Hamiddha - 03-14-2007

<!--QuoteBegin-rajesh_g+Mar 13 2007, 05:27 PM-->QUOTE(rajesh_g @ Mar 13 2007, 05:27 PM)<!--QuoteEBegin-->. At the very least a mic should be stuck infront of fellow aussie Chappell.

I have always had my doubts if this Chappell fellow is good for India, but too late to complain.

Anyhow it is always good to see the Jihadis lose. <!--emo&:clapping--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/clap.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='clap.gif' /><!--endemo--> <!--emo&:rocker--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rocker.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='rocker.gif' /><!--endemo-->