Monday, January 21, 2008

Following rules need to be incorporated by ICC WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT to give the other teams a perfect clarification
(1----- Ponting (THE TRULY GENUINE CRICKETER OF THE CRICKET ERA AND WHOSE INTEGRITY SHOULD NOT BE DOUBTED ) should be considered as the FOURTH UMPIRE. As per the new rules, FOURTH UMPIRE decision is final and will over ride any decisions taken by any other umpires. ON-FIELD umpires can seek the assistance of RICKY PONTING even if he is not on the field. This rule is to be made, so that every team should understand the importance of the FOURTH UMPIRE .
(2)---- AUSTRALIAN TEAM is bowling, If the ball flies anywhere close to the AUSTRALIAN FIELDER(WITHIN 5 metre distance), the batsman is to be considered OUT irrelevant of whether the catch was taken cleanly or grassed. Any decision for further clarification should be seeked from the FOURTH UMPIRE. This is made to ensure that the cricket is played with SPORTIVE SPIRIT by all the teams.
(3)-----while BATTING, AUSTRALIAN (except Adam Gilchrist) players will wait for the ON-FIELD UMPIRE decisions only (even if the catch goes to the FIFTH SLIP as the ball might not have touched the bat). Each AUSTRALIAN batsman has to be out FOUR TIMES (minimum) before he can return to the pavilion. In case of THE CRICKETER WITH INTEGRITY, this can be higher
(4)-----umpires should consider a huge bonus if an AUSTRALIAN player scores a century. Any wrong decisions can be ignored as they will be paid huge bonus and will receive the backing of the AUSTRALIAN team and board.
(5)------AUSTRALIAN players are eligible to keep commenting about all players on the field and the OPPONENT TEAM should never comment as they will be spoiling the spirit of the AUSTRALIAN team. Any comments made in any other language are to be considered as RACISM only.
(6)------MATCH REFREE decisions will be taken purely on the AUSTRALIAN TEAM advice only. Player views from the other teams decisions will not be considered for hearing. MATCH REFREES are to be given huge bonus if this rule is implemented.
(7)------NO VISITING TEAM should plan to win in AUSTRALIA . This is to ensure that the sportive spirit of CRICKET is maintained.
(8)------THE MOST IMPORTANT RULE : If any bowler gets RICKY PONTING - "THE UNDISPUTED CRICKETER WITH INTEGTIRY IN THE GAME OF CRICKET" more than twice in a series, he will be banned for the REST OF THE SERIES. This is to ensure that the best batsman/Captain will be played to break records and create history in the game of CRICKET.

These rules will clarify better to the all the teams VISITING AUSTRALIA


Monday, January 7, 2008

As indicated below, I'm off to Oz. Any Aussie-resident bloggers that feel like meeting up for a beer at the MCG or the SCG drop me a line at samirchopra1 AT YAHOO DOT COM (with your mobile number). It'd be nice to talk about the cricket at the cricket. Over a cold one.

Happy New Year everyone!


Sunday, January 6, 2008

3rd Day India vs Australia Test 2 Session 1 Highlights 2

3rd Day India vs Australia Test 2 Session 1 Highlights 1

Despite of a huge score in third test cricket match between India and Pakistan, India could not bowled out entire team before the follow on target and Pakistan again escaped. This is the second time Indian batsman has scored this big total of 626 runs. It the plus point of India that they are continuously performing better in batting but another thing that force us to thing “that is bowling” why Indian bowlers are not still performing better when you have a huge target. You should not have to worry for losing the game as no one team can about lose when they have made this big total. It’s a batting pitch as well as well. But now it seems that match is going towards draw.

Book Review - Silence of the Heart by David Frith

Many commentators have said that cricket is, when you break it down to its purest essences, just a game. This definition is certainly simplistic, and perhaps even a little sacrilegious for many, but ultimately it is true. Nonetheless, cricket is a subject that arouses great passions in people all around the world, and the results of either their team or their own performances can have a decided impact upon an individual’s state of mind. Cricket has also been called a team game played between individuals. Sadly, cricket has attracted many participants who have battled themselves and their own inner daemons as much as any opposition players. David Frith’s book, Silence of the Heart (originally published as ‘By His Own Hand’), is a look at the tragedy of those cricketing heroes who were unable to cope with the demands of an existence post-cricket, and who sadly chose to end their own life.

suicide would appear to be a very strange topic for a cricketing book, and without reading Frith’s work, it certainly appears quite macabre on face value. However, Frith has managed to look at many cricketers who have killed themselves, and produced one of the most fascinating books on the sport. Cricket has a suicide rate that exceeds the national averages for the respective cricketing nations, and it is estimated that more than one hundred and fifty professional cricketers have chosen to end their own lives. The hallmark of all Frith’s books is impeccable research, however, in Silence of the Heart he also manages to write with great poignancy and respect for the individuals concerned.
It is possible to read the book from start to finish, but the subject matter almost encourages the reader to instead take a more measured approach and dip into it over a period of time. Frith has written the book as a mini-biography of selected players, which allows the reader to take the time to examine and evaluate each individual situation without becoming overwhelmed by underlying sadness that each case invokes.
Frith’s research records the famous to the almost unknown, from legends of the past such as Shrewsbury and Stoddart through to more recent cases such as David Bairstow. However, it does not, and could not, provide the answers to why. Whilst some of the suicides described could be understood in the light of financial pressure, marital breakup or depression, others remain a complete mystery. One of the most striking aspects of the book for me personally were the pictures; you can see the face each cricketer presented to the outside world, but their inner turmoil remains hidden. Looking at the many photos of smiling and seemingly happy cricketers affected me more than I would have thought. I look back now and I know what fate is to befall the person in the photo, but they appear ignorant of their future despair. I can’t help but wonder what more could have been done to help them.
This is ultimately a very sad and moving book, but one of great value to both cricket lovers and the wider community. 4 stars.

Australia Carries Natwest Challenge

Australia beats England in the next two cricket matches to win the Natwest Challenge. Down 0-1 they beat England by 7 wickets in the 2nd cricket match. In the 3rd cricket match Australia beat England by 8 wickets. Starting of with a 1-0 lead England lost to the Aussies 2-1 in the Natwest Challenge. The Star performers for Australia were Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist with the bat and Brett Lee with the ball. Brett Lee took 5/41 (man of the match) restricted England to a score of 223-8. Flintoff scored 87 his score highest against Australia. Ponting (111) shared a third-wicket stand of 120 with Damien Martyn, who was 39 not out as his side reached a target of 224 with six overs remaining.
In the Final match Gilchrist scored a match winning century of only 101 balls.
Final Scores 2nd cricket match Australia won the toss and decided to field England 223 for 8 (50.0 overs) A Flintoff 87 (112) B Lee 41/5 Australia 224 for 3 (44.2 overs) Ponting 111(115).
Final Score 3rd cricket match Australia won the toss and decided to field England: 228-7 ( 50.0 overs ) K P Pietersen 74 (84) J N Gillespie 44/3 Australia: 229-2 ( 34.5 overs ) A C Gilchrist not out 121(101).

Is Indian Cricket in struggling??

1.Just as things seem to be going well for Indian cricket ........... Over the recent past there were many upheavels mostly off the Field. After a success pak series Indian coach John Wright called it a day and the former Australian great player Greg Chappell took on the coaching responsiblity. First it was the Ganguly the new coach having issues, then after matters were settled with Ganguly gone and Dravid taking over the captain reigns, some promising new commers on the side in the like of Dhoni, Indian cricket was sailing smoothly, but for injuries keeping Sachin, Zaheer and Harbhajan out of the team for periods of time.
2.Most recently the Sehwag's removal as vice captain and departure of the "Wall" from scene due to injuries. India has turned back to the likes of VVS Laxman and Ganguly. Not to forget the terrible form Sehwag is in, India seems to be struggling. By no means undermining the ablilty of fine players like Ganguly and Laxman. They along with Sachin and Dravid during the hay days have given even Australia the run for their money. The memorable innings that VVS played at Kolkata to win the match was the iceing on the cake. That team looked likely to win the World cup last time.
3.The Indian team that played well the during the last World Cup, did poorly to say the least this time in the one day series which recently concluded in SA against them. Different cricket pundits have their opinions! The clean sweep of the ODI series......... By no means SA's game play can be undermined. Hmmmmmmmmm
4.The last time right before the World Cup India toured the South African subcontinent and played much to the disappointment of the Indian cricket fans! But came back with a Bang during the World Cup. Will history repeat itself! Only time will tell what is in store for Indians in 2007 World Cup in the caribbean islands.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Pakistan pacer Asif recovering after surgery

Pakistani pacer Mohammad Asif has undergone successful keyhole surgery in Australia to fix a chronic elbow problem that forced him to miss the ongoing series in India.A Pakistan cricket Board official said the surgery was carried out by a well known Australian specialist in Sydney on Monday."The initial reports are that it was not a major operation and it has been successful," Shafqat Naghmi, chief operating officer, told Reuters on Tuesday."But Asif could recover up to three months before he resumes playing cricket," he said, adding that a specialist would soon determine how long the full rehabilitation period will be."We fear he would require to rest for three months, which means he is certainly out of next month's home series against Zimbabwe," he said.Naghmi said Asif would also face a race against time to be 100 percent fit for the home series against Australia tentatively scheduled for March 9.The Australians are due to send a delegation to Pakistan in January after general elections to assess the security situation ahead of their tour, which includes three tests, five one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.Asif has this year had to sit out four one-day games against South Africa and was ruled out of the Indian tour.And here is the rest of it.

West Indies - Winner 1975
Final: West Indies v Australia
Venue: Lords, England
Result: West Indies won by 17 Runs
West Indies Total: 291 runs in 60 overs at 8 Wickets
Australia Total: 274 runs in 58.4 overs all out