Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

It’s a Hairy mess

August 22, 2006

I have no clue what’s going to happen next, but Hair better have something to back him up. If he didn’t actually see anybody tampering with the ball, but arrived at the assumption by looking at the condition of the ball, it’s hard not to feel for Pakistan. Accusing anybody of cheating is a big deal, especially in a manner for which there’s no precedent. Hair’s case is further weakened by the scoreline. 230/3 is a good score in any situation, much less with a tampered ball. But two wrongs don’t make a right.

We learn from history that we do not learn from history.
— Georg Hegel

Gavaskar once walked off the field, and that has been his biggest regret in life. Inzy, apparently, doesn’t know that. Pakistan gave up the moral high-ground when they refused to take the field, and deserve the loss. They could’ve registered their complaint in many ways, and would’ve found a lot more support if they’d waited until the end of the day to pursue a proper course of action. Instead, now Inzamam faces an uncertain future.

He wanted to protest, he’s done it. He’s committed the crime, now he must be a man and face the consequence without dragging the rest of the team and his country into it. It would behoove him to quietly accept whatever ban he’s handed. Hopefully, the person making the decision will take the circumstances into account and give him the minimum penalty. Justice should be for all and Hair must account for his actions as well, with severe penalties if found irrational.


Blast from the past

July 29, 2006

I couldn’t help but burst into laughter when I read how the Barmy Army sledged Murali back in 2003.

Throw, throw, throw the ball, gently down the seam
Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, chucks it like a dream
Bowl, bowl, bowl the ball, gently through the air
Murali, Murali, Murali, Murali, here comes Darrell Hair … No Ball!

Even the great man himself must’ve chuckled when he first heard this. Bloody brilliant. Here are Cricinfo’s best quotes from 2003.

Tendulkar & Dravid

July 11, 2006

Excerpt from Rahul Bhattacharya’s Pundits from Pakistan (describing a game during India’s historic tour of Pakistan in 2003-04):

In Dravid, he found a sharp, hard-running ally, and who played a cracking reverse sweep which may have plucked a string of nostalgia in Tendulkar’s heart. Tendulkar used to play it just like that half a decade ago, and then he gave it up. Half a decade ago, Dravid would have scolded himself and performed twenty push-ups if he had attempted that stroke even in a dream.


June 9, 2006

The English team has been making extensive use of Merlyn, the bowling machine, to combat spinners of the ilk of Muralitharan.

© Getty Images

As the saying goes…

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men. No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
— Edward Hubbard

The real culprit

April 12, 2006

Those who hate most fervently must have once loved deeply, those who want to deny the world must have once embraced what they now set on fire.
– Kurt Tucholsky

Much has been written about the riots at Guwahati. There’s been plenty of finger-pointing, but let’s be clear about one thing: the cricket authorities were responsible for this as much as the spectators. Indian cricket treats spectators like dirt, and events like this will happen until there’s some reform. Spectators have to stand in long lines to get tickets and to get into the ground, are often not allowed to bring what they want, have to put up with appalling conditions and apparently don’t even get their money back if there’s no game. It wasn’t all because of the disappointment of not getting to watch a game.

Quotable Quotes

April 3, 2006

The most beautiful girls in the world come from South Africa. And that’s from Shane Warne…he should know.

        – Tony Greig, during the third Test between SA and Aus (Hat tip: Will)

Words of wisdom

March 17, 2006

It’s a 450 wicket, guys…they’re about 15 short.

– Jacques Kallis, during the lunch break after Australia had amassed 434/4 in their 50 overs [Hat tip: The Surfer]

The new Indian Cricket Board

March 16, 2006

A lot of things have changed since Sharad Pawar came into power as the BCCI chief. Lalit Modi predicts that the Indian board’s income is going to shoot up some fifteen-fold. The deal they brokered with Nimbus can vouch for that. The money-hungry BCCI’s every move is now being watched by the entire cricket world, with some questioning its soul. Let’s get one thing straight: power corrupts and India is the new superpower in the world of cricket. I can’t think of any superpower, anywhere in history, that has behaved truly “responsibly.” Heck, some, like the United States, still don’t. Why then this unrealistic expectation from India?

Because if there’s anyone in the world that can marry morality with puissance, India can. In his book “We, The People,” NA Palkhivala said:

After all, in our own century India represented the greatest moral force known to modern history and wrested its freedom, without weapons, from the largest empire on earth.

A rich, bountiful nation, that has been pillaged so often in the last millennium that much of its constituency is reduced to abysmal poverty, is rising as an economic force once again. This is going beyond cricket, of course. But can you really expect India to exhibit fairness towards those who have been far from fair to it? We must. In some ways, BCCI’s actions will reflect what we can expect from the Indian government in the larger, more important context of world economics and politics.

Let us first take a look at some of what the BCCI plans to do with its fast-growing money cache.

  • Providing pension to ex-cricketers
  • Doubling the pay of first-class cricketers
  • Setting up a website
  • Improving facilities at stadiums across the nation
  • Setting up a domestic one-day competition
  • Supporting other sports in India

IS Bindra gave a brief interview on the last day of the 2nd Test against England at Mohali where he identified two major problems with Indian cricket that the board would like to address. The first was that the Indian paying public was being short-changed. Anybody who has attended cricket matches in India (at places other than Mohali) knows exactly what he’s talking about. Having to stand in long lines to get tickets and get into the ground, not being allowed to take water bottles into the ground, not always having shade over your head, having to put up with disgusting restrooms, etc. are just a few of the problems. The second problem Bindra mentioned was that in terms of facilities and infrastructure, India was about 50 years behind Australia. I don’t know how reliable that number is, but his point is well-taken. We can assume a considerable chunk of the Indian board’s income will address these two issues.

All in all, the Indian cricket board is using the money quite wisely. And amid all this, there’s talk of increasing transparency in the Indian board’s dealings. All these things are good for Indian cricket and I don’t see personal greed involved anywhere. And after all, the country that funnels so much money into cricket should be able to improve its standard of the game (which will help further increase the sport’s cashflow).

This brings us to the question of other countries. I, as a cricket fan, am happier that India’s going to be playing more against tougher competition. Before the Pawar-led BCCI intervened, Australia was scheduled to next tour India in 2010. Can you imagine that? The current generation of superstars on both the teams would’ve never faced each other again on Indian soil.

However, the question of helping out other nations is a valid one. It is important that we realize that Bangladesh is today where we were 40-50 years ago. In that sense, India must realize its duty to cricket. England’s antics when it came to touring India in the last century still leaves a bad taste in everybody’s mouths. We must not do the same to Bangladesh. There were talks that Bangladesh wouldn’t be treated properly when they tour India, but I doubt that would happen. Same thing with the Champions Trophy. Once it’s moved to a time slot that doesn’t always overlap the Indian cricket season, I think the Indian board will be happy.

India has a bright future ahead, and all signs at this point suggest India has the wisdom to go with the power.

Keeping up with the Joneses

March 16, 2006

Aww, and there’s Humpty Dumpty…

– Dean Jones, referring to SpongeBob SquarePants in the crowd during the 2nd Test between India and England at Mohali

Blooper of the day

February 27, 2006

I’m quite happy for England to have these injuries because it puts the pressure back on India.

– Nasser Hussain, former England captain