Vinod Kambli and the English media

Vinod Kambli and the English media

Post by Anand Sriniva » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 02:53:00


Caught these from the issues of Times Of India:

Even English sportswriters, specifically those at the Guardian
and the Independent (Martin Johnson?) were reluctant to
praise Kambli's magnificent double century at Bombay. One paper
even ran a headline: "Low caste Kambli [refering to his lower
caste origins] lays England low." Since when did caste take
precedence to cricketing class? While I was always wary of the
English snobbery, I did have an admiration for what the English
sportswriters wrote, especially in matters cricket. But now ....
I don't know. Maybe I should obtain all my cricketing information
from the rsc :-).

On a positive side, the British PM congratualted India on their
performance. He did this while he was on a trip to the US.

Venkatraghavan, apparently, has taken a liking to Kambli. And
gave him valuable advice on how to concentrate and build longer
innings. No wonder Kambli's big innings came soon thereafter and
when Venkat was the umpire :-) Is Venkat also one of the umpires
in the Delhi test against Zimbabwe? Some food for English scribers
pen....:-)

Talking of food...One English fan[atic], suggested in a
letter to the Indian High commission in London that the Indian
Government should not try to "poison" the English team. Hmmm.
Talking about English poisoning and airing it on the rsc is one
thing, but writing it to the Indian High Commission!! :-)

Kambli's 224 was the highest by an Indian (left hander?) at
Bombay. Previous highest was some 154 by Vijay Hazare.

The thought of breaking Gavaskar's record was very much on
VK's mind. Only, it weighed too heavily on him.

Also, VK is really India's most valuable player - in ways more
than one. Apparently, he wears a heavy gold chain around his
neck :-)

And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have
not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  

That's all, folks.

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Post by Rajesh Ram » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 09:25:04

: Caught these from the issues of Times Of India:
:
: Even English sportswriters, specifically those at the Guardian
: and the Independent (Martin Johnson?) were reluctant to
: praise Kambli's magnificent double century at Bombay. One paper
: even ran a headline: "Low caste Kambli [refering to his lower
: caste origins] lays England low." Since when did caste take
: precedence to cricketing class? While I was always wary of the
: English snobbery, I did have an admiration for what the English
: sportswriters wrote, especially in matters cricket. But now ....
: I don't know. Maybe I should obtain all my cricketing information
: from the rsc :-).

        This "low caste" thing, I think, is the result of superficial
        and maybe prejudicial knowledge of India and its people. While
        it is very much true that the caste system had a hold in India a
        while back, I haven't heard of any discrimination in the game of
        cricket against players who were of supposedly "low caste"
        origins. Has anyone else?

        Reminds of an incident a few months back when an American kid
        who had been watching me from the corner of his eye, in the
        manner that kids are wont to do, finally mustered up the nerve
        to ask me ...

        "Do you, by any chance, have your Flying Carpet with you?"

        I replied ...

        "No, the Govt didn't let me bring it with me."

        To which he said, in all his innocence ...

        "Hey! No wonder Dad always says the govt is bad."

        --;-)
        Rajesh Raman

 
 
 

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Post by Neeran M. Karn » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 09:26:00

Quote:

>Even English sportswriters, specifically those at the Guardian
>and the Independent (Martin Johnson?) were reluctant to
>praise Kambli's magnificent double century at Bombay. One paper
>even ran a headline: "Low caste Kambli [refering to his lower
>caste origins] lays England low." Since when did caste take
>precedence to cricketing class? While I was always wary of the

        Disgusting, indeed.... Are you sure it wasn't the Sun? :-)

Quote:
>English snobbery, I did have an admiration for what the English
>sportswriters wrote, especially in matters cricket. But now ....
>I don't know. Maybe I should obtain all my cricketing information
>from the rsc :-).

        Of course you should! And not just information, knowledge as
        well! After all, here on r.s.c., we're blessed with the
        *relentless* efforts of luminaries like Talluri and Scrooge to
        impart their wisdom to the "lesser mortals" :-) (TM-Porky!).

Quote:
>On a positive side, the British PM congratualted India on their
>performance. He did this while he was on a trip to the US.

        His hosts must have stared at him, wondering what he was
        talking about :-)

Quote:
>Venkatraghavan, apparently, has taken a liking to Kambli. And
>gave him valuable advice on how to concentrate and build longer
>innings. No wonder Kambli's big innings came soon thereafter and
>when Venkat was the umpire :-) Is Venkat also one of the umpires
>in the Delhi test against Zimbabwe? Some food for English scribers
>pen....:-)

        :-) Actually, I was a little surprised at the number of games
        that Venkat got during the England tour - he had at least one
        Test (two, I think - 1st and 3rd), a couple of ODIs, and a
        couple of the tour matches as well! Where are all the other
        umpires? Of course, the fact that Venkat impressed everyone
        could have much to do with it...

Quote:
>Kambli's 224 was the highest by an Indian (left hander?) at
>Bombay. Previous highest was some 154 by Vijay Hazare.

        ??? I'm pretty sure Hazare was right handed.... in which case,
        his 154 wasn't the highest score by an Indian at Bombay either
        - Gavaskar scored 205 against Kalli's Windies.

Quote:
>The thought of breaking Gavaskar's record was very much on
>VK's mind. Only, it weighed too heavily on him.

        Ah, I bet it isn't easy, breaking records set by the master
        himself :-) Since his 236*, at least 4 double tons have been
        scored for India without going past that figure :-)

Quote:
>Also, VK is really India's most valuable player - in ways more
>than one. Apparently, he wears a heavy gold chain around his
>neck :-)

        .... which is noticeable only when he's on the cricket field -
        at other times, I suppose it's dwarfed by the fluorescent
        clothing and jazzy eyewear :-)

Quote:
>And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
>While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have
>not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
>need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  

        Perhaps it's just as well I wasn't there :-) I might have got
        into a ***y weeny bit of an argument with those guys booing
        Sachin :-)

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Post by Scrooge McDuc » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 10:34:58

Anand Srinivasa writes
;:
;:And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
;:While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have
;:not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
;:need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  
;:
I guess there is place for only 1 batsman in the India line-up

McDuck

;:That's all, folks.
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Post by C.S. Sudarshana Bh » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 11:18:00


Quote:

>>Even English sportswriters, specifically those at the Guardian
>>and the Independent (Martin Johnson?) were reluctant to
>>praise Kambli's magnificent double century at Bombay. One paper
>>even ran a headline: "Low caste Kambli [refering to his lower
>>caste origins] lays England low." Since when did caste take
>>precedence to cricketing class? While I was always wary of the

>    Disgusting, indeed.... Are you sure it wasn't the Sun? :-)

  The SUN?  Again?  [Sorry to all the "Hindu-mythology-impaired"].
  It does sound like the sportswriters' version of 'sour gripes'.

[...]

Quote:
>    well! After all, here on r.s.c., we're blessed with the
>    *relentless* efforts of luminaries like Talluri and Scrooge to
>    impart their wisdom to the "lesser mortals" :-) (TM-Porky!).

  Relentless is right ;-).

Quote:

>>On a positive side, the British PM congratualted India on their
>>performance. He did this while he was on a trip to the US.

>    His hosts must have stared at him, wondering what he was
>    talking about :-)

  "Indian Cricket(er)s are wonderful!" sez Major -- Headline in the
  latest issue of the National Enquirer.

Quote:

>>Venkatraghavan, apparently, has taken a liking to Kambli. And
>>gave him valuable advice on how to concentrate and build longer
>>innings. No wonder Kambli's big innings came soon thereafter and

  I read in a newspaper (don't remember if it was the
  Times of India or that of England :) that Gavaskar had given some advice
  to Kambli when the latter was 179 or so (basically, at stumps) during the
  Bombay Test.  Kambli hasn't looked back since.  That Gavaskar got into an
  argument with a member of the staff [or some other such 'lesser mortal'
  <tm> ;)] as to whether he (Gavaskar) had been scolding Kambli or only
  passing some tips, was reported in the newspaper as well ...

Quote:
>>when Venkat was the umpire :-) Is Venkat also one of the umpires
>>in the Delhi test against Zimbabwe? Some food for English scribers
>>pen....:-)

  Now I get it.  The English scribes are *actually* using poisened pens
  to write their articles ;-) ;-).

Quote:

>    :-) Actually, I was a little surprised at the number of games
>    that Venkat got during the England tour - he had at least one
>    Test (two, I think - 1st and 3rd), a couple of ODIs, and a
>    couple of the tour matches as well! Where are all the other
>    umpires? Of course, the fact that Venkat impressed everyone

  Swaroop Kishen (India's best - imo, of course!) is no more.  As to
  the rest, maybe they've retired ... (the better ones, I mean)??

[...]

Quote:
>>The thought of breaking Gavaskar's record was very much on
>>VK's mind. Only, it weighed too heavily on him.

>    Ah, I bet it isn't easy, breaking records set by the master
>    himself :-) Since his 236*, at least 4 double tons have been
>    scored for India without going past that figure :-)

  Throw in a 199 too (close enough :).  VGK might be making sure that
  no score between 224 and 236 is left unscored!!  After all, that is
  the way Bubka is setting his records - a centimetre at a time :-)

Quote:
>>Also, VK is really India's most valuable player - in ways more
>>than one. Apparently, he wears a heavy gold chain around his
>>neck :-)

>    .... which is noticeable only when he's on the cricket field -
>    at other times, I suppose it's dwarfed by the fluorescent
>    clothing and jazzy eyewear :-)

  The Agassi syndrome?? ;-)

Quote:
>>And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
>>While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have
>>not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
>>need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  

>    Perhaps it's just as well I wasn't there :-) I might have got
>    into a ***y weeny bit of an argument with those guys booing
>    Sachin :-)

  Actually, there is a possibility that SRT was upset at VGK's having
  'shielded' the former from the bowlers when he (SRT) had been nearing
  his century in Madras.  Any more leads on this - newspaper reports ...??

Quote:

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                           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
  How about a translation, Neeran? :-)

Quote:
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  Impressive but we still can't afford to go overboard :-(.  
  SMG had 4 7 2 (or is it '6 1'??) 774 154.80 ... and then took ages to get
  to 1000 (relatively).

  Ciao.
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Post by PVR Narasimha R » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 16:31:31


|>      +~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~+
|>      | Neeran M. Karnik | VeeKayFan phir khush hua! :-)                    |
|>      | Dept. of CompSci.| ------------------------------------------------ |
|>      | U of Minnesota   | T:4  I:5  NO:1  R:545  Av:136.25  200s:2  50s:1  |
|>      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

A very trivial correction/doubt:

Shouldn't his aggregate be 544 (and hence the average be 136)?

I think his scores so far are 16, 18*; 59; 224; 227. Have I got
something wrong?

BTW, Tendulkar's laTEST STATS:

  M     I     NO    HST    RUNS     AVRG    100 / 50 /  0
 25    37      3    165    1522   44.7647     5 /  8 /  3

The Shardashram Batting Trio has scored more than 1000 runs for
India in the last 3 test innings at around 125 runs per wicket
(with each of them making 3 consecutive half-centuries)!

PVR

 
 
 

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Post by Rohan Koduvayur Kri Chandr » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 17:30:27


Quote:

>|>      | U of Minnesota   | T:4  I:5  NO:1  R:545  Av:136.25  200s:2  50s:1  |
>|>      ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

>A very trivial correction/doubt:

>Shouldn't his aggregate be 544 (and hence the average be 136)?

>I think his scores so far are 16, 18*; 59; 224; 227. Have I got
>something wrong?

Well, my stats agree with Neeran on this one... I have Kambli on 545
as well. I have a feeling that I had him as 19* in that second innings
of his... perhaps that's where the differences creep in.

Quote:

>BTW, Tendulkar's laTEST STATS:

>  M     I     NO    HST    RUNS     AVRG    100 / 50 /  0
> 25    37      3    165    1522   44.7647     5 /  8 /  3

Agree completely with these....

Rohan [with an updated .sig now... fully uptodate infact seeing as we
haven't managed to get rid of either Flower so far today... :-(]

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1992 League Cup & Super Cup       *  KAMBLI    -  545 (136.25/ 2 in  5/1)
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Post by PVR Narasimha R » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 16:44:58

|> And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
|> While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have

Probably. But, look at this:

In the Jaipur ODI in which Kambli and SRT scored 100* and 81*
respectively, SRT kept giving strike to VGK whenever he got it,
esp after VGK reached 80s. VGK was getting bogged down probably
due to nervousness. But, SRT didn't mind it. In the penultimate
over of the match, for example, VGK needed _4_ balls to score a
single (he was in late 90s then). But still SRT seemed to be
keen to let his friend finish his maiden ODI century (FYI, SRT
hasn't yet scored one!). If SRT hadn't bothered to give strike
to VGK, he could've got his highest ODI score!

In a test, it hardly matters whether you give strike to the guy
nearing his century or not. One's selfishness (or lack of it)
will be seen in ODIs in the situations like the above, not in
the middle of a test innings .......

|> not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
|> need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  

PVR

 
 
 

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Post by PVR Narasimha R » Wed, 17 Mar 1993 18:03:26



|> >|>      | U of Minnesota   | T:4  I:5  NO:1  R:545  Av:136.25  200s:2  50s:1  

|> >Shouldn't his aggregate be 544 (and hence the average be 136)?
|> >
|> >I think his scores so far are 16, 18*; 59; 224; 227. Have I got
|> >something wrong?

|> Well, my stats agree with Neeran on this one... I have Kambli on 545
|> as well. I have a feeling that I had him as 19* in that second innings
|> of his... perhaps that's where the differences creep in.

Well, yes, there was some confusion about the final scores in
that innings as everyone was more occupied with celebrating the

aggregate as 317. That means he made 18* and not 19* and
317+227=544 (assuming that Reuter report was accurate).

PVR

 
 
 

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Post by Bala SWAMINATH » Sun, 21 Mar 1993 05:12:27


Quote:
>And take this: the Bombay crowd booed, of all people, SRT!!!
>While Kambli was nearing his century, SRT was believed to have
>not give more strike to VK. Of course, the elegant VK didn't
>need much. He was well on the way to his century with boundaries.  

That is, I guess, because Tendu was not scoring many runs either, he
was - as you said - just getting taking the strike and blocking it.
If my memory serves correct, I think he made about 78 in 220 deliveries.

If Tendu bad been scoring at a decent pace I don't think the
crowd would have booed, if at all they have (Of course everyone
wants him to score big!)

S_Bala
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Post by Pattabhi Sitar » Mon, 22 Mar 1993 05:47:56


Quote:



>>  I read in a newspaper (don't remember if it was the
>>  Times of India or that of England :) that Gavaskar had given some advice
>>  to Kambli when the latter was 179 or so (basically, at stumps) during the
>    Rumor mill has it that gavaskar deliberately gave kambli wrong
>advice so that kambli will not break his record as highest scorer for
>india. Any comments
>            ;^)
>                                            Satya Mallya

        did Gavaskar advice him two times? :-)

        P.sitaram