>>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'.
> 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 ;-).
>>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.
>>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 ...
>>when Venkat was the umpire :-) Is Venkat also one of the umpires
>>in the Delhi test against Zimbabwe? Some food for English scribers
Now I get it. The English scribes are *actually* using poisened pens
to write their articles ;-) ;-).
> :-) 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)??
>>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 :-)
>>Also, VK is really India's most valuable player - in ways more
>>than one. Apparently, he wears a heavy gold chain around his
> .... 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?? ;-)
>>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 ...??
> | Neeran M. Karnik | VeeKayFan phir khush hua! :-) |
How about a translation, Neeran? :-)
> | Dept. of CompSci.| ------------------------------------------------ |
> | U of Minnesota | T:4 I:5 NO:1 R:545 Av:136.25 200s:2 50s:1 |
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).