> > I didnt really expect Nilesh to be captain - he was skipper 2 years ago,
> > and then they moved on and brought in Amol over him. I dunno if they
> > would want to go back to Nilesh again, not with Jaffer available and
> > playing.
> So you don't think this has anything to do with the rumors of him
> joining ICL?
I dont, no. He was listed in the squad with Jaffer captain... they
he had some interest in the ICL only after that, and immediately
him from the side for Mungela (he had not yet made a decision, this
was 2 days ago, but the selectors said that they were making their
own decision since he was actually considering ICL at the time, and
had asked them for more time to make up his mind... they said they
were making their decision, and not waiting for him to make up his
mind on it).
News came thru today that Nilesh *has* decided to join the ICL - after
the selectors dropped himso promptly from the Nissar squad, he
saw it was his best choice.
On the whole, I think Iam glad for Nilesh. Was thinking about it when
rumours first broke a couple days ago... he would be very useful to us
this year, maybe our #1 spinner for some matches (when Powar isnt
around). But he is old, doesnt have 3 more years left for us, surely -
I had even written here a year ago that I thought his best bet was to
move to a different Ranji side as a "pro". Also, Bombay wants to give
more games to Iqbal Abdullah.. he would be #2 spinner to Nilesh when
Powar is away, and Abdullah is a left-arm-orthodox too, and you really
want a little more variety than that.
Nilesh has been a great servant for Bombay cricket - has served us
and well, playing huge roles in some of our biggest triumphs. I
especially his match-winning haul against Delhi in the Ranji final at
Gwalior (he was one of the top wickettakers of the year that season in
all the Ranjis, it led to his eventual picking for India). I remember
5-fer to beat Australia in one of Bombay's finest hours at the
Stadium. And his first-day 6-fer in the Ranji final against TN in
a couple of years ago, which set up another title win (the batsmen
responded to the 300 total with about 600, which clinched the game
right there). The only sad thing is that he got left out of the XI for
Ranji final on the morning of the game a few months ago... IMHO it was
a mistake, and its sad to think that was the last time he was part of
the Bombay squad, being left out for the biggest game of the year.
We could have used Nilesh's services for another year or so before
moving onto Abdullah, maybe... but he deserves to get a 90-lakh-
years severance package more than most others, and he will get it
from ICL (BCA would have been more thrifty with their money :-) And
the added bonus is that he wont end up leading a team *against*
us, which would have been bittersweet for both him and us fans :-)
FWIW, I feel similarly about Amol, BTW. He is our captain, and Id love
to see him play on for Bombay... but we are probably in a bit of a
rebuilding mode, unlikely to win a title this year (last year was
Amol's finest hour, with a fantastic comeback and 3 titles). Amol too,
however, will probably not get another *three* years with Bombay. If
ICL really offers him a fantastic deal which can serve as a genuinely
great severance package... ok, it'd be nice if they ideally waited
year (or maybe even two) before offering it :-), but Id be glad for
to have that opportunity to set himself up, they are clearly
at this time after all. He isnt gone yet, but if and when he goes, he
still remain a Bombay Bat to me (and it may even give me some
to look at the ICL scorecards once in a while, to see how he is doing
> > > This year, it's going to Maharashtra all the way!
> > All the way down to Div2? I think they'll do better than that, you
> > shouldnt be so pessimistic :-)
> Haven't we like beaten you 2 years in a row or something? :-)
Group B: Maharashtra v Mumbai at Nasik - Jan 10-13, 2007
Mumbai 515/8d; Maharashtra 190 and 171
Mumbai won by an innings and 154 runs.
Seven months ago, that was. How soon they forget! Theek hai, yeh
saal ek baar phir naani yaad dilana padega.
> > Maharashta is doing its typical thing, paying money to lure mercenaries
> > (unlike us, who win by developing our own!) They have stolen away
> > Venugopal Rao from Andhra this year ,which should be a pretty good
> > pickup, really.
> Hmm... A few names come to mind: Karsan Ghavri, Vinoo Mankad, Munaf
> Patel, Zaheer Khan.
Bah. Zaheer we taught to bowl, when all he was thinking of was Civil
Engineering (Sudhir Naik at National took a hand). Munaf was at
MRF Pace Academy! Who do you think took remedial action against
that disease, and sudhrofied the poor boy enough so that one day he
could actually bowl for India, despite the early handicap TA Shekhar's
goons had saddled him with? Of course, as soon as we had fixed
the poor chap and set him on the Right Path, the Maharashtrians
come and steal him away with fithly lucre... but luckily they only had
for a year, not enough time to ruin him before he reached India level!
Vinoobhai we also taught to play - and he was so grateful he gave us
his sons to continue our Ranji-title tradition!
> Venugopal Rao was acquired in a hurry to replace Sriram who has joined
> ICL. Venugopal Rao made a statement the other day that his ancestry
> is Marathi; not sure if he was serious.
Is Yalaka a Marathi name, then?
Sadiq [ damn Madrasis caused it to rain on us 2 straight days in
> Sanjiv Karmarkar