Daily Archives: 22 February 2007

Adieu Sujith Somasunder

The former Karnataka opener decided to call it quits in a function at the KSCA attended by Rahul Dravid, Venkatesh Prasad and other Karnataka team-mates. Dravid called it a “bitter sweet moment” in any cricketers’ life. He said, “You remember the good events in your career and Sujith, I am sure, will look back at his 15-year long career with immense satisfaction.” Dravid played with and alongside Sujith Somasundar through his school and representative cricket career.

Sujith Somasunder was yet another “domestic bully” who never quite cut the cloth in the international circuit. He was initially not an opener, but on Anil Kumble’s advice, took to opening (I think). He was touted as the next big thing after Gavaskar in those days when India was desperately chasing that right elusive opener. It was also during those halcyon days of Karnataka supremacy when Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Venkatesh Prasad, Sunil Joshi, Dodda Ganesh, David Johnson, et al, were entrenched in or hovering around the Indian team make up. Enter Sujith Somasunder. Exit Sujith Somasunder after representing India in only 2 ODIs (one each against South Africa and Australia).

— Mohan

Player contracts mess…

Indian players are currently without a contract. I am working on a piece on this — which I will hopefully complete over the weekend. After talking about an overhaul of the system to deliver purely-performance-based-contracts, and then saying that contracts will be ready prior to the World Cup. the BCCI has reneged on the deal. Yet again, Indian cricket is in limbo-land. I was surprised to read in an article today in The Times of India, that only eight (the “Super Eight”) who are expected to play in both forms of the game — Tests and ODIs — will be offered contracts. They are: Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. Virender Sehwag and Irfan Pathan miss out! Whether the “Super Eight” have a contract before the World Cup remains to be seen.

— Mohan

Shifting Gears Again!

Amidst utter confusion, it has emerged that India will wear its new Nike-designed gear for the World Cup, with a few logo/branding changes. Have a look at the definitive Cricinfo article on the article (of clothing) here!

— Mohan