News in brief: Friday 11 May 2007


-Mahesh-

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8 responses to “News in brief: Friday 11 May 2007

  1. Rahul Dravid, before becoming the captain was highly consistent with his bat. He has rescued India in difficult situations. Of late, his failure with the bat has had a big impact in the series SA, WC 2007.

    Hopefully, he gets back to his form and not let the captaincy affect his performance.

  2. meanwhile, spare a thought for sourav who is out in the cold again. more on this at The punishment for success.

  3. Ganguly is a very “selfish” player. He is only interested in his score and not the team.

    Mathew Hayden and Jayasurya are great players.

  4. Has Indian team fallen so low that a win against Bangladesh is being celebrated.That too in a match where top order again failed.Dravid should be dropped for his consistent bad performance and backing a even more inconsistent Sehwag.How many matches has Dravid really saved India and won a match(a la Kapil dev in WC 83)? None. So what makes him qualified to be a captain.Australia has raised the standards to great heights.A wc performance where even their middle order didn’t have to bat and here we are celebrating a match won by tailenders…. We have certainly hit dumps in Dravid’s captaincy.And I completely agree with gnbmdr for once, Saurav is a very selfish player.

  5. gnbmdr:

    Pray could you provide some background, some context or some data for such a brazen and audacious statement on Ganguly? BTW, I am happy to provide am argument that contradicts your hypothesis. But my surmise — based on the vociferousness of your chest-thump — is that you won’t be interested in hearing it. Still, I’d be intersted in a substantive backing of your opinion.

    It is an opinion, no doubt. But pray is there data/analysis/synthesis behind that statement or is it as well-researched as your support of anything from Tamilnadu? 🙂

  6. mohankaus:

    the fact that Ganguly is a selfish player can not be proved by statistics.

    In a one-day match, typically for each team there is a target atleast one boundary per over and a few singles if possible. To hit a four/six, one has to take chances. Watching Ganguly over the years, Ganguly does not want to take that chance, by losing his wicket. You may disregard my view.

    After the debacle of the WC, Greg Chappell AND “Sanjay Jagdale ” came to the same conclusion – Ganguly disobeyed the team orders for pushing the run rate.

  7. gnbmdr:

    I did not ask for statistics. I know enough about cricket to know that a random opinion like the one you made cannot be backed by statistics.

    However, I expected a bit more than a chest-beat. Hence my poser to you…

    I will use your exact same observation to prove a different hypothesis.

    gnbmdr’s observation:
    “In a one-day match, typically for each team there is a target atleast one boundary per over and a few singles if possible. To hit a four/six, one has to take chances. Watching Ganguly over the years, Ganguly does not want to take that chance, by losing his wicket.”

    Alternate hypothesis:
    Ganguly is such a wondrful team-man. He has curbed his natural instincts as well as his innate desire to be admired as an attractive cricketer. He now plays for the team’s cause by accumulating in singles.

    Your observation would lend credence to the alternate hypothesis just as easily.

    Which hypothesis you use depends on your frame of reference and your own inherent biases. I have data that proves the hypothesis that your biases swing between “pro-Tamilnadu” and “Ganguly-bashing”. You are welcome to it, but when that position is challenged every now and then my only hope is that you do not develop a flush under the collar 🙂

    QED

    — Mohan

  8. gnbmdr:

    Your point about Sanjay Jagdale’s opinion and Greg Chappell’s view on Ganguly is nothing short of malicious gossip. Could you point me to an authentic reference to such material please?

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