My ramblings for the week


  • India won the Bangladesh series, but still lost! The heat and humidity took its toll. Playing against a lowly ranked nation ensured that the series had no impact on its test rankings. Issues before the series still remain issues after the series and people ended up criticizing the players/team no matter what.
  • Who is the new coach? It seemed like Whatmore was a clear favorite, but it appears not. Shastri (who would have been the ideal candidate) has his commitments, and doesn’t want to continue. Some players have asked for a foreign coach. Some, like Miandad think (who cares what he thinks anyway?) it is a bad idea. If we don’t pick a foreign coach, who would we pick – Jimmy Amarnath, Sandeep Patil, Madan Lal? Maybe we should think about someone like – Sanjay Manjrekar. He doesn’t have much coaching background, but neither did Shastri. The trouble is people who are capable don’t want the job.  If Whatmore gets the job, I would like to see Robin Singh being made the assistant coach. While Prasad continues on as the bowling coach, we should go hire separate batting and fielding coaches. While on this topic, how about getting a coach for the spinners? And with 2 wicket keepers in the team, we could do with a WK coach. At the rate at which I am going, we will have more coaches than players in the team 🙂 But the thing is some of these posts do not have to be full time permanent ones.
  • Around 30 players were selected for a camp for the England tour. Beating the second best test team in the world in their own backyard is not going to be easy and as the domestic season in India is over, players (like Sehwag, Pathan etc) would have had no way of proving themselves. Hopefully, the camp will provide them an opportunity. The England tour will be tough even without Flintoff
  • The South Africa/India ODI series in Belfast is now in doubt. Good! The schedule is still packed though and India will play just one tour game in Australia before the test series. Not an ideal preparation for a tough tour.

-Mahesh-

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One response to “My ramblings for the week

  1. No VVIP treatment for Dravid at Tirupati

    Tirupati, June. 2 (PTI): Sans any VVIP treatment, Indian cricket captain Rahul Dravid and his family members offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara near here after standing in the queue for around 45 minutes.

    As the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the temple, had recently imposed a ban on providing free VVIP treatment to non-protocol visitors like cricketers and film stars, Dravid and his family had to purchase VIP tickets of Rs 500 each to have darshan of the Lord yesterday.

    They had to wait in the queue for about 45 minutes for the darsan, temple sources told PTI.

    The TTD had decided not to give special treatment to some visitors in the wake of strong criticism from several quarters over the VVIP treatment accorded to the newly-wed film stars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai last month.

    But TTD officials ensured that Dravid and his family members had a comfortable stay at the temple town.

    “They were provided a good paid guesthouse,” the sources said.

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