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Wednesday, February 01, 2006


I no longer watch cricket unless the OZs are playing. It has to do with the form of The Great Man. God, maybe its time for you to bid adieu. There will be none like you. Shine On You Crazy Diamond.....

P.S: Fuck, the ungrateful people have such a short memory!


  • I know. It almost seems like I have the anti-Midas touch... everyone I like is going downhill. First Illayaraja, then this.

    But seriously, I really liked the way Sachin batted in this test - carefree & casual until Laxman got out. After that, he slowed down and whenever he does that he gets out.

    Maybe the thing to do would be to get him a full time psychiatrist.. someone who tells him to forget about the team and play for himself - that way, he'll play much better and help the team out.

    By Anonymous Karthik, at Wed Feb 01, 10:24:00 PM  

  • Karthik,
    "First Illayaraja, then this"
    IR going down????????? C'mon!

    I dont have much hope. Chinna pasanga Dhoni, Sehwag ivanga ellam adikkumbodhu, namma aal edhukku adikkanumnu vittuttaarunnu nenachukka vendiyadhu dhaan...
    For a good # of years, it was virtually a one-man show... Those years man.......
    I've lost interest now... For me, its not about patriotism or the TEAM thing. Its just art.....

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Feb 02, 10:55:00 AM  

  • Hmmm,a die-hard Sachin fan thinking aloud on his retirement.

    I believe he should.His mind is too clouded&he seems incapable of just going out&playing a care-free innings.The art is still there,just see the way he played in the first two one dayers of the India-SL series.

    But I believe his mind has aged along with his body which is why he gets bogged down too often.

    Let him leave b4 anyone gives him the shove.

    "Fuck the ungrateful people"
    How many are there like that?
    Even people who are calling for his retirement are doing so becos they yearn to see the Sachin of old&he has disappeared.The present Sachin is a pain to watch&that's the fact.

    By Anonymous Cinefan, at Thu Feb 02, 12:59:00 PM  

  • Cinefan,
    I agree with you.
    Still there are a lot of guys who just dismiss him and all his accomplishments just because a few kids start scoring runs... i meant those people...
    Yeah better he leaves now before people start doing another "Ganguly" on him.. God, i shudder!

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Thu Feb 02, 02:52:00 PM  

  • toatally totally agree with u on sachin's greatness. i want to see how many of these blokes can replicate the feats he made in 1998 alone. leave alone before that and after that till 2003.

    he is god for me. will always be. its an emotional thing.

    but yeah as nirmal shekar says, sport is a cruel business.
    i had to accept that dravid has played many a match winning innings in the recent past than our great man.

    regarding those who keep barking abt sachin to belittle him, the less said the better.

    the day sachin officially retires from cricket , i will officially retire from watching too.

    By Blogger Prabu Karthik, at Fri Feb 03, 11:24:00 PM  

  • soonpaans,
    While definitely his skills are waning, 'god' has always had some limitations against the moving ball and the short ball all throughout his career. Not to discredit anything but how many tons did he have on seamer's paradises(not that he got many of them)?
    For me, SMG is always 'God', countless are the occasions he came back on Day 1 with 80* after 90 overs and then carried on to 150+ the next day. He had his probs against seam too but better than SRT. And for all that, he was helmetless.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Sun Feb 05, 01:46:00 AM  

  • No wonder Imran called SMG as the most difficult of all - check the 78-79 and 82-83 series in Pak where Immo plundered 40w while SMG often was last out or carried the bat, most of his innings lasted 250+ balls. Bulletproof bulwark, that was SMG

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Sun Feb 05, 01:50:00 AM  

  • Timing, Karthik! :)
    Yet another century from the brilliant man... It's always such a thrill and pleasure to watch him go berserk and demolish bowling attack. My heart almost stops whenever he comes out of the crease. I especially love his straight drive. Just a pat from the little master, and the ball gets 4 written all over it and travels as unwaveringly as an arrow shot from GaNdeevam... :))

    By Blogger Viji, at Mon Feb 06, 03:51:00 PM  

  • PK,
    Right said...

    "but how many tons did he have on seamer's paradises"
    Old Trafford 1990, Perth 1991-92, Melbourne 1999-2000, Bloemfontein 2001 [brilliant counter-attack]???
    One distinguishing feature of Sach's performances many times id the quality of the opposition bowling and the relative performance of his team-members.
    That said, yes, maybe he didn't face the bowlers SMG faced, and yeah McGrath has managed to dominate him...

    Yeah but idha nambi naan adutha match-lerndhu paakka aarambicha thalaivar meendum kavuthiduvarunnu bayama irukku... :(

    By Blogger Bala (Karthik), at Mon Feb 06, 04:59:00 PM  

  • Soonpaans,
    Old Trafford 1990 produced around 1500 runs. Capetown 97 was better than Bloemfontein 2001.
    Point is, if you take the ratio of quality hundreds among batsmen with 20+ hundreds, you will find SRT's ratio very less compared to batsmen like Lloyd, Chappell, Waugh brothers, Sunny,etc
    Point 2: There is an outrageously large # of batsmen with 50+ avgs post-1997. In 70s and 80s, a guy had to be exceptionally good to reach 45.00
    Your other pts accepted.

    By Blogger The Talkative Man, at Tue Feb 07, 08:09:00 PM  

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