Sunday, May 28, 2006

Winless in West Indies ..

Been just 30 mins since Ajit Agarkar got caught at the mid wicket boundary , marking the end of a horrendous series (atleast for us Indians ). Though the defeat doesnt come as much of a surprise , it is still quite rankling.
Feel pretty sad for myself and the millions across India who sacrifice their sleep just in the hope that we'll finally put it across them.
What could have happened to the team in the period of just 20 days ? Weren't we world beaters till just the other day ? Paper tigers ? Bunch of chokers ? Or just a minor lapse in form ?
Take ur pick ...

Heres my report card on some of India's key players:

Rahul Dravid : 4 points
Did nothing of note in the series other than a typical back to the wall innings in the first ODI. Highly unimaginative captaincy.Let alone the imagination , even basic common sense was lacking on more than one occasions. High time he bid adieu to the opening slot.The middle order needs him.

Virendra Sehwag : 5 points.
2 special innings , 3 disgusting ones , 1 good bowling spell and a whole lot of crap while fielding. But atleast he seems to be regaining his batting confidence.

Irfan Pathan : 2 points.
The biggest flop of the series.Its time the hype around him dies down.Javed Miandad was right. He certainly isn't as special as he is made out to be.( I knew it right from day one .. Even before Javed bhai ).

Mahendra Singh Dhoni : 2 points.
Zero for the work behind the stumps.Absolutely uninspiring performance..One passable innings of 44 isn't good enough.

Yuvraj Singh : 7 points.
The Pied Piper of Punjab keeps tugging at our hearts with those languid drives.Looked in brilliant touch yet again barring the first match.No complaints.

Mohd. Kaif : 7 points.
Three good innings.Although he almost muffed it up in the 1st ODI. Needs to add a few attacking shots to his armoury. Good showing nevertheless..

Harbhajan Singh : 6 points.
Lara bashed him in the 4th ODI .. But then .. A Lara in full flow could take any bowler to the cleaners.
Needs to take a few wickets alongwith maintaining a good economy.

Ajit Agarkar : 8 points.
Its high time people give the man his due.He was the best player for India during the series.Gets 9 points for his bowling and -1 for his batting. NO HE JUST ISNT AN ALLROUNDER. Dean Jones you better get that. The earlier , the better.

Raina , Sreesanth , Munaf , Powar would've realised that international cricket probably isn't as easy as they might like to believe.
This is just the West Indies we lost to. Whats gonna happen against he Aussies and the Proteans ?
Scary thought that.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Insanity !

Hmm .. Well .. Probably this comes a little late in the day .. But don't blame me for all the delay. Its the Mumbai University you gotta hold responsible.Got me all tied up with these semester exams ..( My boredom and lack of ideas too did have a small part to play).

The last few weeks , infact the last month has had us witness to some of the most unbelievable, illogical and demented thinking ever heard of. Yes .. U guessed it right .. Heres another blog on our favourite topic.

No .. I've got nothing against reservations.But what really bothers me is the real idea behind it and the way the entire ministry is going about implementing it. Aren't reservations supposed to me made for the down trodden , poor sections of the society which has the talent , but not the necessary resources at their disposal to grow in life. Then why should it matter whether the individual is an OBC or a SC or ST or a VJ or a KHDJDHD ?
23 percent reservations for SC/ST + 27 percent for OBCS ... What happens to the monetarily challenged yet brilliant 'Brahmin' child in the hutment next door ? Where does that leave him ?

A certain 'Dalit/OBC?SC ....' leader Ramadoss states that "Reservations should be made for all OBCs" !!
Now .. Why should my very good friend who happens to be from one of those lower sections of the society , yet owns a house in one of the costliest places in the town , has a couple of cars , be allowed to make avail of the reservations meant only for the less fortunate ?
Hopefully good sense will prevail at the end of the whole issue.

The news channels have found a new , probably even more interesting topic to discuss these days.So have I ..
Aamir Khan , Fanaah and the Narmada Dam.
As far as what I saw and heard .. All the King Khan ( yeah .. Hes more deserving of the title ) said was
" According to the Supreme Court directives, all those people getting displaced because of the construction of the dam should be relocated."
Dint that sound like a completely logical sentence raising the most pertinent of points ? Then why all the hoopla over the entire issue ? He never had any problem with the project , all he is concerned about is whether the villagers are being reimbursed in the right way. Whats the problem then ?

Weird country , insane people.