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Fun on the Run – Breaking news III

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 20, 2008

Back to the wall situation for Rahul Dravid but he himself was The Wall and he had his back to that immense wall that he had built over 12 years when his form deserted him in the past one year or so.

Most cricket lovers in the country including yours truly cried for his head.

He walked out to bat under tremendous pressure and like his current form (prior to this test) the weather was gloomy (more suited for the English bowlers?) and there was added pressure of India having lost Sehwag the devastator when the Indian score was just 6.

And what an innings Dravid played. Full of application and determination. He just completed a hundred. I will rate this hundred of his as equal to his hundred made in the historic Kolkatta test against Australia since the pressure here was no less than the pressure that he faced while batting in that test, except that this was more personal. A veteran of 10K run having to prove to himself that he is still good and speak with his bat to his detractors.

From Back to the Wall situation, Dravid has now come back to the forefront with runs under his belt. For India, it is a happy return back to THE WALL. 🙂

Hats off Rahul Dravid.

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Is India justified in not touring Pakistan?

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 19, 2008

In the aftermath of last month’s deadly terror strike in Mumbai, Indian Government has communicated to BCCI to call off the Indian Cricket Team’s tour to Pakistan. So the tour is off now.

One may note that it is not the first time that the relationship between the two countries have soured and it is not the first time that cricketing ties between the two countries gets strained due to the political issues.

If I remember correctly, India did not play Pakistan for 17 long years (from 1961 to 1978). In those times however matches were few and far between and the two countries had also fought two wars in the interim period.

Then the cricketing ties resumed in 1978 (Gen Zia was at the helm in Pakistan at that time) and the friendship tours went on till 1999 without any trouble. Then Kargil happened and it made no sense for both countries to play cricket when both countries were waging a war. Once again between 1999 to 2004 there were no cricket tours between the two countries though they played against each other in a world cup match in 2003 as the same could not be avoided by both the teams being an international tournament.

One will agree that it made no sense to play cricket when there was serious animosity between the two countries and wars waged.

The various wars that we have fought in the past is one of the reasons why any sports encounter between the two countries is keenly followed by fans from both countries, whether resident or non-resident. A sporting victory is almost always celebrated as if it was a victory in a war. And die hard cricket fan in these countries rate the cricket matches between India and Pakistan higher and bigger than the Ashes clash between Australia and England.

Thus, a cricket match is not simply seen as a cricket match but more like a war but paradoxically is also seen as some kind of friendship extension. This paradox is mainly because of the reason we play cricket and even tout it as a friendship gesture in times of peace and stop playing cricket once the friendship is strained.

Irrespective, it should be noted that every time the two countries stopped sporting ties, there was a war. However, this time there is no war, at least till now. It was a terrorist attack. But, the terrorist attack in Mumbai has shaken the very pedestal of the good faith and friendship that the two countries enjoyed. It is not war, but fast developing into a war like situation.

When the souls are wounded, it is not possible to play games with the very same country purported to be the breeding ground for terrorists.

Thus, it is not for the fear of terrorist attacks or security concerns that India has called off the Pakistan tour, it is because of the wounds of 26/11 terror attack on India’s financial capital. One should also recall that India offered to tour Pakistan and supported Pakistan’s cause just a few months back when few other countries like Australia and England were refusing to visit Pakistan for the Champions Trophy.

Hence, in my opinion, India is very well justified in not touring Pakistan right now.

Results of all test matches played between India and Pakistan is available here
Results of all one day matches played between the two teams is available here

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A cricket fan’s letter to Rahul Dravid

Posted by Sathyamurthy www.sathyamurthy.com on December 19, 2008

Dear Dravid,

We very easily get the scores that you score from extras. We have no problem in going in with 10 players into a test match as thenwe will not have someone (a) waste deliveries (b) create pressure for other players (c) drop catches. Extras plays better than you in any given match.

We humbly request you to take a leaf out of Dada’s books and say Tata!

Best wishes for your retired life, do not make us tire any more.

Regards
A Cricket Fan
(aka Triplicani)

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