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About Brainfade

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  • Birthday 01/05/1970
  1. Tough love, they call it. He is calling these guys out and reminding them of their immense talent for strokeplay, and coaxing them into thinking about curbing their instincts under certain situations. He himself couldn't play strokes like these guys play, but he has a talent that they can acquire - a single-minded focus on the job at hand.
  2. K Gowtham for senior team

    Can he be a #4 bat? Oh wait ... that's why we have Dinesh Karthik :-)! All kidding aside, I am a bit skeptical. He seems like a Jayant Yadav type, maybe a bit more of a hitter.
  3. Time to move Iyer into the big-boy ranks. Another excellent knock.
  4. Thommo - how quick was he?'

    Most of the fear (and concomitant exaggerated respect) came from batsmen not having helmets, prevalence of unfriendly pitches with uneven bounce, and no bouncer laws.
  5. Talent watch

    I get it; his wording reminded me of time when Afridi was 16 y.o. for like 5 years ... just injecting light-heartedness to serious convos is all.
  6. Talent watch

    Good thread. Although it seems like Sarfaraz has been 17 for 2 years now :-). I pick Prithvi Shaw, and think he is ready for big things already.
  7. The no.4 conundrum

    Exactly. No one knows if he is fully fit.
  8. The no.4 conundrum

    Even if selected, will he really be able to play regularly for 20 matches? Hopefully he is healthy now and they pick him for the next series, and then hope he's able to stay injury-free for 20+ matches.
  9. The no.4 conundrum

    After today's performance, I ask ... who needs a freakin' #4 :-)???
  10. The no.4 conundrum

    Am surprised at the love for KLR. Great talent, no doubt. But, he is like the perennial best man who everyone hopes will find the perfect maiden soon, but as soon as he does, he slips and falls at the altar and has to start all over again. Until he can stay healthy for an extended period, there is no point in holding a place for him.
  11. The no.4 conundrum

    ... if he can stay on the field. With him, it is a very important consideration.
  12. Whats with all the wrist slitting?

    Here's another somewhat jazbaati thought. For me personally, if we were up 3-0 against WI, NZ, SA, SL, BD, ZM or AFG, and lost the 4th match, it wouldn't be a big deal. But against AUS, PAK and ENG? I want them crushed every damn time we play them. I may even develop a bit of softitude for ENG and PAK after 20 wins, but against the bloody Ozzies, even 500-0 is not satisfying until it is 501-0. For all their shenanigans over the years, peaking with SPDS' brainfade, they deserve nothing but annihilation against India - every time.
  13. Whats with all the wrist slitting?

    I think we were expecting the relative newbies, esp Jadhav and Pandey, to stand up, chase this down and establish themselves as the future of the middle order. Especially when they had a decent platform. After the 35th over, we had 117 or so to go with 7 to go and Jadhav/Pandya at the crease. I had it all sealed and delivered in my mind and was surprised to see they didn't make it.
  14. Which cricketers have you met in real life?

    Oldies: Srikkanth, Venkataraghavan. Recents: Pretty much the entire Indian team that toured the WI in 2014. Was vacationing in Kingston with the family to watch Ind-SL match. Stayed in the same hotel (sheer luck); shook hands with pretty much everyone during breakfast. Talked a bit to Dhoni, Vinay Kumar (in Kannada), Ashwin, DK, Herath, Jayawardene and Darren Sammy (who was just hanging out at the hotel, it seemed). Darren Sammy, Dhoni and Jayawardene were the most personable. We got our butts handed to us by SL that day.

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