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  1. They shouldn't have unnecessarily referenced sharia here. Deifying the country as 'mother' is considered as idol worship and against the abrahamic concept of one god. Even some orthodox christians are against it. Anyway, it does sound silly to compel people to sing the national song or the national anthem. Yes, you could follow some basic etiquettes like standing up when the song is played and avoid disrespect, but to consider it binding on the individuals to actually sing it is frankly a bit fascist.
  2. Humans are omnivores. We have evolved to eat other animals and plants and have been doing so for millions of years. Not sure how that can be compared to cannibalism. Cannibalism is murder. It has been considered to be despicable and unlawful by civilized societies since the birth of civilization. Killing animals is not necessarily the same as abusing them or keeping them in harsh conditions. You could make laws to improve the living conditions of livestock and kill them humanely using scientific practices, like using a captive bolt gun or electric stunning. The problem with eating meat is more about the harsh living conditions than the actual killing.
  3. You know it's official when an esteemed authority figure on an obscure web forum stamps his approval.
  4. But the thing is Kohli never really outright claimed that personal milestones are completely out of the system. This is just a sensationalist headline. What Kohli was referring to is that batsmen won't slow down while nearing a milestone and affect the team's chances. He was referring to a culture of batsmen scoring fast if needed to achieve the team goals and selflessly risking their personal milestones in the process. That doesn't really mean he won't wait till a player gets to the milestone. It just means he wants the player to reach the milestone quickly and not jeopardize the teams chances. Here is the exact quote:
  5. It's free market economics, you will get paid more if you provide what consumers want. Test cricket is a format understood and followed by a few elites. When the vast majority of the public wants LOIs, you have to live with Test specialists getting paid lesser than their IPL counterparts. It is like a classical musician earning less than a pop star, or a big budget movie raking in more dollars than a well made indie. If you are an entertainer and people find you boring, tough luck making money. That's life. Instead of comparing with IPL earnings which is a different animal altogether, what BCCI should do is hand out more Grade A contracts to deserving players. It is a travesty for Pujara, Shami and Vijay to be grouped together with the likes of Rayudu, Raina and Dhawan under a Grade B contract. Maybe they should come up with a more staggered approach towards payments. And it is not completely doom and gloom anyway, BCCI raised the test match fee from Rs 7 lakh to Rs 15 lakh last year. That is comfortably more than that of English and Australian Test cricketers. Comparing the cost of living in those countries vs ours that does not look bad at all.
  6. Kind of funny how there is no backup middle order batsman in a squad of 16. But it's a home tourney anyway so probably doesn't matter.
  7. Well, APJ was a southie.
  8. Canada and the Scandinavian countries have parental leave - not just maternity leave. The mother gets 6 weeks after childbirth and then both the parents can make use of the parental leave benefits. That takes care of eliminating discriminatory practices as everyone is guaranteed time off irrespective of gender. Although the intention behind passing this bill is noble, it is inherently sexist - It stereotypes women as the primary care givers and men as the primary breadwinners. But anyway, it is at least a step in the right direction.
  9. Yup, this constant harping about that guy's supposed identity is getting far more annoying than his actual trolling.
  10. Why is Hawkeye asking money to let the third umpire watch the live feed and spot no balls? Hawkeye wouldn't even be used for that.
  11. Not sure what kind of action you guys are expecting the authorities to take. The rules categorically state that if the players try to take help from the dressing room then they only penalty is denying them the review. Heck, they don't even get a review docked. This is pretty clear. Unless the rules are changed the ICC can't really do anything unfortunately.
  12. That is how it is meant to be used anyway, only for overturning the obvious howlers. DRS should only be used if the umpire had clearly given a wrong decision maybe due to a lapse in concentration, but everyone else saw otherwise. Anything else is plain abuse of the system. There is no excuse for professional sportsmen to not think objectively and show restraint. But even after regularly blowing away their reviews they continue to act like a bunch of morons. Incorrigible!
  13. If locally produced soft drinks manufacturers like Bovonto use up water then it's ok but if Coke and Pepsi use water then it's exploiting the resources. Wow! So basically if locals exploit the resources then it is fine because they are our own people. It's these evil interfering foreign companies that are apparently the bigger problem.
  14. By those numbers I didn't mean to say Jayant bowled better than Ashwin. I was trying to make a case for Jayant the batting all rounder. Those good bowling stats are just a bonus, quite good for a 5th bowler. His main role as a 5th bowler is to give rest to the strike bowlers and pick up the odd wicket. He should be batting at 6 or 7. I can understand the team management choosing to have the already established all rounders in the team bat ahead of the newcomer, but that is spoiling the balance of the team.