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  1. I don't mind Jersey #10 to be retired forever. But having said this, retiring a jersey is especially relevant for those people who have died playing cricket like Hughes. That was done immediately. Problem is if more and more people want their jersey's retired, we won't have enough of numbers left ;-)

    Did you do that long enough? I mean did you drive at 157 for 4-5 minutes or did you do it for just one minute and the cop caught you. Also, I am wondering where did the cop come from on the highway all of a sudden. I mean, were you not vigilant when you were driving if cop is around. Whenever I drive fast, I keep ensuring that there is no cop car in my vicinity. If I find one, I immediately slow down. But offcourse, I won't go to 150.... but even for 130 we need to be careful! :-)
  3. I dont' think we were cheated out in 2003-04. Australia won fair and square with Steve Waugh and co saving the final Sydney test match. We had a great start to that series with Ganguly's 144 at Brisbane and then the memorable Adelaide victory. Melbourne was going good until Sehwag was out for 195 but then Ricky Ponting and co won it for Australia. 2007-08 series, I fully agree with you on the question of cheating. In 2004-05 home series with Australia, we got cheated too. First the rained off match in Chennai when Veeru n Co are on the way for a famous 4th innings chase and then the politics etc. contributing to a green pitch in Nagpur.
  4. They tell me $7.99/month. Looks cheap but is it worth it. Do they really give live content which is watchable. How is the experience of any of you who used it>

    which province do you live in currently, if I may ask! I though you were living in GTA all this time!
  6. With the key away tours to South Africa, England and Australia looming on the horizon for Virat Kohli and boys, the team management has a major headache to solve. But for a change, it will be a good headache as the team management is spoilt for choice especially in the fast bowling and the opening department. If 1st Test was all about Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami's heroics, then in the 2nd Test, Ishant Sharma has once again proven why he remains one of India's premier fast bowlers, especially in the longest format. Ishant has been one of the unsung heroes of the Indian team, more often ridiculed than praised by both media and fans alike. But he has again chosen to answer his critics on the field with impeccable performance on a pitch which wasn't exactly tailor-made for fast bowling.Ishant's consistency in line and length, and his patience showed as he ended with figures of 3/37 in the 1st innings. With India likely to go for three pacers in away tours, this performance might well ensure that he gets a spot in the playing XI come January.When not playing for team India, Ishant led his Ranji side Delhi and performed well there as well, taking 20 wickets and the team sealed a spot in the quarterfinals. His spell against Ricky Ponting is a tale of legends and that is often been the image that comes to mind when one thinks of Ishant Sharma, what people forget is the fact that he played a vital role for India in other memorable wins such as the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the famous Lord's Test victory in 2014.Ishant's ability to bowl long spells and find the right line and length early in his spell make him an asset for any captain. He might not get wickets every time but in Test cricket, the lanky pacer has the ability to build pressure which often yields wickets for other bowlers. With Umesh Yadav still struggling to find the right areas, this makes Ishant's role all the more crucial.Sri Lanka might not be the toughest opposition and the fast bowler's real test will come next year when India embarks on a series of away tours, but so far the signs have been promising to say the least.The Monk Stamps His Class Murali Vijay's story is remarkably similar to Ishant Sharma's especially when it comes to recognition. On the weight of his runs, a fit Murali Vijay should walk into the batting line-up of any team in the world but such has been the fight for places in the Indian team that the Tamil Nadu batsman had to make way for Shikhar Dhawan in the 1st Test.Statistically speaking, Murali Vijay is India's finest Test batsman after Virat Kohli in foreign conditions (outside the sub-continent). Here is a statistical comparison between Vijay, Kohli, Pujara and Rahane which further elucidates this point:This despite the fact Vijay faces the new ball more often than not, also he averages much better than Virat Kohli in England, which still remains the final frontier for the Indian captain to conquer. What makes Vijay a perfect Test player is his ability to leave the ball, which is a rare ability in this see ball-hit ball T20 era.He can mould himself according to the situation, as he showed on Friday, when India had to play out the day and he decided to leave everything that wasn't on the stumps. Then, on Saturday he came out all guns blazing and was the aggressor in the partnership with Pujara. This ton against Sri Lanka is his 10th overall and makes him the third most successful Indian Test opener behind Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag, a remarkable achievement indeed.India's has been remarkably successful in the last year in Test matches but even Virat Kohli knows, as he often speaks, that his real legacy as a skipper will be decided by away tours. Two important cogs in the team for those tours will surely be Ishant Sharma and Murali Vijay.
  7. Smart phone on this black friday

    Thanks every one (@sandeep, @Cricketics, @zen, @Vilander, @maniac) for the valuable suggestions. It was very difficult for me to choose between Samsung and Apple but went with Samsung S8 as I got a good deal of $100 + 2 year contract going with it. Apple 8 was for $400 + contract and hence felt I will postpone it for some other year.
  8. Let us see how many more matches he can hold that average up in 40s from now. I do not care what his average is outside India or without West Indies, because every run matter in test cricket no matter what. However, he needs to be consistent and that is a big big issue!!!
  9. Potential trouble for MSD...

    MSD should just rest himself for this series so that he never ever gets bossed around under Rohit.
  10. Most double hundreds in test cricket

    Fixed your post!
  11. Can you explain tht stmt in detail.
  12. There is no direct link between 400+ and average of 70. But yes, if a batsman as consistent as SRT has many 400+ scores, he will have an average of 70+. I am stating that although SRT was very very consistent in a long career, he did not have heaving scoring series like some other great batsmen seemed to have although those others are not that consistent as SRT was.
  13. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/35320.html?class=1;filter=advanced;orderby=runs;template=results;type=batting;view=series Must say, I am surprised SRT does not have as many series of 400+ as I would expect from a master of his caliber. Only 7 out of so many series. Even if we make the cutoff to be 350, it will just be another 5 with a total of 12 out of nearly 40 series.
  14. It will be interesting to see how many 400+ series does tendulkar have in his entire career..
  15. Don't seperate Vijay and Pujara atleast at home

    Sure, you are right. But I really wish Rohit had the grit in his mind to combat the vagaries of playing test cricket just like Vijay. He would have been definitely been a good and desirable player in that case. Kohli's preference would have been justified.
  16. Yes, he is a pretty good 3rd seamer for any team as @Silva points out. He may end up playing 100 tests too in that role. Even Ganguly played mostly as a support batsman to others in the middle order as far as tests are concerned. He still was very valuable occasionally for team's victory. You can say Ishant Sharma is the bowling version of S Ganguly in test cricket.
  17. +1 Here Ishant strikes in his 17th ball of the comeback and silences all his bashers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  18. That's true but off late Ishant declined in home tests but improved in away matches. I have a gut feeling he will do well in South Africa. There will at least be one memorable spell where he will run through the SAffers line up. Only time will tell.
  19. Ishant sharma is an experienced campaigner (he already has 77 tests under his belt). We already invested in him a lot and he needs to persisted with to maximize that.... He will achieve success here and let us see how it pans out in South Africa....
  20. Manjrekar: India needs more bowling superstars

    Your DP already has one and many are on the way.>>> Do not worry, we will have as many as Pakistan (if not more) in a short time....
  21. Game on, lala!!!! until next week this time here you go.... Will see how much ammunition you got to keep up your bet!
  22. Ok, Lala2790 I am pleasantly surprised you came back. Since you seem somewhat sane n classy person, I am going lighter: Here is the profile display pic attached and your signature will be (do not alter the color and font size) : Hardik Pandya is going to be a better all-rounder and bigger cricketer than Shahid Afridi
  23. Why and what did you quote me here. I don't see my post in your quote.
  24. So, Rohit Sharma is playing 2nd test match if India don't pick Shankar as a bowling allrounder. LOL!
  25. Vinod Kambli: Out of sight but never out of mind Last week, when the who's who of Mumbai cricket congregated to celebrate their team's 500th Ranji match, one man stood out. Indian cricket’s intriguing enigma — Vinod Kambli Written by Sriram Veera , Bharat Sundaresan | Updated: November 19, 2017 9:07 am VinodKambli still has that sunny childish laughter he had during his heydays. (Source: Express photo by Pradip Das) Vinod Kambli walks towards the communal toilet with a bucket in hand. It’s mid-90’s, he has smashed couple of double tons for India, rings discarded by Kapil Dev as bad luck hug his ears and his hair streaks are coloured. He is in the queue at a run-down Worli chawl. His home then. The people ahead of him ask him to go to the loo first. It was the only privilege he had during his early days of cricket with India. It couldn’t have been more starkly different from the rumblings in the outer world: Oh, the fame has got to his head, he drinks, parties hard, can’t handle money, and doesn’t appreciate what cricket has got him in life. The reality was something else. In ’93, during a match in Mumbai, Mohammad Azharuddin would float in to Taj in his Mercedes. Kapil Dev glided in his BMW. Sachin Tendulkar too came in a car. Kambli vroomed in on his first vehicle he purchased after becoming India player: a Kinetic Honda. “The Darban used to come, and I would give him the key and say, “Yeh lo mera gaadi laga lo.” He would ask whether he could park it in between the Mercedes and the BMW and I would say Haan haan laga do. Everybody would wait for the valet to get their car na, I also would wait and say, “Mera bike laao. Then hoonnnnnnn karke I would go sabse jyaada stylishly. People would follow me on the bike. From Taj every day to chawl. I sold it off to someone in Pune.” 24 years later, Kambli still has that sunny childish laughter. We are at a restaurant in Bandra, walking distance from his home but one he normally avoids as its too expensive. He is now married to Andrea, who used to be a model (Tanishq jewellery’s first model, he reminds), and has two kids Jesus Christiano and Joanna Christiano. Kambli is now a Christian. “We followed all religions from childhood, when I was wearing that Saibaba amulet in my playing days, I used to also do the cross-sign. I converted on my own will because I found peace and it has really changed me. When people say something negative to me on twitter, I just say God Bless you. It has mellowed me down.” He considers his second marriage to an “understanding partner” a miracle, his survival after he collapsed in a car the second miracle, and is still surprised at the affection he evokes in fans. “I feel blessed. I still ask the father in confession, why am I still loved, why did I survive that car episode, and got the answer that ‘He loves me, wants something good to happen in my life”. His Twitter feed can get all religious: gospel quotes, Christ talk, and as the chat meanders for hours, first in that restaurant, and then at his home couple of days later, the penny drops. He is looking for resurrection – for his kids, his wife, and himself. It’s not going to be easy ride for sure. *** It never was. Clustered among 22 people in a chawl room, where they would cook and bath in the small space, he grew up in Bhendi Bazaar. This was before the family shifted to Kanjurmarg, and before he took refuge at a friend’s house in Worli chawl during his India days. Cricket consumed him at Bhendi bazaar. A small strip of pitch lay centred in that chawl. “Two runs if it went to first floor, four if it reached second. I would clear easily.” Father Ganpat, a cricketer (“Fast bowler, very quick”) and a mechanic, would be a worried man. It wasn’t easy being a boy at Bhendi. Several youth were from one gang or another, Kambli says, and his friends too were beginning their dalliance with the underworld elements. Ganpat grew restless, and strict. “He would at times beat me, worried that I would join my friends, and if it wasn’t for cricket, I surely would have joined them.” Ganpat yanked the family to Kanjurmarg, looking for some peace. Years later, that experience would come in handy when Kambli portrayed a mechanic, and a friend with underworld gangsters in a movie Annarth. A movie where he danced, used mumbaiya slang, did comedy with Johhny Lever, and where he nearly died, while playing a dead body. He remembers the early morning shoot at Vashi where his character was to get killed. For the scene, they had to use a crane to fish out his dead body. Twitter Ads info and privacy “I had to get on to the crane and lay there as a dead body. The crane took me deep into the water. And when the crane was coming up, my leg got stuck in the crane. I was still underwater. I somehow signalled to them, and they saw me and picked me up. I completed that shot with my injured toe. Very dangerous because nobody was around. Irony is, I almost got killed while playing a dead-body.” *** Irony has tailed Vinod Kambli through his life. (Source: Express Archive) Irony has tailed him through his life. His two most personal moments had come publicly, and castigated him in bad light. The infamous crying after ’96 World Cup semi-final, and a lie-detector moment on a TV show where he said Sachin Tendulkar could have helped him more. His two most vulnerable moments – cry for help of sorts – had left him with much infamy. Irony was dancing on his life stage. He remembers both incidents with a perplexed memory. First that night from hell at Eden Gardens, Kolkata. “If someone in your family expires, would you cry there, or you fly to Mumbai first and cry. I am an emotional man, and I cried – so what? Winning World Cup was my dream too – I had played well in that tournament, second-highest scorer after Sachin, and the way it ended … I just broke down. People said it was crocodile tears. Kya crocodile tears yaar – We are human, emotional. If you see in 2007 World Cup in West Indies also, entire team was crying (after they crashed out of the tournament).” Still, this is Kambli, and even through the emotionally painful recounting, humour seeps through. He cues up the scene from the hotel room that haunting Kolkata night. His room-partner Venkatapathy Raju and he had just sat down with some beers to recover from the hellish day. “I was crying in the room. ‘Kya ho gaya, ab chod na,’ he said. The phone rang. Continuously for 25 minutes. Fans are calling and crying with me. Raju was sitting with his drink and saying, ‘Kiska phone hai? Tu ro raha hai? Rona bandh kar.’ I said, ‘Yeh log aur rula rahe hai.’ I told the operator put me on DND. But still they managed. Roya, shant hua, then phone-call, wapas rona chalu. Raju had enough.” Laughter. *** Kambli was Bharat to Tendulkar’s Ram. (Source: Express archive ) The other television incident came years after retirement, and highlighted how hyphenated his name was with Tendulkar. He was Bharat to Tendulkar’s Ram. As if he couldn’t have an independent existence. That TV show ended up with a lot of negativity. “All I said was he could have helped me more as a brother, a friend. I didn’t mean anything else with that. People misinterpreted it. Even the term self-destruct was in the question – I hadn’t said that. I was just allowed to say yes or no. But it caused a lot of hungama.” Not everything in memory is tainted, luckily. A scene from childhood with his mother and trips to Gateway of India as a kid, where he would gape at imposing structure of Taj hotel. “My mumma, daaada and my brothers would just look at Taj and say, ‘kitna bada hai’. When I got the Mafatlal Cricketer award, that’s the time I invited my parents and my brothers and we had dinner. And I said, ‘Dad look.’ My mom was very happy. She said, ‘Tula aattavtha?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ When we were young I would say ‘Gateway kitne baar dekha hai, woh dekho Taj’. But while we were having dinner I said, ‘Woh dekho Gateway’.” The death of his mother, he realises now, was an emotional setback he couldn’t quite recover from. The mind went to Sadanand Vishwanath, another shooting star of Indian cricket, who survived his father’s suicide but couldn’t emotionally handle his mother’s death during his last series as India player. Indian cricket in the 90’s is a strange beast. In the 80’s, it handled the brazenness of Ravi Shastri, who would openly talk about partying, with relative maturity. It even threw up images of Srikkanth smoking in the Lord’s pavilion in celebration. The financial market was liberalised in the 90’s but somehow, the cricket fields turned more conservative. Kambli couldn’t understand it, then or now. “All I heard from selectors was indiscipline indiscipline indiscipline. What crime did I do? Did I drink and come for any game? Did I miss any training because of it? I made nine comebacks! Never got a consistent run. I wish I could have played overseas tours. I have not played any series in England, South Africa, Australia, or even Zimbabwe. I just played one Test in New Zealand. How will I get experience? They said I am good at spinners – when I got back to back double, was I playing spinners? And suddenly after one flop series against West Indies in ’94, I was termed ODI player. Haven’t so many players bounced back after one bad series?” *** Fans from that generation would remember that West Indies series, when Kenneth Benjamin, in many ways, ended Kambli’s Test career with bouncers. The famous high back-lift, that was inspired by Chris Broad, would quickly change to a more grounded stance but the recall didn’t come. Kambli found redemption of sorts, in his own mind, when he went to play domestic cricket in South Africa on bouncy tracks. “Everyone bounced at me. I remember Allan Donald’s first ball at me – a bouncer and he stood there and stared. Next ball was fuller, and I hit a straight drive. I walked up to him, tapping my bat, and said, ‘Long time, no see Donald!’.” Impish schoolboyish laughter fills the air. “I faced Ntini, Donald and the rest at Boland, where I played, and I was so happy that I scored runs in those conditions.” Nostalgia can offer relief from psychological wounds but residues always hover. “I just wish I got more chances in Tests.” However, with Kambli, it’s not the self-serving accounts that bleed through his memory. Asked for memorable moments from his career, he serves up this hilarious incident from a Sharjah game against Pakistan when Aquib Javed took a hattrick. Even as Aquib starts his run-up that over, Kambli hit the toilet in the dressing room after telling Kapil Dev. “I was batting at No 5 or 6. Paaji told me, ‘don’t worry, go go. I went to toilet and heard the loud roar. The physio yells out that Ravi has got out. Then Azzu gets out. Then the hat-trick – Sachin too is gone. Arre hat-trick ho gaya, chal nikal! “I washed my arse! Changed in dressing room, and stumbled out.” The pads weren’t tied up properly; there was no time and the Pakistanis were waiting. “Bh******d kaaliya! Kidhar g***d m***a raha tha tu?!” And I am thinking, “oh my goodness, they are abusing me, and I am padding up there in the middle, adjusting my gear! I had to face that next ball but was soon run out later after misunderstanding with Sanjay Manjrekar.” He hit to midwicket and as soon as Kambli set off, he knew he won’t make it. “I just kept running straight to the toilet! Never mind that abuse, Pakistanis actually liked me. Good memories.” *** More happy moments come through. Like how he took up earrings after Kapil. “Kapil Dev was the first Indian to try it…some Sadhu or guru of his recommended it to him. He tried it in Australia but the first day he had it on, he slipped and fell…and said mujhe nahi chahiye…..So then I took over and said ok I’ll try earrings….and scored that 224 with earrings on. Earrings pehen key England ko loot liya!” Or the first time he was asked to open in Sharjah against Pakistan by the manager Ashok Mankad. “It was fun when he told me to open. Apparently a few teammates shied away, then who’ll open. He came up to me and said, “Tumhi opening karte? Tumhi tambhte, mee saangte.” Imran was just coming and rolling his arm over. Ravi Shastri came up to me and said, “Donald, go after him.” I said, “What?” I then started stepping out and all to Imran. Ravi calls me Donald. Dessie was given my Sunil Gavaskar sir. He said with the headband I used to look like Desmond Haynes. Never found out why Donald.” Shastri explains that it was because of his run-scoring feats that he had named him after Donald Bradman. Or the time when Kambli and Tendulkar would use Ajit Wadekar to save up money. “Our food and drinks were with him, and he used to sign, and then while checking out he would get shocked.” Or how he became friends with Shane Warne after he hit four sixes in an over. “We would go out drinking.” *** Vinod Kambli at his Bandra residence. (Source: Express photo by Pradip Das) The years have rolled on and he has done this and that: a movie, a Marathi rap number, and is now awaiting the release of a Hindi song he has done. He tried politics too. “It was a big constituency. Vikhroli, Kanjurmarg, Bhandup. 75,000 votes, or something. One month, I did door-to-door campaigning. They used to take photos and autographs lekin vote bahut kam de diya!” Luckily, he has a house now in Bandra after 10 years of living on rent. With help from the former chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, and his savings that went into interior design, he now at last owns an apartment. “Earlier, money was a big issue for us. All my hard-earned money from whatever cricket I played.” Not that life is any easier, these days. His wife, he says, is considering a return to modelling world. Kambli is seriously thinking about cricket coaching: “If an IPL team or Ranji team wants me, I am ready for the job. I am willing, and feel I can understand and help today’s youngsters.” His greatest concern is the well-being of his children. And the fear that his health should hold up so that he can help them grow. It’s been almost a year, he says, since he had his last drink. In 2013, a year after he had done angioplasty for two blocked arteries, he suffered an attack while driving. With help from two cops, who cleared traffic and took him to hospital in time, he survived. “It was a miracle. Life has been tough. Every day is a challenge to me. I have to think about my family’s future. Every day has been a struggle but she has stood by me. They are totally dependent on me. So my only fear is my health. Nothing else. I want to grow old with my children. I have done acting, singing, dancing, reality shows. Everything. Now, all I want is a good life for my children.” http://indianexpress.com/article/sports/cricket/vinod-kambli-out-of-sight-but-never-out-of-mind-mumbai-ranji-4944083/

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