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  1. This is a developing tv serial. Story so far. Boria is carrying Saha’s baby. He desperately wants Saha to call back so that he can tell him, “Ypu are the father.” Saha is grieving and coming to terms with the fact that he will never play for India again. He does not return Boria’s call. Boria lashes out, “ Baby, you never called back. When you come home, I will beat you good.” Saha is pissed off and tells the world “I can’t believe Boria did that.” The world turns on Boria big time. Now a couple of days have passed, and Saha has cooled down. He doesn’t want to take his dirty laundry to the
  2. Now that he isn’t leading Indian teams, he will be fine with leading RCB.
  3. At least Rahul shows up. This guy will only make sure that he is ready for six weeks in the IPL. The rest of the year the fragile show boater will be too hurt to play for India.
  4. What is the captain supposed to “look like”? The official is an idiot. This is Rahul’s first run at the job. He will get better with time/ experience. Rahul’s biggest issue is his own form with the bat. Too inconsistent. If that isn’t resolved, then his own spot in the team could be at risk.
  5. Punjab Kings are saying, “Finally. Someone like us”
  6. He is the classic franchise player. He will do okay for Ahmedabad. Even bowl a bit. But will not be a serious India player in any format. He will load manage his India work, so that he can be fit for the IPL.
  7. Who doesn’t look out for himself first? Especially in such a competitive field. By your criteria, you would need to scout for 11 Gandhijis who could play cricket. Plus you are talking as if Ashwin, Kohli, Shastri haven’t won a lot of games for India. And I know the drum beat about ICC tournaments. Games throughout the years count for alot too. And aside from this last tournament this team has had a run where they at least get to semifinals there too.
  8. They are people like the rest of us. In corporate life you look after yourself i.e. what can one do to get the best assignments, get promoted, not get sidelined etc. and then after you take care of your interests, you think of what you can do to ensure that your company beats out the competition. Its no different here. Ashwin is sidelined and trying to get back in. Shastri is picking the side that he thinks is most likely to win so that his record looks good. Within all that, these guys work to ensure that the team wins as many times as possible.
  9. I think cricket has two aspects. First, it’s a team sport, and so the players have to work together. But then it is also about individuals, where they compete hard to muscle people out and there is hurt among those who do get cast aside. In those battles, it’s every man for himself. Ashwin does a great job in that interview in providing a window to that. Note, he provides the example of what happens when Kuldeep is preferred over him. But today, Kuldeep’s international career is in the doldrums. I doubt if anybody including the coach or any of the team members are really worried about how Kuld
  10. How did he “get” Shastri? For that matter why was Shastri replaced by Kumble to begin with? That, like everything else is a BCCI call. Maybe Shastri should have continued without the Kumble intervention instead of Shastri- Kumble-Shastri?
  11. He does plenty for preparation for a game. And over his career has until the last Australian series, been able to play all formats without break, in part because he prepares well. The quibble is with his form. That will get sorted out in the upcoming games. He either recovers it or he is more vulnerable. We have 3 guys in the same generation who have previously done great things trying to recover form- Pujara, Rahane, Kohli. And then Rohit, who has had to contend with injuries, is in and out of games. That is part of sport.
  12. Wait a minute. The BCCI has the ultimate power i.e. to select or not to select. What is Kohli’s leverage? Also, speaking of political chops. Do you think Jay Shah would be sitting where he is without his lineage to one of the most powerful people of India? Do you think Ganguly got to his spot without political savvy? Chappell tried to play with him. Chappell’s reputation was done at the end. Since then he has worked with TMC in Bengal, BJP, people in BCCI to reach where he is. And then there is the basic question, who has the most to lose in a disagreement? There is no contest. Kohli has the m
  13. I would believe Kohli over the BCCI for the simple reason that Kohli has more at risk. BCCI guys can say whatever they want and get away with it. Kohli risks the BCCI taking it out on him by taking a different position. He could have easily just gone along with what BCCI said on captaincy etc. But instead he took the risk because he wanted to call out BS when he saw it. Also there was no “drama” in his press conference. He answered the questions as they came along, said he accepted the decision and had no problems with Rohit. He didn’t complain about his treatment. He just gave his POV which w
  14. If they are going to let the India A tour continue, then why not just designate that team is the India team to represent us in the India-SA Odis/t20s/tests. The India based veterans (Virat, Rohit, Pujara etc) can continue to rest.
  15. I think he still has more to offer.
  16. It looks like NZ will be a very hard nut to crack. Guys like Williamson, Taylor, Latham are better than the English batting combo (basically Joe Root) that came last. Santner and Sodhi can take advantage of a turning wicket( England didn’t have spinners of quality) And that pace attack of Jameson, Southee, Wagner is really good. By contrast- Rahane and Pujara have been out of form. Rahul seems to be doing well. And new guys, Gill, Mayank aren’t tested enough. Bowling wise, spin looks good. But a pace combo of Umesh and Siraj or Ishant, doesn’t look as strong as NZ’s pace attack.
  17. He has a double standard problem. When he is in a weak position, he wants all the rights accorded by a free society. He takes the moral high ground and wants to be compensated for the wrongs (racism) inflicted on him. Placed in a position of power/responsibility, and the same guy will put pressure on little girls, take pot shots at Jews etc. It would be really nice if the woman could sue this dude and get more than the settlement Yorkshire gave him. Not fair that he gets compensated for his victim hood, but owes nothing to his victims..
  18. I hope he gets a good run. I was hoping that he would get a chance to open and also get to bowl an over or two. We hardly got to see him play today. That 4 was nice though.
  19. Feeding the politician is a necessary business expense. Not unique to the BCCI. But there are some plus points though. There was a time when BCCI actually paid the Government to have doordarshan broadcast cricket matches. From that to the BCCI getting a boat load of money from broadcasters for the right to show games- the BCCI has come a long way. The Ipl was a neat way to bring more fans to the game, unearth more talent, making sure that players are better compensated, even ex players getting pensions, ensuring better facilities for players, and a whole bunch of other things. Ipl has been a h
  20. Typo for 2025 CT. That tournament will be held in China.
  21. Then where does the ipl revenue go? It’s not like bcci has shareholders who pocket the gains. So if it is not going to operating expenses, maybe it’s going to capital expenditures like stadiums or it’s going to a reserve for future outlay. Either way, it is Indian cricket that benefits. Also, it is doubtful that the BCCI earmarks non ipl revenue for a specific purpose and ipl revenue for a specific purpose. More likely, it’s a big pool of revenue, part of which goes to fund operations, another part for capital expenditure, and yet another part to a reserve for future outlays. If we say that al
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