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Subtle and not so subtle Po(i)ntings October 20, 2007

Posted by Sharath Rao in sport.

Maybe should take it back now.

Going by the record of the past one-day matches, India have won 2 out of the last 21 matches, making it a nearly 1 in 11. By purely inferring from past data, the scoreline for this series should be 6-0 for Australia.

Now that the score is 4-2, with one of the wins coming from chasing I am disappointed that our 9 year long record is broken.

Meanwhile, this article which I picked up from Proses Anonymitus‘s (PA) blog is a good read. Prem talks about sledging in the game n all that. And while doing that quotes interesting bits from Ponting.

Listen carefully to what he says in press conferences and interviews: “Sachin Tendulkar is the best I’ve ever seen, good on him for playing 400-odd games – still it’s a bit easier when you don’t have to field in half of them.”

Tendulkar had been off the ground for the entire fielding innings the game before. Ponting didn’t like that.

Now I see something else from Ponting here.

Dhoni’s counterpart, Ricky Ponting, felt his team did not get enough runs on the board. “We fell short by 15 runs. We gave away too many extras – 23 extras means four extra overs. We did it the other night also and we need to buck up,” he said. “Harabhan and Kartik bowled well. Gambhir batted well. We would like to play more matches against the new generation Indian players.”

Smartass is implying perhaps that some Indian heads must roll. ๐Ÿ™‚

Its kinda like the time when India got to South Africa for the one-day series without Ganguly and there were statements from the South African players/ex-players about how they can’t understand why Ganguly was dropped and that the Indians would certainly miss him. And as India lost match after match and Ganguly was brought back for the test, the South Africans appeared to have been vindicated though that was not their purpose anyway.




1. Ottayan - October 20, 2007

It is a common Indian failing.

Either valuing someones words highly or rejecting it outright.

In Ponting’s case, I think he wanted us to field the T20 team so that he can revenge the loss.

Whereas the SA were generally trying to make us feel that we did not have the right combination.

As you pointed out, they never expected that we would reinstate Ganguly.

In Ponting’s case, we never bothered to listen.

2. Sharath Rao - October 20, 2007

@ottayan : Thanks for the comment.

Its hard to know what Ponting’s intention might have been. And anything we imagine is a speculation (I too was, maybe I should have mentioned that explictly)….but knowing him, its hard to rule out the possibility. And no, I would not grudge Ponting for having said that at all. I think cricketers should speak their mind, occasional taunts don’t hurt at all. ๐Ÿ™‚ I am more amused than concerned.

As for SA, one of the team members specifically admitted that they were doing that just to irritate the already peeved indian dressing room. And no disagreeing or condemning that from my end either.

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