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Ronnie Irani: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Ronnie Irani

What he said:

“Go and play like Pietersen plays.”

Ronnie Irani is convinced that the Indians were not quite aware of their No.1 status and were overawed by the occasion in the first Test at Lords. They were way too defensive and much too passive. The former English cricketer exhorts them to take the bull by the horns and “play like KP does.” He adds: “They are the No 1 cricketing nation and if they don’t attack, England will tear apart their mental state.”

What he really meant:

“For the No.1 side, the Indians were not quite fearless enough.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Flex your six-pack (if you have one) every chance you get.”

Darren Sammy: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


What he said:

“The best man who walked the face of the earth never did anything wrong, but he was still crucified. And I am nowhere close to that.”

It cannot be said that Darren Sammy is unaware of his tenuous position in the West Indian cricketing squad.

What he really meant:

“I’m skipper. Crucify me. It’s expected. It comes with the job.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It’s not a paying post.”

Players whine about BCCI power (Humour)

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Who’s afraid of  Barrack Obama?

Certainly not international cricketers.

Why should they care about the most powerful man in the world, when they have to deal with the BCCI? Proximity bites.

The Indian cricket board is not popular with current players cutting across national borders.

You would think otherwise. Without the IPL, foreign players are at the mercy of their respective cricketing boards.

The lousy ingrates.

Cricketers believe that the BCCI has an undue influence on the ICC’s decision-making.

Grow up, chaps. Money makes the world go round—clockwise and counter-clockwise.

They whinge yet 32% promise to retire prematurely from national commitments  to take part in the IPL and sundry T20 tournaments.

Aren’t you chewing off the hand that feeds?

Red wine for the whiners, please!

Note: You didn’t get this from the grapevine.

Quote of the day:
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford

Sachin Tendulkar referrals to be voted in by television audience (Satire)

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The glaring error made by television broadcasters while replaying different camera views of a referred Sachin Tendulkar dismissal in the IPL has prompted tournament CEO, Sundar Raman, to propose a unique, innovative solution.

Every time an appeal against the master batsman is referred to the third umpire, the replayed feed will be telecast to television viewers prior to the third umpire.

Viewers will be provided a number to text where they will vote on whether the batsman is out or not.

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BCCI’s precautions against unsavoury characters for WI and England tours (Satire)

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Following reports in the media of unsavoury characters loitering and hanging around Indian cricketers in South Africa at IPL2, the BCCI has decided to take precautionary measures against a repetition of such incidents on the forthcoming West Indies and England tours.

Upon receiving a list of shady personas from the CBI, the BCCI has begun interviewing ‘candidates’.

The administrative cricketing body believes that if there are to be any ‘crooked’ folks surrounding the Indian players, they should come pre-approved by the BCCI.

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Sourav Ganguly has not retired yet (Satire)

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Sourav Ganguly has retired from international cricket.

Sourav Ganguly has not retired from international cricket.

Sourav Ganguly wishes to play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly cannot play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly will play in the Ranji trophy.

Sourav Ganguly will play for Bengal only if he can play in the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly will play domestic cricket to stay fit for the IPL.

Sourav Ganguly is not confused.

I am.

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Cricket Bytes: UDRS, Hot Spot,‘To The Point’ and Chahar, the new kid on the block

NEVERS, FRANCE - JUNE 22:  Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar walks in the paddock before the French Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours on June 22, 2008 in Nevers, France.  (Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty Images)

The mystery behind the non-adoption of the Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) by the BCCI has been resolved.

It is the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who  is sceptical of the system’s merits. Dhoni believes that the system has had mixed results. Sehwag, in a recent interview, strongly supported adoption of UDRS. Rahul Dravid too has thrown his weight behind the review arrangement.

But the man whose word carries the most weight Sachin Tendulkar has not backed off from his opposition to the technology. Tendulkar prefers the competing technology —Hot Spot— that uses infra-red cameras to decide whether the ball has struck bat, pad or the batsman.

The basic UDRS system, currently in use, uses only the Hawk-Eye technology besides super slow-motion cameras and an audio feed from the stump microphone.

The Hawk-Eye is the same technology used in tennis to decide if the ball has struck the line.

Hot Spot is an improvement that is seldom used.

The ICC hope to make the UDRS mandatory for all Test series in the near future.

The Proteas  wish to use the system during the upcoming tour by India but are being pressurised  by the BCCI to stick to the tried-and-tested arbitration via manual umpiring.

When the top two cricketing heroes in the team put their foot down, the BCCI is bound to follow their lead.

Herschelle Gibbs has crawled out of the woodwork and into the limelight — albeit a controversial and notorious one with the release of his autobiography ‘To The Point’.

The opener has made some stunning revelations about his tenure with the South African team , rambled on about sex orgies, his relationship with his former captain Hansie Cronje, and threats from the Delhi police when cross-questioned by them about the match-fixing scandal. Though the sex-laced chapter has hit the headlines more often than not, Gibbs has been hugely critical of the cliquish South African team and current captain Graeme Smith in the remainder of the book.

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IPL: Sunny Gavaskar’s ‘revolving door’ is greeted with disdain in the Indian media

Apr. 26, 2010 - Mumbai, MAHARASHTRA, India - epa02132143 Former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar arrives at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Governing Council meeting at the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) head office in Mumbai, India 26 April 2010. IPL Governing Council that met in Mumbai is likely to appoint an interim committee to run the affairs of the Twenty20 league after its chairman and commissioner Lalit Modi was suspended on 22 charges of impropriety. A 34-page chargesheet was handed over to Modi, who is also the vice president of the BCCI, in the early hours of Monday after the IPL final. The charges range from financial irregularities to rigging bids proxy holdings and kickbacks in broadcast deal.

Doubts still linger about Sunny Gavaskar’s role in the Kochi franchise bid.

Was he just being helpful when he informed the Kochi consortium members about how the bidding process worked?

Should not the Kochi franchisee members have approached the BCCI  for clarifications rather than a sitting member of the IPL Governing Council?

The question of propriety is yet to be answered comprehensively by the master batsman.

If the Kochi proposal is accepted by the BCCI and Sunny Gavaskar handles the newly formed team’s cricketing operations, would this not be a case of a ‘revolving door’ where Sunny has moved from a governing body to being part of a governed body?

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Do our sporting heroes deserve us?

Sri Lanka's Angelo Mathews (R) celebrates taking the wicket of India's Rohit Sharma (2nd L) during the third one-day international cricket match in the tri-series in Dambulla August 16, 2010. REUTERS/Andrew Caballero-Reynolds (SRI LANKA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET)

A nation gets the politicians it deserves.

By the same token, do fans get the sports stars they deserve?

Kumar Sangakarra instructed his young teammate and bowler Suraj Randiv to ensure that Sehwag be denied the single he needed to complete his century. Sangakarra was seen to have deliberately allowed four byes past earlier in Randiv’s over ensuring the scores were tied with Sehwag still stuck on ninety-nine.

The youthful Randiv bowls a blatant no ball to finish the match. His interpretation of his skipper’s exhortation was translated into controversial action. The transgression over the line was clear-cut; there was no shadow for doubt. It could not have been overlooked by the hapless umpire.

The shameful act has been debated by cricketing pundits all over the world; more so in the Sri Lankan and Indian media. Can we say that winning at all costs has now become the mantra of the hour?

This was not about winning either. It was the petulant act of a spoilt child when denied a lollipop.

“If I can’t have a win, you shall not have a century either , however well-deserved!”

Quote of the day:
The squeaking wheel doesn’t always get the grease. Sometimes it gets replaced. – Vic Gold

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