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Commercialization of the Gentleman’s Game

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Since the first cricket test played in 1877, cricket has evolved drastically and diversified into three main formats and other local formats. Test cricket remains as the heart and soul of cricket, while one day cricket and now T20 are tagged as the popular versions of the game. Cricket has been generating billions of money from the sub-continent, especially from India, where people keep cricket close to their heart and celebrate every cricket match as a national festival. Advertisers pour in to be a part of every cricket carnival where cricketers are considered as demigods. Corporates are behind them for making them brand ambassadors of products, because of their superstar value and it is no wonder that cricketers are amongst the highest paid sports professionals now.

IPL has helped several international and domestic players to secure their lives through its lucrative pay packages and helped them to get priceless experience through its generic flavor. The IPL has contributed a lot to team India’s current success, with players like Yusuf Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, Abhishek Nayar and several others being the beneficiaries. It has also amplified the flow of money into cricket. The prize money, sponsorship, players’ salaries and all other attributes have outdone the prevailing trend and IPL became the benchmark in the world of cricket.

Notwithstanding its attractiveness, arguably, IPL has resulted in the premature retirement of several great players like Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and the latest update to the list is Andrew Flintoff. Can the players alone be blamed for this especially when West Indies players boycotted their series against Bangladesh due to contract issues? We can argue that the players should give preference to their country first than any other commitments. However, the fact is that, at the end of the day money matters!

Sprighty Bangladesh Dump Mediocre West Indies

Monday, July 13th, 2009

After toiling for four years, Bangladesh finally sealed their second test win yesterday. They played against a weak West Indies side, whose top players had opted out due to contract issues. It can be argued that Bangladesh managed to defeat a team with 9 new faces, but we should not forget the performance put in by them. They were clinical right throughout the match.

West Indies on the other hand looked sub standard after the exit of their key players and found it hard to build a momentum in the match. After being bowled out for 345 runs, Bangladesh held the Windies batsmen with top class spin bowling from Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan. Mahmudullah claimed 5 wickets en route to this career-best of 5/51 and compiled 8 wickets in the match. Apart from David Bernad, none of the West Indian batsmen showed the patience of batting the whole day and eventually they were bowled out for 181 runs.

This victory will definitely be a confidence booster for Bangladesh, which is desperately looking for a feat after earning a Super Eight berth in the 2007 World Cup.

India bouncing up with the ‘bounce’..??

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

India managed to survive with a win against the Windies, despite being scared a bit by the Caribbean lower order..thanks to the slamming stroke play of Yuvi and the experience of Ashish Nehra, who bowled wonderfully well in the deaths. Team India had been in the middle of so many troubles since the IPL season. There were so many talks about the ‘failed’ tactics, the form of the skipper and Ishant, poor fielding, lack of motivation, absence of the one and only Sehwag, Ravindra Jadeja’s 25 out of 35 and many more. Their thirst for a win was quenched and it eases away some pressure.

However, if we look at the Indian top order especially Gambhir, Rohit n Raina, their problem with the short pitched deliveries still persist. I mean I don’t know why they are attempting to play the very same shot that repeatedly cost them their wicket. They are just poor ‘hookers’ of the cricket ball thanks to their ‘sub continent’ ancestry. Well may be we can make Sachin and Laxman exceptions from that list.

Gary Kirsten has a lot of work to do now. He needs to make the Indian players adjust with the conditions in West Indies which are more challenging than the Subcontinent conditions. The practice sessions must include the training to use the backfoot properly. The mistake they are making is that for reducing the effect of the swing of the deliveries, front foot often comes into play and they are not moving the backfoot backward while attempting to ‘hook’ and finally perishes at the square leg often. To hook without a ‘top edge’ is a difficult shot to make and needs excessive skill. Team India must tackle with those angling across balls ‘coz the wickets are a bit slow and the Windies pace attack can pepper them with those nasty deliveries.

Lets watch and see India bounce on top!


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