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Hockey & Cricket
India beats Spain at hockey
India salvaged some pride by beating Spain 3-2 in the second match of
the two test series. They were playing Spain before beginning their
Champions trophy campaign in December.
The new rule regarding the bowling action is very puzzling and will be difficult to implement. The rule permits a bend in the elbow by a percentage. The umpire can hardly be standing there with an elbow angle detector. The ICC has only two options, either to go back to the old rulebook or allow chucking to be part of the game. Similarly the ICC will need to view the introduction and use of technology in cricket umpiring. Having started to use the third umpire and his access to television, where does one stop or should one stop at all? Would it not be better just to go the full distance and allow the third umpire to decide on each and every decision.
The introduction of the third umpire and decisions through television further compromises the laws of cricket by allowing a chucker to gain entry into a very noble and pure sport. It has already destroyed the romance and spirit of the game. It is not the fault of the laws that large sums of money have come into the sport. It should be used to protect the players that have large sponsorships by helping them to perform better through the aid of technology. To many the game is still pure and to compromise it with half-baked laws would be very sad and would kill the true spirit of cricket. The ICC should go either one way or another. Going back to the old laws would be welcomed by all lovers of the sport.
to Shaharryar Khan the Pakistan team coach Bob Woolmer may well be
getting the highest salary among all international coaches. He is paid £80,000
per annum plus bonuses depending upon the success rate he brings for
The ball of the test was that one that got Kallis out. It was a tossed up delivery bowled right up to the bat, with a huge amount of spin that made it dip and curl at the very end thereby tricking Kallis into a cover drive. Bright players would know that once they have made a mistake and then try to correct the error, it can often lead to fatal results. Two wrongs do not make a right. Well done Harbhajan Singh. The day the off-spinner realises his immense potential and the use of flight and line to deceive, he will be a complete bowler. Sachin Tendulkar was having problems with the delivery that was coming in and knew that he had to correct this defect before it got out of hand.
Any shuffling batsman has a natural weakness to the coming delivery. The moment Sachin realised that the wicket may also play uneven it took him only a short time to understand that maybe it was his shuffle that was getting him in trouble, and he stopped all initial movement in his stance. He played each ball on his merits and looked as solid as ever.
Two of the nicest and most talented cricketers in India share the honour of taking the highest number of wickets in the country. The true gentleman Anil Kumble, the perfect aristocrat cricketer, joins the legendary Kapil Dev as the highest wicket taker. If one was to choose a cricketer who would truly epitomise the game in its truest spirit it would have to be the Anil Kumble. It is such a pleasure to see him perform with the same zest and gusto that he had when he played his first test. The curator of Eden Garden bowled a highly deceptive wrong one when, prior to the game, he said that the track would carry but would be slow. However the bowl was bouncing like a yo-yo with such sharp turns and uneven bounce that it soon became a frustrating ordeal for the inexperienced South Africans. Except for Kallis and Smith it was obvious that the players were not technically equipped to handle such tracks. South Africa lost because India had players of the calibre of Shewag, Kumble and Harbhajan who, given the smallest of opportunity on a tricky wicket, have the ability to annihilate the opposition. It is impossible to stop Shewag when he is on a roll. Similarly, it is impossible to play the two Indian spinners when the wicket starts to crumble. The visitors should not be too unhappy with the final results knowing the South Africans. People here were expecting them to be demolished two nil. Had the track at Eden Garden had not deteriorated so sharply when the South Africans were batting, they might have even drawn the series.
the victory Sourav Ganguly was a relieved man. This test was hugely
important to him as a Captain. He had missed the last two tests against
Australia owing to injuries. Coming into this series there was also
the threat of a two-match ban that was revoked later.