What Next?

The India/ Australia cricket party is still in jeopardy. Ponting does not want to back down while ICC also stated that it will not back down. I like to hear Mr. Speed’s opinion on the one sided hasty tribunal that happened under the leadership of Mike Procter after the Sydney test. BCCI says they will pull out the triangular one. I am just worried about the money I paid to watch cricket.

Just to recollect the past this is not the first time that Mike Procter found himself into a mess. He was the match referee during the Pakistan ball tampering saga, where he failed to fulfill his responsibility and permitted Umpire Hair on his collision course. Remember ICC sacked Mr. Hair which establishes the fact Proctor did not do his job correctly. Do you know that Mike Procter is a Wrong Legged bowler? That seems to be the case in his “match refereeing” portfolio.

As a cricket fan I am just wondering whom to believe here, respected players Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble have categorically stated that Harbajan has not uttered such words, and Ponting and his men sewing the story other way. History says Australian cricket team has used much stronger language during cricket games and Steve Waugh made it official by calling it “mental disintegration”. All said and done the tour is on, and Perth test will be a historical one, much will spoken about this test than the Sydney saga.

More than the “wrongly” accused Harbajan Singh it is the press, the commentators and others have uttered term “Monkey” million plus times now.

What next should I sue the Chinese astrologer who told me that I was born in the year of monkey?


ICC Guarantee to cricket fans

It is disheartening to note that English press and other Cricket affiliations slamming ICC for sacking Steve Buckner. I am wondering how in the world they ignored Steve Buckner’s atrocities over a long period of time and more over 90% of his umpiring carnage were directed at the Sub Continent cricketers. I guess British media suffers an acute short term memory loss.

I can spend rest of the article quoting numerous occasions where Mr. Buckner umpiring standards were below par, Sachin Tendulkar and Indians being his top victims. With such records against the Indians, forgetting the past, Mr. Buckner was given another opportunity to stand in the prestigious Gavaskar Border trophy. Mr. Buckner instead of using the occasion to redeem his so called umpiring experience and pride, continued to be a pathetic exhibit, and ruined the great game of TEST cricket in Sydney for the player and fans.

What guarantee does ICC offer for a cricket fan ensuring a fair game?

I am a cricket fan sitting in a country where the term “Cricket” is more popular for an insect than a sport. I am a patron of this game right from 1970s. Today, I am paying a lot of money and more over sacrificing my sleep and health to watch a great game of cricket. But what do I get in return? Once again! What is the guarantee that I have from ICC or BCCI or CA for a fair game? Why time and time again fans have to cope up with umpiring/official incompetence?

Did British media or any other media thought about this for a second?

I think British media should remember that it was not 1 or 2 decisions; it was 9 poor decisions [this distinction was shared by Mr. Benson [UK] who also deserves a sack] that went against the Indians. I guess what would Nasser Hussein’s reaction would be if his team had got 9 bad decisions against the Australians, I am sure he would literally remove his pants and piss on the ground.

I consider just one or two bad calls would be potent enough to turn the match and the entire series upside down when playing against Australia and here we have something close to a Dirty Dozen. What else you want to the Indian players to do? Supply a box of Diapers to the cry baby “Finger Pointing” oops Ponting? Or Sing a lullaby to Mr. Buckner so that he can continue his nap while working?

A volcano had been brewing for a long time among every cricket loving Indian soul against Buckner reason being “Steve Buckner has raised his middle finger on very many occasions against India” And today Mr. Steve Buckner would take the blame for its eruption. He deserves to be chucked out and sent home without any pension. I would also put an enquiry on him and ensure that he was not paid for this value added services.

And remember Yes Indians generate 70% of the money needed for ICC officials to travel in first class, and yes BCCI will use the clout, do you think the Australian board or the English board would not like to have such powers? I think British media should cut the crap on giving an innocent face to Buckner, instead spend your energy by asking ICC – What guarantee does ICC offer to the cricket fans for a fair game? If your bandwidth has more time in hand, use it to repair your pathetic cricket team and your “jack of all arts but winner of none” Soccer team.


Ponting leads bunch of whiner and liars;

If Cricket Australia cares of its reputation for the game, I think Ponting should be sacked. It was the ugliest, potentially violent or an ill-mannered performance by an Australian side. Indians should say enough is enough and should fly back home, may be enjoy a vacation in Bali.

This is not the first time Australians are doing things to a visiting team. They are notorious in every home series, in the past every 50-50 chances somehow seems to favor the Australians. This time, in order to equal the world record Ponting and his men sunk the game to a new disgusting level possible. Check the clips, picture
speaks more than words.



Harbajan’s Bunny was furious and was fuming at the reporters when the reporters questioned his integrity. Picture perfect replays are available to prove that Ponting had grounded the ball and appealed for a catch. Ponting after all edged a ball to Dhoni and stood there for umpire’s decision; such a person claims that he integrity? Duh! Ricky Pointing is a "dishonest" captain.

Harbajan vs. Symonds: Harbajan sacked based on the testimonial by 2 honest Australians. The honest blokes are Michel Clarke and Hayden. Michel Clarke stood there waiting for the umpire’s decision when he edged the ball and he was caught red handed. I have never seen a cricketer waiting for an umpiring decision when he had been caught in slips. The best act of dishonesty came when Clarke claimed that he took a catch when he had grounded the ball. And remember Clarke is the vice captain prospect for the team.

I still remember the day Hayden walked up to Dravid and uttered some nasty words. More over Sachin Tendulkar testimony was never taken into consideration, if at all there was someone with integrity present on the field when the incident happened, it was Sachin Tendulkar. Umpires did not hear, no replay clips, Sachin did not hear, I feel Symonds accusation is very dubious.

Another joke, McGrath joins the party has supported Ponting actions and has said Indians are over reacting. He is scheduled to fly to India to play for IPL, and Indians would be paying him a lot for getting him here. If BCCI has any shame left in them they should not permit any Australians to play in IPL, who needs them?

The Double tongue Slater: Slater appears on the Indian Commentators panel with an innocent face but takes special effort to trash Indians on the Channel 9 commentary. There was huge verbal dual between Tony Grieg and Slater. World knows how Slater behaved in India. For which he conviently attributed his personal issues in life. WTF?

For Once BCCI seems to stand behind its players.

But, if BCCI decides to get on with the series, it should go on with following conditions.
1. Nullify the Sydney test
2. Umpires should be changed for Perth
3. Withdraw allegation against Harbajan, Symonds should apologize.

Australian media speculate a huge sum of money would be demanded from BCCI cancels tour, - who cares, 1st don’t pay them 2nd –BCCI can schedule India Pakistan Sri Lanka Tournament, hey! we will have enough to pay anyone.

I am sick of Ponting and his men who have also tainted their own past achievements in cricket. A bunch of whiner and liars;


38th and on.....

I have been watching Sachin Tendulkar play for long long time now, in various cities, stadiums and coutries, and after he reached the eluding triple figure mark yesterday, I would say the reception he got from the Sydney fans would be the best till date. Even Mumbai would have not adored and applauded their home town son the way Sydney fans did. Why not, Sachin can pretty much score a triple figure when he plays at SCG again, he averages 300+ at Sydney Sachin cricket ground. Almost the entire stadium gave an standing ovation, - boys, girls, dads, moms everyone watching the game felt happy to watch Tendulkar score his 38th.

Ganguly’s confidence is very high hence his foot work was near perfect. He was playing some of his best shots and I expected him to score a 100 much before Tendulkar. He fell for casual shot, nevertheless it was a great innings from the Bengal southpaw.

Another aspect of Indian innings was that Tendul pushed the tail-enders to face, which gave them the confidence to score runs. Sachin seems to have understood the SCG pitch perfectly and went on to provide a lot of input to the batsmen at the other end. He never tried to protect them, he just let them play. Harbajan plundered Aussie attack and while Ishanth felt comfortable and went on to make 23 until Bret Lee stepped in to stop the show. I guess batting potential finally clicked yesterday, the so called Top 4 – Sachin, VVS, Gangully,Dravid scored more than 50.

The over rate was quite pathetic by Ricky Ponting. I remember Ganguly being accused by the whole of Aussie press for slow over rate. There was a minor verbal tussle between Symonds and Harbajan. Press speculates racial abuses etc [Symonds is known for playing the race cards]. I really don’t think Harbajan would use racial slurs etc. My guess is that he would have told "we made the score with 11 players playing once" or something similar, Hayden was also seen making comments at Harbajan. Ricky and his men get frantic when their plan fails to work. It was evident yesterday.

Yuvraj had no clue while Dhoni’s poor technique on bouncing track was exposed however both these young guns are Indian’s future; hence I think we should not write them off right away. Both have the potential to steal the show from Tendul and VVS by playing a great knock and win the game for India.

I think if India gets Australia for less than 250 tomorrow, India will win this game. Let me keep my fingers crossed.

Ps: Indians need to thank Buckner for no ruining Tendul’s party.


A long way to go....

Indian batting has good signs for a comeback, so does Australia. Remarkable stroke play by VVS, his timing was “Nagesh” perfect, it was pleasure to watch him play but on the other end Rahul “Fevicol” Dravid tested everyone’s patience. Jaffer had no clue about what struck him – Bret Lee pulled the plug. To be fair to Jaffer, Brett Lee was over stepping and umpire seems to have missed it, Duh!

During the Morning session, Symonds added one more inning to this account, he was stumped by Dhoni and Steve Bucky was reluctant to refer it to the 3rd umpire. Feed from channel 9 in USA does not have any commercial breaks during over changes and I guess we get a live feed directly from the SCG. The microphones are generally on during such breaks, and I heard Ian Chappell screaming over the decision. Tony Greg and Ian chapel were sympathizing for the Indians. When the last wicket fell Symonds was 4 for 164, a record here - first player to play the next Test even before it commenced.

The Authentically Annoying Dravid - I agree it is Test cricket and bound to be slow, but Dravid took it to a new level - “Testing Cricket”, he was constantly booed by the Indian contingent and applauded by Australian counterparts. . He was out on a no ball making it the most unlucky test match for India. Ponting adopted a new strategy when Dravid was “blocking”. He sent most of players to rest, just 5 were fielding and if at all the ball went past the square leg Steve Bucky, (oldest player to debut for Australia) would not hesitate to show his fielding abilities. I was wondering if Australian bowlers really needed the ball. Rumor is that, in order to keep the game going and save the new ball, Channel 9 had graphically placed the ball on the screen during post production. Australia put India back on Track by claiming Dravid’s wicket.

Tendul and Dada are on, they looked comfortable, but a long way to go, Nevertheless even if Aussies win the game it will be a tainted one.


Umpire Steve Buckner Stinks

Australia might be a great team or the best professional outfit and what not! , I really don’t care. Every game has an element of sportsmanship and the so called best team in the world is expected to honor the spirit of the game and set an example. Time and Time again Australian Cricket team fails to do so. This is not the first time for Australians to get umpiring favors during home series. This has happened in the past and will continue to happen in the future. Even the technology is being twisted. Third umpire was also part this conspiracy. Australia wants to set a record for consecutive wins and what not.

Adding insult to the injury – was the elite commentator panel on channel 9. I am sick and tired of the Australian commentators carrying on about the “great come back”. One Mr. Ian “Gajini” Healy was so pathetic to push it aside and was gloating about Australian dominance. The dude completely forgot that Ponting and Symonds decision changed the game completely to their benefit. Any team would find it impossible to get their top order batsmen out twice. The commentary team failed to provide the balance and seem to suffer from partial amnesia. Symonds shamelessly raised his bat to acknowledge his century, he was 2 for 100. I guess we cannot say anything more about him as he will paint this popular racial color on any such comments.

Australian captain Ponting made it a point to talk to the press about Murali Karthik failing to walk; and squarely blamed him for the draw. He made a big noise and chipped in a bucket load of Aussie bull to Murali Karthik. But yesterday after edging the ball to the wicketkeeper, Mr “Perfect” Ponting stood there firm. He went on to make 50 runs, though it was the 1st inning, my man Rickey played his second innings along. Finally, when Umpire ruled him out LBW, in spite of an inside edge, Ricky walked out with a long face for the decision, LOL.

Like players being fined for dissent, it is time to penalize umpires for poor decision. If every pair of eyes and ears on the ground including the batsmen could make an unanimous decision - How “Bucky” could have missed it? Steve Buckner knew that it was out and just for the heck of it to be popular he did not give the decision.Buckner is notorious for such poor decisions. Indians have been the victims for his horrendous umpiring. I really do not know how Indian cricket board in first place accepted Steve Buckner to be included in the umpire Panel. It is not the first time Steve Buckner screws India. Umpire Steve Buckner Stinks and he should be punished.

Mostly India will lose this game, thanks to 11+3 Umpires – aka Australian squad.