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Everything is in Mess

February 10, 2010

Yes that was the state of our official and unofficial national games of our country. Hockey – a game which holds the status of national game only in name. Already the world cup campaign is in complete mess with the problems like salary issue, who-the-captain issues plaguing it. With the issue of salary settled down after several rounds of talks and huge sum of money, the issue on the captain is for sure going to affect the performance of the team in world cup which starts on 28th February.

The salary issue was raised some 2 weeks before by the players and they are not ready to go to training without coming to a solution on that front. Officials came out rushing and said that nothing is bigger than playing for country.. blah blah blah… but the truth is that this officials are very much living a sophisticated life and have no rights to tell the same. When cricketers are earning in crores from ad films itself why the hockey players shouldn’t press for their salary. And atlast Dhanraj Pillay and some other people who know Hockey intervened and solved this issue. When everything seemed to be well and good, the announcement of captain few days before triggered another storm.

The captain of a football or hockey team is a decorative position just like the President of our country. Their powers are limited to saying ‘Heads or Tails’ and having their hand first on trophy of at all their team wins and can attend the press conferences. Now the Hockey India announced that Rajpal Singh as the captain of the team but the players and coach were supporting Prabhjot Singh to become the captain. Under Rajpal team has had some good tournaments previously and it’s quite logical to retain him as captain. But the players who know that coach is the one who is going to call the shots, has no reason to protest against this. But the funny thing is coach himself joins them. Only the god can save Indian Hockey. Already the popularity of Hockey is in a level that Cricket players are promoting the World cup event which is going to start in 20 days. Only if they enter into the semis of this world cup, everybody will turnaround and look towards Hockey else they have only the past glories to speak.

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If Indian Hockey struggling to find its feet, Indian cricket team which looked like a strong one suddenly slumped to find itself losing against a well played South African team by an innings. Losing in a game is not big thing. But losing by an innings surely needs a look in. Everything seems to be bleak suddenly. Sachin and Sehwag played some of their best innings but still can’t get India out of the hole. More than the batting it’s the bowling which needs a lot to be desired. Maybe tomorrow Graeme Smith may say that Indian attack doesn’t have enough teeth to get 20 wickets in a test. That’s how it looked – VERY ORDINARY.

When a team plays only 4 bowlers it needs everyone of them to be in top form. But only Zaheer was seemed to a capable one of picking wickets and Mishra seemed to be the one able to beat the bat. Ishant and Bhajji were just managed to share the workload of bowling the overs without threatening the South African batting line-up. Bhajji has forgotten the art of bowling beautiful deliveries. If South African players plays him really well means there is some problem with him, as they are always a doubtful customers of spin bowling. Mishra has beaten the bat quite a lot of times but yet he didn’t controlled the turn enough to get an edge. He is also not consistently turned the ball from middle and leg but from off stump and outside off-stump only he turned the ball which the South African batsmen negotiated very easily. Suddenly the forte of India, spin bowling is in rubbles. And Laxman was quite right when he said that India don’t have a genuine spin talent except for the ones featuring in the national team. Even in the domestic circuit there is not much spin talent were available. Ramesh Powar and R. Ashwin are the very notable names there but they too were not performing consistently. The return of Sreesanth will surely add some aggressive look to the Indian bowling and if he handles himself well like he did against Sri Lankans he will surely be among the wickets.

And Indians batsmen choked against some real high quality fast bowling. I think they haven’t faced such fierce spell of fast bowling for the past 2 years. But I am sure that Indian batsmen will do well against them in Kolkata. Gambhir after a long time has got out for single digits in both the innings. He will surely make amends, Sehwag always loves to score against high quality bowling and then there is evergreen Sachin Tendulkar who keeps fighting. Badri and Vijay has done well and showed lot of patience in handling South African attack. Hope they will also do well. But the selection of Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina were baffling me. Even in T20s England and West Indian bowlers sorted them out with well directed bouncers and they are yet to learn from their mistakes. This test call up is certainly not required and I wish Laxman will be fully fit to take his place. And also Pujara, Rahane or Pandey should have took a place in this test side.

Also I don’t know what’s the wrong in preparing good turning wicket in India. If South Africans and Englishmen wins us fair and square on a seaming and bouncing wicket(In past) they too should know how to play on a turning wicket. This is quite some discrimination as the home team has all the rights to choose the conditions in which they want to play.

Even though I like to see a good test match cricket, I don’t want to see India to lose again to South Africa in Kolkata.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. February 10, 2010 9:50 pm

    first!!

    kanagu: Vaanga.. vaanga…. 🙂 🙂
    enna ka post padikalaya??? 🙂 🙂

  2. February 11, 2010 8:47 am

    Kanagu, I just scrolled thru the post !! Its abt hockey and cricket, right ???? 🙄

    kanagu: You got it right 😀 😀

  3. February 11, 2010 9:20 am

    And I thought that was the Title to my life 😉

    kanagu: LOL 😆 I hope its not true…. 🙂 🙂

    I knew about the hockey controversy but never knew about the captaincy mess!!!

    Only God can save us!!

    kanagu: 😦 😦 😦

    No comments on India losing to South Africa!!! 😀

    kanagu: Why why??? 🙂 🙂

  4. February 11, 2010 11:05 am

    Me 4th 😛 nt bad no 😉

    kanagu: Surely not.. considering my 50th position in your blog.. 😳

    • February 11, 2010 11:08 am

      And that too after reading the complete post 🙂

      kanagu: 🙂 🙂 🙂

      The hockey controversy .. I feel really bad Kanagu .. the national game for name sake 😦
      I am happy to find one person following it close enuf and expressing his views.

      kanagu: I am following Hockey… and I wish it retains its past glory within my lifetime… each time some hope will raise and some will come and shatter it.. 😦 😦 😦
      I believe we can do well in home this year…

      Cricket … I felt soooo bad that India lost so badly 😦 It does matter to me much if they throw a fight, give us a nice match to watch and then lose 😦 but this is horrible!

      I hope they get their act rt for Eden Gardens!

      kanagu: Yeah.. me too hope for the best… lets see how they perform…

  5. February 11, 2010 11:53 am

    We need Laxman & Dravid. I hope dravid recovers miraculously and gets fit for the 2nd test.

    Too much pressure on India to win the 2nd test. That way we will still retain the #1 position.

    kanagu: Bro… Indian team should learn live without Laxman and Dravid… how long they will save us… somebody should put their hand up and say… no need to worry, I am here….
    And I hope India finds that person soon…

  6. February 11, 2010 12:00 pm

    Mess abt captaincy…If this is team’s intenal position..chances are very less tht they will perform better on ground…

    kanagu: 😦 😦 😦 I wish they do well in spite of all these…

  7. February 11, 2010 1:18 pm

    Frankly dont know much about the hockey bit.. but bout India and Eden… magic will happen… !! over the years the Indian team has never failed to surprise you … !! 😀 😀 😀

    kanagu: Me too wishing for the same Bhai… 🙂 🙂

  8. February 11, 2010 3:16 pm

    And I know nothing about Cricket or Hockey, but yes, certainly don’t want to see India losing to anyone!!!

    kanagu: hmmm. hope both the teams win their respective games….

  9. February 11, 2010 4:42 pm

    Hockey was the game for India few years ago.In my opinion,as long as a politician or one connected to politics heads any sports set up, it is bound to go for a toss.
    The only way to get out of mess is to change those who control the game.

    kanagu: True Sir… I think thats why Cricket is in better position now….
    In Hockey everything is decided by Sports minister which I don;t think that it’s quite right…

  10. February 11, 2010 8:53 pm

    I have read about the hockey controversy. Poor guys, our country praises only cricket players and they become filthy rich with money pouring from all sides.

    I had read long back how the hockey players were staying in train bogies, – cooking inside, washing, bathing everything, when they were going to participate in the regional matches. No one bothered about them. Whatever facility was allotted to them, was used by the officials and their chamchas who were accompanying them. They can do one thing, Kanagu. They should win at least some matches and then their fate might change.

    kanagu: Truly in India, all the sportsmen other than cricket players living without respect… they are not given proper due for a long time… all these officials who are really rich saying is, they must be proud about representing country… shameless people.. 😡

    Cricket, this phase will go…at least hope so! Well…we were world toppers for sometime, you know!

    kanagu: I wish that…. 🙂 🙂

  11. February 11, 2010 10:44 pm

    Kanags,

    As much as any indian cricket fanatic wants india to win,…so do i…

    But, this loss especially in our own backyard is very vital to keep the team grounded and rethink their choices and decisions. I’m happy they’d lost.

    Having played less potent teams jus before this series, I guess the team is a bit lethargic and rusty in their game. This was very evident when some of our inform batsmen let the ball crash into the stumps as if they were giving bowling practise to the spinners.Poor Wridimam Saha was made the scapegoat and got the axe….Hope the team pulls up the socks and puts a better show at eden…..

    kanagu: Actually a loss is a part of game… but a world toppers thrashed at their own backyard is a serious thing…. and also we know we didn’t find the replacements for Dravid, Laxman and Sachin and also Indian spinners are not winning match for us lately…. these things are quite easy to see… but I don’t know how the cricket administration missed to think about these things….

    and me too wish they give a much more improved performance….

  12. February 12, 2010 1:35 am

    Last week when I was at home .. I saw this ad where cricketers were advertising for Hockey … a very nice initiative I think …. our national sports needs to be revived …

    kanagu: And thats the state of it.. 😐 😐

    and so is Dhoni’s luck too … it needs a revival too after that first test match … 😛

    kanagu: LOL… 😆

  13. February 13, 2010 1:08 pm

    Hockey is one of the sports that I love to watch. Its so interesting! Till I was following the game, India was still qualifying for the masters series and it was fun to watch them play against Dutch, Aussies, Germans, Koreans and of course Pak. I really wish Indian team comes back to become one of the top teams! I was esp upset when they were consistantly losing to China! I really admire the spirit of Chinese and Australians when it comes to sports. Now Chinese are learning to play Cricket it seems!! There is already a womens Chinese cricket team!

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: Me too wish that DI… and I am expecting them to enter the semis of this edition world cup.. but the things are looking very bleak…. 😦 😦
    yes.. the way Chinese and Australians taking the sports is a thing to be noticed…

  14. February 16, 2010 10:14 pm

    I don ‘t know much about sports but I do feel, the government should not interfere and give too much importance to Cricket, just because it is popular with voters. Hockey would do fine if it is commercialised and has as little as possible interference from the government. I feel there is nothing wrong with making Hockey a financially viable option for everyone, any sponsors will love that.

    kanagu: Really true IHM… I think the success of cricket lies in a private organisation called BCCI… else I don;t think this much growth would have happen.. the sad thing is we have good hockey players of past who can surely do good… but our politicians wasting the oppurtunities… 😦 😦

  15. February 19, 2010 2:24 am

    yeyyy… a sports post !!! so no normal comments!!!

    Present sir ! 😀

    kanagu: he he he… 🙂 🙂 welcome back 🙂 🙂

  16. March 11, 2010 9:28 am

    We can never hope to come anywhere close to the glory of yester years, however we may try. popularity of cricket is an impediment to our success in any other sport. For more read : http://maverickindianmusings.blogspot.com/2010/03/in-search-of-lost-glory-indian-hockey.html

    kanagu: We can’t say that… once we get enough sponsors and attention towards other sports we will surely do wonders…. will read your post 🙂 🙂

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