Category: Sports and Games

Fall of Australia

Australia lost five out of his last six ODIs, four of them against succession. It lost two against England in the final and two against New Zealand and lost both the series. As a consequence it slipped in rank from 1 to 2. S. Africa is no. 1.

Victories and defeats are part of the game. Australia was no. 1 for five years and nobody expected such fall. Ten wickets loss to New Zealand was its worst in history.

Some top players were not in the team due to injuries Such things happen to all teams. Other players take their places. There are ups and downs. Dropping catches and fielding lapses had a role in the fall of Australia.

Australia has done well to be one the top for five years. They can be on the top again. Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties. At one time West Indies dominated world cricket. They won the World Cup in 1975 and 1969. Later India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1983, 1992 and 1996 respectively. Australia won the World Cup in 1987, 1999 and 2003. England reached the finals in 1979, 1987 and 1992 and did not win.

Australia’s fall makes World Cup 2007 interesting. Any team can beat any other team. So far no host country has won the World Cup. Sri Lanka won the Cup in Pakistan. England, S. Africa, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and New Zealand have not won the World Cup. There are teams from non-Test playing nations taking part in the World Cup. It is unlikely that a team from a non-Test playing nation will win the World Cup.

Thoughts on 20/1/2007

If something is offensive TV channels should not show it. Sometimes TV channels give publicity to clips they say are offensive. IBN 7 showed a clip of which it said insulted Gandhi. More people came to know about the clip. The Government of India issued a notice to IBN 7 and the channel had to apologise.

There are demands for ban of various types of films but no demand to ban a film that glorifies tax evasion, bribery and smuggling.

Use of Internet for destroying someone’s reputation should be punished.

Affairs, break-ups, engagements and marriages of actors and actresses are not news that deserve telecast on news channels as headlines. They can be shown in entertainment or film sections.

Advertisements of food items, toilet articles, stationery, jewellery and cosmetics should be banned.

Indians should not attach importance to Oscars. Getting Oscar award does not mean that film is great. Some films that got best foreign film award are not better than some of our Hindi films. It the idea is to get publicity and market the producers should dub or sub-title their films and distribute in other countries. However song and dance sequences do not make sense to many foreigners.

Racism should not be confused with dislike for someone’s food or making fun of accent.

It is ridiculous to ban the wearing of a crucifix in a school as a health and safety issue. This happened in England.

There should be a change in the process of selection of Indian cricket team. First the team should be selected. Then the captain should be selected out of the players selected. Those who are not fit or out of form should not be selected. Captain should be for a series. After every series there should be fresh selection.

There should be no Special Economic Zones. Governments should not be acquiring land for private enterprises. Why should some places have tax concessions? Let the whole country be Special Economic Zone and have tax concessions.

China has tested anti-satellite missile. It is a warning to USA. USA did not want such tests to be banned. Now it is concerned.

Full details of Nithari killings are not available. We may have to wait for the trial to begin to know who all are guilty and of what crimes.

Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac 2006

I want to buy a copy of Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac 2006. It is for my brother in Dubai. On New Year’s Day he told me to buy Wisen Almanac 2005 or 2006. I asked some people in my office. One person told there was a book fair at Cross Maidan. That evening I went there. At one stall one woman said the book was available. She gave me their card. Next afternoon I rang up. She told me Wisden Almanac 2005 is available. Wisden Almanac 2006 will be available in 15 to 20 days. I decided to wait.

After about 45 days I rang up. I was told the book was available. Then I was told it would arrive that day. After two days the reply was the same.

Somewhere around April 14 there was a news item on TV that Wisden Cricketer’s Almanac 2006 has been released. After that I tried several book shops but it was not available anywhere.

If you know where it is available in Bombay please let me know.

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