April 27, 2009

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Golden oldies in the IPL, and Page 2

Sambit Bal

Sorry for the absence last week. I have no excuses, apart from the lame one that last Monday was very busy. So to make up, let me begin with one from the previous week.

Most of you will have noticed Osman Samiuddin's return. It was business as usual the moment he got back from his honeymoon (which, incidentally, Thai anti-government protesters chose to make memorable by coming out on to the streets to engage the army) and he was called on write about the ICC's decision to remove Pakistan from the list of World Cup hosts. This he did with familiar clarity and reason:

In such darkness, sadness is understandable, even desirable if it brings introspection, but there should be no place for anger

It's been mostly IPL last week, and though the cricket has been mostly tepid so far, the spicier pitches in South Africa have ensured that batsmen have had to fall back on traditional skills. Not surprisingly, the top performers have all been familiar names, and it gave Peter Roebuck cause to rejoice:

the first few matches of this year's IPL have reminded all and sundry that cricket is just a game played with a bat and a ball, that good cricketers will find a way, that determined and skilful players will adapt, that the leading lights in 10-day cricket are likely to prosper in 10-over cricket as well.

As promised, we've been having fun at Page 2. I highly recommend a couple of sections. The CV has so far featured Lasith Malinga, Andrew Symonds and Kevin Pietersen. Watch out for more. And to catch cricketers talking about their lives on and off the field, check out Quick Singles, which has featured JP Duminy. What would Harbhajan Singh grab first if his house was on fire? Find out here.

It's not just Page 2 alone. Over at Inbox, Andrew Hughes has been good form over the last week. Here's his take on the delights of sponsored commentary. Your writing can feature in Inbox, too. Use the "Submit your piece" link to send in your articles.

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Posted by Ahem on (June 14, 2009, 6:18 GMT)

please start writing more posts

Posted by Sakib on (June 9, 2009, 22:28 GMT)

If T20's a fun-game why do teams like Australia tend to choose professional ODI players to do the job? It's really disturbing to see players like Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussy trying to slog from the first who like to build a launching pad through the first 30 deliveries.If they really think it's unimportant they should have at least tried to play Gilchrist, Hayden and Warne. I also don't know why they sent back Symonds. That would have given the spectators some more enjoyment and may be they wouldn't have left so early in the tournament.

Posted by APS on (April 29, 2009, 20:30 GMT)

Hi Sambit,Shah Rukh Khan’s Indian Premiere League team Kolkata Knight Riders is going through a trying time. They are really down and out. Now they come at the bottom of the table as was expected from them .In such a controversial situation in which they are starting from the IPL nobody hoping horizon from them. Many theories are circulating around for their dismal performance. Above all one thing I can’t understand is their team selection policy. There are so many questions in my mind at present regarding this but I want to know only one thing: As far as I know Mashrafe Mortaza was the most expansive buy for them in 2009 auction. Did anyone in the world knows why he has not get even a single game to play in the IPL.SRK is waiting for what to happen? He has already reach at the bottom of the table. If he is not worthy even for a single game i wonder why he is still in the team.Most strange thing is that no one is talking about this. Have u any clue for it? Thanks.

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Sambit Bal
Editor-in-chief Sambit Bal took to journalism at the age of 19 after realising that he wasn't fit for anything else, and to cricket journalism 14 years later when it dawned on him that it provided the perfect excuse to watch cricket in the office. Among other things he has bowled legspin, occasionally landing the ball in front of the batsman; laid out the comics page of a newspaper; covered crime, urban development and politics; and edited Gentleman, a monthly features magazine. He joined Wisden in 2001 and edited Wisden Asia Cricket and Cricinfo Magazine. He still spends his spare time watching cricket.

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