Mar 282014
 
I will give it my best shot, says Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar will be BCCI’s new boss replacing N Srinivasan after a Supreme Court directive said that no India Cements employee will hold any post in the Indian cricket board

Gavaskar to replace Srinivasan as BCCI chief – report

I will give it my best shot, says Sunil Gavaskar (© AFP)

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Handed over the reins of BCCI for IPL-7 by the Supreme Court on Friday, interim president and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said he will “give it his best shot” while discharging duties during the cash-rich T20 league.

“I am deeply humbled and honoured that the Honourable Supreme Court of India has entrusted me with the job of being the Interim President of the BCCI till the end of IPL 7. Like with my cricket, I will give it my best shot,” Gavaskar said in a statement.

The apex court today gave charge to Gavaskar for functions concerning the IPL and did not bar the N Srinivasan-promoted Chennai Super kings and Rajasthan Royals from participating in the seventh edition of the tournament.

Taking the cricket board out of incumbent Srinivasan’s hands, the Court directed that the senior most vice president of the Board, Shivlal Yadav, will be looking after the affairs of BCCI.

A bench of justices AK Patnaik and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla, which had yesterday proposed barring CSK and RR in the tournament, however, refused to pass order in this regard allowing them to play the matches along with six other teams in the tournament beginning April 16 in Dubai.

The bench also said that Gavaskar will have to get out of the contract with BCCI for commentary in order to discharge the duty assigned by the court. It also directed BCCI to adequately compensate the veteran cricketer.

Mar 152014
 
Not used to throwing my hat anywhere, says Ganguly on coaching Team India

With Dravid declining Gavaskar’s suggestion of being India’s coach, Ganguly also ruled out the possibility of him trying for the job in the near future

Not used to throwing my hat anywhere, says Ganguly on coaching Team India (© Getty Images)

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Kolkata: Ex-India captain Sourav Ganguly asserted Saturday that the expertise of former greats can be utilised for developing the current cricket team even as he refused to “throw in his hat for the job”.

“When you have players like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble, their services can always be sought. But it depends upon how much time they can devote. It’s an individual decision for every cricketer what he wants do in life. I think it should be left to them,” Ganguly said while reacting to Sunil Gavaskar’s call that Dravid should replace current India coach Duncan Fletcher.

With Dravid declining Gavaskar’s suggestions citing time constraints, Ganguly, when asked if he will try for the job, replied: “I’m not used to throwing my hat anywhere. Dravid has just retired from international cricket and it would be difficult for him to be on the road for 11 months.”

Dec 292013
 
Silent warrior is one up on Rahul Dravid
DURBAN: The climb towards the peak was steep, but Jacques Kallis battled on, the way he always did — like a silent warrior.

Most runs in Tests

A 45th century in the final Test meant a lot to the ‘greatest cricketer of the modern era.’ It would mean an entry into a 32-member club — cricketers who have scored centuries in their last Test — but there was more to it.

A recent slump in batting form had motivated a ‘remove Kallis’ campaign in South Africa. Kallis never made it public but deep down he must have been hurt. He wanted this century to show the entire world that he was going to leave Test cricket on his own terms. But it’s easier said than done.

The emotional factor often takes over, thereby you get an Eric Hollies dismissing Don Bradman or Narsingh Deonarine getting Sachin Tendulkar a few steps ahead of their preferred destination. Bradman couldn’t get those four runs which would have taken his average to 100 and Sachin stopped 26 short of a century that a nation was praying for.

But Kallis was in a different zone on a murky Sunday morning. There were not more than a 1,000 people in the ground, but one could feel the tension. An early departure of Kallis would mean India taking charge of the Test match — and they were desperate to strangle him for every run.

One small error can bring about the downfall and Kallis looked to negate that. “I don’t think Kallis was looking too far ahead…It has to be one ball at a time,” Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 96 in his final Test, said.

On 99, there was an inside-edge off Jadeja that could have rolled onto the stumps, but Kallis kept it out. And then, a glance towards fine-leg and Kallis ran for that single.

There were not too many in the ground to cheer him, but those who mattered were out there on the balcony. Shaun Pollock, Rahul Dravid, Mike Haysman, Robin Jackman — whoever was not commentating at that time — joined the fans in appreciation of the effort.

Kallis got 15 more, displaced Rahul Dravid from the third position on the list of highest run-getters in Tests, and then top-edged an attempted sweep off Jadeja to get caught by Dhoni. Everyone stood up, Graeme Smith came down the stairs and kissed Kallis on his head and the clapping continued. The cricket world seemed to say — ‘Thank you Kallis for the entertainment!’

Dec 292013
 
Silent warrior is one up on Rahul Dravid
DURBAN: The climb towards the peak was steep, but Jacques Kallis battled on, the way he always did — like a silent warrior.

Most runs in Tests

A 45th century in the final Test meant a lot to the ‘greatest cricketer of the modern era.’ It would mean an entry into a 32-member club — cricketers who have scored centuries in their last Test — but there was more to it.

A recent slump in batting form had motivated a ‘remove Kallis’ campaign in South Africa. Kallis never made it public but deep down he must have been hurt. He wanted this century to show the entire world that he was going to leave Test cricket on his own terms. But it’s easier said than done.

The emotional factor often takes over, thereby you get an Eric Hollies dismissing Don Bradman or Narsingh Deonarine getting Sachin Tendulkar a few steps ahead of their preferred destination. Bradman couldn’t get those four runs which would have taken his average to 100 and Sachin stopped 26 short of a century that a nation was praying for.

But Kallis was in a different zone on a murky Sunday morning. There were not more than a 1,000 people in the ground, but one could feel the tension. An early departure of Kallis would mean India taking charge of the Test match — and they were desperate to strangle him for every run.

One small error can bring about the downfall and Kallis looked to negate that. “I don’t think Kallis was looking too far ahead…It has to be one ball at a time,” Sunil Gavaskar, who scored 96 in his final Test, said.

On 99, there was an inside-edge off Jadeja that could have rolled onto the stumps, but Kallis kept it out. And then, a glance towards fine-leg and Kallis ran for that single.

There were not too many in the ground to cheer him, but those who mattered were out there on the balcony. Shaun Pollock, Rahul Dravid, Mike Haysman, Robin Jackman — whoever was not commentating at that time — joined the fans in appreciation of the effort.

Kallis got 15 more, displaced Rahul Dravid from the third position on the list of highest run-getters in Tests, and then top-edged an attempted sweep off Jadeja to get caught by Dhoni. Everyone stood up, Graeme Smith came down the stairs and kissed Kallis on his head and the clapping continued. The cricket world seemed to say — ‘Thank you Kallis for the entertainment!’

Nov 152013
 
Tendulkar falls short of fairytale farewell ton

Published: 6:06PM Friday November 15, 2013 Source: Reuters

Sachin Tendulkar fell short of a fairytale ton in his farewell Test today but the Indian batsman’s 74-run knock was embellished by a full repertoire of classy shots the ‘Little Master’ was renowned for during a sparkling 24-year career.

The packed Wankhede Stadium was jolted from euphoria to deathly silence within a second as West Indies captain Darren Sammy pouched a sharp slip catch off part-time spinner Narsingh Deonarine to bring an end to Tendulkar’s first innings knock.

A sense of disappointment and disbelief hung in the air before the crowd came to terms with the magnitude of the moment to give their favourite sporting icon a prolonged standing ovation as he returned to the pavilion at his home stadium.

“Thank you for the memories Sachin. We will miss you,” an emotional Sunil Gavaskar, former India captain and Tendulkar’s childhood hero, said from the commentary box as the batsman marched towards the changing rooms for possibly the last time.

Before his dismissal, chants of “Sachin, Sachin” reverberated around a stadium packed to its 32,000 capacity every time Tendulkar took his stance at the batting crease in the second morning session of his 200th test match.

Resuming on 38, the most prolific run-scorer in international cricket had looked in fine form when he played a straight drive off paceman Tino Best to bring up his 68th fifty on the anniversary of his debut test against Pakistan in 1989.

He played most of his signature strokes during the 118-ball stay at the crease, which was studded with 12 crisp boundaries, leaving former India team mate Aakash Chopra begging for more.

“Straight Drive-Check, Cover Drive-Check, Square Cut-Check, Sweep-Check… can we pl have a pull too 🙂 Greedy,” he said on his twitter feed.

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