Blog: Is T20 eating away Test cricket?

first_imgIt was hyped beyond comparison – the 2000th Test in the history of cricket had even non-followers stand up and take notice.No wonder there was a lot at stake as the No. 1 Test team was up against the No. 3 Test team. The Test was especially crucial for the statisticians and Sachin Tendulkar’s fans as it was the 100th Test between India and England and Sachin was eyeing his 100 international century, even though he has often said that he does not chase milestones.Zaheer Khan last played during the IPL and was short of the much-needed match practice for the longest version. APHowever, the end result was not what Sachin Tendulkar and India fans would have desired. The Master Blaster failed to score his elusive ton by a huge margin – getting out on 34 and 12 respectively and India ended up losing the match a huge 196-run margin.Call it bizarre, but it was India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who caught all the attention and not Rahul Dravid, who scored his maiden Lord’s Test century, or Sruesh Raina, who scored a dogged 78, or Praveen Kumar, who claimed a fiver.And the reason beats all odds — he shunned his gloves and took to bowling.Of course the move earned a few brickbats too when the captain took off his keeping gloves handed them over to Rahul Dravid and started to bowl.One reasoned that it was the absence of Zaheer Khan, who pulled his hamstring on the first day that prompted him to do so, but the move certainly grabbed eyeballs with purists flashing their knives in the open.advertisementKapil Dev called it a mockery of Test cricket while Sourav Ganguly stood up in support of MSD, saying, “He wanted to give his bowlers the much needed rest.”Meanwhile, the injury-list for India grew.Joining Virender Sehwag, out for first two Tests, was Zaheer Khan (hamstring) and Gautam Gambhir (elbow). Gambhir batted on the final day, but Zaheer, even though he showed up with the bat in second innings, would be iffy for the second Test starting at Nottingham from Friday.Tendulkar, it was later known, batted with a viral infection and missed two sessions during fielding on Day 4.England on the other hand got everything right from Day 1.They lost the toss, so the decision that skippers hate to take was off Andrew Strauss’s head and so was the British media, which loves to tear apart their team much like the Indian media.Then Kevin Pitersen’s maiden double at Lord’s in the first innings followed by Matt Prior’s century in the second innings along with Stuart Broad’s all-round effort was something England would boast about for years to come.No wonder Strauss was seen saying, “The series is up there with the Ashes.”Meanwhile, India or for that matter BCCI needs to think if the shortest form of the game packed to the hilt during the cash-rich IPL is eating away its players.Every season the Indian Premier League ends up with a few bruised players lying by the way side.Let’s not take into account India’s tour of the Caribbean – which certainly wasn’t up to the standards of international cricket. Worst, Chirs Gayle, the man whose all-round blitz made the Bangalore Royal Challengers’ bosses pockets go heavy with advertising money, was seen sitting out.The IPL certainly needs a cut in terms on matches or else it will continue to witness injured players and drop outs like Lasith Malinga, who refused to tour with Sri Lanka, citing an injury while continued to play in the IPL.What’s worse is that other Test playing nations too are planning such fire-packed T20 leagues.God Save Test cricket!last_img read more

London Olympics: Mixed glory after doubles blow?

first_imgThe Indian tennis contingent garnered a lot of unwanted publicity before the start of the games due to the selection mess. A lot of fans and experts alike questioned their ability to put the great Indian tennis spat behind them and get in with the job of winning a medal for the country… Unfortunately things haven’t started off on the right note…The women’s doubles team of Sania Mirza and Rushmi Chakravarthy crashed out in the first round to the pairing from Chinese Taipei… And while that was expected, the real cause of concern for the Indian tennis contingent is the slight injury worry for Sania Mirza…The French Open mixed doubles winner had her right knee heavily strapped and grimaced in pain on more then a few occassions on court 19, as she went for her trademark forehand winners.Speaking to us after the loss, Sania said, “The strapping on the knee is precautionary. I felt a bit of tightness during a practice session a couple of days ago and didn’t want to take a chance…”Ray of hopeAnd talking of chance, India’s real chance of picking up a tennis medal is in the mixed doubles… The signing in ceremony for the mixed doubles will take place on the 31st of July and the action starts from the 1st of August. Leander Paes and Sania Mirza might not have played together since their quarter final loss at the Commonwealth Games 2 years ago, but both have plenty of doubles experience to turn it on together when the situation demands.With both players comfortable playing on the forehand court, there was a bit of doubt as to how the two would gel together. But it seems the duo have sorted out this little problem, as sania explains… “Leander and I had a word about playing the forehand court and he’s ok with me playing on the forehand side… Leander is such a great net player, it doesn’t really matter which side he plays on”.advertisementlast_img read more

Thanks Adrian Delia for continuing the fight for our right to be

first_imgNationalist MEP Francis Zammit Dimech thanked PN Leader Adrian Delia, following Dr. Delia’s announcement that he would be appealing the court’s ruling on the request for the publication of the inquest on Egrant. Zammit Dimech explained how Prime Minister Joseph Muscat had gone back on his word and further explained that the Nationalist Party should take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if need be.Addressing a political activity in Msida, Zammit Dimech accused the government of hijacking the institutions. He explained how PN MEP’s were proud to serve as representatives of the people rather than representatives of those that stole from the people.Francis Zammit Dimech said that he was determined to continue serving with loyalty and working for the good of the country. Dr. Zammit Dimech spoke about his work in the European Parliament including work that led to Maltese YouTubers being paid for the videos they produce and work that led to places of work being free from cancer causing substances. Zammit Dimech also spoke about his work to guarantee the right of the people to be informed through the free press and the protection of whistle blowers.“Maltese agriculture producers are being given the fish but denied the fishing rod” – Peter AgiusPN candidate for the European Parliament Dr. Peter Agius in a Facebook post explained that after 15 years of EU membership, Malta had yet to have a single product registered for EU protection. Dr. Agius further explained that the application for production for the Maltese ġbejna had been pending for no less than 3 years. In contrast, Italy had over 300 different cheeses protected under the DOP regime.“We are importing all that is foreign in Malta but we are forgetting to export that which is Maltese beyond our shores” explained Dr. Agius. He further explained how one could only imagine the possibilities if effort was made to deservedly promote the Maltese product using all the European tools at our disposal for this purpose. Dr. Agius further explained how apart from the Maltese ġbejna there was a whole plethora of unique Maltese products that one could promote including imqaret, pastizzi, sun-dried tomatoes and pickled onions.Agius concluded by insisting that he would work to achieve results for all Maltese and Gozitans.WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more