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    The Ranji-Duleep Trophy

    Wednesday, May 30, 2007
    Read it here.

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    Looking Ahead: The likely five

    Read it here.


    Whatmore? Say Who?

    Thursday, May 24, 2007
    Kapil Dev, who once asked, "Who is John Wright?", now asks, "Who is whatmore?".

    Paaji, you ask too many questions..

    Whatmore is a SriLankan born Aussie cricketer, who coached a world-cup winning SriLankan team and is now very likely to coach your home team. What more do you want to know ji?

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    Wednesday, May 23, 2007
    Courtesy: Express India
    Satrajit Lahiri is aware of what the word ‘coach’ exactly means. The 39-year old former Ranji Trophy batsman — he played for Tripura from 1991 to 1998 and turned up for East Zone in the 1996-97 Deodhar Trophy — recently earned a double distinction unique in eastern India’s cricket history.

    He became the state’s first ever Ranji Trophy elite panel umpire to also complete the National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) coveted Level III coaching degree, at Bangalore. The twin distinction apart, Lahiri also boasts of the Level III coaching degree that he picked up from the English & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) last year.

    When Lahiri is umpiring, how hard would it be for him to restrain the coach in him? If the batsman gets beaten outside the off-stump and the bowler starts appealing, would the umpire first tell the batsman that he needs to move his feet a bit and then turn to the bowler and say that it is not-out? If the bowler is chucking, would Lahiri correct the bowler's action right there and then tell him that it is a no-ball? If he feels that the fielding captain is not attacking enough, would he ask the skipper to place a slip and a foward-shortleg?

    I know Lahiri is a professional and he would know exactly how to separate the umpire from the coach, but it does make you wonder. Doesn't it?

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    Blogging for AOL India

    Friday, May 18, 2007
    I've signed up to blog for AOL India's new cricket blog. My first 2 posts are up for reading - 1. a la Pietersen, 2. World Cup 2007: Ten Most Enjoyable Pieces Of Action.

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    Life comes at you fast

    Thursday, May 17, 2007
    The folks at Nationwide should seriously consider asking Manoj Tiwary to appear in their ads. Everything seemed to be going Manoj's way until he went and injured himself just before his international debut. He is supposed to undergo surgery (apparently there is some controversy regarding the surgery - check this link) pretty soon and from the looks of it, might have to be out of action for about 4-8 weeks.


    Of blogging-breaks and sharing-birthdays..

    Sunday, May 06, 2007
    I realize that I haven't been posting as regularly as I possibly can. I sincerely hope that this is just a temporary slump in form and that I would be able to make a decent comeback to prime-form blogging pretty soon. I really don't need to be "rested" or "dropped" to rediscover my bearings.

    On a personal note, I became a father this week. I've been told that becoming a father, makes you more responsible and focussed in life. I do hope that this is true and the renewed focus would get reflected both at work and also at making inane blog-posts. Ever since the doctor told us that the due-date would be some time during the last week of April, my wife and I wished the kid would be born on April 24th. The thinking was that if he has to be a Taurean son of a cricket-blogger, then why not share his B'day with Sachin Tendulkar. I narrowly missed being born on the same day as Kapil Dev and I've blogged earlier about feeling bad about it during my growing years. The caring parents that we are, we didn't want our son to feel the same. April 24th came and went and there was no sign of him stepping out of his cozy pavilion. He leisurely ventured out eight days later. He probably believes in doing things on his own terms or probably isn't going to be a big SRT fan - only time will tell. All we know for now is that he shares his Birthday with Brian Charles Lara. May 2nd also happens to be the birthday of David Beckham and Satyajit Ray. I don't know how much thrilled I would be if he becomes as popular a soccer star as Beckham or as creative a director as Ray (btw I never understood his movies), but I sure would be a lot happier if I get to see him cover-drive with a flamboyant touch and an exaggerated back-lift. What more can a father ask?

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