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    Indian Bowling Coach - Prasad vs Sekhar

    Saturday, April 21, 2007
    Chappell's support staff included some quality professionals, but it lacked a bowling coach. It could be argued that had there been a good bowling coach, Irfan Pathan wouldn't be in the quagmire that he finds himself in right now. The same could be said of Harbhajan Singh.

    It took one dismal world cup performance to finally convince the BCCI to appoint separate coaches for bowling and fielding. Thirumalai Ananthanpillai Sekhar, the chief coach at the MRF Pace Foundation would have been my choice for being the bowling coach of the Indian Cricket Team. But Venkatesh Prasad is not a bad choice at all. He has been coaching the junior teams over the past few years and has been doing it really well. Bowling coaches are usually fast-bowling coaches - the reason probably being that modern day teams have very few slow bowlers in their ranks. Sekhar has been instrumental in moulding the careers of quite a few fast-bowlers of this generation, but doesn't really have much to offer to the spinners. Prasad holds the slight edge here (not because he used to bowl quite a few slow deliveries towards the end of his career) because he has a bit of experience at wholistic coaching. Another reason could be that Prasad (given his age) is being seen as someone who could handle the mantle of being the full-coach at some point down the line.

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    Whose son?

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007
    Courtesy: Cricket Next
    Tamil Nadu’s left arm spinner Vidyut (three for 14), son of former Indian leg spinner and TV commentator Laxman Shivaramakrishnan, K Vasudeva Das (two for 20) and U Mahesh (two for 29) then bowled a tight line and length to restrict Haryana to 111 all out off 19.4 overs.

    41 year old Laxman wouldn't be too thrilled to know that he has a 25 year old son. This is just another case of bad journalism. For the uninitiated, Vidyut is actually the son of Venkatraman Sivaramakrishnan, the former Tamil-Nadu player.

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    Dilhara robbed of a MOM award

    Thursday, April 05, 2007
    England lost to Sri Lanka in a last-ball thriller yesterday. The young Bopara and the old Nixon hustled together a run-a-ball 87 run partnership for the 7th wicket and brought England very close to victory. 12 were needed off the last over, 9 came off the first 5 deliveries - Bopara had to face the last ball with 2 runs required to share the points. Call it nerves or call it a tactic, Dilhara Fernando (the giant with the baby voice) ran in hard and went through his motions without actually releasing the ball. He went back to the start of his run-up, took a few deep breaths and bustled through all over again - this time he did release the ball - elementary line and length - Bopara missed and the ball disturbed the furniture behind the batsman and then ran away to the boundary.

    Ranjit Fernando, the easily excitable commentator from the Emerald Island overlooked the disturbed stumps and commented (yelled rather) something on these lines -- "Oh itz a 4.. Bopaara.. Oh its bowled.. I thought it hit the bat and went for a 4". Well, he doesn't fail to amuse you (if you want to call it a torture, I wouldn't blame you), does he? I'm really looking forward for the day when someone like Sangakkara or Jayawardene gets to represent Sri Lanka behind the micro-phone.

    Coming back to the game, didn't understand why Bopara won the MoM award. Agreed, he brought England back into the game and without him the game would have ended much earlier. But he didn't win it for them, did he?. Dilhara, on the other hand picked up 3 crucial wickets at crucial times and won his team a couple of points. As far as I'm concerned, he was robbed off a maiden world-cup MoM award.

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