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Karnataka All rounder – B Vijaykrishna – is no more

Karnataka All rounder – B Vijaykrishna – is no more

Bharamaiah Vijayakrishna – the left arm slow orthodox spinner – breathed his last on 17.06.2021 due to Cardiac arrest. The following tables depict his first class career

BHARAMAIAH VIJAYAKRISHNA

Full name:Bharamiah Vijayakrishna
Born:12 Oct 1949, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Died on17 Jun 2021, Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Batting:Left-hand batsman
Bowling:Slow left-arm orthodox
Teams:Mysore (Main FC: 1968/69-1972/73);
 Karnataka (Main FC: 1973/74-1983/84);
 Karnataka (Main ListA: 1977/78);

First-Class Career Batting and Fielding (1968/69-1983/84)

 MINORunsHSAve10050Ct 
Overall8010516229710425.8021676 

First-Class Career Bowling (1968/69-1983/84)

 BallsMdnsRunsWktsBBAve510SREcon
Overall1304352752971957-8527.167166.882.43

List A Career Batting and Fielding (1977/78)

     MINORunsHSAve10050Ct 
Karnataka220211510.50000 

List A Career Bowling (1977/78)

 BallsMdnsRunsWktsBBAve45SREcon
Karnataka11047032-3623.330036.663.81

Fifty plus runs

NoScoreOppositionGroundDate
154*HyderabadHyd-LBS22 Jan 1972
250 Tamil NaduB’lore-CCG29 Jan 1972
371*RajasthanB’lore-CCG17 Mar 1972
450 Tamil NaduChepauk23 Feb 1973
550 KeralaTumkur03 Nov 1973
664*Tamil NaduB’lore-MCS23 Dec 1973
771 RajasthanJaipur23 Mar 1974
856 AndhraShimoga09 Nov 1974
966 MaharashtraB’lore-MCS17 Jan 1976
10102*MaharashtraB’lore-MCS17 Jan 1976
1153 DelhiB’lore-MCS11 Mar 1977
1268 Tamil NaduB’lore-MCS17 Dec 1977
13104 BiharB’lore-MCS18 Feb 1978
1452 KeralaTrichur28 Oct 1978
1577 HyderabadHyd-LBS13 Dec 1979
1674*HyderabadB’lore-MCS13 Dec 1980
1753 HyderabadNizamabad21 Nov 1981
1851 AndhraB’lore-MCS04 Dec 1982

Fifties in both innings

NoScoreOppositionGroundDate
966 MaharashtraB’lore-MCS17 Jan 1976
10102*MaharashtraB’lore-MCS17 Jan 1976

Five or more wickets in an innings

NoOMRWOppositionGroundDate
125.43655AndhraUdupi18 Nov 1978
2220796West IndiansAhmedabad10 Feb 1979
3228395BengalBengal24 Feb 1979
44013857AndhraBangalore04 Dec 1982
52312285AndhraBangalore04 Dec 1982
6158176BarodaVadodara11 Feb 1983
729.110635Rest of IndiaRajkot01 Sep 1983

Ten or more wickets in a match

NoOMRWOppositionGroundDate
1632511312AndhraBangalore04 Dec 1982

Fifty and ten wickets in a match

NoScoreW-ROppositionGroundDate
151 12-113AndhraB’lore-MCS04 Dec 1982
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT MANSUR ALI KHAN PATAUDI

WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT MANSUR ALI KHAN PATAUDI

‘The most charismatic cricketer of his generation’ : A selection of tributes to former India captain MAK Pataudi on the demise of former India skipper on 22 Sep 2011

“It is a terrible news for me, he brought me up and guided me. I can’t even express myself, it is one of my saddest days. He was a great human being, a great cricketer, a great fielder, shrewd captain, it is really sad. He always guided the youngsters. I was very close to him, so I can’t really forget the way he brought me up. He was my first captain under whom I played. Whatever career I had, it stands on him.”

Former India batsman Gundappa Viswanath is crestfallen at the passing of Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

“It is an extremely painful loss for me. Unbearable and shocking loss. He was one of the greatest captains to lead India. He gave a new face to Indian cricket and emphasised on the role of quality fielding. He was primarily responsible for developing India’s spin quartet in an aggressive role similar to what the West Indians had later in form of the pace quartet. He always believed that teams have to bowl at least 80 to 85 attacking overs out of 100 overs.”

Erapalli Prasanna, the former India spinner, lauds Pataudi’s captaincy skills

“It is a great personal loss, he was a very dear personal friend, he was my first captain, I learnt a lot from him. He was by far the best Indian captain to my mind of thinking. He was the first leader of Indian cricket who told everybody in the dressing room, ‘look you are not playing for Delhi, Punjab, Madras, Calcutta or Bombay, you are playing for India. You are Indian.’ That left a very very good mark on the minds of youngsters who played under him. “His faith in the spinners was absolute and we all prospered under his captaincy, he guided us so comfortably and serenely, the spin quartet had the highest regard for him… We won’t find the likes of him in a long, long time. His voice cannot be filled. A great, great chapter of Indian cricket has come to a close.”

Former India captain Bishen Bedi says we won’t see another Pataudi

“It is a big shock for me. It is too early for him to depart.. just 70 years. A great captain, always attacking and aggressive.. never defensive at any stage. He always focused on trying to win the match and would go all out to win. We had four spinners then, and I, especially, was extremely lucky to have had him as a captain.”

“Tiger Pataudi was my first captain. When I played my first Test in 1969, he was not just a nawab, royalty, but also already a superstar. When I walked out one morning to have breakfast at the CCI (Cricket Club of India) where the Indians players lived during a Mumbai Test, he invited me over to share a table with him and I’ll never forget that. He was captain of India, a nawab and I was a debutant. He taught the Indian team how to win, he brought about its transformation convinced us that we could beat strong sides, even with limited resources, even by having basically three bowlers. He was aggressive but didn’t shout on the field, nothing of the sort, his thinking about the game was that if you were playing for the country, you didn’t have to be treated like children; you didn’t need motivation or baby talk.

Former India legspinner Bhagwat Chandrasekar is grateful to have had Pataudi as a captain

“He treated us all as equals, as a captain he was totally professional on the field, aggressive, attacking. It didn’t strike me then, but when I played against other captains, I realised just how attacking he was, I realised he was the best captain I had every played under. Off the field he was an extrovert, he loved going out, socialising, late night partying and often he said to me, ‘you take cricket too seriously, you’re young, enjoy your life. If you are too emotional about it and take it too seriously, you will be an unhappy man’.”

Former India opening batsman, Chetan Chauhan, remembers Pataudi’s zest for life

“Tiger Pataudi was the most charismatic cricketer of his generation. To bat with almost zero vision in one eye and still to score nearly 3000 runs and half a dozen centuries in Test cricket tells you what a genius he was. He will be terribly missed and it’s a huge loss to the game of cricket.”

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar puts Pataudi’s achievements in context

“I recently watched him on television and he looked great, but the sudden news of his death is a shock to me. When Pataudi started his career, we didn’t have India-Pakistan ties but we got a chance to play together in a World XI and I found him a great human being, a charismatic character and a genuine cricket buff.”

Former Pakistan captain Hanif Mohammad reminisces about meeting Pataudi

“Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi was a man of exceptional talent who turned out to be an inspiration to millions of cricketers, not only in India but across the globe. It was an honour and privilege to have known him. He became a true darling of India cricket due to his on the field heroics and off the field easy manners. After retirement, he maintained his close association with the game in different capacities, including as a commentator. Whenever he shared his views on the game, they were taken seriously as they were considered to be coming right from the bottom of the heart of one of India’s greatest servants of the game. He will be sorely missed.”

ICC president Sharad Pawar remembers Pataudi’s contribution to the game

“I had grown up as a young cricketer hearing about his achievements and had only met him for the first time during The Oval Test on 22 August where he had come to present the Pataudi Trophy to the England team, while I presented Andrew Strauss with the Reliance ICC Test Championship mace. During the Test, I had the privilege of discussing with him the past, present and future of Test and 50-over cricket. It was absolutely fascinating to hear his views and confidence in these formats.”

ICC chief Haroon Lorgat recollects his recent discussions with Pataudi in England

“I am shocked to hear the news of Tiger Pataudi’s demise. He was an exemplary individual, who guided Indian cricket to unprecedented heights, as batsman, fielder and captain. He revolutionised fielding standards in the Indian team, and across the country. In an age wherein a draw was considered as good as a win, Tiger Pataudi encouraged his players to go flat out for victory. He was an aggressive batsman who excelled in crisis situations, and showed the nation how to combat adversity. I join my colleagues in the BCCI to express my condolences at his passing away. His services to Indian cricket will never be forgotten.”

BCCI president N Srinivasan pays tribute to Pataudi

“We are very sad to hear of Tiger Pataudi’s untimely death. He was a legendary figure for his country, and is fondly remembered for all he contributed to Sussex Cricket. I met him at the recent Test match at The Oval when he was very much looking forward to visiting us at Hove later this year. It has come as a great shock to us all and our condolences from everyone associated with Sussex Cricket go to his family.”

Sussex Chairman Jim May offers his commiserations on the death of Pataudi, who played 88 first-class matches for Sussex between 1957 and 1970

“He was a legend for us and we have never seen him play. He was a romantic figure, an absolute legend. I have always heard stories of Tiger, how he changed Indian cricket. He had a huge impact beyond his sheer performance in the cricket field. He was a huge inspirational figure. Even after so many years whenever you talk to legends of cricket, they always talk about him with awe and respect. He will definitely go down as an all time great, who had influenced not only on the cricket field but beyond it as well. He made the game popular in India with his sheer personality and performances. He led the team in the different way. He was a leader for us and he always stood with the current lot of players. In 2002, when we had problem with ICC with the central contract system, Mr. Pataudi backed us along with Madan Lal. I met him briefly in England at the Oval, after the Test series. We spoke briefly and now when I think about it, I regret that I couldn’t spend more time talking to him.”

Rahul Dravid wishes he could have spent more time with Pataudi

“I am extremely saddened hearing the news about Pataudi passing away. My heartfelt condolence to his family and may his soul rest in peace. I had known him personally and even met him a few times. There was lot of class and dignity about the man. Due to an accident he lost one eye and was yet successful at the international level, just goes on to show how good a player he was. The most positive thing about him was that he was very honest and always had the good of Indian cricket at heart.”

Sourav Ganguly remembers Pataudi for his class and dignity

“It’s a terrible loss to the cricketing world. I had the privilege of meeting him on a few occasions. World cricket will miss a hero like him. I really respected him.”

Sachin Tendulkar mourns the loss of a cricketing hero

“I am devastated, I had no idea he was in hospital … he was a contemporary of my cousin Javed Burki, and what I heard from my cousins, and from his contemporaries, was that had he not lost his eye apparently, he was a genius of great proportions. Anyone who knows batting, knows that it’s difficult to play with one eye, specially [to play] fast bowling. What he achieved with one eye, the sort of ability he had, what sort of a player he could have become… In Pakistan, to us he was also a cricketer who was a crowd puller.”

Imran Khan, the former Pakistan captain, says Pataudi was a crowd favourite across the border as well

Article Courtesy – Espncricinfo.com

Noted Cricket Commentator Dr. Narottam Puri during an interview with The Hindu in New Delhi

Noted Cricket Commentator Dr. Narottam Puri during an interview with The Hindu in New Delhi

He described the game as he saw it. And he saw it with the eyes of a keen student of the game, not missing out little details like a change in the field settings. He literally gave you a ring-side view. Dr. Narottam Puri’s mellifluous voice was an added attraction to follow cricket on the radio.

Dr. Puri was immensely respected by the players and also young cricket journalists who would flock to hear his stories from the past. Many, like me, would confirm a dismissal from him because Dr. Puri was always spot on. “Missing leg, hit the bat, did not nick,” were simple responses that would guide us in tricky dismissals during days when the luxury of TV replays was not available.

A reputed radio and television commentator, Dr. Puri conducted a popular quiz for Doordarshan for 18 years. He is currently involved as advisor with Fortis Healthcare and Indian Medical Academy.

Dr. Puri is not known to give interviews but he makes an exception for SPORTSTAR as he reflects on his cricket journey.

Excerpts:

Q) Your earliest memories of cricket?

A) It’s always a pleasure interacting with you and a very happy coincidence that you called me on a day when I was just going through some of the old recordings of Don Bradman and the various greats of Australian cricket and just looking at YouTube because there’s very little to do otherwise at home. Yes. I think radio commentary as you’ve described is not as popular today because of the availability of television. But let me just remind everyone that 1922 was the first ever radio broadcast of a cricket match. And it was for Charles Bannerman’s Testimonial. That was the first time that radio was used to broadcast a cricket match. The commentator was a gentleman by the name of Lionell Watt. Five years later, the Essex vs. New Zealand game was broadcast and the commentator was former England player Plum Warner. And for some reason after that, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) did not pursue it very actively.

Q) When did radio commentary make its debut in India?

A) 1934 is the first time that a match was broadcast in India, from Bombay Gymkhana. It was, I think, Pentangular or Quadrangular, between Muslims and Parsees and Bobby Talyarkhan was the commentator. My association with cricket commentary dates back to 1948 because my father was chosen as one of the commentators for India-West Indies series, and I believe I watched that match from my mother’s lap. Obviously I have no memory of it, I was too young to remember it. But from then onwards, cricket and cricket commentary became kind of a dining room conversation for me, because my father played for India – one unofficial Test match and plenty of Ranji Trophy, Pentangulars, etc. – so cricket was in the family. My uncle (my father’s younger brother) played Ranji Trophy too. And it was a kind of fodder for a young person’s ear to always have cricket being discussed. And obviously, one started falling in love as one started playing it as well. And during those days, my father was still playing Ranji Trophy and he represented five states and then you got to meet a lot of cricketers who were greats of their own time because they were friends of my father and they dropped in at home and so was the case with some great commentators like Berry Sarbadhikari, Pearson Surita, and therefore, you know, my love for the sport continued to grow. The Hindu’s sports chief at that time was S. K. Gurunathan. Guru uncle, as we used to call him, was a frequent visitor to our house. And I think this love for cricket, the love for reading about it, writing about it, and describing it subconsciously entered some part of my brain and remained active.

Q) When did you get to hear commentary from close quarters?

A) When I got an opportunity to go with my dad to the All India Radio studios. Those days a lot of sports broadcasts used to take place. And they were 10 minute long. A lot of people will not know about the General Overseas Service, GOS, as it was called, it’s broadcast outside India. And there were also sports broadcasts at primes slots like 9 pm. And therefore, one started learning how to control the number of words, within that time span that was available to you and to be able to express what you wanted to express within that time frame. Also the value of time, when to start, when to end. So I think these were important life lessons as well. And I guess I was lucky in being able to see this, watch this, hear this happen right in front of my eyes. And because of the fact that, I guess, I was always available in All India Radio during the sojourns that my dad made there.

Q) How did you get your break?

A) I guess an opportunity came when they were looking for a scorer. It was a London Schoolboys team visiting India and All India Radio was doing a broadcast of that match. I was booked as a scorer. So that was my first paycheck as a schoolboy. 15 rupees per day and also a great opportunity to watch a match from where I became very accustomed to watching. That is from the commentators’ box. It sort of grew and before I realized that I had got too deeply into it. I was good enough to play up to the university level, but being a medical guy, cricket those days used to be four and five day matches and cricket and my studies couldn’t go hand in hand. So these opportunities I got gave me an chance to kind of stay connected to the game, even as a doctor, but I couldn’t pursue it as a player beyond the university days. Of course, club cricket remained an active space for me. So the association has been there right throughout.

A trip down memory lane with the voice of Indian radio cricket commentary – Part II

A trip down memory lane with the voice of Indian radio cricket commentary – Part II

Dr. Narottam Puri’s mellifluous voice was an added attraction to follow cricket on the radio – SUSHIL KUMAR VERMA

Q) How was your preparation for the matches?

A) There were two things. One is that, in those days we didn’t have statisticians. I was one of the first people to do television statistics work in 1966 for the match between Board President’s XI and Gary Sobers-led West Indies, which was the very first match that was telecast live in India. My father was the commentator in English. Joga Rao was the commentator in Hindi. Maharaja Fatehsinghrao Gaekwad was the expert and I was a statistician. In those days, there were no computers. So every statistic had to be compiled. During the early days of my commentary, starting from 1971, we didn’t have statisticians. Most of the Ranji Trophy games and Test matches, there were no statisticians except for Anandji Dossa in Mumbai. Later Sudhir Vaidya, H.R. Gopalakrishna in Bangalore and various statisticians started coming up.

You needed to have this kind of data available to you to be able to fill in gaps during the match, particularly for those phases, when nothing was happening.

For example, if rain had occurred, and you knew it was a passing shower, then what do you do? There was this one gentleman who was doing Hindi commentary, read the scorecard three times because he didn’t know how else to fill the time. The producer of the program couldn’t take us back to the studio because we knew it was a passing shower.

Second thing, I, by nature, wanted to have a little more information about everything that possibly could be related to the match. It later helped me create the sports quiz conducted for 18 years on Doordarshan. I was fortunate in the sense that I had a decent memory and you remember things that you are in love with. There was never a day when I went for commentary without doing my homework, like a student.

Q) Though it is not the case in India, radio cricket commentary in many countries is very popular. How do you think it has evolved worldwide?

A) I think the game of cricket owes part of its popularity to radio broadcasting. Before television came it was the only medium and even when television came the reach was pretty limited. And even now, I would say radio commentary has a great role to play. What has happened in all over the world is that like for example, the Test Match Special of BBC, has been maintained at a certain standard. What attracts listeners is the rapport you develop with them and the use of, as I described, the prerequisites of being a good commentator.

Secondly, you need some kind of a persistence. What has happened historically in India is that someone like Talyarkhan dictated that if he’s doing the commentary, nobody else will commentate and he was the only commentator. This, of course, changed in ’48. But after that, unfortunately All India Radio became a little too democratic. So people who were good were often clubbed with people who were indifferent or less than good. And it was a democratic kind of a distribution that everybody will get two Test matches each. Even during my career, this is what happened irrespective of how you were rated by the Audience Research Unit of All India Radio or Television later. So, what happened was that that degree of connect that was necessary for the commentator to develop with the listener did not occur.

When it did occur, for example, Jasdev Singh and hockey, it was a long-lasting one. This wouldn’t have happened if Jasdev was himself not working for All India Radio and if he was an external person, he would have also got two matches and then somebody else would have been fitted in.

In the Test Match Special or ABC Radio, you will find the same people over a period of time and they were given the entire series to cover. So for example, in the great names that come to mind are John Arlott, Trevor Bailey, Brian Johnston from BBC special. Later, Christopher Martin Jenkins. In ABC we had Alan McGilvray, Michael Charlton, and Lindsey Hasset. So, there was it. It’s like having Amitabh Bachchan, Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor all together with you and then deciding that these three are the best and therefore, will continue. That didn’t happen in India.

I am not very much in touch with All India Radio now, but, listen to it. Part of the reason is that I think standards over a period of time have fallen. But part of the reason for that is because I don’t think people are that much serious about radio broadcasting in India, it’s a sad, sad fact. But I think the specialisation element, the love that was there earlier in the powers that be who take decisions about these things isn’t there or if it is there, I don’t know much because I’ve kind of disassociated myself with it.

Q) Your personal liking or association with some of the fascinating commentators you have shared the mic with. Or maybe you have enjoyed listening to them?

A) If I were to say listening, yes, I would get up at five in the morning. Try and find enough reception to catch ABC Radio and listen to Alan McGilvray. I thought he was super, he was an outstanding commentator and he and Lindsay Hassett too made a great impression on my mind. Those are from Australia. From the UK I think that raspy, very intelligent and how should I say very distinctive voice and descriptive appeal of John Arlott from BBC was something that I enjoyed tremendously. I also liked Brian Johnston, particularly for his voice quality. But if I were to say, over the two who were appealing to me the most during my growing up years from the international community, I would say John Arlott and Alan McGilvray. Those days, of course, experts used to be separate from commentators, and Lindsay Hassett would be more like an expert, just as Jimmy Swanton or Trevor Bailey were on BBC ‘Test Match Special’.

Q) Your favourites among the Indians..

A) From India, obviously, I was influenced to a great extent by my father (Devraj Puri), Berry Sarbadhikari and Pearson Surita. One reason was that all three of them played a decent level of cricket. Pearson Surita and Berry Sarbadhikari played up to the University level. Berry slightly more, he was a wicket-keeper. And Surita used to bowl left-arm spin, and the language was outstanding. My father, of course, played a higher grade of cricket. But again, the language was something that appealed to me. And their ability to understand what did the public want was very important. And they quickly grasped the fundamentals without having any guidance at all. And these three had the greatest influence on me as I started getting into the commentators’ box more often. There were some from my father’s era who had also done commentary with him and then they did with me. I had very high regard for Anand Setalvad. I think he was a terrific commentator. From South India, I had the pleasure of doing commentary with two, who did commentary with my dad too. Balu Alaganan and Anand Rao, both were very good. I thought Balu was underrated. Balu was a very good cricketer. And if memory serves me, right, he captained Tamil Nadu, which was Madras back then in Ranji Trophy. I thought he was an underrated commentator. I liked him a lot, thorough gentlemen. And so was Anand Rao, a very thorough gentleman. So, the other person who I thought had a lot of knowledge, and whom I liked quite a bit, with whom I did commentary, was Dicky Rutnagur. Dicky’s repertoire was large because he was essentially a journalist who also did radio commentary. And since he was very widely travelled, I think his knowledge base was extensive. So those would be the ones that left a very deep impression on me and I have very fond memories of that. One other last name that I would like to remember would be Raj Singh Dungarpur. You know, Raj Singh did not do commentary with my dad, but he did with me. We went on the tour to Australia also together. And Raj Singh, of course, was very knowledgeable, had a good voice command, nice. language skills, and was genuinely a cricket lover.

Q) What are the attributes of a good radio commentator. I mean, would it be voice or knowledge of the game or diction?

A) Those three attributes are a must, first of all, knowledge of the game, second command over the language. The third is, of course, you know, ability to create a picture through your words. But the two attributes which are difficult to define are number one would be a love for the sport that you’re describing. You must actually be romantically involved. I would put this as nothing short of that. You have to really be in love with that particular sport that you’re covering. If you’ve played it to some level, that’s great. But that’s important. The second thing is, particularly in earlier days now it’s not so important was a knowledge of the principles of broadcasting because those days, you know, you didn’t have soundproof rooms where you were broadcasting and you had mics, which were used more in, you know, marriage functions in all. So, later on, the lapel mics, the lip mics came into being, but there were no computers to, you know, drown out the voice or improve the voice quality etc. So you had to learn when to keep quiet when the crowd was shouting, you’re not to shout beyond the crowd. So when the crowd sound merged into the microphon, another mic called the effects microphone takes over. So those were things that were handled by an engineer who was sitting in the commentators’ box behind us, and he would increase and decrease the volume from one mic to the other. It was all manual. So you had to know what kind of a mic you were using and what kind of surrounding you were in. This came with experience. I learned a lot about these things. Because I used to observe these during the earlier days from the 50s onwards, when I used to be in the box. And secondly, I learned a lot by watching and actually querying a lot of these things from one of the greatest broadcasters India has produced – Melville de Mello.

Q) Can you for us pick the most memorable moment of your career on the mic?

A) You have got me stumped here. I certainly can remember a moment which was both very memorable in a way but also very embarrassing. We were in Melbourne in (February) 1981. It was the 1980-81 series. Sunil Gavaskar was the captain. And we had lost the first Test in Sydney in about two and a half to three days. And we barely survived at Adelaide thanks to the heroics of Sandeep Patil, supported ably by Shivlal Yadav. Sandy got 176 or something like that (174). And in Melbourne, I remember Vishy (G.R. Viswanath) got a hundred (114) and Kapil (Dev) took five for 28 in the final innings with a very badly injured thigh. India went on to win that match and level the series. We hadn’t done much of anything of note in Australia if you take aside those two wins that Bishan Bedi’s side had (in 1977-78) but then Australia was not at full par (in 77-78). But this was a full Australian side and to beat them in their own bad backyard, and square the series was a great opportunity. So we were in the stands and I happened to be the commentator along with Raj Singh in English. Ravi (Chaturvedi) and Jasdev were the Hindi commentators. And I’d also shared the mic for a bit with Lindsey Hasset for Radio Australia and then came that moment which I didn’t realise when we won. I was wearing a red pullover and I probably subconsciously stood from the my sitting position with the mic in hand and I was shouting away giving this news home. And at night I saw the highlights and there was Richie Benaud describing in one succinct sentence “And there goes an excited Indian commentator giving the glad news back home.” The greatest commentator of all times on television, as far as I’m concerned, had this to say about me.

Q) Was it improper for a commentator to express emotions?

A) I’d always prided myself, like most of my generation did, that we were impartial observers of the game. It was India versus Australia. It was not me versus you kind of thing. But you know those were different days and you felt very, very sad or ebullient in your moods, depending on how the team was doing because you were more or less a part of the team. I felt a little bit more because those days no doctors used to travel so I was unofficially very often consulted by the players. And I remember that morning Yashpal Sharma coming to my room and saying “Doc come and have a look at Kapil’s thigh.” His thigh was pretty bad. I told him that I don’t think you can play and he said “No, I’m going to play”. He did pick up five for 28. (Karsan) Ghavri had taken a couple of wickets at the fag end of the previous day, and we won that Test. So that’s definitely a lot of good memories. There are many such ones, but that stands out partly for my own fallibility and being caught on the camera as also for the satisfaction of India having beaten Australia and leveled the series.

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Some pun like this on India’s win at Melbourne

Some pun like this on India’s win at Melbourne

As the Indians *Wade* towards victory, I am sure this match would have caused a lot of *Burns* amongst the Aussies. Indian batting was *Head* and shoulders above the Aussies, making them turn *Green* with envy. The *Cummins* of form of the Indian team was in *Starc* contrast to the performance of the Aussies, which I am sure would have left the Aussie fans in *Paine* in their *Lyon*.

This is a forwarded message on whatsapp by my classmate in Engineering – Balachandra affetionately known as Balu

Ravi Shastri : India’s MCG triumph is one of the great comebacks in Test history

Ravi Shastri : India’s MCG triumph is one of the great comebacks in Test history

India level the series in style. Bowled out for 36. Missing three, arguably four, first-choice players. Losing another mid-Test. Spending months on the road and in mentally challenging bubbles. Losing the toss. Becoming only the third team to come back from a 0-1 deficit in the last 50 years in Australia. You might have accused India coach Ravi Shastri of hyperbole in the past, but you probably wouldn’t argue against his assessment that India’s win in Melbourne after all that is one of the great comebacks in Test history, not just Indian cricket.

“I think this will go down in the annals of Indian cricket – no, world cricket – as one of the great comebacks in the history of the game,” Shastri said. “You know to be rolled over for 36 and then three days later to get up and be ready to punch was outstanding. The boys deserve all the credit for the character they have shown. Real character.”

The key to this comeback, Shastri said, was to accept the result in Adelaide and move on. He was asked what the chat was in the dressing room in Adelaide and then in Melbourne when they rocked up.

“No chat,” he said of Adelaide. “And when we arrived in Melbourne, it was the things we have got to do to get up and fight.

“We had a lot of positives in Adelaide but at the end of the day it is the result that counts. We were blown away in the second innings in one hour. So when you are blown away, you are blown away. There is nothing you can do about it than to get up and fight, which we did in this Test match. To beat a team like Australia, especially in Australia, there is no point having one good day or two good days, you have got to have five good days if you have to beat them. As simple as that.”

India began the final day of the Test still needing four wickets with scores level, and were held up by a stubborn tail helped by a missing seamer and by now a lifeless track. “We were focusing on accuracy and discipline,” Shastri said. “And be patient. Be prepared to be patient even if they batted a session or a session and a half. Be prepared to chase even 100 or 150 if needed. Think in that fashion. Think as if you have to take 10 wickets not just four wickets.”

Shastri was glowing in the praise of the stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane, especially his batting. “The discipline,” said Shastri of Rahane’s century. “On such a big stage, in a massive arena, to come as captain of the team, bat at No. 4. When he went out to bat, we were two down for 60 and then to bat six hours on probably the toughest day to bat. It was overcast; all day the sun never came out. He batted for six hours. Unbelievable concentration. I thought his innings was the turning point.”

Shastri acknowledged the calmness of Rahane played a part on the field. “He is a very shrewd leader, he has a good understanding for the game. A good reader of the game. And I thought his calm composure out there in the middle helped the debutants as well, helped the bowlers as well. There was a calming influence out there. In spite of losing Umesh [Yadav], he did a great job out there.”

One of the big positives for India will be that the debutants Mohammed Siraj and Shubman Gill looked ready for the occasion, for Test cricket, playing in a big match. “That’s the brand of cricket we have been playing for the last three or four years,” Shastri said. “When you saw these two debutants show that kind of maturity and discipline there, it was great to see. Today Siraj’s effort was outstanding actually. He might not have the numbers to show for it but the discipline and the ability to bowl long spells, the maturity he showed for someone playing his first Test, doing the job he had to do once we lost Umesh, was outstanding.

“Then Shubman going and playing with that kind of flair later on was great to see. Great character. More than anything else, great character. He looked very very mature for someone playing his first Test match. He looked very calm and composed. Wasn’t afraid to play his shots, which was great to see. Even in the second innings, it was very easy to get into a shell but he went out there and played his natural game, which was great from the team point of view.”

Shastri credited the IPL for giving India international-cricket-ready debutants. “A lot has to do with the IPL,” he said. “The fact that they share the dressing room with international players, they rub shoulders with the best, it is that complex factor disappears very quickly. And you see what you see now.”

While Shastri gave all the credit to the players, the team management made a bold move of playing a fifth bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, who proved his worth in all three disciplines. “He is a genuine allrounder,” Shastri said of Jadeja. “That is why he bats where he is. He can bat at 6, he can bat at 5 if need be on a given occasion. But he is a genuine genuine allrounder. That’s why he lends a lot of balance to the side. Also when you play overseas there is a chance of one of the bowlers getting injured, like you saw with Umesh. With Jadeja there, it gives better balance and it also gives fast bowlers some respite with Jaddu and Ashwin doing the bowling.”

They also replaced Wriddhiman Saha, the more accomplished pure wicketkeeper, with Rishabh Pant, the keeper-batsman. “I thought he was very very good,” Shastri said of Pant. “Anyone can make a mistake. Any batsman can make a mistake. I thought the discipline he showed, the runs he made, his ability to counterattack, and play some shots and move the game forward. It is a huge plus for the team. He showed it in this game. He might have got only 29 but there was a lot more than 29 there.”

Shastri confirmed they will continue with five bowlers for the next Test, but will wait to see how fit Rohit Sharma is before deciding on any change in the batting for the third Test. “We will stick to five bowlers,” Shastri said. “Rohit joins the team tomorrow. We will have a chat with him tomorrow to see where he is placed physically because he has been in quarantine for the last couple of weeks. Also got to see how he feels before we take the call.”

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo : Article courtesy – espncricinfo.com

Bishan Singh Bedi to DDCA: Remove my name from Kotla stand, cancel my membership

Bishan Singh Bedi to DDCA: Remove my name from Kotla stand, cancel my membership

Email to Association President refers to nepotism during the reign of Arun Jaitley, whose statue is being installed at the Kotla. Former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi has asked the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) to remove his name from the spectators’ stand at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, his home ground in domestic cricket, while also renouncing his membership with the association. In an email to the DDCA, Bedi said his decision was in response to news that the association had decided to erect a statue of Arun Jaitley, the former president of the association, at the stadium, which was renamed after him following his death last year.

Bedi, after whom the stand at the venue was named in 2017, referred to what he called the “unsavoury past” and nepotism of Jaitley’s 14-year reign as DDCA president as the reason for his decision.

Here’s the full text of the email, written by Bedi to Rohan Jaitley, Arun Jaitley’s son and the new president of the DDCA, on December 22.

Dear Sir,

I write this letter with a heavy heart & deep sense of embarrassment.

I’m old enough to know that one doesn’t talk ill of the dead. And I hope you are also old enough to be in the know of my personal relationship with Late Arun Jaitley was never quite on the same page. Let’s say we weren’t really cricketing buddies when he was the President of DDCA. My reservations about the choice of people he hand picked to run the day to day affairs of DDCA is well known. I remember walking out from a meeting at his residence whence he was unable to throw out a rowdy element using terribly foul language. I think I was too head strong..too Old school..& too proud an Indian cricketer to be co-opted into the corrupt darbar of sycophants Arun Jaitley mustered at the Kotla during his stewardship.

It pains me no end to point out the far from flattering facts about DDCA’s unsavoury past, but trust me it has a context. I was not raised to carry on the fight to the next generation. But I was also taught that if I firmly believe in taking a stand I must stick with it. But sadly this is how it has unfolded. Keep in mind, these are the ills of nepotism-you get blamed for decisions you weren’t part of and you can’t even give the excuse of absence.

As I observe now even in your leadership DDCA’s court culture of fawning obeisance continues. After the Feroze Shah Kotla was named hurriedly & most undeservingly after Late Arun Jaitley my reaction then was maybe somehow good sense might prevail to keep Kotla sacrosanct. How wrong I was. Now I gather a statue of Late Arun Jaitley is going to be installed at the Kotla. I’m not at all enamoured with the thought of a statue of Arun Jaitley coming up at Kotla.

I pride myself as a man of immense tolerance & patience..but all that I’m afraid is running out. DDCA has truly tested me & forced me to take this drastic action.

So, Mr President I request you to remove my name from the stand named after me with immediate effect. Also, I hereby renounce my DDCA membership. I’ve taken this decision with sufficient deliberations. I’m not prone to disregard the honour that was bestowed upon me. My gratitude to Justice Sen & the Committee of M/s Dr ND Puri..Dr Ravi Chaturvedi..Vijay Lokapally..& Neeru Bhatia..all people of social & professional eminence..who extended the warm gesture to Mohinder Amarnath & myself..will never fade. But as we all know with honour comes responsibility. They feted me for the total respect & integrity with which I played the game. And now I’m returning the honour just to assure them all that four decades after my retirement, I still retain those values.

A mere google search would have helped to know that Late Arun Jaitley’s tenure at DDCA was riddled with corruption. You being a lawyer should also know the cases of massive misappropriation of funds are still pending in courts.

Late Arun Jaitley I’m told was an able politician. So its the Parliament & not a cricket stadium which needs to remember him for posterity. He might have been a good cricket fan too, but his dillance with cricket administration was dubious & left much to desired. This is not a rhetorical assessment but a factual appraisal of his time at DDCA. Take my word, failures don’t need to be celebrated with plaques & busts. They need to be forgotten.

Mr President if ever you get to travel to the cricket stadiums around the world you will find how aesthetically challenged Kotla is and how it lacks the grandeur of a Test Centre. You need to be educated that sports administrators don’t need to be self serving. People who surround you presently will never inform you that it’s WG Grace at Lord’s..Sir Jack Hobbs at the Oval..Sir Donald Bradman at the SCG…Sir Garfield Sobers at Barbados & Shane Warne of recent vintage at the MCG..who adorn their cricket stadia with the Spirit of Cricket never out of place..so when the kids walk into these stadiums these majestic statues/busts enhance & enliven the inspiring stories of these past heroes that their elders tell them. Sporting arenas need sporting role models. The place of the administrators is in their glass cabins.

Since DDCA doesn’t understand this Universal cricket culture, I need to walk out of it. I can’t be part of a stadium which has got its priorities so grossly wrong & where administrators get precedence over the cricketers. Please bring down my name from the stand with immediate effect. You needn’t worry about me or my legacy. God Almighty has been very kind to me to keep me alive with my cricketing convictions. I don’t wish my strength of character to be maligned by my silence or association to this unsporting act.

Thankfully…Bshan Bedi.

Shamya Dasgupta is senior assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Viwership in top ten countries

Viwership in top ten countries

We are happy to inform our netizens that the portal www.hrgcricstats.com has made its presence felt in top ten countries of the word and has many numbers of visitors/viewers. The following table lists the top ten countries and visitors

NoTop 10 CountriesVisitors
1.India2191
2.United States0044
3.United Kingdom0036
4. France0023
5.Australia0022
6.Bangladesh0017
7.United Arab Emirates0014
8.Pakistan0014
9.Sri Lanka0012
10.Nepal0008
Which IPL players made Australia tour?

Which IPL players made Australia tour?

The Australia tour will be Virat Kohli & Co’s first international assignment since all cricketing activities were suspended in March.  The tour comprises three T20 Internationals, as many ODIs and four Tests. The tour gets underway on November 27, 17 days after the IPL 2020 final.

Kolkata Knight Riders’s Varun Chakravarthy was rewarded for his solid performances in IPL 2020, earning a place in India’s squad for the T20I leg. After Mumbai Indians Skipper Rohit Sharma was mysteriously dropped from all Teams India, Kings XI Captain K L Rahul – who has been batting brilliantly in IPL 2020 — will be Kohli’s deputy in the white-ball teams. Rahul will be the first-choice wicket-keeper in both T20 Internationals and ODIs. Rajasthan Royals’s Sanju Samson will be the second wicket-keeper in the T20 International squad.

The Sunil Joshi-led selection committee also included young pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR), Kartik Tyagi (RR), Ishan Porel (KXIP) and Thangarasu Natarajan (SunRisers Hyderabad) in the travel party.

The Indian Test, ODI and T20 teams for Australia classified by IPL franchise:

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (T20, Tests, ODI)
Washington Sundar (T20)
Yuzvendra Chahal (T20, ODI)
Navdeep Saini (T20, ODI, Tests)
Umesh Yadav (Tests)
Mohammed Siraj (Tests)
 
Delhi Capitals
Shikhar Dhawan (T20, ODI)
Shreyas Iyer (T20, ODI)
Prithvi Shaw (Tests)
Ajinkya Rahane (Tests)
Rishabh Pant (Tests)
R Ashwin (Tests)
 
Kings XI Punjab
Mayank Agarwal (T20, ODI, Tests)
K L Rahul (T20, ODI, Tests)
Mohammed Shami (T20, ODI, Tests)
 
Sunrisers Hyderabad
Manish Pandey (T20, ODI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Tests)
 
Mumbai Indians
Hardik Pandya (T20, ODI)
Jasprit Bumrah (T20, ODI, Tests)
 
Rajasthan Royals
Sanju Samson (T20)
 
Chennai Super Kings
Ravindra Jadeja (T20, ODI, Tests)
Deepak Chahar (T20)
Shardul Thakur (ODI)
 
Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy (T20)
Shubman Gill (ODI, Tests)
Kuldeep Yadav (ODI, Tests)
 
Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari did not play IPL 2020.
 
Article Courtesy – rediff.com – Laxmi Negi
The Gentle Man of Steel

The Gentle Man of Steel

Vishy. The very name sends thousands of Indian cricket fans into ecstasy, reliving memories of Little Master GR Viswanath’s wristy artistry, often placing the pleasure he gave them above the mastery of the other Little Master Sunil Gavaskar that invariably gave Indian batting solidity. Yet Vishy recently said,”I hail from the Bhadravati region of Karnataka with its steel plant. I am made of steel,” the kind of statement you do not associate with this gentle little giant. Speaking on the same occasion, the belated offer to him of honorary membership of the Madras Cricket Club late last year, I recalled his brave 124 and 33 against the West Indian quicks on a nasty Chepauk wicket back in 1978-79 despite being bruised black and blue. R Mohan who spoke later remarked that those used to be Vishy’s favourite colours in a cheeky reference to the colours of a couple of iconic labels. Was it a coincidence, then, that Viswanath was an acknowledged walker like Johnny?

During my felicitation speech, I narrated another Vishy episode that had the audience in splits. My book Third Man has a picture of me taking a return catch to dismiss Viswanath after a scintillating 67 in a Ranji match at Bangalore’s KSCA Stadium. During the Hyderabad launch of the book, my old friend VM Shamraj who had been our team manager during that game in 1976 asked me,”Do you remember what Vishy said to you that night at dinner?” I did not remember, but Shamraj very kindly refreshed my memory. The audience at MCC had another good laugh when I said, “Being ever the perfect gentleman, Vishy said, “Well done, Ram! You made an easy catch look difficult.” Later, in a display of his soft side, the man of steel denied having made the statement.

I first watched Viswanath in action in two Duleep Trophy matches back in 1968. In the first, he showed his class against Dilip Doshi and company of East Zone at Eden Gardens, and in the second, he gave a mature display of defiance and correct batsmanship against a quality North Zone attack led by Bishan Bedi. they were both little gems that exuded class. Teammate Tiger Pataudi must have been impressed, for not very long later, Vishy made his Test debut at Kanpur against Australia. He was not very well known in Madras then, and the Physical Director of my college had a dig at me when Vishy failed in the first innings after I had gone on and on about his great promise. “Enna saar, unga hero cipher adichuttare!” (I don’t think this needs translation) And I’m proud to say I shot back, “Wait pannungo, second inningsle hundred adippaan!”

The first time I faced Vishy on a cricket field was an SBI inter circle match between Madras and Hyderabad. GRV was leading a strong Madras side that included Test cricketers AG Milkha Singh and VV Kumar. At the end of the match one of my Hyderabad teammates said, “Vishy, how did it feel captaining the team for the first time?” Pat came the reply, “It was great. I led from one end, and VV led from the other”, referring to the leg spinner’s reluctance to part with the ball.

Much has been written about Vishy’s batting and qualities of head and heart. Of his batting I can only add that he had at least two shots for every ball. Listen to the words of my late Hyderabad teammate Vijaya Paul describing that knock of 67 I mentioned earlier. “Our medium pacers, especially veteran Syed Abid Ali, attacked him with three slips and a gully as he came in to bat. Abid was bowling some beautiful outswingers, which Vishy imperiously despatched to the midwicket boundary with his wrists of steel. Soon the slips came out one by one, and before long, the onside was packed with defensive fielders. The master then quickly came up with a delightful Plan B. With hardly any obvious change in his approach, he started working the outswingers through the now-depleted slip cordon for fours while seeming to look towards the onside!” I also remember John Arlott’s wonderful gravelly voice drawing the listener’s attention to “little Viswanath’s” forearms. “Strong like those of an ironmonger,” he said.

I close with another story involving GRV and Abid Ali. During the Ahmedabad Test against Sri Lanka in 1976, Viswanath played a ball to midwicket and found Abid charging down the wicket even as Vishy was shouting “No” at the top of his voice. Abid stopped close to Vishy and asked, “Kya bole?”

Many happy returns, Vishy. Thank you for all the wonderful cricket you played.

V Ramnarayan on GRV’s birthday this year the Friday, February 14, 2020