Sunday, February 4, 2007

Persistent Discipline.. finally..

The prestigious Ranji Trophy finals are on, and its pretty much evident that the star studded team of M'bai despite its initial hiccups in the competition would once again take away the honors. But for me, its Bengal who have been a real revelation in the way that they have played the game. Without any big stars, barring Ganguly, they have been an inspirational side consisting of young blokes (especially in their middle order) who have really belted and toyed with the opposition. I'll write 'bout it later, but for now, its one man who's spearheaded their bowling attack. Ranadeb Bose, 27, who's taken 57 wickets this season at an astounding avg of 14 odd has been a nemisis for all sides including M'bai. Read more 'bout him in this article by Cricinfo.

Accuracy and discipline are his main weapons; he has taken 194 first-class wickets without having bowled a single no-ball. He corrects you, not in an official game: first class, club et al. Ten thousand seven hundred and eight balls without overstepping even once. This in a country and a time when coaches keep stumps to mark the crease at the nets to ensure bowlers do not bowl no-balls!


P.S: What the heck, this guy isn't even in the list of 30 probables for the WC ! In a championship which has historically been a demonstration of batting records on benign turfs, a performance of this scale is nothin' short of being exemplary. I am no Bengal supporter, but then I hope the self glorified folks(read BCCI) stop makin' a mockery of an already screwed up domestic championship..

3 comments:

amol said...

To quote Amarnath "selectors are a bunch of jokers!!" they indeed are.. seldome have they given the youngsters a chance to perform when the form is good. One fine day, when they have had enough of Pathan, Agarkar they would call Bose and throw a ball at him and ask him to ball to Afridi....

They should make it mandatory for players to play Ranji trophy and other domestic cricket.. See the final was so good because of the players present.. not only does it bring power to the game also gets public to see the matches....

And players like Sehwag.... why are they picked up.. he has not done anything for a long time now.. and still keeps getting chances....on the premise that he is a match winner on his day... you need to play to win a match...then they say he is a useful allrounder as well and can ball offies....well pick up Powar instead... he would also score the same runs and would deficitely ball better than Sehwag... I cant understand their logic.....How can u mix balling bnd batting...two different things....

Guys like Rohit Sharma etc get an immediate mention as they are from Mumbai and good players from other places hardly get a mention....

With so much regional bias, perhaps we need foreign selectors as well :-))

Paranoid.. said...

foreign selectors, eh? well, thats a pretty good point and can be pondered upon.. :))

P.S: but yeah, btw..Rohit Sharma is damn good..

Amol said...

The Point I was trying to make is.....Rohit Sharma may be good but do you think he would have got the same mention if he was playing fro let us say Himachal Pradesh... Indian cricket was always dominated by Mumbaikars and some years ago Karnataka took over... I agree we have a far better mechanism of chosing and the team is from all parts of the country....but still it is a long way to go...

It is just his first year but look at the coverage he already gets...India has a lot of talent and it has to be spotted and nurtured....

It is amazing when the chief selector says (V'kar) says that where is the talent that is why we have to keep looking at the same set of players....It is a statement wehich has serious implications....