Saturday, March 6, 2010

The Cricket Break

Well, the international season is over, for India anyway. In other parts of the world Zimbabwe are beating up West Indies in a spin dominated series; New Zealand is in a dogfight with Australia for the Chappel-Hadlee series; and Bangladesh are still searching for their first international win over England (the only major team they havent yet beaten) in their home series. Meanwhile India has suddenly re-discovered the love for the national sport, hockey. India beating Pakistan got me fully hooked onto the world cup but consecutive 2-5 losses to Australia & Spain unhooked me a bit. I switched towards Davis Cup but India lost both the opening singles. So back to cricket for now.
The domestic season is over, save for the almost pointless Deodhar Trophy (a tournament BCCI had originally dropped but had to re-instate fearing a backlash by Shiv Sena, which had perceived it as an insult to the Marathi Manoos). Sachin Tendulkar's double hundred has been widely applauded and calls for him being given the Bharat Ratna have now become shriller.
So basically a two week break before the IPL starts. IPL has been hogging the headlines for everythning except cricketing reasons so far. Hopefully all the drama will be ove once the games start on Friday the 12th.
Well for the truly Indian cricket crazy fans, there is a benefit match for Salil Ankola going on today. Tendulkar XI taking on Ganguly XI with almost all the big names playing in it.

Today's viewing line-up
Davis Cup Doubles: Paes- Bhupathi should extend their unbetean spree
Hockey World Cup: India vs England
As @cricketwallah posted on twitter - "Make or Break day for India in World Cup Hockey & Davis Cup: the situation in both is hopeless but not difficult"

Till next time...

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