at last;………. a cricket post

i was pretty surprised myself that being such a BIG cricket freak, I have only 1 decent post on cricket.
So here is one more, inspired by the ratings given my times of india for cricketers in a series. Only difference, my gradings will be IIT-ishtyle….
1. Rahul Dravid : AA: for steady batting in the tests, important knocks in the one days, and above all for great strategy and leading from the front and leading with example…
2. Sachin Tendulkar:AB:do not think he failed in tests, was pretty unlucky with all three dismissals, but was an important contributor in the ODIs, for silencing the critics with three majestic innings, and for picking up the dangerous inzy twice…
3. Virender Sehwag:BB:great innings up front in the first test, but then nothing to write home about. also, the injury put him off….
4. Yuvraj Singh:AA: star of the series..apart from one little blemish in failslabad, was perfect in the tour. His consistency has lent more teeth into the indian attack, and is causing premature greying of the hair for Ganguly…. (btw, ganguly must be grinning now that yuvi is mostly out of the first test against the poms!!)….
5. Irfan Pathan:AB:for an amazing hat-trick, for controlled bowling in the ODIs and for an important innings in faislabad. But, i felt was a little disappointing in bowlig, esp lack of pace and penetration in the tests….
6. Mahendra Singh Dhoni:AA:for incredible power hitting and sensible batting. Finally, I think India has her answer to gilchrist. showed the temeprement and maturity to bat in tests also. the biggest plus point is that he is so damn cool, and loves the pressure cooker situation
7. Ajit Agarkar and 8. Zaheer Khan:CCnot just good enough…seems to have lost their bite…
9. Shreeshanth:BB:looks to be a good bowler. is aggresive, has control over the ball and likes to bowl fast….
10.Harbhajan and 11.Kumble:CD: yup, i agree the pitches did not suit them, but they are not among the worlds best spinners for bowling on square turners. i just feel, it is time kumnle retires from playing test matches abroad. he takes wickets but gives away too much runs. hardly found a good testing line and length in the test series…
12. V.V.S.Laxman:BC:again played a good knock in faislabad….
13. R.P.Singh:AB:a good find for india. looks good. bowled his heart out on the flat faislabad track and looked like he would pick wickets in the ODIs, a man for the future….
14. S.C.Ganguly:BB:looked solid in karachi…had to pay for the only two mistakes committed in the tests…somehow i feel deserves another chance
15. Kaif and 16. Raina: AU:not much of their services in batting needed, but made thier presence felt in the field.

well, now a look at some of the pakis
1. Inzamam:BC:for a man who was supposedly in the best form of his life, did not play quite well, esp in the ODIs. plus, negative points for horrible strategy and ignorance of the rules…
2. Mohd. Yousuf:BB: looks like the new name and the beard is not suiting him. even though got a couple of centuries and all, never looked like the dangerous and the majestic youhana of the past. missed his flowing drives and lofte flicks in the series….(come on! those are beautiful shots)
3. Younis Khan:AA: well, i am a fan of this fella. can’t just put a wrong foot against india, i guess. but, i think he is a natural leader and pakis would be better off asking inzy to only concentrate on his batting. plus, looks a great prospect for close-up ad. always smiling and chirpy. i just love his attitude.
4. Shahid Afridi:AA: Oh my GOD! this guy has become a mature player. great power hitter, but was kind of good to see such a guy bat with some thought. made good viewing: afridi leaving the ball and blocking some.
5. Shohaib Akhthar:BB: Did not look menancing except for a couple of hours in faislabad. behave ungentelemanly the next day. but, still his name gives others the shivers
6. Kamran Akmal:AB: a man for the future. great century in karachi….opening is not the spot for him i feel…..
7. Mohd Asif:AB: find of the series for the pakis. looked out of sorts in the final 2 ODIs…
8. A. Razzaq:BB:just because he has perfected the way to get sachin out!!!

Finally, a big AA to all the umpires,
AAs to micheal holding, imran khan, nasir hussain, dean jones and manjeraker for great commentry and analysis. AB to Arun Lal, L.Shivaramakrishnan and Waqar younis for immense improvement in commentry,
and personal prejudice here, a BBfor Ramiz raja for the most one dimensional commentry ever. speaks only about the pakis, and in such a way that the he makes the opposition look like a bunch of school kids….

Phew, that was one long post.
here is the guide to the grades
AA:10, AB:9, BB: 8, BC:7, CC:6, CD:5, DD:4

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  1. #1 by aragorn241 on February 20, 2006 - 7:26 pm

    If the current Indian cricketer’s were in IIT, some students would have been put to shame. What about Sourav? I’m no fan of his , but what do you think about him? Good work anyway, lots of labour.

  2. #2 by Akanksha on February 21, 2006 - 4:36 am

    i like cricket but am not a huge fan hence lemme leave a very girly comment:

    rahul dravid is so cute.. AA to
    him for his looks.. ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. #3 by RR on February 21, 2006 - 9:09 am

    Most of the ratings go with mine, with minor differences. Except I fail Harbhajan for the series.

  4. #4 by RR on February 21, 2006 - 9:13 am

    Most of the ratings go with mine, with minor differences. Except I fail Harbhajan for the series.

  5. #5 by kaushik on February 21, 2006 - 9:40 am

    aragorn241: did not get ur question.
    abt saurav….i think he harmed himself with the zimbabwe thing….more so started right with the chickening out of the nagpur match i think…..

    akanksha: once again, thnx for visiting….dont have much to say…

    sher-e-jalandhar: i too wanted to fail bhajji, but u c…i am a linient person….

  6. #6 by Paurna on February 21, 2006 - 12:32 pm

    well balanced ratings.

  7. #7 by Amrita on February 21, 2006 - 1:48 pm

    I agree with the kind of ratings that u have given to the cricketeers. i really like dravid because of the way he is leading the team right now. tendulkar has always been an alltime fav.

  8. #8 by Sindhu on February 21, 2006 - 2:13 pm

    In all India gets an “AA” for its overall performance! Don’t you think so?

  9. #9 by kaushik on February 21, 2006 - 4:06 pm

    paurna: thanks dude

    amrita: yup, tendulkar is god!, and i always wanted dravid to be the captain…he is doing great

    sindhu: sure, AA for india…played really well, and made an awesome comeback afrer just about everyone predicted a 5-0 whitwash for india in the ODIs

  10. #10 by "super - galactica" on February 21, 2006 - 5:42 pm

    dude, every1 has a philosophy in life..
    wats imp. is that we should never have a blend of philosophies..
    its either HERE, or THERE!
    in my case, i dunno WHERE!!
    thanks for ur concern mate:)

  11. #11 by "super - galactica" on February 21, 2006 - 5:43 pm

    wat about Saurav Ganguly??
    how much do u rate him in the past 1 year???

  12. #12 by Freaky Chakra on February 21, 2006 - 6:19 pm

    @ akansha: he’s married you know!!

    @kaushik: good, ratings… but i wudda failed Zaheer & Agarkar. & put RP, Kumble & Shree on probation. Bhajji dint seem fit at all & knowing the bloody sardar he is, he’s gonna come back half-fit & look jaded (we’ve seen that in the past na!!)

    RP has been given the treatment we usually reserve for Kiwi batsmen like Styris! He’s not so good.

    Also a parent’s call for Irfan. WTF man… Sanjay Bangar used to bowl at 128 kph!! Swing is fine dude, but grow balls & send it down at 135+ to atleast call urself a “fast” bowler w/o feelin guilty about it!!

  13. #13 by Freaky Chakra on February 21, 2006 - 6:20 pm

    But glad overall to read a cricket post. Thanks man! ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. #14 by kaushik on February 21, 2006 - 8:29 pm

    super galactica: saurav is not easy man….he is in some sense a victim and some sense he does not deserve to be in the team. well, since tht 144 in brisbane 3 yrs ago, he has not had a single good knock…so at some point or the other he wud have been kicked out…..and as i said previously, acting like he made a world record after scoring a century against zim just hastend the whole axing saurav issue…..but, my rating for saurav would be CC, did not perform badly at delhi or in karachi!!

    Freaky chakra: i just rated the players on their performance in paki-land….shreesanth looks fast…and abt pathan; well as long as he is taking wickets!!!

    and ya…happy tht u enjoyed the “cricket” blog

  15. #15 by P.R.A.D on February 22, 2006 - 5:34 am

    Overall, Team INDIA rocked.. Please don’t bring Sourav Back.. I would rather prefer Raina or Venugopal Rao being given a fair chance.. They certainly look like future prospects !!

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