Old is definitely GOLD!!!

India
January 4, 2008 12:26am CST
Sachin, Sourav, Dravid, Laxman…the old brigade for India is continuing to deliver regularly on the fields. While Dravid may look a bit of touch now coz of the opening positing, the other three are simply outstanding. And the Master Blaster…it was such a pleasure to watch him reach his 38th century this morning. After all, he was very unlucky last year. Ganguly too should have got a ton. And Laxman got his consecutive centuries at Sydney. Anyway, the fact that India has bypassed the Aussies is an achievement in itself. Seems like Guru Greg’s policy of ‘young India’ did not click after all!
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@I_LUV_U (2503)
• India
9 Jan 08
Yea, now they are all freeing themselves one by one from those criticisms of showing incompetence. But sadly, now a different sort of criticism has cropped up, which is worser than that of being called incompetent. The racist tag should be removed off harbhajan and he should be cleared of all charges. If the umpiring can be fine, then hopefully, India would manage to square the series by winning last 2 tests.
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• India
10 Jan 08
In this I think the entire cricket world should be held responsible. It’s a well know fact that the Aussies first started sledging and have made an art of it just because no one stood up and protested. I still remember the way Ricky Ponting shoved and pushed Mr. Sharad Pawar at Mumbai during the celebrations following Australia’s victory at the Champions’ Cup. If that was not misplaced arrogance then what was? And nobody (least of all the ICC) thought of ever telling them of a code of conduct, of some decency in this gentleman’s game. On the other hand, other teams feel compelled to indulge in sledging themselves so that they are not looked down as a sissy. It has been going on for quite some years now and it is really surprising and sad that only Bhajji is being brought to book in this unfair manner. Whatever he said, could not have been just out of the blue. There has to have been some provocation, which was not taken into account. Four of the Aussies’ testimony was taken as true when their captain and vice-captain said very clearly that they had heard nothing and even Sachin said that he had heard nothing offensive being spoken yet Sachin’s word was not taken into account. If this is not blatant racism, then what is? I am still for the Indian team canceling the tour and returning home.
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@bbsr13 (4199)
• India
6 Jan 08
Hello,Sudipta! Sachin,Sourav,Laxman,Dravid have come back in a tremendous manner and are playing better.even Kumble at this age is doing quite good with the ball.if you are strong and fit age is irrelevant.players are much better looked after these days.i suggest these five are too good at this moment that i can not accept if they retire.age is no bar so long they are fit because fitness is the main issue for a player.truly speaking,i don't like the appointment of foreign coach for the Indian players.what is their role in a match.after all they are out siders it matters little if you win or loss.Chappel did nothing for the Indian team for which he was manhandled many a times,specially in Bhubaneswar Air Port.he was creating disturbances among the players.you know his attitude towards Sourav.his trick of picking young players for the Team India was proved a great failure.so it is my suggestion that the BCCI should pick up some of our old players to be coach of India.thank you.
• India
7 Jan 08
Yes, we have enough in-house talent and this fascination of ours to look at whites as superiors should stop immediately for both the moral and physical benefit of Indian cricket.
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@amitavroy (4826)
• India
4 Jan 08
well yes i agree with you on this. they are the main players now the team is depending on. the young players are finding it hard to even spend some time on the crease. both dhoni and yuvraj are playing bad. and even wasim jaffer is not showing any sign of improvement, i think now it is time to try out shewag. if jaffar is ok with a score less than 10 then what is the problem with shewag. at least his wicket will be a moral support for us and a tension and cause of worry for opponent. cause one thing is sure, if he stay even an hour then he will do wonders.
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• India
7 Jan 08
I think Sehwag will be tried out in Perth for the opening slot with Dravid. Jaffer is sure to get the axe. But after what happened in Sydney, whatever the team management does, there is little hope for us. My opinion would be to withdraw the team immediately.
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@subha12 (18463)
• India
4 Jan 08
you are very much correct in your thought. I think india can never do anything without them. Mainly sachin was outstanding. its true taht sourav could have got a century and sachin a easy double had there been any one at the other end of the crease to support.
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• India
4 Jan 08
yes, and since they are in my age-group, it gives me a different kind of pleasure to watch them achieve anything special. As it is, in most places people are being phased out from middle-age itself and its difficult for us to compete with the youth in terms of energy. But we have our experience and our passion and its just great to watch these players continue to perform.
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@dbhattji (2508)
• India
10 Jan 08
Yes, what our team needs is a National spirit and a coach who does not look down upon Asians - we have many good players who are also good human beings unlike the Australian team.
• India
10 Jan 08
very correct. as it is on most issues i find we indians are too soft, maybe it has to do with our national tradition of sacrifice. but this time, i am glad that the BCCI has taken it up real serious. the ICC is bound to listen coz of the financial factor of the game. still i am all for withdrawing the team and coming home (just as i had heard the great Sunil Gavaskar did once, dont know if this is correct).
@ajithlal (14566)
• India
10 Jan 08
I believe that as long as a player is in good form and is fit he should play for team India. I think Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, and VVS Laxman are great players. I think they should be rotated when there are lots of matches. I do not believe in dropping the players. India is playing lots of matches. So rotation helps to keep the players fit and prevents burnouts. I do not believe that young players should be filled in the team and experienced players should be dropped. I think Sourav Ganguly is in a great form ever since his return to team India.
• India
10 Jan 08
Ya, exactly. So I think in a way Chappel was correct when the wanted Ganguly to give up the captaincy and concentrate on his batting instead. And Sachin I want him to go on and on…I don’t want the max century record to go to anyone else. He was quite unlucky last year and this year I want him to get as many centuries as possible.