So the Aussies are coming

Andrew SymondsAnd as you’d expect, the oral diarrhea from either side has begun. Taking the lead was Harbhajan Singh who was soon out-talked by Mike Hussey (albeit against his own team!) and just this morning, Ricky Ponting perhaps woke up and realised he hadn’t said much. Now he has.

“But one thing I have noticed is that Sourav hasn’t been named in the initial squad and that I think is going to be interesting for me during the tour,” said the Australian, recovering from a wrist surgery.

It’s unfortunately, quite predictable what will happen. And if he thinks India has things to worry about, well, he would be surprised to know that his own team-mate thinks that Australia doesn’t have a balanced or ready team.

And then of course, there’s the issue of the chap who went fishing and may never return! Well, boo! hoo!

Photo: Cricinfo.com

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Symonds bites CA in the ass

Andrew SymondsJust what you’d expect him to do, eh? Bhajji must be smiling ear to ear. But Symonds’ latest misdemeanor means that he has to miss some inconsequential ODIs and now sit and wonder about his international career in general. Starting by not playing India next month.

Well, so much for repaying the body that stood by him in tough times. It baffles the mind to think why someone who can definitely go on for another five years would want to throw it away over some fish…

As the eloquent SRK once said, “What the fish!”

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What, no cheerleaders?

There are a few endearing sights that one can recall from the first week of the ongoing Indian Premier League. All of them are from the field of play:

  • Ricky Ponting and Ishant Sharma celebrating the fall of Rahul Dravid’s wicket
  • Ricky Ponting running up to Ishant Sharma to give him advise
  • Rahul Dravid & Co. running on to the ground to celebrate their win over Mumbai
  • Andrew Symonds smacking Shane Warne out of the ground for massive sixes
  • Shane Warne smacking Andrew Symonds out of the ground for massive sixes. And winning the match
  • Harbhajan Singh trying his very best to win for Mumbai

With the passage of time, the list shall grow. And there will be some that shall remain etched in our minds forever, while other shall fade away with the passage of time. One memory, though, from the field that will remain forever etched is the variety of cheerleaders seen thus far. Take a look:

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New additions to the dictionary…

Here are some new interesting suggestions for the 2008 dictionaries.

Disclaimer: (esp. for Cricket Australia, Ricky Ponting, Andrew Symonds and Steve Bucknor): This is just a joke. Please don’t report me for racism. Please, I beg you!

Bucknor: (n) (adj)
1. Temporary blindness leading to missing out on the obvious.
2. To be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
3. Situations leading to grave judgemental errors.
Usage: I feel bucknored by my boss;
Life often throws a bucknor at you.

Benson: (n) (adj)
1. Something that legitimises a severe bucknor.
Usage: First they bucknored me and then they bensoned it! I am toast.
[Also see: bucknor]

Ponting: (n) (adj)
1. A substance or entity or even a person of unquestionable integrity
2. An act of uncivilised behaviour. [Also, pontingness (n)]

Symonds: (n):
A subset of the monkeys, Symonds are long-tailed primates found in the interiors of Australia known for wailing and crying at being called names. Symonds are extremely sensitive creatures and need to be handled with extreme care or else they’ll break down at the mere exposure to the Indians (who happen to be higher up in the food chain). They are usually nestled by them Pontings in their little chest pouch which gives then additional protection against the Indians.

Symonds: (v):
Randomly wail and weep at every whichever chance one gets.
Present Continuous: symonding
Usage: The child took to symonding when the mother denied him money to buy a kite.

Hat tip: Rohit Hardikar

Not quite the start, eh?

One more wicket that wasn't 2008 promised much for India’s cricket fans. Sachin Tendulkar gave them a 100, as did VVS Laxman; they had Australia at 134/6 but then something went wrong. Steve Bucknor and Mark Benson thought, “Hang on. India can’t beat Australia. West Indies and England have been battered by the Aussies. India must suffer the same fate.” And so it began. One long, never-ending string of bad decisions (that even the Australian media slammed) and India had lost a Test they deserved to at least draw. The ICC has since withdrawn Mr Bucknor from the third Test at Perth. After India put pressure on them. Which means that he is incompetent and the ICC should not have fielded him in the first place. Continue reading “Not quite the start, eh?”