Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Quick, turn around

A good friend, currently travelling through India (and hence able to watch more of the India-Pakistan tests) writes in with this little tidbit:

"It was great to see Imran Khan's transformation with Manjrekar. On day 1 and day 2 he was saying that Pakistan has deliberately created a flat non-turning pitch because (1) Indian has weak medium pacers and finger spinners and (2) Pakistan bowlers are fast in the air therefore they don't need fast tracks and Danish Kaneria is a wrist spinner so he can spin anywhere. On day 3 and 4 he was saying that Pakistan board needs to carry out an inquiry to determine why the track is so placid given that Pakistan can only benefit from a fast track."

If you think this was an adept reversal of course, I urge you to find a video tape of the famous India-Pakistan WC 1996/97 quarterfinal. Then, track Imran's comments from the time that Aamer Sohail gets bounced by Prasad, lashes him through the covers, sledges Prasad and is then bowled next ball (and is told by Prasad what time it is). The speed with which Imran went from being a fan of Sohail's 'streetfighting qualities' to castigating him for irresponsibility would put his quickest indippers to shame.

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