Monday, October 20, 2008

Gettin' mic'ed


Blogger Soulberry said...

I'm watching this series with the volume turned down :) Thanks for the alert.

10:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved this article Samir and I hope you don't mind me commenting here rather than cricinfo.

It's great to hear the players communicating in a language foreign to me however I noticed that Zaheer does all his sledging in English!

The microphones bring the game right into your lounge room and I think it has had a big influence in the increasing popularity of the game.

2:43 AM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

SB: You're missing out on all the oohs and aahs!

Nesta: No worries. I need to start responding to folks over at CI! Yes, Zaheer needs to make himself understood :) I've noticed some of the players talking about batsmen's shots by way of planning strategies and thats pretty interesting too. You can just yell down the pitch. I once heard Agarkar say, "OK, this next one will be the slower one"!

10:19 AM  
Blogger Pragmatic Analyst said...

funny that you mentioned agarkar....i always label him as a bowler with lot of potential that always remained a potential and never turned into performance....

citing this example abt him speaking out loud brings me to a trait of agarkar as a dumbfounded cricket as soon as he puts his leg in the field...

not relevant to your article but to makes me nostalgic on his another dumb heriocs when in the 99 worldcup in the first match against SA (pretty strong at that time...conje era)....SA needed 30 odd runs in 2 overs and agarkar sealed it by bowling 4-5 consecutive full toss to klusner!..jackass

6:32 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

PA: Thanks for your comments. Actually, the Agarkar line was in Hindi against the West Indies (I think), so there was no danger of him being understood! But yes, some waste of potential there. I remember all my Mumbaikar friends talking him up before he debuted and he did show a lot of promise early on but never really delivered.

8:09 PM  

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