Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A few Different Strokes

I have finally resumed blogging over at Different Strokes after a small break. A few posts have gone up over the past month (which I forgot to link to out here).

Most recently, part two of my Great Misses series - on the 1985 Boxing Day Test. Before that, part one featured the 1979 Oval Test. These in turn, were preceded by an article on how, when it comes to sledging, nothing is new under the sun, except for the television coverage. This streak of nostalgia-mongering is evident in an article on the 1987 World Cup, and its cruel denial of a dream final to Indian and Pakistan fans. Perhaps the most topical article was a quasi-review of two excellent books by Gideon Haigh and David Post. Check 'em out.

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Blogger Jaunty Quicksand said...

You had to go and touch a raw nerve there, didn't you? It's been 25 (!) years and I am still mad about it. Gah!

The same safety-first strategy is still evident these days, albeit a lot less. SRT is a throwback to that era and he is prone to go into a defensive shell and drag his partners down with him. On the 5th day recently, he did not even look like he thought he could bat out a draw and simply gave up, sacrificing a minuscule chance of a draw for the prospect of remaining not out at the end. Ugh!

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Blogger Megha said...

Looking at all the comments that post has drawn, am I glad that I wasn't aware of what "cricket" was in 1985!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Nitin said...

Interesting Article. On a side note, was trying to put together a list of some of the most painful test defeats from the last 15 years, and this is what I came up with.

1. Bridgetown defeat to West Indies 1997, chasing 120.

2. Chennai defeat to Pakistan 1999, when Sachin made his epic 136.

3. Capetown defeat to South Africa in early 2007, when the series was tied at 1-1.

4. Sydney defeat to Australia in the infamous 'monkey gate' test of early 2008.

5. Defeat to Zimbabwe in Harare in 2001, when India were leading 1-0 in a 2 match series.

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