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Cricket: The Lara nightmare for Australia – By Ben Pobjie in Cricket Monthly

The Lara nightmare – A saga in which Australian hopes were repeatedly ground to dust

Brian Lara -1999

Brian Lara -1999

BEN POBJIE | SEPTEMBER 2016 – http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/

How could I not hate Brian Lara (see stats here)? He was exactly the kind of cocky, flashy show-off that Australians are trained from birth to despise: especially if the show-off is not Australian; and doubly so if the show-off happens to be very, very good. To see a man who is too big for his boots is anathema for many an Aussie fan. To see the same man demonstrate that, in fact, he fits into those boots perfectly is utterly unbearable.

My memories of Lara are mainly of frustration, of games that my beloved Australia would have won easily were it not for this contemptuous aristocrat standing in the way, plundering great and average bowlers alike. And he did it with such a born-to-rule attitude that you grew to hate the sight of him.       Continue reading

Cricket: Salute to Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Salute to Shiv    ….   see his career stats here

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

Shivnarine Chanderpaul

NOVEMBER 15, 2013 · Stabroek News – EDITORIAL

Shivnarine Chanderpaul is this weekend playing in his 150th Test match, the only West Indian to do so. That he should be celebrating this landmark in Sachin Tendulkar’s historic 200th Test and swansong in front of his devotees in Mumbai is typical of the career of this most undemonstrative of batsmen and this most unassuming of cricketers. For, even as he has achieved greatness at the wicket, Chanderpaul has always seemed to be overshadowed by the more dashing exploits and more colourful personalities of other cricketers.

Ever since, as a skinny 19-year old whose kit was too big for him, he diffidently walked to the crease against England, in March 1994, on debut at Bourda, the ground that nurtured his precocious talent, he has, somehow or the other, never quite been able to measure up, in the eyes of many, to the flair and flamboyance associated with the legends of West Indies batting. For much of his career, he batted in the shadow of Brian Lara, sometimes even forgotten as the reassuring presence (still in his first Test series!) at the other end as the Trinidadian maestro progressed to his world record 375.  Continue reading

Cricket: The meaning of Sachin Tendulkar retirement

The meaning of Sachin

The impending retirement of India’s most famous cricketer warrants national introspection

Sachin TendulkarHOW do you cope in a world without God? That is the question Indian cricket fans (otherwise known as Indians) are asking after, on October 10th, Sachin Tendulkar announced that he would retire next month from international cricket.

Millions will remember where they were when they heard the news. Mr Tendulkar, a curly-haired and diminutive Mumbaikar, has long been known as the “God of cricket” in a country almost maniacally obsessed with the game. It really is hard for outsiders, especially those unschooled in the world’s greatest game (Banyan submits), to appreciate the huge extent of his appeal. When Mr Tendulkar walks out to bat for India, as he has 780 times, seething stadiums erupt, boiling over with cacophonous Sachin-love (as a means of identification, Mr Tendulkar’s surname has long been superfluous in India).  Continue reading

Cricket: Tendulkar to quit after 200th test

Tendulkar to quit after 200th test

Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar

 Stabroek News – October 11, 2013 – Sports

MUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Indian Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s most prolific international run-scorer, will retire after playing his 200th test match at home against West Indies next month.

“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India. I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years,” the 40-year-old, who compiled a record 100 international centuries, said in a statement released by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) on Thursday October 10, 2013.

“It’s hard for me to imagine a life without playing cricket because it’s all I have ever done since I was 11 years old.    Continue reading