Open weekend thread

Right, off for the day. Open thread, folks — will check anything you leave in here, and respond if needed, sometime second half tomorrow when I get back online. Have a good weekend.


9 thoughts on “Open weekend thread

  1. Countless articles and tons of ink has been spent on Kohli the man and his match winning innings. And almost all of them tried to draw comparisons with Sachin or one of his contemporaries like Root, Smith, Williamson, etc. Yet none of of them thought it would be worth mentioning that he probably resembles the great Sir Viv, minus the gum and the occasional wry smile when he plays and misses, more than anyone else. Viv was the first true match winner who simply by his swagger to the wicket instills doubts (not fear, as many writers would have you think, mind you, for if you fear you wouldn’t be in competitive sport) in the opposition. As much as I adore Sachin, I don’t think one can say the same about him. But with Kohli yes. Moreover, Viv redefined ODI batting to extend our imagination to think that what was considered impossible was actually possible. This is the definition of a true legend, isn’t it? Isn’t Kohli doing the same with his chases?

    • Funny that you should say this — it’s been a recurring theme for me these last couple of days. When Ramesh Srivats and I were doing the second episode of our beer chat yesterday, similar thoughts came up. And also, while watching the game itself, the comparisons that came to my mind were not to do with cricketers past or present, but with geniuses from other sports. I recall mentioning on Twitter that Kohli’s ability to find angles no one else can see reminded me of John McEnroe (Federer would also be apt, though Mac was the original). He also reminds you in a way of the Brazilian soccer genius Socrates, for the same reason. But yes, if we had to compare with cricketers, Viv is the one most apt — their play differs, their strokes differ, but there is that same sense of invincibility, that swagger, that is daunting for the guys at the receiving end.

  2. hey panicker dude .. why so uber patriotic mate after all bharath mata ki jai is so uncool and the those down market buggars are ones who cant tolerate slogans like bharath ki tukde shout bharath mata ki jai !! what if we lose today just a game .. ehh !! just drown few beers and watch NZ/Eng and WI /Aus play some fine cricket next week and of course then Wait for biggest circus called IPL ..

    Btw how many articles against IPL has prem written .. BCCI approved passes needed no? with free beers i might add 😛 … how the so called TRP are measured .. how many free beers for each write up glorifying IPL
    Surely some thing about match fixing .. some thing about how the inglorious the team owners are (Mallya ,subrirami reddy,srini, shilpa , Debt loaded GMR group companies cant pay salaries to employee but can buy players cant complete infrastructure but can buy players SRK facing ED issues regarding KKR but no one has the guts to write ) Moral compass Prem !!! forget moral compass just simple things like fatigue every year after an ICC event IPL is help and still no journo talks about it .. or rather not allowed to talk about it

    panicker you are a journalist … not Doctor not CA not engineer what is core skill of journo .. 🙂 core skill meaning even farmers have core skills or even hell plumber ,mason,electrician have core skills,and you make fun of bharath mata ki jai ..

    I mean you can just say i should not be forced to say bharath mata ki jai thats fair enough but to contentiously make fun of bharath mata ki jai panicker is really cheap

    Now go drown ur self in few beers and get ready for IPL

    • My core skill — any journalist’s core skill — is sticking to fact, framing arguments without resorting to argumentative and/or logical fallacies, and expressing myself intelligently. As a commenter, you obviously need none of those skills, which is fine.

      To your random rant: If you or anyone else can ever show anything to suggest that I have had a free ticket, a free beer, a free anything, from any cricketer or cricketing official or cricketing body, I’ll perform whatever penance you like. As for your suggestion that I have never said a word about match-fixing or other ills to do with cricket — I won’t even bother answering that. I’ve been doing cricket reporting since 1996, and what I have written is all in the public domain. Maybe when you sober up, you can spend time on Google. Or not. Either way, no problem.

    • Among the books I have read this year, I’d pick Offend, Shock or Disturb by Gautam Bhatia; Legal Confidential by Ranjeev Dubey; Swimmer among the Stars by Kanishk Tharoor; Antisocial by Arun Krishnan; The Girl Who Ate Books by Nilanjana Roy; H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald; The Age of Wrath by Abraham Eraly (part of his series on Indian history); and White Magic by Arjun Nath. Caveat: These are the books that stand out among the ones *I* have read this year — not a best books of 2016 list or anything.

    • I guess so, but not ball by ball or anything, only occasional comments when I have something to say.

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