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    April 24, 2006

    Azhar hopes to have his name cleared

    Mohammad Azharuddin, who will forever remain one of my favourite players, was in the news in 2004 when ICC President Ehsan Mani expressed his displeasure at Azhar's commentary stint during the Asia Cup in Sri Lanka, in which India obviously lost in the final.

    Interview with PTI, he hoped to have his name cleared soon and to be involved in other aspects of cricket, such as coaching, commentary etc. In fact, recently Owais Shah benefitted from some tips from him.

    Much as he'd have loved to continue his 99-test career, that is impossible now. But he still looks very fit, as this picture below shows.


    In fact, he'd certainly give quite a few folks in the current Indian team a run for their money in terms of fitness and fielding, one of who is in this photo.

    I don't know what it is about me and the match-fixing scandal, but some of my favourite cricketers got their names besmirched by it: Azhar, Wasim Akram, Kapil Dev, Shane Warne and Mark Waugh.

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    When did Sehwag get so comfortably proportioned?

    That paunch belongs to England's Rob Key. He lost two stones over the UK winter and seems to have lost his ability along with it. Someone tell Sehwag to give it back. Maybe they'll both recover form when the natural order is restored.

    By Blogger Blue and Brown (26-Apr-2006, 1:25:00 PM)  

    Sehwag's been growing for nearly a year now. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if Chappell & Dravid asked him to shape up or ship out.

    As for a correlation between shape and form, nothing is a better example than Inzy at the 2003 World Cup. You look at him here, here, he looks totally emaciated. He lost weight for the tournament and ended up with 19 runs from 6 games, average of 3.16!

    By Blogger Jagadish (26-Apr-2006, 4:00:00 PM)  

    I knew it. I'll let Rob Key know - it's not too late for the boy. Hopefully the stresses of captaincy will lead to him comfort eating.

    By Blogger Blue and Brown (26-Apr-2006, 4:28:00 PM)  


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