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    June 30, 2006

    32 and retired?

    People who retire from work aged 60 have trouble adjusting to their new life. A life where everyday isn't filled with spending time going to/from work, spending 8-10 hours at the workplace and being busy with work most of the time. A life probably spent reading the newspaper, watching TV, gardening, solving Sudoku puzzles, meeting up with other retired friends, being around with grandchildren occasionally, etc.

    Imagine you're 32, as some of you who're reading this right now possibly are, and you're told by your doctor that you can't even think of working for the rest of the year. What's more, in case the surgery doesn't work out, you can kiss your career goodbye!

    What you've been upto has been a dream job - something millions of others can only dream of. You've been dreaming about the career since you were 12. You can't even think of some other job because you've never even considered an alternate career. It's the ONLY thing you know! You'd be a misfit in most other places because of your specialized skills. You were hoping to do it for another 4-5 years. Suddenly, you're told to think of pursuing something else. How'd you feel?

    Imagine you're Michael Vaughan.

    Michael Vaughan is highly unlikely to go on England's tour to Australia later this year to defend the 'Ashes'. He will be having a surgery on his knee next week.

    The problematic knee forced him to pull out of England's tour to India, resulting in a captaincy change. He didn't get fit in time for Sri Lanka's tour of England or for the disastrous five game one-day series against Sri Lanka. The last we heard of him, he was turning out for Yorkshire with moderate success.

    While I really hate the excuses England keeps giving, I do pity Vaughan. At this stage, we're still not sure if he'll be back. Then again, there're several others who've come back from career threatening injuries. I'm assuming, and hoping, he will, after the Ashes. But even then, it's tough to see him have a long career.

    Reactions from Richard Hobson, John Stern, Paul Grunill, David Hopps, three ex-skippers: Gatting, Denness & Close, and a trio of seamers, Angus Fraser, Derek Pringle and Mike Selvey.
    Thus spake Jagadish @ 6:40 PM |
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    Really is a pity about Michael Vaughan. Without his captaincy, England look totally clueless. Somehow I feel he will come back, even if not 100% fit to defend the Ashes. But realistically speaking, Freddie Flintoff should be handed the captaincy once he's back from his injury because he can lead from the front. I think that ruthlessness that was missing against SL will come when they land in Oz. Strauss can be the stand-in till then.

    By Blogger ClannZĂș (01-Jul-2006, 12:48:00 AM)  

    Well it's really bad to see such a class batsman like Michael Vaughan not playing for the side... but it it for sure that they would certainly play good as they are a strong side. Well we hope that the better team wins! Well here are more information on the world cup cricket be sure to visit there too!

    By Blogger Manish Kumar Pandey (01-Jul-2006, 2:03:00 AM)  

    ClannZĂș: I'm not entirely sure he'll risk a career to play in the Ashes. I have my doubts on Flintoff's captaincy, and it isn't related to his workload. From what I saw in India, his captaincy was more by motivation. I'm not sure it works in the longer term.

    By Blogger Jagadish (04-Jul-2006, 2:08:00 PM)  

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