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    October 19, 2007

    The foolish fan

    Call me arrogant or anything, but I generally refrain myself from talking cricket with a lot of people. My reasoning is that many (atleast from those I come across) have too much of nonsensical views about the game I love and breathe. Two days back, I faced another incident which has enforced this thought even more in me. The current India-Australia series wouldn't be an Indian fan's delight and a true cricket follower would have definitely known it long back, irrespective of who is captaining the side and who is in the playing XI. If you didn't know already, I admire Rahul Dravid extremely and I don't want to take nonsense about him. He was rested for the last ODI in Mumbai, probably not a bad idea going by his form.

    This friend of mine was so happy about it and he was vehement that Dravid was deliberately failing to make sure that Dhoni's captaincy wasn't getting too much appreciation and also to show to the Indian fans that no captain can do anything if the players decide to bat badly. Probably giving a message to the Indian fans on why he quit captaincy. I was shell-shocked at such thoughts from a fan, especially from one who wants India to win badly and I was more ashamed and hurt because he was one of the very very few guys with whom I used to talk cricket. Of course, I have decided to stop talking cricket with him anymore. Fans can be fanatic, but definitely not foolish.

    I was just wondering what would he do, if his manager walked up to him and said "why are you deliberately making mistakes at work?" May be he wants to convey that with any manager the team's deliveries can go awful. Unfortunately, that manager happens to be yours truly.

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    Thus spake Ganesh @ 1:22 PM |
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    Another extremist view: Cull all the seniors at once.

    I think some people absolutely lack critical thinking skills.

    And I can't imagine Dravid manipulating in the way your friend described. Sheesh.

    --Six

    By Blogger Dinnie (19-Oct-2007, 8:20:00 PM)  

    Ganesh, I think the friend of your is bigger fool than his words say of him. Why the hell on earth shall Dravid do that, he is the person who know it better than anyone else that if your seniors not playing well its more than enough that you will be on the loosing side. I also think that instead of so called resting of Dravid in last ODI is not fair to him. I guess it was better if the same thing was done with Sachin and Saurav in just finished series.

    By Blogger ICLfan (21-Oct-2007, 12:36:00 PM)  

    All players have form dips. Dravid will too. I dislike the "get rid" of mentality when a batsmen fails a couple of times. And to suggest he did it deliberately, truly pathetic.

    If any of you guys are interested in a wum free forum to dicuss cricket go to -

    http://www.thesillypoint.com/forum/index.php

    It's worth at least a look ....

    By Blogger NoSpinQuest (23-Oct-2007, 9:22:00 PM)  

    Yeah, this is something one has experienced only too well. Dravid Bashing and Tendulkar fanaticsm, or even vice versa. What is beyond me is why cannot these fans, have amore 'grey' sort of a view than be just a black or a white about things?

    Well, probably that is why they are called fanatics, not fans!

    By Blogger Su......neer - yetsofar..! (02-Nov-2007, 12:09:00 PM)  

    Yeah, this is something one has experienced only too well. Dravid Bashing and Tendulkar fanaticsm, or even vice versa. What is beyond me is why cannot these fans, have amore 'grey' sort of a view than be just a black or a white about things?

    Well, probably that is why they are called fanatics, not fans!

    By Blogger Su......neer - yetsofar..! (02-Nov-2007, 12:09:00 PM)  


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