Saturday, January 26, 2008

A suitable partner for Chindu

The Courier-Mail, an Australian newspaper, has displayed "high journalistic standards" -- much like the Chindu -- during its coverage of the India-Australia Test Series. We strongly urge Chindu to tie-up with this newspaper for content syndication, to go along with its existing pact with that leftist rag, The Guardian, UK.

Tempers flare in fightback | The Courier-Mail
Tension had been generated after Bowden turned down a Pathan lbw appeal against Hayden when he was on 67 and Australia 0-119 on the final ball of the 40th over. The Queenslander appeared to be surprised by Pathan's early extraction of reverse swing. In a briefing before the Test, umpires were told to monitor both teams in the field to short-circuit any action of ball tampering. Umpires Bowden and Asad Rauf were reportedly instructed yesterday by third umpire Steve Davis to stop India throwing on the bounce to keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The bounce-throw tactic could scuff the cherry and enhance chances of reverse swing.
Listen to what Shastri has to say about 5:30 into the video.

Side with no heart can't win a civil war | The Courier-Mail
India's stunning performance in the third Test at the WACA should be dedicated to a lot more than the 11 players out on the field.

They should share their pay cheques with their bullying officials back home, the weak-kneed administrators at the International Cricket Council and certain members of the media who have taken every opportunity to put the knife into the Aussies since this series began.

India to rule the world | The Courier-Mail
MASTER Australian baiter Sourav Ganguly has warned the stunned world champions that India is gunning for their No. 1 crown. As Ganguly added extra spice by declaring India was primed to repeat its famous Perth triumph in Adelaide this week, the outspoken former captain insisted Australia was becoming a victim of generational change. The man who famously riled Steve Waugh during the epic 2001 Indian series ...

Australian cricket team's unpopularity is unfair | The Courier-Mail
The one-sided and sometimes hysterical criticism of the behaviour of the Australians has either ignored or made light of Harbhajan Singh's sledge in Sydney which was construed by Andrew Symonds and match referee Mike Proctor to be racially motivated. Much has been made by several former Australian players of how Ponting and Symonds could have defused the international incident by Ponting privately approaching Harbhajan and the Indians later. How about this one: the onus should have been on Harbhajan. Having realised what he said had caused racial offence, he could have, and should have, apologised.

While Paul Malone is vividly dreaming of Australia's rising popularity, Australian cricket is getting hurt where it matters the most

A Dravid and Goliath battle in Perth Test | The Courier-Mail
Tendulkar was another unhappy with his own dismissal but the Little Master had no choice but to walk when Rauf adjudged him lbw in what was the crucial moment of the day.

There was a slight shake of Tendulkar's head at the decision but he left the crease immediately, ensuring no questions resurfaced about playing the game in the right spirit.

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