Archive for August, 2011

Some people don’t deserve to live

August 31, 2011

A lot of things are very cheap in India – labour,education, public transport and some thing that is a lot cheaper than all these is the life of an ordinary citizen.

There has been a lot of politics recently surrounding the impending hanging of those who were behind one suicide bomb blast that took place on 21st May 1991 and killed at least 15 people along with the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.A lot of people are suggesting that they should not be hung .

Sometime ago we had Priyanka meeting Nalini and reportedly pardoning her. Who the hell is she to do that ? What right does she have ? Her father wasn’t the only one who died.
Karunanidhi has said that if Rajiv Gandhi had been alive that “noble soul” would have pardoned these folks. Thank God, he died. We don’t need a Prime Minister who would pardon the guys who brutally killed fourteen of his citizens to score some political points . Of course, this is all hypothetical and he might not have done as MK said.

A lot of things get politicized in our country – education, sports,religion etc. But this is absolutely ridiculous.

The people who oppose the hangine can be divided into two categories – one group who say that these specific people should not be hung and those who oppose capital punishment altogether.

I am not going to talk much about the second category here. I just have one small argument . By having death penalty, even if you are able to threaten one out of a 1000 potential murderers not to commit the crime , the number of lives you would save would be more valuable than saving the lives all these murderers.

Let’s talk about the first category.Some of the arguments from the first category are
– Their clemency petition to the President has been kept pending for 11 years and then rejected. This ( fear of impending death )is worse than killing a person.
– They speak Tamil

I feel that this option of a clemency petition to the President should be done away with. Death sentences were more common some fifty years ago and this option made sense, when someone had done the crime in spur of the moment.Nowadays death penalty is given only in the rarest of rare cases. Consider this case where some fourteen other folks were killed brutally. This is not an act out of sudden emotion or unintended. This was a well planned attack on the then Prime Minister with the full knowledge that it would kill many innocent others.

Let’s say these people are not executed and get a commutaion of their sentences. What message does it send thousands of mililtants waiting to bomb crowded places and kill hundreds of people ? What message does it send out to the armed forces ? What do we do when Ajmal Kasab’s turn comes ? What if a series of spineless Presidents and Governments delay the decision ? Are you going to feed and protect a guy who slaughtered your citizens like he was playing a video-game for the rest of his life ? Is this what part of my tax goes to ? The mere thought of this possiblity makes me grind my teeth.

Quite simply, I feel some people don’t deserve to live.


Dissecting Tendulkar’s failure in England

August 23, 2011

After the miserable series Sachin Tendulkar has gone through against England, there have been a few questions asked about his ability to play quality fast bowling on helpful conditions. I am actually quite amazed at this suggestion because one just has to look six months back to get a proof of his ability in this regard. South Africa – Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel steaming in. I am pulling out the batting statistics from Tendulkar and Dravid from that series

SR Tendulkar     326 runs in 6 innings at an average of 81.50

R Dravid          120 runs in 6 innings at an average of 20

And these are the figures from the series against England

SR Tendulkar 273 runs in 8 innings at an average of 34.12
R Dravid          461 runs in 8 innings at an average if 76.83

It is easily seen that while Dravid outperformed Tendulkar in England, it was the other way around in South Africa.In fact I also observed a similarity between Tenulkar failures in England and Dravid’s in South Africa. They would start well looking confident – a few flowing boundaries in Tendulkar’s case and positive outlook while leaving and defending from Dravid- and suddenly they would get out ( usually and expansive drive from Tendulkar to a wide ball and a tentative poke outside off from Dravid ). This suggests me that their problems might be due to some problems with concentration and not technique or form. I am not sure about what pwas disturbing Dravid’s concentration which he has obviosuly sorted out, but I have a fair idea of what is disturbing Tendulakar’s. It is that damned 100th 100.

Please don’t jump at me saying he is a great Team player and he doesn’t care about personal milestones or support the view saying “Yeah, he just plays for records”. Honestly everybody is selfish. People don’t start playing the game beacuse they wan’t to be part of a great winning team. They play the game beacuse they like it.I will belive that some players don’t care about personal milestones when they stop running around pumping their fists after a hundred.

It is quite clear that the 100th 100 has been on his mind since the time he skipped the West Indies Test tour. He wanted to get that 100 on a big stage rather than on a small West Indian island like Dominica with barely a few hundred watching. I have seen that these milestones start playing on his ming.He took 6 or 7 innigs to get the 100 odd runs he needed to get past Lara.I also feel that he may not have anticipated that the England bowling would be this good and so much help for the bowlers here.In hindisght he might be wishing that he had gone to West Indies and got that monkey out of his back.

I am not condemning Tendulkar saying that he should have completely blocked it out of his mind and just concentratred on each ball. It is not humanly possible.I am just trying to come up with an explanation as to why a player in good form ( as shown by the starts he got throughout the series ) and ability to handle high quality bowling ( as evident form the South African performance ) struggled so much in England.

Strategy to do better in the Third Test against England

August 8, 2011

What has really killed India in the Test series against England is the second new ball. Of the four innings each team has played so far India have lost 2,1,1,and 6 wickets before 30 overs wheras England have lost 2,5,3 and 2 repectively. Basically there has been a steady fall of wickets at the top and each team has experienced one top order collpase. India even have a slight advantage here.

India have faced the second new ball thrice so far. India were 5,5 and 4 wickets down when the second new ball was taken. England have been 3 and 4 wickets on the two occasionsthey have faced the second new ball. Whereas England have managed to bat 40 and 51 overs more in spite of losing 2 to 3 wickets to the second new ball, India have never managed to get even close to lasting 20 more overs.

Part of the reason is that Dhoni doesn’t fancy the new ball in the English condtions and India’s lower batsmen are hopeless against quality attacks. If India were to have a chance of posting a fighting total ( 400+) , they need to make sure that two of ( Dravid,Tendulkar and Laxman) face the second new ball. Of course together with Gambhir they also need to play the first new ball.So I suggest tat India play the old fashioned way. Just forget about the runs and play like we did at Headingley in 2002.The idea is to be just 3 down when we face thesecond new ball.

In the event that we lose the third wicket before that, I suggest sending Dhoni ahead of Laxman provided we aren’t 30 or 40 for 3 in the 15th over. Any time between 40 and 70 overs would do. Dhoni would find it easier against a slightly older ball and we save Laxman for the second new ball . We won’t lose too much if Dhoni failsb ecause, he hasn’t been making too many anyway.

Some may argue why should Laxman face the second new ball, simply because Dhoni is incapable. It’s a team game and it’s about using one’s resources properly folks. Dhoni isone who scores much faster when the ball isn’t doing too much (preferably nothing) and Laxman is much better to handle the new ball. It’s a waste of resources that Laxman gets a 50against the old ball and Dhoni gets a duck agianst the second new ball. If we swap them around we may get 60 or 70 from Dhoni and a slow 50 from Laxman perhaps.