Sachin and Chennai – definitely some chemistry

Yes, we lost the ODI to Brian Lara’s bunch last night, but the highlight of the game was the little master’s decent return to form with a half-century. Somehow Sachin clicks in Chennai as he considers it a favorite pitch and this time he also took the blessings of Sai Baba who is camping here, to be more confident before he went out into the field. Overall, the Chennai crowd would not have been disappointed as there were good performances from both sides and they must have felt they got their money’s worth. Chepauk has seen the best of matches, be it the unconventional batting approach that the “previous” little master, Sunny Gavaskar took against the fiery Malcolm Marshall after seeing fellow opening batsman Krish Srikkanth make mincemeat of the West Indian bowling or when the likes of G.R. Viswanath and Yashpal Sharma put up a partnership of over 300 runs in a Chennai test match in the early 80s. Truly Chennai is one of the best cricketing cities and Tamilnadu continues its tradition of producing a litany of cricket stars in every generation. It is also that Chennai sends out positive vibrations to some cricketers. Just ask Sachin :-).

5 Comments so far

  1. DontheCat (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    jus a thot….

    mayb we should make saibaba our next coach :-)

  2. thetalkativeman (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    Thennavan, can you please point out in which game(test or one day) did Srikkanth make mincemeat of the West Indian bowling while Gavaskar was still playing? I have pointed this out in an earlier blogpost made by you too :)

  3. Raj (unregistered) on January 28th, 2007 @ 3:40 pm

    Tamilnadu produces a litany of cricket stars in every generation? Hardly. We have produced only a handful all these years ,who managed to do fairly well at an international level. Such a statement would be more appropriate for Karnataka, Delhi or Mumbai.

  4. thennavan (unregistered) on February 4th, 2007 @ 2:56 am

    Don, maybe he would do a better job :-).

    TTM, as soon as I saw your comment I spent more than an hour searching on the net for details on that match but could not find it. Maybe my bad in confusing the venue (could have been at Delhi) :-).

    Have we not produced enough people from M.J. Gopalan to Dinesh Karthik? Perhaps I left out Raj who could have been our shining star :-).

  5. thetalkativeman (unregistered) on February 5th, 2007 @ 6:10 am

    you could have used Statsguru :)

    Srikkanth didnt play a Test against Marshall in his career.

    Here are his scores in ODIs before Sunil retired:
    14,2,38(57 balls, no 4 off Marshall 2-24 off 11 ovs),40(off 91 balls, Marshall 2-13 off 8 ovs),19, 0,3,11,6,12 : 145 runs in 10 innings

    Sunil sparkled in that Delhi Test(50 off 37 balls, 100 off 94 balls) and it had nothing to do with Srikkanth who was not even in the Test team. At Chennai, he batted 2 and half days for a slow 236 off 425 balls, 644 minutes with Marshall taking 5-72 off 26 ovs.

    MJ Gopalan was a good state player who played just 1 test doing nothing notable. Cotah Ramaswami and Ram Singh were the TN greats of the Thirties. Heavy politics at the club and collegiate levels is the bane of TN cricket

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