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Twenty Twnety World Cup Vs Asia Cup …. Cricket vs Hockey!!

September 27, 2007

A new debate now … cricket versus other games … actually, the debate should have been: the pathetic fate of sports in India except cricket.Well, I just happened to read about the hockey players making hue and cry over the step-motherly treatment given to the national game,cricket being the chief reason. I daresay this to be an absolute truth. Nobody gave a damn when India won the Asia Cup but on this twenty twenty world cup win, people are going mad after it.Whose fault is this? Government or people ?? The thing is: people will watch only that which pleases them whether its hockey or cricket or some other game.What matters is how you are promoting the game? There is nobody to endorse hockey or as a matter of fact, none of the games except cricket. The announcement of prizes in the form of money for the cricket players by BCCI is justified as it is just concerned about cricket but, this wasn’t anticipated from the government which didn’t pay much attention to the Asia Cup winners.The government should be equally responsible for all the games and not just some particular game. I personally like cricket more than any other game and I was as jubilant as any other Indian Cricket fan while I didn’t pay much attention to the Asia Cup win of the Indian Hockey team but this thing can’t be changed.If I like cricket, then I’ll obviously see cricket and if I don’t like hockey, then I won’t go for it. If hockey or any other game is advertised properly, then its possible that my interest might move towards that side also. So, I think government should look into the matter seriously now as this is going to be a big debate in the coming days because it is a shame that the hockey players have to demand their dues in such a fashion.

PS: Congrats Men in blue : you guys were awesome 🙂 .

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10 comments

  1. I agree with hockey players making hue and cry. But I disagree with the hockey coach, who just out of shear frustration commented,”in cricket you will come up with 10 overs and 5 overs crap and there by draw more money through prizes”. I think the role of government should be no more than appreciation or special honors like Arjuna awards,etc. They don’t need financial support. I think the only thing people know about hockey is that it’s our national game…………….how pathetic!!!!


  2. yeah …..its sad that the national game of the country is national by just name now , without any feelings attached to it…a very restricted group of people follow the game , technically and statistically.But no point blaming sponosors as they to have to make their ends meet……why should they choose to endorse hockey players when the popularity of cricket players in surreal , of which they can make maximum profit.But yeah government should act more prudently and aptly and give each sport its due respect !!!


  3. @Pagare: I’m not blaming the sponsors but I’m definitely blaming the govt because of its callous attitude towards other games and its not just about hockey, but any other game also.


  4. Seriously before all this hue and cry by hockey players… When i heard of the reception given to the Indian Cricket Team… I didnt like it at all… People going crazy for one game and neglecting the other… Main thing is the glam factor.. Even tennis is garnering popularity because of the glamour associated with the players at international level.. which is being rubbed on national players…
    And anybody who gives the reason for this treattment that hockey is not as intersting as Cricket deserves a kick on the ass coz hockey is one of the most interesting game…
    One reason why sponsors dont associate much with hockey is that hockey runs continously without any breaks unlike cricket where after every over.. sponsors get a chance to show their ads… which makes cricket much more beneficial to them… and one of the reason for such a huge flow of money into cricket…
    Otherwise there is not much to differentiate between the performances of India in both games.. Hockey also we are placed 5th or 6th usually and the same in cricket.


  5. Seriously before all this hue and cry by hockey players… When i heard of the reception given to the Indian Cricket Team… I didnt like it at all… People going crazy for one game and neglecting the other… Main thing is the glam factor.. Even tennis is garnering popularity because of the glamour associated with the players at international level.. which is being rubbed on national players…
    And anybody who gives the reason for this treattment that hockey is not as intersting as Cricket deserves a kick on the ass coz hockey is one of the most interesting game…
    One reason why sponsors dont associate much with hockey is that hockey runs continously without any breaks unlike cricket where after every over.. sponsors get a chance to show their ads… which makes cricket much more beneficial to them… and one of the reason for such a huge flow of money into cricket…
    Otherwise there is not much to differentiate between the performances of India in both games.. Hockey also we are placed 5th or 6th usually and the same in cricket.yeah …..its sad that the national game of the country is national by just name now , without any feelings attached to it…a very restricted group of people follow the game , technically and statistically.But no point blaming sponosors as they to have to make their ends meet……why should they choose to endorse hockey players when the popularity of cricket players in surreal , of which they can make maximum profit.But yeah government should act more prudently and aptly and give each sport its due respect !!!I agree with hockey players making hue and cry. But I disagree with the hockey coach, who just out of shear frustration commented,”in cricket you will come up with 10 overs and 5 overs crap and there by draw more money through prizes”. I think the role of government should be no more than appreciation or special honors like Arjuna awards,etc. They don’t need financial support. I think the only thing people know about hockey is that it’s our national game…………….how pathetic!!!!


  6. I feel that since Hockey is our national sports and our cricket boards have got enough money, so it it better that Govt. should force BCCI to spend some amount of money for the development of not only hockey but for other sports also !


  7. Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, aged 36 and 34 respectively, have rejuvenated themselves enough to be back at the top of their games, in different ways. Not that the dips were long, but there have been stifled, sporadic calls for them to quit at least one form of the game, if not both. For players who have played so well for so long, motivation is not likely to be an issue, but it is also conspicuous they now derive joy from different aspects of their games.

    Tendulkar has been remarkable for not living in denial. He realised long before the rest of the world did that he needed to change his game. He respected age. He stopped making jaws drop, and instead began to appeal to the wise heads that will admire a swallowed ego and a more complete batsman. For about a couple of years we found it hard to reconcile the consciously cautious man of this decade with the terror that bowlers knew in the one before. As with all rediscoveries, this took some time, and once the new Tendulkar started scoring consistently again, we began to marvel. Genius had worked, and we didn’t even realise.

    Since the start of the year 2008, Tendulkar has averaged 47.05 (career average 44.48) and struck at 90.22 per 100 balls (career strike-rate 85.74). That he has played just 23 matches over the period shows he has picked and chosen. It’s a conscious effort to stay fit and ready till the 2011 World Cup, something that can’t be easy for a man who has played through pain for most of his career. But he wants another shot at the World Cup, missing which might cause him more mental pain than the physical pain he has endured. And when it comes to the next biggest challenge, playing Ponting’s men, it is natural he play.

    Australia, though, don’t evoke the awe they used to or the aura they used to carry. Ponting’s has been a bittersweet experience of captaining the side: two Ashes losses in themselves would have been reason enough for capital punishment for an Australian captain in an era gone by. A first-round exit in the 2009 World Twenty20 goes with it. But Ponting and the Australian board realise that perhaps their team has to spend time rediscovering itself, much like Tendulkar has done with his game. It shows in how they don’t talk big before the big series; winning has become the new talking.

    Although Ponting may not figure in the list of greatest captains from Australia, his team, like Tendulkar’s game, has maintained a certain level of efficiency. But Ponting needed to do more than chew nails, spit in his hands, look frustrated on the field and get frustrated on the field, and that need to express himself has manifested itself best in his batting. It is remarkable that captaining a side that has fallen from the lofty Australian standards of years gone by has not had any conspicuous effect on his batting. Perhaps it has contributed to him taking it a notch higher. The batting crease is the only place he can carry his brashness to. Frankly, what would the best hooker and puller in the world be without that last ounce of brashness?

    Can Ponting bring that quality to a country that hasn’t been kind to his batting, with the added burden of leading an inexperienced line-up? For once he will get to put himself in Tendulkar’s shoes. In the 46 ODIs that these men have played against each other, Ponting has been on the winning side 28 times. In those 28 games, his average has risen from a career 43.16 to 52.6, an expected variation. But in the 15 games that Tendulkar has won, he has had to raise his game to an extent where his average goes from a career 44.48 to 84.28.

    Roles have changed slightly now. Tendulkar has Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni around him; Ponting makes his way in after an unsettled opening combination, and is followed by Michael Hussey, Cameron White and James Hopes.

    Even at their ages, and despite the presence of young dashers, these two men make for the most intriguing contest of the series. What’s more, Ponting has to lead a somewhat unfancied batting line-up in this series. It’s a combination that sometimes manages to get the worst out of them, and might just provide one of the separators in the Greatest of Our Time debate


  8. A dejected Sanath Jayasuriya heads back to the pavilion, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 1st match, Compaq Cup, Colombo, September 8, 2009
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    “What we expect from Sanath is that he should win one in three games for Sri Lanka, which he was doing in the past,” Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka’s chairman of selectors, said in Colombo. “But now that has reduced and we are a little concerned about it. In the Champions Trophy in South Africa his performance was below par .That’s the reason why we have gone in with the option of playing him as an allrounder.”


  9. What a nice post it is!


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