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ENDORSEMENT CRICKET!


Fraud by Ian Bell & Indians lacking the balls to enforce a FACT- all for endorsement goodwill

This morning i read a news item by Vijay Kumr Bobilli in THE TIMES OF INDIA (03/07/2011) and was not the least surprised that it was our Sachin Tendulkar who had put pressure on M S Dhoni to recall the batsman IAN BELL. Great. Sachin may be the greatest batsman India had ever seen and enjoys an enormous good will with the cricketing public, has a massive fan following and behaves decently on and off the field.

But why should he put pressure on MSD to recall Ian Bell?

To my mind, these are fall out of ENDORSEMENTS. Remember Tiger Woods, who when had to face allegations of gallivanting with all types of women and the unquenchable ire of Elin Nordegren, the first endorser to dump Tiger was the consulting firm ACCENTURE. Why? Tiger “WOULD lose his sheen and that should not spill over to the product endorsed by Tiger” , simple.

So, after all Trent Bridge is in England and we need new gestures of goodwill to find new markets and recruit new fans to our aging cricketers. So “FACTS” and “TRUTHS” could be given the short shrift and ‘go’ with the crowd ‘for’ the crowd. A kind of democracy in cricket.

From the footage specially recovered from the net to sustain my hypothesis, IAN BELL “assumed” that the ball had hit the boundary board. Should his mistaken belief deprive Indians an opportunity to enforce a rule? NAY. So appealed thrice and sustained by the Umpire, Bell is shown the door.

But the DRESSING ROOMS have their own dramas and machinations which brought back Ian Bell (lucky he added only 22 to his tally!). So whose VOICE turned the CRICKET MATCH INTO AN ENDORSEMENT GROUND? SACHIN TENDULKAR, that is what Vijay Kumar Bobilli says. I am very much inclined to believe that. Sachin may have a squeaky voice, but time has shown that he has been wise in getting neat packages in ENDORSEMENTS. Not that a squeaky voiced persons should not be wise- but a general presumption is there subliminally, that such people are not aggressive in pushing their point of view. Yet they could gently persuade a junior colleague, presently in command, to resile from his earlier decision. Indians have won the BRITISH hearts, but have lost the MATCH! That is the pith and marrow of that game.

Sachin, enjoy the good fortune in the staid pitches laid out by our groundsmen and organizers for your centuries, but SPARE INDIAN CRICKET from the rapacious and ruthless endorsement purveying advisers. THERE IS TOO MUCH OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST IN SACHIN’S CRICKET AND HIS ENDORSEMENTS FOR ME TO GIVE HIM THE BENEFIT OF DOUBT!

And if possible show some aggression in playing on difficult pitches! Good luck to u too.

IAN BELL – the paid recall!


In the Second Test at Trent Bridge India gets smothered tight and right.

I am of the opinion that it was not that the “tiredness” of our cricketers which did them in, but their lack of practice in hard bouncy swinging pitches. We prepare pitches to suit our staid batsmen. The COPY BOOK did not descend from above that the ball should take the expected course of Indian batsmen, newer methods and strategies are going to be invented from time to time both by our opponent bowlers as well as host nations and we Indians should develop the adaptability to rise to ANY OCCASION and if not win, at least have the skills to SAVE a test match.

Alas! we have bred them with nice pitches to keep us entertained for long. It is time we shed all these puerile “manipulative strategies” and make half of the pitches in India hard, bouncy and swingy. Else, our cricketers would end up as BACKYARD CRICKETERS in the world stage, performing well at home and whenever we go abroad, tag the Laxmans along to save our day.

The most DISGUSTING part of the Trent Bridge test was not the Indian loss or the way and margin of the loss, but the way an APPEAL was made when Ian Bell sauntered to the other end of the wicket believing that that was the last ball before tea break. All this talk of “GENTLEMANLY” game of cricket is a load of BULL S**T!

I distinctly remember that Bob Taylor was given out for a ball which was not snicked by him. G R Vishwanath recalled him IMMEDIATELY, as he was in the slips and did know for a fact that Bob Taylor was given out as a MISTAKE OF FACT by the UMPIRE. Bob Taylor did not contribute to him being given out. But in the instant case, IAN BELL even without ascertaining from the umpire,  saunters down the pitch, as if the RULE BOOKS did not exist in Cricket.

The worst part is that there can be  no comparison between Vishwanath and Dhoni. Vishwanath did not get to the dressing room to receive calls from his sponsors and other media managers advising Vishwanath stating that, RECALLING BOB TAYLOR WOULD ENHANCE HIS IMAGE AND GET HIM HUGER ADVERTISING REVENUES  or THAT A RECALL WOULD GO WELL WITH THE CROWD!

G R Vishwanath’s response was SPONTANEOUS. That is GENTLEMANLY behaviour. Not after one gets to the dressing room and hear about the CROWD RESENTMANT etc. etc. and get back and recall to please an OPINION of some people, which could also bring pecuniary gains through GOODWILL in England.

I am sorry Dhoni, you may be the captain of Chennai Super Kings and the Captain of My Country, but your delayed response to an unhelpable decision of the THIRD UMPIRE, takes away all the Goodness of the deed. In any case you have shown that you are a COMMERCIAL POLITICIAN.

Good luck to you for the rest of your stay in England. Please work further on your popularity in England too!

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