My main area of interest has been Sports and Arts. And in years gone by I have collected few articles. Apart from renting, borrowing, buying books, magazines & journals, I was blessed with some great resources.
My my major source of information was libraries, which i religiously attended.
These are the libraries I visited in Mumbai
British Council Library,
Australian Council Library
Max Muller Bhavan
Alliance De France
Although most material from my collection has been destroyed by white ants. As i found out that it is never easy to take care of paper material in humid condition.
It gives great pleasure to share few of them. A collage of articles on analysis including a phenomena called Andrew Symonds!.
This article” Little old ladies show why small is big in cricket!.
is from <The Australian> newspaper, dated April1, 1999 Thursday.
It was during Australia tour of West Indies in 1999, the best Test series of modern generation. In a 4 match series, West Indies were 0-2 down, after they were humiliated for 51 and defeated by a mountainous 312 in the first 2 Tests.
Then atBridgetown, everything changed…as Mike Coward of <The Australian> wrote ” West Indies did not defeat Australia, it was Lara who overcame Australia by one wicket in a match of such emotional intensity that in the end watchers were as wrung-out as the protagonists.”
He further adds “Men and women who would never cry in public cried openly. Young and old filed on the the scared site that is the Kensington Oval. Some lay prostrate on the pitch and kissed the turf Lara had trodden. Others genuflected in front of the West Indies room and hoped they may get a sighting of the prince of Trinidad and Tobago”.
Mr Coward ends his article with “ Indeed in its own way, it was a performance fit to be ranked with any of the great solos given by Ali, Pele and Jordan during their phenomenal career”
I watched and covered this game, and was moved by Lara’s batting.
They say, Sir Donald Bradman played in a very similar way, but apart from few clips I have not seen Sir Don in full innings.
Hence for me there is no batsmen in past or present who played in such manner. Brian Lara had taken the art of batting to another level. There is none who perfected the vertical, horizontal bat(such high back-lift) so effectively & successfully!.
This article Radio controlled was published on 18th May 1999. Hansie Cronje former deceased South African captain and Allan Donald were ear- pieced with their former deceased coach Bob Woolmer. It was one way radio communication that was immediately interrupted and disallowed by match referee Talat Ali.
Its been more than 13years since this thought was conceived. Now, in today’s “techno-savy world” should this technology be permitted in cricket?.
Perhaps an initial experiment at domestic level, especially in T20 format should make us understand its value to the game, players, officials and even broadcasters!.
Andrew “Roy” Symonds opened the batting with Matthew Mott(now coach/mentor at Glamorgan, played for Queensland between 1994-95 till 1998)
Interestingly Andrew’s adopted father Ken nick named him “Roy” after Roy Race a character from British comic strip’s mythical football team called Melchester Rovers.
On request this scorecard was send to me by Warwick Glaves from Gold Coast. Many thanks to him, as i am able to share this wonderful cricketer’s past achievement.
For the record Gold coast scored 585 -3 of 50 overs!.
Roy Symonds 220 “retired out (99 balls, 27 fours, 14 sixes), and Matthew Mott retired out for 212 (117 balls, 20 fours, 14 sixes) as they put 446 runs for 1st wkt before both retired in the 37th over!.
In reply South Brisbane scored 158-4 of 50 overs.
Few years(1999) before this article I Remember reading Rod Marsh’s article as an guest columnist<Fine-tuning> for The Observer, UK Then he was Australian under-19 coach which was on a tour to UK. He mentioned that Australia will have a problem around 2008, especially in their batting department, and gave a example of Brad Green whose talent knew no bound and cricket lost this prodigy to AFL.