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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

India West Indies ODI at Kochi tomorrow - no contribution in debut !

India play West Indies in an One dayer at Kochi tomorrow….. lot has changed since WI first played an ODI series in India – in the first match at Kashmir, Kapil had figures of 5-1-12-0 and Balwinder Sandhu 7-0-10-0 – in the curtailed match WI won easily losing no wickets and Madanlal had figures of 6.4-0-51-0. That was in 1983, immediately after WC and WI won 5-0.  There has been no left-arm unorthodox bowler (chinaman) from Asia and Kuldeep Yadav could make his debut during this Series – Cricinfo reports that there have been 11 chinaman bowlers in ODI thus far -  the most famous of them being Garry Sobers, who also bowled left-arm orthodox and seam, Paul Adams and Brad Hogg.  When Stuart Binny  made his debut, he did not score a run, bag a wicket or take a catch on his one-day international debut earlier this year. Is this unique?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tagged Shashi Tharoor in his Swachh Bharat campaign and Tharoor has said that he is "honoured". The cat is out of the bag say some in Tharoor's party and rumours are flying wild that Tharoor is about to switch over to the BJP. Some in the Congress have not forgiven Tharoor for a piece he wrote in the Huffington Post that said that as "Modi had remade himself from a hate figure into an avatar of modernity and progress’ – and some daggers are drawn in Cong itself.

After a multitude of complaints over the Big Billion Day flash sale, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal today issued an apology to all customers for the inconveniences customers faced, saying that they were "really and truly sorry".  The two founders highlighted the preparations that the company had undertaken over the last few months for the day and said that while they did see unprecedented interest in their products, and traffic "like never before", they discovered they weren't prepared enough for an event of that scale.

At a time when some are crying hoarse about chucking, Gavaskar has gone on record stating that  there are no bowlers with suspect action in the current  Indian team.   He suggested that the Umpire should talk to the Captain and ensure that the bowler does not bowl anylonger in the match rather than allowing to win them a match and later recommending penal action.

Getting back to  Stuart Binny's unproductive ODI debut, Cric info reports that it  came against New Zealand in Hamilton in January 2014 and was  far from unique: Binny was actually the 294th player to make no obvious contribution in his first ODI (and there have been two more since: Haseeb Amjad of Hong Kong and the UAE's Mohammad Shahzad). It's rarer to go through your debut Test without scoring a run, taking a wicket or a catch, but it has still happened 59 times - most recently to Sohail Khan of Pakistan, against Sri Lanka in Karachi in 2008-09.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar.                                                7th Oct 2014.

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