Notes on Chris Gayle

Folks often compare Chris Gayle to Sehwag (atleast that is what they used to do when Viru was in full flow a couple of years back). These two blokes are as different as two batsmen can ever be.

Gayle is a back-foot player. Now, I dont mean that he is the sort of guy who prefers a pull shot to a straight-drive. The vagaries of ODI and Twenty20 have brought into emergence a new kind of back-foot player: the kind who waits for the full ball (preferably on off and middle), gets his front-foot out of the way, and swings his bat at the ball. That allows him to get underneath the ball (even the yorker is is not spared) and get the force behind it. This technique does two things for the batsmen: 1) it makes him immune to the ball in the “block-hole” and 2) it allows him to torpedo the ball with enormous power. In this position, the batsmen can, depending on the line of the ball, direct it to anywhere from backward square-leg to wide long-off.

To clarify, this shot is a slight variation on the technique that Ganguly uses when he is finding it difficult to score against the quicks. He backs towards the leg-stump, charges down the track and tries to hit the ball over cover or third man. The common factor here is that the front-foot of the batsman is out of the way (a la Abdul Razzaq in his prime). The problem with that technique: it is impotent against the short ball at the body.

Hope batsmen use this technique sparingly coz it is getting a little tiresome !

Who owns Free Speech ?

Borrowing a link here from one of my favourite blogs: Measured Against Reality

Ambassadors from Muslim countries have indicated that they intend to present the Swedish prime minister with a list of demands when they meet for talks on Friday…

“We want to see action, not just nice words. We have to push for a change in the law,” he said.

“Muslims need legal protection against the desecration of the Prophet Muhammad, maybe something similar to the protection enjoyed by Jews and homosexuals.”

Read Scott’s full post here

What gets my goat is that these are inevitably the same people who think they have the right to call someone up and abuse them.

Two examples:
1. Dilip D’Souza, whose writing does not always endear Hindu fundamentalists in India. Read his take on the Outrage Mongers :

Consider: on July 11 2006, the other set of blasts in this country happened in Srinagar. Being out and about on errands most of that morning, I entirely missed this news. Until the phone rang about noon. It was a man who had been calling regularly in those weeks. He claimed to be in Delhi, had somehow found my number, and would call to berate me and my writing in the worst possible language. As he did that afternoon. When I answered, he said to me: “D’you see what they did in Srinagar? You and your masters in Pakistan must be happy! You traitor! Why haven’t you condemned it yet?”And that’s how I found out that something awful had happened in Srinagar. And late that night, the same gentle man called to abuse me about the blasts in Mumbai’s suburban trains.

2. The incident sometime back (I do not have links here) when a radio jockey from a station in the US called up an Indian call center and hurled abuse at a lady working there.

Free speech is for the public domain. We do not have rights over the personal domain of other people.

Oh, and one more thing: people who demand that such and such things should be banned from public speech, should not, by their own logic, have any right to even put that demand in public domain.You cannot speak your mind if you are not going to let others speak their mind.

Amul…the taste of India


 Amul Story : As Tom Cruise would say, the hits just keep on coming… !

All links on this post via Smoke Signals where “The Commentator” has a bigger post on the same subject.

Enjoy !

Novak Djokovich: imitating Federer and others…

Here is the video link from Youtube:

There are many more on Youtube that I did not get time to watch.

What does king Roger think of this ? Here is the US Open Finals report from The Hindu:

Djokovic also does one of Federer that’s posted on YouTube. But Federer didn’t exactly smile when asked about Djokovic’s joking.

“I know some guys weren’t happy. I know some guys might think it’s funny,” he said. “He’s walking a tightrope, for sure.”

Ouch ! The man has no sense of humor, eh ? Some people do not even think King Roger is human (link via Jabberwock)