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Sachin greater than Don, claims book

Written By kom nampultig on Rabu, 23 April 2014 | 21.25

NEW DELHI: The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the "forensic evidence" to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons.

On the eve of Tendulkar's 41st birthday, his first after retiring from international cricket, Rudolph Lambert Fernandez has come up with a book 'Greater Than Bradman', which aims to prove that the Little Master is the greatest batsman of all time.

"It is not another biography of Sachin or Bradman. It is not another compilation of interviews, match anecdotes and expert essays. It is not an autobiography. It is an analysis. It is a forensic study that aims to set the record straight," the author claims about the book.

"This is the first and only book that challenges Bradman's rank as a batsman," he says.

Fernandez wishes to present a copy of the book to Tendulkar's brother Ajit, his wife Anjali and his formative coach Ramakant Achrekar.

"I am eager to present a paperback of the book to the three As, who were in many ways responsible for Sachin realising his greatness -- Ajit his brother, Achrekar his coach, and Anjali his wife. This book is a celebration of Tendulkar's greatness and what he stood for on the cricket field -- there is no higher tribute," said Fernandez.

Fernandez says the book uses illustrations from "science and martial arts" to prove Tendulkar's greatness.

"It questions traditional measures of greatness that revolve around statistics. It offers a more honest approach that respects a batsman's figures but places them against the backdrop of his playing environment", he says.

"The 21st century cricket readers need a closer look at Bradman. They appear all too familiar with Sachin, having seen his every shot dissected a 100 times. They have seen his ducks, his run-outs, his many failures," said Fernandez.

Fernandez said his book offers a whole new perspective on Tendulkar's cricketing career.

"This book is not about Sachin being the greatest batsman in 1998 or in 2010. It is about him as the greatest batsman in cricket history," he said.

"While the point of this book is to demonstrate Sachin's superiority over Bradman, it would be a pity if this were to be read as scorning the similarities between them -- their desire to dominate, their eagerness to excel, their genius. Thankfully these have been celebrated already by other writers," he said.

Tendulkar's 200 Test appearances yielded 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78, a feat so huge in magnitude that no contemporary or even a talented successor of his, looks capable of overhauling it in the near or distant future.

At the end of his ODI journey, the 40-year-old right-hander had, under his belt, a whopping 18,426 in 463 matches at an average of 44.83.

The right-hander retired as only batsman to score 100 international centuries -- 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs.


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Sachin greater than Don, claims book

NEW DELHI: The jury is still out on whether Sachin Tendulkar retired a greater batsman than late Australian legend Don Bradman but a Chennai-based author claims to have found the "forensic evidence" to prove that the Indian maestro was indeed the better of the two icons.

On the eve of Tendulkar's 41st birthday, his first after retiring from international cricket, Rudolph Lambert Fernandez has come up with a book 'Greater Than Bradman', which aims to prove that the Little Master is the greatest batsman of all time.

"It is not another biography of Sachin or Bradman. It is not another compilation of interviews, match anecdotes and expert essays. It is not an autobiography. It is an analysis. It is a forensic study that aims to set the record straight," the author claims about the book.

"This is the first and only book that challenges Bradman's rank as a batsman," he says.

Fernandez wishes to present a copy of the book to Tendulkar's brother Ajit, his wife Anjali and his formative coach Ramakant Achrekar.

"I am eager to present a paperback of the book to the three As, who were in many ways responsible for Sachin realising his greatness -- Ajit his brother, Achrekar his coach, and Anjali his wife. This book is a celebration of Tendulkar's greatness and what he stood for on the cricket field -- there is no higher tribute," said Fernandez.

Fernandez says the book uses illustrations from "science and martial arts" to prove Tendulkar's greatness.

"It questions traditional measures of greatness that revolve around statistics. It offers a more honest approach that respects a batsman's figures but places them against the backdrop of his playing environment", he says.

"The 21st century cricket readers need a closer look at Bradman. They appear all too familiar with Sachin, having seen his every shot dissected a 100 times. They have seen his ducks, his run-outs, his many failures," said Fernandez.

Fernandez said his book offers a whole new perspective on Tendulkar's cricketing career.

"This book is not about Sachin being the greatest batsman in 1998 or in 2010. It is about him as the greatest batsman in cricket history," he said.

"While the point of this book is to demonstrate Sachin's superiority over Bradman, it would be a pity if this were to be read as scorning the similarities between them -- their desire to dominate, their eagerness to excel, their genius. Thankfully these have been celebrated already by other writers," he said.

Tendulkar's 200 Test appearances yielded 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78, a feat so huge in magnitude that no contemporary or even a talented successor of his, looks capable of overhauling it in the near or distant future.

At the end of his ODI journey, the 40-year-old right-hander had, under his belt, a whopping 18,426 in 463 matches at an average of 44.83.

The right-hander retired as only batsman to score 100 international centuries -- 51 in Tests and 49 in ODIs.


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Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

COLOMBO: The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation fees from ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events.

The players had demanded 20 percent of the participation fees which Sri Lanka Cricket would not sanction.

The players were due to sign their central contracts by March 1 but the impasse dragged on for nearly two months.

A three-member committee appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket comprising treasurer Nuski Mohamed, CEO Ashley de Silva and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya held talks with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Tuesday.

"After discussions, the committee in consultation with the office bearers of the SLC's Executive Committee, offered 10 percent of the participation fee from the ICC (International Cricket Council) and ACC events to the players which will be applied for the next five years and will be non-negotiable," said an SLC statement.

"The above offer was accepted by the players and they have agreed to sign the annual contracts in due course."

Sri Lanka travel to England early next month to play two tests, five one-dayers and a T20 international.


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Sri Lanka players resolve pay dispute

COLOMBO: The pay dispute between Sri Lanka Cricket and its 13 contracted players ended on Wednesday when the latter agreed to accept 10 percent of the participation fees from ICC and Asian Cricket Council (ACC) events.

The players had demanded 20 percent of the participation fees which Sri Lanka Cricket would not sanction.

The players were due to sign their central contracts by March 1 but the impasse dragged on for nearly two months.

A three-member committee appointed by Sri Lanka Cricket comprising treasurer Nuski Mohamed, CEO Ashley de Silva and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya held talks with Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews on Tuesday.

"After discussions, the committee in consultation with the office bearers of the SLC's Executive Committee, offered 10 percent of the participation fee from the ICC (International Cricket Council) and ACC events to the players which will be applied for the next five years and will be non-negotiable," said an SLC statement.

"The above offer was accepted by the players and they have agreed to sign the annual contracts in due course."

Sri Lanka travel to England early next month to play two tests, five one-dayers and a T20 international.


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Kohli has made a place for himself: Srinath

Written By kom nampultig on Selasa, 22 April 2014 | 21.25

NEW DELHI: Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath on Tuesday lauded Virat Kohli for creating a place for himself in Indian cricket.

Srinath, now an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, said Kohli is never compared to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.

"Virat has done exceptionally well for himself. He is such a great player. Nobody compares him with Sachin or Dravid. He has found his place in Indian cricket," said Srinath during an interaction at Gillete's Men of Inner Steel initiative.

Srinath's long-time partner Venkatesh Prasad said that legend Sunil Gavaskar, who is the interim chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is the real Man of Steel.

"I feel Mr. Gavaskar is the real Man of Steel. He has survived international cricket for 15 years and has faced some of the quicker bowlers without any helmet. He is a great leader and deserves to lead the BCCI," said Prasad.

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar, under whom Gavaskar made his Test debut, also concurred with Prasad and said that his teammate is the perfect role model.

"Sunny is a great role model. He is calm and composed and the perfect man to lead Indian cricket," he said.


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'Zaheer deserves 2015 WC parting shot'

NEW DELHI: Backing Zaheer Khan's inclusion in India's squad for the 2015 World Cup, former India pacer Javagal Srinath on Tuesday said the left-armer is an "automatic choice" for the tournament and should be given a parting shot if the speedster shows the passion to play.

"Zaheer is a top class bowler. If he has the desire, resolve and the strength to deliver, he is an automatic choice. One needs to dig deep and see whether Zaheer has that kind of passion to continue and if wants 2015 as a parting shot then he should be allowed to do that," said the ICC match referee on the sidelines of a Gillete Men of Steel Initiative event.

Srinath - the only Indian pacer to take 300 and more ODI wickets - was all praise for the current pack of paceman.

"Mohammad Shami is a good bowler. Even Bhuvneshwar Kumar is shaping up well. Ishant Sharma is looking to be back on track. He is bowling consistently well. He has shown tremendous improvement since his comeback a year ago," said the former Karnataka State Cricket Association secretary.

Srinath, who represented India for over a decade since the early nineties, said that T20 is a batsman's game but good bowlers will always make their presence felt.

"For a fast bowler it is important to see success in all formats of the game. The problem is that fast bowlers struggle in the T20 format and that benefit has gone to the batsmen. The disappointment is evident on the faces of pacers these days," said Srinath sharing the stage with Venkatesh Prasad and Ajit Wadekar.

Meanwhile Prasad, who was Srinath's bowling partner for most his cricket career, relived his 1996 World Cup memories against Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail.

Venky, as he is fondly called, cleaned up Sohail on the very next delivery after the left-hander had hit the Indian medium-pacer for a boundary and signalled to hit him one more time in the World Cup quarter-finals in Bangalore.

"I had also said something to Aamir after he shot some verbal volleys against me. But it was the rattle of the stumps that made history and I not only won the battle but also dented Sohail's career forever, said the former India bowling coach.

"It was also the turning point of Indo-Pak encounters. Earlier Pakistan always got the better of us but that incident and the win thereafter gave India the belief to win against their arch-rivals," chuckled Prasad.

Placed comfortably between the two medium-pacers, Wadekar was happy with the court's decision of appointing Sunil Gavaskar as interim BCCI chief during the course of IPL 7.

"Gavaskar has been a role model. He is an amazing leader and a true sportsman, who gave Indian cricket many wonderful moments. His integrity can never be questioned and we need people like him as caretakers of the modern game," said the former India skipper.

Wadekar, 73, also talked about the changing colour of modern cricket and how sledging was always a part of the game; only less visible due to the absence of television.

"Bowlers and batsmen always had a go against each other. That has been part of the game. But a line should not be crossed. We were all witness to sledging in our times but it used to go unnoticed as there were no or very few cameras around," concluded the ex-Indian manager.

The left-handed batsman played for India for over a decade, leading the team to historical wins in England (2-1 series win in 1972-73) and West Indies during the early 1970s.


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Kohli has made a place for himself: Srinath

NEW DELHI: Former fast bowler Javagal Srinath on Tuesday lauded Virat Kohli for creating a place for himself in Indian cricket.

Srinath, now an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, said Kohli is never compared to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar or Rahul Dravid.

"Virat has done exceptionally well for himself. He is such a great player. Nobody compares him with Sachin or Dravid. He has found his place in Indian cricket," said Srinath during an interaction at Gillete's Men of Inner Steel initiative.

Srinath's long-time partner Venkatesh Prasad said that legend Sunil Gavaskar, who is the interim chief of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is the real Man of Steel.

"I feel Mr. Gavaskar is the real Man of Steel. He has survived international cricket for 15 years and has faced some of the quicker bowlers without any helmet. He is a great leader and deserves to lead the BCCI," said Prasad.

Former India captain Ajit Wadekar, under whom Gavaskar made his Test debut, also concurred with Prasad and said that his teammate is the perfect role model.

"Sunny is a great role model. He is calm and composed and the perfect man to lead Indian cricket," he said.


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Yuvraj hates batting under pressure: Mother

SHARJAH: Shabnam Singh, mother of Yuvraj Singh, on Tuesday said his son hates to bat under pressure and relishes playing in a side which enjoys cricket and are relaxed.

"He is very happy to be picked up for RCB because cricket is all about enjoying and that's what the Royal Challengers Bangalore stand for. All the boys are really chilled out and that's where he wants to be because Yuvi hates to bat under pressure or anything," she said in an interview to RCB's official website.

Asked about her support to her son, Shabnam said, "Whenever he is down and out, it is best to leave him alone instead of pampering him. I try and make him realise that its just the part of the game and he will come out of it. It is a regular part of parent and child and every parent does that."

"It is very important to support the child. I don't think so I am different. Mothers are all about fussing over their son and fathers are very harsh. Usually, they are," she added.

Asked what challenges she faced from her son, Shabnam said Yuvraj was thrown out of every school he attended and most of the teachers expressed unhappiness over his performance in studies.

"I was called so many times to the school and they (teachers) said your child is not doing well, but eventually he decided that cricket was the one sport he wanted to play," she said.


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Patel should disclose if he is related to Shivlal: Pawar

Written By kom nampultig on Senin, 21 April 2014 | 21.25

MUMBAI: Former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar wants Justice JN Patel, who is part of a three-man probe panel set up by the Board to investigate the IPL corruption scandal, to come clean on his reported links with the body's interim president Shivlal Yadav.

He also deprecated the presence of former India captain Ravi Shastri on the inquiry committee, citing conflict of interest.

"I think Patel should definitely disclose if he is related to the BCCI's interim president Shivlal Yadav. If not, then BCCI should clarify and should not allow these type of discussions," Pawar said in an interview.

The names of the former Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court, Shastri and ex-CBI director RK Raghavan were approved by the Board members at an emergent working committee meeting here on Sunday.

Their names would be submitted for approval of the Supreme Court which is hearing the the IPL scandal, with the next hearing scheduled on Tuesday.

The SC had directed the BCCI at the last hearing on April 16 to suggest names of persons who will conduct a "fair probe" into the IPL 6 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The apex court is expected to consider the suggestion by the BCCI and pass orders on the future course of the probe.

"I don't know him (Patel) personally, but I think it is his duty to disclose if this news (information) is correct," Pawar said.

"This morning, I got a call from some BCCI member that there is a judge JN Patel. I know he was a very upright judge when he was here. He had taken very tough responsibilities and had performed very well.

"But the issue which I was not aware of. Somebody rang me up from Andhra Pradesh this morning, saying the BCCI's interim president Shivlal Yadav and Patel are close relatives. Brother-in-law or something like that. I don't know.

"If the news is correct, then the people will judge. Generally, I have seen many times (that) a judge, if there is some lawyer who is close to him is there, will immediately recuse himself from the case," Pawar said.

"I am sure that knowing fully well Justice Patel's reputation, he will not allow this type of a thing," he added.

Pawar, a former president of the International Cricket Council, also questioned the eligibility of Shastri to be a member of the probe panel because of the conflict of interest issue as the player-turned-commentator has got a financial contract with BCCI.

"Ravi Shastri is a good player. In fact, when I was BCCI chief (2005-08), we signed a contract with him and Sunil Gavaskar. So, he had a financial contract with BCCI. Now, someone says how can a person who has got a financial contract with BCCI, become part of an inquiry committee of BCCI chief," he said.

"I have no reservation about Shastri's integrity, his honesty. But definitely, anybody can raise the issue. And that is why, a sensible person will try to keep away from this (probe panel)."

Asked if Shastri should dissociate himself, Pawar said, "He has a financial contract (with BCCI). That is not the case with Patel."

On allegations against former IPL chief Lalit Modi and embattled BCCI chief N Srinivasan, who has been ordered by the SC to step aside when the IPL probe is on, Pawar said, "I don't think Modi has done any harm. Unfortunately, about Srinivasan, I haven't got any details. But whatever action has been taken recently was essentially taken by judiciary.

"It was the Supreme Court which said that 'A' should not be there and that 'B' should be there. There were certain complaints and judiciary felt that these complaints should be investigated," Pawar said.

Pawar talked in glowing terms about Srinivasan's predecessor Shashank Manohar, who was once part of the NCP chief's core team which overthrew Jagmohan Dalmiya from BCCI. Pawar called Manohar a good administrator.

"Manohar is a good administrator. He has no personal interest. His genuine interest is in the game. I accept that whatever he says will always be in the interest of the game. Manohar's performance as an administrator was in a very straight forward and transparent manner," he said.

Though bedevilled with myriad problems since its inception in 2008 when he was the BCCI chief, Pawar was upbeat about the future of the cash-rich IPL.

"I think IPL is doing well. I have not been able to follow it because of these elections. IPL is a product developed by India, by the BCCI when I was its president," Pawar said.

"IPL has been accepted by the global cricketing community and all cricketing countries are part of IPL, which is watched not only in India but outside too," he said, adding, "This is the great contribution of Indian cricket and BCCI."


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'I was disillusioned with happenings'

MUMBAI: Former BCCI chief Shashank Manohar is "disillusioned" with the proceedings of the Board's Emergent Working Committee meeting which he had attended as a representative of Vidarbha Cricket Association.

"I can't disclose what happened at the meeting. All I can say is I was disillusioned with the happenings. I had gone there with the purpose of cleaning up the image of the Board in public domain, but I was disillusioned," the 57-year-old Nagpur-based lawyer said.

Manohar was outvoted 14-1 at the meeting when hand count was taken for the nomination of RG Raghavan, ex-CBI director, as one of the three members of the panel that was formed (former cricketer Ravi Shastri and former chief justice of Kolkata high court RN Patel being the others) by the Working Committee to probe into the spot-fixing and betting scandal in the Indian Premier League as per the Supreme Court's directive.

Manohar had kept himself out of the BCCI matters after his term ended in 2011 and was succeeded by Srinivasan before attending his first meeting of the Board on Sunday.

The former BCCI chief had also opposed the name of Shastri because of conflict of interest as he's a Board-contracted TV commentator and IPL governing council member.

Prior to attending the meeting Manohar had lashed out at N Srinivasan, who has been forced to step aside as the Board president, saying the Tamil Nadu strongman was "shamelessly and stubbornly" sticking to his post.

Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of Srinivasan and alleged former team principal of IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, owned by India Cements in which Srinivasan is the MD cum vice chairman, had been named as one of the accused in the scandal by Mumbai police.

On April 16, the Supreme Court, at its last hearing of the case, said Srinivasan's name was the 13th in the enclosed list submitted along with its report by the apex-court appointed Justice Mudgal Committee, which had probed the scam.

The names of Shastri, Raghavan and Patel would be submitted for approval of the Supreme Court which is hearing the IPL scandal, with the next hearing scheduled on Tuesday.

The SC had directed the BCCI at the last hearing on April 16 to suggest names of persons who will conduct a "fair probe" into the IPL 6 spot-fixing and betting scandal.

The apex court is expected to consider the suggestion by the BCCI and pass orders on the future course of the probe.


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