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Sab's world


hats off to vinod for spending his valuable time preparing this report on the first of the 3 match series we played. read on .. and feel free to comment !

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The venue: Dutch square cricket ground.
The day: July 08, 2006.
The event: Much awaited cricket match between Kerala Veterans versus Rest of India (ROI) oldies.

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, the much awaited cricket match got under way. The veteran leading Kerala was none other Sabari, who because of old age bowls only gentle pace (according to Geff Boycott’s words “Even my mum can hit thoose”). On the other side, the team of ROI was led by another young OLD man by the name of Veesra (Venu).

Veesra won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch that looked hard and dry. It looked full of runs till the ROI batsman made a fuss about it. The odd ball did spring a trick or two, but again, aren’t cricketers supposed to cope up with such deliveries especially at this level?

ROI opened their innings by sending Ravi and Sukumar. This decision of Veesra surprised many as the famed ROI batting was supposed to come out with all guns blazing. Veesra probably thought of sending the inexperienced batsmen to guage the nature of the pitch. The move paid rich dividends. However, Sabari made a clever change by safeguarding his best bowlers for the remaining of ROI batsmen. He introduced Santosh who bowls gentle off-spinner. But the accuracy of Santosh was too much for the ROI openers.

Sabari sprung another surprise; the unheard and uncapped Sashi was introduced. Albeit the action of Sashi can best be described a chucker who bowls occasionally a good one, he was impeccable with line. The length was the interesting point. Some of Sashi’s deliveries were just shooters. The pitch had a lot of dust, which made the bounce uneven. The openers vanished after having a torrid time. Deepak Verma who came back after retirement showed some signs of brilliance by dabbing the ball in gaps for singles. At the 6th over mark ROI had barely 24 runs for the loss of one wicket.

Ravi soon perished, which brought the ever under-achieving “Tall Muru” to the increase. For a change, (thanks to the stern words of team management consisting of captain Veesra and Vinod), Muru nudged ahead with singles and two’s. Deepak’s wicket brought in Vinod on whose shoulders captain Veesra was banking for a decent score. But Vinod on this particular day was finding the situation difficult. Although, there was no boundary between Vinod and Muru, they had moved the score to 47 runs at the end of 9 overs.

In a lapse of concentration, Muru stood his ground stranded well outside the runner’s end. In came another stalwart “Thiagu”. A good example of lack of stamina was presented when Thiagu couldn’t make it to the crease for a third run. In the same over, the variable bounce got the better of Vinod. Veesra and Sudhakar tried to keep the score board moving but in vain. ROI folded their innings with a mere total of 88 runs.

Kerala Veterans Innings:

With little less than 5 runs required per over, the veterans started with Jobin and Bhavin (one of the younger players). Muru started the proceeding in the bowling department for ROI. Captain Veesra had his field well spread out.

Just as anticipated a straight catch was offered to long-off by Bhavin. But it was a case of “so near yet so far” for ROI. The fielder didn’t move an inch and what could be an easy catch went a begging. The second over, Jobin cut a short ball outside off again straight to the fielder at cover boundary. Had the fielder made slight adjustments and moved couple of yards back, it would have been easy. As said by someone great, “ROI had just dropped the match”.

The third over from Muru was more close to the normal proceeding where by 11 wides were conceded. Kerala veterans never looked back. Within 7 overs they had scored 47 runs without losing a single wicket. Veesra desperately looking for a break introduced Sunil and Deepak. The two in tandem bowled superbly and did what was expected out of the front-line bowlers like Muru, Veesra and others.

In the meantime, with little bit of overconfidence, Kerala veterans started to hit as if they wanted to finish the proceeding within 10 overs. With some good catching in the deep by Muru and others, 4 quick wickets fell and suddenly the match got interesting. But Sashi, Baiju and others came to the party and knocked the required runs in 14.3 overs. Thus, ending the misery of the ROI players.

With this win the Kerala veterans have ensured a close and interesting battle for the supremacy in Columbian Cricket. ROI has to go back to the boardroom and figure out strategy to counter Kerala veterans. In the meantime Kerala veterans might do good by looking to strengthening the batting order and better fielding performance.

There will definitely be lot of changes in ROI team, whether the Kerala veterans strengthen their batting or bowling needs to seen.

See you on 15th July for yet another interesting battle ..

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