Thats what the Indian team might be feeling like right now.
MSD has said there is no point blaming schedule, but seriously it beats me. The BCCI can surely do better than give DICTAT to MSD and the commentator’s to not blame the scheduling.
This is what we all knew where we are to be tested, everyone knows we are flat track bullies, but Australia / South Africa where the bounce is where we have to prove ourselves. England / New Zealand to a certain extent. Amazingly, year after year, we talk of less preparation and yet year after year, the schedule is the same. 4 days into a country they are thrown in to the wolves.
It was painful to watch the top order having no clue how to cope. Whilst you saw that things could become easier as you spent more time, it must have been a great blow to their ego’s.
This very thing could have been managed in two Warm up ODI matches without the glare of the camera and the spot light. A good 3-4 nets and atleast two warm up matches is what would have atleast given them a reasonable chance.
It is quite ridiculous that everyone keep’s saying MSD as captain has nothing left to achieve. If India really want to be counted as a top cricket playing nation in all conditions it will have to seriously look at changing their attitude to this.
For the record MSD or for that matter any Indian captain has never won a Test Cricket Series in South Africa or Australia. We have not managed a series victory in South Africa in ODI’s as well. MSD as a captain in Australia and England has a record of 4-0 in both nations in Test Cricket, I am sure he would like to change that stat.
As a cricket lover and follower of Indian cricket it hurts and aches. What I want more than anyone is our Board provide our players a fair chance first.
You cannot play on pitches that bounce waist high to pitches that fly by your ears in 4 days without any significant practice, let alone no practice matches.
As the tour progresses you will notice Indian batsmen get to grips and start looking comfortable, however, the problem is by the time they will get used to the conditions, the tour will be over.
This is surely not how you plan to prepare to play or win in places where you have historically always done badly. Unless there is clear priority that is set to India winning outside the sub-continent the board must use it’s dollar’s to actually enable the team to spend more days in these countries preparing and playing more practice matches before they enter the arena of international matches.
Anyone who has played serious cricket will tell you its a hell lot easier adjusting to bounce that becomes lower than when it becomes higher, one of the reasons why we struggle more when we travel and the Australian’s and South African’s don’t.
The BCCI must recognize that in a clash of ego’s of the administrator’s they are now not only losing out on opportunities to win in these places, but also showing that our player’s are actually inefficient instead of providing them a level playing field.
I am quite sure the tour only gets better from here, but seriously the board can avoid this pain every time we travel. It require’s no Einstein to figure this out.
For the African Safari to start.
Yes, its a short tour, but it won’t be any short on the competition. The Proteas will be out to get us, we will have to play out of our skins to keep our pride intact or come back with bruised ego’s and can’t play on fast pitches adage.
The crowd maybe nasty with the team as well as they have been robbed of a long series and the way they can get back to our cricket administrators is via the players.
Steyn – Dhawan
Morkel – Kohli
Ashwin – De Villiers
Philander – Rohit
Amla – Pujara
Zak – Smith
Boy… this is going to be one heck of a short series and I promise to cover it here!
Have you ever sat on top of an open van?
Felt the strong gust of air in your face??
Let your hair flying lose as the vehicle roared ahead?!
Having experienced this feeling quite a few times, I must tell you there is a unique fun in doing it. Its simple pure fun! Whilst on our way to the beach in Mandvi, we spotted these girls sitting carefree and chit chatting, eventually I told my wife to grab the camera and click them. Whilst most were kind to smile and laugh at us to take the picture there is this one shy girl who has covered her face by her handkerchief! There is this older lady there who has an elephant sized nose ring as my wife noticed! and the kids… as you can see them… busy feeling the wind!
Yes, I am from the west, actually! No wonder that line used to be a synonym of the word cool or hep!
However, I must confess, this is my first trip to my gaon, having taken birth in Mumbai and brought up in Mumbai, Jamnagar, Bharuch I actually had very little connect with my western native. The fact that my father has also not been to Kutch till date means very little connection realistically speaking. In my heart I will always belong to Bharuch and yet this connection beckoned. I wanted to see the place my ancestors hail from. A lot of the Kutchi’s have spread far and wide across the country establishing themselves in business’ largely and jobs to certain extent. I guess the fact that the place is not that fertile the people were perhaps forced to seek greener pasture’s but the fact that actually stumped me all through my visit to this place was how green it was, perhaps, the fact that I went there with an image in mind that it must be brown yellow dusty place it surprised me even more. Take a look at the picture of my village (interesting how it becomes my village so naturally)
This take from the top of the Jain Derasar in the village show’s no trace of any dry area. Albeit, that Jakhau is quite near to the sea, infact in ancient times this used to be a very famous port. When I studied Parsi history I also came to know that the Parsi’s first touched base in India at Jakhau Bandar(Port) and there are old stories that very fair god’s came by ship to Jakhau! Oh I love such stories I tell you!
The village has no pucca road’s and has dusty narrow street’s full of peacock’s by the way! There were quite a few peacock’s always running to safety. It was great to bring my wife and son along with mom to this place, my mother’s family house is still intact, where as my dad’s family land is something that me and my cousin sister have made a pact to one day find out and claim it between us!
Apparently, a long long time back, when my mom’s grand parents used to live here our Kul Devta (family god) appeared in the kitchen when some wall broke and a statue appeared. Now that is how the story has been told to me and that is what I am telling you. They have a small temple cabinet there. Once my Mama(maternal uncle) wanted to get a proper construction around the God done and get proper marble temple made but the god came in the body of a Bhua ( folks who get spirits in their body and answer your questions about your future and confusions ) told him to not show them his money and to leave them as they are!!! So till date they stay unmoved and no other construction is done there.
I have heard a lot of stories about spirits entering bodies of people, apparently it is more popularly believed in these parts. I will say it all adds a touch of mystique to the whole story and I kinda like that. So it stay’s as they tell me. A non-believer I remain, however, its none of my business to change anything here. Here is a picture of the ancestral house
The highlight of the village is the Jain temple here which unlike most Jain temples which are completely white this one is a coloured version, whilst inside the temple photograph’s are not allowed, they did permit to click pictures of the walls outside.
The village also has a lovely lake that had birds about, but it was late evening by the time I reached the lake and hence poor light to shoot birds. However, these kids were happy to pose in front of the lake.
Last but not the least was the dinner at the Bhojanshala (Dining room in the Dharamshala) was super awesome. I have not eaten Baajri(Pearl Millet) ka Rotla that was this sweet ever, not coz it was my village but seriously I have eaten Bajri ka rotla at tonnes of places, however, this one was in a league of its own. We had the yummiest of Baajri Ka Rotla, Choli(green beans) ka subzi, Khichdi and Kadhi ever for dinner at 6pm before we left for our hotel in Bhuj. Yup Jain Dharamshala’s don’t serve food after sunset.
The visit was short and crisp, although I would once again like to go back and stay in Jakhau for more than a day and probably mingle more with the local’s here. I left the place with a full stomach and an image of my village in my head which is clearer now.
O' Kite of the sky
me wonders why
you stay away
up and away
lemme tell ya
losing are ya
have not wiser old kites told ya...
its good to keep your feet on the ground ya...
lets be friends ya
and I'll frame ya
He retorts :
O' hitchy of the blog world
I was told by young and old…
Whenever you go to Kutch you cannot miss the hundred’s of Jain temples, built mostly by the community’s business folk who have spread far and across through the country. There are just way too many beautifully made ‘Derasar’s’ (jain temple’s) in the most unlikely and small villages. It was a shock to see wonderfully made temple’s and dharamshala’s with all modern amenities in villages that did not even have a pakka road. Apart from providing lodging and boarding to tourists and pilgrims they also boast of some wonderful craftsmanship as you can see above.
Generally most of the artisan’s who make these beautiful carvings in Gujarat and in return earn a living are from Rajasthan, perhaps, carving marble is a speciality of their’s. This time though on our way to Nakhatrana we stopped at a Derasar in Deshalpar which was on the highway I found out some carver’s at work and managed to speak to a couple of them.
The hard working folks had carved quite a few things that were quite pretty!
Amazingly, these fellow’s have been working in Kutch for the past 7 years and they are from Orissa of all places!! They have constructed quite a few temples and have orders for another year. They also told me there were many teams from Orissa who were working here. In many way this brings smiles on my face as I love the mingling of different people from different races. This fellow also told me he loved “Dabeli.” In many ways this mingling of different cultures is the essence of true India!
That is the fellow who has carved out a statue of Goddess Padmavati. I can’t help but think whether God is the creator or are these folks the creator’s of God. You might want to call them sculptor’s but to my mind they have given the God of our imagination a figure and hence they are the creator’s in my eyes! Without malice to anyone!
Until a while back I used to loathe visiting old palaces, sometimes they are not well kept plus they used to somehow give me a pretty sad feeling as I could only see the glory days gone and the ruins that remained. However, off late, the palaces of Udaipur and the way they were maintained and well kept and guides telling interesting tales have made me change my view and I actually look forward to visiting palaces and view how the people in the past lived, the architecture now keeps me intrigued and the way how people in those times went about for their comforts has been taking more prominence in my mind. The way the Royalties treated themselves is seriously worth envying I tell ya!
Here are a few pictures of the Vijay Vilas Palace of Mandvi in Kutch. Amazingly this palace is in the middle of immense greenery considering the popular perception we have in our minds for Kutch!
The window’s of the palace were artistic and looked so inviting to stand at them and just look out at the green expanses outside. The palace at 12 in the afternoon was quite pleasant and I think that can be attributed to the way the palaces in those times used to be built. Wonder if the engineering and architecture has actually progressed or gone down now that we cannot keep our houses cool without AC’s!
The Sitting room or the verandah sit-out’s of this palace.
They had an Elevator in that era! Imagine!! I surely was fascinated!
I am sure this last image probably springs to your mind immediately, most of you would have seen this palace in the movie Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam by SLB.
When in Mandvi this palace is a place to visit, small and neatly kept, it is thronged by tourists. Alongside they have a private beach resort which is said to be quite good, however, when we reached it was full and they were not serving lunch to outsiders and hence I could not access it. They say it has a very pretty beach and its a very nice place to relax!
The Palace might also remind you of the movie Lagaan!