India Diaries – 4th Umpire

During the course of the cricket match telecast match between India and Sri Lanka, they have this program called 4th Umpire, where there is a lady (don’t know the name) who talks with Mohinder Amarnath and Kris Srikanth on the game, the strategies, the policies, the decisions etc. Although these are good things to discuss, I believe that you can get all this information in TVs, magazines, web sites etc. It is ok to discuss it once in a while but the discussions are always stereotype and some of the questions are plain stupid. For example, what is the use of asking “Mohinder, do you think that SL will want to win this Test?”!!! The answer is so obvious – any team, any game, any part of the world will want to win ALWAYS! – whether they are 1-0 up or 10-0 up, they will still want to win. So, it is imperative that SL will be wanting to win this game. So, it is no point asking this question just to fill up the time and torture the audience. There are so facets to a cricketing game how should Murali bowl to the right handers, why does Yuvraj struggle against spin, why does Gambhir always get out LBW etc. Answers to these questions will only help the audience to understand the game better and also make them more interested in it and groom the youngsters better so that they become better cricketers in their lives.

Wish they did something about the quality of this program.

Cheers,
Thyaga

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    Let me tell you one thing: – The lady you were referring to was Anjum Chopra, the ex-Captain of the Indian women’s cricket team. She still plays for the country. Despite those foolish questions, she was very wise in her observations on most occasions and even got some compliments for it from the others in the panel.

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  5. I have come accross Anjum Chopra’s profile on cricinfo and at 29 shes still got what it takes to be the leader in the Indian side. If not the most senior person in the side. I really don’t know at what age woman retire from cricket. Here in SA we do not follow this form of the game. Being an Indian myself, i was facinated at the way the Indian woman played the game, Indian woman are known to excel hockey. Anjum should actully be reconsidered for Captaincy.

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