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    Sunil Gavaskar - The world's first bionic man

    Sunil Gavaskar, the former Indian captain, has said he is shocked that players are complaining about the packed schedule while adding that the hard grind came with the honour of representing one's country.
    "I can't see the problem, these players are turning out for their countries, it's an honour to represent your country," Gavaskar said on a television programme. "I would be willing to sweat 365 days in a year for India. Those who can't stand the heat should stay out."
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    What he says might be true in theory but the relentless schedule is causing tiredness and injury on a regular basis, in fact some of the injuries are probably down to too much wear and tear in too short a time. If I go to watch international sport I want to see the best players at the peak of their game, not half a team missing through injury or fatigue.

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    Like he sweated blood in this game?

    How on earth do you score one boundary in 60 overs?

    Answer - edged through the slips
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    Whilst the knock was a disgrace, one does have to respect (weird term to use, maybe appreciate is better) the sheer volume of patience it must have taken to bat in such a selfish and boring way. I mean that honestly goes beyond anything I have ever read about.

    If Sunil could do that, he could escape from Shawshank prison.
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    I find that innings hilarious. Just as I did reading about the umpires giving players out for playing the sweep shot, whether or not the ball was hitting the stumps, years ago - "That is an ugly and unnessesary stroke young man, out!". Brilliant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Whilst the knock was a disgrace, one does have to respect (weird term to use, maybe appreciate is better) the sheer volume of patience it must have taken to bat in such a selfish and boring way. I mean that honestly goes beyond anything I have ever read about.

    If Sunil could do that, he could escape from Shawshank prison.
    Hmmm, gives me an idea for a monologue...

    Like I said. In cricket, a man'll do
    most anything to keep his mind
    occupied...

    I guess after test cricket was almost killed,
    Sunil decided he'd been batting for not quite long enough...

    Sunil did like he was told. Batted pretty much solely for time...

    The fielders simply didn't notice....
    Neither did I. I mean, seriously,
    how often do you really look at a
    man's strikerate?

    Sunil crawled to boredom through
    more than fifty overs of bad-looking
    foulness I can't even imagine. Or
    maybe I just don't want to....

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    Reminds me of a poem, whose ending is "An Englishman's crease is his castle - and I'll stay here as long as I choose".

    No idea who wrote it, the poem was published in "A Cricketer's Companion", published in the 1950's and with a foreword by John Arlott.

    I can't find my copy but AMZ has one, I believe - perhaps he can add more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    Hmmm, gives me an idea for a monologue...
    LMAO!

    That was genius Voltman, genius.

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    Unfortunately, I saw the game.

    Andy would have crawled the 500 poo-filled yards straight back into Shawshank in a flash if the tunnel had emerged at Lord's on that fateful day.

    (Nice monologue, Volty, but it doesn't truly do justice to the full horror of Gavaskar's innings).

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    The workload is not the problem. The incessant travelling is.

    If you add up the physical aspect of the game (ie, how many days you are spending in the middle), you'd find that players back then played more days of cricket/year than players today do- especially the ones who also played county cricket.

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    I don't get it, why would Sunil play like that when India hadn't won a game that series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Voltman
    Hmmm, gives me an idea for a monologue...
    Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson
    "I can't see the problem, these players are turning out for their countries, it's an honour to represent your country," Gavaskar said on a television programme. "I would be willing to sweat 365 days in a year for India. Those who can't stand the heat should stay out."
    It's easy for SunnyG to talk, he played in an era where they used to have rest day in tests. Players are not machines and there definately is too much cricket now. sunnyG with his fitness regime wouldn't last a month in this kinda schedule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanz
    It's easy for SunnyG to talk, he played in an era where they used to have rest day in tests. Players are not machines and there definately is too much cricket now. sunnyG with his fitness regime wouldn't last a month in this kinda schedule.
    Ehhh ???
    How is Sehwag lasting in today's schedule ? How is Inzy or Warne lasting ?

    I really dont think there is too much cricket being played by players of these days.
    If you add up the FC games and International games, you'd find that almost everyone in the 70s and 80s who played county cricket extensively logged in more days/year playing cricket than players today do. I think whats causing the burnout though, isnt the volume of cricket but continuous jet-setting around the globe. When you keep losing hours and gaining hours at the drop of a hat, spend your whole playing career struggling with jetlag and substandard meals, your immune system is gonna break down and make you more vulnerable to injuries and illnesses.
    Instead of cutting down on the playing time, I think ICC needs to do two things :

    1. Designate a 2 month-long 'off season' where there is no cricket of any form ( this does present logistictal nightmares though - it would be hard to find a time of the year where all countries would agree to stop playing cricket for a month or two)

    2. Abandon these 2-3 match test series and ODIs over dozens of destinations for 4-5 match test series and ODIs played in repeat venues in atleast a third of the ODI cases. For eg, the BCCI, instead of strewing every single series all over the subcontinent should try to keep the venues for the ODIs close to each other and shift regions with series ( ie, for eg, one series sees ODIs at Delhi,Kanpur, Chandigarh,Gwalior, the next series is something like Baroda,Nagpur,Mumbai,Goa, the next at Kolkata-Ranchi-Cuttak-Guwahati , etc etc).

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    I think Gavaskar was playing for a draw in that one day game.

    And as for batting that way because he considered the target unachievable? Thats a load of crap, if you aren't going to give it an effort, don't go onto the field.

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    I don't know how the Indians feel about Sunil but, to me at least, he comes off very arrogant. In the Bangladesh V Australia tests, whenever he and Wasim are next to each other...Wasim seems much more humble. Sunil seems dismissive and reluctantly agrees on certain issues, but gives you the hint that he thinks you're wrong and he's right.

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