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They got the Ashes, WTF have we got: Border Gavaskar Trophy?

by bored cricket crazy indians

The Ashes. Soaked in tradition, baked and fried in tradition, and then, a toast to tradition. If you were a doubting Thomas, you’d be canonised by the Ashes. Just because they’re called the Ashes.

You know the two teams. England and Australia. If anything, today, when they play each other, it doesn’t seem right to say they’re playing for the Ashes. Better if you said, they’re playing for crumbs.

Look at England. They have fight in them, when it comes to No. 10 and 11. Look at Australia, they whine. And can’t get No. 10 and 11 out for 11 overs. And then they whine some more.

Then you have India and Australia. It’s a dog fight. That too between two rabid dogs. And what are they playing for: The Border Gavaskar trophy.

That’s right: you ever heard a soldier saying to his Ma, “I’m going to battle, to fight for my country, to win the Border Gavaskar Trophy.”

No way. And now we’re talking about the death of test cricket.

We need a war cry, war paint, war!

A war waged to save test cricket and tell the world what matters – it’s not the Ashes. It’s not Australia South Africa. It’s not India Pakistan either, anyway, that’s not happening.

It’s India Australia, damn it.

It’s in you, it’s in me, and it’s in them.

Feel it. Feel it bad enough that you want to pull their eye balls out.

Feel it so f**king deep that you’ll lose it all to win the series.

What series? What will you call it?

Not the Border Gavaskar Trophy. That’s just etched on the silverware.

What’s tattooed on your heart, brother?


18 comments:

Som said...

TMK? Baap re! Oozing agression and sounding the war bugle. And the pix goes just perfect with it. Man, I'm getting goosebumps!

Homer said...

The BG Trophy has had its moment in the sun - between 1996 and 2004.

India Australia contests dont have the same edge anymore.

Cheers,

Indophile said...

come on yaar - there were only a dog and half a dozen people in Nagpur and Mohali to watch that extremely boring series. We keep on producing shitty pitches and expect people to come and hope to make it a great contest due to all the wrong reasons ( 2004 onwards). At least the English crowd cares in spite of their boring team and expensive tickets. I don't think any test series can be compared to Ashes when you judge the whole thing from an atmosphere and crowd interest point of view .Well we are happy with our occasional warm - up matches with our favorite neighbors.

Naked Cricket said...

Som, let's have some masti with test cricket. TMK is just that, and tests need some of that.

Naked Cricket said...

Homer, and that moment in the sun was largely because of Bhajji.

If the contests don't have the edge, then the marketing will have to add some edge - gotta start with a branding, a story, some roots - the roots are in TMK. A little ambush mktng never hurt anyone. The ICC can go on with their round table confs.

Naked Cricket said...

Indophile, I made it to Delhi and Mohali, so you're speaking to one of those half dozen.

Re the shitty pitches, that's what we got, so we make the most of it - but if we want change to come, we start somewhere - takes a spark man.

If test cricket is not even on the radar, you first gotta get it on the radar. (the other stuff follows)

As far as the Ashes goes, it's hype and tradition - Ind-Aus is just getn a taste of its own tradition, however crude and bent, it is still sharper.

You never know, the seeds for Ind-Aus test series could be sown here, on BCC! - in Teri Maa ki.

You all gotta pitch in, and believe.

straight point said...

cheers som...if you are over having your share of goosebumps...let us enlighten us with your take on renaming border-gavaskar trophy... :)

straight point said...

homer...

so you mean to say that currently india-oz together are even poor show than oz being paired with pathetic england...?

straight point said...

indophile...

just coz the numbers were not upto mark in grounds mean that we shouldn't play or better package test cricket in india...?

Homer said...

Yes SP.

Cheers,

straight point said...

and why you think that homer...can you please elaborate...?

Indophile said...

No SP, I was saying that we should create better pitches and the fact that our test series with Australia is not in the same league as Ashes from atmosphere and crowd interest point of view . But I am really surprised with low turnouts in last few years because I still remember the two series against Australia in late 1990's when Eden Garden to Wankhede was jam packed now even Wankhede is 50% occupied for most of the test matches.

straight point said...

hence more emphasis needed to do something about it...isn't it indophile...?

like re-branding the product better which cleary has potential...

Bhaskar Khaund said...

lets take this all the way , guys - from ashes to ashes , TMK to TMK ! lets develop it

Homer said...

SP,

Are you seriously telling me that this rabble that masquerades as the Australian cricket team is capable of giving India the kind of contests we witnessed between 1996 and 2004?

Cheers,

straight point said...

no homer...

what i am trying to say that while ashes being largely one-sided affair...can get the hype world over...

india-australia can offer far better cricket...attract more interest from fans and critics alike...if we properly brand it...

straight point said...

yes bhaskar...you never know it could just be the start...

Homer said...

Sp,

The Ashes is no longer an one sided affair -0 it is about two mediocre teams trying their best to out do each other. The theater is because everyone waits to see who screws up more.

And no, the BG series was a contest where each team raised their levels to beat the other. Not anymore.

Cheers,