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  1. Wow amazing memory. TV came to Bangalore only in 1981 and I started listening to radio commentary in 1979, so missed much of the famed spin quartet except for local matches. Think Engineer was slightly before Vengsarkar if I am not mistaken. Kirmani used to keep. Around this time there was also Eknath solkar who was known for close in fielding, Ghavri. Kapil Dev came little later. Chandra must be one of the very few cricketers who has taken more wickets than scored runs. Interesting bit about him which you would know.. He would bowl right handed but throw left handed as his right arm had very little strength due to being afflicted with polio.
  2. Yeah, for a long time India were unbeaten in hockey but things changed a lot over the years. Last gold we won ws in Moscow back in 1980,so even a bronze would be a great achievement now.
  3. China is leading the medals tally. United States will probably take over once swimming and athletics start. India won a silver today in women's weightlifting. Here every medal, be it even a bronze is celebrated. Unfortunately unlike covid,this is one leader board that we will not be at the top.
  4. Well T20 gets over in about 3 hours. Test cricket can go upto 5 days as we love it so much and don't want it to end. Was watching an interview of one of Bangalore's earliest sporting heroes, GR. Vishwanath who was the Indian cricket captain for a short while in 1980. Those days cricketers had to have alternate jobs as cricket did not pay much unlike today. Apparently back then they were payed per day and it was about Rs 150 per day for a test match. Guess it translates to little less than 20 USD per day. If the match was over in 3 or 4 days they wouldnt be paid for the days not played, so Vishy was joking that their endeavour was take it to 5 days, even if its for one over so they get paid.
  5. While on reserves.. India`s B team are up 2- 0 against Sri Lanka in the 3 match ODI series. In the first match, India chased 260 plus in just 36 overs and in the second thanks to a 8th wicket partnership of over 80, we came back from behind.. It seems that the second string team guys play with greater intent as most of these guys have played for the national team. Even in Australia, feel the victory there was due to the fact that most guys were very new, no pressure and a burning desire to show that they belong there. Having Rahul Dravid as the coach also helps.
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    I just wish he had played one season for any English club so all the doubters would just shut up. Have this argument all the time at home with my brother n cousin who both prefer Ronaldo and say Messi never played in the toughest or most physical league. But then as Leogatz has mentioned earlier, at his age if he did not play at his level it would give them more ammo. Never mind the fact that he has run circles around English sides in the past. Another thing which I get to hear is that Messi had a great team with him unlike Maradona who single handedly made Napoli a great team.
  7. Is there anyone now who can stop Djokovic. Manages to raise his game almost every single time. He will end up with more slams than anyone but I just feel that somehow he will never get the same respect as Federer. A bit like Lendl who probably had a more impressive record than most but all we heard back then was McEnroe and Connors and then Becker before Sampras and Agassi came along.
  8. Sad that the 3 guys are now subjected to racial abuse. They will already be gutted for missing the penalties and now have to endure this nonsense. Saka is what 19? Hope it does not scar him and instead makes him tougher.
  9. I don't follow the game nor do I know as much as you folks but how common is this subbing people straight for penalties? Does it happen often. Remember the great Zico missing one in 86 when he was on the pitch for hardly a minute and this played a huge part in the match going to penalty shoot out where Brazil eventually lost.When there was a bit of backlash as to why he took, many years later he clarified that he was caught in a fix. Damned as he took it though not being ready and damned if he had not taken and has someone else missed as how could he allow another player to take while he was on the pitch. He did score on the shoot out and Socrates missed but not many remember that. Remember watching this live with brother and uncles and being gutted as back then Argentina and Brazil were the overwhelming favourites here and Zico along Maradona were my favourites. In fact my golden retriever who passed away a couple of years back was named Zico. Nice touch towards the end with Platini and Zico
  10. Missed quite a bit of it and woke up in the second half. It's Monday and got a packed day of virtual meetings . Hope I don't dose off, particularly when I will be just required to be there with little or no contribution. Euro is next only to world cup so its worth losing sleep.
  11. Tough luck England and all you English folks.
  12. Yup.. It is that long. Google just told me that Bruce look alike was Del Piero. Never realised that, though I had seen him on TV
  13. Scillaci was 90 right? If I remember Italy got knocked out by Argentina in a penalty shoot out. Maradona and Argentina were nothing like 86 but still made it to the finals. Can't remember the guy who looked like Bruce.
  14. Given the fanatical following Bruce has in Italy, I assumed that there would be a fair bit of Italians here but I don't see any Italian posting here. For some reason never been a big fan of Italy, maybe because in the first ever world cup I saw in 82,they knocked out Brazil, arguably the greatest team ever or at least the most beautiful team to watch. Liked Baggio though. Italy would have probably been the slight favourites but considering its being played in Wembley, the crowd may tilt this in England's favour. My money would be on a 2-1 in England's favour in extra time. Considering it will get over at around 2.30 Am or so India time, don't think I will be up to watch the ending though.
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    Copa America

    Finally the monkey off his back. All those who constantly questioned his ability for the sole reason he had not won a major title for Argentina can now take a walk.
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