Thursday, December 17, 2009

Pathetic – Kerala Cricket Team

I am following the Ranji Trophy in general and Kerala cricket team in particular for more than 20 odd years, thanks to my proximity to Kerala Agricultural University ground, which was less than 500 meters away from my house. That was the only ground that Kerala team used to practice and play those days. So from school days I am following the Kerala cricket team and even now I follow judiciously all the matches involving Kerala cricket team.

Kerala was never a great team but was always an average team. There were some good players like KN Ananthapadbhanabhan and Ramprakash who were really unlucky, never to have played for India. Few times in the nineties Kerala has reached the knock-out stage of the Ranji Trophy (during the old format) and in the new format reached Elite group once and almost all these years reached at least up to the semifinals of the Plate group.

Performance of the Kerala Cricket Team this year was pitiable. They finished last in the Plate group. The Plate group itself is the second division and coming last in that means Kerala cricket team is the worst team in India! The teams from states like Assam, Tripura, Goa, Jharkhand where cricket infrastructure is less compared to Kerala finished way ahead of Kerala.

Just look at these statistics to understand the senseless performance of the Kerala cricket team.

Total Runs Scored: 848

Total Runs Conceded: 1451

Not a single batsman scoring a century

Just 2 batsman scoring half century

Batsman with average greater than 30 – JUST ONE

Just two batsmen scored more than 100 runs in the whole season while none crossed 200 runs.

Just one bowler to take more than 10 wickets in the entire season

Second highest wicket taker has total of 5 wickets to his credit

Finished last with just 2 points

Recently at a function in Thalasery, Kerala the chief selector of the Indian cricket team K Srikanth was mentioning that more players from Kerala will soon start playing for India. If the performance of the Kerala cricket team this season is any indicator then Kerala may have to wait for a long time to see another Sreesanth playing for India. It is time for the cricket bosses in Kerala to take some drastic action to put the Kerala cricket back to right track.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kerala is not interested with the idotic game cricket. They are best at all games ( Football, Volleyball, etc)

December 17, 2009 3:33 PM  
Blogger nryn said...

I was optimistic when Kerala started losing first in this season. Things could improve. But after a while I was shell shocked. I have heard a lot about the batting prowess of guys like Rohan Prem and none of it was at sight! Truly pathetic performance.

December 17, 2009 5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am pretty sure about the political and official involvement for team selection. One of my friend was in selection committee for under 19 Trivandrum team long time back. He mentioned me that they got the instruction from top that select only 6 genuine players, rest of them are already selected by officials. Don’t expect an another sri santh from kerala. Because, sri santh was in Banglore in his starting.

December 19, 2009 7:03 AM  
Blogger said...

Very bad state of affairs. The inside story can well be read by the way Mr.Sreesanth has been handled by Kerala cricket association when he was out of Indian team. Was really sad to see how these fellows, who never conducts any press conference was seen conducting press conferences to malign the bowler who already was maligned because of his immaturish behaviour.

How many times have we read in newspaper about the shoddy treatment given to the players when they embark for an out of station tournament. The shameless officials are never affected by all these critisism and they will ensure high class facilities for them and their family. These people just want to make their life easy and make hay when sun shines. The corruption at the top level has now become a system, so much that any one person trying to do something good will soon be the joker in the pack and will be send packing. So there seems to be no escape route to the current condition.

December 19, 2009 11:29 AM  
Blogger thomasmathew said...

sir i want play in kerala team....... what i do? is ma email id

November 08, 2011 6:44 AM  

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