• Injury is not an Indian phenomena, it is a world-wide thing. Yes, Indian players are over-worked as they don't get rest at all but some of them who play non-stop will need to take time off regularly to prolong their careers - Sanjay Manjrekar

    Did anybody say anything about burnout, overworked players or cramped schedules? Well, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is neither listening nor bothered until the money is coming and the sponsors remain happy. After the unwelcome result against New Zealand in the opening match of the tri-series, a concerned Indian team management decided to raise the issue to their masters on reducing the burden. With the World Cup not so far away and Champions League, Australia in India, New Zealand in India and India in South Africa in the middle, the workload issue needs to be carefully deliberated.

    One may argue about these chosen ones being professionals and all that, but you cannot discount that fact that they are only human beings and need

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  • Initially, it was tough to play with that feeling of insecurity. It's unfortunate. Sometimes, I think of how many runs I would probably have scored if had been given a free hand. But after 4-5 years of international cricket, I started dealing with it much better and now these things don't bother me - VVS Laxman

    Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman has been the main pillar of Indian cricket's 'fab four'. Doesn't it feel hard to imagine an Indian camp without Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS? We are still searching for 'the one' to fill in Sourav Ganguly's shoes since his retirement in October 2008.

    Last week my colleague Anirban Choudhury in his piece, For the Love of Dravid, poured his love about a few men in Indian team we hate to see fall. I could not agree to the fact less. VVS is one name frequently undermined and constantly under unsuitable pressure of proving himself over and over again. But you know what, he loves being in those situation - more importantly excels and forces

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  • I think everyone should just stop talking about the age factor - Sachin Tendulkar

    Going by the above quote, maestro Sachin Tendulkar seems to be clearly agitated by the questions thrown at him every time he is out for sessions with media. I just fail to understand the importance of such questions, linking age with performance, each time Sachin comes up with a special knock. With 48 centuries and 55 half-centuries in Tests and 46 tons and 93 fifties in One-Day Internationals, I don't think the term 'to prove' should be used with him.

    At 37, the veteran right-hander looks miles fitter than the Yuvraj Singhs and the others around him. You can count the amount of seriousness that goes in for such athleticism and hunger for more. Just be happy for the proud moments Tendlya has gifted us and leave alone the 300 wish. It will come when it will come.

    Say what you like, none of the world's sportsmen of the modern era face the same pressures of life in the fishbowl than does Tendulkar. Idol to a

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