Tuesday, November 03, 2009

CRICKET REPORTING OR FORECASTING?

It came as a total surprise that the cricket correspondent of The New Indian Express is also someone having the ability to see the future.Writing in the Bhubaneswar edition and also on the net edition dated 3-11-09 under the headline 'INJURIES ROB SERIES OF SOME OF SPARK', Sandip G says "Doug Bollinger debuted impressively on a slow track in Delhi but was sized out in Mohali".

There are certain things that need some clarification.

1.Bollinger is a left-arm fast bowler who has been brought up on the hard and bouncy wickets of Australia. In that case he should have been uncomfortable with the 'slow' wicket of Delhi.

2.The Indians fielded first after winning the toss in Mohali. It was a day-night game and the newspaper could only include the first 50 overs when the Aussies batted and the Indians fielded.By the time the story of Sandip G was filed, Bollinger did not have a bowl in Mohali.However, when he actually bowled, Bollinger was not 'sized out' . In fact, the left-armer 'sized-up' with figures of 3 for 38 as the Indians could not chase down 251.

Wonder how such pathetic reporting finds place in a newspaper that speaks of quality!



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