Don’t blame the players, blame the board

Enough! The huge defeat of the no. 1 Cricket test team at the hands of the English side was enough humiliation for the players already. But think about it, the Indian team lost the match because they didn’t have the will to win? True that the Brits had a seemingly more fierce hunger for a win, but how did they go about it? By practising. Now don’t even start by saying that India had the best and most experienced players in Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman and Harbhajan. Experience is one thing, but you need constant practice to keep yourself upto that level, especially in tests. But where was that practice? And who is culpable for that? The players, who never got the time and chance to acclimatize themselves on foreign soil? No. It’s the board, of course, who truly deserves the blame.

On one hand, BCCI wants to fill their vaults with huge piles of cash, and at the same time wants its players to “switch” between different formats of the game within the matter of days. They even forgot that the Brits were going into the series with a big advantage at their side – home conditions. And given the Indians’ lack of ability to play the swing and short balls, what did the board do to correct that? If it could not arrange for west-like bouncy pitches in India itself (for simulation of foreign conditions), they could, at least, have arranged for more time for the Indian team to practise in England itself before the start of the series. Shame, a real shame that did not happen.

I bet the day when the board starts caring less about the money and more about the true spirit of the game, India will start winning matches, consistently.

Updates

I had been tweeting more than blogging these days. But anyway, I had been publishing what I want to say quite regularly.

Frustrated of getting tonnes of spam on the Granular Package Archive everyday, I finally fixed the issue today, once and for all. This had been a long time pending task. I did this by integrating reCaptcha.

Saw Toy Story last week. Loved it! My favorite dialog? – “To infinity and beyond”.

India’s Cricket tour of West Indies starts just three days from now.

I am missing Granular development a lot; hopefully I’ll be able to continue development within a week or so. Meanwhile, the artwork team (Granuminati) had been doing some great stuff.

Still reading The Fountainhead (by Ayn Rand) since months now. I am a sloooow reader when it comes to philosophy novels. Anyway, I have started with the part 3 of novel based on Gail Wynand.

Finally did the dreaded Drupal update for granularproject.org.

Power cuts here, in Punjab, are getting worse day-by-day. 7 hour cuts are a norm these days.

Quick Updates

The Downloads page here has been updated by new stuff, like a report-cum-seminar on Introduction to Linux – A beginner’s approach. I have also updated the Resume page with the latest version of my resume. Further updates have come in the Movies section too, with myself giving my views and reviews on the about the movies I watched recently – Ocean’s Twelve, Good Will Hunting, Rock On!!, Equilibrium and The Spiderwick Chronicles.

I am also working on improving the Jumbled Words game I prepared in Python some time ago.

The college is going fine but with tight schedules. Also, perheps, it’s time to change my modem as it has been giving my constant annoyances since more than two weeks and giving me hindrance in coming online. I am just frustrated due to it! πŸ™

Assignments from college are pouring in, and so are the little and big projects from the HOD and the Computer Center in my department in college.

Cricket season is off these days. I am waiting for the forthcoming Australia-India test series to begin.

I am finding the Cryptography subject, a part of my college curriculum, very interesting.

PC-BSD 7 has been released which is looking pretty interesting at the moment, though I have yet to try it out. A pretty software I tried out recently was Elisa (media center application), built entirely in Python. It’s a good app, though not fully functional yet and hosts quite some annoying bugs. But the aesthetics are pleasing.

Recent Happenings – II

Posting after about a month. So, what happened in the past one month with me? Read on….

  • In my Python learning quest, I have reached the most interesting and core part – OOP (Object Oriented Programming). Before that, I had been reading the functional programming part, which is also interesting in itself, but of course not as interesting as implementing classes πŸ˜‰ . You might be thinking why I am too slow in learning Python. That’s because of a simple reason that I get to read my Python book only when I get some time (which I rarely get in continuation).
  • Last month, I also created a Python based Jumbled Words game. It’s a GUI-based game which uses wxPython as the front-end. I have already prepared a setup file for this little game (for Windows) which I will be posting for download soon.
  • As a part of a college project, last week I was all too busy coding a light-weight Forum System (prepared in PHP and uses MySQL as the database backend). If you are interested in checking out how it looks like, visit: http://www.granularproject.org/sandbox/forum/. Currently, it doesn’t boast of many features, but at least provides all the basic functionality in a cool looking interface. And well, I don’t intend to introduce any more features in it. It is better left as it is!
  • On Granular development front, I had been slow since the last 2 weeks. But now, I intend to devote some good amount of planned time as the next Granular Linux release date is approaching soon.
  • The recently launched IPL (Indian Premier League) has been quite a success. I myself love watching it. the major matches are very addictive and high scoring. Gosh, due to IPL I am worried about my forthcoming end semester exams! πŸ˜‰
  • And did you remember I was reading Skipping Christmas by John Grisham? Well, I haven’t gotten any far in it yet. I am still there where I left it the last time I gave a mention of it. πŸ˜‰