Sunday, November 4, 2007

Whats in a name...

Australia and Sri Lanka will be playing for the "Warne-Murali Trophy", as it has recently been named. Both the boards have paid their tributes to the greatest spinners ever to play cricket.

Australia has a knack of naming their test series - They play the Windies for the "Frank-Worrell Trophy", India for the "Border-Gavasker Trophy", and England for the "Ashes". I think these names give a sense of belonging to the players, i.e. give them that extra inch of motivation probably to win the games and hence the series. Surely one would want to say "Hey, i won the Border-Gavaskar Trophy for my country" rather than saying "We won the pepsi cup".

I think all test playing nations should do this and name their test series to honour some of the great cricketers they have produced.

I just thought of some names - let me know what you think.

1) Imran-Kapil Trophy. Or maybe Miandad-Gavaskar. Why a Pak-Ind test series doesn't have a name already is anyone's guess. Maybe "Imran-Kapil" for the ODI series, and "Miandad-Gavaskar" for the tests.

2) The McGrath-Pollock trophy or rather The Keppler Wessels Trophy - he played for both!

3) The Lara-Sachin Trophy. That would be the ultimate.

4) A Botham-Imran Trophy and Botham-Kapil trophy would be killers!

5) The Sobers-Hanif Trophy.

I'm sure you guys can think of many more.

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  1. Ottayan said...
     

    "I think all test playing nations should do this and name their test series to honour some of the great cricketers they have produced."

    Good suggestion Q.

    I think the cricket boards should take notice of your suggestion.

  2. Q said...
     

    Thank Ottayan - I dont know abt the others but an Indo-Pak Series definitely deserves a name.

  3. obaid said...
     

    Good point Q, all the best sporting trophies in the world have a name. If you look at NFL football in the US, it is given out every year. However, "Lombardi" trophy resonates powerfully. Its and its shape are powerful symbols

    I think it should be the same in cricket as you point out. Special rivalries should have special trophies (same shape) with names that honor legends. I also think that the players of the tournament should have their names inscribed on the trophy as an added honor

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