View Full Version : Rafique's open letter to Murali: Utpal Shubhro

March 3, 2006, 06:23 PM
Yet another classic from Utpal from today's Prothom Alo "Thirdman" column. It portrayed a vivid picture of how unlucky our Rafique was even when he got all the potentials and talent to be the world's best slow left arm spinner. The imaginatory letter from Utpal has almost brought tear in my eyes. Wish somebody would translate it into english for our non-bangladeshi members. Below is the link:
Prothom Alo (http://www.prothom-alo.net/v1/newhtmlnews1/category.php?CategoryID=9&Date=2006-03-04)

March 3, 2006, 07:41 PM
US would have been a good romantic story writer. he uses so much imotion in his writing, no one else ever used in sports. somehow, i like it.

March 3, 2006, 08:55 PM
Of course its great piece of writing from US. It says lot about Rafiq, what he did, what he could have done!

Rafiq is very hardworker, I wonder how could our selectors labeled him as a ODI bowler?

March 3, 2006, 09:03 PM
one of the best from utpal shuvro :up:

March 3, 2006, 09:09 PM
He should start writing scripts for movies.

March 3, 2006, 09:26 PM
It was a psedo-melo dramatic poetry best suited for Janakantha-Inqilab type print media. Absolutely for a 12 year old school girl... The only thing I took from that cheap sentimental writing was,, Rafique struggles hard to get wickets,, others dont have to.

This in other words, supports the idea that Bangladeshi Batsmen are not really test quality.. What can I say, Utop Shuvro's message was not clear whether he wanted to shed tears for Rafique or belittle our Test Cricketers, take your pick.

March 3, 2006, 09:36 PM
I don't know why he needed to let everyone know about Rafiq's financial situation. In the piece itself he writes that Rafiq does not want to talk about it. So, I really think he could do without it. It is like talking about Nolok Babu's family life. I am sure they do not appreciate it more than once. Just my two cents!

March 3, 2006, 09:57 PM
Well that's a nicely written article, but I thought it was a bit too personal and attached the writer's emotions more... How does Shuvro know all of this?.. even if the 'truth' that he presented is in fact true, I doubt Rafique himself would have be this open and dramatic about it

March 3, 2006, 11:41 PM
I read it, it was well-written, but a little bit weird, I have to wonder if he got Rafique's permission before writing it.

March 4, 2006, 06:13 AM
This is pure rubbish. Someone should look into making a hindi movie out of this. Seriously, this article, if thats what you want to call it, speaks more about the Bengali mind to stir up emotions using rhetoric than anything else. I mean just listen to the deshi commentators as well, there is absolutely no serious effort to do any analysis at all, just some loser trying to show off his arsenal of deshi metaphors and idioms. Is there really no sound Bangla cricket writer?

March 4, 2006, 06:37 AM
i dont see anything wrong his writing.we had this problems before too , always take everything negatively,

anyways whatever he has written, is good for our cricket nothing else

he talks about financial situation which is really true

emotion and reality both are most important part of every person's life

March 4, 2006, 09:33 AM
Sorry, but I couldn't finish the whole thing, I ran out of patience. May be I don't read Bangla so much, but definitely I am not fond of this type of writing.

March 4, 2006, 09:38 AM
A nice emotional piece. Gave me a feeling that there is more to cricket than just runs and wickets. Great writing! :)

Edited on, March 4, 2006, 2:40 PM GMT, by Ahmed_B.

March 4, 2006, 11:56 AM
some 1 please translate that in english.....cant read...it...plz trnslate in english..

BD Tigers
March 4, 2006, 12:24 PM
I thought it was a so so article but by no means the best by US. I too wonder whether he had the permission from Rafique to write this.

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Edited on, March 4, 2006, 5:32 PM GMT, by Shark_fin.

March 4, 2006, 01:33 PM
if rafique were to be an indian then he would have achieved alot more. the fist innings of the 1st test proved he is good while muralitharan got smashed.

March 4, 2006, 01:37 PM
A great piece indeed. Its a great writing and probably one of the best sports writing I have ever read....

March 4, 2006, 01:55 PM
good writing.

if he has taken rafiq's permission.

March 4, 2006, 02:31 PM
why does he need to take rafiques permission?? he didn't say anything personal other than the fact that rafique is poor and we all know that by now.... he wasnt trying to belittle rafique here rather showed why rafique is much better bowler than the stat suggests....

March 4, 2006, 02:33 PM
Dear Murali,

At the moment you were celebrating your 100th international wicket, everyone in our dressing room was watching with astonishment the television replay of umpire Asad Rauf rasing his finger. I was not there. I was to bat next. As I was putting on my pads I was thinking to myself, where you are today and where I am today.

I don’t at all like to crunch statistics. Frankly, I can hardly remember how many wickets I have taken. Ashraful has this all memorized. During lunch he told me that I have a total of 153 Test and One Day wickets. Then he added with a laugh, the number will go up in the second innings.

Second innings! The words struck me! I sometimes forget that there is a second innings in Test cricket. In about half of the previous 22 Tests before Chittaqong, I never saw a second innings. Even in the remaining 11 there isn’t much to talk about the second innings. Barring a couple of exceptions, with so few runs in the bank, I had to think more of trying to delay defeat than in taking wickets.

I won’t deny it, I have felt envious of you sometimes. We are a small team; of course you will get wickets against us. Even against big teams, I had seen you on television bowling with a net of fielders surrounding the batsman. And when I try to add a short leg along with silly point, my captain soberly points to the scoreboard. It is not the captain’s fault. The poor man is all flustered trying to save runs. Just look at what happened here! We were about all equal after the first innings. Perhaps I might actually be able to bowl for a win in the second. If only wishes were horses. The batsmen of my team didn’t think of me at all. You must be a little bit peeved that I hit two sixes off of you. Let me tell you, I hit those sixes because I was mad at Nafis.

I hope you do not think this to be disrespectful. You and Shane Warne are the crowning glory of spinners like us. As a spinner, I feel proud as to where you two have taken the art of spin bowling. I haven’t told anyone this, but I am writing to you to express some of my sorrow and pain. The battles you have fought to get 1000 wickets inspire me. With utter humility, I do have to say I too have had to fight battles. As far as I know, you are the son of a candy and confectionary owner. You had to find out about being hard up from books and novels. You play the game because it gives you pleasure. And me? I don’t really like to talk too much about poverty, but since I feel you are very close to me, I feel I can. Cricket is not just a game for me. Cricket is my bread and butter. Just the other day, a journalist asked me how I could keep myself so fit. I simply replied, cricket is not a game to me, cricket is my livelihood. Looking at him, he thought I was being humorous. But that is my life’s biggest truth.

While it is nothing compared to the amount of harassment and accusations you have received and continue to receive about your bowling action, there too were objections too my action during our inaugural Test. When I heard the new on the BBC, it was as if my world had collapsed around me. If I cannot play anymore, what will happen to my family? Day after day, hour after hour, I practiced and fixed my action. But do you know what happened then? The selectors labeled me a one-day specialist. Apparently I do not have much turn and variety for Test cricket. I look with awe at your turn and variety. But tell me this, how much turn do you really need to take edge off of the bat? Isn’t it more important to pitch it just right? Then even Tendulkar or Lara will have no other option than to play forward-defense.

Having lived with hardship all my life, I am not very emotive. But as I write this to you, I am feeling very emotional. Things I had never said to anyone ever, I feel I want to share with you. Let me tell you about a happy incident. About a year ago, New Zealand was on tour here. I know you are in good terms with Daniel Vettori. One day he beckoned me over and said – On the grassy pitches of Australia and New Zealand my arm ball works very well. But in the subcontinent where the balls gets old faster, I can’t seem to get my arm ball going. But even here, you are bowling arm balls just great! Can you teach me?

That day too I became a little emotional. The man who is considered the best left arm spinner at this time, is asking me for tips! I didn’t say anything to him. He may have thought I did not want to share my tricks. The truth is that I can’t explain a lot of cricketing stuff in words. I did not become cricketer by learning from books. I hadn’t said this to anyone else, but when Vettori was called up to series the Man of Series at the end of the Test series right here in Chittagong, I sad to myself – go, my friend. You truly deserve it. But remember, you took 20 wickets in two innings. My nine came from bowling in just one. It might be good to remember one other thing – your batsmen do not quite have the generosity of gifting their wickets like ours do.

I wanted to write a short letter but ending up writing a lot. Please don’t mind too much. I congratulate you on your 1000th wicket. Please pray that before my career is over, I can bowl in the 4th innings with some runs on the board.

Mohammad Rafique

Edited on, March 4, 2006, 10:39 PM GMT, by Zunaid.

March 4, 2006, 02:38 PM
Well done US.

March 4, 2006, 02:50 PM
Thank you, Dr. Z!

March 4, 2006, 03:08 PM
Rafique was angry at Nafees...wow..happy 2 hear it...

March 4, 2006, 03:14 PM
thatshould be a front page article,Thanks a lot for the wonderful translation Zunaid vai.

March 4, 2006, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by mshakir56
He should start writing scripts for movies. bhalo buddi - be-ijjoti howar sreshtho upay

March 4, 2006, 03:29 PM
Murali is married Rafiq, now go write letters to your own wife...

I thought Rafiq had like 5 garments factories. He is like a billionaire.

March 4, 2006, 05:12 PM
uff 2 much panpani like hindi movie:down:

March 5, 2006, 12:57 AM
How come Rafique wont be financially good after earning enuf now in cricket....

March 5, 2006, 01:53 AM
Remember this article? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2005/05/22/scbang22.xml)

March 5, 2006, 03:46 AM
Utpal S brings emotion in his writing that's correct........coz he writes for Bangladeshi ppl who can read/write bangla.......we bangladeshi are emotional .............his articles are not for the world, and not for those bangladeshi who claims they can't read/write bangla.........

March 5, 2006, 04:16 AM
Originally posted by cricman
Remember this article? (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/sport/2005/05/22/scbang22.xml)

That piece of patronizing arrogance disguised as an article is yet another reminder of why I hate Scyld Berry.

March 5, 2006, 02:05 PM
Nice article, this letter was from rafique to murali?

will someome post the reply? would like to hear it.

March 5, 2006, 05:57 PM
Originally posted by Orpheus
Murali is married Rafiq, now go write letters to your own wife...

I thought Rafiq had like 5 garments factories. He is like a billionaire.

If rafique has 5 garments factory then he deserves it. But, unfortunately i think he is not that rich.

March 5, 2006, 06:27 PM
THis is really Emotional.....made me sad .....I wish Good luck and the Best Carreer ending for Rafiq. I wish he gets wickets more often and becomes one of the best ! Good Luck Rafiq.

And not to worry...Even now..U are the Best In BD team. U are the Perfect and best only one alrounder For us.....and Still u are....and I hope U will be...

March 5, 2006, 07:00 PM
Originally posted by 6alltheway
Nice article, this letter was from rafique to murali?

will someome post the reply? would like to hear it.

It was written by Utpal Shuvro - artistic license.

March 5, 2006, 11:01 PM
Thanks Zunaid, for the translation.

Well writtien article. I don't think Mohamed Rafique is so sentimental though. He seems a tough guy and he commands some amount of respect in world cricket.

March 6, 2006, 12:42 AM
Another Utpol Shuvro Classic...but unfortunately it will just raise our agony

Edited on, March 6, 2006, 5:42 AM GMT, by BappyHayat.