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Cricket !!! What else ??


A 5-0 series white wash  against India in their own den would have been disastrous for the lankan lions. Thanks to some lousy bowling from indian bowlers and really stupid selection of shots , Sri lanka has been able to save a little pride by winning atleast the last one day match of the series .

India sure is on a roll and i have never been so optimistic about the current cricket team  . Yeah its the  same me who use to talk about the enigmatic indian cricket team and i still stand by my words . Anyways ,lets not talk about that 😛 . 5-0 against england and 4-1 here in srilanka is laudable effort considering the team without ganguly,dravid ,harbhajan and even sachin (if u consider that he dint score in two digits in the series 😛 ) . The best part being that they have been able to win convincingly and comfortably (Second one dayer was an exception ofcourse ). First time TEAM INDIA is starting to show its real meaning because the team is playing as a unit as for the first time ,not depending upon a individual.

Last couple of months have been quite exciting for Cricket fans like me .Indian cricket team is on second position in ICC cricket ratings for the first time . Yes , for the first time and thats quite a shocker isnt it  ??.A country like  ours  which has given so many great legends to the sport like kapil dev ,sunil gavanskar ,sachin tendulkar ,bishen singh bedi etc , has never been able to reach the second position leave alone the first place . Better Late than never now that we are in 2 , the no1 spot is just a series away . Touchwood 😉

South african team becoming  the no. 1 team and australia moving to 3rd place , Sounds so good rite ?? I mean i was sick of seeing a perfect side like australians had 😉 .  I am really happy to see the fall of the mighty australian side .Yes they were the best team and played some fabulous cricket over last decade but then they could never gain my respect ,may be because they were a proud team and had an acute superiority complex . MR . Ponting – i know it must be paining a lot .but thats the way it is . Higher you go , Harder you fall !! 😀

Coming to IPL seasons II , I wonder if the last two letters mean Paisa Lutaao . These so called business tycoons with their so called Girl freinds / cine stars are spending money like hell . The news channels have already raised questions if spending this much is necessary during recession times . I guess ITs there money and and they can very well spend that and i am sure they will get huge returns for that . Thats why they are investing it . So simple logic 😛 . All i feel sad for  now is that my DAD is not a Cricketer 😛 . If he was one i would have been one too and that way  i would have  made so much money by now 😛 and instead of posting a blog post , i would have released a book . I would have been famous . Not to mention that i would have become  a heart throb among the indian girls by now 😛 .. and then…….wait a minute i have gone way off the track .. .So where was I ,.. yeah IPL . So I was saying IPL is really merry making time for cricketers . Take for example Peterson and Flintoff , they are getting 1.55 million dollars for 3 weeks .. and Mortaza , the guy from bangladesh valued at 50,000 dollars was auctioned at 650,000 $ ,more than 10 times his value . like we say in tamil ..

engayo macham irrukku pa ivangaluku .

sorry guys cant translate that one 😛 .

Anyways  lets forget about money . All i want to say is that i cant wait to watch these guys come out and play .

well , I will call it for today . I know most people dont like cricket here 😛 . never mind the post ,u can always post some off topic comments on my blog  😛  .

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SHABBASH INDIA


Team india  is on a roll. Series win against Australia made them the top contenders to replace worlds best team and now with this improbable win we have just proved that we are almost there .Yes , All we need to do now is to conquer srilankan lions in their own den and to keep up the winning rate abroad.

Mondays win was a special  one. Very special indeed . After those gruesme terror attacks, atleast cricket lovers like me have something to cheer abut. Winning on home soil is no new thing for us . I dont think india had any chances of winning the game till 4th day post lunch session . India was facing a defeat that looked more or less inevitable . Chasing more than 350 runs in the fourth innings n a fifth day pitch is not an easy task .But the brilliant knock by sehwag set opened up the game against all dds . Time and again sehwag has proved how imprtant he is for this indian line up . What t osay about sachin. !! He is  GD . Yes , cricket is a relegion for me like millions f  others and sachin is my GoD . Scoring his 41st hundred through the last winning strke made my day  😀 . I mean  i was tired to see him getting out in 90s. He would have Got more than 100 international hundreds in DI and test combined if he had not been out in 90s . Yuvaraj as usual played his natural game and thats what made easy fr him t scre runs quickly .

.The test has brought in lot of positives fr the indian cricket TEAM. it showed the temperament ,fighting spirit and ability of  indian cricket team to win under any circumstances  .After australia i dont think any team has dominated us in a test  on home soil. England did really well to control 70 percent of the test .They had almost  won the test . Just one session took the game away from them .Strauss played exceptionally well . Hitting two centuries in a same test in n kids job that to in subcontinent.

All in all  it was a wonderfull test match . The best thing was after a long time there was a result in a test match played in chennai 😛 . I just hope our team conitnues the gd form and replace australia as the worlds best team soon 🙂 .

OFF TOPIC :

This is my 200th post . Gosh !! I never thought i would make it this long . Blogging which started as a tool to kill time has become an obsession now . Although i am not posting as regularly as i was , it still remains an important part of my life .

I would like thank all the regular ,irregular and other  types of readers  😛 Without whom i would not have continued blogging.

A special  mention to all the bloggers on my blogroll .

It has been raining awards in blogosphere . Last week avant grade Bloggies awards were annunced . Reema and Amit stole the show completely 🙂 . Congratulations to them and all the other winners 🙂 .

Vimmu , Bhargavi , Aparna , Reema awarded me with these awards . Thanks a lot guys 🙂 .

Kiran has awarded me with the Friendship Bracelet 🙂 🙂 . Thank  you so much .

Hereby i pass the above awards to everyone on my blogroll (updated today after a long time 🙂 ) .

GANGULY TO BID ADIEU


After almost 2 years of speculation among the cricket fans ganguly finally decides to call it a day  from test cricket. Yes , but that’s only after the India Australia series gets over . Anyways this is the best time he could do it .Considering the current Australian team as the weakest ever ,wouldn’t it be great for the former  captain to end his career on a winning note .

Speaking of his career in test cricket ,Prince of kolkatta had the best starts any player would dream of . A century in his debut test against england in 1996  marked the emergence of one of the best players india has produced not to forget that he has been the most successful Indian captain abroad .

Ganguly has been unable to keep a permanent spot in the Indian squad ever since the greg-ganguly saga in 2005 . There has been a constant pressure on him from former players , anit-ganguly cricket fans and ofcourse the media . Everyone knows the hype that these news channels create and its a feast for them when it comes to cricket. Media has been a little too harsh on him . Ok He was not playing well , but that doesn’t mean u will make his life even more miserable . Even a week back i saw a poll in one of the news channels

Would u want the senior players to retire one by one or in a single go ???

now Isnt it a silly question ?? …. of course there are lots of  lame polls like this  but this seemed more off track . Who are Media to decide when a  player should retire ?? People forget these were the once  main pillars of indian cricket team when batting was considered the main strength of indian cricket team . Dont they even have a personal choice of ending their career at their own will .

Being a Die hard sachin fan its depressing to hear people who have done nothing advising sachin to retire . I mean its totally weird to give advice to a guy who has over 25000 runs in international cricket ,who is considered the best next only to the legend sir donald bradman .I just wish people would let players decide themselves  If u cant support them during their lean patch plz dont make it worse .

Anyways i have deviated from the topic i guess ,coming once again to ganguly .

One-Day Career Batting and Fielding (1989/90-2007/08)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct
Overall 423 407 42 15161 183 41.53 31 93 129
Test Career Batting and Fielding (1996-2008)
M I NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 SRate Ct
India 109 180 15 6888 239 41.74 15 34 51.36 71

You can have even more detailed view of his career right here .

Test

  • Captained India in a record 49 Test matches
  • Led India to a record 21 Test wins
  • His test average has never been less than 40.

ODIs

  • Hold the record of most 200+ ODI partnerships (6 times) along with Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
  • Holds the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for most 1st wicket ODI partnerships of 175+ runs (7 times).
  • Holds the record, shared with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer in an ODI — 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999.
  • Held the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for the highest first wicket partnership for India in an ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001. This record was bettered by Sri Lankan opening pair of Jayasuriya and Tharanga in 2006 at Headingley.
  • Was involved in the first 300 run ODI partnership with Rahul Dravid.
  • Sixth on the all time list with 31 man of the match awards.
  • He is also the only player to win 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs.
  • India’s most successful ODI captain.
  • First Indian to score an ODI century against Australia in Australia.
  • Highest ODI runs scorer in the world (in a calendar year) in 1997,1999,2000.
  • Third in the list of hitting maximum number of sixes in ODIs.
  • Second in the list of highest number of centuries in a single calendar year ever. 7 centuries in 2000.

Source: wikipidea

Now thats a decent ,perhaps more than a decent record and i remember his one day average at about 46 once before his bad patch started .

You support him or not  but the moments he gave us will be fresh for every cricket fan . i dont think anyone will ever forget the special moment when india won the natwest series in England . The next best highlight of the finals after the matching winning partership between yuvaraj and kaif was  the way sourav reacted  by removing his Tshirt and waved it 😀 .

I am sure if not for the resentment around him he would have at least hoped to play for a couple of years after all he was back in form after sitting out of the team for a year and a half . Otherwise why would a man who said 2 weeks back would suddenly make a decision to quit .

Anyways I just wish him Good luck for his future .

FIRST EVER INDIVIDUAL GOLD MEDAL FOR INDIA AT OLYMPICS


Indias first gold

India's first gold

Abhinav Bindra won India’s first individual Olympic gold medal today in the men’s 10m air rifle. yes ,that is the first ever gold medal an individual has won . My knowledge about olympics being almost nil i was pretty shocked when i heard that it was the first ever individual gold .

A friend of mine had changed his caption in orkut which said “India won the first ever individual gold medal” . I scrapped him saying ” look dude you got it wrong .Perhaps you should remove that ever , we have won some gold before . He replied me back saying thanks i will look into that . After an hour he scrapped me again and gave me the exact news article . I was shocked to know that no one had won a gold medal for India before , it was indeed the first ever individual gold medal . I replied him saying “sorry for the trouble dude.

Sheeessh ..What an embarrassment ??? 😦

Moral of the story

Never try to be oversmart when u dont know much 😀

While my face was becoming red green and violet due to embarrassment i tried searching for some information regarding medals tally . Well ,what i found out was nothing great for a country like ours .

India had won just 17 medals till date (todays gold makes it 18 ) 😦 . Those 17 medals include eight gold medals in Hockey, six of them successively, three silver medals ( 2 in athletics and 1 in Hockey) and four Bronze medals .

Isn’t it quite strange that ever since the olympics started in 1896 at athens we have won just 18 medals .For viewing india’s record in olympics u can visit this and for a complete description of each medal we have won you can visit this .

AS an Indian i feel quite ashamed . In a country of about a billion we have just 57 contingents to the Beijing olympics .Worse we dint even qualify for hockey in which we have won 8 gold medals 🙂 .

I was talking with one of my freind. He said “wahaan ek 24 saal ka india ke liye olympics jeet raha hai aur hum yaha baith ke jhakk maar rahe hai “( line modified , i dont want to use foul language here 😛 ) , but I must say he had truth in his voice and i had no answer for him.

Well , i guess all i can do now is to cheer for india and also , i have decided to follow the olympics closely so that i dont create any more blunders like today 😛 . I just hope we get many medals as possible 🙂 .

CHENNAI KINGS RIDE OVER THE KOLKATA KNIGHTS


Well , somebody do something before my blog turns entirely into a sports blog 😛 .That was not what i had in my mind while starting this blog 😉 Anyhow cricket is at its best now , not exactly the same old gentelemen’s game but then who cares ?? 🙂 until the game is interesting and has a lot of hot firangi chicks cheering for the game 😆 .

The fact that cricket is not ruhi ‘s cup of tea and she wouldn’t be commenting again makes me sad 😦 she has got this new domain of hers has a pretty decent and neat theme.She has been complaining that i am writng just cricket cricket and cricket : P .Well i really cant help posting abt cricket. Now coming back to the actual content of the post 😛 the match between the knight riders and chennai super kings . The game for which i was eagerly waiting for, perhaps ,many others too . YES ,the battle of the titans . I couldn’t see the the first half of the match live because i had placement and scholarship distribution function in my college 😦 . but yes i did see the highlights part of it and i must say the match turned out to be one sided one .

None of my fellow bloggers are having a good IPL experieance . Ridhimma seems to be in deppression atleast thats what she is saying . All because of her home team could not register even one win till now 😉 . Nothings going right for mumbai team sachin is injured ,jayasurya is not doing anything great and adding to the injury harbhajan has started his usual controversy now in india by slapping sreeshant (the same guy who stares at batsman even when he is hit for a six , was seen to be crying uncontrollably ).Anyways , i have asked ridhimma to support my home team for her good. 😛

Poor ISH . He would have been pretty disappointed after his team lost so miserably 😛 . i know it wouldn’t have affected his AIEEE paper but still lets hope he writes it well 🙂 . Kolkata riders supposedly better team due to its bowling line up looked lame from the very first ball . I must say 147 odd runs were quite less compared to the standard of batting this tournament has generated .Thanks to the three wicket haul by jacob oram. Other wise he had a very ordinary tournament till now .I had a lot of expectations from him when chennai bought him. Anyways better late than never atleast he performed 🙂 . With the likes of dhoni hayden and hussey defending this target was never going to be easy but i never thought the chennai kings will win this comfortably . Hayden looked in ominous touch which seemed pretty clearly when he had hit six of ishant’s good length delivery .it was hayden’s second consecutive 50 that helped chennai super kings to register their 3rd consecutive victory thus making them the only unbeatable side 🙂 .Dhoni joined the party too with 43 of just 27 balls with 2 huge hits .Which ofcourse marked dhoni’s usual way of getting the victory runs by hitting a six .

Well ,ain’t i happy to see chennai kings roaring their way up to the points table ??? Though the team doesnt look as formidable as other teams like deccan challenger look i still feel the balance is very much present in chennai team and i wouldn’t be surprised to see my team right there in the finals of the very first IPL tournomanet and i hope kolkata knight riders reach the finals too because thats the only other team i am suporting and also because i want to see chennai super kings kick knight riders a** once again 😀

IPL KICKS OFF !!!!


What appeared to be an event that drew even more attention than world cup atleast here in india finally had its inauguration ceremony yesterday .Thanks to all the franchises and BCCI for publicizing the event on a scale that is even hard to comprehend .The show was kicked off by a stunning ,flamboyant and spectacular grand opening ceremony . It all started well before the actual match was scheduled to start and i was really starting to wonder if it was cricket that was to take place . Glittering fireworks , gymnasts from rope ,singers and of course hot babes was all that anyone would not wish to miss .The dazzling ceremony eyed upon by millions across the world marked the launch of  IPL which can be rightly termed as “Cricket’s next level.”44 days, 123 Indian players , 73 overseas players and 59 matches in eight different places.World is set to witness the biggest and most lucrative cricket tournament ever which might even take over the world cup.

It was not only the grand opening launch that took fan’s breath away , the opening match at the chinnaswamy stadium ,bangalore prooved why T-20 is called people’s game.IT was an absolute stunner. Winning the toss and electing to bowl on a pitch with a green top  was the best decision any captian could take. That was the only thing that went right for the royal chalengers. It all started for Mc cullum in the second over with a 4,6 and 4 and what subsequently came out was the most explosive batting i have ever witnessed. Scoring an unbeaten 150 in a 20 over match is no joke . it was raining 6s and 4s there . Who could have expected a team with ganguly, ponting who could have ever expected an innings like that from him.Showing no mercy to any bower he scurried past his hunred in 53 balls and then 150 in just 70 balls.

Chasing 222 runs was never going to be easy and with jaffer and dravid opening who are not best known for their hitting,  it seems literally impossible . I cant understand of jaffer’s inclusion in T20 side. I mean ,he is not a 20-20 player . Asking a player to score 10 runs an over who cant even score 3 runs an over is too harsh 😛  . I guess i am being too harsh on him thats the way it is he was struggling even to touch the ball. Mr.malya you did a big mistake by picking him and yeah could canyone throw light ,why the hell is sunil joshi in the side when he has left international cricket years ago .Its absurd ,really ridiculous .Nothing’s shamefull then to lose in front of a home crowd that too with a margin as big as the one they had yesterday.

Looks like shahruk khan is riding the luck as for now he looked totally exstatic and why not ?? his team had jsut won the very first match of the so called “cricket ka karmayudh”.

INDIA LEVEL THE SERIES


Damn !! i have been too busy to notice that i have been not blogging for almost 2 months now,perhaps i should be saying that last 3 months or so i have not been so active.But a post  after this indian win was inevitable 😀 .

Yesterday I had a double treat .HAd a huge party at GRT given by my roommate and then the  win over proteas:) . Actually i never expected us to level the series after such a poor performance in the last test . But i guess we should always expect the unexpected from our team.

After the south Africans won the toss and decided to bat it was always a difficult task to win the series as chasing in fourth innings is difficult in the pitches that india has . chances opened up once india managed to bowl them out the very first day of the match . Indian innings begin with an aggressive start from sehwag that dint last long 😛 . Lakshman looked good but couldn’t continue .It was ganguly’s innings that showed some light for the path to indian victory . it was a good battle between bat and ball on the second day .India had missed the opputunity for getting a mightly lead but the last wicket partnership between sreeshant and ishant turned out to be extremely usefull.

Indians bowled really well in the second innings . Harbajan turned out to be a lethal bowler in that pitch that looked like a 5th day pitch.Although smith and co tried to stick on to the crease to build the innings the indina spinners were too good for them. Ishant’s over in which he took 2 wickets was the moment of the day for me. we were like 50 guys shouting when the stumps flew off shouting and relishing every moment of that..i guess that was the time i realy felt india had the chance 😛 .

with SA all out for 121 and just 62 runs to win , indian fourth innings was just a formality 😛 . As expected sehwag came with all guns out. 2 sixes in 2 balls and i knew his end was near 🙂 .Anyways SA dint have enough runs to defend so his wicket dint matter.Indian victory was very much the only option .

IT was quite surprising to see our team bounce back with a dramatic victory after the shameful defeat in the last test .The test series gets over with this with 1-1 and thus India retains its 2nd position in ICC test ranking table 😀 .