Hundredth Hundred : Why Sachin Tendulkar should not get it
Can he walk away from that hundred??

My status on a networking site on the morning of Eden Garden Test match read “seems like SRT will get it today” which got changed to “And the wait continues” for obvious reasons. Apart from a change in my status Sachin Tendulkar’s dismissal at 38 also prompted one of my colleagues to say that Sachin is getting old that’s why he is making us WAIT so much for that ” Hundredth Hundred” . While coming back in the evening a radio jockey who may or may not have played cricket ever in his life dedicated a hindi classic ” Inteha ho gayee intezaar ki ” (it has been a cumbesome wait ) His histrionics on the show further proved that he is part of that ever growing number who are WAITING for Mr Tendulkar to reach another milestone. Who are these people and why are they waiting is something even they don’t know. It is not as if they are sacrificing something for that “Hundredth Hundred”. They still continue to eat or drink normally, they still watch their favorite Saas Bahu serial or reality shows on the telly, the males in this club still leave the toilet seat up after they are done and the female ones continue to patronize anything remotely associated with make up. So if Sachin Tendulkar not been able to score a hundred is not changing their lives then I doubt if any damn thing will be altered if he does end up scoring more then […]

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Sachin tendulkar tried to help When Guru Greg was ” MENTALLY FRAGILE”
" Don't worry Greg everything will be alright"

So Greg Chappel is at it again. The man born with the “foot in the mouth disease” ,which also became “finger in the public” disease provisionally, has created another controversy. The former Australian Cricketer who was the most hated man in the streets of Calcutta once has referred master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as mentally fragile. If in the state of mental fragility you can score a mountain of runs, if in the state of mental fragility you can give nightmares to the world’s greatest leg spinner, if in the state of mental fragility you can carry the burden of an entire nation for close to two decades and if in the state of mental fragility you can give 100 billion people hope and a great amount of happiness then I would like to be in such a mental state forever. That these comments came at a time when his book “FIERCE FOCUS” is just out on stands obviously makes one wonder if this is a fierce ploy to focus people’s attention to his book. Whatever the reasons may be it would still be worth while to explore whatever made Mr. Chappel thinks that a man who left World Cup 99 midway because of his father’s death,came back and scored a century in the very next match is MENTALLY FRAGILE. It was in 2006 when psychologist Chappel first thought Tendulkar was showing signs of being mentally fragile. He writes in his book “At one point early in my time with the […]

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Corporate Cricket : Raheja Cup 2011
Corporate cricket 2011 by Raheja Developers

A man to carry on a successful business must have imagination. He must see things as in a vision, a dream of the whole thing. This is absolutely true for Sachin Khurana CEO of Turf Sports Management. For he ventured into an unknown territory backed only by his instincts. Circa 2011 “Corporate Cricket” is a pretty known term. There are number of such tournaments happening being conducted by multifarious Event Management companies. However if one would have talked about such things around 7-8 years back the only possible reaction would have been that be of amusement coupled with amazement because there used to be a perception at that time that people who “work” in MNC’s are only suppose to WORK. Leisure was a ‘F’ word and if one is working with a Multi-national the closest he would get to a sport it would be a game of pool or billiards. Conventional wisdom would have told anyone that there could be no such thing like “Corporate Cricket” but Sachin who is a former national level cricketer was never into conventional mode anyways if his peers are to be believed. A 276 off 95 balls which had 30 sixes and 16 fours in a DDCA league match serves ample proof for the same. So an unconventional approach towards things backed by sharp mind led to the birth of Turf Sports Management in 2002. First corporate cup was organised in the same year. And in spite of facing criticism and teething problems in […]

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India vs England : Man of the Series ; Playing Conditions

The return series between India and England is just two matches old but all the psychological edge/upper hand which the Britishers may have gained during India’s ordeal over 120 days in U.K. seems to have evaporated already. And the reason is not just the two victories that India have registered in the first couple of one dayers but the way those wins came about. Before the series started there was this talk of how England would continue to torment India, as the home side were forced to field a relatively new side since key players were side lined due to injuries and poor form. Moreover the visitors too did not leave anything to chance and came ten days before the commencement of a fortnight long series. However none of it is having any effect on Dhoni and his men as the world is witnessing an astonishing turnaround. Just when the voices that ” If Dhoni is past his prime” ?, “If Duncan Fletcher was the right man to succeed Gary Kirsten”, ” Is IPL the mother of all ills” were beginning to surface, everything has started looking hunky dory again. England has been taken to cleaners in Hyderabad and Delhi and the way they have been outplayed over the last 200 overs or so, if Alistair Cook doesn’t do something quickly to resist the tide it would only lead to one emotion. Hopelessness. The signs were evident in Delhi when bowlers were getting frustrated,fielders were dropping catches and the Captain […]

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The India Versus England “Revenge Series”. Or what?

So the “Revenge Series”  as some are billing it begins with india drawing a first blood.  Frankly, I am not sure if one can really call this a “Revenge Series”.  I am not sure how one can avenge a complete mauling over a period of 120 days, where you were made to look like a bunch of under performing assets and were on the mat in all the departments, in a five match one day series. But then you can not argue much with the tag as media channels have to sell their product. So if not “Lagaan” series then we have “Revenge” series to look forward to. Anyway without getting into”tit for tat” mode a successful series would surely act as a balm to the wounds inflicted in the recently concluded UK trip (or was that years ago – with all the CLT20 cricket in between, the england tour looks distant). It will not be easy for India as they are still missing stalwarts like Tendulkar, Sehwag, Yuvi, Zaheer and Munaf who are all nursing injuries. Add to that the absence of Harbhajan Singh and we have a completely different looking team India then what we have been used to of seeing. To make matters worse for India, England ensured that they arrived at least ten days before the commencement of the tour to get used to of the surfaces here. All this should make everyone concerned a little worried but there is an old adage which was perennially […]

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Nokia Champions League Final: Royal Challengers Bangalore is the team to beat
Virat Kohli was the only player retained by RCB and he is repaying the faith

Lightening doesn’t strike twice but on friday it did and how. For the second game in a row involving Royal Challengers Banglore a total in excess of 200 was chased, for the second game in a row a player in spite of scoring a century saw his team loosing, and for the second game in a row Virat Kohli proved that he is heads and shoulders above the other memebers of the youth brigade currently plying their trade in India. Yes he was helped immensely by that Maverick who goes by the name Chris Gayle but Virat made sure that there was no more nail biting although none would have left anyway after the previous match ,when Arun Karthik was required to hit a last ball six, and guided his team with more then an over to spare. It was an absolute carnage at M. A. Chidambaram stadium. A match where the ball cleared the boundary rope as many as 26 times. Its strange how people start complaining about the standard of a pitch where batsmen find it hard to score while no one seems to bother when the cherry is bludgeoned to all corners of the ground. Double standards ? Or perhaps another aspect governed by economics. Nonetheless considering the pyrotechnics provided by the long and broad blades of Dilshan Gayle and Kohli, this match again goes on to show that the Banglorean outfit will be the team to beat irrespective of whoever plays them in the finals. They […]

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Shoaib Akhtar : The art of book launching

So Shoaib Akhtar is at it again. After being in the wilderness for some time the Rawalpindi Express ( sometime he makes all of us feel that this name was bestowed on him by…who else..the man himself). Anyways so the maverick is back in doing what he is famous for. And off course I am not talking about those lethal yorkers and fiery bouncers because that used to happen…Errr…Ummmm….oops can’t remember when was the last time he grabbed the head lines for throwing the balls,…sorry I meant bowling. (Some how the word throwing keeps on making it presence felt when talking about Mr. Akhtar).. Because off late he is been in news for all the wrong and non sports reasons. Yes there was an incident where a ‘Kick’ was involved but even that did not happen on a football field or in a warm up drill before a cricket game. Our man was getting his “Kick” from a banned substance.Err Damn.What’s wrong with me? I am uttering controversial words/statements again and again. May be its the effect of the lead character of this piece. Let’s start again. I am talking about Shoaib Akhtar. The man who knows the art of being in news irrespective of which side of the boundary rope he is on. If he is inside he is very much capable of bowling lethal yorkers like the ones he bowled to Tendulkar and Dravid in calcutta in 1999. He is the also the only bowler to have broken […]

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“RIP Captain Mansoor Ali Khan pataudi. We salute a true hero and gentleman of the game
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Update: Pay your tribute to this legend of Cricket in this Growing ‘Tribute Wall for Tiger Pataudi‘ A hero from a time before tv, a time when cricket was followed by hearing what was being described, a golden age you needn’t see to believe. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, famously called Tiger Pataudi for his fearlessness died at the age of 70 in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi after loosing a battle from lung cancer. He passed away around 5.55 p.m. His condition had deteriorated since yesterday. He was suffering from interstitial lung disease (interstitial pneumonitis) which worsens rapidly in spite of the best treatment available,” Dr. S.P. Byotra, Department of Medicine in Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, said. Pataudi, who was also known for his amazing sense of humour, was the youngest Test captain, a record that stood until 2004. He led India in 40 Tests and had a successful career despite impaired vision in the right eye, which was damaged in a car accident. He also captained Sussex and Oxford University. He scored 2,793 runs in 46 Tests at an average of just under 35 and made six centuries, the biggest of which was an unbeaten 203 against England in Delhi in 1964. However, many experts rate his 75 against Australia in Melbourne in 1967-68 as his finest since he played that knock with an injured leg. Pataudi retired in 1975 after West Indies’ tour of India. After retirement, Pataudi served as a match referee between 1993 and 1996, […]

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Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi : India has lost it’s most precious TIGER
Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

Update: Pay your tribute to this legend of Cricket in this Growing ‘Tribute Wall for Tiger Pataudi‘ India is bereft of one of its Tigers today. Sadly he was the greatest and the biggest of them all. Perhaps the best the world has ever seen. Mansoor Ali Khan was born on January 5 1941 in Bhopal and after suffering from a lung infection breathed his last today in Delhi. He played 46 Tests for India and led in 40 of those after becoming the youngest captain of India. But Tiger Pataudi can never be measured by statistics. He transcended them. He was a cricketer and much more. A larger then life figure. Soon after starting his career at the age of 20, his right eye was damaged in a car accident but it never diminished his resolve to represent his country. And so he did. That too with panache. Although 2793 runs at an average of 34.91 does not seem a great record but try hitting a ball or catching something with one eye closed. That is the reason Nawaab Saab ” as he was fondly called” can not be measured in numbers. Once when asked by a scribe that how he could play with just one eye, Tiger replied ” I lost sight in an eye but didn’t lose sight of my ambition. Even in those days when fielding was not given the kind of importance it enjoys today he made sure that he put extra yards to that […]

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India vs England Twenty-20 : Rahane,Dravid and Raina shine
Gone gone gone.One of the three sixes by raina.

What a change in format can do to your performance? A lot perhaps,in case you are Suresh Raina. The man who was all at sea against Graeme Swann and short deliveries in the just concluded Test match series took care of both the demons and in the process made life a lot easier both for himself and for his side. The first ball he faced from Swann was effectively dispatched over extra cover courtesy an inside out. While a shorter one from Broad was swatted for the maximum over deep midwicket. As all this happened within the first five balls faced by the south paw it must have soothed the nerves of someone who was tattooed “I can’t play a bouncer” by the media. Raina who came when India was precariously placed at 102 for 4 after 12.5 over was instrumental in India reaching 165 on a ground where average score is 139. His quickfire 33 from 18 deliveries could pave the way for India to register their first victory against England in the so far dismal tour. Before Raina rediscovering his touch, two debutants one a youngster and the other not so,gave a rollicking start at the top. Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid who made their twenty-20 debuts for India played as if they have played the shortest format all their lives. Right from the second ball faced by Rahane which was beautifully dispatched over point ala Sehwag till Samit Patel was carted for three consecutive sixes by Dravid […]

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma partying in London
Always game after the game

Just when you thought that Indians would be brooding over the humiliating losses in the just concluded Test series, out came the pictures of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma partying in London with British Indian actress Sofia Hayat. The dashing duo who have a penchant for painting the town red as was seen in IPL parties were the only ones present from the cricketing circles making it apparent that while the other members were still smarting under the losses these youngsters are clearly enjoying their time. The buxom babe who is still trying to get a foothold in the entertainment industry surely knows how to make a mark. According to sources both the cricketers were trying to get her attention little realising that perhaps they are just being used by the smiling assassin to grab more eyeballs. Rohit and Virat who have joined the team for the upcoming one dayers have already started making their presence felt and were instrumental in the victories against Sussex and Kent ( the only victories so far on this tour). We just hope they don’t let their focus go haywire as happened with Yuvraj Singh during the initial phase of his career. But signs are alarming if the southpaw is to be believed. According to him Team India youngsters, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, don’t listen to the seniors and do what they want to do. From his own experiences, Yuvraj apparently knows how one feels after some initial successes in the international cricket. […]

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Icc Annual Awards : Tendulkar finds a mention in the Test team

Five English cricketers were named in the ICC’s Test team of the year, reflecting England’s rise to the No. 1 spot, achieved during their 4-0 whitewash of India earlier this month. Two batsmen, Alastair Cook and Jonathon Trott, and three bowlers, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and James Anderson, made the XI, but there was no place for Ian Bell despite his averaging 89.50 and making four hundreds during the qualifying period from August 11, 2010 to August 3, 2011. Dale Steyn, the South Africa fast bowler, made the team for the fourth straight year, while Sachin Tendulkar was named to the team for the third consecutive year. Three South Africa batsmen, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Jacques Kallis, plus Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka captain, made up the rest of the XI, while India fast bowler Zaheer Khan was named 12th man. Sangakkara was named captain and wicketkeeper, though he no longer performs either role for Sri Lanka in Tests. “While selecting the squad, the selectors didn’t rely only on statistics only, but took into account all other factors like the opposition, pitch conditions, match situation etc,” Clive Lloyd, the former West Indies captain and chairman of the ICC Awards selection panel, said in a release. “But when you have only 12 places to fill from a big group of world-class players, there will always be a few who will miss out. In the panel’s expert opinion, it has selected the best team based on performances over the […]

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