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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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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Jago India Jago : Its now or never

In the aftermath of India’s surrendering gesture in the just concluded Test series,like its a norm nowadays, lots of people have come up with lots of remedies.Some short term,some long term like more India A tours, bouncier domestic pitches, proper rotational policies etcetra etcetra. But the most prominent among those correctives is the call to find replacements for our ageing greats by grooming youngsters. Indeed an obvious and very practical solution. But if this is the only viable solution than cynic in me says be afraid,be very afraid because Indian cricket in the past has been as lousy in finding replacements as our politicians in running this beautiful country. The greatness of a nation and the time it spends staying as the supreme power,both depends on its ability to keep churning out good players one after the other. Mind you I said GOOD players, not the seasonal ones. There has to be a second line of greatness hidden somewhere ready to be unleashed as soon as the guys in front of them start approaching their expiry date. This was the phenomenon which was enjoyed by both West Indies in 80′s and Australia from 90′s to early 2000 when they towered over all the other nations. During 1970′s when the game of cricket was still considered a domain of Australia and England the world started noticing the emergence of a group of cricketers from Caribbean. Now its a known that the West Indies team dominated world cricket and became all conquering […]

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Rahul Dravid done in by third umpire : India saying hello to defeat once again
Rahul Dravid showing his frustarion after getting a wrong decision

To say that the series against England has not gone India’s way would be an understatement. Nothing absolutely nothing has gone according to plan. Not just the personnel but even the technology has betrayed India time and again. Its excruciating to see that every time technological aid ,read DRS and Hot Spot, has been taken its the Indians who have ended on the wrong side of the rope. Test number four at Oval has been no different either. After being asked to follow on India must have hoped for a great start from Rahul Dravid and Virender Sehwag in order to entertain any thoughts of saving this Test match. But that did not happen because,India’s best batsmen in the series was given out in a controversial manner by the third umpire. First innings centurian was looking in complete control like he has looked throught out the summer before T.V. Umpire Steve Davis ruled him out caught at short leg in spite of none of the replays looking conclusive.Thus, cutting short what in all probability would be the last inning of Rahul Dravid on English soil. Trusting the instincts perhaps. Hot spot did not show ball touching the bat, snickometer too had just one reference that’s when ball had hit the pads before ballooning into the hands of Alistair Cook. Different camera angles did not capture any deviation either so just when everyone had accepted that “The Wall” is going to stay came the shocker. Some commentators were of the view […]

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Sachin Scores his 100th 100 and Dedicates it to Anna Hazare and Team
Whole world is waiting for this... the 100th century by Sachin Tendulkar

So finally it happened. The Hundredth ton has come and how? What fabulous innings from the man who has made a habit of making records.  Although I won’t say that the wait has been worth it since India has already lost first three test matches in England. But still, the quality of batsmanship shown by the little master will go a long way in resurrecting the morale of the sagging shoulders. It was a typical Sachin innings exemplified by lots of straight drives on either side of the wicket. Infact he looked in supreme control from the word go starting with a trademark on-the-rise cover drive off Jimmy Anderson, his nemesis throughtout the series so far. As soon as Sachin came on to the crease after the fall of Virender Sehwag, Andrew Strauss brought in Anderson hoping to get Sachin early. But the master blaster had other ideas. There were no hint of tentativeness which has enveloped Tendulkar since he set foot in England. Almost all the bowlers were treated with disdain. Perhaps the reason why they suddenly looked so toothless that one wondered if its the same bowling attack which has been tormenting  the most famous batting line since the last fortnight. Todays innings has once again thrown more weight to the most famous adage of cricket that “Form is temporary and Class is permanent”. The Hundredth ton which came when off-spinner Swann was lofted beyong long on,  is not just another mile stone. Although it is not as […]

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