November 2, 2008

Anil Kumble Calls It A Day

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 4:40 pm by techtwist

Yet another shocking decision comes our way. Anil Kumble, after a tally of 619 wickets over 131 Tests, has called it a day. He is a true champion and I feel he was hard-done to some extent at the end phase of his careers, courtesy, Media and some experts. I have not seen a true fighter like him. He has given his heart and soul for the game over a period of 18 years.

He has produced the goods all across the globe for the Indians. He has the distinct feat of picking all the 10 wickets in an innings and also score a Test hundred. He has always given everything for the sport. His dedication could be seen on many occations specially when he came back to bowl here at Kotla with a stitched finger. In a similar manner, he came onto take Brian Lara’s wicket with a broken jaw. That shows how dedicated he was.

He has been a tremendous Cricketer but a better person. His personal life is as well organised as his Cricketing career. He has not once indulged in any sort of dispute on the field. He is respected all around the Cricketing fraternity. Ricky Ponting’s word sums it all. Kudos to the Champion!!! You’ll always remain in our heart Anil Kumble. We will always relate dedication and hard work to you!!!

Here are a few footages of the Champion :




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October 21, 2008

MCC Membership For Dravid, Kumble And Pollock

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , at 12:38 pm by techtwist

MCC World Cricket Committee is going to conduct a meeting in New Delhi sometime this week. They will talk loads about the future of the game and also about the areas of development of the game in the other areas of the world. During the course, they will award the honorary life membership to Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble and Shaun Pollock. These players are the members of the World Cricket Committee. Loads of talk about the success and future of IPL, review system and implementation of other technologies to the game is to be discussed during the Delhi meeting.

October 8, 2008

Countdown Begins

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:32 pm by techtwist

One of the most amazing clashes of recent times, India versus Australia, is set to begin in under twelve hours from now. The very effort put in by the Aussies as a preparation for the series should sum up the story. When was the last time you heard a Aussie Captain say that his teams were the under dogs? Thats how close a fight that the Indians have putforth when playing Australia.

Talks are already on with Hayden admitting that Harbhajan Singh fires him up and Ponting saying that they will work on India’s weakness in the field and during their Batting while running between the wickets. Indians on the other hand are playing equally hard with Harbhajan Singh predicting a 4-0 victory for India and Virender Sehwag predicting a 3-1 victory for India.

The series has very well gained the necessary momentum and in the middle of all these begins anouther count down. Saurav Ganguly will be playing his last International Series after which he will be retiring from all forms of the games. This came as a bolt from the blue sky and Ganguly was defying the logic of Voluntary Retirement Scheme ( VRS ) bring offered to the players.

Amidst all this was another confusion. Anil Kumble said that this would be his last test in front of his home crowd and a win against the Aussies at home is something he wanted to achieve. Media took it the other way and they concluded saying that this would also be Kumble’s last. Kumble cleared the confusion later today. Ricky Ponting said that this would put pressure on the other ageing Indian batsman and they would try to exploit it.

Saurav Ganguly was very diplomatic when he said that he announced his retirement at the last few minutes of the press conference as team came first and as he never really wanted to make this an issue. The Prince, I feel, has made his own decision. True, that he was done in by some harsh decisions by the Board and the Selectors, but then this seems to be his own decision.

All eyes will surely be on Saurav Ganguly and let us hope that he fires well and leaves the game in prime style just the way he entered with a bang. I personally feel that it would have been fitting had he retired after the England series following this series. But then, everything has happened in a flash. Everything is for good. England series could see either Rohit Sharma or Yuvraj Singh trying to fill in the void.

In the next few posts, I’d be posting a few videos of Saurav Ganguly as a tribute to the ” Prince Of Kolkatta “. He is surely one of my favourite Cricketers and it is his never say die spirit that has seen the team transform as a unit. He has been the backbone of bringing in some good talents namely Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammed Kaif to name a few. He is one of the most successful Indian Captains till date and an architect of the modern Indian Team. Kudos to this great fighter!!!

Just One Last Thing, Lads : ( Courtesy : Youtube )

October 1, 2008

Ganguly – The Man Of Comebacks

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The history repeats. To my liking ( or even to Ganguly’s for that matter ) it has happened very quickly. Saurav Ganguly was again on the verge of being pushed aside and out of International Cricket for once. But his strong record has saved his head again. One of the selectors said his experience, character and resilience has put him ahead of the youngsters like Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Mohammad Kaif. They feel these three qualities are very important for a tough series against Australia.

As a build up to the series, Saurav Ganguly is expected to play a India A test against New Zealand A as he has not been a part of the current team who are at a conditioning camp at Bangalore. Ganguly has an impressive average of 50.67 aggregating 1571 runs since his comeback in December 2006 during which he has also scored a maiden double century. The surprise packages were Amit Mishra and Subramaniam Badrinath. Both made it to the 15 member squad.

Badrinath said he expected a call up. What the selectors have done is that they have sent a strong message. Badrinath will be under the shadow and will me the most likely one to replace Ganguly. Meanwhile Mishra will be the third spinner and likely to be the successor of Kumble. Too ealry to make a call. But this seems to be the pattern. Pragyan Ojha and Piyush Chawla were left out. I felt Ojha deserved a place in this squad.

Meanwhile the news from the camp is that the team has been really working hard on its fitness and the bowlers on getting their rhythms right. They were made to bowl with teh fifth stump just to get thier ” just outside off stump ” line right. The first Test starts in Bangalore on October 9. The second is in Mohali from October 17-21. The squad for the remaining fixtures, in Delhi and Nagpur, will be named after the second Test. Here’s the squad :

  • Anil Kumble
  • Virender Sehwag
  • Gautam Gambhir
  • Rahul Dravid
  • Sachin Tendulkar
  • Saurav Ganguly
  • V.V.S. Laxman
  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni
  • Harbhajan Singh
  • Zaheer Khan
  • Ishanth Sharma
  • Munaf Patel
  • R.P. Singh
  • Subramaniam Badrinath
  • Amit Mishra

August 3, 2008

India Level The Series At Galle

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:46 pm by techtwist

Indians have done it again when their backs were completely against the wall. What a way to comeback after suffering the third biggest loss? No one expected India to win the game. But then, the Indians have proved their mettle once again. Anil Kumble said he was not surprised by this victory as he had full faith in his team and knew what every member was capable of in their dressing room.

First, it was Sehwag in the first innings with that magnificient 201*. It was his 11 century on a trot which has been converted into a 150+ score. What a feat? It was a terrific display of his mental strength to comeback in such a way after the first test loss. He single handedly took India to a position of comfort. Then it was Harbhajan Singh who picked up six wickets to back Sehwag’s effort. Sehwag and Gambhir again propelled India to a good start and as usual, the Indians fumbled out of nowhere. The worst part is that they looked pretty comfortable against the spinners.

Then Ishanth Sharma and Zaheer Khan bowled beautifully. Both looked good for more wickets. Ishanth Sharma in particular was at his devastating best. It reminded me of his duel with Ricky Ponting at Perth ( Listen To What Sanjay Manjrekar Had To Say About Ishanth Sharma ). He was consistently around the 135-140 kmph mark. His spell was inspirational. By the time the spinners came, the damage was already done. Credit should go to the 19 year old lad for his efforts. Then Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble completed the other formalities and we won by 170 runs.

There were few more areas where we could improve and if we can get that right it would be a another cracker of a contest in a weeks time. Mahela Jayawardene was so very impressed with Ishanth Sharma that he has already hinted at a pace bowler in his line-up. The highlight of this match was how the openers nullified Ajantha Mendis and Muralidaran. It was a treat to watch them dominate the Sri Lankan spinners. If they can repeat the show, we can probably bag this series.

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