January 16, 2010

Gilchrist and Hayden Clarify Speculation

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Few days back, Adam Gilchrist’s Manager Stephen Atkinson had quoted, “Adam is aware of the situation and he is always very mindful of the security concerns in India. Adam was looking to play in this year’s tournament but it is always a worry when statements like that (made by Shiv Sena) are being made. Ultimately, he will be guided by the views of Cricket Australia and security experts.” This was misinterpreted by the press and the news that Gilchrist wouldn’t be a part of IPL 3 started making rounds. In a recent interview, Gilchrist clarified this and quoted, “I love playing in India. My manager’s quote has been misinterpreted and I am quite keen to play in India”.

He was further told PTI that, “I cannot speak for other players but I am sure to tour India in March for the IPL. I am confident of Mr. Modi and the IPL organisers. I have some fine memories of India and would like to extend that”. Leter on even Matthew Hayden confirmed his participation and stated that, “The process is that the security agencies will investigate and let Cricket Australia know who will let the players know, but the final decision is in the hands of the players. You will definitely see me in India for IPL 3.I have been welcomed into the bosom of India as a brother. I feel very humbled and privileged to be able to play here. I am looking forward to IPL 3 and am confident it will be a huge success.”

So, as of now, none of the Australian players have pulled out of the auction and hopefully we will get to see them in action this year. I personally feel that the sport shouldn’t be mixed up with all the political issues. What happened in Australia to the Indian students is certainly a bad example and it is unjust, but then I don’t think that not allowing Australian players to take part in India is the solution. This might hamper the preparations for the World Cup next year.


March 10, 2009

Australia Stay On Top

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Australians have crushed the South Africans again to have sealed the series. The Australians were greatly helped by the performance of the debutante Phillip Hughes who scored a century in each innings making him the youngest to have achieved the feat. Ricky Ponting was all praise for the rookie who seems to be the future for them. Mitchell Johnson was at his usual best in both the innings and helped pick wickets at crucial junctures during the game. Australians can finally be relieved for sometime now.

December 30, 2008

Dethroning The Aussies

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What an amazing display by the South Africans? They’ve beaten Australia second time in a row in their own backyard to clinch the series with another game to go. How many times can you actually see this happen? It was a splendid display by the new-comer Jean Paul Duminy. He has already got the attention of the bowlers the world over. He has a cool head and he displayed his talent in the toughest of conditions that a fresher can face – Australia. But he looked the part from the very begining.

His first test fifty yielded the South Africans a victory. But his efforts in the second test was the most crucial. South Africans were looking down the barrel at the end of second day’s play. There was almost no chance of a comeback. But Duminy ( 166 runs ) clubbed hands with Dale Steyn ( 76 ) and put on a stunning partnership that saw the South Africans claw back into the game. It was again Dale Steyn who brought about the Australian failure. His five wickets hurt the Aussies very badly.

It was good to see Greame Smith make the best use of his bowling resources. He used Steyn in short spells and he did response by picking up wickets everytime he was given the ball. He bowled with lively pace and immaculate line and length. Others supported him well to dismiss the Aussies to a mediocre total and the South Africans needed just 183 runs for the victory and they did it with utmost ease. They cruised through to the target with nine wickets in hand.

Australians were thoroughly outplayed and the South Africans should thank Jean Paul Duminy and Dale Steyn for this emphatic victory which has seen the Australians being dethroned. Its time for the South Africans to party.

November 11, 2008

The Final Roar Of The Bengal Tiger – A Tribute

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Irrespective of whether its a young tiger or an old one, when it roars, it does bring shivers down the spine. Similar has been the Prince Of Kolkatta’s career too. He came into the International scene with a bang scoring a century on debut and followed it up with another making it two for the debut series in England. As Sourav admitted, it was indeed amazing to make a mark at the Mecca of Cricket – Lords.

Since then, there has been no turning back. He has gone through a lot of high’s and low’s. He with Tendulkar formed a formidable opening pair and their record for the aggregate together still stands atop the charts. Sourav Ganguly has played some breath-taking innings when it has mattered the most. He has also come up with some special performances time and again.

Till date, there is no one to better his performance at Toronto. He exploited both with the bat and the ball. He holds the record for winning four consecutive man of the match awards. He also holds the record for being part of most number of 200 runs partnership. Along with this add the most ODI runs in a calender year thrice ( in 1997, 1999 and 2000 ). He was also the fastest to 7,000 ODI runs ( in 174 innings ) and also to 8,000 ( in 200 innings ) and 9,000 ( in 228 innings ).

He also stands third on the list of World’s big hitters with a tally of 190 6’s in ODI’s and 57 in tests. He was also the first left-handed batsman to get past the magical 10,000 mark and third in the world to achieve the feat. He is currently fourth in the list of most centuries by an individual. This is by no means an easy achievement.

Add to this his exploits as a Captain. He lead India in 49 matches and has an amazing record of 15 consecutive victories bettered only by Australia till date. He has been India’s most successful Captain. During this tenure, he also became the second in the World to aggregate 5,000 ODI runs as Captain. He brought in a new feel into the Indian team and took it to great heights. He laid the platform for where we are today, a competitive team anywhere around the world. He changed the phase of Indian Cricket and redefined the term aggression to the Indian Cricketers.

Under him, cropped up a group of gifted youngsters, notable among them is Zaheer Khan, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif and Harbhajan Singh. He always backed youngsters and ensured the selectors understood the need of the youngsters for the balance of the team. A lot has been said about his inability against the short ball. But his record in Australia speaks for itself. No one can forget his efforts in the 1999 World Cup where he specially carrassed the Sri Lankans. So was his efforts in the 2003 World Cup scoring two crucial centuries.

He seemed to be an ocean of talent unless the unfortunate incident in 2005 after which everything changed. Even then he proved himself and he has done it to such an extent that he can be called the man of comebacks. His last test summed up his career. A strokeful 85 in a tough situation in the first innings and a golden duck like the great Don in the second innings to bring an end to a glittering career. He has seen everything. After all Dada in Hindi means Don. The Cricketing fraternity will miss the shots that he played through the off side.

He was deservedly called the Bengal tiger for he combined brute force with sheer timing like a majestic tiger. I’ve put together loads of videos and photos here. Don’t mind it as this is what my heart asks me to do. I’m filled with loads of emotions. We will surely miss you Sourav Ganguly.

November 2, 2008

Anil Kumble Calls It A Day

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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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