Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Champion's League Twenty20...

The World Cup ended with plenty of celebration and beginning of IPL 4. By now , I had lost almost all the interest to watch IPL . Two new teams , millions of matches , empty stadiums and a TRP rating which was exponentially decreasing as days passed by. The IPL heat caught up late – only in the semis and finals. CSK won again . Great ! But that’s not the end . The IPL was shortly followed by India’s tour of England.

This tour was a much awaited one. But to our dismay , it resulted in a complete washout ! Team India did not even win a match . Winning the series to door ki baat hai. Team England proved to be too strong an opponent. Their line up was amazing . This tour is probably the worst tour for Team India – ever ! So here we are – the viewers & fans are waiting for a revenge – in the England’s tour of India coming up .

But hey wait – cricket for the year is not over . Shah Rukh Khan’s back in the newspapers & TV commercials – not for Ra.One but for Champions League T20 . We are already tired watching too much of cricket this year . Add to it – the Champions League T20 . More matches , more foreign teams but the same IPL teams ! We are already tired of victories & defeats – we have experienced too much of both this year. “Have no fear , When Srini is here!”; He’ll fix it up for CSK…after all Champion’s League is only a combination of Cricket,Monopoly and of course Politics!

Before I conclude this post – A standing ovation for Rahul Dravid – He has been one of the greatest cricketers in the world . His dedication and team spirit will be remembered forever.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar denied the 100th hundred that India craves

Sachin Tendulkar
India's Sachin Tendulkar walks back to the pavillion after being given out lbw to England's Tim Bresnan. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA

Sachin Tendulkar will imagine to his dying day that the ball was missing leg-stump and so will much of India, but the moment that India craved – Tendulkar's 100th international hundred – disappeared into dust with the most feted batsman of the age still nine runs short of the century that would have finished his troubled Test series on a personal high.

It would have been a brave decision in Mumbai, it was strong-willed enough in south London, and when the Australian umpire Rod Tucker raised his finger, to give Tim Bresnan an lbw decision, Tendulkar delayed long enough in disbelief for the match referee to have a second look. He has been a model professional and will probably be forgiven his moment of shock.

Hawk-Eye supported Tucker's decision, its predictive path suggesting that the ball would have clipped the top of leg-stump, and judging the decision close enough to be "umpire's call". Umpires' calls normally go in Tendulkar's favour. India have refused to use Hawk-Eye in this series because they lack faith in its accuracy, but Tucker would have been a relieved man when it supported his decision.

Tendulkar could hardly cavil because he had ridden his luck against England's Graeme Swann, who might have dismissed him three times. He was dropped twice, on 70 and 85, and survived a confident lbw appeal from the off-spinner when he tried to sweep him on 79, Hawk-Eye concluding that the ball would have clattered into leg-stump.

Tendulkar, 35 overnight, had battled into mid-afternoon to try to save the final Test for India and avoid a whitewash in the series. When he became the second India wicket to fall, in the 42nd over of the day, India were still 29 runs behind and the crowd, many of whom had come to pay homage to Tendulkar, imagined that a thrilling finish may be in store. In one Bresnan delivery the game, not the individual, had again become the thing.

A Tendulkar hundredth India hundred had been imagined during the first Test at Lord's, as a grand statement of their status as the No1 Test side in the world, a fitting adornment to the 2,000th Test. At The Oval it would have been merely a consolation at the fag end of a series in which they have been thoroughly outplayed.

It would have been a scene stealer after a series in which Rahul Dravid, not Tendulkar, has been India's stand-out batsman. In the end, it did not come to pass.

Ah well, no matter. It would have taken a committed Tendulkar supporter not to admit that the hundred would have come in rather hollow circumstances – so that cuts it down to about 500 million then.

Tendulkar had several moments of good fortune as he edged towards three figures on a slow Oval pitch that offered considerable, but sluggish, turn for Swann and little encouragement for England's seamers, who lost the discipline that had served them so nobly throughout the summer.

Ecstatic cheers greeted Tendulkar's first boundary, from the second ball of the day, when he steered Jimmy Anderson to third man. A routine single, again off Anderson, brought cheers for his fifty. He was picking off singles at will. The assumption grew that it was only a matter of time.

But the closer he got to his goal, the more the errors crept in, reminders of the frailties that have afflicted him throughout this series. He survived an lbw appeal from Stuart Broad on 54, rightly so, but it was enough to unnerve the crowd and Broad twice flashed deliveries past his outside edge.

On 70 he was dropped at short-leg by Alastair Cook, the ball flicking Cook's wrist and striking him on the chest, with the fielder unable to rescue the rebound. On 79, he swept and was hugely fortunate that Simon Taufel, Tucker's fellow Australian, ruled in his favour. Add Matt Prior's failure to hold a tough catch behind the stumps when Tendulkar was 85, and another perilous moment padding up to Swann in the same over, and it was little wonder that Swann scuffed the turf in frustration.

When England's captain, Andrew Strauss, turned to Kevin Pietersen, and Tendulkar pulled a long hop to reach the 90s, there were still five overs to the second new ball and it seemed that he had timed his innings perfectly. The crowd prepared to pay homage, Twitter braced itself for an avalanche of tweets and then Bresnan, seemingly immune to an impending moment of history, left Tendulkar – and India – still waiting for a moment that has failed to materialise all summer.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Is Indian Cricket on a Demise

After Indian Cricket team’s embarrassing performance in the ongoing England tour, question is every one mind is that is Indian Cricket on a demise or team India just had a bad summer in England. Indian Team came to England as the World Cup winners and Number 1 rank side in Test Cricket, but after the end of the final test in Oval they slipped to number 3 in the rankings. England team completely outplayed the star studded lineup of Indian team, whose middle order batting is considered the best in the world fails to score any runs,Rahul Dravid is the only Indian player who showed some resilience during the 4 match series. After suffering the white wash in 4 match test series Cricket analysts are saying that this is the worst performance of Indian team in last 20 years.
Zaheer after suffering Injury in First test
The biggest problem Indian team had during the series is injuries. Most former Cricketers like Ian Botham, Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram are saying that Indian side had injuries problem because they played too much cricket during a year, all of them also agree that most of the Indian players are exhausted because of IPL and tight international schedule.
The biggest reason why Indian team has so badly lost against England is that they don’t had a bowling line up that could take 20 wickets in a match. Their bowling looked really mediocre during the whole series, you cannot win a test match with this sort of bowling attack. And the way Indian Batsman’s flop during the tour it clearly shows that they didn’t had any sort of back up if Tendulkar and Laxman are out of form, they relay to heavily on them.
Dravid and Sachin During Oval test
The point is this that Indian Selection committee didn’t build any backup for players like Tendulkar, Dravid, Zaheer, Laxman. All of them now are close to the retirement and if somehow in future India will reclaim their NO.1 rank in Test they cannot hold on to it because the Players like Raina, Kholi and Yuvraj are not good enough to win test matches for India.

Ten Reasons why India lost the India v/s Eng land Series

ONE Sharad Pawar was so busy getting out of the scams he did in India that he forgot to fix the match.

TWO The Indian Cricket Squad decided to fast on runs until the Jan Lokpal Bill was passed.

THREE Sachin tried to coach his son but......instead he forgot his cricket!

FOUR Sachin wanted to keep his fans under suspense for his 100th 100

FIVE They wanted to know what it means to have eggs on their faces....or they wanted the replica of the
La Tomatina Festival

SIX Fearing the ghost of W.G.Grace  at Lords

SEVEN M.S.Dhoni in an exclusive interview (Which took place in my Dreams) stated that his bat got exchanged and hence forgot how to bat.

EIGHT Zaheer khan  had got his whites dirtied a lot, fearing the beatings from his mother he ran of the ground giving the excuse of an injury the started trying to clean them and it took him the rest of the series.Hence, the absence of a bowler had for the first time in his been felt.

NINE As we all know the ICT plays in the spirit of the Game.M.S.D, S.RT, Yuvi and R.D had a 10hour long debate on whether India deserves this title or not. Later, they came to the conclusion that the country "Every Country must be first in their National Game" and M.S.D told me exclusively(In my dreams of course) "Well,Of course  you see last night I,Sachin,Yuvi and R.D had a serious discussion on whether India must maintain its World No.1 title or not. Later we came up with this scheme  'Every Country must be first in their National Game' . We told it to the rest of the team and they all agreed with this.Hoping that we are given  first, we have planned to lose all the matches in this series!"

TEN hmm....running out of reasons....probably because I had too much homework and couldn't watch the match!!!!