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Sunday, May 27, 2007

STAR WARS - Completes 30 years

Guys while on way to India and surfing the net at the Changi Airport came across this interesting headline

STAR WARS - Completes 30 years.... Wow.. I still have the avid memories of going to the MADHURAM theatre in Ahmedabad and queuing up to watch the first movie of STAR WARS being screened there. For those who are familar with 1970-80 era of Ahmedabad film circle, would remember two prominent theatres - ADVANCE & MADHURAM which used to screen the ENGLISH movies.

And when rewinding down the memory one does not realise that it was way back in 1977 that STAR WARS was first relised. Yours truely definetly remembers those names which have become a legend Luke Skywalker,Han Solo (played by young Harrison Ford) and R2-D2( robot that won many hearts).

Read the details on STAR WARS history in this article http://specials.rediff.com/movies/2007/may/25sld1.htm

30 years down the lane...

Tendulkar in Spotlight again

Even though Tendulkar is trying his level best to silence the critics, the list of critics keeps growing.

Tendulkar has scored two centuries in the series in Bangladesh but those too are not being regarded highly by the critics.

Intersting statistics posted at cricinfo in the article

"There must be truth to it but the manner in which he crawled to a century today has left even that argument open to doubt. Today's was a solid, honest Test century - for a debutant, not for someone playing his 137th Test"

Read the article ... Whither Tendulkar?

Things just don't seem to be going Tendulkar's way both on & off the field...

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Bangladesh Series - Purpose Undefined

India have embarked on a test series with Bangladesh which carries no importance in the eyes of the cricketing world.

The media has given the series a big hype by terming it as a "REVENGE SERIES". The kind of sensational opening a bollywood masala movie would hope for.

If one runs thru the pages of cricket history, there was definetely a ' revenge' series played in India after the WC-1983. West Indies had come to India with soul objective of defeating India after they had lost the WC-1983 finals. And boy...they Blackwashed India completely during that series...

Since the Bangladesh tour started there has been less play and more rain delays. It makes no sense in going to Bangladesh when the whole world knows it is the pre-monsoon season. It is high time someone puts their step down and lets the ICC know that they had an over-dose of cricket.

After the debacle in WC-2007, there was a call for complete changeover in the composition of the Indian Team. Whoever was looking to see any new faces in Indian Team must have been born recently and not knowing the facts. India are still playing with Ganguly and Tendulkar, they are scoring hundreds and making sure they are on the England tour. Poor Laxman....he is labelled to be non-ODI player and is soon going to be non-existant on the TEST match scorecard. It is time Laxman bids adieu to cricket and settles down in the princely city of Hyderabad.

Indian team is good at making and breaking a players' career. This time round they are busy doing the same with a cricketer called Dinesh kartik. In the next couple of seasons, when the batting form deserts him, he will be dumped by Indian selectors. He will be left pondering whether he ever knew the business of wicket-keeping. If you guys don't agree, please go and look at the career graph of a player called Irfan Pathan after he was termed as the next "KAPIL DEV" - the all-rounder for Indian Team.

From a layman point of view, the Bangladesh series does not seem to govern any positives for Indian team. They have not tried or tested out any new players who would stand out and be counted. Moreover, it is becoming pretty clear India does not have a strong bench and they will be a big void when the 3 stalwarts of current team bid adieu to cricket.