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Monday, December 10, 2007

India is 2-0 up in Mental Game @Bangalore

Bangalore seems to have a unique record of seeing Pakistan and Indian players getting into a swearing fight and unfortunately it has resulted in two pakistani batsmen getting out immediately. Both the incidents happened at a crucial time of the respective matches and surprisingly it involved the local 'karnataka' boys.

First incident happened in the Q'Finals match in 1996 WC between Venkatesh Prasad and Amir Sohail. Amir Sohail was playing a fantastic knock till he needled Prasad unnecessarily and that resulted in his downfall. He was bowled of the next delivery and was shown the doors of the pavalion rightly so by Prasad. This incident was highly talked about in the cricketing circles. View the video of that incident and Imran in his commentary rightly said ' pakistan has suffered due to insensible batting by Sohail'

Second incidient to happen was yesterday in the 3rd test match between India v/s Pak being played at bangalore. The players involved again are a Pakistani batsman - M Yousuf and a player from Karnataka - Kumble.

Read the article from George Binoy @ Cricinfo
" Distraction, destruction
The afternoon session was meandering along without much excitement when a bit of drama occurred in the 71st over. Mohammad Yousuf, visibly angry at something that had happened, walked towards Anil Kumble at gully. Yousuf was seething and gestured towards Kumble, who had a few words with him and patted him on the back. On returning to his crease, Yousuf wasn't becalmed and had a word with the umpires Simon Taufel and Rudi Koertzen. Three balls later, clearly irked, he had a chat with Harbhajan Singh. All the talking evidently disturbed his concentration because he drove loosely at the last ball of the over - a wide one from Irfan Pathan - and sliced it straight to Yuvraj at point. "

Though, Bangalore seems to be a good hunting ground for Pakistan, it somehow holds the unique record for Pakistan players getting out after an altercation with the Indian - Karnataka players.

Kumble will definetely be pulled up by the ICC Refree for the incident and being the captain of the team it would not go down well with the cricketing pundits. But who can deny the fact that the top team in the world - Aussies also have a captain who likes to needle the opposition players and get away with the word 'aggression'.

Let's hope we do not have anymore of this incidents in the last game of the tour and both the teams churn out some good batting displays.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Yuvi's Innings to be remembered

Is Yuvraj's innings going to help India break the Bangalore Jinx?

Wow....What an innings under pressure. Yuvraj has been knocking on the doors of the Test team for a long time now. Given the opportunity today @ Bangalore he sized it with both hands. India tottering at 61 for 4, the 2005 match definetely would have been running thru the minds of the most players in Indian Dressing room. Most of the players playing today were part of that match in 2005.

Yuvraj definetly had some different ideas of his own. He really turned the tables (atleast on first day) on the Pakistan team. He was in a fantastic form in the ODI and he has carried the same into the test match. He had the calm presence of 'DADA' on the other end who allowed this youngster to blossom while he himself kept another end ticking.

Ganguly and Yuvraj did enough to make Indian sniff the air of win here in Bangalore. But the match is not over yet rather it is wide open. If India fail to capitalize on this magnificent knock tomorrow morning, things may go the other way. India need to put up 500 plus on board and make sure they do not bat in the match or have very few runs to chase in the second knock. If Pakistan is able to knock out the rest of Indian wickets and put up a big score, then the B'lore jinx might still come back to haunt Indian team here.

As they say it is not over till the last ball of the match is over....

Friday, December 07, 2007

Bangalore Jinx comes back to Haunt Indian Team

Yours truely had written earlier about India might have left a golden chance of wrapping the series in Kolkata slip.

"That series in 2004-05 has several parallels to this one. India had dominated for the majority of the first two Tests. In Mohali, Pakistan ended the fourth day with a lead of 53 with only four second-innings wickets in hand. Akmal and Razzaq, who had begun batting on the previous evening, played nearly the whole of the fifth day to save the Test. However, in the next match in Kolkata, Pakistan conceded a slender first-innings lead despite hundreds from Younis and Mohammad Yousuf and were dismissed for 226 chasing 422 in the final innings to give India a 1-0 lead. "

The article by George Binoy at Cricinfo - India beware the Bangalore jinx clearly underlines the same story

At the sametime, Indian team seems to be down with the same 'non-fit' bug that infected Pakistani team in Kolkata. With Zaheer, Tendulkar & Dhoni the doubtful starters for the match, Indian bowling & batting put up a depleted look.

"The irony is that Pakistan was in a similar position ahead of the second Test in Kolkata. Their captain Shoaib Malik had twisted his ankle, Umar Gul flew home with a back injury and Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Sami were unwell. However, barring Malik, they have no injury worries at the moment. India, on the other hand, have had to call up Gautam Gambhir on the eve of the match as cover for Tendulkar, who did not practice on Thursday but had a light training session on Friday. "

Read up the article at Cricinfo

As things look India have their backs to the wall even before the start of the TEST match.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Did India drop a chance to win the series?

Has India dropped a golden chance to win the series at Kolkata....

Next match is at Bangalore and it happens to be a happy-hunting ground for Pakistan..

At the same time, Pakistan have given themselves an outside chance to square the series at Bangalore. Pakistan have done well in the past when test matches were played in 1987 and 2005.

Well...who can forget 1987 test match where Sunil Gavaskar played a memorable knock of 96 on a turner of a pitch. He almost single-handedly took India to victory.

While in the last test match played here in 2005 between these two arch-rivals, Pakistan had thrashed India by nearly 160 runs. It is a happy hunting ground for Younis Khan who had scored a double-century to help Pakistan post a mamoth score of 500 plus.

Hence, India would be definitely ruing the catches they dropped in both the Pakistan innings. Had they held on to their catches in both the innings the story line would have been different.

It looks to be seen how the 'Dravid - the wall' and 'Kumble - the jumbo' will perform in front of their home ground. This is probably going to be their last TEST match before the home crowd.
Kumble may be hoping to finish off on a high with a win and secure his first series win as a captain.

As a cricket fan, could just hope for an exciting test cricket and wish both the teams all the best.

Indian Cricket Team - finally has a coach

It is offical...the Indian Cricket team has a coach ... Gary Kirsten takes over during the Australian Tour

Read the cricinfo article for the masala

Monday, December 03, 2007

Interesting Finish in Offering

Let me begin with appluading the Pakistan team for putting up a spirited challange so far in the 2nd test @ Kolkata in the ongoing India v/s Pak Test Series in India.

Everyone had predicted that the India would roll-over the Pakistan in this test match. And with Pakistan not fielding its top 11 players and India chugging along nicely to a 600 plus score, the writing was very much clear on the wall. Misbah-ul-Haq, who is having a dream season since Twenty20 WC seem to have different ideas. He found an able partner in the Kamran Akmal who on the other hand is having his worst season behind the stumps. If Kamran had to wipe out all those bad memories, the only option was in coming good in front of the stumps and he answered to the prayers of the Pakistani fans in a fantastic manner.

Though this rear-guard action cannot be compared to the epic Laxman-Dravid partnership at the same ground against Australi (2001), it definetly will go down in the books of cricket as one of the finest 'survival act'. At the sametime we need to give credit to M Sammi who helped Pakistan to avoid a follow-on and probably escape with heads held high in this test match.

A Indian win or draw would be a predicted result in all the corners, but would not be surprised if Pakistan make India sweat chasing down the target.. Just a knock on the memories....it was here in 1998-99 series that Pakistan won a test match after being reduced to 26 for 6. No one knows till the 'last ball' of the match is bowled...

A very interesting finish is definetly in offerring for the last day...

Wow- New Culture of Workspace

Silicon Valley is bringing in a new of 'culture'...the bigwig companies are promoting the concept of open spaces and do away with the 'cubicle' culture

Read on in this mercurynews article http://www.mercurynews.com/ci_7622029?nclick_check=1

Saturday, December 01, 2007

World Aids Day - 1 Dec

Today is the WORLD AIDS DAY ....lets join hands to eradicate this deadly virus from our lives

some usefull links
Understand HIV/AIDS
UNAIDS