Sunday, December 31, 2006

Happy New Year - 2007

Wish All A Very Happy New Year

Hope the Year 2007 bring joy, peace and prosperity to Everyone.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dancing away to Victory

The blue brigade has turned the tables on the Proteas at the Wanderers.

“Man is made by his belief. As he believes, so he is.” – The saying from Bhagavad-Gita aptly portraits the Indian Cricket Team’s belief in them and that has lead them to a victory and cricket-crazy nation into raptures of joy.This moment will be even more cherished as it has come at a time when Indian Team was expected to get white-washed.

The best part of the win was underlined by the fact that India won the match due to a team effort. For the first time, the team did not depend on individual performance to win. There were contributions from each and every one in all the departments of the game. Whenbatting, it was good to see the ‘comeback seniors’ proving their worth and making their respective returns a memorable one. The ‘dada’ of Indian Cricket has again proved the saying ‘class is permanent, form is not’. When it came to bowling, Indian bowlers demonstrated to their well-known opponents a class of seam bowling. Sreesanth and Zaheer were a class act in themselves. Catches win matches, and the Indians held all their catches and also hit the stumps to get their run-outs.

Sreesanth also danced into the hearts of the Indian Fans, with his jig and gave the opponents back in the manner well deserved. The altercation between Nel & Sreesanth has shown that this team is not the one that is going to take it lying down. They definitely have in them to give it to the opponents if necessary. But it would be interesting to see who would fall on the wrong side of the ICC Referee’s sword.

With this win, Indian team has really put the SA Team in a quandary. SA team has been been given taste of their own medicine. This would have definitely put them in 'confused state' regarding the pitch they would like to ditch out for the second test.

A win at DURBAN and DRAVID team would have the PARLIAMENT jumping up and down. Blue Brigade keep it going…win the series and ring in the NEW YEAR.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Historic Win in SA

Wow ... Indian Tri Color flies high @ the Wanderers,SA

Unbelievable stuff.. SA is bowled out for 84 in their own den..

Indian fans are going to cherish this win for long time...

Congratulations Blue Team and keep the good work going... We need to win the series and prove everyone (yours truely incl.).

Thursday, December 14, 2006

When are we going to learn - Indian Cricket Team?

In the past, team selection has been the 'achilles heel' for the Indian Cricket team. They always believe in playing to the strategy of 'horses for the courses' rather than playing to their strengths and belief.

Personally feel, that Indian Team is repeating the same mistake once again by not playing their best players. Over the years, Indian team has won matches by unleashing their 'spinning missiles' on the doubting minds of batsmen worldwide.

Whatever may be the state of the pitch, you need to play with bowlers who are going to help in picking up 20 wickets in a match. And one person who has definetely proved in the past that he would do no harm to that cause, is none other than our own "TURBANATOR". He is a quality spinner who has proved in past that he is not over-dependent on the pitch conditions for the purchase of the wickets. And with Jumbo firing in from the other end, they both would form a dangerous proposition for any seasoned campaigner on any track.

But with no 'turbanator' and no 'pathan' let's look at the bowling options that India wishes to use to create a dent in SA armor

Zaheer - playing his first test match after a long forced sabbatical and as the experts say test match is a different ball game than the ODIs. Hope he carries his form from the shorter version to the longer one.
Sreesanth - has not grown the stature where Indian team can pin their hopes of leading the bowling attack
VR Singh - is all raw pace and knowing that SA batsman are great players of pace...don't you feel that the SA players would be just happy to receive this 'wrapped gift' just before the 'christmas'
Kumble - has vast experience and a lone figure who may be able to make some impression, but god help India if SA players start negating his expertises...

Let's take the case scenario, if one or two of the four bowlers is taken to the task by the SA batsman who is the 'WALL' going to fall back upon -VIRU n SACHIN no way..Will the Bengal Tiger be asked to bowl...these should not be your options at all.. Don't you think it would have been a better proposition to have the following players in the script

Jaffar, Sourav,Dravid,Sachin,Laxman,Dhoni,Zaheer, Pathan, Sreesanth, Harbajan,Kumble

Blinking..u have too..VIRU is dropped in my list...with the form he is in..give him a dose of 'drop'... at the most he will get you some runs which Ganguly can also and with 'pathan' in the list you can definetely bet ur penny on having more runs on the score sheet. Pathan would give a double-edge to the team.. he would definetely add runs to the total with the form he is in..and even in his bad bowling form..he would be a better prospect than the 'raw power' of VRSingh. With Bhaji n Jumbo bowling in tandem, India stand a better chance of getting past SA... It was these two great spinners bowling in tandem that helped India record their first series win in 35 years on a WI soil. Between them they had taken 12 wickets, out of the 20 needed to win a test match. On the sidenote...VIRUBHAI's contribution was a total of 4 in the whole match and no wickets.

During the WI tour there was this fantastic article on how well kumble n harbhajan bowl in tandem. It proves that article has definetely not been read by 'think-tank' of Indian team.

Guys... lets just hope n pray for the best... hope the 'raw pace' of VRS get a 5-wicket haul...aur apna VIRU Bhai score a 196 and set the tune for INDIA's march to many milestones.. Personally, would luv India win with any combinations... Wish the BLUE BOYS all the best.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Judgemental Week

In the past couple of days quite a few eye-raising judgements and all involving some big-wigs of Indian Society

Firstly, Munnabhai is sentenced for his known 'childish' act of acquiring an 'adult' weapon. And finally the man who potrayed 'gandhigiri' in his movie is going to the jail for all the wrong reasons.

The sweet marts in Kolkata might have made a roaring business selling 'rasgollas' with the 'second' judgement. The news of "DADA" returning to the Indian side might have sent the 'dada crazy state in frenzy. And Sourav Ganguly is already making his bat talk since his return; having scored a gutsy 83 to revive Indias' hope in the friendly match. Really pity the person as he is going to be under the scanner all the time, and would be expected to do something xtra everytime he goes out to represent India.

Last but not the least the author of statements like "the ball went so high that even airhost could have caught it in air" is himself in soup. Yes, Navjot Singh Sidhu - guru of sidhuism is in the docks for something he did in his younger days. That was the time during which the Indian Cricket Fans saw a complete change in Sidhu since he made his debut. At the time of his debut played a knock and was considered 'strokeless wonder'; but by the time he returned for his second knock in the middle he had suddenly found the knack of sending the ball soaring into the stands; and was crowned the 'badshah of sixes'.

These three judgements have really captured the media glare for the past couple of days.

But the most talked about news in the world of cricket is England's catapult to defeat.

Aussies are really proving the cricket world how the champions play. And at the same time score of 500 is also not safe in these times of cricket. Couple of years back when both teams scored 500 the test match it would have been given up for a draw. But with the advent of the ODI, scores of 300 in a day are becoming common.

The scoresheet of the Aus-Eng match must have given a Indian think tank some fodder to ponder.... What is going to be a good score against the 2nd best team at present in the world of cricket ...Every Indian batsman will have to stop playing the 'katakali' to the music of SA bowlers.