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The antics of the Fake IPL Player

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Kolkata Knight Riders have begun the IPL Season II on a rather tumultuous note, firstly having sacked Sourav Ganguly as captain and most recently having packed several players back home.

To add to its miseries, a blogger who goes by the name of “Fake IPL Player” claims to provide the inside scoop on KKR. The public are enjoying every bit of the scoop and are begging for more.

The blogger who is yet to be identified has 3382 followers at present and his posts have comments running into thousands! His blog posts have quite an appealing nature to all gossip lovers.

The revelations in the blogs prove that he is a member of the team or at least someone having close relationship with the team. There have been no leads so far on who this mysterious blogger is.

Until he is nabbed and debarred from exposing the team further, the cricket crazy, gossip loving fans will have a gala time at the expense of KKR.

There is no doubt as to who the real beneficiary is amidst all this furore. All the publicity – good or bad is doing very good for the IPL!  Lalit Modi & Co. would certainly not mind the fake IPL player continue blogging till the end of IPL 2009.

Surprise birthday party for Sachin Tendulkar

Friday, April 24th, 2009

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Sachin Tendulkar celebrates his 36th birthday in Durban with friends and teammates on 24 April 2009.

A sprouting cricket team

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Afghanistan is a country torn apart by war and terrorism. It would seem difficult to expect anything good from this country in these trying times. However, there is a group of young Afghan enthusiasts here who have pursued their childhood passion for cricket and have become the pioneers of Afghan Cricket.

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Pakistan – On the road to recovery?

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

I cannot recollect any major cricket team which in recent times has been through as many painful experiences as the Pakistan Cricket Team. The country seems to be dogged by trouble perennially and trouble seems to be part and parcel of Pakistan cricket too.

As much as they are our arch rivals, I can’t help but feel sorry for the Pakistan team and wish that they come out from the mess and turmoil that they are in.

The recently started ODI series against Australia has given a glimmer of hope to Pakistan. The four-wicket win against a struggling Australian side in Dubai would definitely have boosted their confidence. Shahid Afridi single handedly steered Pakistan to record their first win in the series.

Will Australia make a comeback? The second best team in the world is a force to compete with and they are sure to come back in full swing.

Meanwhile, lets enjoy the rest of the matches and see the best team win!

The Prez & The Prince

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

United States President Barack Obama met up with The “Prince of Port-of-Spain” at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann’s, on Sunday .

Obama who was in Trinidad for the recently concluded Fifth Summit of the Americas was at the Hilton Trinidad for a US post-summit press conference.

Upon meeting West Indies batting legend, Brian Lara, who is the world record holder for highest cricket Test score (400 not out), Obama commented that he had always wanted to meet the “Michael Jordan of cricket”.

Obama, an  avid basketball fan was keen to know more about the game of cricket, which he knew was similar to the American game of baseball. Lara obliged him by giving a demonstration on taking the proper batting stance and how to execute the cover drive.

Lara’s daughter Sydney also was also present with him on this historic occasion. Lara gifted the US President with an autographed cricket bat which read:

“To the President of the United States, Barack Obama, in appreciation of your visit to T&T – Best wishes.”

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Cricket achieves new heights

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Cricket has achieved new heights by scaling Mt Everest. Cricket is now on its way to becoming the highest ever played game in competitive sports.

Battling against harsh weather conditions and fierce winds, two teams of cricketers arrived at the base of Mt. Everest, in an attempt to set the record for the highest-ever game of competitive field sport.

They finally accomplished their dream by playing Twenty20 cricket at Gorak Shep, which is 16,940 feet above sea level.

The record, however, still needs to be approved by Guinness World Records. As of now, there is no entry in the Guinness World Records for a field sport played at the highest altitude.

A 50-strong contingent of players and organizers made a nine-day trek to a plateau near Everest Base Camp where two teams played an improvised game of Twenty20 cricket.

The two teams were named after Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, the two brave men who first conquered Mt Everest in 1953.

To account for the challenging conditions and potential drop-outs, 30 players trekked up the mountain and only 22 finally taking to the field.

The players had trained for months to prepare themselves for the physical challenge of playing with only around a third of the oxygen available at sea level. The aim of the expedition was to raise more than $520,000 for charity.

For the record, Team Hillary beat Team Tenzing. Hillary scored 5 for 152 and restricted Tenzing to 116 all out.

Kudos to all these valiant men!

Will John Buchanan’s Multi-Captaincy Theory Make a Difference?

Monday, April 20th, 2009

There has been quite a bit of furor over veteran Australian coach, John Buchanan’s proposal to introduce multiple captains in Twenty20, where there would be a nominating captain, a bowling captain, a fielding captain and a coach who would be captain when the team is batting.

Buchanan who has eight years of experience as Australia’s coach, firmly believes that this novel concept would be advantageous in the fast-moving shortest version of the game. Buchanan is coach for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL second season.

Indian cricket fans are quite skeptical about this new theory as there has never been more than one skipper in a match in any form of the game before. While ex-captain Sunil Gavaskar has expressed resentment over this new development, former India skipper Sourav Ganguly is upset that he was not informed about this earlier.

Former Australian pace bowler Glenn Mc Grath and former Australian medium pacer Damien Flemming were totally against this new concept, both favoring the traditional system of a single captain for the team.

The only person who seems to support Buchanan’s theory is Kolkata Knight Rider’s owner and film actor Shah Rukh Khan, who feels there is nothing wrong in trying out a different concept especially since single captaincy did not win his team laurels in the last IPL.

With the air now taut with tension, it’s going to be interesting to watch how the Knight Riders perform this season.

Why are we taking our IPL to foreign lands?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

With the India Premier League being shifted out of India, a lot of controversy has been flying about questioning the motives behind this sudden and late change in location.

The shift has been linked with India’s general elections being held at about the same time. The reason for the shift has been attributed to India’s inability to provide equal security to the IPL and the general elections at the same time.

Australian spin wizard, Shane Warne has aptly expressed the sentiments of many patriotic Indians.  Warne feels that it’s a shame that the 2nd Indian Premier League will not be played on its home soil. By taking these matches to foreign countries many wonder if this puts big money only into the coffers of the organizers.

Indian cricket fans are proud when IPLs are held in Indian soil. Many Indians also feel that IPLs held in India generate income for local businesses. They argue that it would be better to postpone the matches to a week after the elections than play them in a foreign land.  People all over India wonder if BCCI is looking to earn higher revenues through foreign franchisees hosting the tournaments. If the IPL2 turns out to be a big money spinner, could this indicate future IPLs in foreign countries?

For now, let’s get ready to catch these matches live on TV!

Dhoni – Born to lead

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

The man

Hugely popular with fans for his once long hair, model good looks and his fleet of motorbikes, Dhoni the man has a very good temperament and has the knack to curb natural aggression when needed.

The captain

Initially recognized as an extravagantly flamboyant and destructive batsman, Dhoni has come to be regarded as one of the best and coolest heads to captain the Indian team. I have not seen such an influential captain in the history of Indian Cricket. Although there have been many brave and valiant men who have tried to steer the Indian Team, I strongly believe that this man with iron hands is definitely the best!

His achievements

Under his captaincy, India won the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, CB Series of 2007-08 and the Border-Gavaskar trophy 2008 in which India beat Australia 2-0. He also led the team to their first-ever bilateral ODI series wins in Sri Lanka and New Zealand. To top it all, he has recently led India to a historic test win in New Zealand.

His awards

Dhoni has also been the recipient of many awards including the ICC ODI Player of the Year award in 2008 (the first Indian player to achieve this feat), the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award and the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in 2009.

Let’s hope Dhoni continues his dream tryst with destiny to lead India and Indians to even greater heights.

Crickees

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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