There was a time when People of India where satisfying their pride with a Maruthi 800 ,that period changed with people started buying semi-luxury sedans and many car manufacturers started setting up their companies in India.Even that time Car was for the bosses ,elite and highly elite and suddenly Sachin Tendulkar in mid of a cricket series was invited for a Formula 1 race and Ferrari gifted him with a car and he brought it over to India and their was talk that Petrol for that car is not easily available in India . F1 the already big money churning motorsport was at that stage starting to gather a fan following In the country and Schumacher was the only name known to everybody synonymous with F1 in India ,Ferrari is the racing team everybody knew of the Sport.Then the time came ….
Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan , From south of India ,the only familiar name in the Indian motorsport circuit and eventually with more success in other competitions managed to grab some F1 eyeballs and was picked up by the JordanF1 Team and that’s when Indian’s started following the sport atleast in newspapers but, it is said that “A driver can only be as Good as his car” and so Narain could not glitter among the stars of F1 for long. The Indian newspaper’s at that moment only had one another name other than schumi to put it on their F1 news.A season change was also imminent on the F1 with people other than schumi started winning the races and various other teams were competing heavily and thats where Mclaren-Mercedes ,BMW-Williams and definitely Jordan started to become familiar. Then there was a sudden silence about F1 in India possibly because of No Narain Karthikeyan,Schumi retirement, New champions,new rivalries,too many new names, new teams, new rules and whatsover. Then it happened again.
Vijay Mallya, Yet another one from South of India The Liquor-Baron, One of the most familiar names in Indian and world Business Grabbed the Eyeballs of the world of F1 . this time by Buying a Team and further embraced it with the name Force India and nothing more can be said after that India has a F1 Team and will be in grid in every race whether the team wins or loses,nothing mattered really!. Indian followers were fast getting accustomed to the Rules, Teams.Drivers, Rivalries,etc..,. all thanks to The Man From Bangalore . India were starting to think of the reality of Hosting a F1 and it was supposed to host in 2010 and as is India’s any attempt – It failed and even then the hopes didn’t dry off and the chances of 2011 was taken seriously and it atlast the dream was about to get real and it did become real.Then the Day arrived
Oct 30th,Buddh International circuit,Noida , this was the place where almost all of India was looking upon , not only India but the World Of Motor Sports was looking upon it in excitement. One small slip in anything would have ended up tarnishing India’s Image in Sport’s(Eventough, F1 was hosted by Jaypee group) and the hungry dog’s in media would have brought down the whole of India as though millions were dead out of an epidemic.But,Indian GP made it’s Debut in style and Indian’s(who were rich enough) got to see some high speed car’s which were literally flying through those Roads.It seemed though it wasn’t India at all and we were in some other nation witnessing a spectacle.The leading Flag bearer’s of Indian Motor sport’s in N. Karthikeyan and Team newly renamed Sahara Force india made a good sailing in the race which pleased the home crowd . Sebastian Vettel(Ger) Who didn’t even broke a sweat during the race almost made it like a exhibition of fancy cars but thanks to some rash driving from F.Massa(Bra) and poor hamilton(UK) who as a result went down a few places down helped create some incidents to spice the race up. M.Webber(UK) finished 2nd and F.Alonso(ITA) 3rd finished atop the podium . A.Sutil of Sahara Force India finished 9th and N. karthikeyan finished 16th. To add some Indian style of finishing it off ,Sachin the brightest star Of Indian sporting fraternity waved the chequered flag it sign off the Indian GP in style.
India once a nation looked in awe about fancy cars which clocked some unimaginable speeds in glamourous race tracks and Indians who always had the opportunity to see those cars in T.V or in some Foreign Exhibitions were actually sitting in their own country witnessing the same glamour and speed that they once thought as a distant dream. The ferrari’s,the mercedes’es,the williams’es which were once thought as high grade cars that would not even come to India is now racing in India and that too for Indian Audiences. This event though would not bring any official recognition among nations but, indirectly has told other nations that you cannot still pretend not noticing India as a sporting power and has soundly voiced……
” India is here and we will be here for long”
The Test squad which would be aiming for redemption for the soul and #1 position they lost in the England tour in the upcoming India Tour Of West Indies is selected.
The Selection Committee has given a lot of crumbs to the media to run their programs for almost a week .
The Major Points of Selection (In descending oreder)
i)Sehwag back in the team
ii) harbhajan left out
iv) kohli in
v) A.Rahane Gets a look in
v) Yadav,aaron varun along with Ishanth will form the pace trio
vi) Ashwin and Ojha are two-off spinners
vii)Rahul Sharma get’s a look in (domestic record – 10M- 18W -87.72 SR).. Wow.. He will in Cloud 9
Eventhough WI series won’t be much of a tightener that too in Indian conditions . Still I think It’s too much of Experimentation & that of Rahul Sharma came out of Nowhere !Shell Shocked!.
Oi! You Media Enjoy It!
Squad: 1. M S Dhoni (capt & wk), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, R Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Virat Kohli, Varun Aaron, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Sharma
The Whole Schedule
06 Nov, 2011 Sunday
09:30 AM West Indies Test(1/3) Ind vs WI Delhi, India
14 Nov, 2011Monday
09:30 AM West Indies Test(2/3) Ind vs WI, Kolkatta, India
22 Nov, 2011Tuesday
09:30 AM West Indies Test(3/3) Ind vs WI Mumbai, India
29 Nov, 2011 Tuesday
02:30 PM West Indies ODI(1/5) Ind vs WI Cuttack, India
02 Dec, 2011 Friday
02:30 PM West Indies ODI (2/5) Ind vs WI Visakhapatnam, India
05 Dec, 2011 Monday
02:30 PM West Indies ODI(3/5) Ind vs WI Ahmedabad, India
08 Dec, 2011 Thursday
02:30 PM West Indies ODI(4/5) Ind vs WI Indore, India
11 Dec, 2011 Sunday
02:30 PM West Indies ODI(5/5)Ind vs WI Chennai, India
The England Are Up On No.1 in the newly Released T20 Ratings, Now the english top both the test and T20’s and are No.5 in ODI‘s .
Meanwhile India are @ No.5, No.4 and No.3 in T20,ODI & Test respectively.
S.Rania is the only Indian in Top 10 at No.5
Harbhajan Is the only Indian on Top 10 at No.9
Surprisingly, 7 out top 10 are spinners leaving S.Tait(AUS),D.Sammy(W.I) & L.Malinga(SL) as the only three non-spinners in Top 10
Meanwhile In the All-Rounder’s rating’s S.Watson(AUS) top’s the chart with the ever Non-Retiring S.Afridi(Pak) In No.2
Yuvaraj makes the cut-off for all rounders making him the only Indian in the list.
These Rating’s are sure to infuse more blood and Light into the already adrenalin pumping & glamorous “T20”
To start with,It was worrying for me that all that happening around the world of cricket is way to serious and sometimes disheartening to write about and i almost thought it is very difficult to write a slap-stick kind of post on cricket apart from being satirical over bad performances by the cricketers or the teams and thus came up this most-awaited news and the most predictable of breaking-news one could come across “Shahid Afridi Returns from Retirement“. As soon as i heard of it i was raring to write the post about it and how lame it is when some news channels put it as “Breaking-News” but then something stopped me from doing so. It was actually a guy in twitter As soon as Afridi announced his return tweets were flowing in from around every-where and everybody where trying to be funny with that news and he was without no-doubts trending in twitter and that aroused my eagerness and then when i went into read more about what people are tweeting about is re-return ,One guy (forgot his handle) wrote “Happy to see #afridi trending, as a fan and a proud #pakistani”. when his so-called hero was getting Left,right and center ,he is happy for him what is he nuts? Then i thought i should wait a day before writing a post ,so that i would get more chances to come across more like those and so i did and gained more inspiration to write about it. So, Here it goes
Sahibzada Mohammad Shahid Khan Afridi, the always vibrant,enthusiastic,wicket-taking,wicket giving cricketer fondly called “Boom Boom” for whatsoever the non-existent reason ,he like any other Pakistan cricketers and Indian Heroines is ageless . He was given the captain duties of Pakistan and he did it to his best until misbah played a geoff Boycott like gentlemanly Innings in the semi’s against India in CWC 2011. Pakistan already facing all the kind of troubles a cricketing country can really have with their players crossing the boundaries (I seriously meant No-balls )even in cricket knowingly! there was also heavy competition among them regarding the most jokes written about them. Kamran was cruising like a skier on a glacier with his “Kamran slippery hands” Antics, then out of nowhere Ijaz butt (Ex-PCB chief) was leading the race with his cannot even explainable management antics, Then thought Afridi who actually thought of winning this cold-war by announcing his retirement but Ijaz Butt was too hard to defeat . So, he planned it all out he found the way to gain success and that is “Perseverance“. Whilst Dhoni being denied of a rest Afridi took the rest with a different statement “Retirement” and he took a holiday to Pakistan(Yes,Believe me! ) and met some old friends had nice kebabs in local joints and suddenly Shoiab Akthar wrote a Book and it started doing the rounds and mentioning Shahid Afridi in it as the sole witness of Sachin’s trembling Legs and thus giving Afridi an oppurtunity out of no-where to beat the PCB chief in their competition, afridi jokes started hitting everywhere and Mr.Boom Boom was still maintaining the silence and when the jokes started to dry up and the court hearing of the tainted trio came up , Afridi started getting ready to heat up and blow away the competition and perfectly executed his plan He announced in Style “I Am Back” and his well laid plan was a success . Wherever people live now-a days Facebook,twitter,orkut(does it exist?), google+(i heard it is in minus),”thank good no more Google buzz”,etc..,… got the news and serious posts and tweets and everything were ringing and high profile cricket analysts were texting, tweeting as though there was no tomorrow and yes, he’s done it!,he has achieved it!,he is the new champ! , he is the most joked about person not only in Pakistan but the cricketing world . There were too many jokes one could share and everything was one better than the other. Afridi and Pakistan Cricket you are the best in bringing about one’s talent in humor. A great Salute for that!
BTW -Hearing the news West Indies cricket team in Bangladesh could not control their anxiety to write Afridi jokes and got bowled out for just 61 and Thus the whole Bangladesh Nation is also greatly indebted to the indomitable king of Retirement and return from retirement and Re-Retirement and Re-Return From Re-Retirement and what more to come Mr. Shahid Afridi.
P.S : While others are making jokes on him Punter’s are busy making good money on betting on his retirement . These people are already betting on his next re-re-retirement .
Australia Tour Of South Africa.
The Cricket as a game was played among nations with rich history and so,has witnessed too many rivalries that have actually elevated the gmae of cricket and the manner of the game being played and there are rivalries which does not have anything to do with history or culture or boundaries or nations but Cricket itself . Those rivalries are unlike any rivalries the result of these rivalries are great matches, great innings, great performances and unimaginable exhibition of Talent and From OCt 13th onwards the Cricketing World is gonna witness one such series among the what can we call hmmm….? “Cricketing Rivals” , No One would disagree with me i guess .
Though the rivalry was as early as South Africa entered into the cricketing Arena the Original seed for the rivalry was sown and sprouted during the 1999 CWC semi-final when Allan donald was run-Out by Darren lehman which literally ripped out the million hearts that beated for S.A that day. The Nation Of S.A went into an unofficial Mourning for about who knows how long! to get releived from that shock. Then the rivalry shown different faces like places for No.1 spot in both Test and ODI, The second one such instance which no one could ever forget was the series deciding match at Johannesburg where Australia scored A 400 Above score and that was the very first instance a 400+ score was ever achieved and When everybody thought Aussies were run away winners of the match and series , Gibbs , smith and the rest of the S.A team thought Otherwise overhauling the mammoth task the same day when it was set the first time and those people who witnessed such a chase cannot ever forget every single moment of the match, the Win by S. A was like smashing the Aussies in the face with a iron fist saying “You are not alone on the Top” and i can surely say that’s when other countries gained belief Aussies were beatable.
The Aussies Vs The Proteas has seen some riveting moments of cricket like, Smith courageously declaring on the lunch of the 5th day to acquire a result and yes he did, but to his dislike Aussies triumphed with a fast scoring Win in half-day of non-test like cricket on a 5th day.Smith once again showed the type of courage by taking guard in Sydney test with a broken left hand to save the test but eventually failed. We could go on and on ,Even though there is no No.1 spot in hand for the Aussies and this series would no more be the the No.1 Vs No.2 and the series is very much shortened without justice with just two-tests , three-ODI’s , and two-T20’s. The series stills revokes the memories of the rivalries and Both the teams with New captains and New coaches would surely be worth watching and much more can be anticipated out of this series like any Aussie Vs South Africa Series.
Let’s the Boundaries be breached , make the stumps fly , let the men pluck catches out of no-where,But Please no D-L Method.
Let’s See and Enjoy the Show between the “Cricketing Rival’s”.
Argentina Vs Venezuela ,WorldCup Qualifiers
The Football players Around the world returned to their national colors this week for their national duty this week for World Cup Qualifiers 2014 and the European sides for Euro 2012 qualifiers and nothing much was expected from these matches as these are the matches of the very beginning and that too not much of upsets or surprises were expected and none of any match was amongst powerful teams and all the players were expected to return to their club duties asusual after finishing the formalities and i would bet none would have predicted what was awaiting them. All those football fans who were taking these qualifiers lightly got hit on the face with a Amazingly baked pie!.
Yes,The World Cup Qualifiers received a great shock and to add more excitement to the qualifier’s, Venezuela who were not even considered a competition against Argentina and furthermore considered a practice match for the Big league Stars Turned out be a shocker for not many but all . The Argentines with their glittering Stars in Messi, Higuain, Mascherano and whomsoever could not shine against the Confident and very vibrant Venezuelans who did not exhibit any kind of fear or even so saying did not give any kind of respect to the star power of The Argentine side.The Venezuelan’s exhibited full courage and the Scoreline of 1-0 is not so true of the kind of dominance the venezuelan’s had in the match.
The Argentine have seen some Historic Goals from their Demi-Gods from Hands and Boots and the goal from Amorebieta in the 61st minute headed into the net from a corner was much of a goal of pain for the Argentines. The Venezuelans totally deserved of that goal and after that goal Venezuela tightened up their defence and it seemed like all the doors were shut for the Argentines and one could not even remember having a shot on target by the Argentines . If it wasn’t for the Argentina Goal-Keeper Mariano Andujar , the margin of defeat would have been further embarrassing for Argentina.Argentina has to do some serious grouping to get back from this shocking Defeat. Meanwhile Denmark Upsetted the Fancied Portugese consisting of Stars in Christiano Ronaldo & Nani , Ronaldo Scored a late consolation goal.
Note : The Same Venezuelan Side was defeated by Ecuador 2-0 the previous Qualifier match.