Windies Wind Up @ Kolkata

Rattled 'em

India Vs West Indies, 2nd Test ,Kolkata

                                                              First, The Aussies and Proteas messed up my weekend by finishing their match on friday taking a weekend break then The great BCCI or ICC whoever is responsible for helping Test matches thrive, quite brilliantly planned to start a match on “MONDAY”.Guess what! The folks @ media were catching upto the occasion saying there is no crowd in the stadium to watch the match. What Do You expect? An Indian would take rest in the weekends and get freshen up for a Test match in Monday and would love to come all the Five days with India Facing a side which was fancying itself because it gave a tough fight against Bangladesh. Then One More thing! It’s because of the Ranji season or What ? Why no matches are being played beyond 4 days(The Aus vs Sa was 3 days!) . Since there were too many youngster’s they got confused with the ranji and was pepped up to finish it in 4 days!~! . Ok, here i go angrily in brief of how brief the match was.

Day 1 – India Bat’s First , Dravid Gives it a burst and VVS was their at Eden to do his best.

Day 2 – Yuvi was poor, Dhoni on Fire , VVS wrist’s just don’t Tire , Windies to face India’s ire

Day 3 –  India Spun It On , Windies Follow On , End of the day with only 3 wickets gone

Day 4 – Bravo Sizzles ,Yadav Fizzles, Windies Rolled over like Skittles ,India Grabs all the laurels

Day 5 – Whatever!!!!!! You Lazy Cricketer’s …..Play the God Damn 5th Day.

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Newlands Wicket rain……

One for the History!

SouthAfrica Vs Australia,1st Test,Newlands

The Australia Tour Of South Africa is notably one of a eye-ball turner but to the misery of everyone it was rather a shorter one and too much of people were shouting angrily about the shortened series and the players from both the teams had some disappointments regarding the shortened series . But, the teams proved how short can be exiting by playing one of the freakiest days in test cricket . “4innings played in a single day (2nd day)” this says it all isn’t it… Ok, lets see a further more shortened version of the test(may be my tribute).

Day 1 – Ponting sloppy , Pup classy , Steyn Fiery

Day 2 – Watson’s five , Proteas nose dive , Philander’s five , Aussies deeper dive , Amla and Smith thrive

Day 3 – Amla and Smith cut loose , Proteas Cruize

Day 4 – Saturday

Day 5 – Sunday

A Tale of Two Six Wickets Hauls

Yes! Lion's Roar

India vs West Indies,1st Test,Ferozshah Kotla

                                                         The Ranji Season was ON! and as usual people were joyfully ignoring it. To further suppress the Interest of Ranji Series a test Series was to be played between visiting West Indies and India . This series comes aftermath a perfect ODI series against England for India at home and this is the first series after the disastrous English Summer .Hoping to regain their Forgotten momentum , India and West Indies, after a good Bangladesh series are to cross swords. Not much of an head turner this series though Still of an international reckoning. India on the 1st day lost the toss and Windies were to bat….  India went into the match with an inexperienced bowling attack with two of the bowlers being debutants. U.Yadav and R.Ashwin making their debuts,P.Ojha making a come back , P.Kumar given rest, Z.Khan & M.Patel out due to injury…. Phew !! the bowling really was a weak one.The test which was supposed to have played 5days got over in 4 days(they got confused with the Ranji trophy?) and eventually India won . A day by day briefest rapping summary of the a rather brief match .

Day 1 – Ojha’s spin and Chander’s Ton

Day 2 – Ojha’s six pack ,Windies lose track,India starts well only to walk back

Day3 – Ashwin pockets six ,Windies panics , dravid and sachin toil to fix

Day4 – Sachin misses 100th ton,Laxman gets the job done,Ashwin the MoM on his Match No. One.

 

Aftermath of Indian GP – A Indian’s perspective

Sachin Ends It In Style .

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”

Bhajji Out of Test too… Rahul Sharma gets a look In – Test squad For Windies Series Out.

Not The only Thing In his mouth right now!

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

iii)Yuvraj back

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