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  • Narendra 12:24 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    India dethrones Australia 

    Today was a historic day in world Cricket, Australia’s domination over Cricket has finally ended after 12 years. And, it was India who thumped the Australians in an electrifying contest. It can’t get better than this for Indian team and fans, this was an extremely important game for us simply because this takes us one step close to eternal glory. Over the last 2 years Australia has steadily lost its magnanimous Aura and were slowly fading away, todays knock out punch confirms the demise of one of greatest teams in world cricket. Also, it brings a possible end to two of the greatest cricketers of all time – Ricky Ponting and Brett Lee.

    Ricky produced one of his most docile centuries, it was something he struggled to earn. His team mates were hardly doing anything special with the bat, it was left to the great man to play his heart out, he did but it wasn’t his day. And end of the day, this was his last innings at a world stage and I dare say this could be the end of the road of his ODI career.

    Lee on the other hand left with a bleeding eyebrow I’m sure that would hurt him all through his life time. He along with McGrath and Warne took Aussie to the No.1 position and today he saw was at the other end of the spectrum. He bowling was ineffective, in fact it was in his over that the game swung towards India. Lethal Lee is famished, he’s clearly past his prime. The final boundary of his ball decimated the mercurial bowler. Sun has set for Lee.

    Back to the victors, India. We almost messed it up with 75+ runs required and the last specialist pair on strike, it seemed we were doomed. But, Yuvraj who infact isn’t batting at his full prowess along with Raina pulled of a fantastic chase with ridiculous ease, plundering Lee and Tait effortlessly. India deserved to win this game not because Australia were playing badly, moreso because India has the side to beat the world champions.

    The win not only takes India to semis it  also sets up mother of all games, India v/s Pakistan. However, for now, Indian fans will rejoice this historic victory. I like millions of other fans is in total awe of this sport, Hats off to Cricket.

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    • sufia 1:00 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      australia GOES HOME…*WHISTLES* u shoulda seen the LOOK on punters face. bwahahaha.

    • Arvinth 1:32 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      yyyyyaaaaayyyy!!! we won…. 😀 but not before making heavy weather of the chase.. we have a weeks time where we will rejoice and every tom dick and harry will have a few wrds to say in print or visual media.. Curious to know what the chapell bros have to say abt australian defeat 😉

      • Narendra 7:27 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hhehheehee…watch out for Chapell brothers brainless analysis…should be out soon 😛

    • Single Malt Monkey 1:24 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Great match. The run-out scares were a bit worrying. Total confusion between the wickets could have been a disaster. Yuvraj and Raina were excellent when they settled down. Controlled batting to win with balls and wickets to spare. Well done.

      • Narendra 7:31 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Totally agree, Al…Best of luck for England’s game tomorrow,hope they make it to the next level.

    • Dharun 7:21 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Ricky Pointing has been part of 4 world-cup finals and has won three of them… Clive Lloyd has been part of three world cup finals and has won two… India started the great West Indian decline by winning the trophy in 1983, Will the Australian follow suit?

      • Narendra 9:29 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Aren’t they down already…even they ranking low in the ICC list..with Ponting n Lee set to bite the dust..I guess they wud slip further

  • Narendra 10:17 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: batting, , , , , , , , , Umar Gul   

    Cricket World Cup Review – II 

    Finally, after a month long saga, group games concluded with the ICC top 8 making it to the knock out stage. Pakistan finished top of Group A, trouncing Australia effortlessly. Ponting and his men look highly vulnerable, only a miracle can help them retain their trophy. On the other hand toppers, Pakistan pleasantly surprised us with their fielding efforts, I remember they almost messed up a game due to poor fielding. Meantime, Umar Gul is reversing and swinging the ball late, I have never seen any bowler move the white ball in that fashion, his form will be crucial as Pakistan takes on an unpredictable Indies team.

    Other qualifiers from Group A are Sri lanka and New Zealand. Both teams have their strengths and disturbing weaknesses. Sri Lanka is over reliant on Sangakara, rest of the batting line up has been scratchy, bowling too has been on-off. New Zealand as always are wild and thrilling, never know which way they would go. New Zealand will take on South Africa, my prediction is either they will blast away the Africans or loose by a huge margin, no scope for a close game.

    Group B has remained exciting till the very last league game. However, it was England and Bangladesh who provided the best moments in the last two weeks. Bangla tigers culled England in a dramatic fashion, few days later england who had to win to survive in the CWC, beat an indisciplined WI in a thriller. Meantime, SA destroyed Bangla dreams of making it to the Quarters. Barring a familiar collapse against England, SA has been top of its game throughout the tournament. Their win against India proves that they can handle pressure and pull off victories under tense situations.

    India had a very ordinary time. Batting disasters and listless bowling has planted huge doubts in the mind of fans and experts on its chances to win this WC. We are no more the favorites in the tournament. Batting, which was supposedly our stronghold came apart during the powerplay each and every time we batted first. Bowling has been terrible, Harbhajan and Zaheer have hardly done anything noteworthy, If India has to do well at the Knock Stages, these two gentlemen have to come good, now is the time which matters the most. On the brighter side, three Indian Batsmen are going strong. Sachin thundered two centuries [ We didn’t win any of those games though ], Sehwag is at his belligerent best. Yuraj has risen like a Phoenix and reaffirmed the good old saying – Form is temporary, Class is permanent.

    For the first time since the 1987 edition, every team from this stage seems to have an equal chance of winning the trophy. All the eight teams have their issues, no one is outstanding, no one looks threatening, no one carries the clout of a world champion. It’s all even. Whichever team plays three  good games from here will clinch the cup. I am hoping the big guns will rise to the occasion.

    Looking forward to the Quarter Finals, especially, India v/s Australia. 😀

     

     

     
    • Arvinth 11:57 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I guess we wud beat Aussie boyz.. and then take on Pakistan in the Semis.. Ready for the challenge Sufia? 😉

    • Single Malt Monkey 10:52 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Good summary, Narendra. WI gifted England the game.

    • Arvinth 11:40 pm on March 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      chapell ko chappal maro.. 🙂 i guess the aussies knowthey are not going to win and resorting to tactics like this.. in btw pakistan played really gud against aussies.. hope we will see you in semis.. sufia 🙂 may the best team win.. in btw gud post don 😉

      • Narendra 11:01 am on March 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Machi…India Jeetega 🙂

      • sufia 11:40 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        india pakistan in the semis ….. going to be the “mother of all matches”.. FINALLY a knockout match that wont be boring

    • Arvinth 11:50 pm on March 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      agreed.. 🙂 its gonnabe a big match and i think whoever wins that match will win th WC

      • Narendra 12:26 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyyaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!! Ind-Pak…I don’t know what to say…This is it, people…thisssssssss is itttttt 😀

      • sufia 1:43 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        agreed. there can be NOTHING better. every cricket-obsessed subcontinental fan’s dream come true. no words simply.

    • Single Malt Monkey 4:08 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      ..and it’s ON..!!!

  • Narendra 7:49 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2011, batting, Bhajji, , , , Jacques Kallis, Lee, , Ricky Ponting, , ,   

    Cricketing battles to watch out for 

    With the countdown to ICC cricket world cup in its final lap, there is frenzy in the Indian media and public. This will be the last world cup for many of the games stalwarts, that gives us every reason to go insane. These Cricketers have conquered almost all Cricketing records in their playing careers and set virtually unreachable benchmarks. By the way, they aren’t finished yet, they still pose threat to their own records. Both the leading run getter and leading wicket taker will play their last big tournament ( It will be interesting to watch at what stage these two giants will come face-to-face ). That makes it super special for every Cricket lover go totally berserk.

    Cricket is team sport however, with these legends gracing the game the stakes are much higher. Here are few mouth watering bat versus ball must watch battles.

     

    1. Sachin vs Shoaib – The best batsman in the world against the Rawalpindi express. These men have already provided many a memorable contests but this one is supposed to be the biggest showdown between the greats.

     

     

    2. Ponting vs Bhajji – Their rivalry dates back to 2001. Bhajji repeatedly claimed Punter’s wicket with ridiculous ease. Over the decade Bhajji consistently terrorized Ponting with his spin or at times lack of it. Of course, Ponting did succeed few times however, it looks like Bhajji might have the last laugh yet again.

     

     

    3. Kallis vs Muralitharan – Everyone’s asking the same question. Can Kallis get through Murali magic?

     

     

    4. Sehwag vs Steyn – The South African has invariably come out top but, this is sub-continent, hoping for a better show from Sehwag

     

     

    5. Gayle vs Lee – With Lee aspiring to end his career on a high, Will the maverick West Indian gate-crash his farewell party? Lets wait and watch.

     

     

     

    What match-ups are you looking forward to this WC?

     

     
    • sufiaz 7:52 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      bhajji v/s shoaib! less cricket more ma-behn. so much fun 😀

      • Narendra 7:59 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        ROFLLLLL…. yaaayayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
        not to forget Psychotic Sreesanth 😀

        • sufiaz 8:08 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          LMAO..thats why i LOVE india-pakistan matches.

          • Narendra 8:19 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            hhahahahhhaa..Hope for an Ind-Pak final…galiyon ki barish kar denge 😛

            • sufiaz 9:32 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              chun chun ke 🙂 and can we have a physical fight too please?

      • sufiaz 9:52 pm on February 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yayyyyy heres to an india-pak final 🙂

    • Blockader 12:46 am on February 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go battling cricketers go!

  • Narendra 10:21 am on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: batting, , captain, , , , ,   

    Pakistan’s chances @ WC 2011 

     

     
    • Bianca 10:27 am on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Me = clueless about cricket.
      ^^

      • Narendra 10:33 am on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        awww…poor u…u r missing out on something really really big lil girl..try tuning into the highlights package..trust me, u dun have to know anything about the game to enjoy it..try it ^-^

        • Bianca 10:39 am on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Agreed to everything…..except.. LIL GURL?!?!??!!?
          Cummon now, only cuz you know am 16!!
          Me no little!
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    • Narendra 10:51 am on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Hmmm…Alright Big ‘lil’ girl
      Enjoy the game..support India ^-^

    • Blockader 7:11 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go Pakistan Go!

    • sufiaz 10:43 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      agreed with the above..NOTHING beats an india-pakistan final 😀 i miss amir really do 😦 but hey, lets see what the new bowler is capable of. u never know with pakistan.

      • Narendra 10:53 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyaaaaaaaayyyyyyy…
        I seen very lil of the new bowlers but results are coming…all good
        lets hope for Ind-Pak finals ..yeeeaaaaaahhhhhhhhh

        • sufiaz 11:02 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          new bowler..theres only one, junaid khan. hes coming in place of tanvir. hes being touted as the next mohammad amir..lets see.

          • Narendra 11:15 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Wahab n Abdur r relatively new at top level na…they seem to b fair job..
            BTW..I hav never heard or seen Junaid…hope he’s good

            • sufiaz 11:27 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              yes…abdur rehman has a good economy rate, so if he doesnt manage to bag wickets at least he keeps the run rate in control, which is sth the older bowlers can never manage to do. wahab, i dont know. he did well against NZ though. junaid is new, in fact these matches will be his first international matches. he used to play domestic cricket before.

              • Narendra 11:40 pm on February 12, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Best wishes to your team… I hope Junaid guy does well.

            • sufiaz 12:03 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              yes thank u…as they say, may the best team win..

              btw…sth for u:
              http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc_cricket_worldcup2011/content/current/story/500573.html

              • Narendra 12:13 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Nice article..
                “Their talent is deceptive and disarming” – totally..totally agree
                Bunch of crazy men..capable of raising thr standards to dizzying heights..might well go on to be the giant killers..
                WC countdown has begun..tomorrow India play Oz in a warm up game…me super excited..

              • Narendra 12:17 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Hey, ur subscription thing is not working..no updates on comments..it’s crazy..u paid for the upgrade na..u shud check with wordpress..it’s ridiculous..

            • sufiaz 12:36 am on February 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              are u kidding?? i PAID?? i never pay for nothing if i can get away with it 😀

              this thing ill check on monday when i go back to work.

  • Narendra 9:27 pm on February 9, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Mahesh’s pick – WC cricket 2011 

    The newly wed groom was home earlier in the day. Back to his usual self. We guys as always got talking about cricket. So, here’s his pick for the ICC cricket world cup 2011.

     

     

     
  • Narendra 4:18 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , batting, bothers, , champions, clarke, , punter   

    Australia’s Chances @ Cricket WC 2011 

     
    • Blockader 5:58 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go Australia,go!

      • sufiaz 11:34 pm on February 1, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        aussies r FIGHTERS if nothing else. they will never accept anything less than victory and make sure they get it…its the mental attitude that gets them everywhere.

        do a bit on paki, id like to hear yr analysis of it 🙂

        • Narendra 11:39 am on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Oh yes, the famous Aussie attitude..however, they look lil shaken up..Punter esp..he’s going downhill..ummmm..no already there..this might his last chance to redeem himself..else it will be – bye bye mate..

          aur haan Pak chances..coming up..soon

        • sufiaz 10:21 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          waiting 🙂

    • Dharun 3:31 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      There is nothing that Aussies gonna prove… They have dominated worldcup and even the mighty West Indies of the 70 and the 80s cannot match their win record at the worldcup… This time around it’s upto the SriLanka and India to win the trophy… Their worldcup victory was some time long back…. they have the best chance to lift the cup given their recent performances and familiar conditions… But if they don’t win the cup, fans are going to spitt on their face for sure. BCCI is ICC and ICC is BCCI now(u know what I mean), so it must be a calkwalk especially for Indian team….Hey dont forget Pakistan, with all the turmoil they can suprise the world with some special performances. Eng, WI, even South Africa have no chance… They will not be able to play well in hot and humid conditions and good performance from these sides will only be a suprise….

      • Narendra 3:52 pm on February 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Right man. I just have one winner in my mind – India. With other teams trying to discover themselves and OZ not at their best. This the best chance for us to win. Looking forward to the tournament.. ( biting away my nails )

  • Narendra 5:41 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    England’s Chances @ WC 2011 

     

     
    • sufiaz 10:14 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      same thing here…cant see the video 😦 have to wait till i get home for this one 😦 lets hope england manages it this time….its high time.

      • Narendra 10:31 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ohh… bad office..shouldn’t be blocking youtube or other social media sites..esp for the marketing professionals..

        As of England..I want them for finals..every time they reached there..they helped the opponents win…remember they help u lift the cup 🙂

        • sufiaz 3:24 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          and its not that its BLOCKED. its just we get terrible speeds here. if someone opens a video, the internet stops for everyone else…which is very often since we use youtube a lot for work. for work related purposes its ok…but for personal browsing, its not a good thing. my boss is thinking of getting a better connection by the end of this mth….so hopefully things will improve, shes got selfish motives, the WC will start in feb and ppl will be streaming matches off the internet. dumb logic, but itll solve our connection problem 🙂

          • Narendra 3:32 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            yyyyaaaaaayyyyyyyy…World cup brings high speed internet to offices in pakistan..how about that for news headlines..sensational?

            Happy for you and your colleagues..I never thought Karachi had high speed internet..my bad..guess I need to look up more info about your city. A good friend of mine worked in Lahore for about 8 months and he always complained about poor internet. Hope your government is listening.

        • sufiaz 3:43 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          the problem is the phone lines….used to have a DSL connection at home, it worked quite well until the phone line died, This was last march (2010), ive been trying to get the phone line fixed since then but no joy. the phone line still isnt fixed, and ive gotten sick of complaining, and i havent been able to use my DSL connection since then. switched to wireless and been problem free since then 🙂

          • Narendra 3:59 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hmmm..Glad things have changed for you.. Stay connected

    • sufiaz 3:19 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hahahaha. good one.

    • Blockader 7:02 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      When it comes to cricket all I can predict is…If one team looses, the other one will win.

      • Narendra 8:00 pm on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hahaahaahhaaha..good one Brad..Sport is so simple ain’t it?

  • Narendra 2:37 pm on January 15, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: batting, , , SA, ,   

    SA’s chances @ Cricket WC 2011 

     
    • sufiaz 6:34 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      RSA?? the famous chokers? really?

      • Narendra 6:48 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Of Course YES! They did that last night against. Poor guys

        • sufiaz 7:21 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          RSA does well in series and tournaments…its their WC campaigning history thats not good…Pakistan beat them in the last two t20 campaigns, 1999 they lost cuz some idiot thought the match was over and walked…getting stumped as a result. great team…theyve got fantastic bowlers in steyn, morkel and tsotsobe (or whatever it is)…brilliant batsmen in de villiers, kallis and amla….good fielders….they just lose their heads in a crisis 😦

          • Narendra 9:40 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hhahaahahaa..Those guys are crazy..Let’s hope for the best..

    • sufiaz 11:18 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      ill give u the typical paki response 😉 “Inshallah” 😉

      • Narendra 7:19 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        hahahahahhaa…made me LOL..good dose early morning..
        Inzi made this word legendary…

        BTW..Thanks for making me smile

        • sufiaz 11:32 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          inzi? everyone says it now…they even taught bob woolmer this 🙂 what used to really irritate me abt inzi was “bismillah e rahman e raheem..first of all thanks to Allah…”…every presentation.

          • Narendra 11:39 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            hehehhehehe..Insane.. he was like a parrot, he said the same thing in almost all the presentations.. Mr.Aaloo 😛

        • sufiaz 12:16 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          there was a reason 🙂 his english was terrible…theyd give him a script before the presentation (or so the story goes)..this is what u have to say. this being pakistan, no one bothered to update the script, or if they did no one told him 🙂

          we have a very popular joke here…when his wife had a baby, someone asked him abt it during the presentation. and inzi started off…..“bismillah e rahman e raheem..first of all thanks to Allah…it was a team effort”. damn inzi.

          he may be an aloo..but omg he was a GOOD batsman. effortless flick of the wrist and the ball would reach the boundary. … god help u if he ever tried to run tho 🙂

          • Narendra 12:32 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Hahahhhaahaa.. ROFL..you gave me good laugh..Thank you again..you made my day..

            Listen, I will look forward to your post today..and do check out my new post..if possible subscribe..Trust me u won’t regret 😀

    • Arvinth 5:17 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Nice..

  • Narendra 8:37 pm on January 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Video Blog – India’s chances @ Cricket WC 2011 

     
    • sufiaz 6:34 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      cant open the video, im at work, so dont know what it says…

      i WOULD say india had a fantastic chance at the WC..the best batting line up in the world, home advantage, sachin tendulkar….everythings in place for them. what they DO need is better bowlers tho. id bet all the money I have on an england/india final.

      • Narendra 6:52 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Sufiaz..you got is right..I have mentioned abt Sachin and Batting as well. Of course iffy bowling. But you see am an Indian, I love this sport. I want to see my team. Logic can take back seat. I hope it’s a Ind-Pak final nothing can beat that 🙂

        • sufiaz 7:23 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          OH yes! as a pakistani i want NOTHING more than my team in the final….against india. but i dont think pakistan is good enough. but then it IS pakistan, u cant predict. one day they play like they dont know how to hold a bat, the next day they bring their opposition down on its knees. u never know with them 🙂

          • Narendra 9:39 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            OMG… Ind Vs Pak final.. Umeed pe hi duniya kayam hai.. Hoping against hope for that super final
            BTW..As you rightly pointed out, Pak can surprise anyone

    • sufiaz 11:22 pm on January 16, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      😉 for pakistanis when it comes to cricket..umeed hi sab kuch hai 😉 honestly, sometimes i believe the team gets by on prayers alone 🙂

      if u were to put yr money on a team..,,which wud it be? india/RSA?

      • Narendra 10:06 am on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Of course India…remember, mera bharat mahan
        Moreover, we have the team to win this time..also grounds, crowds, ICC and even betting agencies going in our favor.. I will put all on my money on Bharat

        You too can bet on us.. hheheheehehee

        • sufiaz 12:29 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          much as i hate to admit it…yes this time i can.

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