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  • Narendra 7:59 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ambati Rayudu, Cheteshwar Pujara, cricket, , ,   

    Is he the new “Wall” of Indian Cricket ? 

    Ever since the retirement of Rahul Dravid, Cricket pundits, media and public were asking the same question ” Who will replace the WALL? “. Many names cropped up, Virat Kohli looked like the most probable replacement, he was already doing great stuff in ODIs at that position. However, good number of people were convinced that the team needed someone more on the lines of “WALL” and that was the big reason why selectors called upon Cheteshwar Pujara. He has been in news for all the good reasons, his recent match winning performance in WI for the India ‘A’ team made sure he booked a berth to play in the national team.

    I had first seen Cheteswar Pujara during the 2008 domestic season, an innings where he scored 70 something and he flayed the bowlers all over the ground with astounding grace. For a long time I hadn’t seen anyone of that class ( the last one who really caught my attention was Ambati Rayudu ).

    Few years later he made an audacious debut against Australia and helped India win. But then he was gone for a while, mostly due to

    pujarainjuries. However, from the time Rahul Dravid announced his retirement Cheteswar was back in the reckoning. He found support from Cricketing legends and media rallied for him to take the No.3 position.


    After all the hype over the last 5-6 months today was the day. After a brief suspense he came into bat at the coveted No.3 position and by the end of the day he had eased into his first Test 100 in style. A patient knock, where he displayed every possible shot in the book ( more on the defense department ). First half of his innings was sedate and cautious and then just as if to show us that he can play at a completely different gear he clobbered the bowlers and raced away to a richly deserved century. He for sure looks like someone who can carry the team and the hopes of Billion plus fans. Have we found the new wall? that’s what everyone is asking after his debut century but I guess wall isn’t built in day 🙂


    For now fans, experts, media would rejoice the making of a new Cricketing hero however, only time will tell how big a hero he would turn out to be.




    • Arvinth 8:58 pm on August 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Pujara is the man.. I wanna see badrinath is the team too.. namba paiyan 😛

      • Narendra 2:33 pm on September 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        Localnath will never make it..younger men are fast catching up..so sad

  • Narendra 6:49 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket, CWC2011, , , Midas, , , Sri Lankan   

    This Day…Last Year 

    About this time 6:14pm exactly an year ago, Team India was all set for a tricky chase of 274 against Sri Lanka, stage was CWC 2011 and the World Cup was at stake. Few hours ago on the same afternoon, Sri Lanka won the toss an elected to set a target, this was SL’s second consecutive CWC final appearance and they looked desperate to take home the Cup.

    Like all Indian Cricket fansI  was full of smiles when SL made a slow start and lost both their openers early. However, the joy was cut short as Sri Lankan batting legends Sangakara and Jayawardena took center stage and played  responsibly to steady their team, runs kept flowing, odd wickets fell and the last Ten overs went for plenty as Jayawardena brought up an excellent ODI hundred. Sri Lankan fans  went delirious as the last ball of the innings went flying over the square leg boundary, my heart rankled. Is this going to end the 2003 way? Are we going to throw away one more brilliant opportunity to win the Cup? were one of the many demons which cropped up in my head ( I guess most fans would have felt the same ).

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cric...

    Congratulations Team India on winning the Cricket World Cup 2011 (Photo credit: Eustaquio Santimano)

    Indian Innings started and less than 20 minutes into it, SL was on top, Both Sachin and Viru fell cheaply, my fears were coming true. But, thankfully the team of 2011 was far different from the team of 1996 & 2003. Gambhir in good company of Virat steadied the ship. By the time Virat fell India had gone past the 100 mark and we looked very much in command. And then something happened, something none had expected, Dhoni India’s least successful Batsmen in the WC walked ahead of the most successful player of the WC – Yuvraj. But, during that phase Dhoni was the man with ‘Midas touch’ whatever he did turned into gold. His promotion ahead of Yuraj set stone to one of the finest ODI innings in a CWC final. Gambhir after a patient knock went back attempting a maniacal shot However, by then the target was pretty close.

    Yuraj walked in and we all knew nothing can go wrong, from that point onwards every stroke confirmed India’s supremacy in the ODI format, Dhoni’s finished the game in his trademark manner, the moment the ball hit his bat we knew where it was going. India had won the CWC after 28 years and that by far is the biggest sporting tournament India had won in its History.

    Truly a great day for sports in India simply because it brought great joy for people of India and sport took center stage. It meant many a kids in future will take to sports ( not just Cricket ) because they now have started to believe we can win at the Biggest stage and this day, last year sealed the deal for us.

    • sufia 7:01 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      chirko jale pe namak 🙂

      seriously tho, the CWC is also memorable for a sad reason. it was not long after this that star yuvraj singh was diagnosed with cancer, and i dont think he was able to play major cricket after that much.

    • Narendra 8:38 pm on April 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Hahahahhaa..jale pe namak…3 more years to go 🙂

      Oh Yes, Yuraj was struck by tragedy..Guess you must have read reports…He was ill during the world cup but he continued to play..he made a big difference in almost all the games 😀

  • Narendra 10:33 pm on March 10, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket, , , , Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, , Virat Kohli   

    Who will be the next ‘Rahul Dravid’ ? 

    Now that India’s greatest and most successful No.3 Batsman, Rahul Dravid has ended his Cricketing expedition. Team India is in the hunt for a suitable replacement. Rahul’s demanor and conduct maybe unmatchable, as Sachin put things into perspective ‘ There can be no other Rahul Dravid’ however, we’re in urgent need for a player who can score runs, good behavior will be a bonus though.

    Here is a list of few players who come to mind who might go on to fill the void.

    Virat Kohli: He’s already a regular in the ODI side. His recent Test hundred against Australia in Australia is enough proof of his batting credentials. In terms of scoring runs especially under pressure, he looks the best bet. Virat has matured into an excellent Batsmen who is able to convert starts into 100’s quite regularly however, he will have to master the art of making big hundred’s. If you were to ask me today, who would replace Dravid? I won’t think twice to say ‘Virat’.

    Suresh Raina: If you can take back your memory to mid & late 90’s, Rahul Dravid was just a shade of what he ended up achieving. In his early days Rahul wasn’t exactly a feisty batsman even his Test knocks were labored and mostly came against lesser teams ( Zim & NZ ). So if you compare Rahul and Raina at the age of 25, Raina would lead the tally by a decent margin. Suresh may not have the technique of Rahul but he posses an important arsenal which distinguishes heroes from zeroes at the top level – ‘Ability’. With his limited technique Raina has already cemented his place in the ODI side plus, he made a century on his Test debut. He for sure has the ‘ability’ to do well at the top level.

    Rohit Sharma: Rohit is pitted to be the ‘Next Big Thing’ however, since his debut in 2007 he has done very little to justify that tag. Cricket pundits still haven’t lost faith in him for he has been plundering runs at the domestic circuit ( He averages a mind boggling 63.52  out of 47matches ). He is yet to make his Test debut, I would like to believe Tests might just bring the best out of him. If he clicks there is no doubt in my mind that he will end up with no less than 10K runs in Tests.

    Cheteswar Pujara: My personal favorite. He has been murdering bowlers across the nation at will, a magnificent run machine. He is the only Indian player to score 3 triple tons in one season. His debut was as dramatic as his domestic career, sent in at No.3 against mighty Aussie’s in a tricky fourth-inning’s chase, he creamed the bowlers all over the park to a delightful 72. Most Cricket fans haven’t forgotten his innings yet, we’re all waiting with bated breath for him to take center stage and show case his amazing run making abilities. Like Rahul he’s technically correct infact he looks much more composed and fluent. He maintains an extremely calm demeanor, I have never seen him sledge or go over board on the field. We can expect to see him play in the Test side later this year. Personally, I am extremely keen to seem him do well, in him I see a gentleman which World Cricket badly deserves.

    However, we will have to wait atleast 3-4 years to see who will eventually wear the hat of Mr.Dependable. Only time will tell…


    • sufia 2:24 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      would be hard to replace the wall, but then as you said only time will tell.

      • narendra 3:55 pm on March 12, 2012 Permalink | Reply

        There will some new kid who will start scoring runs. It’s his Aura and persona which will be truly missed..

  • Narendra 2:21 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket, , Navjot Singh Sidhu, ,   

    Happy Birthday Sachin 

    Sachin Tendulkar, Cricketing legend and India’s favorite sportsperson turns 38 today. With almost all batting records in his kitty he’s by far the most complete batsman of the modern era. I first watched sachin during the 1992 cricket world cup. I vividly remember watching a kid hit the ball hard, really hard.Little did I know that he would go on to be the greatest sporting icon of India. Navjot singh sidhu shared an incident on a prime time sports show which best describes the legend of Sachin Tendulkar.
    He said “I was talking to a group of senior citizens from my village, when an old man asked what I did for a living. I said I play cricket. The old man didn’t know what I was talking about. I explained a bit, as he got better understanding with a sense of eureka the old man gushed “oh sachinwala khel” (oh sachin’s game)”. It seems the old man had never seen cricket and for him Sachin was cricket, that’s what sachin has become a synonym to the sport itself.
    It’s needless to talk about his records and in a way I am not really interested in that. The joy and happiness that he has provided over the last 2 decades is unfathomable. Personally I have always admired his composure and humilty. With life changing dramatically in his teens he could have easily slipped into a world of his own, however sachin always remained sachin. Have you ever heard any paper refer him as “Sir” Sachin or Mr.Tendulkar. For us he’s jus sachin, he’s our god yet he’s one of us. people’s god, One who brought smiles to our faces and lit our boring days with some outstanding cricket.
    He’s one person no parent would twice to ask their kids to idolise, you think you and I would ever ask someone to look upto a Harbhajan, Symnonds or a shoaib Akhtar, yes they are good players but would you want your kid to become like them? I guess this is where scahin is so special, we need icons like him to look upto, someone who’s hardworking, humble and a fierce competitor.
    Everything that could be said about his Cricket has been written about a million times. I have nothing new to add neither am I a Cricket analyst to write about his technique and skill, I’m just a fan of his who is happy and thankful for the entertainment he has provided over the decades.
    Just want to wish him well and hope he will continue to add more smiles to our lives. Happy Birthday Sachin.
    • sufia 6:04 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      happy birthday sachin…and may u continue to make and break all sorts of records in the future 🙂

    • Reno 6:35 pm on April 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birtday……:)

    • Kim 7:03 pm on April 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Bday 😀

    • Jackie Paulson Author 12:04 am on June 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday and may you be blessed my friend, Narendra Reddy ♥

    • Anonymous 5:55 am on October 2, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Sachin hit ur 100th century very soon.al the indians are waiting.

  • Narendra 8:28 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket,   

    Sachin Tendulkar a Cricketing legend is playing his… 

    Sachin Tendulkar, a Cricketing legend is playing his World Cup. In all likelyhood he would retire from the ODI format after this edition. His acheivements are mind boggling, no words can sum up his excellence. Here are few unforgettble words of praise, respect and awe from fellow Cricketers.

    “I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar” -Brian Lara(WI)

    ”We did not lose to a team called India, we lost to a man called Sachin” – Mark Taylor(Aus)

    “Nothing bad can happen to us if we were on a plane in India with Sachin Tendulkar on it” – Hashim Amla(SA)

    ”He can play that leg glance with a walking stick also ”  –  Waqar Younis(Pak)

    ”There are two kind of batsman in the world. 1. Sachin Tendulkar and 2. Rest of them -Andy Flower(Zim)

    “I have seen God. He bats at no.4 for India in tests” -Matthew Hayden(Aus)

    “I see myself when i see Sachin batting” – Sir Don Bradman(Aus)

    “Do your crime when Sachin is batting, because even God is busy watching his batting” -Australian Fan

    ” Even if you have 22 fielders, Sachin will still score a boundary” – Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)
    P.S: This post was inspired by a friend’s Facebook update.

    • Arvinth 9:07 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      hope we win the world cup for the god cricket.. i think sachin would retire from ODIs but continue playing in Tests gor another 2 years.. Hoping to see the best of Sachin in the next 2 games.. 🙂

      • Narendra 10:43 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy…hope your wish comes true..
        This is our best chance..

    • sufiaz 11:34 pm on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      just an outta curiosity question? 😉 shud he make a century on wednesday or no? 🙂

    • Dharun 7:16 pm on March 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I want my son to become Sachin Tendulkar” -Brian Lara(WI)….My favorite quote

    • Rajiv 10:59 pm on March 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      U don’t know if Sehwaag stays for 50 overs…. Games can change 🙂

      • Narendra 7:41 pm on March 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Depends..just that Sachin has proved many a times that he would last longer than any other batsman..

  • Narendra 12:24 am on March 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , cricket, , ,   

    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.

    • 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 9:19 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Athlete, Carl Lewis, cricket, Gold Medal, , , Jesse Owens, Olympics, , , Usain Bolt, World Record   

    Lighting Bolt 

    Here’s Usian Bolt, the fastest athlete in the world, breaking his own world record. He became an over night hero by winning the Olympic Gold by a daylight gap and setting a new speed record. In this race, he does the same, winning with ridiculous ease. Watch it. [ Do not miss his ” lighting bolt” pose towards the end ]



    Before you start wondering, why is a Cricket fanatic talking about Bolt out of nowhere. Here are few reasons.

    a) Bolt wanted to be Cricketer as a kid.

    b) Bowling was his first choice, he was a huge fan of  Curlty Ambrose and Waqar Younis.

    c) As of batsman he is big supporter of Sachin Tendulkar, Chris Gayle ( also a Jamaican ) and Matthew Hayden.


    Crickets loss is Athletics gain, a big big big gain. Hats off to Usain Bolt.


  • Narendra 8:35 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Competitions, cricket, , draw, , , , thrilling, tie   

    It’s a Tie 

    Just the other evening I had resolved not to talk or write about Cricket in this space, atleast till the World Cup concludes. However, after close to 24 hours, I cannot resist anymore. Cricket is my life 🙂  . There’s no way I can keep away from writing about it.  So, here’s me, reflecting on yesterday’s India-England epic.

    I quickly made this video. I sound so foolish, all I have managed to do is blabber stuff at random 😀 [ hate listening to myself, next time I should avoid playing it ]. So, watch it…oops you can’t because I refrained from showing up my “good looking” face this time around, didn’t want to scare you so, I let my voice do the job, which again happens to be atrociously quirky. Listen to this piece of hmmm…




    • sufiaz 8:40 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      u cudnt resist 😀 u were right, it was amazing 🙂 cant believe what happened yesterday

      • Narendra 8:44 pm on February 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyyaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…however, i want to forget abt tht game ASAP…I don’t want such matches anymore…it’s fine if it features other teams…India nahi re baba 🙂

  • Narendra 9:29 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bruce Lee, cricket, Enter the Dragon, Hong Kong, Kung Fu, Martial arts, , ,   

    Enter the dragon…forget about returning 

    During the Innings break of today’s Pakistan-Sri Lanka game unlike most days I was scanning other channels. I stopped at WB films. Bruce Lee’s “Enter the dragon” had just started. I have seen this movie few times before, in fact I wanted to give it a miss tonight however, five minutes into it, my mouth was half open, I was stuck. *sheepishly smiling* I could neither move away from my seat nor flip the channel. After the first 30 minutes I had no choice, I was enslaved by this brilliant piece of Cinema.

    I was totally hooked to the Television, I some how managed to grab a pouch of potato chips and a large glass of orange juice, that’s all I remember. For the next 1 hour or so, I was teleported into Mr.Han’s Island along with Lee, Williams and Roper. Movie holds such a simple premise, it has been exploited in so many yesteryear Indian movies. Anyways, back to Bruce Lee 🙂

    The fire in his eyes, body language and the Qi flowing through his body in those dramatic action sequences, WOW! exhilarating stuff *speechless, in search of superlatives, please help me*. No other Kung-fu star has such a powerful on-screen impact as Lee. Take a bow to Mr.Bruce Lee. *bowing in awe*

    Here a few outstanding fight sequences from his movies. Watch them. Enjoy them. Treasure them.


    1. Way of the dragon


    2. Fist of Fury


    3. Enter the dragon



    Why don’t you share your favorite Kung-fu action sequences? that will be fun.



    • Rajiv 9:40 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      no doubt abt it… and I know what scene you r glued too 😉

      • Narendra 10:12 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy…Sach mein bhai mazaa aa gaya…now glued to the match…expecting tight finish..mummmyyyyyyyyyyyy

        • sufiaz 11:30 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          ok ill watch this one 😀 couldnt take me eyes off the match tho 🙂

          • Narendra 11:35 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            awwwwwhhhhhhhhhhh I understand
            YOur team provided great entertainment with some variety of fielding bloopers…however, I dun want to spoil this moment ( looks like I have already dampened it )… Chalo…. yyyyaaaaaaaaaayyyy for Pak…………..yaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy for lala

            • sufiaz 11:47 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              lol…whats new? 😉 why do u think r bowlers r so good at ukharofying wickets? 😉 they have to…they cant rely on the fielders 😀 imagine, how good the bowlers must be 😛 with such fielders, they still got eight out of 10 🙂

              • Narendra 11:55 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Amazing….happy for you…good result for your team
                Enjoy the moment,girl

    • Leianne 10:32 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      this is actually one of my favorite movies of all time, love love love it so much!

      • Narendra 10:46 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Ohhh…u guys share the same name as well ^^

        • Leianne 10:57 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          Ah yes,hihi! It’s actually my nickname which was given someone special, based it on him since he knew I’m into Taoism 😉

          • Narendra 11:03 pm on February 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Sweet ^^
            Be happy…very happy…u got a legend’s nickname…Ooooohhhwaaa! 🙂

            • Leianne 12:06 am on February 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Oh I am, 🙂

  • Narendra 1:29 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cricket, , , , mom,   

    Mom’s Pick – WC 2011 

    Finally, I got my mom to do a little prediction for the World Cup. Since she isn’t a Cricket expert, she does it in her own way. Curious? Watch the video   🙂

    P.S:  Don’t miss her dorky looks and toothy smile, a must watch  🙂

    • Blockader 5:00 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Go Narendra’s Mom, Go!

      • sufia 8:58 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply


        • sufia 8:58 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          PS. ive decided..i is supporting india. hmph.

          • Narendra 11:34 am on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            Maine tumhara update pad liya hai..u want Bharat to loose na 😀

            • sufia 8:16 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              lol to aur kia 😛 the only time i root for india is when theyre playing australia. BUS!

              • Narendra 8:26 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

                Nahhhiiiiiiiiiii Bharat ko chod do please…tum Pak ko support karo…dun let down ur team 🙂

            • sufia 8:17 pm on February 22, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              and see how my theory is being reinforced 😉 i supported netherlands today 😦

    • Reno Putri 9:31 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      wooww, nice video mom….

    • PP 9:48 pm on February 21, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      WOW… we are winning… or we hav e won I wud say. 🙂

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