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  • Narendra 6:00 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Gautam Gambhir, ICC, , , , ,   

    We are the Champions 

    India are the champions of ICC Cricket World Cup, 2011

    History was so much against India at the beginning of the chase. No nation which had hosted the  final had ever won, all the centuries made in a world cup final came from the winning team, every time Jayawardene scored a 100, Sri Lanka won, no team had chased 250+ runs to win a WC, add to that minimum of three nations – Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan were praying for a Lankan win but then this was India’ time, it’s not just the people even gods wanted us to win. This script was written for India, we were destined for glory.

    Eight weeks ago when I made my first Vlog, I said, “it’s all about batting for team India “. It was bang on target. And, not to forget my mom, she predicted the victor several weeks ago based on zero cricketing knowledge but she got it 100% right 😀

    Going back to match, it started off on a slightly controversial note, toss came under the scanner. Sri Lanka eventually won the toss and elected to bat. At that point I felt the match was 70-30 in Lanka’s favour. However, after first 15 overs game Indian bowlers pulled back the Lankan advantage. Zaheer bowled an unbelievable first spell, runs were hard to come and Tharanga was gone.

    Sri Lanka were expected to bounce back, they did. Thanks to some inconsistent bowling by Sreesanth [ pleasantly surprised to see him play the finals ] and Jaya & Sanga’s guile, Lanka slowly and steadily clawed back. Run rate steadily moved up. India did strike at vital junctures, removing Sanga and Samaraweera but failed to get past Jayawardena, he was playing a typical death-by-cut innings. His delicates shots and placements were slicing India’s hope of restricting Lanka for a below par score. Indian bowlers were clearly short of ideas eventually Jaya, along with the lower middle order hammered the Indian bowlers during the batting powerplay to take their team to fantastic 274. In that process Jayawardene scored a brilliant 100, denting India’s chances big time.

    During the break, my good friend Arvinth had called. I said the same thing as in my Vlog. It’s all about batting, Team India has always boasted of having the best batting line-up, here’s their chance to prove themselves right. However, I felt India had a mere 40% chance of making it.

    When Sehwag and Sachin were trapped early, I felt our chances dipped to 20%. But, Sangakara took it little easy and brought in part time bowlers and allowed the Indian batsmen to consolidate. At 100 for 2, game was back to 50-50. But, soon Virat fell and in walked Dhoni to everyone’s surprise. It made me anxious because he wasn’t in good form and another wicket at that stage of the game would have jeopardized India’s chances. Sangakara made the right moves, he had a slip in place for a long time, he pursued with slip but none of his bowlers were in good rhythm. Murali was struggling, his deliveries were hardly turning. Randhiv was playing for fun, Malinga for some strange reason looked nervous, he didn’t bowl a single yorker. With the bowlers hardly troubling Dhoni and Gambhir, both batsmen gathered runs at will. Required run rate was always under control, it looked like the entire match was on auto pilot mode. However, Gambhir’s sudden rage cost him his wicket, he was out on 97, India needed 50 odd runs to win. Yuraj who was on a high after a series of match winning performances partnered Captain Dhoni to dismantle the Lankan attack, no more twists, no drama, no hiccups. A trademark Dhoni six set of wild celebrations across the nation. At the end India had out classed Lanka with ridiculous ease, they were hardly a threat to India’s strong batting line-up.

    The joy and happiness is hard for me to capture in words, that’s the very reason I didn’t know what to write, I still don’t know how to express myself. Big Thanks to Team India for giving us this day, a day which will forever remain in our memories. Thank you, Team India.

     

     

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    • sufia 6:05 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      the poor tota got killed for no reason 🙂

    • sufia 6:07 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      tell us sth…why was australia praying for SL?

      • Narendra 6:29 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        Come on, girl..Didn’t we beat Oz and end their decade of world cup supremacy…don’t you think that’s a big enough reason to support any team against India. I’m sure they supported Pakistan during the semi’s..

        P.S: Dear, Parrot, RIP

        • sufia 6:38 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

          i dont think so 😛 they dont wish anyone well, esp not us brownies 😀 them racist pricks.

          • sufia 6:56 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

            and they wouldnt have supported paki either..rem we beat them first?

            • Narendra 7:43 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

              Awwwwhhhhh!!! Ok, leave Australia. Only 2 nations prayed against us – SL n Pakistan 😀 but kya karein god had already scripted this win for us.

              God creates certain days for individuals and their teams, and apparently April 02, 2011 was alloted for India 😀

    • Sheryll 8:16 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      woohoo! Team India!

      • Narendra 8:34 pm on April 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        yyaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Thanks for sharing the enthusiasm 🙂

    • Single Malt Monkey 1:51 pm on April 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Enjoy the Glory !!

    • Jackie Paulson 1966 5:31 pm on April 5, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Keep on Celebrating it is worth it.

    • The Hook 12:19 am on April 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Congrats!

  • Narendra 10:17 pm on March 20, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ICC, , , , , , 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 9:19 pm on March 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Athlete, Carl Lewis, , Gold Medal, ICC, , 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 5:41 am on January 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , ICC, , ,   

    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?

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