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Data Mining Under 19 and Senior Indian Cricket Teams

Saturday, February 3rd, 2018

As I am a big cricket fan, I watched the finals of the Under 19 Boys world championship between Australia and India. Congratulations to the Indian cricket team for winning it four times in the past 20 years or so.

Given my interests in data mining and also cricket, I dug up more facts about the results of the Under 19 tournaments and how many players from those teams managed to play for Indian Senior team.

The numbers are quite interesting.

50% of the team has come from Under 19 teams. Here is an example with the current T20 team:

Played Under 19 World Cup for India:

  1. Virat Kohli
  2. Rohit Sharma
  3. Shikhar Dhawan
  4. Dinesh Karthik
  5. Kuldeep Yadav
  6. Manish Pandey
  7. Lokesh Rahul
  8. Suresh Raina

Did Not Play Under 19 World Cup for India:

  1. M.S.Dhoni
  2. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar
  3. Hardik Pandya
  4. Axar Patel
  5. Sharadul Thakur
  6. Jasprit Bumrah
  7. Yuzvendra Chahal

As I have been following the Indian U19 cricket team during the cricket world cup, I also noticed the seven players here picked up for IPL teams:

  1. Prithvi Shaw
  2. Kamalesh Nagakoti
  3. Shivam Mavi
  4. Shubman Gill
  5. Abhishek Sharma
  6. Manjot Kalra
  7. Ankul Roy

Here is my guess on the players from this India U19 team, not listed above, who will make it to the India Senior team within the next ten years:

  1. Ishan Porel
  2. Shiva Singh


Can India win a Gold medal in Badminton at Common Wealth Games 2014?

Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Can India win a gold medal in Badminton in CWG 2014?

While my heart says yes, my brain says NO.

Here are the reasons why:

1. Saina Nehwal is not playing

Saina Nehwal was the winner of the singles event in Women’s and with her recent victory in the Australian Open, there was a lot of buzz around how she could potentially win a big medal for India at the Common Wealth Games. With her injury worries, she has decided it is better to pull out of it and so is a big blow to Badminton India’s gold medal chances in this event.


Sachin Tendulkar Fans – Who is Peyton Manning?

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

There has been a huge cry over the fact that Maria Sharapova mentioned that she did not know who Sachin Tendulkar was. Immediately her FB profile was trolled by a million Sachin fans. What nonsense is this?

Sachin Tendulkar

If you are a real Sachin Tendulkar fan, think like how Sachin will think – just think of those days when the opponents used to try sledging on the pitch while he is about to bat and how he responded.

Lets try it this way:

  • Do you know who Peyton Manning is?
  • Do you know who LeBron James is?
  • Do you know who Quade Cooper is?

Answer: Peyton Manning and LeBron James won the Most Valuable Player award in 2013 for their respective sports in NFL and NBA. Quade Cooper is one of the best Rugby players of our time.

It is ok for people not to know a few things that are considered important by a few others. It is ok for Maria Sharapova not to know Sachin – you dont have to act like everyone should know Sachin. If Sachin is God to us, he need not be God to others too. We claim to have ‘Unity in Diversity’, ‘Religious Tolerance’, blah, blah, blah..Show it in action. Not in words on FB.


While it is ok to have fun about such statements made by celebrities like Sharapova (I liked this one I found on FB), please let us not do anything that will make Sachin feel ashamed of our action.


Tamil Nadu Badminton League 2014 is on!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

TNBL 2014 is here..Thanks to everyone who made this happen.

Can Professional Badminton Pick Up In India?

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Thomas Cup and Uber Cup are two prestigious events held in Badminton where players represent their country (similar to Davis Cup in Tennis).

Currently, Thomas Cup and Uber Cup Championships are held in New Delhi.

As the turn out in the stadium was very poor, there was an interesting conversation that got started in Facebook about this topic. I did express my views to my friends there, but thought it would help to provide a collective thought here on the same topic.


These empty stands do show exactly the viewership level for such a huge event in India.

For any professional sport to succeed, there has to be acceptable viewership levels so that businesses will love to show case their products in front of the audience.

The popularity of any sport can be considered using two factors:


Good Bye Sachin Tendulkar

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar has announced his retirement from one day cricket and that has come as a big blow to many of his die hard fans, like me.

His recent form had been a lot of concern for many of us, and all of us knew this day would come, but when it came we could not imagine an Indian national team without Sachin. He has been around for 20+ years and it is not easy to just forget him.

Today, when I am watching this first one day international between India and Pakistan at Chennai, I am realizing that Sachin Tendulkar is not a part of the Indian team any more. It just hits you hard if you follow cricket, and harder if you are a die hard fan.

Though Sachin Tendulkar has become a Member of Parliament (MP) in the Rajya Sabha, we are not sure what to expect from him in his new role – exactly the same situation that we had when he first came on the international scene during the tour of Pakistan, when he came in and played the Pakistani spinner Abdul Qadir with confidence. Lets hope Sachin can emulate his on field performance with his contributions to the country off the field.

Good luck Sachin.

Badminton In India

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

People who know me well obviously know about my love for Badminton. Those of you, who believe Badminton is a backyard game, please watch the video given in this post and then decide. (The fastest recorded smash in badminton is over 200mph, while the fastest in tennis is only 156mph.)

Lately, there has been a lot of buzz around Badminton in India, primarily because Saina Nehwal has been consistently ranking well in the women’s badminton circuit. Kashyap also seems to be doing fairly well in the international circuit in the men’s section. In my past thirty years of playing badminton, I have only seen Prakash Padukone and Gopichand create some mark in the world badminton scene. Good to see the number of Indian players in top 100 in world rankings go up steadily.

With this increase in interest in Badminton in India, I got this idea about a website for Badminton in India. Finally, I have to a chance to use my technology skills and make use of it in badminton. Started working on it now and I hope it becomes the portal of choice for Badminton lovers in India.

Is India a One Sport Nation?

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Is India a one sport nation?

Cricket is religiously followed in India, while our national sport (supposed to be Hockey) has always taken a back seat, especially in the past twenty years during which India has not won even a single gold in Olympics Hockey.

This is a very popular question in the minds of many – and this question comes up more often after we see any poor performance in any sport.

I happened to read a very interesting article in The Hindu on this topic called Let Us Accept The Truth . The author has clearly laid out every single point that has been widely debated every time this topic comes up for discussion. Reading this article was like someone told the simple, plain truth in even more simpler terms that it hit me hard when I read it.


Sachin scores 100th hundred – finally

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

It is party time for every one who is a Sachin Tendulkar fan.

Finally, after over a year of waiting and some missed opportunities,  Sachin Tendulkar scored his 100th hundred, in the one day international against Bangladesh last week.

Having watched almost every match of Sachin’s in the past one year in anticipation of his 100th 100, and having watched the match against Pakistan on Sunday, right after he scored the century, we could see a visible difference in the body language. I guess it is quite natural that the milestone and the expectations set around it by his fans like me, as well as the media, has impacted the freedom with which Sachin normally approaches the game.

Talking about the media, I cannot believe some people already listing down the remaining milestones due:

– 50th One Day Century

– Cross 400 runs in Test Cricket

– Surpassing Sehwag’s One Day Score Record

Please…give Sachin a break and let him play his natural game at least for the rest of his career.

btw, I saw a Boost commercial yesterday which said ‘Wish Sachin good luck so that he can score his 100th 100’. I guess the people in the marketing team for Boost have not yet returned from Mars 🙂

Can Virat Kohli maintain his consistency?

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

Virat Kohli appears to have all the stars aligned in the right places for him. He is just 23 years old, but already has eight international hundreds in the past year and a half.

After his magical century at Hobart (Tasmania, Australia) against Sri Lanka, and the announcement the very next day that he will be the vice-captain for India in the Asia cup, Virat Kohli appears to be in the news every where.

Virat Kohli made a wonderful start to his new role as vice-captain, with a wonderful century yesterday at Mirpur (Bangladesh).