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Sachin Crosses 15000 mark – 100th Century on its way?

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

Sachin Tendulkar crossed yet another milestone today, reaching 15000 runs in test cricket. I am still waiting, like many other fans of his, to see him cross the 100th century mark.

I still remember the day when Sunil Gavaskar became the first man to cross the 10000 runs mark in test cricket – almost 20 years ago.

The one landmark that remains for a long time is the 100th century in international cricket. Sachin missed it during the first innings yesterday and he might be able to make it tomorrow – if he and Dravid continue the way they have been batting so far.

At this stage, India needs another 124 runs to win, with Sachin on 33. That means he will have to score 67 runs out of the 124 runs required. Hoping 9-Nov-2011 will go in the history of cricket as the day a man scored 100th century in international cricket. Lets wait and see 🙂

Will Sachin Score His 100th Hundred Today?

Monday, November 7th, 2011

There has been a lot of discussion around when Sachin Tendulkar will score his 100th International century. In fact on Facebook, there is a joke circulating among many people if the petrol price will touch 100 Rupees first or if Sachin will score his 100th century first.

With West Indies about to be all out anytime now, it appears, Sachin Tendulkar might get a chance to bat today.

Will he score his 100th Hundred today?

I believe he will, lets see what happens.

Update: My wish did not come true today. Now, I am hoping it will be in the second innings 🙂

Pakistani cricketers sent to jail on match fixing charges

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

The British court had announced earlier this week that the three Pakistani cricketers, Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were found guilty of the charges of match fixing.

Salman Butt was given 30 months, Mohammad Asif 12 months and Mohammad Amir 6 months jail sentence. The bookie involved, Mazhar Majeed was given 32 months of jail sentence.

This is the first time that we are seeing such punishments handed over in match fixing cases. There have been many instances in the past when these cases were quietly closed without any punishment to the players.

This is a good start and this is exactly the way such people have to be dealt with.

Dhoni is a Honorary Lieutenant Colonel now?

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Just found a news that M.S.Dhoni has been awarded as a honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Indian Army along with Abhinav Bindra.

It is an interesting pattern that we find where people in sports in India are being conferred honorary positions in Army, Navy and Air Force.

I am not sure if you remember Sachin Tendulkar was awarded as a Group Captain by the Indian Air Force sometime back.


England gets their first win in this series – Win the T20

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

England has finally managed to taste victory on the Indian soil in the T20 match held yesterday.

India scored just 120 runs, which is considered a very low score in T20s. Kevin Peitersen showed his class once again by scoring a very good 50 and made sure there were no hiccups. Full scorecard from this match is available here

Dhoni, as usual, was calm and composed in his responses at the press conference after the loss. The most interesting part for me in this press conference was his observations on the fact that it is better to know what went wrong, after something went wrong, so that we can work on it and come back stronger. Though he does not show his emotions, Dhoni has a way of showing his confidence and maturity in the way he talks, and in the way he manages the team. I feel he is one of the finest captains India has ever produced.

India make it 5-0 – Dhoni talks very cautiously about bowlers

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

India completed the 5-0 whitewash as hoped by many Indians around the world.

This is the second consecutive time that England have lost all the one-day matches in the series in India. This only emphasises the point that Indian cricket team has always been extremely strong on the home grounds. Their performances overseas are still very shaky though.

There are many comments all over the place about this series win. One comment made about the 5-0 whitewash by India, by a friend of mine, Santosh, was quite funny:

It is Diwali and the Indians have kept to the tradition of white washing !!! We have been very considerate to the English cricket team as well providing them a flavour of our hospitality.


Dhoni’s press conference after the game is quite interesting as he cautiously takes credit for this and at the same time talks about how the bowling area has to be improved.

While I was watching this video, I noticed an interesting mistake and quickly took a screenshot of it. See if you can notice how they mentioned Dhoni as England Captain by mistake. oops 🙂


Will it be India 5-0 against England?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Got a chance to catch up on the fourth one day international match between India and England today. India beat England quite convincingly once again. After getting beaten by England in England 5-0, now I guess it is India’s turn to beat England 5-0. England appeared to be the unbeatable team when in England they showed clear supremacy over India in the matches just a month back. Now, it is the exact opposite here in India – Indians dominating the English team in every single match.

What is going on here? Is it the usual reason that the local players know the local conditions much better and are exploiting it well? Or is it that the local pitches are well prepared to suit the home team?

Whatever the case is, such one sided matches are definitely not good for the game in the long run. Who would ever want to watch the fifth match in a five match series, where the home team has beaten the visitors comprehensively in every one of the four matches so far.

Dhoni’s style of talking in the press conference is quite admirable, where he does not want to use the word ‘revenge’ to term what India is doing to England right now. Similarly, he also explains how the plan was to win every single match in England, but it never happened – it is good to see him talk about things as they are. Rather than saying it is payback time and trying to boast about how well the team has turned the tables around.

Is a Separate Chess Championships for Women Necessary?

Monday, October 24th, 2011

I came to know about the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix in Chess held at Nalchik this month. I did not realize until today that there is a separate chess championship for women. Why this discrimination?

I understand that by nature on an average, men are physically stronger than women. Naturally, it justifies the need for separate track and field events and other sports events where physical strength plays an important role.

But why in Chess?

I do understand the need for separate categories based on age – as the mental growth is different at different age levels, but I am still not able to understand why we would have a separate event for women in Chess. I consider the average woman to be equally smart to the average man. If my premise is correct, then I really have to find out why we need a separate category for women in chess, and why we cannot have a single category for every one.

If any one of you know the real reason please let me know. Even otherwise, do let me know if you think we should have a separate one for women.

Congratulations to Cricket World Champions – India

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

India has won the Cricket World Cup after 28 years.

We Indians are proud of everyone who made it happen.

Time to celebrate..Indiaaaaaa – India … Indiaaaaa – India


It was a great finals with Sri Lanka scoring 274 and making India work really hard to won the finals. Dhoni led from the front and scored 91 not out to team up with Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh to win the finals.

Yuvraj was named Man of the Tournament for his all round performance and four Man of the Match awards during the tournament.

MS Dhoni was named Man of the Finals for the way he ensured India did not have any more hiccups on its way towards winning the final.

Overall it was a wonderful world cup and it is always nice to end up on the winning side.

Sachin Tendulkar and Muthiah Muralitharan are playing their last World Cups and Cricket World Cup will miss them.

Hide Chess

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

My son and I play chess regularly and today he came up with an innovative new variation of chess called Hide Chess!

I was amazed by this variation of Chess and I immediately played a full game of Hide Chess with him.

He calls it Hide Chess because the starting position of the coins on the board is hidden from the opponent and is strategically placed at the place that you rightly feel – on your side of the board. (Since we have a magnetic chess board, it was quite easy to implement this starting position).

So the rules of the game goes as follows: