Posts Tagged ‘Cricket’

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).


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.

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.

Harbhajan Singh – The Batsman

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Harbhajan Singh has been a part of the Indian cricket team for over ten years now – primarily as a leg spinner. All cricket lovers from India are also aware of his unorthodox batting style using which he has hit a few sixers every now and then in both one day as well as test cricket.

In the past two weeks, in two consecutive tests against New Zealand, Harbhajan Singh’s batting form has transformed him into a mature batsman who has carried the responsibility of seeing India get to safer totals in three consecutive innings. He had scored a half century and a century in the first test match and today he completed his second consecutive century in the first innings.

All the three innings he has played are in completely different circumstances.


Cricket and IT people

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Last weekend I played a 8-a-side cricket tournament for a new team called ‘Daredevils’ which had been created by picking some top players from NJ area.  Though we lost in the quarter finals, it was a pleasure playing in the same team as some of these smart guys who played intelligent cricket. All the guys in NJ (almost all) who play cricket work on the Information Technology (IT) area in some company or the other in NYC area.

Though the guys are in IT and they are very smart cricketers, I was not surprised at the number of IT people required to calculate the ‘Net Run Rate’ for each team. We believe in ‘talk, talk, talk, work, talk, talk, talk, work’ approach and I could see the consistency here also.

Net Run Rate (NRR) is calculated by summing up the total runs scored by a team in all their matches with respect to the number of balls faced, matched against the total runs scored by their opponents in all the matches against them and the balls taken for the same.

It needed seven IT folks to do the above calculation and it was so funny watching it. Since I completely switch off my grey matter during weekends (and weekdays), I decided to stay out of the discussion and to take a snap of the guys trying to figure out the formula.

I am sure they will beat me up for having posted this snap, but I could not resist from doing so. If any one of you would like me to remove this photo, please let me know and I will gladly fade out your image using my latest skills using GIMP open source photo editing software 🙂

Just to give the full picture, I think we finally decided that each one will go back and figure out themselves using the formula we all agreed upon!!

Badrinath – What an innings

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

I happened to watch the T-20 Champions League opener in South Africa for Chennai Super Kings against Central Districts. I was glad I watched it. Badrinath played an innings of his life time and won the man of the match award after his wonderful performance.

Badri came in at a time when Chennai had lost Hayden as well as Raina. After 10 overs, the half way mark, Chennai had lost Vijay also and were 48 for 3, with Badri and Anirudha in the middle. It was at that time that Badri showed his class. Chennai batsmen had been receiving quite a lot of short pitched deliveries until then from the Central Districts bowlers. Badri got one more short bouncer in the 11th over and he knew the next ball would be one too. His guess was right. He got a bouncer again and this time he choose to play an elegant upper cut over point for six. That shot was the turning point of the match and from then on for the next 10 overs Badri, Anirudha and Morkel smashed 100 runs in 10 overs.

Badri remained not out till the end and this is one of the best innings we have ever seen from him.

If you are a cricket fan, you will love watching this part of the match where Badri made all the difference.

I hope he plays many more such innings in his life. Good luck Badri.

Dream Comes True – First Century In Thirty Years!!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Note: This is a personal blog and some of you might not find anything interesting as it is all about me in this one!!

Also forgot to thank the Super power looking over me and helping me accomplish my dreams. Thank you!

I have been playing cricket from a very young age, just like most of the other kids born in India. Ever since the days of Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards, etc and watching them on TV, it was a long time dream to see how it feels to score a century in a tournament.

This weekend this dream came true….. (more…)

Its Sports Time

Saturday, March 20th, 2010

I play cricket and badminton here in New Jersey whenever I get a chance. Those have been my two favourite sports for many many years now. While I have been playing badminton whenever I could, I have not missed even one season in the past ten years of my life in the US.