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Sania Mirza - The best indian female tennis player of all times!5/21/09

Hi all!
Please feel free to visit the new Sania Mirza page on Livejournal.
Here you will find daily pictures, videos and news!

Have a wonderful day.

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Rajasthan Royals - Halla Bol!5/15/09

Hi Guys,

Community for Rajasthan Royals Fans. Please join and enjoy!! Post and keep updated about the activities of your favourite IPL Team!!  

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Ishant Sharma2/3/09

Is anyone else concerned over Ishant Sharma's skinniness? He is a great talent but with that kind of a frame I really doubt if he can sustain it for very long

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LJ India, a hub for all LJ India users1/23/09

Hi Everyone,         

We are happy to announce that it has been over six months since LJ announced its
localisation plans for India


We have been making great progress and with help from all of you, we have successfully launched a number of India specific communities. Besides  India Sport the other active and buzzing India centric communities on LiveJournal are India Politics, India Writing, India Travels, India Movies and  Bollywood Club


We would also like you take this opportunity to introduce to you LJ India. LJ India is going to be an active hub, almost the ground zero for all Indian users of LiveJournal, as well as all LiveJournal users interested in India.


Suggest ideas & improvements, ask questions, post queries, garner insights from other LJ users or just find friends with similar interests – LJ India is the community that you should join.


Do join the LJ India community. We look forward to meeting you on LJ India.


If you have any thoughts on how the past six months have been, or thoughts on how to take it forward, do leave a word.




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The dressing room1/23/09

Cricketers in India are demi-gods. We worship them when they do well on the field and burn effigies when they fail to perform. For the world outside the perception about our cricketers is different – that cricketers are stars and sometimes arrogant. At times it seems justified for very few are privy to their lives inside the dressing room or their behavior outside the field.


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A Critique of the ICC Ratings Methodology1/18/09

The ICC's Player Ratings have generated much discussion recently. I decided to find out what the ratings methodology was, and have found that it is actually a fairly sophisticated method, but in my view has one serious flaw. More here 

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Limba Ram lives in a garage!1/14/09

Here's a heart-rending story from The Times of Inda. Archery legend Limba living in MLA's garage!

Somdev Devvarman's rise in the charts has got tennis maestro Ramanathan Krishnan say Somdev announces his arrival in the international arena in The Hindu. An editorial in The New Indian Express says It’s Somdev after Paes while The Times of India has this interview with the young man Of course I'm ambitious: Somdev

Chaminda Vaas will turn out for Mohun Bagan in a Kolkata tournament. Track the interesting development in Bengal cricket here CAB clears foreigners .

And finally, Three greats to come together

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Read today1/9/09

These are the stories that held my interest this morning..
'Don't try and be Superman'
A game tactically similar to Mayweather’s methods
AweSom guns down Moya
Now, Fifa says it will monitor Satyam
This Uttar Pradesh team thrives in adversity
CAB joins hands with MCC
'PCB officials ganging up to oust Miandad '

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Some reading today1/5/09

Carlos Moya is the focus of this piece in The Hindu in the Chennai Open gets underway today while The Times of India reports says Paes serves an ace.

The Ranji Trophy semifinals are on. Here are some interesting pieces that I read today. Rahane gets a pat from Tendulkar,   aaa

Controversy over Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi's remark that cricket must replace hockey as national game continues to brew. Pataudi remark draws ire. Also, the fact that the Ministry of Sports has said those who do not hold Indian passports cannot represent the nation anymore continues to draw some flak. ‘My heart is with India, please let it stay that way’
The Indian Premier League season is some distance away but it has begun to hold our attention. Here are two reports. IPL reason for Aussie decline  and  Azhar's son hopes to make it big at Eden Gardens.

Speaking of Eden Gardens, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) is planning to hold a meeting with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal officials following scuffles on both days of their two-day league match at the Eden Gardens which ended in a draw on Sunday.

If you have the time, do read this interview with Gautam Gambhir Bad times toughened me: Gambhir.

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The Cricket Hall of Fame1/3/09

The ICC has nominated 55 cricketers to the Cricket Hall of Fame. As such it is an unimaginative list. Here's why I think it's poorly done. Also see a alternative list in this article.

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Cricket controversies of 20081/2/09

 A look at some of the controversies in cricket in 2008

Happy New Year to all!

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Happy New Year1/1/09

Wishing you a happy new year. Here's hoping for a superb sporting time ahead.

Deccan Herald's assessment of what's in store over the next 12 months is titled Brace up for another ride 

Madhu Jawali writes about pace bowler L Balaji's comeback tale in Deccan Herald in this piece that is headlined A tale of grit in the fast lane. Balaji's State coach WV Raman calls him The Big B of Tamil Nadu. 

Other pieces that interested me: Azhar’s son for Knight Riders trials, Anureet called up for Knight Riders trials, Anti-doping panels set up, ‘Dawood gangster’ threat to Dhoni and Premjit Lall passes away.

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Comparing the 4th innings efforts of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting12/30/08

On the face of it, Ponting's record is superior to Tendulkar's. But a deeper look reveal a more nuanced picture.

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Test Match Ratings12/26/08

My Test Match Ratings for the end of the year

1. Australia
2. South Africa
3. India
4. England

Read the full post here

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Focus on Ranji Trophy and other issues12/26/08

The Ranji Trophy quarterfinals begin today. And Deccan Herald has this insight into the new format  that is being tried out this season. DNA, like everyone else, has focussed on Rahul Dravid i n this piece.  What of the man himself? 'Neutral venue a good concept'  is what he says, reports Deccan Herald
The Telegraph has found a lovely angle and reports that Sourashtra's young talent Cheteshwar Pujara will seek Dravid tips. It also had this report  on the Bengal coach Utpal Chatterjee being under the scanner.

I read this Sourav Ganguly interview by Vijay Lokapally ‘A good Indian captain has to be thick-skinned’ and this L Sivaramakrishnan column that talks about The metamorphosis of Gambhir and enjoyed them both.

Jeev Milkha Singh is playing the BILT Open in Greater Noida. Here is  a report Rookie Anirban Lahiri in lead. Also holding my interest was a report that says Dasmunsi stays on as AIFF president

No Indian passport? You can’t play for India ruled the court and tennis player Shika Uberoi responds with this statement: ‘I’ll give up my US passport to play for India’

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Today's suggested reading12/22/08

Ayaz Memon's come up with this in DNA With Tests like these, Twenty20 seems tepid and Karthik Kannan with this A cricketing delight - Test cricket at its pinnacle

Mike Atherton in The Times says Pietersen delivers the perfect reply, The Guardian has this interesting piece: Pietersen objects to pie-chucker Yuvraj's 'left-arm filth' and The Telegraph this Andrew Flintoff revives all his glorious pace and fire. Sunil Gavaskar says Advantage with India  and Sourav Ganguly says Dravid will feel relieved

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Test Cricket is a simple game12/21/08

Why has Test Cricket has endured over 131 years without any major change to its format, and are we obsessed with marginal issues about Tests?

Read more here

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Sachin pinches a win and steals hearts again12/16/08

 The Times’ Chief Cricket Correspondent Michael Atherton writes of India's victory dedicated to Mumbai victims and England bow to Sachin Tendulkar's genius

 Mike Selvey waxes eloquent in The Guardian Hero rises from horrors of Mumbai to fashion fated Test victory for India while Vic Marks in the same newspaper suggests that England's critics should hold their ire and hail India's triumph in a Test to celebrate and David Hopps reveals Pietersen plays through pain as England lose but win respect


Simon Hughes in Daily Telegraph Tendulkar picks off England for poignant victory. In the same newspaper, Geoffrey Boycott writes England and Panesar must learn from pain of defeat


From Indian media, I wish I could offer you a better link to Harsha Bhogle’s piece than this http://epaper.timesofindia.com/Daily/Images/Common/transparent. But here’s Vijay Lokapally of The Hindu who gets Virender Sehwag to reveal how Gary Kirsten has helped him in this piece Just cannot keep Sehwag downand here’s Partha Bhaduri in The Times of India suggesting that it isDravid's time to take a call. On Dravid, Chandresh Narayan of CricketNirvana.Com comes up with this piece Srikkanth meets Dravid, offers him a break. Of course, Chandresh also writes of When Dhoni locked his team.

And here is Sunil Gavaskar: ´Take a bow, Viru´ 

In Hindi, NP Singh writes of how Sachin means each word when he says he plays for India, now more more than ever in this piece सचिन सही कहते हैं "प्लेयिंग फॉर इंडिया, नॉउ मोर दैन नेवर" while Piyush Pandey offers this tribute to Andrew Strauss हार के बीच 'जीत' का नाम बनते स्ट्रॉस and Aditya Punjan write about Yuvraj Singh in this piece भा गया युवराज का नया अंदाज

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Happy faces, fond memories12/15/08

I saw the post match conference today and it was quite something to see Sachin trying to suppress his smile as he tried to describe how this hundred was special to him. I mean this man has had almost god-like success,.fame and adulation and it was so amazing to see him break into a near childlike grin for finally scoring a century in a major winning effort. His joy at having won the match for the team was equal to, and of the same nature, as that of any Indian who shared the moment. My mind goes back to the 1999 Chennai test against Pakistan which India lost by a mere 12 runs with Sachin scoring 136. I remember I went numb  with shock when India lost after making a whale of a comeback in the match. This time Sachin made sure he saw it through to the end and that disaster didn't repeat itself.

And of course noone can forget the contribution of that amazing character called Sehwag who brought this win into the realm of possibility in the first place with his mercurial blitzkrieg yesterday. He surely was the deserved man-of-the-match.

I think this win will bring a smile to the faces of the people of the country who have felt battered after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks.

I saw people on the stands screaming "Sachin... Sachin....". That brought back memories of being in the stadium while Sachin was batting and having done the same ... surely a memory I cherish :)

Amidst all this jubilation, spare a thought for that tireless footsoldier of the Indian team called Rahul Dravid. So many times in the past he has been the only wall standing amongst the ruins when the rest crumbled around him. This time he would be the only one feeling left out as the team celebrates. His form seems to have deserted him; he surely would have liked to have contributed to recent Indian wins. But the consummate team character he is, he surely would still be cherishing the team's success.

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We won!12/15/08

Yay we won! Full credit to Sachin and Yuvraj who pulled the rug from underneath England's feet. And of course to Sehwag who made it possible in the first place. England were the favorites to win right till the end of the fourth day. They must be feeling lousy now having lost after declaring their innings. The Mahi magic continues!....

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