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The dressing room1/23/09
Limba Ram lives in a garage!1/14/09
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
'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 '
Some reading today1/5/09
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’
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.
The Cricket Hall of Fame1/3/09
Happy New Year to all!
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.
Test Match Ratings12/26/08
2. South Africa
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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’
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 pinnacleMike 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
Test Cricket is a simple game12/21/08
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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/Ima
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
Happy faces, fond memories12/15/08
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.