Sunday, February 1, 2015

3 Advantages of Quikr Nxt - The Latest Feature from Quikr!

The online classifieds Indian giant, Quikr, launched a very exciting feature recently; Quickr Nxt which enables a user to chat using either the desktop website or by using the Quickr mobile app. The ads, which were also launched just a few days back, give us a glimpse about why this first instant messaging system in the world of classifieds has the potential to be a real game changer. The main worries that it aims at dissipating are mainly related to being attacked by calls at inconvenient times, addresses the concerns centering around fake/ prank calls and keeping a record of all the chats that take place between buyers and sellers.

I will enlist below the 3 main reasons why I would prefer a chat using the latest Quickr Nxt feature rather a long drawn tedious phone call.

1. Privacy

Not every one of us is comfortable with splashing our mobile numbers and e-mail ids over the internet and rightly so. Sharing the phone number openly makes us vulnerable to prank calls which can leave a sour taste in our mouth. With the launch of Quickr Nxt, the need to flash mobile number and e-mail id on the website is eliminated. They can be set as private and give the user the ease of chatting using their Quickr id and then using the Quickr Nxt to chat either on the website or on the phone by using the app.

2. Ease of Tracking

Imagine having to remember what price you quoted to each prospective buyer, which would be nigh on impossible as most sellers are bombarded with multiple requests from different buyers. Up until now this is was a nightmare as there was no log of what you said to whom, thus making things complicated and the simple task of buying and selling things became a headache. With Quickr Nxt, the need to memorize what you said to whom would be done away with as the chat history of Quickr Nxt keeps the log of the manifold conversations between sellers and potential buyers. It is also real time chatting which is highly time efficient as compared to e-mails which can get very long drawn and tedious.

3. Advantage Seller. Advantage Buyer!

We know how difficult it is to convince someone else about the condition of the product that we are intending to sell. The seller is constantly requested to share details about the product. There are questions posed and then some more. Quickr Nxt is advantageous to sellers as they can easily take photos and share instantly via the Quickr Nxt thus making lives so much easier for them. For the buyers, it reduces the risk factor as they can ask the seller to upload pictures from a certain angle or upload a video to be absolutely sure of the condition of the product.

With the advantages listed above I think that Quikr has scored a big plus as the user satisfaction is a big concern for all e-commerce websites and with Quikr Nxt their users will certainly feel more empowered.

This post is written for Indiblogger Happy Hours.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Team Review - New Zealand

New Zealand Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson, Tim Southee, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ross Taylor

Batting -

Strengths

The New Zealand batting line up is one of the most balanced heading into the World Cup of 2015. They have the swashbuckling Brendon McCullum at the top while also having lower order arsenal in Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi. Kane Williamson is there to provide solidity and he is presently in the form of his life. Martin Guptill and Tom Latham can do significant damage as well if they manage to get in.

Weakness

Collapses are always around the corner when we are talking about Kiwi batting. McCullum, his 2014 achievements notwithstanding, generally struggles for consistency. Ross Taylor, their middle order lynch pin is going through a terrible rut as well. Grant Elliot, selected ahead of an inform Neesham, may prove detrimental to their chances as well.

Rating - 7.5/10

Bowling - 

Strengths

The fast bowling attack of the New Zealanders is second to none. They have Southee and Boult with the new ball and the extreme pace of Milne and McClenaghan to back up. The wily old Daniel Vettori is also back for the black caps to round up spin bowling. The fact that Matt Henry is not in this squad tells us a thing or two about the fast bowling riches that New Zealand possess right now.

Weakness

Trent Boult has done extremely well in Test Matches but is relatively inexperienced in ODI cricket. Milne and McClenaghan are susceptible to frequent injuries and might also leak runs if they are not accurate.

Rating - 8/10

Fielding - 

Strengths

New Zealand are, without an iota of a doubt, the best fielding side in this ICC World Cup 2015. They are like panthers on the prowl, in the 30 yard circle or in the outfield. Guptill, McCullum brothers, Kane Willianson and Anderson will surely save 30-40 runs collectively for their bowlers in every single match.

Weakness

This is a group that becomes better with pressure, so I cannot point any fingers and point out any weakness.

Rating - 9/10

Overall Summary

I believe that this may be the best for the Black Caps to finally win a World Cup. They will play all their matches at home (bar the final) and will be backed by their passionate home crowd. They also have a very well rounded squad which is more then capable of levelling shoulders with any other team taking part!

Rating - 8/10

Given Below are the other Team Reviews that I have done

Australia
Bangladesh
England
India
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

Thursday, January 29, 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Team Review - India

India Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: MS Dhoni (capt & wk), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Stuart Binny

Batting -

Strengths

India are persisting with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma as their opening pair in ODI cricket but I feel that Rahane should open with Rohit as Dhawan is out of form. Kohli should return to his strong point, that is number 3 so that he can get maximum number of deliveries to face. Rayudu, Raina and Dhoni can follow Kohli, the trio all good finishers. Two out of Axar Patel/ Ravindra Jadeja/ R Ashwin can occupy slot 7 and 8. The openers must make sure that they do not loose early wickets and lay a strong platform for the likes of Kohli, Raina and Dhoni. Kohli must back his natural instincts and come in at number 3.

Weakness

Rohit is known to start very slowly and if he gets out early then India are often in trouble as he wastes many balls with low score. Kohli and Raina are not in very promising form in the ODI Tri Series in Australia which does not augur well for India. The lower order must also buckle down and try to score as much as possible to give the bowlers a challenging total to defend.

Rating - 7.5/10

Bowling - 

Strengths

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is known to get good swing with the new ball and he must make early inroads. Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav must bowl with pace but they must also tighten up their game and not give away too many loose deliveries which takes the pressure off the opposition. The strength of India is spin and they must stick to it. India should play two out of Axar, Ashwin and Jadeja and must not be scared to open with spin just to take the opposition by surprise.

Weakness

The Indian bowling is their weakest suit and it starts with their fast bowlers, they are prone to leak easy runs and rarely pick up early wickets. The spinners are also not consistent and often blow hot and cold. MSD also has to take a fair share of blame as he is adamant in using part timers a lot which takes the pressure completely off the batsmen and gives them breathing space.

Rating - 6/10

Fielding - 

Strengths

Indian fielding has improved by leaps and bounds since the past few years with the influx of young fielders like Rahane, Kohli, Raina, Jadeja and Rohit making the ground fielding top notch.

Weakness

The Indian catching though still leaves a lot to be desired and it is an important aspect of the game that must be worked on so that they do not land themselves in a hole.

Rating - 7.5/10

Overall Summary

I am very skeptical of the chances that India have this time around given their recent history of being abysmally poor in foreign conditions. Though we do have a slight advantage as we play all our matches in Australia and have been down under for a considerable period of time, thus giving the team ample time to get used to the conditions. it will be a huge tick mark for Dhoni if he can lead India to a victory in consecutive World Cup Finals and he will then probably be regarded as one of the all time great captains by even his critics!

Rating - 7/10

Given Below are the other Team Reviews that I have done

Australia
Bangladesh
England
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Team Review - England

England Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Ballance, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Joe Root, James Taylor, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes

Batting -

Strengths

With Cook no longer a part of the England ODI set-up, this English line up looks pretty solid to me. The dynamic Moeen Ali will have the classy Bell or the explosive Alex Hales for company at the top of the order. Morgan, Buttler, Taylor and Bopara provide plenty of fire power lower down the order as well! They have Joe Root as well who can play according to the situation, defend or attack as the need arises.

Weakness

The squad is pretty inexperienced with only Bell and Bopara having played in a World Cup before. Playing in high pressure games back to back can take its toll on young players who are susceptible to crack.

Rating - 7.5/10

Bowling - 

Strengths

The return of Anderson, Broad and Finn adds sting and venom to the English bowling. If the conditions are ripe then these three will probably make run making as difficult as any other bowling attack. James Tredwell is the steady spin operator who generally keeps it tight during the middle overs.

Weakness

All the three bowlers, Anderson, Broad and Finn are just returning from injuries and bad form, so how they go in the World Cup remains to be seen. Also the back up bowlers in Jordan and Woakes can leak a lot of runs.

Rating - 7.5/10

Fielding - 

Strengths

England are generally a very good fielding side. Though they are not exceptional but they do get the job done rather nicely. Root, Taylor, Morgan, Jordan are all supremely fit and very athletic.

Weakness

The Wicket-Keeping of Jos Buttler might prove to be a weak point as I have seen him drop catches or scupper simple stumping chances often.

Rating - 7.5/10

Overall Summary

England will hope that the dropping of Cook will finally bring them some success in the shorter format of the game. They do have a pretty dynamic squad with no major injury concerns at the moment, so they must be hoping to finally win the ODI Cricket World Cup.

Rating - 7.5/10

Given Below are the other Team Reviews that I have done

Australia
Bangladesh
India
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, Team Review - Bangladesh

Bangladesh Squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: Tamim Iqbal, Anamul Haque, Soumya Sarkar, Mominul Haque, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Nasir Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Arafat Sunny, Taijul Islam

Batting -

Strengths

The Bangladeshi batting will rely heavily on their trio of stalwarts Tamim, Shakib and Mushfiqur. All three will be expected to carry the bulkload of batting by the Bangladeshi fans. Young batsmen like Anamul, Mominul and Nasir are talented and can be quite useful with the bat as well. They will be required to provide support and be consistent in their run making.

Weakness

Tamim has been out of form for quite some time now and Shakib and Mushfiqur can only do so much alone. The fact that they will be playing on bouncier tracks in New Zealand and Australia can prove tricky for their inexperienced batsmen as well.

Rating - 5.5/10

Bowling - 

Strengths

The bowling attack looks quite well rounded for the Bangladeshi boys this time. They have a nice mix of fast bowlers in Al-Amin Hossain, Taskin Ahmed while the old war horse Mashrafe Mortaza will be there as well. Then they have their slew of slow bowlers led by their talismanic all rounder Shakib Al Hasan and supported by Taijul, Nasir, Sabbir.

Weakness

The fast bowlers are all talented but very raw and inexperienced. Mashrafe Mortaza, their captain and leading fast bowler, is quite prone to injuries. Only time will tell whether the Australian pitches support their army of slow bowlers or will they wilt under pressure.

Rating - 6/10

Fielding - 

Strengths

They are quite a good fielding side and have been making rapid strides in this aspect of the game.

Weakness

They are quite prone to making mistakes when under pressure and have a habit of spilling straightforward chances.

Rating - 7/10

Overall Summary

The good thing for them will be that they are not expected to beat a lot of sides this time around. Hence they can play freely and without undue pressure to perform which proved to be their bane in the World T20 last year in their backyard. They will be hoping to cause a few jitters amongst the stronger teams like England and New Zealand!

Rating - 6/10

Given Below are the other Team Reviews that I have done

Australia
England
India
New Zealand
Pakistan
South Africa
Sri Lanka
West Indies
Zimbabwe

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