Thursday, November 17, 2011

2 Extra Hours during the course of my life - Thanks to Surf Excel Matic

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It is the most precious commodity that a man can be bestowed with... It is rightly said that lost money can be earned back but we cannot gain lost time. I remember, right from when I was a little kid, I used to pray for more time... I will share some of those instances with all of you, when I felt I was short of time, and could have done with a couple of extra hours at my disposal!!

Remember School days?? Yes the good old days!! As a child, my most favorite week, each year, was the 1st week of April - the last week before our summer vacations began! Two heavenly months lay ahead of me – no assembly lines, no homework, no Maths tests and no mugging up of Marathi lessons! Instead, I was officially allowed to meander around like a listless wanderer absolutely free with no single aim in life. My recollections are that of lethargic, leisurely days: of fighting with my sister and also playing with her, of music and movies, of visiting cousins, digging my head into piles of story books and above all, playing the game I love - Cricket How we used to long for it!! Mornings used to start late and then outdoor cricket sessions with my school friends would start... We would exhaust ourselves, returning home in the afternoon. Lunch was followed by a quick nap before resuming cricket again till the evening would bring darkness.... I remember how we used to play until it was impossible to even sight the fielders... How we wished for more time then. We would then discuss the days play and leave only to start the routine again the following day. Two more hours would probably not have satiated our hunger but diminished it for sure!!

We were a group bonded by Cricket and School!!

School days were spent mostly playing and studying occasionally to top the class!!! Remember the epic series between India and Australia under the captaincy of Sourav Ganguly. Remember VVS getting a double century, Rahul batting like a true wall, Bhajji getting a hat trick, the inspirational captaincy of Dada!!! How India stopped the Aussie juggernaut... I remember it all very well, as the series had coincided with my board exams of 10th... I watched every match, fighting with my mother and arguing with my father... How I would have loved to have a couple of extra hours at my disposal... I did not ace the boards but still did fantastically well scoring in the 80's (Yes, 80's were respectable in those days!!)

Remember how a million people stood as one after the victory at Eden Gardens, Remember Policemen jumping with joy forgetting everything else!!!
Still getting goosebumps seeing the image!! Priceless...

I was again faced with the same quandary as my 12th boards coincided perfectly with the 2003 Cricket World Cup in South Africa... I, being such a huge fan could not miss it for anything. I remember lying to my parents that I would stay up late to study and then watch matches on mute!!! India reached the finals, the only match I watched freely, as my exams got over after the semis... Unfortunately India lost to Australia... Again, 2 extra hours would have been so useful to me... Though I am not sure how I would have used it, to study or to watch more cricket!!!!

Indian captain Ganguly after India defeated Pakistan
in the 2003 Cricket World Cup,
I could not watch the whole match...

Then came engineering college days... I would always be buried with assignments, projects, journals, tests, term works, vivas... Not to mention the lectures from morning till evening... I would barely get a couple of hours sleep most of the times, especially during the exams... Though I would catch up on some sleep in the class (the professors were great in inducing sleep!!!), but still, it was never enough!!! I remember once there was an earthquake just the day before the exams, it shook the whole hostel, but I remained unawares (deep in my 3 hour slumber)!!! 2 hours extra would surely have been used to relax and de-stress... I would just lie in the bed, doing nothing, just enjoy the stillness... And then slowly, slip deep in slumber....

The state of most of the students...

Now doing a job, there is hardly any time to do things I love the most. Over the years, days have surprisingly shrunk. There is little time for reading, blogging and even watching cricket... Quality time with the family has also decreased... 2 extra hours would do me no harm for sure. I would love to take up a book and sit cozy... I would love to tune into the idiot box and catch up on my love - CRICKET! Then I would go and blog about it and interact with my readers... I would rest my head on my mother's lap and close my eyes... WOW! When was the last time I did all this...? My memory fails me... Never mind... Just a few days, I will surely do all of these, when I get my hands on those 2 extra hours courtesy Surf Excel Matic and Indiblogger :)

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

India Vs West Indies - 2nd Test Match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata

India Vs West Indies - 2nd Test Match at Eden Gardens, Kolkata from Nov 14-18, 2011

So Indian batsman finally came into their elements and posted a mammoth 631/7 before finally declaring. India won the toss yesterday and Dhoni had no hesitation in electing to bat first. Although Sehwag and Gambhir started briskly but both fell trying to be a bit too adventurous. They scored 38 and 65 respectively. Sachin arrived then and there was a sense of expectation whether he would finally get his 100th 100!! But he too flattered to deceive and fell for 38.

This brought the pair of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid on the Eden Garden wicket invoking memories of the 2001 series against Australia!! And they did not disappoint. Rahul made a classy hundred, his 36th. Laxman ended the day unbeaten in his 70's and looking good for much more.

Day two brought the early wicket of Yuvraj and Dhoni joined Laxman in the middle. They both batted without any difficulty on a benign surface and Laxman soon reached his hundred. Dhoni batted in a positive way and hammered 5 huge sixes on his way to a blistering 144. India declared soon after tea with Laxman remaining unbeaten on 176.

West Indies were 34/2 when bad light interrupted play on the second day, still trailing India by 597 runs. India are in the drivers seat and should win this one comfortably. Lets see what the next three days have in store for us. Give your views on the same.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Chaos at Cape Town - South Africa Vs Australia, 1st Test 9-13 November, 2011

First, Let me catch my breath back!!! Its been almost 12 hours since the drama at New Lands, Cape Town unfolded last night but I am still feeling that unknown anxiety, thrill, joy... Call it whatever but it is because of days like these that test cricket remains a favorite of mine like so many others...

Australia started the day at 214/8, with Aussie captain Michael Clarke still batting after reaching his ton on the first day. He batted superbly with the tail to take the Australian score to 284. He made a masterful 151!! South Africa were coasting at 49/1, when all hell broke loose.... What was to happen in the next couple of hours was madness, chaos and frantic cricket... Events which have not happened in a 100 years happened, events which have happened only twice in over 2000 tests happened....

South Africa collapsed to 96 all out, loosing their last 9 wickets for just 47 runs!!! The Aussies got a huge lead of 188 runs. They must have thought of putting the match beyond the South Africans.... But, they were soon brought down to earth, their dreams shattered, they were reeling at 21/9, in a sense of disbelief.... They threatened the lowest test score of all time but the last wicket added 26 valuable runs to more than double the score!!! They were all out for a measly 47!! Thus South Africa needed 236 runs to win, they are 81/1 at stumps...

Some Fast Fun Facts -
  1. Shane Watson, Australian opening Batsman took most wickets in South African 1st innings while their number 11, Nathan Lyon made the most runs in the Aussie 2nd innings!!!
  2. Watson took a five wicket haul in just 21 balls!!
  3. There were nine referrals for the day, DRS made its presence felt amidst all the excitement!
  4. All 4 innings were played in a single day of a test match, it has happened only 2 times in the entire history of tests.
  5. Michael Clarke made 151 in the first innings, a score better than the combined score of South Africa and Australia (96+47=143)!!!!
  6. It was Australia's lowest test score since they made 36 in 1902!!
What a day it will be today, today is 11-11-11, a day which occurs only once in hundred years!!!
Cricket celebrated its own once-in-a-hundred-years-day yesterday!!!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

India Vs West Indies - 1st Test Match at Delhi, Nov 6-10

India Vs West Indies - 1st Test Match at Delhi, Nov 6-10, 2011

So India made just 209 in their first innings and gave the West Indies a lead of 90 odd runs. Considering that the Kotla pitch is playing low and slow this lead could prove to be the deciding factor in deciding the outcome of this test match.

West Indies have made 180 in their second innings with Shivnarine Chanderpaul again top scoring with a valuable 47. The lower order of the West Indies too did their bit with the bat on the increasingly difficult pitch to bat on with Sammy plundering 42 runs and Rampaul making 18 runs. R Ashwin took 6 wickets in his debut match.

So India need exactly 276 runs to win this one. It will definitely not be easy but Sehwag is batting on a different pitch it seems. India is currently 72/1 with Gambhir back in the pavilion and Sehwag batting on 42 along with Rahul Dravid.

This promises to be a very good test match with an exciting finish on the cards. I am watching it with bated breath. What are your thoughts on the match as of now?

Also read - India Vs West Indies (Day 1-2)

Monday, November 7, 2011

India Vs West Indies - 1st Test Match at Delhi, Nov 6-10, 2011

So the stars are back in the Indian team (and as I type this they are out too, sitting in the pavilion!!!)... West Indies won the toss and elected to bat first. It was that man again, Shivnarine Chanderpaul - who scored his 7th test ton against India and continous to torment India...

West Indies finally got all out on the second morning for 304. India's reply was swift as it always is when Sehwag and Gambhir open the Indian innings but they soon crumbled. As I type this India is 154/7 with, an embarrassing situation to be in at home conditions. Dravid is still there as he was, all series in England, fighting alone....

India will require to make a strong comeback and fight hard if they have to win this one..

Spot Fixing - Pakistan Players get Jail Terms

Pakistan Players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir have all got jail terms along with their agent Mazhar Majeed. Salman got 2 years, Asif 1 year and Amir 6 months sentence while Majeed got 2 years and 8 months jail sentence.

The four men had been charged with conspiracy to accept corrupt payments, and conspiracy to cheat in regard to the Lord's Test against England in August 2010, when the three pre-determined no-balls were bowled - two by Amir and one by Asif, orchestrated by Butt and arranged by Majeed. While Amir and Majeed had pleaded guilty before the trial began, Butt and Asif denied the charges and were found guilty by a jury.

I think that this is a great judgement, as fixing in any sport is a curse. It is akin to selling your country, betraying your own people and even your own family. The shame which it brings on the family is much greater then what the players themselves face. I think any player who is involved in such activities should be banned for life. This judgement will surely deter others from taking a similar line and will help clean up Cricket.

What do you think?