Auctions Drama at IPL Now Over!

Sourav Ganguly was snubbed out of the IPL auctions, deemed to old for age and too big for reputation to fit in any team. That was a sad SAD SAD!!! end to some one who has proved himself in the game so much. It completely disheartened me and put me off the auctions, though I followed it on the last weekend.

Having said that, the IPL obviously has a charisma of its own. Despite sad stories about Lalit Modi infested scandal and god knows how many other controversies, the money spinning league has managed to glue viewers to the screens. I like it for the cricket and the ecstasy. And I deem both words similar. Cricket is nothing without the excitement and ecstasy, in any form. Some find it in the BIG sixes hit by the players while others found them in the SIX ‘objects of visual pleasantry’ (un)clad in mini skirts dancing to the tune of whatever. I never paid attention to the music. Continue reading

Behind India’s Debacle at the World T20

Before I begin, let me tell you that I was not expecting the team India to win the T20 world cup. But I didn’t expect them to go down so badly either. I thought they would reach the semi finals at least. Any way…

The analysis is simple. One, the team composition was not right and two, the players were worn out, tired and far too arrogant to win the cup. We had players in the team whose form in IPL was average to pathetic. Barring Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma among the batsmen, no other player had displayed any glimpse of remarkable form. May it be Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik or Dhoni himself. But they all made it to the team instead of the ones who hammered the bowlers in the IPL. The loss shows how unlucky Robin Utthappa, Sourabh Tiwari and Naman Ojha must have felt… all of them who were brilliant with the bat.

And the bowlers? well they do not deserve to be discussed at all. Zaheer Khan is an aggressive guy. Continue reading

IPL is poised for an exciting finish

While I’m writing this post, the Deccan Chargers and the Rajasthan Royals must be preparing for a hard battle in the searing heat of Nagpur. Yes, today’s IPL match is in Nagpur. And I’m sure the city is all geared up for a hot hot battle between the teams desperate to push for a semi final birth.  🙂

I think this year’s IPL has been a very closely fought contest. Baring Mumbai Indians, all other teams have shown both glimpses of brilliance and farce. Mumbai, after two mediocre seasons looks all set to finally show the world what their old war horses are capable of. The quartet of Sachi-Sanath-Zaheer-Harbhajan along with the young guns Sourabh Tiwari, Lasith Malinga and Dwayne Bravo have peaked at the right time for Mumbai Indians. Their closest competitors this season, the Delhi Dare Devils and the Royal Challengers have also done well. Though even they wilted under pressure of the big games. The performance of the heavy weights of the first two seasons, Chennai Super Kings has been surprisingly drab. Yes they showed the brilliance in the matches they won. But unfortunately, they have won just 3 out of 9 and are now struggling in the bottom 3.

Winners of the last IPL, the deccan chargers have also been on and off. They have made a habit of winning alternate matches I guess. Same is true for Dada and Shahrukh’s team the Kolkata Night Riders. The Kings XI Punjab have been the laggards this season, like KKR in the last one. However nothing can be said. If they end up winning all the remaining matches and if others do badly, who knows? Punjab might be in the semis. All said and done, I think Mumbai, the Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Delhi Dare Devils will surely make it to the semis. And you will see a BIG cat fight for the final birth. Boy, the contests are getting interesting.

Now lets come back to the original question. Who do you think will win the IPL 3? My money is still on Mumbai. Lets vote.

Here Comes Manoranjan ka BAAP!

I find that term as very funny. But of course it was indeed a great advertising campaign to launch the real ‘Manoranjan ka Baap’. The Indian Premier League is finally back in India! And I’m all looking forward to it.

This season will be all the more exciting with a whole lot of new players coming in. There is Kieran Pollard from Mumbai Indians all set to belt the bowlers. Then their is Shane Bond ready to rip apart the opposition. I think Shahrukh and Dada (Sourav Ganguly) have built the new team well. They have got Dave Whatmore as the coach as well, kicking out the old idiot John Buchanan.

Plus we have the old war horses Sanath Jaysuriya for Mumbai, Adam Gilchrist for Deccan Chargers, Jacques Kallis for Bangalore Royal Challengers, Shane Warne for Rajasthan Royals, Matthew Hayden for Chennai… boy there is so much to look forward to.

And I’m not forgetting the Indian heroes too, Aapla Sachin, Dravid, Dada, Sehwag, Gambhir, Irfan and Yusuf Pathan, Yuvraj Singh, Bhajji, Rohit, Ajit… and the cheer leaders! Yay! It is really going to be fun. And I’m looking forward to it.

Who do you think will win the IPL III? I’d bet on Mumbai Indians this time. They must win! Go Mumbai!

The Questions SENA can not answer

I was watching a talk show on a leading news channel few days back. They were discussing the hottest controversial topic and the subsequent back lash… ‘Whether Paki players be allowed to play in the IPL.’ The participants were a spokesperson for Shiv Sena, Niranjan Shah from BCCI and one Pro-Cricket person. I’m diplomatically naming the person as I dont know his name. Basically he was a person supporting the cricketing ties with Pakistan. Anyway, without beating around the bushes much, I’ll come to the point straight away.

Shiv Sena is basically opposing the cricketing ties with Pakistan. You all know why. So they have been targeting every one who is pro-cricket by labling them as pro-Pakistan.  So here are the questions they could not answer and will never be able to answer ever-

  • Why are you mixing Cricket and politics? (Sena’s Answer: We can not tolerate the Pakistani players coming to our motherland, playing with our players and earning huge money while their brothers (countrymen) are indulging in the terrorism.)
  • Let us not mix politics and sports. What have the cricketers got to do with the terrorism? (Sena’s Answer: They are all the same. First their government should stop spreading terrorism and then talk about sports. Why should we pay lacs of rupees to them and fund their terrorist activities?)
  • There is a concert for peace going on in India (named Aman ki Asha) many artiste from across the border have performed and many more will be doing so in the near future. We have Pakistani artiste who found permanent livelihood here in Mumbai and Bollywood (Adnan Sami, Atif Aslam, The fateh Ali Khans are the latest ones). Have you thought of fighting them and preventing them from performing in India as well? (Sena’s Answer: We are not against any artiste, sportsmen or a person in particular. But after what they have done against us, I think it is our moral duty to prevent them from entering the Indian territory. This is a cause for national interest and concern. And every Indian who is even little bit patriotic will surely second our view. Pakistani players should not be allowed. Thats it!)
  • Banning Pakistani cricketers from IPL is a cause of national concern and interest for you? How surprising is that? Dont you think you should leave the politics and the real national concerns such as terrorism and security to the current government? (Sena’s Answer: Yes this is a cause for national interest and concern. And every Indian who is even little bit patriotic will surely second our view. Pakistani players should not be allowed. You all will agree and we will fight till our last breath to stop the cricketers from playing in India)
  • Why do you think you can decide and make policies on behalf of the Indian people? Let the government do its job. And if you are so concerned about the problem of terrorism and the threat from the neighbouring nation, why dont you send your people to the borders and help the military cope with the real problem? It will at least be better than burning effigies, digging pitches and banning cricketers. (Sena’s answer: As I said, this is a cause of national concern for us. Whether you agree or not. We will not allow the Pakistani cricketers to enter our motherland. As for allowing the government to make policies, the current government is useless and scared of the Pakistanis. We will show them the real thing when we come to the power.)

Let me write a disclaimer here. The above questions answers are not the exact ones. The language and the content may be different. But the essence and the meaning was the same. Rest, you all are free to make assumptions, write scathing remarks and throw eggs at me. Bring them on!    🙂

Sab BAKWAAS

IPL Convener Lalit Modi says he shifted the much hyped tournament out of India because the game should not suffer at any cost. Where as the real reason is the millions riding over the tournament and all BCCI wanted to do was earn money for itself. BAKWAAS!

Sharad Pawar says he should be made the prime minister of India because it is high time that a ‘Marathi Manoos’ was made a PM. We have had a Sikh PM, South Indian PMs, North Indian PMS and all. By that equation Mr. Pawar, will you also support Lalu Yadav if he thinks a Bihari was never made the head of the country? BAKWAAS!

Sanjay Dutt decided to contest the elections from Lucknow of a Samajwadi party ticket because he thinks he is very close to the city (having spent 3 of his 52 years there) and Samajwadi Party is truly ‘Samaj Wadi’. Mr. Dutt, by this equation you are more closer to Mumbai North-Central… and if Samajwadi party indeed connects well with the masses then what is the big problem in fielding a local Lucknow candidate? BAKWAAS!

US wants India to help Pakistan combat terror. Well, I need to correct you here Mr. Obama. How can you expect us to tell a man eater lion to give up meat? Why dont you try taming him instead? BAKWAAS!

Fire at Will

Fire! Fire at will! kill every one!

… and thats what happening every where in the world today. Take it cricket field both on and off, football, Indian politics, Pakistan, Somalian pirates.

Virender Sehwag mercilessly butchered the New Zealand bowlers to chack the fastest ODI hundred by an Indian.The Kiwis were seen haplessly running for their lives around the stadium of Auckland.

Austrilian bowlers launched the ballistic missile attack on the South Africans. Though Jaques Kallis and AB DeVilliers put up a stern fight, they finally succumbed to the injuries thus ending defeated.

Liverpool banged 5 torpedos past Real Madrid where as Barcelona hammered 6 pass Lyon. Bayern Munich was even more ruthless, launching 12 rockets past Sporting Lisbon… and this all happened on the battle field of Champion League.

In Pakistan, a game of cat and mouse is on. People have decided to take part in a walkathon on 16th March. In all probabilities, they are likely to be greeted by ‘lathi’ bouquets and bullet sprinklers by the team Zardari. Its sad that a brilliant player like Asif Ali Zardari will eventually end up in a losing side being beaten by Taliban XI

In India, they are playing poker swaps. No its not a new game. It is an old fashioned player trading when the leaders are swapped as the transfer window opens just before the Lok Sabha Poll Position race. Now sadly the Lok Sabha race and the battle of Indian Premier League are going to clash. As the government is short of cheer leaders (the reserve and regular poloce force), we have been increasingly worried about the postponment of the IPL battle.

Thats all for the news update now. Keep firing at will. We will be back soon.