India crash out of T20 World Cup 2009

Yesterday India lost to England by mere 3 runs and it paved way for India’s exit from T20 World Cup in 2009. To be honest, the defending chamions deserved to lose out; with bowling not as per the fields, shabby fielding and irresponsible batting; in spite of good batting lineup. (India’s only strong point was batting.) Indian players proved that a match in hand can be lost as Brendon McCullum showed in IPL 2 in their second match against Deccan Chargers! (He moved the fielder while bowler was running towards pitch for bowling. Umpire noticed it and declared it as no ball. This was the crucial moment for Rohit Sharma who clinched the match in that over.)

I wonder what made Dhoni to select Ishant Sharma who has been struggling since IPL 2. (Do not ask about his performance in the T20 World Cup). Hope this defeat helps the boys to have an insight and we will be able to see some good stuff in the forthcoming tournaments.


Highest number of consecutive wins by India

India thrashed SriLanka again yesterday in the 4th ODI in the ongoing series. India has won 9 ODIs in a row under the captaincy of Mr. cool MS Dhoni; the highest number of consecutive wins by India so far! India won all 4 ODI matched so far in the series considering the difficulty in defeating SriLanka in their home ground.

Dhoni has broken the the record of highest number of consecutive victories as the Indian skipper. Earlier, Sunil Gavaskar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid have won 8 consecutive ODIs under the captaincy. Australia holds the record for most consecutive wins with 21 in ODIs. Australia also holds the record for most consecutive wins with 16 in test cricket. This has been achieved twice; from October 1999 to February 2001, and from December 2005 to January 2008.

The nation is looking forward to win next match too against Srilanka. Keep it up-Team India!:)

Jumbo and Dada bid adieu to Cricket

The third test match between India and Australia which ended in draw earmarked the exit of much beloved Indian leg spinner-Anil Kumble. He has a nickname Jumbo not only because his deliveries, for a spinner, are “as fast as a “Jumbo jet”, but also because his feet are quite big or Jumbo as observed by his team-mates. It was his last test match as a captain too.

Goodbye Jumbo and kudos for your service to a game which has a special place in my heart!

And a few days later India won the fourth test match against World Chamipons Australia, clinching the Boprder-Gavaskar Series with dominant 2-0 win. The fierce cricker and a fighter Saurav Ganguli (popularly known as Dada or Bengal Tiger) retired from Cricket with a winning note. It is rare at least in Indian Cricket any one has retired on a wining note. That was his gift to all of us to a country where Cricket is just another religion.

Goodbye Dada! We will miss you too!

Now there are only 2 icons left in Indian Cricket-Sachin Tendulkar (refered to as Little Master or Master Blaster) and Rahul Dravid (The Wall) who have left an impression on Cricket world both on and off the field. The day is not far when these 2 will retire!

The Golden Boy

Abhinav Bindra won Olympics gold medal in 10m air rifle in recently concluded Beijing Olympics.

Madhya Pradesh state announced a prize of 5,00,000 rupees for Bindra, while the state of Maharashtra awarded him 1 million rupees — even though he is not a resident of either. The impoverished state of Bihar said it would name a stadium after him.

Not to be outdone, his home state of Punjab awarded him 10 million rupees (US$238,000).

Meanwhile India’s charismatic Railway Minister Lalu Prasad announced that Bindra would get a gold pass to go along with his gold medal — letting him and a companion ride the railways (in the first class, air conditioned compartments) free for the rest of his life.

Abhinav started his blog on the eve of Beijing Olympics and after winning the first-ever individual Gold for India, the traffic to his blog has really caught up!

New Puneri pati observed at Karve Putala, Kothrud, Pune(How True!!!)