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London 2012: The Most Successful for India!

Disappointed on Sushil winning Silver.

Sushil will be first Indian to win two individual Olympic medals. Well Done. You are Legend for us!

But perhaps this has been the beauty of London 2012. For the first time we have been disappointed of not winning PARTICULAR medal otherwise every time we use to hope to win A medal. London 2012 is India’s most successful campaign and it will be the new start for Indian Sports. Perhaps we are on the verge of breaking cusp/ jinx of being medal deprived nation and rise from here on.
We won three at Beijing and now Six in London, this tally is hopefully going to increase with every game. All the best for sporting bodies across country to focus in right direction. First time we have been so competitive in Int’l stage. Winning medals is different and getting recognized on Int’l stage is in itself a big achievement.
Eg: Devendro, Vikas Gowda, Tintu Loka, Kashyap, Ponappa/ Gutta, Swaran Singh, BB Rana, Amit Kumar, Jai Bhagwan, Sangwan and many more have left a mark on Sporting Fraternity around the world. They will surely take respective sports to new glory.

Come on India!! Time to celebrate the most successful Olympics. Cheers!!!

Tribute to a Goliath: Rahul Dravid

The sojourn which started in 1996

has come to an end

He has been the unsung hero

but his compatriots have called him most dependable

He gave rock solid stable “wall”

standing amidst the ruins on foreign soils

He held the fort on green top

craving few of India’s biggest victories

7690 runs in test have come while playing outside India

He has hit 21 tons on foreign soils

His 95 was overshadowed in Lords

180 in Kolkata was diminutioned

128 in Lahore was outshined

144 in Guyana was overpowered

but jammy went on piling runs and even more runs

without hogging the limelight

His rise in tests was not meteoric

but established as a vanguard of resurgent Team India

His greatness lies in what his performances have meant to the team

The best of them have been seen as match saving/winning

Who doubted his ODI capability

also got befitting reply scoring over 10k runs in format

The Team Man he was is an example to follow

The respect which he commanded

took the challenges when demanded

Be it wicket keeping or opening the innings

He was there doing his duty without uttering a word

God willing he was successful too

His records accords to the stature of the player he was

Few will make best to toil to reach there

There is no comparison of greats

but whenever one will look back

You will realize that it was

one person who made all the differences

Rahul Sharad Dravid

The Wall has finally toppled

but he will surely be missed

for his kind of cricketer on and off the field

is becoming rarer

The master himself said that

There was and will be only one Dravid.

Take this as my tribute to the most ardent lover of the game who kept it very simple by “trying.”

His records are perhaps too much to be accomodated in few lines.

My best wishes to you Rahul in all your future endeavours!

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Wishing Happy Birthday to “GOD of CRICKET”: Sachin Tendulkar

Andy Flower once said, “There are two types of batsman in the Cricket- One is Sachin Tendulkar and Two all others.”

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, a name which has made the country proud, promoted the game and brand INDIA worldwide. The aggressive right hander is better known as the “Little Master-Blaster” and is the demon for the world’s best bowlers. Even the great Sir Don Bradman once said, “Sachin is one of the greatest players in the history of cricket.”

03sld3Sachin Tendulkar turns 38 today. (24th April)

The talent and greatness of this maestro is unmatched and his humility makes him more adorable. He is the one player who has faced more criticism than anyone else in the game. The ‘good part’ is that the most of his critics are not even near him in his stature, and their knowledge about the game can also be disputed. He has been subjected to criticism every now and then few years back (2007) all hells broke loose where the self proclaimed critics were clamouring for his retirement. The good thing about Sachin is that he never speaks but lets his bat do all the talking. He has scored maximum runs in recently concluded World Cup and his form in last year or two has been superb. He has scored runs in every format including T-20.

The basic problem is that people want him to score a century every match. The fact is that the cricket crazy mass of India have been so spoilt by the Masters’ exploits and thus they expect so much from him. The more he has succeeded, the more has been expected. This is the reason they are not ever satisfied by him. I doubt if there has been any player in the world, in any sport, who has been subjected to such intense and back breaking pressure. Sachin has taken all those things in his stride. This was the reason Shane Warne regarded Sachin as the mentally toughest batsman he ever bowled to.

With the 2011 World Cup, it is said that there is nothing left for genius to achieve. But his hunger for runs is amazing and he still has plenty to offer to Indian cricket. Only he can best decide what he wants to do in the future. But I can tell you this, age is no bar to his success in either Tests or one-day internationals. His mere presence in the dressing room motivates the team to do well. There is no denying that Sachin is approaching the twilight of his career, but he is not over yet. His selfless approach and devotion to the game coupled with no ego or attitude problems make him the most respectable person in the arena. We are the luckiest people to see Sachin playing in front of us because you get this offer once in a lifetime. We must cheer for whatever he has in store for us.

Wish him lot of success in years to come and I wish him to see playing in 2015 World Cup!

जानिब-ऐ-मंजिल

Yuvraj winnig shotThis is the poem written for Team India and lets hope that they continue their form and get the World Cup for us. All the best to Men In Blue.

पहला कदम बढाया तूने जानिब-ऐ-मंजिल
अब न रुकेगा और न ही थमेगा तू
किये बिना उसको हासिल!

मुश्किल है सफ़र
कठिन है राह
पर तू बढ़ता चल
जिस तरफ है तेरी चाह

तेरा सपना
तेरी हिम्मत
तेरे हौसले से
पथ प्रकाशित है
एकाग्र हो कर बढ़ता चल
जिस तरफ तेरी मंजिल है

मंजिल हासिल करने का एहसास
रास्ते के सब पीड मिटा देगा
तुझे विजयी बना देगा
अब खुद से किया वादा निभाना है
अपनी मंजिल को हर हाल में पाना है!!

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Interesting Trivia on ICC Cricket World Cup

Here is the compilation of few trivias collected from various sources and some from Nanhe’s own brains. Hope you will like them. These all trivias are before the starting of the current world cup!

  • The only time they have faced each other in a World Cup match, Bangladesh caused one of the biggest upsets in 2007 by defeating India and being instrumental in their early elimination.
  • Brett Lee has taken 22 wickets in 10 World Cup matches at an average of 17.91. He has claimed a wicket every 22.68 balls, or once every fourth over, a strike-rate unmatched by any bowler.
  • West Indies batting great Vivian Richards scored 1013 runs in 23 World Cup innings, at an average of 63.31, with a strike rate of 85. The 138 he scored against England in the 1979 World Cup is considered by Wisden as the best World Cup innings.
  • Herschelle Gibbs smeared the Dutch leg-spinner Dan van Bunge for six sixes in an over in the 2007 World Cup to become the first to achieve the feat in an ODI.
  • India last defeated Australia in a World Cup match 24 years ago on October 22, 1987. India trumped eventual champions Australia by 56 runs.
  • West Indies legend Vivian Richards is the only player who had played both FIFA World Cup and ICC World Cup. Richards represented Antigua in football and West Indies in cricket.
  • Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar batted through the full 60 overs in the opening match of 1975 World Cup against England at Lord’s to score just 36 runs.
  • One of the greatest knocks of World Cup history, Kapil Dev’s 175 against Zimbabwe during 1983 World Cup, was neither recorded nor broadcasted because the BBC cameramen were on strike at the time.
  • Kepler Wessels played for Australia in the 1983 World Cup before playing for South Africa in the 1992 World Cup.
  • India’s Madan Lal bowled the first ball of the World Cup history to England’s Denis Amiss at Lord’s on June 7, 1975.
  • Australia is the only team thus far in the history of World Cup to remain undefeated throughout the World Cup (in both 2003 and 2007 World Cups).
  • Australian seamer Glenn McGrath (71) is the highest wicket-taker in World Cups so far.
  • The 1992 World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand was the first World Cup where matches were played under lights.
  • The 1992 World Cup co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand was the first World Cup in which white cricket balls and coloured team uniforms were introduced.
  • Australia is the only country to win three consecutive World Cup titles. Aussies have won the tournament in 1999, 2003 and 2007.
  • All players had worn the traditional white uniform and red balls were used during the initial four editions of the cricket World Cup.
  • Mohammad Kaif has held most catches in a World Cup match. He took 4 catches against Sri Lanka at Johannesburg on March 10, 2003.
  • England have played the World Cup final three times – in 1979, 1987 and 1992 – but have never won it.
  • Wasim Akram completed his 500 ODI wickets during the 2003 World Cup.
  • Sunil Gavaskar’s only ODI century came off 85 balls and it came in the same match in which Chetan Sharma took the World Cup’s first hat-trick.
  • Chetan Sharma took the World Cup’s first hat-trick. He achieved the feat against New Zealand at Nagpur on October 31, 1987.
  • Since their 10-run loss to Pakistan on May 23, 1999, Australia have not lost even a single match at the World Cup.
  • Making his debut during the 1975 edition, Javed Miandad has played in most World Cups – six.
  • Ricky Ponting and Glenn McGrath have played 39 matches each in the World Cup, the most for players.
  • In the 2003 World Cup, Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar, bowled cricket’s first recorded 100 mph delivery. At the receiving end was England’s Nick Knight.
  • Sri Lanka became the first side batting second to win the World Cup when they beat Australia in the 1996 World Cup final.

Source: TimesofIndia

2011 Cricket World Cup will be ours!

India_Cricket_World_Cup_WallpaperNanhe is an ardent fan of Cricket.
India has win convincingly over Bangladesh in the opening match.
Here is a short poem written by Nanhe for Dhoni & Co. wishing them all the best for their campaign………….

One billions heart
One desire
2011 World Cup
Should be ours!

The 28 years wait has been long
It shouldn’t be any longer
Get over the opponents
And show them our vigor

Sachin Sehwag will anhilate
Gambhir Virat Yuvraj causing devastation
Dhoni Pathan will desolate
Zaheer Bhajji: a lethal combination
supported by Nehra Patel
will demolish any opposition

Let there be no doubt
Thump the world
and send the message
clear and loud
2011 World Cup
is going to be ours!

Being brutal and austerous
Obdurate and relentless
is the key for execution
and to open the doors of realization

The countdown is over
The game has begun
Stakes are high
Expectations and nerves even higher
We are sure that 2011 world cup
will be ours!

Chak de India!!!!

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An Ode to Sourav ‘Dada’ Ganguly

The Continuing Ganguly saga

Hi This is the poem which was written by Mina Anand in September when Ganguly was still going. Now that he has retired, this poem will make u remember and admire Sourav Ganguly ‘Dada’ even more.
Read it……….

This is a tale – unfinished so far

Of a fiery cricketer – a lode star

 

An attacking player… with elegance to match

India’s most successful Captain – and in the 10,000 (ODI) runs batch

 

For a man who has done so much for Indian cricket

Isn’t it bizarre he’s always on a sticky wicket

 

For a cricketer who has plundered 18,000 + runs (Test and one-day combined)

Not to mention the 22 one-day tons

 

It’s ironical that he has to fight his way back

Battle the odds and ignore the flak

 

This story has had many twists and turns

But ‘Dada’ keeps his end up – the fire fiercely burns

 

Let’s now take guard and take stock

The ‘hitherto’ Ganguly Saga’ lets unlock

 

We’ll examine the issues – such as they are

What the critics fall back on, in trying to pull down this star

 

‘Dalmiya’s man’ – he was dubbed

Shouldn’t he with Sachin, Sanath, Inzy – be clubbed? (10,000-ODI-Runs Select Club)

 

His place was assured in the team – they say

Thanks to his ‘Godfather’ – come what may

 

Then – may I ask the public this

Whose are the runs – Dalmiya’s or his?

 

Some other ‘crimes’ – charged to his name

Shows dissent – slows down the game

 

Unfit – fakes injuries – late for the toss

Lazy – princely – ask Freddie Flintoff!

 

Some tag the word ‘Parochial’ to him

Ironical that memories can be so dim

 

Wasn’t it Ganguly – the ‘new broom’

(Who swept away zonal politics)

 

Exciting ‘Indian’ talent he did groom

Talent that he picked and backed

 

A ‘fighting spirit’ in the team was packed

He turned the Indian team around

 

Battle it out- stand your ground!

This took Indian cricket to new heights

 

Putting up some of the great fights

(Remember Eden Gardens…Barbados…Headingley…Adelaide…Chennai…Lords-NatWest?)

 

Won matches at home and away

Won accolades for the way we play

 

Then there’s the talk about ‘green tops’

Facing fast bowling Ganguly ‘hops’?

 

From the quicks he shys away

Then how on earth did he flay

 

The opening bowlers in the one-day game

Dispatching them – on his way to fame

 

Some more chat – that he detests

‘Chin Music’ in the Tests

 

May I refer all – to the Brisbane Test

The Aussie quicks at their furious best

 

‘The Wall’ and ‘The Little Master’ fell

Sounding for the tour – a ‘death knell’?

 

But out came striding the Captain bold

Unleashed his repertoire manifold

 

Leading from the front – at Brisbane

Treating the Aussies – with disdain

 

Thus at the ‘Gabba’ – of bounce and pace

Ganguly – to a ‘setting-the-tone’ century did race

 

From the ‘Brisbane heights’ to the ‘Chappell era lows’

The Prince has stoically taken many blows

 

No ‘fair-weather’ friends – his legion of fans

They believe in him – he vindicates their stance

 

Experience, resolve – and the ‘Ganguly’ knack

Was behind the dramatic 2006-7 comeback

 

Sachin-Ganguly-Dravid-Laxman- Kumble – our Magical Five

Contrary to ‘death-knells’ – they are still very much alive

 

Currently the ‘Fab Four’ may not be at their batting best

All credit to a tre’mendis’ display by Sri Lanka in the Tests

 

But if old Hayden and Hussey and Sanath are still around

Why should our ‘younger’ ‘Seniors’ not stand their ground? (didn’t Leander Paes?)

 

‘Out of form’ – is how we dismiss and dispatch

Don’t all great batsmen go through a rough patch? (Ponting is still around)

 

The press doesn’t often bother to tell all

In the minds of the greats – Ganguly stands tall

 

Ask Gavaskar, Boycott, Bhogle – to name a few

His county (Glamorgan) also gives him his due

 

“An outstanding professional” – was the Glamorgan call

He’s as committed as the ‘Wall’

 

Not for power – or for pelf

It’s cricket that spurs him on – improving himself

 

At ‘sixes and sevens’ – but not for long

At ‘sixes and fours’ – is where he still belongs

 

There are few better sights than the southpaw’s grace

“God of the off-side” – is how he stays!

 

PS: I am a long-time cricket follower, a current ‘interning’ lawyer and a non-stop supporter of the Indian Cricket Team. (Particularly of ‘Dada’ and the Seniors). And I am not a Bengali !!

Source: NDTV

IPL Effect!

This story appeared in HT Cafe on 22/04/08 and this is what i call “IPL Effect”.

SRKIndian’s are crazy about two things – Bollywood and cricket. And with both coming together this season in the form of IPL matches, which will continue till June 1, many have shifted their loyalties from their loved ones and even work, to the idiot box.

Twenty-six-year-old Ashish Sinha, recently told his girlfriend Neha not to ‘bug’ him on days when his favourite teams were playing.

And how did she react? Says Neha, “I was kind of prepared for it; I might even watch a couple of matches with him.” Unlucky few While their problem has been nicely sorted out, Sachin Kumar, a chartered accountant, will have to go underground for a while. “I’ve told my girlfriend that I’ll be doing late shifts in the office. But I’ll be watching the matches on the big screen. Women never understand these guy things,” he sighs.

MSDKashmeera Sahni, an HR executive, and her group, have come up with a special strategy “Since all of us . can’t be absent from work at the same time, we have a plan – we’ve decided on days when we will ‘fall sick’, depending on which team is playing,” says Sahni.
I ndian’s are crazy about two things – Bollywood and cricket. And with both coming together this season in the form of IPL matches, which will continue till June 1, many have shifted their loyalties from their loved ones and even work, to the idiot box. Twenty-six-year-old Ashish Sinha, recently told his girlfriend Neha not to ‘bug’ him on days when his favourite teams were playing. And how did she react? Says Neha, “I was kind of prepared for it; I might even watch a couple of matches with him.” Unlucky few While their problem has been nicely sorted out, Sachin Kumar, a chartered accountant, will have to go under- ground for a while. “I’ve told my girlfriend that I’ll be doing late shifts in the office. But I’ll be watching the matches on the big screen. Women never understand these guy things,” he sighs. Kashmeera Sahni, an HR executive, and her group, have come up with a special strategy “Since all of us . can’t be absent from work at the same time, we have a plan – we’ve decided on days when we will ‘fall sick’, depending on which team is playing,” says Sahni.