My 2 cents

A tale of three centuries…

Posted in Bangalore, cricket, something I like by urmilesh on April 16, 2010

The first time I saw GOD (he was still called Sachin Tendulkar then) bat in a stadium, it was an India-SriLanka test match in Lucknow. He did not disappoint me, he scored a fluent 142, India won the match, and I got my money’s worth.

The next time I got to see him bat live, it was in Kanpur, in a one day match between India and Australia. Once again he stepped forward and treated me to a brisk century (100 off 89 balls with 7 sixes), India won the match and I was on top of the world.

The only format in which I have not seen him bat live yet is the Twenty-Twenty format. This aberration will be taken care of tomorrow when I get to watch his team (it literally is the Indian team of the nineties, they win only when he does well) Mumbai Indians in their league match against Bangalore (in IPL). So keeping the past tradition in mind, a century is in order and a win looks inevitable.

Can’t wait 🙂

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Test Cricket

Posted in Blogroll, cricket, India, Permanent Reads, something I like by urmilesh on November 22, 2009

I consider myself a test-cricket fan. Though I do not find enough time now to follow test cricket on the TV, I do try and keep up with analysis from a few places. Kartikeya is one person whose writings on cricket I have come to admire over time and his latest post on test cricket is something I consider a must for all cricket fans.

GOD is coming…

Posted in cricket, In the news, something I like by urmilesh on May 13, 2008

No kidding…see for yourself.

Take a bow

Posted in cricket by urmilesh on March 5, 2008

Sachin

The new Pakistan…

Posted in cricket, In the news by urmilesh on February 27, 2008

Slowly and slowly over the past few years, and then in a rapid manner over the past few months; the cricketing Pakistan has been replaced for India. It is now spelt A-U-S-T-R-A-L-I-A. And no one seems to be complaining.

He never let’s go; does he?

Posted in cricket, In the news by urmilesh on January 23, 2008

It is Sreesanth I am talking about. He is at it again 🙂

Link here.

A rhyme with a twist

Posted in cricket, email forwards, Funny by urmilesh on January 8, 2008

Got this as a forward:

Ponting Ponting

Yes papa?

Eating Sugar?

No papa!

Telling a lie???

No papa!!!

Open your mouth…

I think if you are actually questioning my integrity, you should not be standing here!!!

Great Banner

Posted in cricket, India, something I like by urmilesh on January 4, 2008

When Sachin was batting at the Sydney Cricket Ground (might be Sachin Cricket Ground also) on way to his 154 not out, one banner read:

“Commit all your sins when Sachin is batting; coz even Lord is watching “

🙂

GOD kaun hai…maloom hai na??

Posted in cricket by urmilesh on September 8, 2007


Need I say more??? 🙂

So long…

Posted in cribbings, cricket, General, In the news, India, Me by urmilesh on March 31, 2007

They were the stuff dreams are made of, they used to bring smile on a lot of faces, they used to make people forget their daily worries and be happy in a common joy. Now, they are about to be history.

Amid all the anger and frustration and sadness at India’s dismal performance in the 2007 edition of the ICC World Cup, something that I did not see many people mentioning was that this would, in all probability, be the last world cup in which the BIG THREE of our team play together. I am talking about the trio of Sachin, Rahul and Sourav; the three who had been pillars of our team for a long time now. Also the three who probably stand to lose the most from this debacle.

I am deeply disappointed at my team’s performance, I do not have enough words to express how I feel. So my post on the dream that was may be delayed (or may never come). But this is something I would like to mention now rather than later. I am not sure how others feel but these three have given me some memorable moments, moments which will stay with me for a long time.

The debate will always be on whether Sachin is/was the best batsman in the world or not. But the truth remains, no other sports person could make my heart skip a beat like him. I started following cricket since India’s Sharjah tour of 1991 and it took me 2-3 years to understand and appreciate the finer points of the game. The rise in Sachin’s stature coincided with the times that I was at the peak of my cricket craziness, as a viewer and a gully player; just as Sachin was at the peak of his game and physical fitness. Just like millions others, I used to lose interest in a game of Sachin got out early. It used to be one of the best parts of watching a game to try and understand (or guess) what he would do next. Agreed all that was fading away slowly and slowly, but maybe I did not want to accept that. He is still better than half the other team put together, but he is just a distant shadow of his former self, and that’s what makes me disappointed.

Rahul Dravid was not someone I liked right from the start. I used to think that he bats too slow even for the test matches; and never did I support his inclusion in the one-day team until the time he was first axed (somewhere around 1997). I was not very happy when he was brought back in the team later but the way he’s changed was phenomenal. He was still the same Rahul, solid and dependable, but he was no more Mr Tortoise. And that must have taken lots of practice and hard work, which we never realized when he was on-field. And I remember many a matches for India when his being there has made all the difference, especially in the 2003 world cup matches. To think that pretty soon he may not be a part of team India is sad. (This may be premature but I am thinking in terms of when the next BIG tournament will be…which is certainly not the 20-20 world cup)

All teams have there share of stars, people with a larger than life personality and enough talent to feed that personality. Sourav was one of the stars of our team. Maybe he is not as flamboyant now as he was when he was the captain (and earlier than that) but he was always the closest to a star we had in our team in the late 90s and the early 2000s. His dancing down the track to fast bowlers and hitting them for sixes over cover used to give me goose bumps and a strange feeling of pride. He has always been one of top in my list, his technical shortcomings not withstanding, because of what he did for team India. This is most definitely his last world cup and I hope he had a better exit, more for his sake than for anything else.

This was not planned as an obituary of these players’ careers, and it is not. I realize that each of them have it in them to bounce back from this a better person/player. But there is very little chance that these three will grace the stage together on a canvas as big as the world cup.
And that is what saddens me 😦