ICC Awards 2009

Its that part of the year when the Cricket players are honored. And they have something to brag about officially!! This year the awards had a very good Indian presence. Hope it gets better with years 🙂

ICC World Player of the Year – Mitchell Johnson [Australia]

Test Player of the Year – Gautham Gambir [India]

ODI Player of the Year – MS Dhoni [India]

Twenty20 International Performance of the Year – Tillakaratne Dilshan [Sri Lanka]

Emerging Player of the Year – Peter Siddle [Australia]

Spirit of Cricket – New Zealand

Umpire of the Year – Aleem Dar [Pakistan]

World Test Team of the Year – Led by Dhoni [India]

Gautam Gambhir (India), Andrew Strauss (England), AB de Villiers (South Africa), Sachin Tendulkar (India), Thilan Samaraweera (Sri Lanka), Michael Clarke (Australia), MS Dhoni (India, capt & wk), Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh), Mitchell Johnson (Australia), Stuart Broad (England), Dale Steyn (South Africa), Harbhajan Singh (India, 12th man)

World ODI teamLed by Dhoni [India]

Virender Sehwag (Ind), Chris Gayle (WI), Kevin Pietersen (Eng), Tillakaratne Dilshan (SL), Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Martin Guptill (NZ), MS Dhoni (Ind, captain, WK), Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Nuwan Kulasekara (SL), Ajantha Mendis (SL), Umar Gul (Pak), 12th man: Thilan Thushara (SL)

Women’s Player of the Year – Clare Taylor [England]

Associate Player of the Year – Will Porterfield [Ireland]

Thanks Cricinfo, from where the content was heavily borrowed 🙂

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The clash of the champions

Would have anyone thought that something like this cud happen at the beginning of the Champions Trophy!!?
  • NZ, Eng and Pak comfortably thru to the next round.
  • Particularly Eng who just came out a 6 match losing streak against Aus
  • SL being thrown out of the tournament despite their good form
  • India and Aus fighting for a spot in the semis
  • SA (regarded as one of the title contenders) finishing at the bottom of the table at the end of round 1
  • At the end of round 1, India, the no. 1 team in the official rankings at the start of the tourney has been pushed out
Phew!!
Points Table (At the end of league matches)
Group – Group B
Teams Matches Won Lost Tied N/R NRR Points
New Zealand Cricket: New Zealand Cricket New Zealand 3 2 1 0 0 0.782 4
England: England and Wales Cricket Board England 3 2 1 0 0 -0.487 4
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka Cricket Sri Lanka 3 1 2 0 0 -0.085 2
South Africa: Cricket South Africa South Africa 3 1 2 0 0 -0.171 2
Group – Group A
Teams Matches Won Lost Tied N/R NRR Points
Pakistan: Pakistan Cricket Board Pakistan 3 2 1 0 0 +0.999 4
Australia: Cricket Australia Australia 3 2 0 0 1 +0.510 5
India: Board of Control for Cricket in India India 3 1 1 0 1 +0.290 3
West Indies: West Indies Cricket Board West Indies 3 0 3 0 0 -1.537 0

Current official ICC Rankings for ODI teams

Rank
Team
Points
1
AUS
Australia
126
2
IND
India
124
3
SA
South Africa
121
4
PAK
Pakistan
112
5
NZ
New Zealand
109
6
ENG
England
107
7
SL
Sri Lanka
106
8
WI
West Indies
76
9
BAN
Bangladesh
55
10
ZIM
Zimbabwe
26

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Meanwhile, somewhere in South Africa, Pontings speaks sense. Thats a news really!! 🙂

Ponting paid tribute to Tendulkar, the leading run-scorer in ODIs and Tests. “The number of innings of his I have been able to sit back and watch, I think he is an amazing player,” he said. “Look at his stats and records and it’s quite incredible for someone to have stayed in the game for 20 years. He has set benchmarks for guys like me to chase him and get as close as we can. If I had to last 20 years, I would probably be batting in a wheelchair.”

He sits at third behind Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya in the list of all-time ODI run-getters. Ponting is the only Australian with over 10,000 runs. In Tests, Ponting is also third to Tendulkar’s 12773 runs with 11345. Like Tendulkar, Ponting has stepped down from playing Twenty20 internationals for his country.

Good on ya mate!! 🙂

Build-up

Its been long since I had written about something. Either nothing interesting had happened or I was lazy or I think too much that I end up writing nothing at all. There have been a few things I wanted to write about in the recent past, just that I couldn’t get it going. Here is a teaser of what might be coming up in the future in my blog 😉 I guess this is the only way to make me write. I hope I shall post something to keep the promise up 🙂

One of the post is titled ‘A tale of two fingers’.  You can be assured that it wont be anything like the classic novel by Charles Dickens. I felt that the title would suit my post. What is it abt? U gotto wait. I definitely don’t guarantee that it ll b worth it 😛

Next one is ‘Favorite movie franchises of all time’. I am kind of sucker to movie franchises. If I like at least a couple of movies in a series, I more or less end up watching the entire series whether it sucks or rocks. I have watched the entire ‘Planet of the Apes’ and ‘The Police Academy’ collections to quote a few.

And another thing abt Ads (titled Ad-dicted). How the business of advertising is at its creative best these days. Got to give them credit when its due..

Till then, keep reading. Catch ya later. Adios!!

Up in flames

It was just another day at office and I was on the worst part of my day ‘Traveling in my office bus back home’. Its a real torture traveling in Indian roads in the evenings, where the traffic is at peak and the climate being no less mean ..phew!! hot n sultry.

This day, it was a particularly long travel. The travel seemed to be smooth until Ottery. There was an intermittent rain here n there. Our bus has to take a big diversion these days, thanks to the never-ending Perambur fly-over construction. We have to go through the Vyasarpadi Jeeva junction and get back into Perambur. The under-bridge (if u can call it so, the one that goes below a railway track) usually messes up traffic. It’s always a lot crowded there. But today the buses were really inching their way towards the Vyasarpadi area. There were huge crowds everywhere, lot of traffic diversions and people in khaki were in action too. We had no clue as whats happening, and we thought it was just another traffic jam of some kind. It took around 20-30 mins to cover a half a km stretch. Only when the bus neared the slum area we could sense the smell of smoke. A little further down the road, I was really shocked to see what I was really seeing. What had been a huge slum area with so many huts and small houses, was now literally a piece of land covered in black ash and thick smoke. It was a horrible sight for anyone to see their belongings going up in smoke. It must have been very difficult to those people. Almost all of them have been rendered homeless. To make it worse, it started raining again and people had nowhere to go. There were a lot of babies crying their hearts out, kids clinging onto  their moms and women desperately searching for their husbands and most of the people around with the local police trying to help each other.

I was just sitting in the bus not Fire in Vysarpadiknowing what to do, and with an even worse feeling that afterall I can’t do anything. At times I feel that God might have been a little rude. If everything happens for good, what good can this incident lead to? Only time can answer. I consoled myself saying that everything happens for a reason. And back home, I googled about the incident next day and found that nearly 40 huts had been gutted and around Rs 2 lakhs worth property has been destroyed. But, luckily there has been no casualities.
Seems like the fire broke out around 1.30 pm in Kalyanapuram near Vyasarpadi police station and soon engulfed about 40 hutments in the area. Seven fire engines from nearby stations were deployed immediately and the damage has been reduced to the least. But the people who saw it had a different story to tell. They complained that the fire engines took 45 minutes to arrive. By that time, everything was reduced to ashes. And as always, the police denied the charges. God only knows what happened.

As the old cliché goes, prevention is better than cure. The Government shoud start taking serious steps to avoid similar incidents. Am not sure whether the

Firemen trying to douse the fire

Firemen trying to douse the fire

entire slum was a legal one, with proper precautions taken. I have heard of people renting the concrete houses provided for them by the Government and preferring to stay back in the slums. A task force has to be created to make sure that all people stay in their rightful homes.
There was a similar incident in Vysarpadi around 6 years back. People never learn from their mistakes 😦
This time it was just a damage to properties which can be recovered, but what if its gonna be loss of lives next time! Food for some thought!

Foto Tag

No one has tagged me so far! So am gonna surutify a tag from one f my fello bloggers. This time its Srini 🙂

This one was interesting. The Flickr photo tag!

Here goes the rules .. ofcourse surutified from his post 😎

1. Type your answer to each of the questions below into FlickrSearch.
2. Using only the first page, pick an image.
3. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s mosaic maker.

Photo Tag from flickr

1. What is your first name?
Ram Mohan

2. What is your favorite food? Right now?
Idly

3. What high school did you go to?
Montford Matric

4. What is your favorite color?
Black

5. Who is/was your celebrity crush?
Simran 😉

6. Favorite drink?
coffee

7. Dream vacation?
Australia

8. Favorite dessert?
Basundhi 😛

9. What do you want to be when you grow up?
A media personality 8)

10. What do you love most in life?
Family

11. One Word to describe you.
Nallavan 😀

12. Your flickr name.
Sankris Ram

Btw, I found a definition for Basundhi – Sweet fig in cardamom milk 8)

Photo Credits:

1. Ram Mohan Roy, 2. Idly_sambar_vada, 3. Rochester Cathedral HDR x5, 4. Solitude : Loneliness is the poverty of self; solitude is the richness of self., 5. Simran, 6. Cookie splash! v6, 7. ‘So what are you doing this Australia Day ?’ Eyre Peninsula South Australia, 8. Sweet figs in cardamom milk!, 9. ABC coverage, 10. The Finger Family, 11. Nee Nallavanukku Nallavan, 12. Winter Ram

Time to fantasize

The IPL II comes to an exciting end today. It being a Sunday of underdogs in South Africa, with two retired war horses in Gilly and Jumbo leading their pack to the finals. No one would have expected them to pull this off given they were the wooden spoon holders last time around finishing 8th and 7th respectively.

One of the best things about this season’s IPL has been the Fantasy cricket, I have been playing throughout. It was really exciting to take a manager/captain’s role and pick the best 11 for your fantasy team.

So as a finishing touch, here is my hand-picked fantasy team with the best in this season so far.

Ram's 11 - My Fantasy team

Ram's 11 - My Fantasy team

Icon player [1]

It was a tough choice. Other contenders were Sachin and Dravid, but Yuvi has been good in parts with both bat and the ball, if not consistent. He has scored 346 runs and picked 6 wickets including double whammy of hat-tricks. His bowling and powerful hitting made him edge over Sachin. Dravid has been sort of in and out of the team, so he had an unsettled look. Sorry Viru, VVS and Saurav, better luck next time. But one small change, the icon player doesn’t get to be my captain.

Foreign players [4]

Orange capped Haydos and his good old team mate Gilly were automatic choices. Mr. Priest, the walker gets to be my captain for his ability to lead from the front. Bowling slot was sweeped by Malinga given his consistent performance thru out the series. I couldn’t make a quick decision reg the 4th slot. Should it be a bowler or a batsman? If a batsman then, ABD or Dilshan or Duminy. Else Nannes / Abdulla / Murali. I would love to have Abdulla in my team. This guy was amazing picking 14 wickets in 9 matches. He was unlucky to have Lee back in the side and he automatically fell out of favour. But inorder to maintain a balance, I have to go with a batsmen. And it’s the first centurion of this season ABD.

Indian under-22 [2]

Blore’s Kohli, Chennai’s Tyagi, Deccan’s Rohit n Suman, Delhi’s Sangwan, Punjab’s Sohal n Chawla, Kolkata’s Ishant, Mumbai’s Abishek, Rajasthan’s Kamran Khan n Jadeja have been really impressive and outstanding. I was really happy to see these kids perform well in the big stage, after all, IPL is all about identifying new talents like these. Now coming back to my pick, Rohit Sharma goes straight through. He has even been named the ‘Citi under-23 success of the tournament’. He rightfully deserves it. 2nd slot was a tough fight between Ishant, Sangwan and Chawla. Sangwan gets picked for his wicket taking ability (He is 8th in the top 10 wicket takers of this tourney) He bowls good left-arm medium-pace like his idol Wasim Akram.

Indian over-22 [4]

Purple cap holder RP Singh, the underdog and revelation of this season Ashish Nehra (I never expected him to be this successful) and namma Chennai’s very own super king Raina pick themselves up. The only remaining slot had the Pathan brothers from Baroda in a tussle. But, Yusuf lost it to his younger brother Irfan for his exceptional all-round abilities picking 17 wickets at an avg of 22.94 and scoring 196 runs @ a strike rate of 124.05.

All said and done, if there were no restrictions like Icon/Under-22/4 Foreigners etc., then the one below would have been my dream team.. Looks sexy na 🙂

My dream team

My dream team

Let the games begin

I’ve lost track of days.. I don realise time flying by around me.. Days go on faster than nights.. I know wt u r thinking rite nw. No no! am not in love, but the Cricket carnival is back with a louder BANG!!

As sad as I am that it isn’t played in India this time, am as happy tht it gets to be played at all. SA – the land of Goldmines, natural beauty, wildlife n all the action – gets to set the stage this time around. Hoping to have a cracker of a season. My favorites, namma Chennai Super Kings  look better this time around with Haydos available for the whole tourney, the Million dollar baby Andrew, the captain himself on a roll after successfully touring with the Indian team around the world.

dlf-ipl-2009

DLF ILP 2009


The 2008 finalists Super Kings n Raj Royals might start as favourites but I will hold the cards close to my chest. Look out for the Daredevils, MI and a rejuvenated Chargers and Knight Riders. I can’t place the Royal Challengers anywhr. But somehw I feel Raj Royals n Punjab r gonna b a let down.
We r already a few days into it.. n there ve been few positives n negatives picked so far

preity-cheering-on

+

  • The carnival, big party and the opening ceremony
  • English in IPL this time.. we ll get to see wt the kevins and Andrews get to do.
  • No more Indians-led-pack. Last time it was all abt Indian war horses, young n old, leading the teams (with the exception of Warny). But this time common sense seems to prevail, with proper captains leading the pack (tho am nt sure if McCullum is better than Dada)
  • All the Bollywood glam dolls being part of the franchises. Last time it was only Preity, this time we ve Shilpa, Juhi n Katrina joining her.
  • N of course all those Cheer leaders. They really keep the game going 🙂

  • ARUN LAL – no offense meant. but its getting really tired to hear him day in n day out during each break.
  • One suggestion: Pack Arunlal off to Africa (so that we get to c him very less) n bring Mandira back on studios. I really miss the deadly combo of Charu n Mandira. Not that Mandira is anywhr near ‘hot n happening’, she looks overdone n old. But anyday she is better than few mokkai mannars. Not to mention the first day when I was really pissed off watching 2 Lal’s (Arun n Lal chand rajput) discussing the 1st day’s game.. I was like wt the hell!! the perfect way not to start the big games. Btw, all these with due respect to his contribution to cricket. It wud ve been better if he had only stopped thr.
  • Big things come with controversies. All those things abt multi-captaincy, Pak players being withdrawn, few aussie players pulling out. Many turned out to be dampeners.
  • The strategic time breaks, introduced to reduce the time taken for an innings, as the big-heads feel that  more time is wasted to discuss strategies during a match. Tho i feel, this has not helped much, only benefit being to the organizers who ve found more time to sneak in their ads.
  • CSK has started on a losing note. They ve lost 2 of thr 3 games!! 😦 Tho they had fought well, its really sore to be on the losing side. Hoping for brighter days ahead. So Goooo on CSK.. We r always behind u 🙂
Chennai super kings

Chennai super kings

And don miss my fellow IPL blogger Mr. Fake IPL Player, he deftly seems to pack a punch 😉