one wasted chance in W I

Travelling to West Indies without the ace players for the ODI opened up a great opportunity for the young and upcoming stars of Indian second string. And all looked neat and fine until they stood 3-0 up in the 5 game series and craved for a whitewash. However, further repair in the team to give a smell of the pitch to the reserve players proved fatal. The inexperienced hands turned out to be butter fingers. Many of them spoiled the golden opportunity they got to prove their worth and send a message to their older compatriots.

One name that stood out however was that of Rohit Sharma who seemed to have grown up as a cricketer and showed maturity and batted with sense and responsibility on more than one occasions in the series. And no surprise he grabbed the Man of the series for having scored 257 runs with a staggering average of 128.50. Dismissed only twice in the series, Sharma has three half-centuries.

Apart from the new faces in the Indian jersey, there are couple of others too, including the newly baptized captain, who made a mess of the possibility of counting it big for the bigger cause. The young legs and a few older ones must have closely watched the innings from Rahul Dravid who scored a century when most others failed to occupy the crease for longer duration. Good luck next time!

The Struggle is still on

Corruption has become almost synonymous with politics. There is hardly any government in any Indian state that’s free of this curse. After decades of struggles and protests Republic of India was born, a new nation that suppose to rise above every vice and stand tall as a country. Nevertheless, time proved that there is no dearth to the  greedy rulers amongst Indians either. Year after year, the list of corrupt politicians only continue to grow with bigger amounts to outdo the previous a** *****.

Of course you just cant let go this insanity to screw up this country of ours.  Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare with many other big names like Retired IPS officer Kiran Bedi and social reformist Swami Agnivesh are doing whats possible to restore some order. There is a struggle shaping up to enact a comprehensive law like the Jan Lokpal Bill to tackle the menace.

Hazare lamented that the views of eminent persons like Justice (Retd) Santosh Hegde, advocate Prashant Bhushan and Agnivesh were not considered important by the government and a minister like Sharad Pawar, who is known for possessing large amounts of land in Maharashtra, is heading a committee that will draft the bill.

Bedi said just like the nation united during the cricket world cup to boost India to victory, people, activists and media have to create a non-stop movement till the Jan Lokpal Bill is adopted by the parliament. Since the fast started on Tuesday, people from all walks of life including students, senior citizens, actors, executives and activists are converging at the Jantar Mantar, the hotspot of protests in the capital, to lend support to the movement.

However, some politicians like Ajit Singh, Uma Bharti and O P Chautala who wanted to make common cause with the social activist and share the dais with him were shouted out by his supporters and had to make a hasty retreat. Hazare said the indefinite hunger strike does not have a political tone.

at an IPL’s end

The auction-discard West Indian, Gale took the IPL by storm and proved his worth in this format of the game. Unlike last year, he was owned by Mallya this time around and the UB group must have been pretty happy with what he got. Gale’s failure in the final of the even meant CSK once again kissing the trophy in IPL. The world cup winning captain, Dhoni was once again lucky with his men in yellow as they reserved their best show in the finale.

Like Gale, other names that deserve mention is the likes of Lankan slinger Malinga who topped in the list of bowlers bagging most number of wickets. The names of Sachin, Munaf, Sewag, Marsh, Valathy, Kohili, R Sharma and Aswin do need special mention for their consistent and spirited performance throughout the tournament. Many of them proved a point to the selectors and went on to figure in the national team while many other big names failed to catapult on the golden chances came their way.

Not to forget the names of Tuskers and Warriors who made their maiden attack in the arena made their presence felt and proved that they cant be taken lightly despite being the new comers. Next year’s IPL will have lots to offer let’s guess