With the opening Test between England and India being the 2,000 Test overall – and the 100th between the two countries involved — many felt the Master Blaster would score his 100th international hundred, his first at the home of cricket, and make the occasion more special. India batting in reply to England’s 474-8 declared at the Mecca of cricket may have wanted only one thing, a hundred from batting maestro Sachin and that would have in effect overshadowed 400 odd runs hosts made in the overcast conditions. But it wasn’t just his day though the time he spent there was scintillating and executed 6 superb boundaries. but he couldnt last long at the crease.
One man who gradually came to the limelight at the end of the day was none other than the Wall. Dravid who had missed a century in his very first test innings at the same venue and had been an elusive ton all these while etched his name in the annals of cricket history not only striking his century at the Lords, but in the process becoming the second top tun scorer in test cricket.
The 38-year-old Dravid, who had 12,314 runs from 153 Tests at an average of 52.40 before coming into the match, surpassed Ponting, who has scored 12,363 runs in 152 games. This is a deserving achievement for this phenomenal Karnataka man. Another feather in the cap of this silent, gem of a cricketer.
It is that time of the year – and it s been so for centuries perhaps – when the skies would split open to spill the waters. Earlier this month, the IMD had said that monsoon would reach Kerala on May 31. Isolated rain falls however had been reported from different pockets of Kerala. The onset of southwest monsoon over Kerala heralds the beginning of rainy season in the Indian sub-continent.
Southwest monsoon on Sunday made a grand entry into Kerala as expected, bringing cheer to the farming community dependent on rains for a good crop. It has been pouring down incessantly since morning. “Conditions are favourable for the advance of southwest monsoon over some more parts of the Arabian Sea, remaining parts of Kerala, some more parts of Tamil Nadu, south Bay of Bengal, Andaman Sea and some parts of Karnataka in the next 2-3 days,” the India Meteorological Department said.
Just when everyone thought all is well and the sound of terror will be heard no more, Mumbai blasts have jolted the nation. Sending shock waves across the cities, the blasts happened at places one least expected to happen. Crowded Zaveri Bazar, Opera House and Dadar Kabootarkhana were the hotspots this time killing 10 and injuring at least 100 people. The Mumbai crowd once again came to a stand still at a time when people were on their way back to home after work. The incident would have been fatal had it been a while when the school kids were on roads after the school.
These blasts once again bring memories of terror and infiltration and the need to act in a manner that befits the safety and security of common people of this country. They have once again successfully proved that they can just do it anywhere and anytime they want. If it is that city today, tomorrow it can be ours.
Time is up for a Mahmud Ghazni or an East India Company to get rooted in Kerala. The invaluable assets unearthed from Sri Padmanabhaswami Temple in Thiruvanathapuram should awaken all the modern Ghazni’s from deep slumber. We have read and studies about greedy kings who led their army all the way into the heart of India to loot and fill their belly. Maybe this temple in Kerala wasn’t an easy prey in their eye though much of what is discovered now must have been hidden during that time as well.
In any case, now, what matters is a treasure worth more than 1 lakh crore is out there. As soon as the news spread, the curiosity to know the details is skyrocketing and so is the anxiety of the temple authorities and the local government to safeguard the invaluable assets. Whatever is in there, worth more than the face value of the material given the fact that they belong to different centuries and have religious have.
However, what remains to be seen now is how are and how long are they going to keep such things protected! Different arguments have already come up and the one that seems to win is that all what is there is to be there only. In other words, the existence of this treasure is to be considered nonexistent in effect. So?
Way back in 2004 as a 17 year old girl Maria Sharapova had announced her entry into the world of tennis by being the champion. Her attempt to repeat the feat as a 24 years old didn’t realize last night. The night was all but the 21-year-old Czech Petra Kvitova’s who celebrated her Wimbledon singles title with a shy smile.
Kvitova, appearing in her first Grand Slam final, was in control of her emotions and her game throughout and deservedly becomes the first Czech to triumph since Jana Novotna in 1998. Sharapova had reached the final without dropping a set but served raggedly and the Russian fifth seed had no answers.
Among other big names that went down fighting Federer’s name comes first. Everyone must have expected to see a Fed Vs Nadal final. But that wasn’t to be so as Tsonga had other plans against Federer. With Nadal thrashing Murray meant the final clash is going to be between the rising star Djokovic and the king Rafa. Having lost his No 1 status, Rafa will certainly have a thing or two to prove. Wait and watch