ICC Men’s T20 World Cup – UAE

Hours to go before the coin is flipped by the captains of two of the finalists of T20 Men’s world Cup that’s been going on in UAE since 23rd October.

Among the 12 teams involved, after the super12 rounds and semifinals, Australia and New Zealand have secured final berths.

Amazing evening await all the cricket lovers in UAE. Especially for those who support these countries from Oceania.

Thrilling experiences in Dubai.

When you are in Dubai the adventure seeker in you can enjoy a lot.

Hot Air Balloon Ride that’s a popular sport now. Enjoying the splendid views from thousands of feet above is an exceptional experience.

Skydiving can leave you with an adrenaline rush experience. The free fall feel feet at either the Palm or the Desert drop zone can last for a long time.

Skiing in the snow is a dream for many. Ski Dubai is one of the best indoor resorts in Dubai that offers you such an experience and much more.

Desert Safari is inescapable part of a visit to UAE. Ranging from SUVs, quad bikes, sand-boarding, dune buggies or camel rides, you have several options to choose from.

Water sports are multifold too. Parasailing, Jet & water Skiing, Kayaking, scuba diving, boating and the list of entertainments go on.

No dearth in thrilling experiences in Dubai.

So what happened to them?

Once again all eyes are on IPL, the much hayed about cricket’s extravaganza that hauls in riches and churns out new talents from across the cricket playing nations. However, unlike its first edition, the latter versions never lived up to the opening gala and showed signs of ebbing year after year for one reason or another.

 The Team India that tours England after having won the World cup and sitting pretty on world No 1 test ranking has been thrashed 4-0 in test series thus losing out the ranking and are now one down in the ODI. One thing that has gone consistently for the team is injury for the key players. A closer look will tell you all of these guys had figured in the last edition of IPL and played all the matches or were injured out!

One wonders if there had been any series prior to this one that had witnessed as many injuries as this one. It is a team that has always complained about busy cricket schedule; look at what they are doing to the national pride playing in such leagues.

Riot at Birmingham

Three consecutive defeats, one worse than the other. The statists below show the performance of the World No 1 Test side that boasts of the likes
of Sachin and Raul.

England v India at Birmingham – Aug 10-13,  2011, England won by an innings and 242 runs

Northants v Indians at Northampton – Aug 5-6,  2011, Match drawn (Northants won on 1st innings)

England v India at Nottingham – Jul 29-Aug 1,  2011, England won by 319 runs

England v India at Lord’s – Jul 21-25, 2011, England won by 196 runs

The third humiliating defeat, that stripped them off their  No 1 status that they held dearly for nearly 2 years, have rang alarm bells and  raise a few questions. The media, old players and the billion people, everyone  is up against the Team India. Like in every tour, they started poorly, except  that they couldn’t bounce back and stay positive nor could they prove their  supremacy at any stage. The saving grace being two back to back hundreds by  Dravid and a scintillating performance by Pravin Kumar throughout the series.

Despite the shoddy performance so far, and amongst the litany  of criticism, one wonders if all is lost for this team. The thrashing they  received from the English side is the result of poor home work done before  facing such a good team that dethroned the Kangaroos from the No 1 spot. They just  did it again against a team that came half prepared, half fit, half slept!

Guys wake up, all is not lost.

A fitting crown to a royal player

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.

from the Wimbledon

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

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!

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

not really expected

It maybe too early to judge and pass the verdict that it is the beginning of an end of a glorious era. If you are wondering whats cooking, Rome Masters Tennis is on and you got to take a peek once a while from the IPL. The adverse news from Rome however is Roger Federer failed to make the quarter-finals of a tournament for the first time in a year. He is already the third seeded and it looks like his chance of making a good impact on the rating seems obscure.

Third-seed Federer took the first set 6-4 against France’s Richard Gasquet but, in a match of clean-hitting strokes, lost the next two sets against the 16th seed on tie breaks (6-4, 7-2, 7-4). Gasquet, whose one victory against Federer had come on clay at Monte Carlo in 2005.

If you are a Federer fan, you got to wait and watch a Nadal or Djokovic or a Murray lifting the cup and hope the next time around it will be your man!

Time for IPL

Unlike last 3 seasons, IPL 4 is inching close to an exciting finish. There almost is no team that rules the list nor is there any team that hasn’t failed. However, as there can be some teams lead the table and others fall behind. The new borns, Cochi and Pune have done well and proved that they can fit in well too. With the schedule almost half done, the teams leading the table are Mumbai, rajstan and kolkatta. Obviously, the big leap is made by the led by Gambir.

In individual performances, interestingly and not very surprisingly, the run machine sachin leads the table as of now followed by an upcoming star Paul Valathy. In the bowling department, slinger malinga has been outstanding followed by legendry Warne.