Can Manmohan Singh replace Dhoni?

What’s the biggest challenge that India faces today? Corruption? Price rise?

No! Its the 4th Test against England at Nagpur..!! And out netas have decided to face the challenge themselves. Forgetting all their difference they have made a team which is expected to perform atleast some point better than the current team.

The Netas XI

Digvijay Singh– Fearless like Sehwag. Just like Sehwag’s shots, his words are neither technically correct and nor do they make any sense. But one things is for sure, whenever he hits, he hits it hard enough.

Sushma Swaraj– Aggressive, but with an intent. People considered her as the next captain of the team, but the beacon was passed to some-one else (Read: Virat Kohli/Narendra Modi). Too often gets herself run-out unnecessary.

Arvind Kejrival– At number 3, you need to have your most trusted batsman. This new guy has played some fantastic innings in his short carrier. But he is still inexperienced and there are questions on his survival in the long run.

Sachin Tendulkar– Considering the recent form, if not in the whole world, he still is the best cricketer among all other MPs.

Narendra Modi– A hot property at the moment. People calls him the next leader, but there are many critics of his brashness. A tough challenge looms ahead, will need control over his vocals.

Rahul Gandhi– So! so much promise. But nothing yet fulfilled. People calls him the Yuvraj, but has failed to survived the bouncers at the pitch of UP.

Manmohan Singh (captain)– Agreed that in past he had many glories (the World Cup/1991 Economic Reform), but the recent failures (England-Aus series/2G-Coalgate) has made people asking him to quit. In spite, he is probably our only choice as a leader.

Mayawati (as part of dalit reservation quota)– Her carrom balls, leaves everyone guessing. So what if she has failed to do what is expected from her (ie to take wickets/win UP elections), she is making her marks elsewhere (batting/FDI voting).

Nitish Kumar– So long this position was reserved for some-one else (Bhajji/Lalu), but by bowling consistent line and length, Nitish has now taken over this positions. But there is still a lot of scope of improvement.

Mamta Banerjee– The best in business when it comes to reverse swing, right from the times of Vajpayee. But her government..err.. wicket taking abilities are now in question.

Meira Kumar– Neither Ishant nor she know what are they doing in the team except to fill up their position.

The above team has been made after taking into account reservations for dalits and 33% for women. No reservation for religious minorities could be provided, as the same is still not provided in our Constitution. However, for their appropriate representation Salman Khurshid has been included as 12th men in the team.

Btw, the coach, as expected, is a foreigner and no prize for guessing her name.

P.S.: I apologize and is very ashamed for putting such derogatory remarks on such eminent persons. Pls don’t arrest me..!!  :P

Hats off to Dhoni & Co: Players who made the India proud!

14 players and 1 God scripted the the BIGGEST moment in Indian History. Can anything on this planet give so much happiness to over 1.2 billion people of this earth? Hats off to each and every member of this team.

 

Hats off to our captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is the best. He has brains, he has got the temperament and he has the guts. I can’t even imagine how a man with so much pressure can perform his task so fearlessly. Coming in before the inform Yuvraj and leading from the front at the biggest platform, he surely has the mettle of steel. What more substantiation you need when the God himself stamps him as the best captain ever. And as Ravi Shastri rightly commented after the triumph, its time for his critics to SHUT UP!

Hats off to the Yuvraj of India, Yuvraj Singh. Struggling with his form, with his fitness. Demoted to grade B and finding it hard to maintain a place in the team. What a turnaround he has had. When was the last time did we see him diving and throwing himself in air? He was our hero in the T20 win and he was the hero in this triumph also. But while the T20 was for his flamboyance, this time around he showed his desperation. With bat, he was the pressure-soaker and the anchorer, and with the ball he was the pressure builder and the partnership breaker. With batting average of over 90 and 15 wickets, he was indeed the Man of the Tournament.

Hats off to our bowling spearhead- Zaheer Khan. Whenever India needed a wicket, he was the captain’s man. Apart from him slower ones and reverse swingers, he was also the guide for other pacers. Indian bowling attack could have fallen apart without him. But he kept it intact. For a country not known for its pace attack, he is one legendary fast bowler.

Hats off to the Wall II- Gautam Gambhir aka Gauti. He was the top scorer in 2007 T20 final and yesterday he did that again. Unfortunately, on both the occasions he didn’t get the man of the match. With the fall of Sachin, the hearts of 121 crore people had stopped beating. But Gauti gave them life. The way he soaked the pressure and kept the scoring rate up was incredible. He is the new wall of Indian batting line up.

Hats off to the most dangerous batsman of the world- Virendra Sehwag. On filed the most explosive, and off-field the calmest of  all. He was the igniter. Hitting 5 consecutive first balls of innings for four, he always provided us the start giving other batsman the time to set. Those 5 fours in Umar Gul’s over in semis were outstanding.

Hats off to Powerplayer Ashwin. He was one player who was talked more for not being in the team. But in whatever games he got the chance, he proved why everyone wants him to be in the team. His powerplay bowling was outstanding. Unfortunate to miss the semis and final.

 

 

 

 

 

Hats off to gritty Virat Kohli. The highest ranked Indian batsman. He proved why he deserves to be amongst the likes of Sachin, Sehwag and Yuvi. His 35 were the most crucial runs he would ever score.

Hats off to agile Suresh Raina. In or out of the playing 11, he always contributed with his field and saving those crucial 10-15 runs in every match. His innings against Australia and Pakistan were so crucial.

Hats off the fighter Bhajji. He was not at his best. But he always maintained the pressure and never gave away easy runs.

The Turbunator

Hats off to consistent Munaf. He is not the best. But he bowled best in his limitations and kept a consistent line. Supported well to Zaheer Khan.

Hats off to rhythmic Nehra. He was there at 2003 final. Then he disappeared. And then was back into the squad. The SA match was a debacle. But he bowled beautifully in semis against pakistan. (Please, no more PJs now!)

Hats off to Sreesanth, Yusuf and Chawla. Well, they are the members of a World Cup winning squad. So hats off to them also.

And now from the men in blue to the GOD IN BLUE.

TAKE A BOW Sachin Tendulkar. You are the one who lives in the heart of every Indians. Its you whose one straight drive makes us forget all our worries. Its your passion which inspires everyone around. We Indian don’t love cricket as much as we love you. You are our God. Thank you for serving our country for so many years. And please continue to do this always and forever. This World Cup is for you. Love you Sachin!

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Cup for Sachin!

Every four years, I support India, I cheer for India, I pray for India. I hope that this time India will win the World Cup. This time also, I am supporting , cheering, praying and hoping, but not for India,  for SACHIN!

 

SACHIN TENDULKAR!

2nd APRIL 2011, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

Its the World Cup final. India vs Australia. Will the Aussies make it a 4th time in a row? Or the prayers of 1.25 billions will be heard?

If you thought you have seen the best of Sachin, that day he will prove you wrong! He will bat like no one has ever batted before, not even he himself. He will bat in such a manner that even the likes of Bhogles and Tony Gregs will fall short of words.  The soul of Bradman will be there to watch him bat. And even 50 overs will appear such a small period.

And in the post match presentation, after Dhoni completes his “Well of course” speech and asked to lift the World Cup, he will step back and give this honour to the Sachin. Sachin will proceed to the Cup and not just the Wankhede stadium, the whole nation would be chanting “SACHIN SACHIN”. With his every steps, the chant will go louder and louder, SACHIN SACHIN. And then moment will come. He will touch the World Cup, take it in his hands, lift it and then bring it down to his lips and kiss it !!!

WOW! I can clearly imagine everything happening in front of my eyes. And mere imagination can charge me so much, don’t know what will I do when this all will actually happen! That moment, the World Cup will thank his fortune to have the GOD!

I can’t write more. Let me enjoy the moment in my imagination. “SACHIN SACHIN!!”

Thanks for reading. Bye.

Sachin Tendulkar: Top 50 Quotes that Describe Him

I long thought about what to write about him, but only to realize that I should better stop blogging. But on the other hand, how can I have no post on him. So what I am going to do is to present you a compilation of 50 best quotes on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar:

The God
The God

1-Shane Warne
“I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.”


2- A True fan of Sachin carried this Banner in a match
“Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting. They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is busy watching him batting!!!.”


3-Adam Hollioke
“In an over I can bowl six different balls. But then Sachin looks at me with a sort of gentle arrogance down the pitch as if to say ‘Can you bowl me another one?'”


4-Steve Waugh
“There is no shame being beaten by such a great player. We didn’t lose to Team India. We Lost to Sachin Tendulkar”
.After loosing the Coca Cola Cup to India

5-Dennis Lillee
“If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.”


6-Micheal Kasprowicz
“You have to decide for yourself whether you’re bowling well or not. He’s going to hit you for fours and sixes anyway?”


7-Brett Lee
“You might pitch a ball on the off stump and think you have bowled a good ball and he walks across and hits it for two behind midwicket. His bat looks so heavy but he just waves it around like it’s a toothpick? “


8-Brain Lara
“Everybody gets 15 minutes of fame. But if there’s one person I’ve admired over a 15-year of period, it’s definitely Sachin.”


9-Paul Strang
“What we (Zimbabwe) need is 10 Tendulkars.”


10-Wasim Akram
“sachin should appologize for the way he has played”
After Sachin’s 98 in WC2003

11-Sir Donald Bradman
“I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…his compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel !”

12-BBC on Sachin
Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their TV sets and switch off their lives “

13-Methew HAYDON
“I have seen God. He bats at number 4 for India”

14-Viv Richards
He is 99.5 per cent perfect. I’d pay to see him.

15–Brian Lara
The only batsman i would love to see by paying for the tickets and sitting in the stand just to watch him is none other than Sachin Tendulkar

16-Wasim Akram
Today, he showed the world why he is considered the best batsman around. Some of the shots he played were simply amazing. Earlier, opposing teams used to feel that Sachin’s dismissal meant they could win the game. Today, I feel that the Indian players, too, feel this way.

after game at Hobart, CUB series, 1999


17Ian Chappell
Whenever I see Sachin play I am reminded of the Graeme Pollock quote of Cricket being a ‘see the ball, hit the ball game.’ He hits the ball as if it’s there to be hit.

18-Navjot Sidhu:
“His mind is like a computer. He stores data on bowlers and knows where they are going to pitch the ball.”

19-Mark Taylor
“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin”
during the test match in Chennai (1997)

20-Rahul Dravid
Playing in the same team as Sachin is a huge honour. His balance of mind, shrewd judgement, modesty and, above all, his technical brilliance make him my all-time hero… You can’t get a more complete cricketer than Sachin. He has everything that a cricketer needs to have.

21-Imran Khan
He was, is and will remain a jewel in India’s batting crown for the next foreseeable future

22-Andy Flower
There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.

23-Amitabh Bachhan
“Sachin (Tendulkar) is the heartbeat of our nation. The country breathes every time he goes out to play and when he is out, the country stops breathing.”

24-Harsha Bhogle
There’s no better sight on the cricket field than watch Tendulkar bat

25-Australian Media
“The most exciting batsman of his time because he finds the right balance between reason and passion, technique and power, nerves and placement and judgement that applies to all tastes.”