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Bengalooru Hoysalas vs Mumbai Bulls?

I have bored my friends to death with this, but the recent theatrics around cricket make me go again.

The Dream

It is about a dream I have. Come back home at 7 pm after a tiring day at work. Turn on the TV. Skip those Saas Bahu things to go straight to the sports channel I love – call it Neo for now (for it stands a chance!). My team, Bengalooru Hoysalas takes the field. The Hoysalas have 30 million strong fans backing it. Sheer numbers and economics mean that some players I’d pay to watch – Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle – play to please me. The match starts at 7 sharp. Its a variant of 20-20, and I don’t mind staying up till 11 to watch all of it. Today, the Hoysalas play Mumbai Bulls, and I relish the prospect of seeing Kumble-Tendulkar and Munaf-Pietersen rivalries renew tonite.

One for Rahul Dravid

Did you see how Wasim Jaffer got out in the fourth SA ODI? Ball outside off stump, Jaffer aimed to push it square. Feet weren’t close to line of the ball, that meant the bat couldn’t have been straight. Don’t worry, these shots are common in ODIs, the bat was about 75 degrees to the ground when he swung it. Now, if the pitch was to be a regular Indian one, Jaffer would have middled the ball. But the place being SA, the ball bounced higher. As the bat wasn’t swung straight, that resulted in an edge. Caught in the slips, and out.

We have seen endless number of Indian batsmen get out in that fashion on tours to Aus and SA. And I have seen Aus and SA batsmen treating these same balls with similar shots to perfection.

Twenty – Twenty at Chinnaswamy

Had been to the Twenty-Twenty match at the Chinnaswamy stadium last month and absolutely loved it. My friend Vinay and me were passing by the stadium and realized that the tournament was on. I had always wanted to visit the stadium when it is not crowded. Moreover, Vinay has been closely following domestic cricket in India, so was damn excited about the match.


City Boy No.1

This follows the post by Rubic_Cube earlier today on the subject of our Bangalore boys; Dravid, in particular!

India captain Rahul Dravid was deservedly named the man of the match for his vital knocks 81 and 68, which proved crucial in a low-scoring game.

Following his matchwinning knock that earned India’s its first test series victory in 35 years on Caribbean soil, you’d expect his home to be a hubbub of activity – fans, wellwishers, bouquets, galatta, majaa etc etc. Hmmph! Nary a soul. See for yourself.

City boys do it for India

India clinched an important overseas Test victory over the Windies by winning fourth and final test at Sabina Park, Jamaica. And who were the most important people involved in the Indian flag flutterring high?

The city boys – RahuL Dravid and Anil Kumble – did it for India. Dravid scored vital scores of 81 and 68 in the 2 innings while Kumble netted a tally of 7 wickets totally, with 6 wickets in the WI 2nd Innings alone.

Kudos to our hudugas for a Test win at Carribean that we waited 35 years to come!

Congratulations to Rahul Dravid

It’s been a decade since a decent debut at Lords. The Great Wall of India is still standing strong and tall.Rahul Dravid proud Bangalorean debuted today ten years back with a decent score of 95. The path has been very difficult for him.But his sheer talent, dedication and hard work have taken him to all places. Today he has the highest average for any Indian player out side India.Speaking about his debut at cricinfo

“It was very special to make my Test debut at Lord’s, walking out there and representing your country for the first time. Playing Test cricket was something I wanted to do all my life and it’s been great to fulfill so many of my dreams.”

Congradulations and thanks to you for your contibutions to Indian Test Cricket.The time has passed so fast. Today RD is the cpatain of India.We wish him all the best for todays match. I hope he will win the match and series. And make us proud.

There are many innings which I enjoy. One of them is his double century against Australia in Australia.Its a pleasure to watch him.

Pele in Gautampura?

The June 18, 2006 volume of The Week reports that

… the football crazy residents of Gautampura, (in Bangalore) have installed a statue of Pele, next to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar’s, in the local park.

Could not find the article on the net. The print version of the article has a photograph alongwith.

Football Fever

With the world cup around the corner, I wonder what are the places to be @ Bangalore!

Last time around, I was in Mumbai. I remember watching matches in the giant screen at Crossroads mall with beer purchased from a nearby store. Also, all major pubs had their own giant screen and I used to frequent “Zwigs” in Powai as it was the closest to my place of stay.

Folks tell me that PVR is planning to screen the matches. But I’m not sure if watching the match without a beer will be too much phun ;-)

Do you know of any pubs that have plans for this world cup? What is your favorite (public) place to view the matches – pubs, theatres or otherwise?

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