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Novak Djokovic- A good match for Roger Federer September 9, 2007

Posted by planetsk in Blogroll, Sports.
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It is too early to say that Djokovic is next Federer. But, he’s someone to watch for. He matched Federer to some extent in today’s final though he lost in straight sets. I am quite happy that Federer created history by winning his 4th consecutive US open title. But it’s Djokovic who impressed more than Roger did. IMO, Roger was not at his best this year (except against Roddick in Aus open) though he won 3 out of 4 grandslams. On the other hand, Djokovic, a 20 year-old Serbian, is all set to become a great player. He ‘s good on all the three surfaces and this year he reached French and Wimbledon semis and US open final. Like Roger, he got a perfect blend of forehand, backhand and serve. Recently, he defeated Roger in US open series. He is fun to watch. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsMJB81HfFU

Now, Roger got a couple of genuine competitors, Nadal and Djokovic. Being a huge fan of Roger, I want him to win more and more grandslams but it won’t be that easy with Nadal and Novak around. Djokovic, with 6 years of age difference between him and Roger, if continues to play this way, can replace Roger in future. I think we will be treated with the best of tennis in coming years.

Three more titles for Federer to pass Sampras and become the best player ever. To me, he’s already an all-time great. I wish him good luck to win Golden Grand Slam in 2008.

Sachin quits international cricket April 7, 2007

Posted by sk in 2007 World Cup, Cricket, cricket - क्रिकेट, Sachin Tendulkar, Satire, Sports.
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Moments after the Indian cricket board decided to crack down on the senior Indian players, ace batsman, Sachin Tendulkar retired from International cricket to concentrate on his modeling career instead. “The three sponsor/ products rule is ridiculous,” Sachin said in a crowded press conference in Mumbai today, referring to the BCCI’s decision to restrict the number of products a player can endorse. “”The board doesn’t realize that great players like me are brand ambassadors of the sport and our endorsements are only one way of spreading the game.” When asked by a reporter if he would be as popular once he quit cricket, Sachin took the example of Anna Kournikova. “I don’t remember the last time she played tennis. Isn’t she still popular?” he asked. Former cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ajay Jadeja lauded Sachin’s move. “

 

After the press conference, Sachin and his new “bff” (best friend forever), Saurav Ganguly participated in an effigy burning of ex-coach, Greg Chappell, organized jointly by the Maharashtra  Sena and the Bengal Tigers.

 

Readers of this blog may be aware that the BCCI’s decision was in response to Sachin’s interview that was first posted on this blog.

 

<I never knew I’d be so interested in cricket. This rocks! I know I’ve been picking on Sachin Tendulkar a lot lately. It’s fun.>

Sachin: I’ll continue to play till we win a World Cup March 24, 2007

Posted by sk in Cricket, cricket - क्रिकेट, Sachin Tendulkar, Satire, Sports.
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Prem Pareshankar of G-Cricket, a new cricketing magazine was able to get an exclusive interview with Sachin Tendulkar.

 

Prem (P): Hi Sachin. How are you?

Sachin (S): Hi. I’m doing well. I heard you wanted me to endorse you.

P: Uhhh… I wanted an interview with you actually.

S: *Muttering under his breath* Damn!

P: Excuse me?

S: Uhh… nothing.

P: So, let me introduce myself again – I’m Prem Pareshankar from G-Cricket Magazine (a new magazine about cricket), here to interview you.

S: Are you sure you don’t want me to endorse you? I mean, that’ll boost your magazine’s sales.

P: Not right now. We don’t have the budget. So, what are your thoughts about your defeat against Sri Lanka and where do you plan to go from here?

S: As you know, we’ve lost to Sri Lanka and are almost out of the 2007 World Cup. But the good news is that I’ve decided to play cricket as long as it takes for us to win a World Cup.

P: Don’t you think you’ll be too old? There is a section of people who think you should have retired long ago.

S: I’m not answerable to anyone but the companies that endorse me. As long as they feel that I’m good, I’ll continue to play. Actually, I can give you a 50% discount if you want me to endorse you.

P: Oh, thanks. I’ll talk to the publishers about that. Who do you think was responsible for India’s exit?

S: Bangladesh!

P: Care to elaborate?

S: Sure. Bangladesh was responsible for our exit. If Bangladesh hadn’t beaten us, we would have surely made it to the next round.

P: No. I mean, why did India lose?

S: Oh, I would say it was because of the tremendous pressure on our team from fans back home. They had unrealistic expectations from us.

P: But isn’t it also because of the fans that you have so many endorsements? No other country’s players have this kind of endorsements.

S: The two are unrelated. Look at my fine fifty against Bermuda. Doesn’t that justify all the endorsements?

P: Are you disappointed with the outcome?

S: Of course, look at the amount of money we’ve lost in terms of endorsements.

P: That’s all I have for you, Sachin. Thanks for taking the time to talk to us.

S: No problem… and don’t forget my offer.

 

None of the other players were available for interviews as they were busy shooting advertisements.

Three and done! March 23, 2007

Posted by sk in 2007 World Cup, Cricket, cricket - क्रिकेट, Sachin Tendulkar, Sports.
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Despite a brilliant knock by the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar, India crashed to defeat against a brilliant Sri Lankan team. When India restricted Sri Lanka to a total of 254/6 in the allotted 50 overs, it seemed like the formidable Indian batting line up would get the job done. India was very much in the chase as long as the master blaster, possibly playing in his last World Cup match was at the crease. Sachin was at the crease for a total of five minutes , faced three balls and scored 0 runs with 0 fours and 0 sixes, none of which is a World Record. His exit resulted in a familiar sight for Indian fans with the rest of the team collapsing. While India’s World Cup campaign is all but over, a positive for the team was their “brilliant” performance against Bermuda, a formidable opponent. Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Indian team told the media that the two matches were fixed and that players of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka were paid a lot of money to beat India.

Join the Cricket World Cup excitement? March 11, 2007

Posted by sk in Cricket, cricket - क्रिकेट, Google, Sports.
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For those of you who are more interested in discussing cricket than in Britney’s latest escapades, Google has created a special page for the 2007 Cricket World Cup which begins soon (or has already begun – I’m not sure – I was too busy following the latest on the Anna Nicole front). Google has also created a blog where Krish Srikkanth, a member of the 1983 World Cup winning squad talks about the World Cup.

 

Source: Google Operating System

 My favorite teams: India, West Indies, and South Africa – in that order.

Oh, and before I forget, for the two readers who bothered to read my previous post, thank you! :-p

What a win! January 21, 2007

Posted by sk in Colts, Manning, NFL, Sports.
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INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles November 26, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

 

More than a month ago, I asked the question, “Will Manning finally wear a Super Bowl ring this year?” We’ll know the answer to that question on Feb 4th of this year. Peyton Manning was responsible for the biggest comeback in NFL conference title-game history when the Colts beat the Patriots 38-34 in Indianapolis today to win the AFC Championship.

 

Surprisingly, when I  wrote the article earlier, planetsk made some really good predictions:

Given the present form of the teams I think Pats play Colts for AFC and Bears play Cowboys/Seahawks for NFC. So, Colts may have tough road ahead to make it to Superbowl and Pats having successful experience recently at the Bowl can beat any team (IMO) if they make it to Miami.

He got three out of four teams right. Great prediction!

Silence of the SPARKS January 19, 2007

Posted by planetsk in Bollywood, Sports, Technology and Software.
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Don’t let the heat go off the SPARKS

Ok, I will try my best to write this miscellaneous post.

Nothing new is happening in the new year except Abhishek Bachchan’s exceptional performance in GURU and his engagement with Ash. I watched the movie last week after a lot of struggle to get tickets. To my wonder, even in 0°F and snow, tickets were sold out for three consecutive shows or two days. I was surprised to see AB has got such a big following in US or in MN. May be Mani Rathnam and Ash were another factors. Anyway, I would recommend this movie if you really want to see some fine acting by Abhishek, great songs (yeah, they are really good when you watch them) and Abhishek again.

In sports related news, Sania crashed out of the Aus-Open. Will she ever enter atleast Quarter Finals in a Grand Slam ? Final showdown in NFL, I am guessing Pats Vs. Bears Super Bowl?? (of course will be knowing it by Sunday). David Beckham will be bending it in LA for $250M . Thats news to me. Soccer in US and that too in LA. Finally Cricket, India got another chance to get back to some kinda form before they go for world cup. Playing in India,Ganguly and Sachin may come as openers, changes in the team from last year..can these bring good things for India??

After lot of rumors, Apple iPhone will be arriving pretty soon and it’s already controversial as Cisco filed a lawsuit against Apple on using its trademark. It seems LG is also planning to come up with something similar to iPhone. MS Vista will be available worldwide by Jan30th. Thats good news for Zune and MS. The technologies and features in Vista appear to be solid especially Windows DVD Maker, ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive. Will wait to see them in application very soon.

The Curse of Sourav Ganguly November 29, 2006

Posted by planetsk in Blogroll, Cricket, cricket - क्रिकेट, National, Sports.
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Curse?? I did not know what title should I put for blogging about the recent performances of Indian Cricket Team. There are too many holes to be filled in the team before Indians gear up for the world cup. In the first place, batting order is screwed up, except Dravid and Dhoni no one can bat, why the heck do we have Agarkar in the team, bowling was never good. If I go back 3 years when Sourav’s team drew the test series against Aus in Australia and won (tests and ODI’s) against Pak in Pakistan, team then was much better. I haven’t seen good wins since then. Yeah, with Dravid-Chappell combo, there are a few good victories but most of them were in India and against weaker teams. Indians did have a great chance playing in West Indies in conditions similar to the upcoming world cup but it was a nightmare series.

Before WI, there was Pak’s series. I remember in that series Ganguly was made a fool by selectors. The way Ganguly was treated by the board was senseless. He was in and out for no reason. India kept on losing starting from Pak’s series. I agree that he wasnt a good test player. IMO, he’s  a better one-dayer than Dinesh Mongia ( for some reason I hate this guy). There weren’t great wins since Ganguly was ousted from the team both as a captain and player. I am not here to support Ganguly, damage was already made to his career both by himself and selectors.

If one looks at the recent games India played, it’s hard to believe that is this the same team that had a winning streak last year. Hmm…after losing One-Day series in SA..now Ganguly is in contention for the test matches in South Africa. I don’t know on what basis he will be selected. And with a few months to go for world cup and Australia and SA going stronger, chances for India to make it to playoffs ( or Super Six or Eight) are very bleak. I guess things went from bad to worse since 2003 world cup (except Aus and Pak series in 2003-04). If I compare the teams now and then we got a good captain and a keeper and lost Ganguly. So, is this really a curse of Ganguly?? I don’t know..again..I want our team to win matches with our without Ganguly but I dont see it happening..

Will Manning finally wear a Super Bowl Ring this year? November 27, 2006

Posted by sk in Colts, Football, Manning, NFL, Sports.
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INDIANAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 26:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts looks to pass against the Philadelphia Eagles November 26, 2006 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

He’s arguably one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL at the moment and probably is among the best ever. His knowledge of the game is probably unmatched by any other player currently in action. Coaches apparently approach him for advice. He is apparently also a control freak and likes to be in control of things on field. This is evident from their practice sessions where his practice sessions are extremely thorough. On Sunday night against Philadelphia Eagles, Manning became the fastest player to reach 3000 completions. The team has done extremely well in pre-season. However, postseason has been a different story. In 2004 they lost 20-3 to eventual champions New England Patriots (led by Tom Brady) in the Conference Championships. In 2005 they lost in the Divisional Playoffs to eventual champions Pittsburgh Steelers (led by Ben Roethlisberger). With that loss, it marked the first time since the NFL expanded to a 12-team playoff tournament format in 1990 that a #1 seed lost to a #6 seed. This season too they’ve been the best team during the preseason. They went 9-0 (making them the first team to go 9-0 in back-to-back years) before losing to the resurgent Dallas Cowboys. They’re currently at 10-1. So, will this be the year that the Colts finally win the Super Bowl? Or will it be another disappointing postseason for their fans?

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Sania overhyped? September 6, 2006

Posted by sk in Blogroll, Miscellaneous, National, Sports, Tennis.
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Sachin claims that Sania has been getting too much attention from the media and has done little during the last few months to justify it. He links to an article on Rediff that discusses her shopping in NYC after she crashed out of the US Open to validate his claim. Not validate, actually, but you get the point, right? This person is of the same opinion. Here’s Sania’s profile on Yahoo! Sports. It’s pretty obvious that she hasn’t accomplished much this year. In fact, I’m pretty sure if she continues playing this way, she’s soon going to be out of the top 100s. Sachin (I really don’t know this guy, although I refer to him as if he were my childhood friend) further goes on to say that Sania should spend more time  on training and less on her PR activities. Further, she should build some muscle mass if she wants to stay competetive at the highest level. It’s not the end of the road for her. She’s still in her teens (I think) and has a long way to go. And of course, nothing can change the fact that she has already achieved more during her short career than any Indian female tennis player ever has. That in itself is a huge achievement. I haven’t seen her in action yet, but my friends who have say she’s extremely slow on court and doesn’t posess what it takes to win major championships. What do you think? By the way, I still need a good pic for this blog. Can someone help me out with this? Anything related to Sania is fine. Even a pic from Maria Sharapova’s Sports Illustrated photoshoot. On second thoughts, I’d prefer a pic of Maria’s. [Update (9/7/06 – Found an image on the web]

UPDATE (9/9/2006): By the way, the more I think about it, the more I feel Sania is turning into India’s very own Anna Kournikova (though not as hot as the latter). Maria Sharapova just won her first US Open and second Grand Slam title today by beating Justine Henin in straight sets. She’s been to the semi-finals of Grand Slam events 7 times and the two times that she managed to reach the finals, she’s won. She’s one player who’s managed to perfectly balance her social life with her professional life. Why can’t Sania take a few lessons from her? Actually, Anna should probably be the one taking lessons from her. She was pretty talented and if she had concentrated on her game, I’m sure she’d have won a WTA tournament (maybe not a Grand Slam tournament, but something).

Related reading: Oops! She does it again.