After 21 years…

August 13, 2007

India cruise to a series win: finally, a series where the edge was not squandered away. There are some great pics on cricinfo.com of the epic finale. Check ’em out here.

Highlights and dramatics for me from Day 5 of the third test match at the Oval:
– Sreesanth comes good and gets his prize captain wicket of Michael Vaughan
– Tendulkar’s bowling
– Pietersen’s ton
– Little tussle between a very angry Anil Kumble and Pietersen
– Team India with the npower series trophy!

After the spectacular test series involving two well matched teams, there seems to be a thirst for more such test series; however, what is to follow is a series of 7 ODIs. It would have been better to have 5 Test series and 3 ODIs. ūüė¶

Till 21 Aug, not much cricket to watch.


“Anil Kumble day” at The Oval

August 10, 2007

It was definitely India’s day at The Oval today, at the third test match of 3 Test series. When India started on Day 2 with 300 and odd runs with Laxman and a very edgy Tendulkar on 48¬†at the crease, 450 looked far away, however that was not to be. Tendulkar got his half century: a very different innings,¬†calm yet troubled, slow but not without some stylish shots; there was one hook shot which showed everybody¬†who he is, not that we don’t know, and two other good ones; so, good, that it looked liked that man on 82 was poised for a century. That, alas was not to be.

¬†After Tendulkar came Dhoni. With his scores from the series, you couldn’t expect much, but we were in for a surprize as a belligerent Dhoni got to 92. When one thought this was it, then came Kumble’s innings: one that all those who watched will remember for many years to come. With his brilliant unbeaten century, he becomes the second (after Shane Warne) with over 500 Test wickets and a century. What a record to earn at the age of 36! Today was definitely his day, perhaps on par with the day he got all 10 test wickets! Kumble defintely looked the part that he played today: a classy batsman, a determined man striving another record, not a tail-ender slogging for runs or struggling to beat his previous best of 88.¬†So will Karnataka declare 10 August to be “Anil Kumble Day” or will they name a flyover after him? Whatever they do, I think he deserves every bit of the adulation he recieves.

The highlights of day for me are:
– Kumble’s unbeaten 110
– Tendulkar and Laxman’s half centuries
– Dhoni’s 92
Lowlights (from England’s p.o.v)¬†
– Prior’s wicketkeeping woes (as they continue today)
– Sidebottom’s ordinary spells

So the galacticos have amassed a mammoth 664, and got the early wicket of Strauss, which makes us believe more Indian-goodness is due. Cheers!


Happy Birthday J K Rowling and Harry Potter…

July 31, 2007

Thank you Jo for giving us Harry, the wonderful journey and the lovely memories. Check out more Potter history here: http://www.floo-network.org/#history

I can’t resist a little recap of my own journey with the book/movies. I was first introduced to Harry’s world thru the movie – ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone’ when I was in college. I distinctly remember the Thanksgiving weekend movie and the tons of chidren who lined up to buy tickets! At that time the bug hadn’t bitten me; the movie seemed just to be a sweet children’s movie with a happy ending. I had no idea that some of the later books in the series were already out! My next meeting with Potter was in 2006 on a flight to San Francisco when I watched the second, third and fourth movie. It was then that the bug had bit me! Between April and June of 2006, I had read all six books, found mugglenet, leaky-cauldron, jkrowling.com and the many other Potter-dedicated sites, and joined the millions of fans waiting for the seventh installment. Enough about me, more happy stuff today.

And Happy win for Indian cricket team at the Trent Bridge test match!

Some quick musings on the test match: it was nice to see Zaheer Khan’s quality bowling, Michael Vaughon’s fighting innings, and Sreeshant’s spirit. Nice to see an attacking sub-continent bowler, very different from the tame Javagal Srinath and composed Kumble! Also adding drama was the little incident between Pieterson and Sreeshant which turned into an accepted apology (as far as KP was concerned). Loved Pieterson’s attitude there. He’s a class act!

Back to the Potter Mania: much has happened since July 21st. Jo has answered several questions about the futures of the the trio n the different interviews and what not. Check out mugglenet.com. You can’t miss any Potter news if you check mugglenet (with due respects to other Potter-dedicated sites). Also at mugglenet is a transcript of all the questions fans got to ask on live-chat; there were 120000 questions! Can you believe that? Unfortunately (and as one would expect) not all were answered, but I think we can get a good sense of closure. One of the questions I was dying to ask:
– What happened to the charecter who does magic late in life
Fortunately for me, someone else asked that; Jo’s answer: she changed her mind about that. Though, I think that character would have been Dudley!

Meanwhile, amazon search reveals that another Writing book that’s been raved about is Francine Prose’s ‘Reading Like a Writer’.

Can’t wait to get my hands on this!

Ciao for now!