India’s tour of England 2011 – Trent Bridge Test – an Ad for Test Cricket

July 31, 2011

The Trent Bridge Test has been a great advertisement for Test Cricket. From the packed stands to the quality pitches, the game has provided entertainment to all. Granted, it has been a low scoring match, but has had all other ingredients that an engrossing Test match need.

The English collapse and recovery, Broad’s hat rick , Laxman’s art, Dravid’s colossal century, Yuvraj’s comeback,  the Indian collapse all interspersed with a bit of Indian tadka – the Praveen Kumar rant and the Sreesanth antics.  A word must be said on the umpiring – while Erasmus has been inconsistent, Asad Rauf has been so accurate, its almost inhuman.

Day 3 will be key. So will Ishant. This day will decide who the winner of the Test will be, for this most certainly will not be Draw.

Cheers to Test Cricket! It is alive and kicking!



India’s tour of England 2011 – Why the tours of England are special

July 31, 2011

I’ve almost always had a rush of nostalgia when India is about to tour England. The green grass, blue skies, the contrast between the “Surf-excel-white” clouds and the tourquise blue of the sky, the picturesque grounds, the lovely breeze and the occasional sweater worn by the spectator adds an element of other worldly magic to the drama that is about to enfold. India’s tours of England have brought back some lovely memories that run back to the summer of’96. There are several such occasions – the World Cup 99, the tour of 2002 and the Nat West final to name a few. The tour of 2007 seems so fresh, I can recall many of details – Zaheer Khan and the jelly gate, Dravid’s tired captaincy, his struggle with runs, Wasin Jaffer’s lazy elegance, Dinesh Karthik’s rise to consistent 45-50 opener, Kumble’s century, Micheal Vaughn’s batting, Tendulkar’s struggles in the 90s, and what not.

Part of what makes this special is a rather mundane aspect – the time of play for the Indian viewer. You can come back from work, either on a high, or tired and drained of energy, and let your mind take on something completely different and to be engrossed in it. There are days when the cricket energizes you and days when it lets you lament.

Another tour is upon us. And this tour, as in 2007, is touted to be last of the greats of India’s batting – Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman. Thus the need to savor it is greater than ever before. One hopes that there is, somewhere in India, a kid who yearns to emulate their techniques and deeds!

England win series 2-0 against New Zealand

June 8, 2008

Now this is cricket. I could watch only the last couple of days (including a shortened one) of the third Test at Trent bridge, but it was worth it.

There was a sense of peace to watching this match. Almost nothing happens in a split second. There is enough time to notice the players, the umpires, the field positions, etc. After the IPL razzmatazz, it was almost soothing to see cricket as we traditionally know. Add to it the lush green outfields of England set against the blue sky peppered with grey-ish white clouds, and you have paradise.

Romanticism apart, it was good cricket on display from England. Anderson bagged 7 in the first innings and Sidebottom 6 in the second. The New Zealand openers were pathetic. Only Oram, in the second showed some spirit.

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:

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, 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 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!