ANKIT BANERJEE

Ankit Banerjee is working as a senior copy editor with HT Media Ltd apart from being an avid cricket lover since WC 1996 semi-finals. Has also won All India college cricket quiz 2011, held in Presidency College, Kolkata. He is also the founder of the ‘THE EDIT PAGE’. His cricket articles have been published in Zee, ABP and many other websites. Ankit is also never shy of admitting his crush for Virat Kohli.

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Lance Klusener: 9 interesting facts about South Africa’s 1999 World Cup Hero www.criclife.com/lists/chronicles/lance-klusener-9-interesting-facts-about-south-africas-1999-world-cup-hero-47753

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12 Brilliant spells by Ishant Sharma www.criclife.com/lists/chronicles/12-brilliant-spells-by-ishant-sharma-47423

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What’s the harm in an angry Ishant Sharma? www.criclife.com/features/opinions/whats-the-harm-in-an-angry-ishant-sharma-47728

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Ajinkya Rahane: A national treasure that needs to be protected i.indiaopines.com/ankitbanerjee13/ajinkya-rahane-a-national-treasure-that-needs-to-be-protected/

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Ajinkya Rahane has quickly metamorphosed himself to be a man for all seasons. Adored and respected by all and sundry, Rahane has learnt it the hard, gruelling way. On the sidelines for a real long time with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid holding fort for the country, Rahane endured protracted period of frustration waiting in the sidelines on the 2011-12 tour of Australia. He had lingered for a couple of months without a single outing. He also had to do the hard part, waiting for 16 months — from the time he was roped in the Test scheme of things in November 2011 to the time he finally got capped in March 2013. [Also Read: Ridiculous to make Ajinkya Rahane sacrificial lamb to protect holy cow Rohit Sharma]

Unsuccessful in his first Test at Feroz Shah Kotla on a tricky, wicked track did not help his cause. Rohit Sharma was backed instead and he capitalised with consecutive tons against the West Indies in the winters of 2013. That temporarily fizzled out Rahane’s chances.  At such a juncture anyone’s patience could have snapped. But Rahane had immense self-belief. He slogged it out in the nets, worked doubly hard and reaped dividends. With Tendulkar’s calling it a day, Rahane got another look-in which he cashed. [Also Read: Ajinkya Rahane should be groomed to be Virat Kohli’s deputy]

He scored 96 against the South African pace battery. He accentuated it with a few away hundred against the Kiwis in February 2014 and finally transformed into being a mainstay in Australia 2013-14. He and Kohli teamed up to play some breathtaking knocks; he also saved a Test at Sydney. Rahane is also a very safe catcher at slip, much like his mentor Rahul Dravid, and his world record catches recently is a possibly pointer of things to come.

For all his prove worth to the team, Rahane is the go-to man for anything others in the team won’t do or would prefer not to do —  much like Dravid was asked to. To protect the holy cows in the team, Rahane has been moved up and down the Indian batting order. But, like a true champion, he has delivered.

Rahane hit a purple patch both against South Africa and the Kiwis, slamming a hundred and a fifty in Wellington and Durban, respectively. Rahane was one of the few Indian batsmen to score quality runs on the tour of England in 2014. He tackled James Anderson & Co. very wisely and also scored a match-winning ton on a green top at Lord’s. Rahane had an impressive 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, during which he registered a gem of a hundred at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. He scored 399 runs in the four-match Test series. [Also Read: Ajinkya Rahane’s world record: How He Achieved It]

It’s time for the Team India management to treat Rahane like a treasure that he is and not destroy his career with callous treatment. Rahane is indeed a national treasure that we need to protect.

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)

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Clarke and Sangakkara: How they compare when weighed by numbers i.indiaopines.com/ankitbanerjee13/clarke-and-sangakkara-how-they-compare-when-weighed-by-numbers/

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The retirements of Michael Clarke and Kumar Sangakkara in quick succession has left a huge hole in international cricket in terms of proven class. [Also Read: Kumar Sangakkara: The most prolific batsman in 21st century]

There are, however, striking dissimilarities in the two retirements. Sangakkara went out when his cricketing stocks were still high. On the other hand, Clarke found his batting form had deserted him. The loss of Ashes against expectations made him take the honourable route to the exit than being asked to go. [Also Read: Michael Clarke: 31 memorable moments from his illustrious international career]

For Clarke, talent was never an issue but an ailing chronic back injury was. He was a master at playing spin. The way he batted in is debut Test at Bangalore in 2004, spoke volumes of his class. He smothered the spin by coming down the track and used the depth of his crease to cut. Proof of his prowess against spin is his record against the sub continental teams: 42 Tests (against India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan) and scored 3380 at an average of 51.21. [Also Read: Kumar Sangakkara gets emotional during his retirement speech]

In a Test career, spanning almost 11 years, he scored 8643 runs from 115 Tests at an excellent average of 49.10 with 28 hundreds.

Unlike Clarke, Sangakkara was in sublime form in the last couple of years. In 16 Tests since 2014, Sangakkara scored 1843 runs at 61.43, slamming five hundreds. He finished as the fifth highest run-getter in Tests, amassing 12,400 runs from 134 matches with 38 centuries. He also plundered four back-to-back hundreds in the 2015 World Cup, another world record. [Also Read: Michael Clarke: The agonising final stretch]

Let’s glance at some fun facts about these two stalwarts whose exits left the game poorer.

1.  Clarke’s highest in Tests is an unbeaten 329 against India in 2012, while Sangakkara’s best in Test is 319 against Bangladesh in 2014. However, Sangakkara leaves Clarke far behind in scoring double hundreds. Sangakkara has a whopping 11, just one short of Bradman, compared to Clarke’s four.

2.  In the fourth innings Tests, Sangakkara enjoys a batting average of 41.53 with two hundreds from 34 outings. While Clarke has scored runs at 31.90 getting a solitary hundred.

3.  Clarke has starred in 64 wins for Australia. And in those wins, his average 55.67 with 17 hundreds. Sangakkara has played in 54 wins for Sri Lanka, averages 71.69 in them and has 19 hundreds to his credit.

4.  In the 15 Tests that Sangakkara has captained, he has scored 1601 runs at 69.60. While Clarke in 47 Tests, averages close to 51.92. However, as a skipper, Clarke has won more accolades.

Each has had different tales, but love for the game is what united them and brought them under the same roof and got them to overhaul the challenges. Their place among the pantheons of greats is assured.

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)

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Kumar Sangakkara and Sachin Tendulkar: How they compare www.criclife.com/features/opinions/kumar-sangakkara-and-sachin-tendulkar-how-they-compare-45319

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Ankit Banerjee compares two contemporary legends of the game — Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara.


Next to Don Bradman’s ridiculous average of 99.95 comes Graeme Pollock at No 2 with 60.97 if we take the cut-off as minimum of 20 innings played in Tests. Juxtapose those figures with Kumar Sangakkara, before he commenced playing his farewell Test, now played at Colombo against India: 85 Tests as a pure batsman [not keeping wickets] in which he scored 9233 runs at a staggering average of 67.39. This one stat, in a sea of astounding volume of work in his career, is suffice to put the Sri Lankan among the pantheons of the greats. Had he not donned the big gloves in 48 Tests, Sangakkara could have enjoyed an even more staggering average. [Also Read: 15 memorable quotes by Kumar Sangakkara]

As he signs off in a few days’ time, it’s worth taking a look at his overs numbers prior to his farewell Test and see how it measures up against the great Sachin Tendulkar:

Sachin Tendulkar and Kumar Sangakkara in Tests

Players T I Runs HS Ave SR 100s 50s
Sachin Tendulkar 200 329 15921 248* 53.78 54.04 51 68
Kumar Sangakkara 133 231 12350 319 57.71 54.22 38 52

 

Sangakkara averges much higher than Tendulkar, but what is not evident in the above stats is the Sri Lankan’s consistency right through his career. Barring his debut year in 200 when he averaged 24.86 from four Tests, there has been just two calendar years when his average dipped under 40 — in 32.46 in 2005, and 39.45 in 2008. On the other hand, Tendulkar has experienced some inexplicable dips. In his last two years of cricket, Tendulkar’s form was ordinary. He scored at 23.80 in 2012 and 34.50 in 2013. Of course, one cannot forget the fact that Tendulkar career spanned much longer —24 years.  Sangakkara rides into the sunset when people are asking “why” and not “why not” because he is still a top gun in international cricket.[Also Read: Legend Kumar Sangakkara receives Guard of Honour in his last Test in Colombo]

 

Sachin Tendulkar’s home and away records

Home/Away T I Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Home 94 153 7216 217 52.67 22 32
Away 106 176 8705 248* 54.74 29 36

 

Tendulkar has not averaged below 40 in any country. His lowest average is in Zimbabwe —40. Throughout Tendulkar’s playing days, Australia were undoubtedly the toughest of opponents and excelling against them in their backyard was exceptional. The Little Master scored runs at 53.20 in the 20 Tests that he played Down Under.

Kumar Sangakkara’s home and away records:

Home/Away T I Runs HS Ave 100s 50s
Home 74 122 6780 287 61.08 22 25
Away 59 109 5570 319 54.07 16 27

 

Sangakkara has got runs all around the world, but there is wider gap between the home-away record than Tendulkar. In India, Sangakkara averages just 36.50 and hasn’t been very successful in South Africa and West Indies too, where he has scored runs at 35.75 and 34 respectively.

Pundits rate overseas performances highly than home, especially the in English and Australian conditions. While Tendulkar averages over 54 in England, Sangakkara has scored runs at just over 41. In Australia, Sangakkara averages over 60, but has played only five Tests compared to Tendulkar’s 20 Tests. [Also Read: One legend talks about another: Sachin Tendulkar hails Kumar Sangakkara’s batsmanship]

Also, Tendulkar has faced a variety of world class bowling in Australia: from Merv Hughes to Shane Warne to Glenn McGrath to Brett Lee to Jason Gillespie to Mitchell Johnson. He has mastered all. 

Sangakkara’s 192 at Hobart in 2007 is regarded as one of the greatest knocks played Down Under by a visiting player. With little more support from other batsmen, he would have won Sri Lanka the Test by chasing down 507! For Tendulkar, there is that hundred at Perth in 1991-92 season and the double century at Sydney in 2004.

 

Technically, Tendulkar is regarded as the game’s most complete batsman. Sangakkara too has all the shots in the book and more often than not made it count with his bat. He got those big double hundreds — he is just one behind Bradman. Tendulkar managed six doubles compared to Sangakkara’s 11. The elegant left-hander also has a triple hundred, something no Indian other than Virender Sehwag has achieved.

 

What works in Tendulkar’s favour is that he has faced the likes McGrath, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Brett Lee, Shaun Pollock, Allan Donald, Warne, Muralitharan, Curtly Ambrose and the others at their prime.

 

There can be multiple arguments presented to prove Tendulkar was the best, but Sangakkara camp can indisputable claim that the Indian maestro had the comforts of a batting line-up that comprised the likes of Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, Sourav Ganguly and Mohammad Azharuddin. For Sri Lanka, throughout Sangakkara’s tenure, the fortunes of the side relied on him and Mahela Jayawardene.

 

To put it in a nutshell: There is where little to choose between two men who were the finest by a long way from their respective countries.

 

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)

 

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UEFA Champions League play-off: Manchester United face tricky Brugge at home www.tensports.com/news/uefa-champions-league-play-manchester-united-face-tricky-brugge-home

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The UEFA Champions League storms back into action from Tuesday with English giants Manchester United eager to make a comeback to Europe’s most prestigious tournament as they face Belgian outfit Club Brugge. Having missed on the Champions League for the first time in 19 years, United have to dig deep to overcome Brugge to reach the 2015-16 group stage. With the first leg to be played at Old Trafford, Louis Van Gaal’s men hold an advantage but should be wary of Brugge’s prowess.

United’s last outing in the Champions League was an away 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich back in 2014 under manager David Moyes. More than a year gone, things have changed drastically for the English club, who now face a tough challenge to book their place in the elite competition. Honestly, United are the favourites to cruise and they are the frontrunners, having started their Premier League campaign in a solid yet unconvincing way. They have gained maximum points in 2 games so far played but have found it thorny to score against their two oppositions- Tottenham Hotspurs and Aston Villa.

In the first game against Tottenham, they had to rely on Kyle Walker’s own goal and had only a single shot on goal. Friday, United travelled to their famous hunting ground Villa Park to play Aston Villa and earned three points, courtesy Adnan Janujaz’s goal. Yet, there were no significant changes in their game-play from the first game and club skipper Wayne Rooney looked completely hapless. Talks have since started floating about Rooney’s form and the club’s toothless strike-force but Van Gaal looked adamant in the press-conference and backed his skipper to shine.

When spoken in the context of injuries, Phil Jones and Jonny Evans will be the only absentees on Tuesday. This means Van Gaal has no injury-problems and can field a strong eleven at Old Trafford. Moreover, the club will be boosted with Marouane Fellaini’s availability, who is suspended from domestic football after picking up a red card at the end of last season against Hull City. With a concrete squad set to be deployed on Tuesday, Van Gaal has every right to be optimistic but can witness a setback against the Belgian club.

Speaking of Brugge, they were the quarterfinalists in the Europa League last season and presently are Belgian Cup holders. They have a talented squad and manager Michel Preud’homme knows how to make the best use of his players. Oscar Duarte is a lynchpin for Costa Rica, skipper Timmy Simmons is an aggressive leader and Victor Vazquez offers an attacking flair. Brugge do not lack talent but at present will be without a less than dozen players, two out of them are Lior Refaelov and Jose Izquierdo, primary threats capable of dismantling United. Despite such odds, Preud’homme’s team pose a big challenge with their attacking play.

Failing to defeat Brugge will be a real shame for United, given the fact that the English club are out and out stronger than their opponents and above all hardly face any injury concerns. A defeat will raise numerous questions on Van Gaal and is certain to throw the fans into trauma. Van Gaal will hope to see his boys deliver a win, this time rather in a convincing manner.

United are tipped as favourites to win as they previously enjoyed a honeymoon period against the Belgian clubs at their den. But, it’s difficult to write-off Brugge, who prepare to take the Red Devils for the first time, in a quest to register shock and awe.

Tune into www.tensports.com to live-stream the match between Manchester United and Club Brugge on August 18 from 11.30 pm.

Other matches on Tuesday include Lazio up against Bayer Leverkusen and Sporting welcoming CSKA Moscow.

 

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Time for Ravi Shastri to deliver www.criclife.com/features/opinions/time-for-ravi-shastri-to-deliver-2-45002

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Ankit Banerjee dwells into Ravi Shastri and his KRAs following India’s loss in the first Test against Sri Lanka at Galle.

As the last nail in the Indian coffin was hammered at Galle, the cameras panned on the legend Kumar Sangakkara. At 37, playing his final Test at Galle, Sangakkara shot off the blocks for a 100 metres dash to be with his teammates. He was just handed a fabulous parting gift—an epic Sri Lankan victory that is now likened to the one India scored over Australia at Kolkata in 2001. [Also Read: Rohit Sharma squanders another opportunity; Cheteshwar Pujara best fit for No 3 slot]

The Riplesque act was largely made possible by Dinesh Chandimal, who was Sri Lanka’s VVS Laxman in the second innings. And, of course, Rangana Herath who cast a magical spell like Harbhajan did against Australia at Kolkata.

The Indians spoke of aggressive and fearless cricket going into the Test. India’s second innings run-rate of 2.24, in contrast to Sri Lanka’s 4.45 in the second innings, shows that the Indians did not translate their words into action. This is the same Sri Lankan side that lost to Pakistan very recently. Sri Lanka pressed for a win, while India were excessively defensive in their approach. The mindset Team India showed at Adelaide in December 2014 was missing. [Also Read: Will Shikhar Dhawan’s injury open the door for Gautam Gambhir?]

After losing night-watchman Ishant Sharma, India were two wickets down at 30 with 146 more runs to get. Rohit Sharma could have launched a counter-attack and taken the game by the scruff of its neck. For that matter, even Kohli could have been aggressive. But they were too dependent on standing firm on a pitch where the ball was turning square. Survival was tough and judicious attack was a wiser option. Once Rohit and Kohli fell, India were staring defeat in the face. [Also Read: Murali Vijay’s absence will hurt India in the first Test against Sri Lanka]

The questions that need to be asked: What is the role of the Team Director Ravi Shastri? Ravi Shastri doesn’t need to teach the boys how to wield the willow. The likes of Kohli, Rohit, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan are accomplished batsmen on world stage. So, by the looks of it, Shastri is here to nurse their mental side of the game. Results, however, does not show him in good light.
A miserable one-day series in Bangladesh and now a lacklustre beginning to the Sri Lankan series, the Indians right haven’t really excelled under him. A galaxy of mistakes at Galle saw India lose, the goof-ups are being repeated and that is stressing out Indian cricket fans. Rohit has failed to evolve, Wriddhiman Saha has not learnt from his mistake at Adelaide and the top order, minus Murali Vijay, does not look good to counter a tricky situation upfront during a chase.

This team is brimming with potential. In conditions where the wicket offered copious spin from Day One, India had the machinery to take 20 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin has the repertoire and has been in a zone. Amit Mishra can be a tormentor on a given day. Harbhajan Singh’s return added spice to the attack.

Decision Review System (DRS) would surely have won India the game, but that doesn’t solve the problems. It would be interesting to know how Cheteshwar Pujara feels when Shastri continues his praise of Rohit despite repeated failures. [Also Read: Enough of DRS drama; India now needs to look beyond]

Did Gary Kirsten have to enlighten the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly on how to bat? Maybe, Kirsten knew that there were things he could learn from these veterans. He was a better manager than a coach. And that is the need of the hour for this Indian team.

In an interview, Tendulkar once said that under Kirsten they had the belief of breaching the 400-run barrier as well. This is exactly what is expected from Shastri, give lesser interviews and concentrate more on the team, for the team. Kirti Azad got it spot on when he wrote: “Shastri is a great talker, but talking alone does not deliver results. It is not surprising why the cricketers want Shastri to continue as mentor-cum-coach instead of a hard taskmaster as coach. The stage was set by the players of the previous years.” [Also Read: Ravi Shastri talks; Rahul Dravid delivers]

Shastri might have all the support from Kohli, but the question that Indian cricket fans and followers are keen on is: When will he start delivering results?

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)

 

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Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited Recruitment 2015 for 5 Supervisor Posts www.prepsure.com/news/bharat-heavy-electricals-limited-recruitment-2015-for-5-supervisor-posts/

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Application has been invited by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Mysore for recruitment to Supervisor posts on fixed tenure basis. Those who are interested and eligible can apply online. The applicants will be selected on the basis of their performances in examination.

The official notification has been published in their official website and the supplications should be sent on time. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, owned by Government of India, is a power plant equipment manufacturer and operates as engineering and manufacturing company based in New Delhi, India. Every information about the recruitment is there in their official website www.careers.bhel.in.

Total Number of Posts: 5 Posts.

Name of the Post:

Supervisor Posts.

Pay Scale:

Candidates would be getting a salary range of Rs.24, 670 p.m.

Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates should have Diploma in Engineering or Technology in Electrical / Electronics / Communication / Instrumentation / Computer Science with at least 60% marks (50% for SC/ST) in aggregate of all the years/semesters from recognized University/ Institution.

Age Limit:

Candidate’s age limit should be 33 years as July 31, 2015.

Selection Process:

Candidates will be selected on the basis of test and followed by a personal interview.

Important Dates:

Last Date for Receipt of Application forms: September 12, 2015.

Application Process:

Candidates should apply online through their official website www.careers.bhel.in on or before September 12, 2015. No other means/mode of application will be accepted. After submission of online applications, candidates are required to take a printout of e-Application form and send it along with DD, copies of testimonials for proof of age, educational qualification, work experience, community, age relaxation etc to AGM (HR), Bharat heavy Electricals Ltd. Electronic Division, P.B. no. 2606, Mysore Road, Bengaluru- 560026.

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Pramodya Wickramasinghe: Six facts about the Sri Lankan fast bowler www.criclife.com/lists/chronicles/pramodya-wickramasinghe-six-facts-about-the-sri-lankan-fast-bowler-44614

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Gallage Pramodya Wickramasinghe, born on August 14, 1971, in a hill town in Matara, was a Sri Lankan who bowled gentle out swingers. He picked up 85 wickets in 40 Tests at a not-so-flattering average of 41.87. His career was marred by shoulder injuries which eventually cut short his playing days. Ankit Banerjee taking a periscope view of a few rare moments that neck-laced his average career at the international arena.

1.  All 10

Pramodya Wickramasinghe recorded the historic feat of claiming all wickets in an innings when he took 10 for 41 against Kalutura YCC. And that too in a limited-overs game.

2.  Barren run

Sri Lanka had a dream run at the 1996 World Cup which they won. Sadly, Wickramasinghe remained wicketless.

3.  Underwhelming

Wickramasinghe picked 109 One-Day International (ODI) wickets in his career. But, quite unbelievably, it came from 134 ODIs over a period of 12 long years.

4.  100th wicket

His 100th ODI wicket was the prized scalp of Andy Flower, one of world’s best batsmen then.

5.  Loggerheads with Malinga

As a former selector, Wickramasinghe revealed all the backdoor issues while questioning Lasith Malinga’s integrity in a public forum.

 

 6.  3-fifers

Wickramasinghe managed three five-wicket hauls in a Test career spanning 12 years.

(A cricket geek to the tee, Ankit Banerjee smokes and snorts it all day long. The romance with the sport incepted since the 1996 World Cup semi-final. He is a winner of the 2011 edition of the All-India college cricket quiz.)

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THE INDIAN JOB REALITY: CAUGHT IN-BETWEEN ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/04/the-indian-job-reality-caught-in-between.html

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I am specifically going to expand on the work scenario in India, because in the West, every job is looked up to. Unlike in India, where jobs are minimal, and potential seekers are more. Let me present to you a classical case. 

 

He is working in a reputed organisation with less pay. The person has got an offer letter from a not-so-well known organisation, but here the pay is handsome. At the back of his mind he is looking to switch, given the moolah involved, but his peers ask him to stay off that offer. Let me also enlighten you on the fact that he is working thousands of kilometers away from his hometown.

 

The problem here is, his parents who are situated so many kilometers away, cannot figure out his situation and instead unknowingly ask him to get deeper in the hole of congestion.

 

What happens next? The person is forced to get sandwiched in a serious dilemma.

 

This in turn affects his work, where he feels his abilities are being under-utilized.

He soon starts feeling like he is a misfit in the reputed organisation he is working for. This affects his work, and slowly but unknowingly he is slipping towards a possible termination. At the end of the day what happens is that he loses his present job and he does not have a job at hand. He is experienced so he cannot apply anywhere and everywhere so opts to remain unemployed. Months keep passing and now things have taken an ugly turn.

Yesterday he confessed to commit suicide.

 

Now, to all you parents out there, hope this will shake you up!

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Virat & ABDV of cricket= Messi & Ronaldo of soccer ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/04/virat-abdv-of-cricket-messi-ronaldo-of.html

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You must have been caught offguard when you came across this header. But I can promise you that if you really come to think of it, you will realise I am not off target. Virat, Abraham DeVilliars, Messi and Ronaldo have all been instrumental in redefining the dynamics of the respective sports they play.

 

The rate at which Virat and AB slam tons is unheard off, the Sunil Gavaskars of cricket would have never even had the audacity to dream this. On the other hand, Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal goalscorers for their respective countries and clubs.

 

The four have been receiving awards almost every year setting new benchmarks. These are men who thrive under pressure as they absorb pressure easily. Virat Kohli and DeVilliars have reached a new horizon just like Messi and CR7. These are two cricketers who have mastered all the three forms. Now, you may ask, why has Sangakkara been eluded from the list? The answer is, Sanga is not a genuine match-winner in T20’s.

 

So what does it take to scalp such heights, maybe discipline. Virat and AB, like Messi and CR7 are always the most feared players. On their day, they will not give you a second chance. Another feature that forces me to draw this weird comparison is the consistency; it is unbelievable how consistent these modern day gems are. They attribute it to rigorous practice. Another distinct feature about these sporting super-humans is that they float; they are flexible and are ready to play in any given situation and position.

 

All the four super athletes have had their share of injuries and problems. Messi was weaker on his right foot, CR7 was a bit too creative for others to cope up, and hence he changed his game accordingly. Virat has had shoulder pangs in the past and DeVilliars has had injuries. What again strikes out loud is the way they screamed back to the big stage, with the ease only they can exhibit. They are winners and have no negative bone in their anatomy. Another similarity I vividly notice among the four is they are always aggressive and on the face of the opposition all the time, in most cases they end up strangulating their oppositions.

 

 

The fans surely know there is much, much more yet to be ushered.

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VIRAT KOHLI ‘MENTALLY UNFIT’ FOR TOP-JOB ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/04/virat-kohli-mentally-unfit-for-top-job.html

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Throughout the tour Australian Summer Down Under (Test, Tri-series and WC 2015), Virat Kohli looked like a player on a different zone and the entire team was playing catch-up. I could probably draw parallels between Kohli and Messi, both want to be showmen. Actually, it is a tricky situation. CR7 was a misfit according to some ManU players, because they could not play his brand of football, hence the team collapsed. Cricket, like football is a team sport and combining well the key to success.

Virat Kohli epitomizes the Delhi attitude on field. He is a true badass, on and off the field. During his press conference he throws his weight around, vows to sledge when the entire team wants to focus on the game. We are not Aussies, we are not traditional sledgers, then why try doing something we are not masters at.

On field he looks to pick up a fight at the drop of a hat. Cricket matches can never be won by sledging, that is not our strength and we should not focus on that. I agree MSD was defensive in his approach during the semis, but that is a part and parcel of the game. There are days when you are taking the right decisions and find yourself ruling the roost, but you do not look the change the entire psyche of the team.

Even the shot he played during the semis proved that he does not have the temperament for the biggest stage of it all. As a viewer you must have felt that it was an ego-shot that saw the back of Virat. At that crucial juncture, after you have been blessed with a solid start he should have been looking to milk his way in with singles and twos. The bouncer was heading away from Kohli towards first slip and you knw it is a high risk shot with high probability of a top edge, he should simply have avoided or ducked the bouncer. There is no place for ballooning egos in the gentleman’s game and next time he dons the tri-colour he should keep this at the back of his mind.

There were two or three incidents which were good enough to prove that Virat is not ready for the top job. The dressing room brawl with state-mate Shikhar Dhawan, then there was the Mitchell Johnson spat which created panic in the dressing room and the last and the ugliest the ‘foul-mouthed’ Kohli, remember the way Virat lambasted the innocent journalist. These should be reasons enough for the team management to realize MSD has to continue and Virat has to wait.

Cricket in India is already in thick soup with allegations and controversies flying left, right and centre which also means the future of the beautiful game is at stake. After swallowing all these I am sure BCCI will wait and watch before passing the mantle for the top job to Virat.

By skill standards the brash Delhi-ite is at MT. Everest, but to create a Sachin-like aura he has to mature and not play a kid whose candy has been whacked from underneath his pillow.

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VOICE FROM LEFT VENTRICLE OF WHORE-DENS ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/03/voice-from-left-ventricle-of-whore-dens.html

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This is fiction, ladies and gentleman. I thought of it putting myself in her shoes. It is because did not want the real name to be spilled hence, I am donning that role. Brothels/ Whore dens are not only homes to sex workers, brothels are graves of several dreams and aspirations, they are the cremation grounds where several hope, desires, futures are cremated every day. In these cremation grounds a girl dies every moment, every second but there is no one to mourn over the loss. There are several voices of various kinds which can be heard in brothels like of a little child weeping who is trying to find her mother, of a female screaming of pain, giggles of young girls and loud music. But still if you look closer into the eyes of these young girls, of that child weeping and that woman screaming you will be able to notice that horrifying silence which will not let you sleep.
 
I am 18 and yes, this is my home. I live in a brothel with my mother and my 3 sisters. My mother is a sex worker, a prostitute, a whore, a call girl. She is been working constantly for us ever since I remember. She works whole day to get us manageable lives. Recently, I also joined the family profession yes, I am also a prostitute but an educated one. I have better clientele than my mother. I am writing this to take you through our lives and give you a perspective into what we do and why we do it?
 
My mother was sold here by her own father when she was 15 because he was an alcoholic. She still remembers fairly when as a teenager, how dirty she felt when a man of around 45 years of age touched her for the first time. She was scared to the hilt and screamed throughout, but her voice dint reach anywhere. She was bleeding profusely that day and had bite marks all over her body. After her first encounter she still remembers that she was lying on that bed for next few hours like a dead loath of meat. She had realized by now that this is her fate. Such encounters became too normal after few months and by now she had accepted her life and had even started smiling, giggling and dancing with the other girls.
 
But her smile, those giggles were short lived because soon she realized that she was expecting. Though for a girl of 16 years of age pregnancy is nothing but a freedom of 9 months from menstruations but soon she realized that she will be responsible for a life in few months. Obviously, she dint know who my father was and could not expect anything from anyone. But I can’t even complain because none of us children in brothels know who our fathers are and honestly we don’t even care because we are a result of their sexual satisfactions and nothing more. We understand very early in age what a sexual satisfaction is unlike other children of our age because that is the biggest reason of our existence. Coming back to my mother, she worked day and night to raise us, to give us education and a perspective in life. I am glad that now I can help her, as a year back I also joined this profession.
 
Looking back at my mother’s life and my future ahead I have several questions in my mind. Why does brothels exist atoll? Who are they for? Why are we blamed for them? Why are we seen with that stink in the eye? Why are we not part of you all? Why are we an abuse, a taboo, a black spot to the society? Aren’t we the result of sexual desires of this society? Don’t we exist because you need us? Yes, we do paid sex but who pays us and who needs us at the first place?
 
So, finally one question, WHO IS TO BE BLAMED FOR THIS?

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Saina ”The wonder girl” ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/03/saina-wonder-girl.html

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Badminton over the years has never attracted significant attention in Indian sports. Cricket being the unofficial national sport of India, has always hogged headlines. It is surely ‘the ultimate’ for an Indian sports lover. Even a Vishwanathan Anand winning the World Chess championship five times never brought about a significant rise in the popularity of the sport. Honestly, how many of us actually knew it? The answer would be a handpicked few. The other side of this story is different; ask an Indian how many times has India won the Cricket World cup? The majority will jump the trigger and say 1983 and 2011, and if one doesn’t know the right answer he would be out-casted as a non Indian citizen. Then there is a huge question that would pass our minds, ‘why is Saina Nehwal so popular’? She is by no stretch of imagination related to cricket, then how is she the sporting toast of the nation. Possibly the answer is London 2012, or maybe because she hails from the city of of Md.Azharuddin and VVSLaxman or because her name is quite identical to Sania(Indian Tennis player). Whatever be the answer, currently she is the queen of the badminton world, especially, after her success at London where she won bronze, followed by the Denmark Open win. Then let us dig into the reasons of why sports lovers across the country drool about this Hydrabadi girl.

Ace schuttler Saina Nehwal was born on 17th March 1990 in Hisar District, Haryana and is a sensational badminton player currently ranked number 3 in the world by the Badminton World Federation. Saina is the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships and the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She won a Bronze medal at the 2012 London Olympic, becoming the second Indian women to win an individual medal at the Olympics. She is supported by the Olympic Gold Quest.

 Her love and romance with the sport started under the apt guidance of S.M. Arif, who was a Dronacharya Awardee, and her proud coach. She is currently coached by Indonesian badminton legend Atik Jauhari along with former all England champion and national coach Pullela Gopichand as her mentor. Being born to Harvir Singh Nehwal, who is a scientist at Directorate of Oilseeds Research and Usha Nehwal, who is a former Haryana state champion; Saina Nehwal has always received the support of her family members. She surely has given India an identity in the world of badminton. Super Saina comes across as a girl who possesses the, ‘devil-may-care’ attitude. On court she is like a tigress to say the least, and looks like a human creature possessed. Immense self-belief, perseverance and confidence, separates her from the crowd. Doesn’t her wrist work with the drop shots remind us of Md.Azharuddin or a VVS Laxman? There is surely something about these Hydrabadi’s, they are special just like the Hydrabadi Biriyani.

 It is said that talent without hard work is of zilch use. Sensational Saina followed a tough routine at a very early age. As an 8 yrs old, Saina followed a very tough training schedule where would travel almost 50kms a day. Such was the intensity of her relationship with the sport that she was sponsored by Yonex, a sports equipment manufacturing company, at the age of 12. Did you know she is a brown-belt in karate? That possibly gives her an advantage over her competitors. Karate helps one to attain super reflexes and that in turn increases her mobility on court. She has undoubtedly revolutionized the sport of badminton.  

Her rise to the top also means that many will now take to the sport seriously, as a career option. Ace badminton player Saina Nehwal has almost as many titles under her belt as her age. Well, that is how incredible and amazing this ‘revolutionary’ is. She is ‘revolutionary’ because she has also become the face of the women sporting fraternity in India. Her achievements are colossal. Will the nation ever see someone ever achieve half of what she has achieved? As of now let us just bask in the glory of her success and say its ‘Set, Match and Championship’ to the queen from India.

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Tete-e-tete with Nagender Chindam: Crusader of NRI voting rights ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/03/tete-e-tete-with-nagender-chindam.html

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Nagender Chindam, the original petitioner in the NRI voting case and the crusader who made the NRI population heard in the portals of the Supreme Court of India for casting their ballots online, is a family man who refuses to rest on his laurels. He finds himself bemused by the sudden attention — be it his colleagues or long lost childhood friends who cannot stop congratulating him on his achievement.

 

The 33-year-old NagenderChindam is the founder and chairman of Pravasi Bharat on whose petition the Supreme Court of India cleared the decks for NRI voting rights. Chindam, originally from Hyderabad and currently living in Milton Keynes, the UK, obtained his mechanical engineering degree from National Institute of Technology, Warangal. He founded Pravasi Bharat in 2012 as a campaign group for NRI voting rights. 

 

In an interviewon the eve of his visit to India for an important hearing in the case, he is both jubilant and positive on the outcome of the NRI’s voting rights case.

 

Excerpts from his interview:

 

  1. A) So, who is Nagender Chindam? A family man or a revolutionist? How do you create a balance between family life and Pravasi Bharat campaign?

Honestly, I wouldn’t have achieved this without the support of my wife as she takes care of my kids whenever I am out for Pravasi Bharat’s event. She doesn’t even complain when I spend more time on Pravasi Bharat’s event instead of home. Luckily, being a well educated lady, she understands the importance of every vote; her moral support during the tough times was my strength to move forward.

Actually, these days, it is getting really very difficult to balance work and professional life, and in our case we have to manage personal lives  and our job abroad (in my case as a Software Consultant) and additional work for the social cause at the same time– It was same with every core member of Pravasi Bharat, we had to spend day and night  and our weekends for the cause. Sometimes, it was very difficult to manage – As a family man, it is expected that you take your kids out at least during weekends/during their holidays.  It used to be extremely difficult when the events of Pravasi Bharat were clashing with family events.  My older son Srimaan Chindam was very supportive whenever I used to tell him to take out some other time.

It was hard. But I did my best to balance both – Whenever I said that Pravasi Bharat is my baby – my wife used to say that it’s more than your baby because you focused much more on Pravasi Bharat’s event rather than our kid’s birthday celebration. I’m quite thankful to my wife and the core team of PB who gave me an immense support and shared responsibilities when it was needed the most.

I am a family man, staying with my wife and two little boys (The elder one is 5 years old going to school while the little one is only 2 years old) in a family home at MiltonKeynes, UK. My mother used to visit us hardly once in 6 months. We have our family house (parents) in Regimental Bazaar, Secunderabad – it’s a small house that has only one room, we still own it and preserved it as well.

 

B)How did the movement start?                                                                                                                           I  started the movement with the very basics by creating a website,  Facebook page, online petitions and writ petition drafts for the Supreme Court of India. I started researching absentee ballot policies all across the world.Being an Indian citizen, I wrote so many letters to the heads of all major employers, requesting them to allow and aid their employees to exercise their fundamental right.I wanted to approach the Supreme Court way before  starting the campaign group, but it was important to put valid points before the proceeding.We used the step by step process to form our core team and  held our first demonstration on August 31, 2012, urging the Government of India to provide an absentee voting option for NRIs.Through the high commissioner’s office in London,we submitted the petition addressed to the prime minister of India and the Election Commission of India In October 2012, taking inspiration from Gandhiji’s Salt March, we organised a London March as a form of protest. We submitted our petition to the Supreme Court first in February 2013. Last month, the court asked the government to assure that our right to vote is ensured within eight weeks.

  1. C) What were the main reasons that inspired you to start the movement?                                   Being a software engineer living abroad, i realize that most of the professionals were not using their right to vote due to busy work schedules or their location. Even I had not exercised this right myself. According to me, every vote is important in a democracy. As a proud Indian citizen living abroad, it was really  very unfortunate that I was unable to vote in Indian elections unless I was in the country.                                                                                                 Gandhiji, Dr Ambedkar were both non-resident Indians during their lives and would’ve potentially missed the opportunity to vote in times such as ours.The only  area where we needed to and certainly could improve was one of increasing our voting percentage. Back in 2009, it was only about 59 per cent in India, which I felt very low.
  2. D) According to you, what aspect of the movement proved to be the most important in this victory?                                                                                                                                                                    In 2014, when the general elections were only a few months away, I went on a three-day hunger strike that ended on Republic Day  in front of the Gandhi statue at Tavistock Square. For someone who eats rice three times a day, it was a tough three days.There are about 10 million Indian citizens staying abroad, and with 543 parliamentary constituencies, this means an astonishing average of 18,000 votes per constituency may get polled from abroad. These additional votes, if polled, will obviously play a crucial role in providing greater representation to the public in our democracy. I thought ‘If India can reach out to Mars, can’t it enable its citizens abroad to vote?’

 

  1. E) How does a simple software engineer feel about the sudden attention from the media all across the world?

What made me much happier was obviously the achievement of absentee ballot for more than 10 million people.The media really gives you a sense of pride and connect. For example, some childhood schoolmates/friends who had never been in touch with you for more than a decade – but send you a message through Fb/twitter congratulating once they got the news…and person from remote village somewhere in India whom you happened to meet 20 years ago but get in touches with you with warm greetings….It happened. Thanks to media for spreading the news & the importance to each and every corner of the world.

 

  1. F) What will be your agenda after this victory? 

At the moment, we will continue our work as the watchdogs for this issue until the postal ballot is successfully implemented. We will watch the process as EC would do pilot implementations first and then spreads it to the General elections in future. Our next job is to urge all eligible NRIs to get registered and utilise their valuable votes without any hassle.

And as a Pravasi Bharat campaigner, we always took up the social battles for good cause, be it a protest against the Delhi rape incident, contributing to Kasmir flood relief – we did our best and we will continue to do the good work within our best abilities.

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AMIT SHAH: THE ARCHITECT BEHIND MODI’S RISE ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/

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Even two years back if you vividly remember BJP was still not looking like the party which will lap up a clear mandate with patriarch LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi helming party affairs. But three months pre LS 2014, and you just knew there was one party and one man, the name was Narendra Damodar Modi. To be honest there was not even a close second. How did the BJP world take such a globbertrottish turn? The answer is Amit Shah.

An old friend of Modi from the RSS days, he knew the game. He knew how to number crunch, and how to turn the tide. Well, the result speaks volumes. Whenever, Modi-Shah have combined to work in tandem, they have always hit a purple patch. The consecutive Gujarat victories of Modi proved more than a point. But, 2014 was the big stage, a platform where Amit Shah did not have any prior experience of. Yet, he always managed to niche a perfect platform for Modi to swoon audiences. Rallies after rallies, never ending press conferences, arranging the mob, Amit Shah went from pillar to post to get things in order for Modi to take centrestage.

So, who is Amit Shah?

First up he is Modi’s right hand man. Shah on record is a shady figure. He was accused of engineering two fake police encounters in 2004. He was hence also forced to resign and that was followed by his arrest. Shah still maintains his initial stand and says he is not guilty and was framed.

He then returned to Gujarat and won the elections in 2012. This is when the game-plan started, the game plan to throw the corrupt Congress out of power.

Fast forward two years and today Amit Shah is the chief of the ruling party of a country which has a whopping population of 1.25 billion people. He was also instrumental in architecting the U.P win. A victory, which will go down in the history books as ‘one to remember’ because BJP has always been snubbed by the UP’ites. Today, Amit Shah has a bigger role to play and we wish him all the courage and luck.

 

 

 

 

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SIX-IEST EVER WORLD CUP? NOT REQUIRED!! ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/

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This according to the pundits and pitch curators is set to be the sexiest World Cup ever. That is because they purely took into consideration the number of sixes that would be hit in this mega spectacle. The pitches this year in the southern hemisphere are mostly drop-in pitches, not the typical Australian pitch, where the ball bounces ferociously, darts in and out unpredictably and  the pace is tremendous, unlike low puffy, dusty Indian pitches.

This generation is growing up to heavy bats, smaller grounds, excessive fielding restrictions, the helicopter shot, T20. Is this helping cricket? This question can attract a real difference of opinion. But as I am the author hence I will use my powers to let you know that the balance between the bat and the ball has widened immensely. This surely is not good news for the beautiful old game.

In the past, it was unheard of teams surpassing the 400 run mark. Today, even with so many runs in the bank you are not guaranteed a victory. Rohit Sharma hits two double tons in ODI’s, ask even the great Kapil Dev in 1983, even he would have formed a very poor impression of your cricketing IQ. This is reality and this is modern day cricket, where even if you are not technically sound you can survive. Class and quality take a back seat. Bowlers today are scared to pitch the ball up to get it swing, hence a quality Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram possessed could go extinct like the art of leg-spin almost has.

In NZ, with grounds designed for rugby being used for the WC, the boundaries in certain portions of the ground would be ridiculously smaller than the others and the batsman would target these areas and that will force them to play agricultural shots. What happens next? We lose out on watching a gorgeous cover-drive or an all-along-the-ground straight drive back past the bowler.

This cricketing scenario tickles me to parallels with the Indian Bollywood, which has turned from being a trade of rich art to being a trade of sleaze and sex.

 

All this analysis brings me to the moot question again; do we go to the grounds or get glued to our T.V sets to watch just sixes or something more?

 

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Conundrum over WC format; 7 recommendations to save our so-called religion ankitbanerjee.blogspot.in/2015/03/conundrum-over-wc-format-7_16.html

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Cricket has not re-invented itself ever, like it has this time round in the Land of Oz. That day is not far-off when we would see teams chasing scoring 500 and 400 being chased easily. A TV presenter rightly said the other day, that like the English alphabets begin with A,B,C,D, cricket begins with A,B,D,V. So, true! Going at seven per over is considered, ‘OK’. Boundary acrobatics are considered normal, and the extra fielder inside the 30 yard during middle-overs is suicide for bowlers. This is making survival of a bowler in a batsman’s world difficult.

We must think bigger instead of smaller. We must plan a competition that truly expands the game, and keeps it vivid in people’s minds for ages. We must architect a World Cup that takes cricket to new horizons of exposure and support.

It is the time to capitalise on the confidence of the underdogs and push them into the spotlight for good. With T20 becoming the ideal format for domestic cricket globally, this is the age where the game can truly expand.

After extensive debates with knowledgeable cricket lovers, it finally boils down to this. I have zeroed in on 7 recommendations that may bring the perfect balance to the game:

  1. BOUNCE’EM THRICE: Three bouncers an over may help. This will keep the batsman guessing and hence slogging every ball may end, and class may take over.
  2. OLD SCHOOL, 4 IN 5 OUT: Let’s force batsmen to rely on singles and twos and earn his boundary. This will also allow spinners to flight the ball otherwise the art of spin is slowly but surely evaporating.
  3. 10 TEAMS, ROUND-ROBIN: The group stage this year WC 2015 is like a foreplay session, teams getting warm and generating hunger for the knock-outs. If the 10-team format is followed then, it will help the associate nations immensely in improving their standards. Honestly, Zimbabwe and West Indies do not deserve to be test playing nations. Ireland does, here is the irony.
  4. THE 40-OVER FORMULA: The existing 40 overs competition, with most matches played on Sunday afternoons, is more popular with spectators than 50-overs cricket, which require a morning start, because their commercial considerations which have to be taken into account. Here the overs should be completed by 160 minutes.
  5. ‘A’ SPINNER MANDATORY: This has to somehow be made mandatory or else my son/daughter will never witness or counter spin all their lives. With heavier bats, smaller boundaries spinners are becoming the fewer and fewer. Like the ‘Save the Tiger’ campaigns all across the world ICC should think of spinner saving campaigns as well.
  6. INCREASE THE QUOTA OF OVERS: Allow 12 overs to one bowler and 8 to the other and the rest can be fixed at 10 mandatory overs. This will allow the best bowler of the opposition, to get a longer crack at his opposition making things a wee-bit difficult for the batters. This will bring balance of some degree to the table.
  7. UNIFORMITY OF BAT WEIGHTS: There should be a rule in place, that bats should not weigh more than a certain figure or else you will see Gayle sending the ball to orbit whereas others will not even come close.Simple reason: the grounds, much like golf courses around the world, are struggling to contain the ball in the field of play. Sixes are struck now with ease. Mis-hits for the maximum are common. The bowler is at his wit’s end. Any more grand technology to the bat and the game will become alien. So let’s fix to a certain dimension and weight and use that as the limit.

 

If some serious introspection is done, I am sure the game will benefit and our religion will remain untarnished and holy.

 

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This according to the pundits and pitch curators is set to be the sexiest World Cup ever. That is because they purely took into consideration the number of sixes that would be hit in this mega spectacle. The pitches this year in the southern hemisphere are mostly drop-in pitches, not the typical Australian pitch, where the ball bounces ferociously, darts in and out unpredictably and  the pace is tremendous, unlike low puffy, dusty Indian pitches.

This generation is growing up to heavy bats, smaller grounds, excessive fielding restrictions, the helicopter shot, T20. Is this helping cricket? This question can attract a real difference of opinion. But as I am the author hence I will use my powers to let you know that the balance between the bat and the ball has widened immensely. This surely is not good news for the beautiful old game.

In the past, it was unheard of teams surpassing the 400 run mark. Today, even with so many runs in the bank you are not guaranteed a victory. Rohit Sharma hits two double tons in ODI’s, ask even the great Kapil Dev in 1983, even he would have formed a very poor impression of your cricketing IQ. This is reality and this is modern day cricket, where even if you are not technically sound you can survive. Class and quality take a back seat. Bowlers today are scared to pitch the ball up to get it swing, hence a quality Kapil Dev and Wasim Akram possessed could go extinct like the art of leg-spin almost has.

In NZ, with grounds designed for rugby being used for the WC, the boundaries in certain portions of the ground would be ridiculously smaller than the others and the batsman would target these areas and that will force them to play agricultural shots. What happens next? We lose out on watching a gorgeous cover-drive or an all-along-the-ground straight drive back past the bowler.

This cricketing scenario tickles me to parallels with the Indian Bollywood, which has turned from being a trade of rich art to being a trade of sleaze and sex.

All this analysis brings me to the moot question again; do we go to the grounds or get glued to our T.V sets to watch just sixes or something more?