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 on: February 26, 2017, 03:23:06 PM 
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Hi KKirank61................. great to hear from you. Would you like to join our Whatsapp group? You can interact with most of your old friends....including Ruchir there................... let me know..... I shall try to get you connected.

Same goes with Vincent............... everyone remembers you in our Whatsapp group. Will be nice, if you too join in...

 on: February 02, 2017, 08:17:07 AM 
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Nirmal Shekar, former Sports Editor of The Hindu, passes away

Nirmal Shekar, former Sports Editor of The Hindu and former editor of Sportstar, passed away here on Wednesday night. He was 60.

Nirmal, who was one of India’s most widely read sportswriters in a career that spanned more than three decades, joined The Hindu in 1980 and was with the institution till he retired on September 30, 2015.

He became The Hindu’s Sports Editor in 2003 and took independent charge of Sportstar in early 2012. In the early 1980s, Nirmal studied in the United States on a fellowship. He was part of the visiting faculty in the Asian College of Journalism at Chennai.

Nirmal became synonymous with The Hindu’s coverage of tennis, especially Wimbledon and he also reported extensively on big-ticket events like the Australian Open and Davis Cup.

His despatches on tennis particularly, and on sport at large, evoked the big picture, dwelling on the personalities of the sportspersons and the aesthetics of their game. His rich prose style had a legion of admirers. Many years ago, in an interview about his approach to writing, Nirmal said: “I don’t restrict myself to sports, but try and bring in a life’s perspective; try understanding the psychology of sports and fit sports into the wider context, rather than stick to the backhands and the cover drives alone!”

After his retirement, he remained a columnist with The Hindu. In his last published piece on January 28, Nirmal concluded with these lines: “But the truth is, nothing may be forever – except perhaps Bradman’s Test batting average of 99.94 – immune to evolution. And, sport is no exception.”

Nirmal is survived by his mother, wife, son and daughter. His funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon.


 on: January 14, 2017, 05:33:42 PM 
Started by ruchir - Last post by KKIRANK61
Hi Ruchir,
After a looooong time, 
Limited overs test could be a good idea, but we can allow some flexibility in innings duration rather than mechanically finishing all four inngs in fixed 100 overs.
Let there be , say, 500 overs per match in five days, ( why to cut one day of entertainment?), 250 per side to be utilized in two inngs together.

Take an example:  team A bats for 100 overs and make 350,

case I: B scores 600 in 230 overs ie 20 overs of B are still balance and they took  a lead of 250.
           A scores < 250 means A lost by inngs
           A scored 400 ie 150+ and consumed their quota of 150 overs,
           B need to score 150 to win and they have their balance 20 overs to do so.

case II: B scores 600 in 230 overs ie 20 overs of B are still balance and they took a lead of 250.
            A scored 450 ie 200+ and consumed 135 overs, 15 overs are unused.
           B need to score 200 to win and they have their balance 20 overs + 15 overs of A = 35 overs to do so. Thus B earned 15 overs more by                         .          restricting A under 250 overs.

case III: B scores 200 in 50 overs ie 200 overs of A still balance and they are behind by 150 runs.
             A scored 600 in 140 overs, 10 overs unused.
             B need to score 150+600=750 to win and they have their balance 200 overs + 10 overs unused by A= 210 to do so.

It may become interesting and challenging. But the fielding and bowling restrictions part need to be looked into. Even negative bowling, leg side wide, number of bouncers per over etc need to be controlled by correct rules. Can be thought and debated here.

 on: September 28, 2016, 08:16:11 AM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
Max Walker: former Australian cricketer dies aged 68
The former Test cricketer, whose unconventional bowling action earned him the nickname ‘Tangles’, had battled cancer post-retirement

 Cricketer Max Walker shakes hands with the Queen with the rest of his teammates watching on. Photograph: Central Press/Getty Images

Max Walker, the former Australian Test cricketer and commentator, has died at the age of 68. He died overnight following a two-year battle with cancer, it was reported on Wednesday.

Ian Chappell, Walker’s former captain and co-worker, told 3AW he had found out only days ago that Walker was “in bad shape”. Commentator Kerry O’Keefe tweeted that he was a “gentle ... decent ... respectful” man: “Vale T Foot!”

In a statement on behalf of Cricket Victoria, chief executive officer Tony Dodemaide said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of Max’s sudden passing today. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Walker family and their friends at this difficult time.”

“A gentlemen of his era, Max was able to be part of some moments that will be cherished forever in cricket history and will continue to inspire future generations.”

Dean Jones, the former Test batsman, said he was “so sad” to hear of Walker’s passing: “What a great cricketer, author and story teller. Ripper bloke whose smile lit up a room!” Jones signed off with the hashtag “#263” – Walker’s baggy green cap number.

Commentator Drew Morphett tweeted that Walker was “everyone’s mate”, while former all-rounder Tom Moody said he was a “wonderful man who gave so much colour to all our lives”.

“An unmistakeable bowling action, presence and voice,” tweeted Bill Shorten, the Opposition leader. “A humble servant of the game he loved.”

Walker made his Test debut in 1973 and took 138 wickets in 34 Tests as a medium-fast bowler. His unconventional bowling action – which he described as “right-arm over left earhole, legs crossed at the point of delivery” – earned him the nickname “Tangles” or “Tanglefoot”.

“Against a good player, you might only get one or two chances in an innings,” he told ESPN’s CricInfo magazine. “Once you’ve shown him what you’re going to do, it’s all over, you have to come up with something else.”

Gideon Haigh wrote that Walker was a “strapping paceman whose convoluted wrong-footed action ... was imitated in backyard games across the country”.

Walker’s performances in the 1972-3 tour of the West Indies, when he took 26 wickets to help win the series 2-0, and in the sixth Test of the 1974-5 Ashes series in Melbourne, when he claimed 8 for 143, are widely regarded as career highlights.

Cricket Australia (CA) CEO James Sutherland also paid tribute to the former star. “Max was an outstanding cricketer who played an important role in the emergence of successful Australian cricket teams in the 1970s,” Sutherland said in a statement on behalf of CA.

“The cricket world will be deeply saddened to hear of Max’s sudden passing. As a cricketer, with ball or bat in hand, Max was always fiercely competitive. He was a genuine crowd favourite wherever he played – and nowhere more so than at his beloved MCG, where he had also played senior football prior to his Test debut.

“On behalf of everyone at Cricket Australia our deepest sympathies go out to Max’s family, friends and all those in cricket who had the pleasure of dealing with him. He was a great character, with a big smile and positive approach to life. He will be sadly missed.”

After retiring from playing, he became a cricket commentator, media personality and bestselling author, including a stint as co-host of Channel Nine’s Wide World of Sports program. He was a member of the Nine Network’s commentary team between 1986 and 1991, and worked with the network until 1999, hosting the AFL Sunday Footy Show between 1993 and 1998 and presenting sport for Nine News in Melbourne.

“At Nine and across the game we have lost a genuine hero of Australian cricket with Max Walker’s sad passing,” said Hugh Marks, CEO of Nine. “He was terrific bowler as his Test record shows, but an even better bloke. He will be missed by the whole Nine family.

“Larger than life on and off the field, a huge character with that laconic, laid-back approach to sport and life. Just a big, cuddly colourful bloke whom everyone really liked – his opponents just as much as the rest of us. Max leaves an indelible signature on Australian cricket and its culture. He will be profoundly missed.”

Nine director of sport Tom Malone said: “Max was a pioneer of the industry, making the transition from elite sportsman to television host seamlessly. He was a true Aussie character, whose enthusiasm and love for life was infectious. He will be sorely missed. Max was and will always remain, a treasured member of the Wide World of Sports family.”

Walker was named a Member of the Order of Australia for his services to cricket and the community in 2011. He was born Maxwell Henry Norman Walker in Hobart, Tasmania, on 12 September 1948. He qualified as an architect in 1973 with a fellowship diploma in architecture from RMIT, and went on to practise for 10 years.

He also played 93 matches in six years of VFL football with the Melbourne football club, before giving up the winter game at the age of 22 to focus on cricket and his architecture career.


 on: May 16, 2016, 07:32:35 AM 
Started by Blwe_torch - Last post by Blwe_torch
Rest in peace....
India's oldest living Test cricketer is no more.....


 on: May 13, 2016, 03:45:17 PM 
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Lara credits Cozier's advice at 'turning point' in career

The death of Tony Cozier has been considered a loss cricket will mourn for a long time. Countless tributes have surfaced in the two days since his death due to illness in Barbados. Former West Indies captain Brian Lara, a legend of the game, also paid tribute, explaining how Cozier gave invaluable advice during a tough time in his career.

In 1998-99, West Indies were dismantled on a tour to South Africa; a tour which may not have gone ahead in the first place after Lara, captain at the time, and some of his players traveled to the UK instead of South Africa to protest against the allowances they were being paid and their unease with security arrangements. The WICB, in response, fired Lara and vice-captain Carl Hooper, and it needed an intervention from the South African board's managing director, Ali Bacher, and a series of meetings between the players, the WICB and the West Indies Players' Association in London to finally reach an accord. Lara was put in charge of the team again and South Africa whitewashed them. Only two of the five Tests went into the final day.

If West Indies thought returning home would bring them better luck, a world-beating Australian side bowled them out for 167 and 51 at Lara's home ground at Port-of-Spain in Trinidad. It was amid such tumult that Lara turned to Cozier.

"We shared a very important moment in my career, which for me was a turning point. It happened after returning from South Africa in 1999 after a 5-0 drubbing and a first-Test loss to Australia. I sought out the advice of Tony as I believed him to be the one person who had the first-hand experience to comment on where we were going wrong and what we could have done to arrest the painstaking slide," Lara told Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. "That conversation played a pivotal role in our winning the next two Test matches and drawing the series against the then best team in the world, Australia."

Lara went on to score 213 in the second Test of the series, setting up the side's ten-wicket win and followed it up with an unbeaten 153* that helped West Indies chase down 308 in a thrilling one-wicket win. Lara believed very few people may be able to replicate the steadfast dedication that Cozier had to serve the game and its fans.

"Tony was a living history book, who had the unique ability to bring to contemporary cricket commentary a deep sense of strategy and analysis, as well as decades of watching history upfront," Lara said. "He had lived it, he had worked it and he had absorbed it. That added a layer to his broadcasting, journalism and commentary that will be hard for anyone to match.

"His commentary was so descriptive, vivid, energetic and engaging, I could have visualised each ball, each over! I remember meeting Tony for the first time and it was as memorable as my first encounter with the great players at that time, such was his passion and love for the game."

Lara went on to add: "For 58 years, Tony devoted his life to West Indies cricket never once losing his passion, even amid the turmoil West Indies cricket sometimes faced.

"I offer my deepest condolences to all his loved ones. He will never be forgotten."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.


 on: May 11, 2016, 04:17:47 PM 
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Rest in peace TC! :notworthy:

 on: April 23, 2016, 07:16:14 AM 
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Arun Lal in recovery after battling cancer
   © AFP
Arun Lal, the 60-year old former India opener, is in recovery after battling jaw cancer and is hopeful of a return to the commentary box in "two months."

Lal's cancer, which he described as "rare and dangerous," was identified in January and he had to undergo intensive treatment, including a 14-hour surgery and replacement of his jaw.

"The symptoms were detected in time before I went through a rigorous treatment process," he told the Hindu. "Thank God, I have been able to hold my place."

Lal was known for his fortitude during a seven-year international career as well. He made six Test fifties for India - one on debut against Sri Lanka in 1982 and two against Pakistan in the same match at Eden Gardens in 1987 - and played his final matches for India on the tour of West Indies in 1988-89.

Lal struck an unbeaten half-century in the 1989-90 Ranji Trophy final as Bengal ended a 51-year wait for the trophy. He played first-class cricket until 1995 and was an active presence in club cricket for a further six years. Lal announced his retirement from competitive cricket at the age of 45.

Fifteen years later, having persevered through great personal trauma, he feels like he is starting anew: "Obviously it is like a new life. It was tough, but I am indebted to the fantastic job by the doctors."

Lal received "calls from close friends" to help with his recovery. Among them was Yuvraj Singh, who had fought against cancer in 2011 and has since returned to playing international cricket.

"I know what it feels like because I have been through this," Yuvraj said. "It's nice if you can share someone's pain and help him overcome it. I always try to understand the mindset of the patient because it mentally defeats you."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.


 on: April 19, 2016, 10:33:19 AM 
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Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar vaults into history

Nilesh Bhattacharya | TNN | Apr 19, 2016, 09.12 AM IST

KOLKATA: Dipa Karmakar took up gymnastics at the age of six on the insistence of her father Dulal, who was a weightlifting coach in Agartala, Tripura. She was scared of falling down and hurting herself but her father convinced her to persevere in the sport.

That decision turned out to be a life-changer for Dipa. On Sunday, the 22-year-old became the first Indian woman gymnast to secure an Olympic Games berth in artistic gymnastics at a qualifying event in Rio de Janeiro. A few hours later, she won the gold medal in the vaults final, the first time an Indian woman has clinched a gold in a global gymnastics event. Dipa is also the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the world's biggest sporting extravaganza after 52 years. Six Indian male gymnasts had last taken part in the 1964 Olympic Games in Tokyo. There was no qualification system in place at that time.

This is the story of how a little girl in tiny Agartala overcame her fear of falling down and hurting herself. Today, Dipa is busy planning how to make her leap more daring in the vault stage of the Rio Olympics artistic gymnastics, a move that could win her - and India - an improbable medal.
"She has sacrificed a lot in the past three years. Her dedication and hard work has yielded dividends," said Dipa's father Dulal.

Dipa's journey from Agartala to Rio is a truly fascinating one, although her string of recent successes in international competitions did point to something bigger. Like other 10-year-olds, Dipa interest in sports was limited to a few outdoor games in her locality in Abhoynagar, on the outskirts of Agartala. It was on the gentle goading of her father - a SAI weightlifting coach - that Dipa took up gymnastics.

Having become the first Indian woman to win a Commonwealth Games medal (bronze) in Glasgow two years ago (2014), Dipa also made it to the finals of World Artistic Gymnastics Championships held at the same venue. However, she narrowly missed out on an Olympic berth by finishing fifth when a podium finish would have sealed a Rio berth.

"She was disappointed after failing to seal Rio berth in the Glasgow Worlds last year. But she was determined to clinch it this time around," her mother Gauri said.
Although Dipa owes much to her SAI coach Bishweshwar Nandi for her success, she never lost focus and determination in the face of adversity.
An Arjuna Awardee, Dipa might have bagged five gold medals for Tripura each in the past two National Games, in Ranchi in 2011 and Thiruvananthapuram in 2015, but she had returned empty-handed from the Guwahati Games in 2007. She was so disappointed with her performance that she left for Agartala straightway without even meeting her father, who was also in Guwahati as a SAI coach then.
Even in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, with the qualification spot at stake, Dipa came up with 'Produnova' - a skill most gymnasts shy away from. It's a handspring double front vault but the manoeuvre requires perfect balance and great focus. One false step can lead to a bad fall and a career-threatening injury.

That Dipa became only the third gymnast to come up with a 'Produnova' during the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow only highlights the degree of skill and perfection that is required to pull off the feat.
Tripura gymnast Dipa named for Arjuna award
In Rio, Dipa's attempt at the 'Produnova' was not flawless, but it still yielded her the highest points among the 14 competitors.

Employed as a physical inspector at the directorate of youth affairs in Agartala, Dipa may stand just 5 feet tall, but the growing list of her achievements has forced one and all to sit up and take notice. Come August, Dipa, a final-year degree student at Women's College in Agartala, will return to Rio with renewed hope and promise in a bid to realize her dream of winning an Olympic medal.

 on: April 17, 2016, 03:03:56 PM 
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The rise of the West Indies women's team

Their World T20 title was thanks largely to their players gaining experience playing around the world, following the WICB's takeover of the women's game
Victory in Kolkata was like scaling "cricket's Everest"   © Getty Images/ICC

The unforgettable six-hitting spectacle that sealed West Indies' unlikely last-over conquest of England in the men's final of the World T20 in Kolkata transformed Carlos Brathwaite into an overnight superstar.

His consecutive 6, 6, 6, 6 demolition of England's trusted "death" bowler Ben Stokes, along with his unassuming, common-sense reaction to his sudden fame, has made the strapping Bajan the subject of television interviews and newspaper columns across the globe.

Had it been someone far better known, Marlon Samuels, for instance, for his unbeaten 66-ball 85 that earned him a follow-up Man-of-the-Match award to that in the 2012 final against Sri Lanka in Colombo, the fascination would hardly have been the same as with Brathwaite, a first-timer at the World T20.

The spotlight shone brightly as well on Stafanie Taylor, captain of the triumphant women's team and Player of the Tournament. The achievement by her and her team was in many ways even more significant than that of the men.

It provided an immediate injection of confidence and interest in the women's game, which, for a variety of reasons, has taken a downward path in popularity since Rachel Heyhoe-Flint, a former England captain, spoke of crowds of up to 6000 watching their matches against Jamaica at Sabina Park in 1967. Both the men's and women's game in the Caribbean can presently only dream of such numbers. The 2016 World T20 champions can anticipate increased attendances, if not quite 6000, when they next play in the Caribbean.

They have taken the public's imagination. They arrived in Barbados to be feted with official functions, organised motorcades and tributes from the schools they attended, or, in the case of 18-year-old Player of the Final Hayley Matthews, still attend. Those who went on to their individual territories found it much the same.

The West Indies Cricket Board took over the management and development of the women's game in 2005 from the Caribbean Women's Cricket Federation (CWCF). That body had been formed in 1973 mainly through the efforts of Monica Taylor, an indefatigable former player and business executive who had set up the CWCF's forerunner, the Jamaica Women's Cricket Association (JWCA), in 1966.

Even before the World T20, the WICB awarded ten professional contracts to the women. Taylor, Matthews, Deandra Dottin and Stacy-Anne King played for franchise teams in last season's Women's Big Bash League in Australia. With no issues yet with the WICB, and with Test cricket long since off their schedule, their presence back home is not mandatory for their selection for international matches, as it controversially is for the men. It frees up others likely to attract the attention of the increasing number of overseas domestic T20 leagues. Taylor and Dottin have already been engaged for England's inaugural Women's Super League this season.

For all the obvious improvement over the increasing number of multi- and bilateral tournaments home and overseas in recent years that elevated them to fifth in the ICC rankings, the women confronted the mighty Australians, seeking their fourth consecutive title, in Kolkata. It was cricket's Everest. Through self-confidence and flair, and boosted by the support of the men, who followed them four hours later, they reached the summit.

Their ascent was a welcome surprise. A repeat by Darren Sammy's team was far less so. Eight of the 11 who overcame Sri Lanka in the 2012 final in Colombo were again involved, five with valued T20 experience in the IPL and other domestic franchises.

The furthest the women had managed to go in previous ICC limited-overs tournaments was the final of the last 50-over World Cup, in India in 2013. They had beaten Australia on their way but the Australians ruthlessly crushed them by 114 runs with the peak in sight.

To go all the way, they first had to overcome the control on the women's game of Australia, England and New Zealand, where organised women's cricket dated back to the 1920s. Those teams contested their first Tests against each other in 1934 and 1935. West Indies had a long way to catch up; significant competitions for women only began in Jamaica and Trinidad in the 1960s.

The big three contested the finals not only in the four previous World T20s but also in eight of nine 50-over World Cups before West Indies progressed to their date with Australia in Mumbai three years ago. This T20 dominance of the triumvirate extended to individuals. Those teams provided all the previous players of the tournament, as well as those with the most runs, most wickets, and the players of the final.

Now Stafanie Taylor (with the tournament-highest 246 runs, and eight wickets), Dottin with the most wickets (nine, equal with New Zealand's Leigh Kasperek and Sophie Devine), and Matthews (66 and one wicket in the final) have finally broken the mould.

Six years after her West Indies debut at 17, Taylor is ranked the top allrounder in T20s by the ICC and No. 4 in the batting list. In ODIs, she is at No. 5.

"Batterer" would be a more appropriate label for the power-packed Dottin. Her unbeaten 112 off 45 balls against South Africa in St Kitts in 2010 is the second highest score in the five World T20s; the nine sixes were the most in an innings, the 248.88 strike rate the most devastating.

Anisa Mohammed, the crafty Trinidadian spinner, is rated second in ODIs and fifth in T20 bowling, Taylor sixth. Not that they were the only ones to send West Indies to the top; it was a combined effort. Britney Cooper's 61 from 48 balls, with five fours and two sixes, set up the close semi-final win over New Zealand; spinners Afy Fletcher (7) and Shaquana Quintyne (6) were behind only Dottin as the leading wicket-takers.

It is fitting that Taylor is from Jamaica, the birthplace of her influential namesake Monica, and the island that, more than any other, firmly established the women's game in the Caribbean in the 1960s. The Jamaica association's league and limited-overs competitions, as well as the teams, were sponsored, a concept before its time. It initially led to matches between Jamaica and Trinidad, where too women's cricket was well established. Monica Taylor's next move was to set up the CWCF, which instigated annual regional competitions.

The upshot was a West Indies Test team - shorter formats would take over later - that played its first series against Australia in Jamaica in 1976, when both matches were drawn. Tours to India and England followed. There have since been several more tours to all points on the women's cricket map, following the amalgamation of CWCF into the WICB, and the ICC's concerted resolve to globalise the women's game.

The West Indies women benefited from the exposure. Kolkata's Eden Gardens produced their eventual apogee.


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