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    Brett Lee in Asha's latest album

    Friday, December 29, 2006
    Brett Lee, who plays guitar for the Six & Out Band (the members of which include Brett's brother Shane and other NSW cricketers) now features in Asha Bhosle's latest album. Here is the song, courtesy YouTube.



    I'm impressed..

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    On the beach..


    Pix Courtesy: Bishan Samaddar (Varkala Beach, Kerala)

    That is a beautiful image taken on the sands of the Varkala Beach in Kerala. Please do keep Asad Rauf out of there. He would take the light-meter out and call off play in no time. Playing in the dark could be really dangerous to the umpires, you know. The batsmen these days use really heavy bats and given the ferocity with which they bludgeon and given the ultra poor reflexes of the aging umpires, someone could get killed. Agree with me Mr. Rauf? On a serious note, you have to give credit to the umpires for being consistent with the light-readings on all the days (of the Durban test).

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    cricket + youtube + orkut

    Friday, December 22, 2006
    Check CrickeM out. Lots of cricket based personal videos, some good ones and lots of goofy ones (Karnataka's opener Barrington Rowland and national selector Venkatpathy Raju also feature in a couple of videos)

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    1, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500 and 600

    700th is on the way..



    Noticed the fairly distinct changes in hair-style over the years..?

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    Warnie - Duncan Fletcher's replacement?

    Wednesday, December 20, 2006
    Courtesy: Daily Telegraph
    He liked the simple things like a pizza, a cigarette and a night at the casino.

    He had pretty simple tastes. And he loved his music. In the rooms he would always have a full music system with him. I don't know about his tastes in music. Boney M was one of his favorites as was ABBA.

    Warnie's announcement came as a bit of a shock but I think it is good that he has retired. He can take a step back and see where he is going and what the future may hold.

    I wouldn't be surprised if they offer him to be the England coach but we need to keep him here. Down the track he should be involved in our spinning stars of the future.

    With Shane Warne's retirement news leaking out a tad in advance, the former greats have already started choreographing the final ovation. Steve Waugh in the Daily Telegraph puts Warne way up there in the Cricket's Hall of Fame, second only to The Don and wonders if Warne would be offered the English coaching job.

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    Starring Mandira Bedi and Anil Kumble

    Tuesday, December 19, 2006
    Courtesy: India FM
    Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble will attest his acting skills on screen with a debut in yet another cricket-based flick Meerabai Not Out.

    Produced by Pritish Nandy’s PNC (Pritish Nandy Communications) and directed by award winning Marathi director Chandrakant Kulkarni, the movie also stars Mandira Bedi in the lead along with Anupam Kher, Mahesh Manjrekar and Eijaz Khan. Mandira’s husband Raj Kaushal, who has earlier directed Anthony Kaun Hai, will be the line producer.

    This is the second "cricketer in bollywood" announcement this month. Yuvraj in Love Story was the first. Unlike Yuvraj (and thank GOD for that), Jumbo would be playing a cameo and not as a main lead. With just a few more years of active cricket left in Anil's playing career, it is natural that he is lining up his options for his life-after-retirement. Guess, full-time acting isn't one of them (Director of a company like StumpVision sounds better)

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    Siliguri is in India and Potchefstroom is in South Africa..

    Harsha Bhogle, Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar try hard to get a few chuckles out of Sourav Ganguly in this interview after the third day's play at Jo'Burg.



    It was in one of these after-day's-play interviews in Zimbabwe about over an year ago that Sourav first spilled the beans that it is not all too well between him and Greg. And after what he went through in the past year, he is pretty cautious about what he says to the media.

    Also, watch the Blue-Billion Ad (it is in Hindi) that Sourav featured in while he was out in the wilderness. Here is the rough translation - "Forgot me? I used to feel bad and angry about what happened, why it happened and how it happened. I don't feel that way anymore. I'm trying hard to get back into the side and who knows, I might get another opportunity to wave my shirt in the air again. Whether I'm in the team or outside the team, I'll always say ooh aah India and support my mates in every single game. You do the same, my team mates will feel good about it. Wouldn't you listen to what your dada says?"



    He hasn't exactly got to wave his shirt in the air again, but he sure will sooner or later if the team continues to perform the way they did (and he contributes to the team's success the way he did) in Jo'Burg.

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    When second choice means fourth choice..

    Monday, December 18, 2006
    "Paul Adams is the only wrist spinner in South Africa with any sort of record but he has been brought in as the 15th member of the squad and I have no doubt he has some way to go to make the starting XI," - Haroon Lorgat

    At the start of the series, Boje was picked as the first choice spinner with Adams next in line. After Boje announced his retirement, the selectors somehow realized that Adams wasn't good enough to make it to the starting XI. So they first approached Claude Henderson, who duly rejected their offer citing county commitments. They somehow finally managed to rope in Paul Harris as the new first choice spinner in the squad. But then why is Adams still in the squad, you ask?

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    The "Don't mess with me, Nellie boy" dance

    There have been quite a few visitors to the blog in the last couple of days - most of them reaching here by googling for "Sreesanth dance". For those of you who are still searching, here is the video clip from Youtube. Sreesanth has been fined 30% of his match fees, but thankfully it wasn't for these gyrations.


    And this is what provoked him..
    Courtesy: DNA
    Sreesanth also disclosed what had transpired between him and Andre Nel which prompted him to break into a jig after hitting the lanky South African paceman for a six. “As soon as I walked in to bat, Nel said ‘I can smell blood, I can smell blood,” the Kerala bowler, who took a match haul of 8-99 to script India’s first Test victory in South Africa, was quoted as saying in Outlook magazine.

    “Then after beating me, he said ‘You don’t have the fire, man. You should have a big heart to play. You are like a bunny to me.’ He turned back and said it again ‘You are a bunny man and I will get you next ball,’” Sreesanth recalled.

    Nel changed the field for the next ball, moving the short leg fielder to deep square leg and telling wicketkeeper Mark Boucher that he would bowl a bouncer. “I am a fast bowler and was sure that he would bowl a length ball. I just took my chance and stepped out to connect the ball,” Sreesanth said.

    “I guess I just could not control myself when I saw the ball soar over the boundary,” he said, referring to his impromptu dance as he saw the ball go for a six.

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    Of discipline and punctuality..

    Sunday, December 17, 2006
    Courtesy: DNA
    Laxman, unbeaten on 42, and Sreesanth, chief wrecker with 5 for 40, were a little tardy in joining the team bus that was to take the players from their hotel Sandton Sun to the Wanderers, ten minutes away.

    But the team rules cannot, apparently, be bent for anybody. And the rule, a team official says, is that if 8:16am is the time for the bus to leave, then even if the players are standing in the foyer at that point of time, they will not be allowed to enter the bus.
    Greg Chappell wasn’t going to let discipline be compromised even for his overnight stars. So, the bus left without them and the duo hired a taxi that took about 10-15 minutes to pick up its illustrious customers

    I'm all for discipline and punctuality. But can't help wonder if the coach would have done the same thing if the hotel was about an hour away from the ground. Would he have then risked having Laxman, the over-night batsman get timed out?

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    Dumb Dismissal

    Monday, December 11, 2006
    Courtesy: Cricinfo
    Muralitharan was run out after completing a single which gave Kumar Sangakkara his century. His wicket ended the Sri Lankan second innings at 170, leaving New Zealand a 119-run target for victory, which they achieved for the loss of five wickets.

    After grounding his bat to complete the run, Murali turned back to congratulate Sangakkara. But the ball had not been ruled dead allowing Brendon McCullum, the wicketkeeper, to whip the bails off.

    McCullum did what he had to do and Murali ended up looking dumb. But what looks real funny for me in the whole process is Umpire Brian Jerling's gestures. The following clip will show Brian gesturing Murali to get back into the crease before the throw comes in. Surely, an Umpire can't do that..

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    Starring Yuvraj Singh..

    Friday, December 08, 2006
    Courtesy: Hindusthan Times
    For all the avid cricket fans and the young ladies smitten by cricketer Yuvraj Singh's charms, there is a good news. The dude is now all geared to make his debut in Bollywood.

    The macho man has decided to take off his career with veteran Prakash Jha's flick 'Love Story', which is an Entertainment One production.

    Hope he doesn't do his own stunts and gets injured (again) in the bargain..

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