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Chak De! Team India

The Australian tour has been a disappointment for Team India so far. Not surprisingly, expert opinion is out. And who are the experts? Well, in India everyone is a cricket expert and everyone thinks they know better than the person who steered India to victory in T20 and ODI World Cup, and achieve the top ranking in test cricket. The media is leading the batch of experts in highlighting the uninspiring performance of MS Dhoni in recent Test Matches. Some are even suggesting his replacement as test captain. Just 9 months back, we had documentaries across television channels and articles in print media praising the rise of a star from the state of Jharkand. Well, they will say they are just doing their job. There is nothing new in this trend. Captains go through such phases.
There is no doubt that Indian skipper has been going through a bad phase, but who else is not. Over the last one year, except for veterans Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, no other Indian batsmen has performed we…

Will Youngsters Make their Mark? Will We See Sehwag at his Flamboyance Best? Will the Master Blaster reach the Incredible Feat? Will Bishoo Turn the Tables on India? Upcoming Home Series Against West Indies Will Reveal All

After the victorious Bangladesh Tour, the West Indian team would be in high spirits, when they take on India in the first test at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which begins on 6th November. Caribbeans have been in the sub-continent for a month now, and that would help them in their battle against the Indians, which comprises of three tests and five One Day Internationals (ODIs). At the same time, the Indian team would look forward to continue the winning campaign. The World Champions bounced back after the disastrous England tour, by defeating England 5-0 in the ODI series at home. Dhoni's team for the first test is a combination of the veterans and juniors. In the absence of the turbanator, all eyes will be on the spin duo of Ashwin and Ojha as well as Ishant Sharma to deliver the results for India in the bowling department. It would be interesting to see whether youngsters Umesh Yadav, Rahul Sharma and Varun Aaron make the most of the opportunity to play for the country. Devendra …

Indian Grand Prix - Will F1 be the Game Changer?

India is all set to host the first Formula One (F1) Grand Prix. The success of the F1 racing event, would firmly place India, best known for cricket, on the world's sport map. It would open the door for organizing more international sporting events in the country, and encourage other sports as well. On the flip side, the cops will have additional challenge of stopping late night rash driving by youngsters on city roads.

The Wall Bids Adieu to ODI

Rahul Dravid, rightly called the wall of Indian batting, bid adieu to ODI with a swift 83rd half-century. Dravid has been one of the finest Indian cricketers of all times. The statistics speak for themselves. Only five batsmen have scored more than 80 half-centuries in one-day international cricket. He is among the eight cricketers to score over 10,000 runs in ODIs.  He is technically sound, has fine catching hands and is a remarkable team player. He played a key role in rebuilding Team Indian along with Saurav Ganguly and MS Dhoni over the last decade and has been a great ambassador of the sport. He showed remarkable character by handling the twin responsibilities of batting and wicket-keeping during the early years of the last decade, when India was struggling to find a wicket-keeper and getting the team combination right, before the arrival of Parthiv Patel and MS Dhoni on the scene.  It's now time for the likes of Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina to fill the gap and take Indian …

Will Team India Resurrect the Lost Pride

Just a few months back, Indians were on the streets celebrating the Cricket World Cup victory. The growing fear of recession, rising food grain prices, a massive anti-corruption campaign and lackluster performance by Team India in the ongoing test series has put cricket on the back seat. The hosts have completely dominated the test series and dislodged India from the number one ranking in test matches. With rain obstructing the first day's play of the final test, it remains to be seen whether RP Singh and Ishant Sharma are able to break through the in-form and highly spirited English defense. And even if they, top four Indian batsmen have to fire to resurrect some of the lost pride.

Marathon at Wimbeldon, upset in South Africa, India Wins Asia Cup: Breeze helps, 15 year wait ends

Far away at Wimbeldon, John Isner defeated Nicolas Mahut after 181 games spread over 3 days. However, fatigue overpowered Isner as he lost in straight sets to Thiemo de Bakker in the second round. It took only 23 games lasting 75 minutes for Bakker to defeat Isner, who made headlines after winning a 11 hour 5 minute battle in the first round.
Little closer, the Soccer World Cup continued to witness upsets as spirited Slovaks forced the defending Champions, Italy to take an early flight out of South Africa.
Away from the Soccer fever, something unusual happened in the sub-continent. India won the Asia Cup at Dambulla after a 15 year long wait. Now what was unusual about it? It's not the first Cup the Indians have won.
The unsual was the brilliant bowling display by the Indian seamers Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar and Ashish Nehra. Very rarely we get to see Indian frontline attack break through the opposition defence of the likes of Sangakarra and Mahela in their home ground. The tr…

France out of World Cup

Just a few moments back, France lose to South Africa 1-2. The defeat comes in the aftermath of a ugly crisis in the French Team Camp, something that could have been avoided. For the French and all their fans world over, its surely a great disappointment. There were runners up in 2006 and were expected to do well. The shocking defeat may lead to public outrage in France, something which is expected for the passion the game generates.

Nonetheless, as the saying goes "Darkness Could Only Give Way to Sunshine". Let's hope some remedial measures are taken, which may bring back the French glory in the months ahead.