Surf it All! Surf it Fast!

Cricket is a force like no other in our country. It’s like a religion in India. People from all walks of life with different age groups just love the game. It tempts us to skip so many things, be it work, family get-togethers, force us to bunk tuition and sometimes even cancel a date. Don’t take me wrong, I have actually seen people postponing their dates and even rescheduling their wife’s shopping outing just because of the match.

Even famous Aussie journalist Peter Roebuck once said – “On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”

From this you would have got a feeling of how BIG Cricket is in India. 

I still remember the recent semi-final world cup match between Ind vs Aus on 26th Mar, Thursday. It was a usual day in our office but most of the people were in no mood to work that day because of that match. Australia batted first and scored 328 runs on the board. While India got a good start but they lost their way in between resulting in a disappointing heartbreaking loss. Here are few pics of our office staff while cheering the Indian team from the very start. Yes, it led to a decrease in our work efficiency but who cares if India is playing a crucial cricket match and that too in a world cup.

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This was during the office hours but there are times when you’re outside and want to catchup with the match but because of the low internet speeds, you just can’t and it builds up a kind of frustration. Recently I’ve downloaded UC web browser and was really surprised with its speed in loading videos and web-pages. You can Surf it All, Surf it Fast with UC Browser, it’s faster, easier to use with seamless transitions. It also features UC Cricket which is a space dedicated for every cricket fan, connecting them to the match wherever you are.

Do checkout this cool video featuring famous cricketer Yuvraj Singh. This video shows that slow browsing speeds and downloads are a real pain sometimes. And how Yuvraj Singh solves this problem for a fellow victim of slow browsing. #YuviSurfsUC

And if you want to know more about UC browser, do visit this web-site http://www.ucweb.com/ for more details. Android users can download the same from this page. If you want to join them on Facebook and Twitter, you can do it here and here respectively.

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What’s fuss about DRS?

[tweetmeme source=”akhilsethi” only_single=false] These days we’ve been hearing a lot about DRS which is nothing but the Decision Review System. According to wikipedia, it is a new technology based system currently being used on an experimental basis in the sport of cricket. The system was first introduced in Test Cricket for the sole purpose of reviewing the controversial decisions made by the on-field umpires in the case of a batsman being dismissed or not.

Let’s come straight to the point – Why there is so much fuss about DRS these days?

Mainly because all the other test playing nations except India has welcomed it and is ready to make it a part of the judgement system. So, why does it matter too International Cricket Council (here-after ICC) as only one country (India) is opposing it? It is largely because of the consistent opposition by the world’s richest & powerful cricket board – Board of Control for Cricket in India (here-after BCCI).

What India wants?

BCCI or India wants the system to be totally error-free before it gets into the system. Even in the past, players like M.S Dhoni and Sachin Tendular have posed questions on the credibility of the system. Doni showed his anger during the world-cup match against England where Ian Bell was given not out when ball was clearly hitting the stumps. And, Tendulkar is saying that this system should include the hotspot and snicko to be full-proof.

India has also been under a lot of criticism from the Cricketing greats like Geoff Boycott and even from the current England player – Chris Tremlett. Even the ex-coach of Indian Cricket Team – Gary Kirsten praised the DRS system.

My opinion – I think India should not be too much rigid in adopting this technology when the other countries have taken a positive stance for it. Ultimately, it’s a thing that is helping to improve the umpiring decisions. The other technologies like hotspot & snicko are very expensive and there is a more likelihood that they will not be adopted in the countries like Zimbabwe or Bangladesh where their cricketing boards can’s afford. There is even more likelihood that BCCI will get isolated from other boards & will be criticized for the same.

What do you think? Does India’s stand against the DRS justified? Whether the other big test playing nations like Australia, England take a stand against India?

Additional information – Decision Review System guidelines from ICC

Sources:

a) Espnstar Cricinfo, b) Wikipedia, c) ICC, d) Telegraph newspaper UK

Cricket-crazy Country

[tweetmeme source=”akhilsethi” only_single=false] This post is dedicated to my passion – Cricket. I had a chance to witness some of the mesmerizing moments when I was coming from a friend’s place after India’s win over Sri-Lanka in the world-cup.

These photos were taken by me during my way back to home:

Simply Awesome!

A Champion Side

[tweetmeme source=”akhilsethi” only_single=false] It has been a long time since I have written a blog post, courtesy to my job and the fact of not able to find a relevant topic to write a post. At last I decided to write on a topic or a field that I like the most. It’s Cricket, the game that each and every one loves in India, it’s a kind of religion & if I am not wrong Sachin is the God in India. But this post is not about the nation’s love for Cricket or either Sachin or the Lalit Modi Saga that is going on and on……..!!

What makes a team to be a  champion

This post is about a simple question i.e. whom do you think the best team in the world. Cricket purists will argue that it’s not the right question as Cricket itself has 3 versions now. The tests, the ODIs and thanks to Englishmen & Modi jee, T20s. But my point is why there has to be three best teams in respective formats, why can’t there be a single one coz to be best you have to prove that you are the best in the game irrespective of the format of the game. Yes, the players of the team should be talented/able enough to change their style of play according to the format to become the part of best team in the world.

Yesterday I watched two T20 world cup matches, one was the highlights between Australia vs SriLanka and the other one was the Semi-final between Australia vs Pakistan. In the first match (Aus vs SRL), Australia were 5 down for just 67 runs at the end of 11th over and when I looked the last score, it was 168/5 at the end of 20 overs. It means they scored 101 runs in the last 9 overs without losing a single wicket, courtesy Cameroon white & Mike Hussey and when I checked the last score, it was a heavy 81 run heavy defeat that was being handed over by Australia (SriLanka all out at 87 in the 17th over).

Then there was the Semi final match in which Pakistan batted really well to score 191, all thanks to Akmal brothers & Salman Butt. I thought Australia would not be able to chase this big score considering the wickets are on a slow side in WestIndies, but as they say…..Cricket is a game of glorious uncertainties and here I was visiting yet another turnaround by Australians. They needed 70 runs from last 5 overs and then 48 runs from the last 18 balls, (for every ball 3runs) which I thought would be next to impossible, but Mike Hussey had some other plans……..!! Then came the last over in which Australia needed 18 runs, but thanks to 3 big sixes and a four by Hussey, the match ended with a ball to spare. In the end he made 60 runs of just 24 deliveries (or I can say 15runs per 6 balls) which is something extraordinarily remarkable and Australia chased the score with one ball to spare. That is what a champion side is, which can bounce back from this kind of situation. This hasn’t happened for a single time, we all know how good the Australian side is..!! After the retirement of Warne & McGrath, I thought Australians have lost all the firepower to be a champion side, but they proved me wrong……..with the cricketers like Hussey (Mike not David :P), White, Jhonson, they are a side which still hold the firepower to become no. 1 in all formats of the game.

Friends, we all know that Australia has that image problem, (in)famous for all the sledging that they do, but still as far as playing the game is concerned, (in my opinion) they are the best…..!!

What do you think, will Australia be able to reach the no.1 position in all formats of the game or not..? They are still third in the test rankings and first in the ODI rankings.

Another important thing that I want you to contemplate upon is what makes a champion side, what ingredients are required, the domestic infrastructure or the selection criteria, what determines the success, what’s your opinion…??

State of Pakistan Cricket

My second post is dedicated to my passion i.e. Cricket. In this post I’ll be talking about one of the best cricket teams in the world (or at least that used to be), i.e. Pakistan, regarding its current state of affairs and what can be done to improve it.

Having won the ICC T20 World cup in 2009, the current state of Pakistan Cricket board and its team is really bad. Pakistan in recent times has been marred by various controversies and terror attacks which had adversely affected the state of Cricket in Pakistan. Citing few is the change of its captains in the last year itself from Shoib Malik to Younis Khan, then to Mohammad Yousuf which again has raised some doubts after the recent Australian tour where Pakistan lost all the matches including 3 tests, 5 One-day matches and one T20, leading to 0-9 whitewash. Then resigning of its chief selector, dropping its Coach (Intikhab Alam) after the Australian series had done nothing good to improve the state of affairs. The poor state of domestic cricket infrastructure, bureaucracy is also contributing to its current state. As a result of all this, Pakistan has now being ranked 7th in test and ODI rankings both.

In my opinion, Pakistan Cricket Board should first list down the problems that it is facing and then try to find out the solutions of it. Problems regarding generating revenue (as PCB is on the verge of bankruptcy because of all the cancelled tours) or improving the infrastructure should be given prime importance. The attack on the SriLankan team last year has removed any last hopes for a home-series in near future. Even ICC stripped Pakistan of 2011 world-cup matches because of safety & security concerns. Few steps that can be taken are off shoring all the matches (may be to Dubai, or even US) which will boost the cricket sentiment & invigorate the sport itself. The Board do need to take some long term plans to revitalize Cricket in the country as there will be no international Cricket in near future, therefore the board need to focus on improving the present infrastructure of the domestic Cricket. Also Getting Pakistan players to play in domestic tournaments in their country would be another good way to keep their cricket system alive. This will also motivate youngsters to take this game as a career.

As i sign off.. i would like to leave some issues in the open for your contemplation as it will encourage discussion …. and will be a feature of all my future posts:

Whether ICC should help the board (financially or by some other means) to solve some of the above problems or not…..??

What steps should PCB take to improve the present state of condition..??

Whether Other Countries should step-in to resolve some matters or not…??