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Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Saturday, November 8, 2008
The Ticket Conspiracy :
When we reached the stadium, our first job obviously was to buy tickets. We searched for the ticket counter but when we asked for second day's ticket, what we had to hear was that we have to buy complete five day's tickets(although one day was already over). People there were highly frustrated by this policy of Vidarbha Cricket Association(VCA) as many of the fans there came for one day only. They were there for Dada only and had travelled a lot. There was some local news channel(UCN News i guess) which was taking interviews of all such fans. We thought of cursing the VCA a bit but then when we saw the news channel's name, we changed our decision and then headed to buy the tickets. We had to buy the tickets for all five days although later on we came to know that we could sell our tickets for the rest of days to the people who 'll come the next day and for the deal, as usual we had the dalals there.
Poor Security System at new VCA Stadium:
After buying the tickets, we headed towards the stadium buying an Indian Tricolor on the way. We had a bag full of blank posters, markers, our digicam and other similar stuff.. When we entered the first gate(Gate No. 3), a lady police told me that we could not bring the plastic rod of the flag with us in the stadium because of security reasons. I took the flag and dropped the rod there itself, then they asked me to switch off and switch on my mobile phone there. I did that too. But then they asked us not to carry the bag with us and now it was a bit frustrating for us. We ignored what they said and kept on going. They did not even bother to check what is in the bag. They did not even check if there is anything our pockets or not. I could not find a single metal detector with the security people. Anyways, we crossed Gate 3 and we had to cross the final entrance to the stadium, Gate for the F-1(West Wing). We thought that there will definitely be some checking on that gate but again the policeman asked me to switch off the mobile phone and then switch it on. I asked him why all this switching off and on business and he replied that it is because these days terrorists are using mobile phone triggered bombs. I don't know what would have happened had I been a terrorist carrying the mobile phone triggered bomb. This was for the first time I entered a public place without being checked by some metal detecting device.
The Match :
Finally we entered the stadium. The match was about to begin in ten minutes of time. RP Singh was trying his hands on batting, probably was making strokes in someone's bat. Then suddenly an almost empty stadium started echoing with the claps of very few specators as Billy Bowden and Aleem Dar entered the ground followed by the Aussies. Then entered the one for whom we were there, Our Prince of Kolkata with his new captain Dhoni. One could easily hear the chants of "Dada ... Dada" from different sections of crowd. The day started with one brilliant shot from Dada for which he got 3 runs on a slow outfield of new VCA ground. Although there was not much of a crowd but whoever was there, was cheering for Dada. Dhoni too was on the crease and at the beginning of the day was scoring runs at a better pace than Dada but still the cheers were reserved for Dada only with few rooting for Dhoni in between.
The SIX :
When Dhoni was scoring some quick runs, Dada slowly and steadily moved into 40s. Krejza started his over and suddenly on the very first ball, we got to see something for which we were there. Dada stepped out of the crease, gave ball a bang and lofted it over the bowler. Billy danced his hands up and up in the air to signal it a six and we all went crazy. Dada was proving his mettle yet again but this time for nothing, may be for himself and for his fans.
The Drinks and the Half Century :
After the vintage six, Sourav took a double and single on the next two balls and moved to 49, one short of the half century. Then we had to wait for drinks break to get over before we could see him complete his 35th test 50. Munaf carried the drinks for Dada and Dhoni whereas a Foster bottle shaped drink van with few girls carried the drinks for the fielding team. We were looking at the Indians all the time. Dada and Dhoni moved away from the pitch and in the throbbing heat both took the shade. Dhoni sat there while Dada drank orange colored juice. Then Munaf called one of the foster girls there; she chatted with munaf for a while and then with Dhoni. I asked Piyush to take the pic of Dhoni with the girl but suddenly the girl turned to Dada and the pic got clicked.
Soon after the drinks end, amidst the chants of "Dada... Dada", the 50 for Sourav came up with a glorious shot.
Me on TV :
When Dada was on 49, we had a cameraman focusing on the crowd of our stands. As soon as Dada reached his 50, we all went crazy, started dancing, waving the tricolor, and cheering Dada for his fifty. On the next delivery, Dada showed the ball the way to the boundary which energized us even more. When I was jumping and shouting for Dada, one of my juniors called me up and said "Tomar aap abhi TV par dikhe". I told this to everyone who was standing there with me and then we started shouting towards the cameraman for more footage of us.
Don't know if that was intentional or instantaneous but once Dada was on strike and we the fans on F-Stand were chanting "Dada ... Dada" like anything. Dada looked towards our stand and on the very next ball he swept the ball for a four towards the boundary near us. I'd like to remember it as an intentional shot from Dada for his fans
RP Singh's Middle Finger :
During the lunch, RP continued his batting practice which he was doing at the beginning of the day. Robin Singh was bowling to him. It was a casual practice with Robin Singh throwing balls at RP and RP giving a gentle push to them. We were getting bored as there was nothing much to do during lunch session. So we started shouting at RP, "batting se kya hoga? ... bowling seekh" and we kept on irritating him with similar comments. One of his shots came towards us, he came to the fence to pick the ball, smiled and then showed his middle fingers to us with both hands. We started shouting "Once More... Once More". So he repeated it again.
Dada again was looking solid in the series and this time more aggressive. He was all set to score a century in his final test, similarly the way he hit in his debut test.
But all the hopes came to an end when Clarke took a brilliant catch of Dada off Kreza. Dada fell 15 runs short of his century. A narrow miss to a finish that could've been a perfect one. Dad a moved back to the pavilion. But suddenly before stepping out of the ground, he stopped, turned back and watched the TV replay again. He knew that he was out but he did not want to leave the ground. Full of pain of missing a great opportunity, Dada did not forget to raise bat for his fans who were giving a standing ovation for the brilliant knock he played in his last test.
Whenever Bhajji was hitting a boundary, VCA people played the song "Singh is Kinng" on loud speakers
Mishra Ji Bowling karao
Amit Mishra seemed to be a completely confused man, a new comer indeed. Dhoni sent him to field near our stand and we started shouting his name. Many times he looked at us and we rotated our arms asking him to go and bowl and in reply he also showed us hand as if saying "abhi karaunga". This happened many times and once when he was interacting with us, Dhoni was shouting at him to change his position a bit. After that, every time he came near the stands, we shouted "Mishra Ji Dhoni Bula raha hai".
Sms your message to the given number and that message will appear on the giant screen, VCA had this system for the fans sitting out there in stadium. More than 90% of the messages which flashed on the giant screen were for Dada and he too was not disappointing his fans. He kept looking at the screen for the messages. There was a message for Dada from someone from the East wing stand and it said "Dada please look at the East Wing once". Dada read the message and then turned to the east wing and waved his hand towards the fans over there.
One message was "Billy, We love You". But Billy did not notice it and then Dada called him and pointed towards the giant screen to read the message. There were lots of messages from the guy carrying the banner of Dada representing the Orkut fans of Dada, Ankit. The messages were appearing by the name "Bannerboy Ankit". One of the Message was "Dada, You will always remain my GOD"
Dada and Katich's Bat
The crowd wasn't making much noise when India was fielding but whenever Dada stopped any ball or just picked it up from the ground, everytime everyone present there in the stadium clapped for him. By the clap sounds only, you can easily guess that Dada has fielded the ball.
The Nagpurian Schoolboy
The last 15 minutes, When Dada responded to my poster :
We had a great time when Dada was batting but the frustration built on when Dada kept fielding at the fence(R-East Wing) that was diametrically opposite to our stands(F-East Wing). Ishant Sharma was fielding at our end and we were repeatedly shouting at him asking him to go there and to ask Sourav to field at our end. But as expected, all went in vain. Last 20 minutes of game were left and I really wanted to have a close look at Dada. I asked Piyush if we can reach the R-East Wing somehow and he said "Let's Try". We packed our bag from there, with a poster in our hands, moved out to the stadium and reached the Gate to the R stand. Thanks to the poor security system of VCA Stadium, nobody stopped us in doing so. Only the one who was checking the tickets at the entry asked us for the ticket. We requested him to let us in there in the R wing as dada was there and he agreed to it. We entered the R-stand which was almost empty with only 15-20 people there. I straightaway reached the fence with a poster in my hand saying "Thanks Dada for this TEAM INDIA".
Dada was turning back towards the boundary when I started waving the poster asking Sourav to read it. Dada did not disappoint me as he read the poster first and then gave a look at me, bowed his head a bit giving a welcome gesture for the thanks in the banner. At first, I could not believe what went on there but then someone from the back said "Dada ne tumhara poster padha" and another guy standing at some distance from me on my right asked me to show him what was written on the poster. I was jumping like a kid who gets a chocolate from his father. That was one of the best moments of my life.
We clicked a few pictures of Dada from there and then the battery of our camera got discharged. We asked Dada to go for the bowling and were reminding him of Toronto where he took 5 wickets but that turned out to be the last over of the day and with that it was Stumps for the day.
As a memory of Dada's last test, I have kept the tricolor I used during match, the gate pass to the stadium and the poster to which Dada responded, with me.
for the pics, you can go to
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
AWARDS TO SOURAV GANGULY
- Arjuna Award -1998 For outstanding performance in cricket
- CEAT Cricketer of the Year 99-00 , Cash prize of 5 lakh rupees and a trophy
- CEAT Indian Captain of the Year 01-02 For outstanding achievement as leader
- Award for Cricketing Excellence 2003 Presented to men who made "the difference"
- Padma Shri 2004 4th highest civilian award in
- Rammohan Roy Award 2004 For outstanding performance as captain
SOURAV IN WISDEN
- Sourav has 4 of his innings in top 100 ODI innings declared by Wisden Cricket and 3 in top 25.
21)Ganguly S C 141*
Indvs SA, 2000, . Nairobi
24)Ganguly S C 141
vs Pak, 2000, Adelaide Oval. Ind
25)Ganguly S C 183
Indvs SL, 1999, . County Ground
71)Ganguly S C 153*
vs NZ, 1999, Captain Roop Ind
- Sourav has 3 of his innings in Top 5 ODI innings played by Indian batsman as declared by Wisden Cricket.
2) Ganguly S.C 141* 196.71
IndiaVs South Africa
Gymkhana Club Ground Nairobi
4) Ganguly S.C 141 194.35
5) Ganguly S.C 183 194.07
IndiaVs Sri Lanka,
County Ground, . Taunton
SOURAV IN ODIs
· Fastest to reach
multiples of 7,000,
8,000, 9,000 ODI Runs.
· Second Fastest after
Viv Richards to reach
6,000 ODI Runs in 147
Innings and Sachin
Tendulkar to 10,000 in
Sourav Ganguly... reaching the 10,000-run mark.
· Sourav is the highest run scorer
in the world in the
calendar year of
1997 - with 1338 runs
1999 - with 1767 runs
2000 - with 1579 runs
in 1998, he was the 2nd highest
total run scorer in the
world after Sachin Tendulakr.
Sachin scored 1894 runs while sourav scored 1328
Which means he ruled the world cricket in batting
for 4 years.He scored 1114 runs in year 2002 also.
· Holds the record, shared withMahendra Singh Dhoni,
for the second highest score by an Indian cricketer
in an ODI — 183, against Sri Lanka in 1999.
· Held the record, shared with Sachin Tendulkar, for
the highest first wicket partnership for
ODI match, 258, against Kenya in 2001. This record
was bettered by Sri Lankan opening pair of Jayasuriya
and Tharanga in 2006 at Headingly.
· Was involved in the first 300 run ODI partnership
with Rahul Dravid.
· Sourav with Sachin tops the list of Highest overall
partnership runs by openers with 5799 runs(17
hundred runs partnership which too is a record).
· Sourav with Sachin tops the list of Highest overall
partnership runs by a pair playing at any position
with total 7417 runs(22 hundred runs partnership
which too is a record) till date and while his
partnershipship with Rahul Dravid is on the 5th spot
in this list with a total of 4245 runs.
· Sixth on the all time list with 30 man of the match
· First Indian to score an ODI century against
Australia in Australia.(who says he is afraid
of fast tracks :P)
· Sourav is among those 9 cricketers of the world who
scored a century and took
4 wickets in the same match.
He first scored 130* and l
ater took 4/21 against SL
in 1999 at
· Sourav is among those 12
cricketers of the world
who scored a half century
and took 5 wickets in the
same match. He scored 71*
and took 5/34 against Zim
in 2000 at
· Sourav Ganguly in ICC World Cup 2002/03
scored a total of 465 runs and this performance is on
5th spot in the list of Most runs in an series by a
captain with unfornately Greg Chappell topping the
· In Feb 2005: Climbed to the number 3 spot in the list
of most sixes hit by a batsman in ODI with 168 sixes
in 247 matches.
· Sourav jointly(with Mark Waugh, Sachin Tendulkar and
Ricky Ponting) holds the record of scoring maximum
number of centuries (4) in world cup.
· Sourav holds the record of scoring maximum number of
centuries in a single WC (3 centuries in WC-03) jointly
with Mark Waugh and Mathew Hayden.
· Sourav holds the record of scoring most runs through
boundaries in an innings in any World Cup match.
He scored 110 runs by boundaries in his mammoth 183
score against SL in
in WC-99. taunton
· Sourav’s 183 is the second highest score in an inning
by any cricketer with Kirsten topping the list with 188*.
· Sourav with Dravid holds the record of heighest
partnership of 318 runs in WC while the 2nd spont in
the list too goes to Sourav with Sachin who scored 244
runs together against
in WC-03. Namibia
SOURAV IN TESTS
· Sourav was only the 3rd batsman
in the world to score a century
on debut at Lords.
· His 131 still remains the
highest by any batsmanon his
debut at Lord’s.
· In May 2004: Joined the top
20 list of players whohit the
most sixes in Test cricket,
with 41 sixes.
to a record 21 Test India
's most successful Test India
's most successful ODI India
· In the 2nd Test vs.
at Kolkata in the
Sourav became only
the 3rd captain in Cricket history to lead a team
to victory after following on.
went on to India
win the series 2-1.
· In Mar - Apr 2004: Became the first Indian captain
to win an ODI and Test series in
· In April 2005: Became only the 3rd cricketer and 2nd
Indian after Mohammed Azharuddin to make 5000 ODI runs
as skipper in the Pepsi Cup vs.
- When his captaincy was criticized.
I know what I am. People can label me as they like but it upsets me to hear the word arrogant being used against me. I am not arrogant. Not at all.
- On being called arrogant.
He’s a champion at everything. I really admire him. I am very impressed with the way he approaches life.
- On Rahul Dravid.
The thing I like most about Sachin is his intensity. After being in the game for so long, he still has the same desire to do well for India in any international match. I tell you what, this man is a legend.
- On Sachin Tendulkar.
I am not surprised.
- On Sachin Tendulkar getting 10,000 ODI runs.
Now I was not only the Prince of Calcutta, but I was the monarch of Indian Cricket. I could not comprehend the feelings and emotions that were rising inside me.
- On being appointed captain.
I am here to win games not popularity contests.
- On being criticized by the English media while touring England in July 2002.
I see things differently after Sana’s birth. An event like this changes everybody and it has changed me too. I have become more mature.
- On the birth of his daughter, Sana.
We went around for a long time. She is a lovely person and now we are married and blessed with a beautiful daughter, Sana. She is a terrific woman and has adjusted to our joint family so well that she does not even have time for me! So it’s all happy on this front. "
- About his wife, Dona.
We obviously don't get support from outside, so we support each other and will continue to do so whatever happens in the rest of the tournament.
- On why the ‘huddle’ was invented during the World Cup.
After all the rubbish that was published in the media, I thought it was all over. It hurt very badly.
- Reflecting back on the disastrous Australian Tour in 1992 where media was full of stories on his attitude problems.
I enjoy captaincy. A Captain has to take the responsibility of guarding the interest of his players.
- After being named Captain of the Indian cricket team.
I have scored centuries in matches where Shoaib has bowled and to hear that I'm uncomfortable against him is rather surprising.
- Denying observations that he cannot face Shoaib Akhtar.
Every individual needs to be handled differently. One person might need a pat on the back. Another, an arm around the shoulder. But to seniors like Azhar, Sachin, Ajay, Anil and Javagal, a quiet word would do.
- On how he handles his superstar teammates
There have been angry reactions back home and that is understandable because of our poor showing against Australia. But true supporters are this who not only jump up with the team’s victory but also stand by the team in times of defeats. I was shocked and disappointed to hear what the families of Dravid and Kaif have gone through.
- About the reaction of angry fans back home after India lost badly to Australia in the early stages of the 2003 World Cup.
One off day shattered our World Cup dream.
- After India got thrashed in the 2003 World Cup Final against Australia.
I am very hard on people on the field. But once we are off it, I forget the whole issue and don’t bring it up.
- On how he is as a captain.
Blood came out like water as soon as the gauze was removed. This is life.
- Talks about the boil on his thigh that forced him to miss the Mohali Test in October 2003.
In no other country is a team written off even before its departure.
- Slams the Indian critics who predicted that India would be thrashed by the home team when they toured Australia in December 2003.
I believe in my ability to score runs and that is what I look to do. It happens sometimes that people get after you. But you have to take in your stride. It’s a professional sport so one has to go ahead.
- After he scored a ton against Australia at Brisbane and proved all his detractors wrong.
We know, and they know, that we can beat them.
- said a rather cocky Sourav after beating Australia.
That's in the past now. We mature as time goes on and I've been captain for three years now, so you start realising things and go ahead.
- Sourav plays down his gamesmanship which got him on the wrong side of Steve Waugh during the 2001 series in India.
You’ve all seen it on TV. We all know the truth don’t we?
- Commenting on a beamer from Shoaib Akhtar during India’s tour of Pakistan in March 2004.
I am a big fan of Kaif. He bats at no. 7, the most difficult position in one-day cricket and he keeps coming up with knocks like this one.
- He said of Kaif after the ecstatic victory in the 4th ODI in Lahore in the Samsung Cup 2004 that kept India in the series.
We will try and pull the chain and stop the train midway!
- When asked how his team plan to counter Shoaib Akhtar, known as the Rawalpindi Express.
To be honest I do not believe in sitting back and taking things which are not right. If it is right, I am up to it, I listen to you, and try to rectify. But if you are not, I am not a sort of person to sit back and listen.
- Ganguly told PTI in an exclusive interview.
I was probably the most loved man when we beat Australia in a Test series a few years back. But I am often the most hated man in India.
(Smiles)... Doesn't make me a rebel.
- On marrying Dona against the wishes of his family.
Don't stand under the sun waiting for me. I am not going to say anything.
- Sourav refuses to comment on his exclusion in October 2005.
I told my boys that I have kept my record of losing finals intact.
- Sourav Ganguly lets out a wry smile after East Zone lose in the Duleep Trophy final.
Whatever is appearing in the media claiming he has attitude problems and doesn't have good relations with his colleagues is all rubbish. I myself talked to the senior players and there was not a single complaint against Sourav.
- BCCI President Sharad Pawar rubbishes talks of Sourav being a 'demotivator'.
Lara is blessed with great ability. Both Lara and Sachin together with Gavaskar are the three legends of the game. – Sourav on Lara's record 34th Test 100.
It happens... it happens when two friends fight. I was angry, especially when it came from someone whom you knew for quite some time. You say lot of things when you are angry, but they may be or may not be from the heart. – Dada on spat with Chappell and patching up if given a chance.
Then, in the 2003 series (on India's tour to Australia), Steve (Waugh) said that let's be on time for the toss now. I said: 'If you behave, I will'. - Sourav
It's true, a lot of people said I should retire but I still feel I have it in me to play those innings again, and perhaps even better ones. Why else would I be fighting to get back into the Indian team? – Dada on whether he can return to International cricket after being dropped.
Sourav and I try to spend more time with our daughter and we are more busy in grooming her as a good human being. – Dona when asked if Sana would be a cricketer or a dancer.
God has been kind... What else can I say? Nothing would’ve happened without God... I’ve been blessed. - Sourav on his return to the Indian team in Jan 2007.
I don't feel any kind of pressure. There would be some pressure as captain but I am going as a normal player, so I am free. - Sourav before leaving for the 2007 World Cup in West Indies.
Signature By Sourav Ganguly
Saturday, August 4, 2007
This is the story of a Phoeninx who emerged from ashes. Once it was almost declared that his career is now over but he is back in the team now with a bang. He made a comeback and repeated the history of his own comeback in 1996 after being dropped in 1992. He surely is the king of all comebacks. His comeback is an ispiration to not only his fans but to his critics too
HATS OFF TO THIS GREAT MAN WHO NEVER QUITS.
More than his cricketing skills, i'm his fan for his attitude.
HE SIMPLY ROXXXX
comments aare always welcome :)