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Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Is it really real


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Reality and non- scripted entertainment on television; in particular has gained prominence in our country. The audience has revelled in the real life stories and situations of people from all spectrums of life. And if you observe, a sporting event is the best and most pure form of reality entertainment. It's the thrill of the unexpected, the unknown, experiencing the entire journey towards the outcome or result. It is the joy of viewing a splendid catch which is not ordinary or a brilliant hit over the fence. It's the fanaticism to support your team through the highs and lows. The menace of match fixing which has always lurked in the shadows of cricketing circles was brought in the open in 2000 with Hansie Cronje's admission and life ban on few Indian cricketers. It went in a lull, though hiding in the shadows to emerge yet again. The....


Monday , August 23, 2010

Commentating Bloopers


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Commentary is such an integral part of enhancing the cricket viewing experience. Though on the face, it appears a glamorous job it is a tough one; imagine talking all day covering a match through all its phases boring, exciting and tense. Audio commentary gets even tougher with no visual experience to offer, the poor chaps get no breathers. They need to be able to translate the action on the field to the listener through their words. A tall ask I may say! So now and then when you feel what did they just say? or "They ate their own words" it comes as no surprise. It can be quite embarrassing for them but entertaining for the others. So when Tony Greig once said "What a magnificent shot! No, he's out." We can give him the benefit of doubt it could be the ball was sailing over for a....


Monday , August 09, 2010

Superstitions or "Stupid addictions"


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Most sportsmen have superstitions. The hunger for victory, the fear of failure, the desperation to win; all sentiments combined lets the human mind get conditioned. Hence, habits emerge and when those habits are unique or away from the norm they are termed as superstitions. And if you try to comprehend superstitions, you realise more often than not they are nothing but stupid addictions. I might receive lot of flak for saying that! By nature superstitions are very sacrosanct for one and all. Cricket as a game has a rich history of superstitions; the "nelsons": when the score is 111, 222 (double nelson) it is considered unlucky. Who can forget the image of a fiery red-faced David Shepherd leaping off the ground on one foot to counter the nemesis. The "red handkerchief/cloth" has a sacred place in cricketing history as the favourite accessory whether it was Steve Waugh, Jimmy....


Tuesday , July 27, 2010

The sleeping stroke!


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If you glance through the cricket dictionary then the expression 'stroke' would be relevant for a batsman exemplifying his skill. In the commentary box Tony Greig would say: "what belligerent stroke play or Mr Sidhu would state "Straight as a candle" describing the straight drive stroke from a batsman. In few other instances, we have heard of players being struck by heat strokes when extreme hot conditions take a toll on their physical existence on the field. But this one is a first! We date back to 1989-90, India was touring News Zealand. In one of their tour games, Kapil Dev was feeling dizzy and could visualise stars revolving around his head. He complained of a headache to the then manager of the team, Bishen Singh Bedi. Back then, India was not a rich cricketing country; hence there was no physio on the tour. So Mr Bedi decided....


Monday , June 21, 2010

Nickometer!


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Wondering what a nickometer signifies in cricket. We have heard of the snickometer, one of the wonderful discoveries of technology. Whether it has aided and simplified the game or added more confusion; your guess is as good as mine. The snickometer demonstrates whether the batsman has edged the ball on the way behind the wicket/stumps. That's the snickometer but we are trying to comprehend a new parlance that is the nickometer. It's quite simple the history of the game dates back to 1900's and exemplifies that there have been innumerable nicknames of our famous and not so famous cricketers and some have been interesting, others intriguing and a few that can put any artist's creativity to shame. Some of them are trying to be captured and rated on our nickommeter! Nickometer = the nickname meter (rating from 1 to 5 with 1 being the lowest) Let's....


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A cricket enthusiast, follower and commentator! Took to the game by accident, was coerced to watch it while fighting over the TV remote with my big bro and developed an addiction that lingers on till today.

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