The world’s best cricket commentator passes away

On 29th December 2012, Tony Greig passed away after suffering from a heart attack. He was also undergoing treatment for Lung cancer during that period.

The month of December 2012 hasn’t been a good month for Cricket fans. First, Ricky Ponting retired from Tests, and then Sachin retired from ODIs. But the most bad news was the death of Tony Greig. I love his style of commentary and his great voice. I felt so bad when I heard of his death. In fact, I was a bit unhappy that he didn’t commentate during India’s matches in the last few years. I read somewhere that he had settled down in Australia, but we still couldn’t hear his voice during the last India’s tour of Australia (2011-2012) even though he was still actively doing commentary for a lot of Australia matches. I was so angry that I even sent a mail to STAR sports demanding an explanation.

But now it’s all over. We cannot hear his great voice again. What a great loss!

To quote some of his lines which I remember –

‘In the air…this could be caught…’ – Who could forget this famous line from the 2003 world cup.

‘Bret Lee to Tendulkar. Solidly played. Solidly down the ground..and solidly four runs! Unbelievable! What looked like a forward front-foot defence has gone for four!

…and his voice ringing all over Sharjah when Sachin went berserk…. We will miss you Tony.

Thank you very much for all the sweet memories.

tony greig

Tony Greig (1946 – 2012)

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Sachin Tendulkar’s message to his fans

Sachin's FB message

I love the way of how he mentions ‘our ODI journey.’

Thank you so much Sachin:-)

Letter from Sachin Tendulkar to all his fans through out the World:

Dear fans, I am saddened as I write this letter. I know I have disappointed you with the series loss against England and my performance isn’t what you have always expected of me. I have always given my best for the team, but the results are not in my favour this time around. People are clamouring for my retirement and I can’t agree more with them. I have not been living up to the standards that I have set for myself through the years and I am indeed answerable to the fans. I apologize to you for my dismal performances, and for failing you time and again. It is a general misconception among people that I have grown complacent and taking things for granted. But I can assure you that I am the same person who made his debut at the age of 16 as an excited teenager. I have been following my routine right from the day I made my debut till today. Nothing has changed, neither the preparation nor the mind-set. Maybe age is finally catching up to me, something I have been trying to fight for the major part of the last five years. I have been training harder to keep myself fit and strong in order to be able to give my best. Cricket has been my calling right from a young age. I still remember the day me and Vinod were playing together in a Harris-Shield trophy match, where we put up a 600 run partnership. The immense enjoyment of being on the field all day long with my best friend was all I could dream about for the next few days. That was the day I decided to play cricket for the rest of my life, for I loved it more than anything; food, chocolates, bicycles- things that a fourteen year old could long for. Years have passed after that and things are not the same anymore. I have matured both as a person and as a player. But the hunger still remains the same. I still want to do well and give my best whenever I walk on the field; something that has been my mantra all through the years. I have achieved so much in cricket- the fame, the money and the compliments came to me on their own. I am proud of my records when I look back at them today. The only thing I almost missed out on was the World Cup; I got there too in the end, with a team as determined as I was, who strove along with me to achieve the glory that I was unable to attain for almost 22 years. But the real struggle was after the World Cup, when I had to suffer through another lean patch, which I am going through even now. People wanted me to go now that I have gotten my wishes fulfilled. They said it was the right time for me to retire, since my dream has been achieved. But I felt I can contribute more to the cause of the Indian team. The team needs some good youngsters to fill the places of seniors when we retire, and someone should be there to guide them, or so we felt. It might be a wrong decision but it was for the greater good. Perhaps we realized our mistake when we heard “the seniors are selfish to block the place of talented youngsters!” Our only thoughts were about setting the team up for the youngsters and getting the tough tours to England and Australia out of the way, so that the youngsters can have a smoother path into the test team. But we did not consider our own problems, which were the roots of our own destruction. It was a tough time for us after Australia, losing both VVS and Rahul. It brought me back down to earth, and I started contemplating retirement. But I had some solace after the century against Bangladesh, though we were unlucky to lose the match. Two series later, we were facing the same predicament against England at home and it was humiliating to lose the series. It was a nightmare for us, having had to endure the cricket crazy fans’ reaction. People started talking about my retirement again, claiming that I was selfish and I had to go sooner rather than later. They even said I am choosing my matches for the fear of facing quality opponents. It isn’t true, of course. I am an old man who wants to spend some quality time with my kids. They should know me enough to call me father and I do not want to miss their growing up years. Therefore, I take some time off between series to be with them. I have to admit that I am a bit selfish, for I have been playing the game for the better part of my life. I have not known anything other than cricket. Every day I wake up to take up a bat and I sleep after arranging my kit bags. It has been a penance for the last 25 years and it would be hard for me to just give up everything. Retirement would be equal to death for me, as I have lived cricket all my life. Frankly, I do not know what to do with myself once I retire. Will I be able to secure a job as a TV commentator, a trend that has been catching up with some former players, or would I be a successful coach? Nothing pleases me like playing cricket and I am not sure whether I am made for other things in life. I have watched many players retiring, but I never had to think about how they would have felt while retiring. It was an irrelevant thought a few years back, but now I know how exactly each of them would have felt. I know it’s time for me to go, but as a fellow Indian, I ask this of you dear fans; I am not able to let go of cricket after all these years, and even talking about it makes me feel worse. I just need some time to sort my life out, to decide on what to do with myself once I retire. I am not here for the fame or for the records but for the passion that I had and I have for this game right from the day I picked up a bat. I am making up my mind and I need a little more time to announce my retirement. It is a humble request from a dedicated servant of cricket and I would feel happy if you oblige me.
Thank you

Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar retires from ODIs

Yesterday, something dreadful happened. I received the shocking news that my Master had retired from One Day Cricket. I am really worried what decision he is going to make in Tests. I hope that he continues to play for another two years at least. I hope and pray that he retrurns to his old self.

Sachin, we are with you. Please don’t be harsh on us.

 

My hatred for people who hate Sachin grows by the day.

Samsung Galaxy S3

samsung galaxy s3

Out rides a new knight from the castle of Samsung. This new knight in shining armour looks absolutely stunning. But I am reading comments from some people that it looks ugly! Ugly? Are you people mad?!! Maybe you can say that it looks plain or ordinary but using the word ugly is way too much. To me it looks beautiful, mostly because of its fantastic 4.8 inch display, but I have to say that the Galaxy S2 looks better than the S3. In whatever way you see it, there’s no denying the fact that this is the world’s best phone at the moment. The Apple iPhone 4s is no match for this beast and the HTC One X, another quad core monster, is still a few rungs down the ladder as we’ve seen from the initial benchmark tests. From what we’ve seen, it looks like the Exynos 4212 processor of Samsung is superior to that of the Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor used by HTC One X and also, most importantly, the S3 stands out in the battery tests. What’s more, it even beats the iPad 3 or the new ipad in processing power! I say, that’s simply smashing!

Now what is going to be very interesting is Apple’s reply to this. Will the iPhone 5 match up to its expectations? Some of my thoughts regarding this are –

1. The iPhone 5 will surely be having a quad core processor and at the moment only the Exynos 4212 seems to be the best processor out there. So Apple will be using that processor? They do make use of Samsung’s components, so maybe they will.

2. The display: Apple once stated that 3.5 inch is the best size for a smartphone or something like that,  but now going by the success of massive displays out there they will be using a bigger screen (which sounds like catching up with Samsung).

3. Samsung is about to release only the dual core version of the S3 in the US because, it seems like the 4G networks there + the quadcore combination will suck the battery dry. So will Apple follow the same formula?

This is a beautiful battle that I am enjoying! How about you?

Samsung Galaxy S3 specifications

Sachin Tendulkar Wins!!!

  Mumbai Indians Thrash Chennai

What a match this has been! I am not a fan of T20 cricket and I don’t watch the IPL, but still I do try to watch all the Mumbai Indians matches because I love watching Sachin play! What a Great match winner Sachin is! He led from the front and scored a beautiful 74 from just 44 balls.

Batting first Chennai scored a 173 runs. I initially thought it was going to be a bit difficult for Mumbai as their batting was not consistent throughout this season. But when Sachin is in his elements there’s no stopping him. The Master led the charge and his troops did the rest.

Go Sachin Go!

 

 

Earthquake in Chennai!

Today, Chennai experienced three tremors with the first one being the longest; it existed for more than 40 seconds. The second and third barely existed for 10 seconds. I was in my cubicle at office when I experienced all three tremors – it was kind of strange at first, but later it turned out to be pure fun. I evacuated many people from my floor and later joined them to have a great discussion about how everyone felt about it. No one panicked, in fact it was so much fun! One funny thing was that I was the only person who felt all the three tremors. Some only felt the first one and some, the first and the last. The best thing about this earth quake was that no casualties or injuries and damages have been reported (so far) – even in Indonesia where the magnitude was 8.5. I feel sorry about those people there. I am sure that I would have panicked if I was there at that time.

Anyway, All’s well that end’s well!