Chennai is all set to sizzle with the start chennai open. Big names form the world of tennis ve already landed here. Am already phoning my friends for arranging tickets to watch the match. my bet is on Nadal to win the ATP event. Lets c wats in store join in and have fun guys. I wish the players all the best. come on lets ve some exciting tennis !!!!!
India were the last team to seriously threaten Australia in Tests at home and it took only one day in Melbourne for Anil Kumble to reignite the spark. Kumble was the architect and builder of the Indian challenge, grabbing 5 for 84 and denying Matthew Hayden a satisfactory party after he scored his sixth century in Boxing Day Tests.
At the close Australia were 9 for 337 with Mitchell Johnson on 10 and Stuart Clark on 21. While Andrew Symonds and Adam Gilchrist remained at the crease Australia were still hoping for a recovery and a hefty first-innings score but Kumble ended both of their stays in the final session before the lower order fell away in unusually quick fashion.
Gilchrist top-edged an attempted slog over long-on and was caught at point for 19, soon after Symonds (35) had pulled hard to midwicket. Kumble continued to leave a trail of destruction when Brett Lee was lbw pushing forward to a straighter delivery for 0 before Brad Hogg edged Zaheer Khan to slip for 17. The strikes meant a highly productive day for India, who proved a much harder unit to rattle than Australia's most recent Test guests, Sri Lanka and England.
It was also an impressive recovery after Australia went to lunch at 0 for 111 having chosen to bat, but India's fortunes turned with Kumble's wrong'un. He removed the in-form Phil Jaques and Michael Hussey during a seven-over period in which Australia lost 3 for 30 soon after the first break and only Hayden's determination saved the hosts from more disappointment.
Hayden clearly had a point to prove. It was a less dominant display than many of his hundreds as he fought to again pull his weight after being the only one of Australia's top seven not to register a half-century in last month's Sri Lanka series. He reached triple figures from 126 balls with a well-timed four driven wide of mid-off from RP Singh and enjoyed the moment with an energetic wind-up to swing his bat and propel his bulky frame in a jump for joy.
A few of his runs came from trademark Hayden bludgeoning and walking at the bowler, although more often he relied on timing and placement, and a superbly-judged on-drive for four off Zaheer was a highlight. But Hayden appeared to tire after reaching triple-figures from 126 balls and nudged his way to 124 from 183 before clipping Zaheer to Rahul Dravid at mid-on.
He had already lost his steady partner Michael Clarke, who was unusually watchful in posting 20 from 60 deliveries as he tried to decide how to handle the challenge. The correct answer was probably not to try a jammed square drive with little foot movement to a wide half-volley from RP Singh, but Clarke attempted the shot and edged to second slip where VVS Laxman clutched a sharp chance.
It was the second breakthrough India's left-arm fast bowlers had manufactured by coming around the wicket, after Zaheer added Ricky Ponting (4) to the post-lunch list of victims. Zaheer delievered from wide of the crease and pitched it on off; Ponting played for the angle but the ball straightened and collected the top of off stump.
Zaheer's success was sandwiched between the initial Kumble double-strike that brought India back into the contest. Kumble almost singlehandedly promised the crowd of nearly 70,000 a more competitive series than last year's Ashes, which was played to packed houses around Australia. Kumble had Michael Hussey lbw for 2, struck on the back pad by a wrong'un, and Jaques also fell to the googly. He failed to pick the spin while trying to push back past the bowler and was stumped after slipping as he tried to regain his ground.
Jaques could hardly have guessed that his dismissal would spark such a comeback from India after he and Hayden posted a solid 135-run opening stand. The pair survived several plays and misses and streaky edges against the left-armers following Ponting's decision to bat, but after those wobbles they appeared to be cruising. They scored at a decent pace as Jaques took 108 balls for his 66 and confidently swept a pair of boundaries against Harbhajan Singh, who was nowhere near as threatening as Kumble.
Hayden and Jaques initially tried to deprive India of a positive Boxing Day experience as Hayden wanted to keep that honour for himself - he has now made a century in every Boxing Day Test since 2001-02 except against Pakistan three seasons ago. By the end of the day it was India who were having a more festive season.
Fast bowler Brett Lee says Australia's upcoming Test tour of India will be an "unofficial world championship" marked by a rivalry which now overshadows that over the Ashes.
"The Ashes (between Australia and England) has tradition and history, but India have been playing well for the past two years. They are perhaps closest to us," Lee told reporters during a private visit to Kolkata.
"In this context, the India series can be rated as the unofficial world championship. We have grown up watching the Ashes on TV sets, but this series is going to be bigger."
Australia is scheduled to play four Test matches in India in October.
Lee, who missed Australia's last tour of India in 2001 due to an injury, said he was keen to give a good performance this time but warned that his side faced a huge task to beat India at home.
"Playing in India is a huge challenge and requires a lot of grit," said the Australian, who has so far grabbed 139 wickets in 37 Tests.
"I have never been able to tour India for a Test series and hope it will be different this October. I plan to play the full series this time and give a good show," said Lee.
It would be possible, he added, to beat India at home despite the hosts having a strong batting line-up.
"It is possible to beat India in India. The Australians set a certain benchmark and Ricky Ponting, like Sourav Ganguly likes to lead from the front," he said.
"It will not be easy because India have six (of the) top batsmen in the world. The pitches will be flat and help spinners, but the victory in Sri Lanka was an enormous boost and everyone is eager to come and play in India."
Ponting led Australia to a 3-0 sweep in Sri Lanka in March in his first Test series as captain. Lee was absent with an injury.
"India are a very talented and exciting side under Ganguly and they have given us really good competition," Lee said.
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Gautam Gambhir's blazing knock of 63 helped India crush Australia by seven wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.
Gambhir smashed six boundaries and a six in his 52-ball knock as India coasted to the victory target of 167, with 11 balls to spare.
India lost an early wicket in the form of Virender Sehwag for 5, but Gambhir and Robin Uthappa (35) entertained the crowd with delightful strokeplay. The youngsters put on a quick 82-run partnership to put India on course to victory.
Yuvraj Singh finished unbeaten on 35, inclusive of three sixes, while captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hit a huge six to score the winning runs.
Earlier, Ricky Ponting mashed 76 off 53 deliveries to guide Australia to a healthy 166 for 5 in their 20 overs.
Harbhajan Singh was instrumental in restricting the Australians in the middle over, as he took one wicket for 17 runs in his four.
Murali Kartik, making his Twenty20 debut, also impressed giving away 27 runs in his four overs.
India are the reigning Twenty20 World champions, having won the inaugural tournament in South Africa last month.
This is the first every Twenty20 international on Indian soil.
People who smoke can also be called as blind cause they never read the warning. The companies have been asked to print it big so tat seeing that at least some quit the habit but nothing of that sort has happened :-). Many NGO's are carrying out workshops and awareness programs so that people don't become a prey to a disease like CANCER!!! but their rate of success is minimal.
Latest to the addition of warnings is the governments order of printing photographs of people who are affected by CANCER but believe me i had a chance of seeing on of the photos and i immediately felt like puking!!!! man i cant imagine how any person who is not blind go and buy a cigarette knowing that some thing of that sort is on the pack, and how is a person going to sell this kind of stuff knowing that customer might just look like the one in the photograph if he continues smoking. But am not sure whether this is going to create any impact on our INDIAN brothers and sisters who are thick skinned.
This is not the first time a country is putting visual warnings on cigarette packet. Countries like CANADA are already practicing this and have attained good results.
Hope people realize that there is no pleasure in smoking and its nothing but a filthy stick reducing your lifespan. Quit it and live a happy life.
But one thing we had one of our best times out there. i know most of u guys would ve experienced something like this in ur own life, if not pls do !!!!
India clinched the inaugural Twenty20 cricket World Cup after a thrilling five-run victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in the final in Johannesburg on Monday.
In a match that saw fortunes fluctuate till the dying moments, the young Indian team scored 157 for five and then held its nerve to dismiss Pakistan for 152 with just three balls to spare.
It was India's first major triumph since winning the 60 overs-a-side World Cup in 1983.
It was an incredible display by the Indians who relied on superb team work to not only maintain their all-win record against their bitter foes in World Cup matches but also complete a series of giant-killing acts in the blaze glory.
The stunning victory not only added a glorious chapter to India's cricketing history but also made amends for the team's inglorious exit from the ODI World Cup in the West Indies six months ago.
The large flag-waving gathering of Indians at the Wanderers burst into celebration when S Sreesanth caught the dangerous Misbah-ul Haq off Joginder Sharma to bring an end to Pakistan's challenge.
The contest seemed to go out of India's hands in the 17th over when Misbah clobbered Harbhajan Singh for three sixes, but Mahendra Singh Dhoni's band of young warriors roared back in great style to come out trumps and claim the winners' purse of US $49,000.
For long all the political parties that has come to power has used reservations as a medium to sustain their vote bank. they always proclaim of doing this and tat and manage to succeed in the polls. I sternly believe all these reservation and promises given by these people in power are just to please the people who are capable of turning the picture during the elections.
The start of cast ism i would call is way back after the independence when the reservations actually started or thought of by these politicians.. they had given these reservations bases on the census of 1931.
Last year when the students of IIT Delhi university AIMS started stagging demonstration & protest against reservation the supreme court had asked the government to hand over a copy of the census with which they provide reservation and our most perfect govt provided the court what they wanted, u have any clue which years census the govt gave to the supreme court? 1931 yup the same one tat i ve mentioned earlier this clearly depicts how ignorant our govt is and how bad their functioning is.
Thanks to our country proceeding with any idea has a great amount of difficulty. At this juncture where many are advising for a economic based reservation there is a big Question to be answered how will the govt come to know about the income of every citizen this will remain to be a really tough job because of most of the ppl in our country don't pay their tax properly & do not show their complete income when these type of problems are yet to be explored students getting proper justice is rather a far dream than a reality.
As long as these worthless people remain in power i don't see India becoming a super power or the 2020 vision of our previous president being achieved. God knows when our country will be gifted with proper leaders who take decision by thinking in a wide angle and do things for the benefit of the citizens than for themselves
TO QUOTE : during a recent interview done by the popular news channels & during pblic meetings politicians have not shown any sign of changing their stand when Mr. V.P. SINGH former prime minister of our country was asked a question whether he ll give reservation to a rich OBC or a poor forward cast person he said he ll give t for a OBC only... since he was a backward cast person when he got screwed later in the interview he corrected what he said as to he ll give for both of them this shows how adamant these ppl are.
The present HRD MINISTER ARJUN SINGH in his meeting publicly announced that he will surely bring back reservation as it previously was this happened only a few days after the supreme court stayed the reservation for OBC
Until these ppl change their attitude or new people with non partisan attitude be in power.. No big valuable change can be expected. And we shall always live under their mercy. THIS REMAINS THE BITTER TRUTH.