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Indian GP F1 Timetable

 

Fri 28 October 2011

Practice 1 : 10:00 -11:30

Practice 2 : 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 29 October 2011

Practice 3 : 11:00 – 12:00

Qualifying : 14:00

Sun 30 October 2011

Race : 15:00
The Buddh International Circuit was inaugurated on Tuesday unveiled amid much fanfare ahead of the widely-anticipated inaugural Indian Grand Prix and was described as “one of the best in the world” by the country’s first F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan.

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Seating Capacity and tickets available as of 18th October 2011

Seating Capacity Indian GP

Concerts on the Indian GP Weekend

Organisers of next month’s 2011 Formula 1 Airtel Grand Prix of India have announced that American pop icon Lady Gaga will be the star attraction at the post-race party that will follow Formula One racing’s inaugural outing in the country at the all-new Buddh International Circuit.
The five-time Grammy Award winner, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide, will also be making her first Indian appearance when she performs on October 30.

Other acts confirmed for concerts on the Friday and Saturday of the race weekend include celebrated DJ Roger Sanchez, German DJ-producer Tom Navy and top producer and musician Edward Maya.
That is all in addition to the recently-announced F1 Rocks™ in India concert, which will see US rock gods Metallica play their first show in the country at Leisure Valley, Sector 29, Gurgaon on the Friday (see www.f1rocks.com for more information).

EVENT: F1 Rocks in India with Vladivar Vodka

ARTIST: MetallicaDATE: Friday 28 October 2011

TIME: 16:00

VENUE: Leisure Valley Ground

Sector 29

Gurgaon

New Delhi

For tickets : Visit Ticketgenie.in

Let the race begin

Are the 5 red lights ready to go off

There has been much speculation about the readiness and preparation of the track for the on October 30 showpiece but all that was put to rest when the 5.4-km long racetrack, Jaypee’s Buddh International Circuit, was formally opened in the presence of Manoj Gaur, the chairman of Jaypee Group, Vicky Chandhok, president of the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) and Karthikeyan.

Gautam Buddha’s touch

The track got its name from spiritual leader Gautam Buddha, founder of Buddhism. Incidentally, the track is located in the Gautam Buddh Nagar District.
Spread over 875 acres, the fastest lap time on the track is expected to be under 1 minute 27 seconds with average speeds crossing 210 kmph. There will be a total of sixty laps in the race.

The Chennai-born Karthikeyan warmed up for the home GP by driving a Mercedes safety car for a couple of laps to get a feel of the track.

“Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar”

On the occasion, the theme song of the event was also released, sung by leading Bollywood and Indipop singers Leslie Lewis, Daler Mehandi, KK and Lucky Ali. The number is a racy one in sync with the nature of the event. The race tune is “Hum mein raftar jeete bar bar”.
For the assembled mediapersons, a car show was organised where Neel Jani, the Swiss racer of Indian origin, burnt the rubber in a Red Bull Racing car at the Jaypee circuit.


Big Guns behind the Indian GP

On 18 August, 2011, Indian telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s CEO Sunil Mittal announced that Airtel would be the title sponsor of the Indian Grand Prix, and also unveiled the official logo of the Airtel Grand Prix of India.

Other official partners include :-

Bookmyshow.com is the official online ticketing partner.

Hero MotoCorp Limited announced it’s sponsorship of Indian Driver Narain Karthikeyan and his team HRT F1 for the event.

Mercedes-Benz announced its partnership with Buddh International Circuit to the become official automotive partner of the event.

Mercedes-Benz along with Jaypee Sports International (JPSI) will set up a driving academy at the circuit by January 2012.

TAG Heuer launched its limited edition watch for the Grand Prix

RE Rogers was announced as the logistics partner for the event.

Lodestar UM’s will provide all media solutions across TV, print, outdoor, radio and digital media.

Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Limited announced the provision of the intervention and support vehicles required during the event.

Mudra India was announced as the creative partner of the Grand Prix.

Puma was announced as the official merchandise partner for the Grand Prix.

 

First view of a Formula Car on the track

 


 

 

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Shoaib Akhtar is a former Pakistani right arm fast bowler in cricket, who is regarded as the fastest bowler in the history of cricket. He set an official world record by achieving the fastest delivery, when he clocked in at 161.3 km/h (100.2 mph) in his bowling speed, twice at a cricket match against England. His ability to bowl fast yorkers and quick bouncers have made him one of the best fast bowlers in cricket.
However, he has been involved in several controversies during his career, often accused of not being a team player. Akhtar was sent home during the Test match series in Australia in 2005 for alleged poor attitude. A year later, he was embroiled in a drug scandal after testing positive to a banned substance. However, the ban imposed on him was lifted on court appeal. In September 2007, Akhtar was banned for an indefinite period for his fight with Pakistan team mate and fast bowler Mohammad Asif. On 1 April 2008, Akhtar was banned for five years for publicly criticizing the Pakistan Cricket Board. In October 2008, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan suspended the five year ban and Akhtar was selected in the 15-man squad for the Twenty20 Quadrangular Tournament in Canada. Pakistani judge, Rana Bhagwandas stated once that, Akhtar is a legend of Pakistan cricket.

He retired from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup.

 

Well this ad has come out there in the open post the launch of his book Controversially Yours: An Autobiography, The tell-all autobiography by the controversial Pakistani cricketer. Shoaib Akhtar has been one of the most colourful personalities in world cricket, both on and off the field, and the book is as colourful and controversial. This autobiography is the inside story, from his stint as a cricketer to match-fixing and ball tampering to the intrigues of the Pakistan cricket board.

Akhtar has claimed in the book that batting maestro Tendulkar was afraid of facing his deliveries and he along with Rahul Dravid lacked the “art of finishing the game”, which has raised the pitch and sales of the book, with a large amount of protests all across India, with sharp comments being made against their favorite son.

Controversially Yours: An Autobiography

Shoaib Akthar

Publisher:  Harpersport (2011)

Cost/Price : 324 (35% Discount)

Buy here Controversially Yours: An Autobiography

 

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The first Formula One race in India will be held at  the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India. The first event is scheduled to take place on October 30, 2011 as the 17th race of the 2011 Formula One season.

The race track is 50km from Delhi, and the track will be roughly 5.14  kilometers (3.19 miles) and will be designed by F1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke.

The track will be spread in an area of 875 acres. The initial seating capacity is speculated to be around 150,000. However there are plans to increase the seating capacity to 200,000 later on. The sprawling circuit will be a part of Jaypee Green Sports city and will also be used for hosting one or more rounds of Moto GP championships in the year 2012. The 10-year contract for the race has been given to the Indian construction company Jaiprakash Associates.


The track in all has 16 largely medium speed corners where F1 cars will lap at an average speed of 210 km/h. The back straight will let F1 cars reach 320 km/h making it one of the fastest tracks in the world. The expected F1 car lap time is 1 minute 17 seconds. The organizers have also taken feedback from teams which have done the track analysis via simulators leading to modification of the turn 7 in order to maximize overtaking opportunities into banked turn 10. A grand stand with a capacity of 13,000 will overlook the turn 10 and turn 11 giving the F1 fans an opportunity to be a part of the action. 

India’s first ever F1 driver Narain Karthikeyan helped light the F1 fire in India, and Vijay Mallya’s takeover of Spyker F1 and subsequent rise of Force India as a strong mid-field team set the stage for Karun Chandhok’s F1 debut this year, a move that Chandhok himself says could not have been possible without Ecclestone’s intervention.

Tickets worth 12.5 million rupees ($273,768) were snapped up in the first 3 hours of sales. The organizers are expecting a full house.

Fact Sheet

  • Length : 5.14 km
  • Area : 875 acres
  • Seating : 1,50,00
  • Corners : 16 Medium Speed Corners
  • Average Speed: 210km/h
  • Top Speed: 320km/h
  • Lap Time: 1 min 17 secs
  • Grand Stand : 13,000 Seating Capacity

Experts are also of the view that once the Indian Grand Prix kicks off, it has the potential to generate around $170 million in revenue and employ as many as 10,000 people. The opportunity in advertising tie-ups between manufacturers and F1 cannot be overlooked either. The race was to coincide with the important Diwali holiday, when consumer spending is typically at its highest and many are travelling, so economic prospects are excellent. This will serve as an instant boost to the Indian hotel & tourism industry and global profile as a whole.

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Straight to the heart…….

When Lewis Hamilton began, he started off with radio controlled cars which he used to play around with and gradually went to win championships with adults. Now when I said championships I still mean radio controlled car  championships. He was eight years old then in 1993.

I pretty much get an idea of Lewis was more a guy who took everything very seriously, he went on to win the BRCA championship the following year. Well who brought him the car, it was his dad Anthony Hamilton who still hangs around the Mclaren Mercedes pit almost at every race. Like every other parent’s policy,rewards came with hard work, so with Hamilton’s father assured him complete support as long as the performance in school continued.

Behind every successful kid….

At Christmas,Anthony gifted Lewis a go-kart, he was a complete six year old. With Go Karting races,Lewis needed a manager which was filled in by his father. Anthony was an IT Manager and a contractor. To support Lewis’ racing career, he at times had to go to the extend of 3 jobs. On March 14 2011, Simon Fuller who is a British artist manager, television producer and creator of the Idol franchise was appointed Manager of the then World Champion Lewis Hamilton, until then it was Anthony Hamilton all the way.

The Dream Run had started…..

Now this fact what I am about to mention is certainly hard to adjust, it is like a bolt from the blue and an apt salute to the Genius,In December 1995, at the age of ten, he approached McLaren team principal Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards ceremony and told him, “I want to race for you one day … I want to race for McLaren.” Less than three years later McLaren and Mercedes-Benz signed him to their Young Driver Support Programme. After winning the British Formula Renault, Formula Three Euroseries, and GP2 championships on his way up the racing career ladder, he drove for McLaren in 2007, making his Formula One debut 12 years after his initial encounter with Dennis.

So distinct was this sportsman if you search for Autosport Awards 1995 you will ending finding more pictures of Lewis Hamilton and a  faint hint of any associated awards ceremony. Have a look at that special ceremony in the video below.

 

To be Continued….

 

 

 

 

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8-Apr-11 20:00 1st Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 1st IPL Chennai
9-Apr-11 16:00 2nd Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals, 2nd IPL Hyderabad
9-Apr-11 20:00 3rd Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 3rd IPL Kochi
10-Apr-11 16:00 4th Delhi Daredevils vs Mumbai Indians, 4th IPL Delhi
10-Apr-11 20:00 5th Pune Warriors vs Kings XI Punjab, 5th IPL Navi Mumbai
11-Apr-11 20:00 6th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Deccan Chargers, 6th IPL Kolkata
12-Apr-11 16:00 7th Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Daredevils, 7th IPL Jaipur
12-Apr-11 20:00 8th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians, 8th IPL Bangalore
13-Apr-11 16:00 9th Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings, 9th IPL Mohali
13-Apr-11 20:00 10th Pune Warriors vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 10th IPL Navi Mumbai
14-Apr-11 20:00 11th Deccan Chargers vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 11th IPL Hyderabad
15-Apr-11 16:00 12th Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 12th IPL Jaipur
15-Apr-11 20:00 13th Mumbai Indians vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 13th IPL Hyderabad
16-Apr-11 16:00 14th Chennai Super Kings vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 14th IPL Chennai
16-Apr-11 20:00 15th Deccan Chargers vs Kings XI Punjab, 15th IPL Hyderabad
17-Apr-11 16:00 16th Pune Warriors vs Delhi Daredevils, 16th IPL Navi Mumbai
17-Apr-11 20:00 17th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Rajasthan Royals, 17th IPL Kolkata
18-Apr-11 20:00 18th Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Chennai Super Kings, 18th IPL Kochi
19-Apr-11 16:00 19th Delhi Daredevils vs Deccan Chargers, 19th IPL Delhi
19-Apr-11 20:00 20th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rajasthan Royals, 20th IPL Bangalore
20-Apr-11 16:00 21st Mumbai Indians vs Pune Warriors, 21st IPL Mumbai
20-Apr-11 20:00 22nd Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 22nd IPL Kolkata
21-Apr-11 20:00 23rd Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals, 23rd IPL Mohali
22-Apr-11 16:00 24th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 24th IPL Kolkata
22-Apr-11 20:00 25th Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings, 25th IPL Mumbai
23-Apr-11 20:00 26th Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab, 26th IPL Delhi
24-Apr-11 16:00 27th Deccan Chargers vs Mumbai Indians, 27th IPL Hyderabad
24-Apr-11 20:00 28th Rajasthan Royals vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 28th IPL Jaipur
25-Apr-11 20:00 29th Chennai Super Kings vs Pune Warriors, 29th IPL Chennai
26-Apr-11 20:00 30th Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 30th IPL Delhi
27-Apr-11 16:00 31st Pune Warriors vs Chennai Super Kings, 31st IPL Navi Mumbai
27-Apr-11 20:00 32nd Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Deccan Chargers, 32nd IPL Kochi
28-Apr-11 20:00 33rd Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 33rd IPL Delhi
29-Apr-11 16:00 34th Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, 34th IPL Jaipur
29-Apr-11 20:00 35th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Pune Warriors, 35th IPL Bangalore
30-Apr-11 16:00 36th Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Delhi Daredevils, 36th IPL Kochi
30-Apr-11 20:00 37th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab, 37th IPL Kolkata
1-May-11 16:00 38th Rajasthan Royals vs Pune Warriors, 38th IPL Jaipur
1-May-11 20:00 39th Chennai Super Kings vs Deccan Chargers, 39th IPL Chennai
2-May-11 16:00 40th Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, 40th IPL Mumbai
2-May-11 20:00 41st Delhi Daredevils vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 41st IPL Delhi
3-May-11 20:00 42nd Deccan Chargers vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 42nd IPL Hyderabad
4-May-11 16:00 43rd Chennai Super Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 43rd IPL Chennai
4-May-11 20:00 44th Pune Warriors vs Mumbai Indians, 44th IPL Navi Mumbai
5-May-11 16:00 45th Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 45th IPL Kochi
5-May-11 20:00 46th Deccan Chargers vs Delhi Daredevils, 46th IPL Hyderabad
6-May-11 20:00 47th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 47th IPL Bangalore
7-May-11 16:00 48th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Chennai Super Kings, 48th IPL Kolkata
7-May-11 20:00 49th Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Daredevils, 49th IPL Mumbai
8-May-11 16:00 50th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 50th IPL Bangalore
8-May-11 20:00 51st Kings XI Punjab vs Pune Warriors, 51st IPL Mohali
9-May-11 20:00 52nd Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings, 52nd IPL Jaipur
10-May-11 16:00 53rd Deccan Chargers vs Pune Warriors, 53rd IPL Hyderabad
10-May-11 20:00 54th Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, 54th IPL Mohali
11-May-11 20:00 55th Rajasthan Royals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 55th IPL Jaipur
12-May-11 20:00 56th Chennai Super Kings vs Delhi Daredevils, 56th IPL Chennai
13-May-11 20:00 57th Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Kings XI Punjab, 57th IPL Indore
14-May-11 16:00 58th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 58th IPL Bangalore
14-May-11 20:00 59th Mumbai Indians vs Deccan Chargers, 59th IPL Mumbai
15-May-11 20:00 60th Kings XI Punjab vs Delhi Daredevils, 60th IPL Dharmasala
15-May-11 20:00 61st Kochi Tuskers Kerala vs Rajasthan Royals, 61st IPL Indore
16-May-11 20:00 62nd Pune Warriors vs Deccan Chargers, 62nd IPL Navi Mumbai
17-May-11 20:00 63rd Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 63rd IPL Dharmasala
18-May-11 20:00 64th Chennai Super Kings vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala, 64th IPL Chennai
19-May-11 20:00 65th Pune Warriors vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 65th IPL Navi Mumbai
20-May-11 20:00 66th Mumbai Indians vs Rajasthan Royals, 66th IPL Mumbai
21-May-11 16:00 67th Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers, 67th IPL Dharmasala
21-May-11 20:00 68th Delhi Daredevils vs Pune Warriors, 68th IPL Delhi
22-May-11 16:00 69th Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, 69th IPL Bangalore
22-May-11 20:00 70th Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, 70th IPL Kolkata
24-May-11 20:00 71st TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 1 IPL Mumbai
25-May-11 20:00 72nd TBC vs TBC, Eliminator IPL Mumbai
27-May-11 20:00 73rd TBC vs TBC, Qualifier 2 IPL Chennai
28-May-11 20:00 Final TBC vs TBC, Final IPL Chennai

 

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Key moments from India’s six-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the World Cup final at Wankhede Stadium on Saturday.

Toss

The toss caused confusion all around on Saturday and had to be performed twice before the start of the World Cup final.

Nobody, including match referee Jeff Crowe, appeared to hear Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara’s call the first time. Sangakkara won the second toss and elected to bat first.

Jayawardene’s ton

The experienced Mahela Jayawardene held the Sri Lankan innings together with a classy unbeaten 103 off just 88 deliveries.

The right-hander was the only Sri Lankan batsman to cross 50 for his team on Saturday and did that with utmost ease and deft touches.

Batting powerplay

Sri Lankan batting changed gears very quickly during the last five overs of their innings — the powerplay — and added 63 runs for the loss off Nuwan Kulasekara’s wicket.

The finish took the Sri Lankan total to a challenging 274 for six but in the end it proved to be inadequate.

Gambhir’s knock

Gautam Gambhir steadied the Indian innings with a solid knock of 97 after they got off to a wobbly start, losing openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar in quick succession.

Gambhir missed out on a deserved hundred by just three runs while trying to up the run rate and was bowled by Thisara Perera.

Dhoni’s promotion

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, struggling for runs during the whole campaign, produced a master-stroke by promoting himself in the batting order ahead of in-form left-hander Yuvraj Singh.

Dhoni’s decision was based on the Sri Lankan bowling attack, which included three off-spinners — Muttiah Muralitharan, Suraj Randiv and Tillakaratne Dilshan — and the Indian captain wanted to guard Yuvraj against them.

Dhoni remained unbeaten on 91 off 79 balls and blasted a huge six over long-on to take India past Sri Lanka’s total.

Wicketless Muralitharan

Sri Lanka’s attack looked blunt as their main weapon Muttiah Muralitharan, who played his last international match on Saturday, went wicketless in his spell.

The game’s highest wicket-taker in both tests and one-day internationals gave away 39 runs from his eight overs which proved a bit too costly for Sri Lanka.

 

Japan’s NTT Docomo Thursday said it will invest about Rs 800 crore more in Tata Teleservices through a rights issue of the Indian mobile phone services provider.

The additional investment is part of Docomo’s strategy to expand its business presence and revenue streams in India’s rapidly growing market, it said in a statement.

Shares of Tata Teleservices (Maharashtra), the listed subsidiary of Tata Teleservices surged following the announcement. At 12:00 hrs the shares were traded at Rs 17.35 on National Stock Exchange, up 6.1% from previous close.

Tata Teleservices will use the funds to expand its coverage as well as strengthen the quality of its third generation or 3G network launched in November last year, it said.NTT Docomo had bought 26% stake in Tata Teleservices in November 2008.Tata Teleservices offers GSM mobile services under the Tata Docomo brand, and CDMA based mobile phone services under the Tata Indicom brand.

 

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A friend of Nicole Scherzinger, shared that she’s secretly pregnant. “Hamilton and I have talked about having kids for a long time. I’m so very excited! He will be a great Dad!”

 

 

 

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This is a very special video by Nike, with a sort of pledge being taken by all our great cricket heroes including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Zaheer Khan,Harbhajan Singh.

Really very nostalgic moments captured in this video and surely does not fail to charge you up and specially made for the moment, as we enter the semi final stage against Pakistan, BLEED BLUE !!!!!!!

 

 

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Sachin Tendulkar

Harbhajan Singh

Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DOMESTIC PLAYERS

Abu Nachim Ahmed (Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler)

Abu Nachim Ahmed (Right Arm Fast Medium Bowler)

Aditya Tare

Aditya Tare (Right-hand Wicket Keeper Batsman)

Ali Murtuza

Ali Murtuza ( Left arm off spin Left-hand Lower Order Batsman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ambati Rayudu

Ambati Rayudu (Right-hand Batsman)

Dhaval Kulkarni

Dhaval Kulkarni (Right-arm medium pace)

Pawan Suyal

Pawan Suyal (Right-arm fast, Left-arm fast-medium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rajagopal Satish

Rajagopal Satish (Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm medium pace)

S K Yadav

S K Yadav (Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm medium pace)

Sarul Kanwar

Sarul Kanwar (Right-hand Batsman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T Suman

T Suman (Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm off-break)

Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal ( Right-hand Batsman & Leg-break and googly)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Players

Aiden Blizzard

Aiden Blizzard(Left-hand Batsman)

Andrew Symonds

Andrew Symonds(Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm medium pace)

David Jacobs

David Jacobs (Right-hand Wicket Keeper Batsman)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dilhara Fernando

Dilhara Fernando (Right-arm fast-medium)

James Franklin

James Franklin (Right-arm fast-medium)

Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard (Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm fast-medium)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lasith Malinga

Lasith Malinga (Right-arm fast)

 

Moises Henriques

Moises Henriques (Right-hand Batsman & Right-arm fast-medium)

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bring on Pakistan. Let the whole of Punjab reverberate with India, India! And thank God, and Yuvraj Singh for that. But spare a thought for Ricky Ponting-a three-time World Cup winner.

The combination of India’s youthful experience has prevailed over what in business would be called jaded core-values. Australia opted for an all-out pace attack in conditions that eminently suited the guiles of spin.

Indian have earned the right to play arch-rivals Pakistan in Yuvraj’s home ground, Mohali, largely thanks to Yuvi’s late order exploits with the bat. Promising innings from Sehwag and Tendulkar were curtailed; Team India grew nervous; there were almost three run outs, which fortunately resulted in only one. Yuvraj had been promising to be this team’s fulcrum for nearly a decade, but has delivered decisively only now. He was useful with the ball, and a grand finisher with the bat.

Could captain MS Dhoni have made a more inspired selection? Suresh Raina may have been fairly inconsequential on the batting scorecard, but he did save almost a dozen runs on the field. Ravichandran Ashwin looks like a lollipop chucker who’s disturbed by the undertaker in his dreams. Yet he bowled an inspired spell that begs the question why he didn’t deserve an automatic selection all along the tournament? In the middle overs, sensing that the pitch was receptive to spin, Dhoni opted for a triumvirate spin attack and brought on Zaheer Khan just when he had to pick up a few much-needed wickets.

It was only fitting that India, a team that has consistently challenged Australia in all forms of the game, and unseated it from the top of Test rankings, put the current world champions out of the tournament.

But India need to take home the lessons. A shirtback of a pitch doesn’t do justice to the supreme batting lineup that India possesses. Harder the batting conditions get, greater the chance for India’s vaunted batting lineup to shine. Against Pakistan’s superlative bowling attack, they can’t afford such risks. Mohali will certainly offer more to Umar Gul and Co. Can we stand up?