Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sachin Tendulkar Retires from ODI

Even God Takes Rest

Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from One-day Internationals today, and with it comes to an end one of the memorable eras in world cricket.

The genius batsman from Mumbai ends his career with 49 hundreds, 18,426 runs, 463 appearances, and 96 half-centuries — all world records earned over a massive 23-year-long career — but he will value his 2011 World Cup win above all these.

Tendulkar, who will turn 40 in April, exited the 50-over-format quietly. The Board of Cricket Control in India’s website announced that Tendulkar had conveyed his decision to president N. Srinivasan.

“I have decided to retire from the One Day format of the game,” his statement published on BCCI.tv said.

“I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup wining Indian team. The preparatory process to defend the World Cup in 2015 should begin early and in right earnest. I would like to wish the team all the very best for the future. I am eternally grateful to all my well wishers for their unconditional support and love over the years.”

The Press Trust of India quoted a source as saying that Tendulkar had gone off the radar after the Nagpur Test, where India surrendered the Test series to England.

"Once he was back in Mumbai after the Nagpur Test, he switched off his cell phone and became incommunicado for at least three days. The only possible way to contact him was through Anjali's (wife) number as he wanted some time to himself," the source, said to be a close friend of Tendulkar said on the condition of anonymity.

"By Friday night, he had intimated his family and close group of friends that he wants to quit from ODIs. Accordingly, he informed BCCI president N Srinivasan last night about his decision to retire from ODIs making it clear that he doesn't want to play in the ODIs against Pakistan," the source added.

Tendulkar’s last ODI was against Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Mirpur, Bangladesh. He had scored a quick 52 in that game, as India chased down a massive score of 329.

The announcement of his retirement was somewhat surprising. Earlier this week, sections of the media had reported that Tendulkar had made himself available for selection for the upcoming games against Pakistan.

Tendulkar has been going through the poorest form of his long, illustrious career and there have been many calls in the cricket press for him to announce his retirement from cricket. He finally chose to take the dignified way out.

Speaking to CNN-IBN, former selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth reacting to Sachin's ODI retirement, said: “I am shocked. Didn't have any indication earlier about Sachin's decision to quit. He is leaving on a high.”

India’s performance since the World Cup win has been undoubtedly its poorest in many years. The period has also coincided with Tendulkar’s poorest run in a long time. In 30 Test innings, he has averaged 31.76 with a highest score of 94. In ODIs, those numbers are poorer: 333 runs in 11 innings opening the batting, averaging 30.27, with one painstakingly compiled hundred against Bangladesh.

Those numbers pale in comparison to what Tendulkar had achieved in the years gone by, and it could be argued that Tendulkar is not leaving on a high.

The upcoming Test series at home against Australia could possibly be his last — unless he can recreate the magic of old and prolong his playing days a little more.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Ricky Ponting Retireing

Ricky Ponting, one of the finest batsmen in contemporary cricket and Australia’s middle order bulwark for years, announced his retirement from international cricket on Thursday, bringing down the curtains on an illustrious career spanning 17 years.
Ponting, who will retire after the third Test against South Africa beginning here tomorrow, told a hastily-called press conference that he was calling it quits as he has not being performing for some time to the level he had desired.
The former Australian captain, who will turn 38 next month, has scored 13,366 Test runs from 167 matches at an average of 52.21, second only to India’s Sachin Tendulkar (15562 from 192 matches). He made his Test debut in 1995 against Sri Lanka at the same venue where he will walk into Test sunset.
In the 375 ODIs he has played, Ponting accumulated 13,704 runs, scoring 30 centuries, with a highest score of 164 and an average of 42.03. He has, however, not played in the ODIs since being dropped from the team in February this year.
Ponting said he was retiring as his level of performance was not good enough to continue in the Australian team.
“It’s a decision I thought long and hard about, put in long consideration about the decision. Over the last couple of weeks my level of performance hasn’t been good enough. At the end of the day it was about my results and my output in this series so far,” Ponting said.
“It hasn’t been to the level required for batsmen and players in the Australian team. I’ve given cricket my all. I haven’t been performing consistently over the last 12-18 months. I believe now is the right time to be making this decision,” said an emotional Ponting with the entire Australian squad by his side at the press conference.
Nicknamed ‘Punter’ by Shane Warne for his penchant for a bet (punt) on the greyhounds, Ponting has scored 41 centuries, third in the all-time list behind Tendulkar (51) and South African Jacques Kallis (44).
Against India, he has scored 2555 Test runs from 29 matches and 51 innings at an average of 54.36 with the 257 in the first innings in the third Test in Melbourne in December 2003 being the highest.
He has three double tons, five centuries and 12 half centuries against India.
The right-handed batsman, however, has a poor record on Indian soil with just 662 runs from 14 matches and 25 innings spread over six tours with an ordinary average of 26.48. He has hit just a century in India - the 123 in the first innings of the Bangalore Test in October 2008. He has five half centuries in India.
There were reports that Ponting met the selectors ahead of the third Test after failing to perform in the two games of the high-profile three-match series, but he said he was quitting on his own terms.
“I’m glad I have got the opportunity to finish on my terms. This is a decision not made by the selectors, it was made by me,” he said.
Ponting’s wife Rianna and two daughters Emmy and Mattise along with manager James Henderson were with him for the announcement. He said he would continue to play for Tasmania this season.
Ponting will equal former captain Steve Waugh’s record of of 168 Tests when he retires, the most in the history of Australian cricket.
The Tasmanian is the highest Australian run-scorer of all time and has been described as the greatest Australian batsman after Sir Donald Bradman.
Following a poor start to the Test series with low scores in Brisbane and Adelaide, Ponting said he was troubled by the “tentative” manner of his dismissals.
Asked about his future plans after retirement, Ponting gestured towards his wife and children and said, “I’ve got a few months of cricket yet, which I am really looking forward to. I really enjoyed the start of this season playing cricket with Tasmania and back with some of my mates. I haven’t spent a lot of time for near on the last 20 years. So I’ll enjoy that for what it is, but this is my new team here,” Ponting said, pointing to his family.
As for the question of his contribution to cricket, Ponting had a simple answer.
“I know I’ve given cricket my all. It’s been life for 20 years. Not much more I can give,” he said.
Addressing the press conference after Ponting left the scene, a teary Australian captain Michael Clarke was so overwhelmed by emotion that he could not answer a question to reflect on his predecessor’s retirement.
“I didn’t have a feeling it was coming. Ricky spoke to me after the Adelaide Test match and made his decision I guess over the last few days. The boys are obviously hurting at the moment. He’s been an amazing player for a long time ... and that’ll do me for today. Sorry, I can’t answer that.”
Ponting has managed just 20 runs from three innings in two Tests so far against South Africa. He has not scored a century since the 221 against India in Adelaide in January this year.
Ponting has won more Tests as captain (48 out of 77 matches) than any other Australian and has an astonishing success rate of almost 72 percent as the country’s one-day leader, winning 164 of his 228 games.
He had already called a halt on his captaincy of the Test and one-day team in March last year, but continued as a player
Despite skippering Australia in more than 300 Test and one-day matches, taking over from Steve Waugh, his magnificent innings were blighted by three Ashes series losses as captain.
As captain he oversaw a painful transition in Australian cricket in the wake of several high-profile retirements, including Warne, Glenn McGrath, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden and Justin Langer.
But even with such greats in the ranks, Ponting, as captain, lost the 2005 Ashes in England. Despite engineering a 5-0 revenge in the ensuing home series in 2006/07, he again lost in 2009 and 2010/11.
That last failure was badly received in Australia —— it was their first Ashes loss at home for 24 years and followed a series of defeats by Ponting—led teams.
Australia lost a home series against South Africa for the first time in 2008/09 and a two-match series in India in 2010.
Ponting had a rocky beginning in the public eye and was banned for three matches in 1999 by the (then) Australian Cricket Board following an early-morning brawl in a Sydney bar.
A contrite Ponting, with a blackened eye, gave a press conference the next day to apologise, but he matured into a valued mentor in the Australian team over time.
His fierce competitiveness also brought him trouble. He was reprimanded by the International Cricket Council for damaging a dressing room television in an angry reaction to being run out against Zimbabwe at the World Cup in India.
Ponting is known as a campaigner against cancer and established The Ponting Foundation with his wife Rianna to raise money for young Australians afflicted by the disease.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Role Of Media In Cricket

Cricket has ruled the hears of people all over the world. Where there is cricket, Presidents, Prime minister and tycoons, all turn into fans. Even the newspapers and news channels can no longer remain aloof from this fact and have accepted cricket as an integral part of there process.
Early realization of this is already  paying dividends. if in the coming days the sports page is seen in the form of cricket columns then it will not be a surprise package because currently as 3/4th of the sports page is more or less occupied by the tit bits of cricket.

Special time is allocated to the cricket news with different set of sponsors and all other games are grouped together, separately. This game has so much to talk about, so much to think about that even the news channel cannot escape its magic. Do share your views on the game of Cricket in the below given comment system. Craze courage, fear, fantasy, win..... and the list goes and on, of words that have found entry in the cricket lexicon.
What do these words signify in their association with the world of cricket? Craze to grab the accessories of the favorite cricketers, courage to defer the important activities when one knows the load of work pending can prove fatal if not done in time, fear of losing the match when six runs are required on the lost ball, fantasy of imagining oneself among the names in the world of cricket is in nerves.
We watch cricket six months in a year and talk about it for the next six months. have we ever bothered so much of any other sport? Have we ever given a thought to the fact that compels a person to take interest in every bit of information on the day of match from reporting pitch conditions to the presentation? Some answered and some unanswered. Keeping aside intellectual reasons for the time being, we will realize that so much cricket has surpassed all possibilities for reasons. It is mania! Craze.
For some people is an obsession, it's a way of life, it's a passion. Others enjoy themselves watching cricket and the real fanatic ones have a passion to know cricket. Playing and watching do not seem to satisfy their quest for cricket. Knowing about players both professionally and personally charm the fans. It is the hot topic of discussion in the crowd of those of those aspiring to ornate the career with the achievements in cricket. Should we take liberty to call it 'mania' or is it only an interest that has captured the prime importance in the life of individuals? Whatever it may be, the fact is that cricket entertains its fans, rejuvenates them and unites them on one platform. Cricket has grabbed the attention of its fans all over the world. Those who are really mad for cricket spare time from the busy schedule to play, watch, collect information, discuss, understand and appreciate cricket. in their words, "Cricket is a wonderfully civilized act of warfare, the greatest thing that God ever created". The craze, excitement and fun in cricket is the result of personal interests of the people. But somewhere, media has also come to play a vital role in the publicity of the game. Accordingly, there are two prime reasons for the cricket mania:

1. Role of Media.

"Media is the second most powerful thing in the world after God". by Anonymous

This statements has hidden truth that can be understood and appreciated in the field of cricket. Media ha taken crickets to masses. Whether it is advertisement on television, sports columns in newspapers, movies on this subjects or sports-time in the news, everywhere cricket tops the priority list. The reason is clear : 'Cricket is in demands.' Apart from watching the players professionally, the fan club appreciates the players on television screen doing something not related to cricket. Today, the shining names in this game are in contract with one or the other company. Looking from the company' perspective, return on investment on cricket is in the form of huge profits. Why not? The ones who adore Mahendra Singh Dhoni using Reebok accessories, feel that using these accessories can make them strong and look like the man himself. If it is Reebok for Dhoni, it is Boost for Sachin Tendulkar. Talking Boost day and night is necessary for the fans not because the product has something to do with health benefits--it is secondary--but because Sachin Tendulkar is the man behind the promotion of the product, because at 5ft 4inch, he continues to stand tall in cricket with the largest fan club; because after 16 years in the business, he is still the highest earning celebrity brand, over Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. This fact was reconfirmed on May, 3, 2006, when the management firm ICONIX signed 'Tendulkar for a whopping Rs. 180 crores for a three-year extendable contract. Earlier, he had a contract with WorldTel for Rs. 100 crores. The landmark contract with ICONIX has come despite Tendulkar's dry run with bat, injuries and age. Thus, it proves once again that he is a role model for millions for young and old Indians, and the value he commands comes from the love and respect people have for him.
It is quite easy for the corporate world to increase the customer base and face the heat of competition in this way. Actually they know the art of blending this pervasive mania in a direction that can suit their interests. Samsun India, during its falling months of business, endorsed the seven names of Indian cricket team that were in limelight. If the electronic goods brand can feel the presence of mania then where should we expect the MNC brands like Pepsi and Coca-Cola? In the year 2005, the hit advertisement 'Oye Bubbly' took Pepsi to new heights. Crazy ones appreciated not only the players but also did not mind Amitabh Bachchan wearing the Indian Cricket Team dress.
It may appear strange but it is a fact that, after the big release of Aamir Khan's Lagaan, the considerable part of audience was interested in spending money and time in the cinema halls so as to get the taste of cinematic cricket. The beauty, was that in more than hour of the film, the characters entertained the audience playing cricket. May be this venture, the film Lagaan, the brainchild of Aashutosh Gowarikar was not written keeping in mind the craze and excitement behind cricket but it cannot be gainsaid that the part of success could be attributed to the story line-up that revolves around the game.
Cricket has ruled the hears of people all over the world. Where there is cricket, Presidents, Prime minister and tycoons, all turn into fans. Even the newspapers and news channels can no longer remain aloof from this fact and have accepted cricket as an integral part of there process. Early realization of this is already  paying dividends. if in the coming days the sports page is seen in the form of cricket columns then it will not be a surprise package because currently as 3/4th of the sports page is more or less occupied by the tit bits of cricket. Special time is allocated to the cricket news with different set of sponsors and all other games are grouped together, separately. This game has so much to talk about, so much to think about that even the news channel cannot escape its magic.
The explosive batting of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his initial matches compelled newspersons and journalists to go to his home State, Jharkhand. Can we ever expect a new comer in any field so crazily chased by the media.

2. Personal Interest

The second important factor is the interest of the audience in the game. Is it the simplicity of the game that it is followed so much by the people all around or is just the publicity that has made this game the king of sports? Whatever it is, the fact is that cricket has, in its kitty, the love and admiration of masses, to that extraordinary extent which no other game has. Cricket mania can be seen in all age groups and in all sections of society. It is not difficult to find a child of five years who knows what a fast ball or spin ball is or for a lower middle class person who has saved some money every month to buy a ticket to watch a cricket match in stadium. Sometimes it is really hard to believe that our national game is hockey and not cricket. We take pleasure in remembering the names of 11 players of the cricket team alone with the team manger and team coach but hardly bother to know the name of even the captain of the team of any other game. It is not clear till date what this mania has in store for the future of the game but what we can expect is more enthusiasm, craze, zeal, excitement in the coming days.
The craze and mania is intensifying day by day. in our own cricket team, the extraordinary performance of the players has not only set new international records and standards but has made cricket come closer to the hearts of common people. Of course, the fans keep track of the performance and new achievements make them even crazier.
Another important aspects of this ever growing mania is that where on one side the future of other games is bleak, on the other side, cricket is the only game that holds in itself the capability to unite the two international rivals, India and Pakistan. had there been no cricket on both the sides of border there would have been a deadlock in the relationship of India and Pakistan. Today both the nations are working on a common platform to develop trade relations and to solve both mutual and other international problems.
Cricket mania in India can be seen the form of popularity and appreciation which the budding stars get. The success of the Indian team rests on the bedrock of highly energetic performance put up by the young blood that has helped Team India rise to new standards. The Indian 'Young Brigade' is daring, dashing and willing to dot the best be it Yuvraj Singh, Irfan Pathan, Mahendra Singh Dohni, R.P. Singh, Suresh Raina or S. Sreesanth, all are displaying the ability and courage to take the challenge and dictate their own terms to their rivals, with superb perfection. Recently, and added name to the list of player which has attracted the herd of fans in Munaf Patel. Let u hope to see more cricket and more mania from this rising chap in the coming days.
Cricket mania has thus overwhelmed all. Professionals are still trying to find out the dimensions to this. Is it cricket mania really when we stand in synchronization with the ball that is shot in air, eyes still at ball as if trying to ask the bal itself if it is pleased to land into the filer's hand or to hit the ground?