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  Sachin's Last Walk to Crease Bags Best Photo award
Posted by: mmadhankumar - Today 01:06 PM - No Replies

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A photograph capturing cricket maestro Sachin Tendulkar's final walk to the crease in his last Test match at the Wankhede stadium has bagged the Picture Of The Year award for 2013, organisers said on Wednesday.

The photo - by 41-year-old Mumbai photojournalist Atul Kamble for Mid Day - bagged the award at the fourth MFI-Yes Bank National Press Photo Contest 2014.

It shows Tendulkar stepping out of the dressing room to bat in his final Test innings as his excited fans jostled to capture the historic moment in November 2013.

The picture was unanimously selected as the winner from over 8,000 images submitted by more than 240 photojournalists across India.

Kamble will receive a prize money of Rs.75,000 for the photo, which was also adjudged the best in the sports category.

The awards ceremony will be held next month.

Twenty-two other photojournalists, who won prizes in six categories, will be awarded cash prizes of Rs.50,000, Rs.30,000 and Rs.20,000.


Sachin's Last Walk to Crease Bags Best Photo award

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  Why Ajay Jadeja loves Adelaide
Posted by: nairrk - Today 01:06 PM - No Replies

South Australia is calling. This beautiful part of the country is worth visiting not just for the spectacular Adelaide Oval, where India and Pakistan face off on February 15, but its countless other attractions - from the sumptuous food and wine, to its wildlife and nature, and thrilling adventure sports. Get the top recommendations straight from former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja, who enjoys visiting Adelaide with his son

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Cricketer Ajay Jadeja cuddles a cute koala in South Australia

It’s been a while since we saw Ajay Jadeja have a good time at Adelaide. In this film released exclusively to Yahoo India Travel, the swashbuckling former Indian cricketer takes you on a tour of his favourite city, and shows you to some of the attractions that draw him there time and again.

Adelaide is the only city in Australia where you can start your day swimming with dolphins, cuddle koalas and feed kangaroos in the afternoon, and then dine at any of the city's world-class restaurants and watch a sunset at the beach. South Australia has chosen former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja as its ambassador to India, and he’s keen to take you around this beautiful landscape and show you around. Among his favourite locales here is, unsurprisingly, the stunning Adelaide Oval, one of the world’s most scenic cricket stadia, which has just undergone a refurbishment valued at over $530 million. Next year, the ICC World Cup is coming to Australia and Adelaide will host one of the most awaited encounters of the tournament - the India-Pakistan face-off on February 14. Jadeja has a few good memories of playing against Australia and Pakistan here at the Oval.

Yahoo India Travel asked Jadeja about his recommendations to travellers visiting South Australia, particularly Adelaide, both for cricket and other diversions. Excerpts:

What are your favourite memories in Australia off field?
South Australia is a great family destination and my most favourite memories is walking around the city, sitting in cafés enjoying a cup of coffee, and playing around the vast park lands with my son. Enjoyed some bike-riding and skateboarding too. It's a city that is easy to get around in, and very safe and peaceful.

What can cricket fans hope to enjoy in South Australia?
The food and wine are spectacular. The city is beautiful and the wine regions are close enough to drive around to. There is something for everyone and it has all you need for a restful relaxing holiday. The beaches are beautiful and serene and it's the perfect place to enjoy family time at a relaxed pace.

Besides cricket, what can people do or see in South Australia?
*Definitely go see the Bradman collection at the Adelaide Oval
*Visit Hahndorf, which is the most beautiful quaint German town in the Adelaide hills. It's so close to the city but you are transported into a different time and era.
*You have to try the cellar doors, and great good and wine in the Baross. Adelaide city and its restaurants are a must-do.
*Also head out to Kangaroo Island for untouched natural beauty, great adventure sports and contact with wildlife
*Glenelg is great for swimming with dolphins, too. You see so many and they are so close to the city!

Your favourite Oval moment?
The Bradman Collection is quite a beautiful capture of the life of the great batsman and was the best thing for a cricket fan like me.

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Start your day by swimming with dolphins


Your most special moment with your son?
Would have to be sandboarding on Kangaroo Island. It was a great experience and we both had a great time. We also enjoyed just hanging around trying the great food at the restaurants in Adelaide city.


About the film
This is the second of three new films by the South Australian Tourism Commission aimed at encouraging visitors to Adelaide during the Cricket World Cup. The films star Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja and encourages Indians to visit South Australia when the country hosts the opening game of the ICC Cricket World Cup – a blockbuster limited-overs cricket match between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on February 15, 2015.

This film shows Ajay spending a day in Adelaide and all the things he can do in the city in a day. You can start your day swimming with dolphins at Glenelg, cuddle a koala and feed kangaroos at Cleland in the afternoon, and still have time to roam around the city and enjoy great South Australian food and wine. Adelaide is an easily accessible city and this film is a snapshot of what visitors can experience. It is everything you can pack into an Australian holiday — nature, wildlife, beach, food and wine — and you can do it in a day.

Set to a soulful, earthy track composed by renowned Bollywood music composers Siddharth and Sangeet Haldipur, lyrics of Banjaara Dil (heard fully in first film) are by lyricist Natwar Singh. The films were conceptualised and commissioned by South Australian Tourism Commission as part of its India Strategy 2020. It is directed by Indian filmmaker Deepti Chawla and produced by Coburn Machado of Daydreamer Pictures.

Why Ajay Jadeja loves Adelaide - Yahoo Cricket India

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  Disqualify CSK, says the Supreme Court
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:57 PM - Replies (3)

The Chennai Super Kings franchise should be disqualified without further inquiry, the Supreme Court has observed in the latest hearing of the 2013 IPL corruption case.

The Chennai Super Kings franchise should be disqualified without further inquiry, the Supreme Court has observed in the latest hearing of the 2013 IPL corruption case.

The Supreme Court special bench of Justice T S Thakur and F M Kalifullah also told counsel appearing for the BCCI and N Srinivasan, that the BCCI annual general meeting scheduled for December 17 should go ahead but without including those involved with the investigations.

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Disqualify CSK, says the Supreme Court - Yahoo Cricket India

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  'If I'd stayed captain, Bangladesh would have done better'
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:39 PM - No Replies

Former Bangladesh captain and current selector Habibul Bashar talks about the team's early days, landmark wins, and the current squad
Interview by Subash Jayaraman

Subash Jayaraman: When you grew up playing cricket, Bangladesh wasn't a Test-playing nation. So what was the motivation for a youngster choosing to play cricket for Bangladesh in the 1980s and '90s?

Habibul Bashar: For me it wasn't easy, because my parents never wanted me to be a cricketer. They wanted me to complete my studies. Most people used to play cricket as a second option. Also, the cricket season used to start in October and end in March. Then there was no more cricket. I just loved this game. That was my only motivation. I was quite lucky, because when I had to choose cricket as a career, Bangladesh had got Test status. I had played in school and college.

SJ: Who were the batsmen you modelled yourself after?

HB: We didn't have all the TV channels at that time. We didn't get a chance to watch a lot of cricket. When the World Cup was on, we got most of the games live, and because my hometown is Kushtia, which is close to India, we used to get Doordarshan [India's public broadcaster]. I have seen Mohammad Azharuddin a lot. He is my idol.

SJ: When Bangladesh got Test status in 2000, you didn't have a well-developed first-class system in place. So how did you guys cope with it?

HB: It wasn't easy for us to play Test cricket, that is a fact. Before we got Test status, I had only played a couple of first-class seasons. For us, playing Test cricket we had to learn. But [getting the Test status] changed Bangladesh cricket. We started getting modern facilities. Before that there was nothing in our days - no training facility, no indoor facility, no trainers. We weren't prepared to play Test cricket. We just had training sessions.

SJ: But if you look at the current generation of Bangladeshi players - Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, and all these guys - they grew up watching international cricket played in Bangladesh. What sort of impact does it have on the upcoming generation of players?

HB: When we played cricket, we didn't know there would be a chance to play Test cricket in our lifetime. These guys knew they are going to play for Bangladesh. The facilities are a lot better and they got everything [they needed] when they started playing cricket. They were more prepared than us.

SJ: Should Test status be expanded to include more countries?

HB: I think it should. I can say that from our experience. If you don't get the Test-class facilities at home, it is tough. If you get sponsors, you actually start to get everything. The difference in cricket between Test-playing countries and non-Test playing countries is big. We only can reduce the gap if you keep playing them continuously. We should play active members regularly, because else we will find it very hard to compete against very good teams. If you get Test status, even if you don't get many Test matches, when you start playing other [Test] countries, your cricket will definitely improve. And that is better for cricket all around the world.

SJ: From when you started playing in 2000 to when you retired in 2007, what was the change you underwent as a Test cricketer, as a Test batsman, and Bangladesh as a team?

HB: Huge! I got my identity as a Test cricketer. When I started playing, I didn't know if I could survive at this level. After playing for a year or two, I understood that I can survive and perform.

I have seen the changes in Bangladesh. The facilities are getting better. There are new cricketers coming up, the whole country is interested in cricket. In my days if 100 players came forward to play cricket, now there are 1000.

SJ: You scored your maiden Test hundred against Zimbabwe in Chittagong. Could you take us through that innings?

HB: I had scored a few half-centuries before that. In the inaugural Test match against India, I had scored 70-odd. I was quite happy getting that 70-odd runs. I was playing against my role model. For me, that was enough. I had scored four to five half-centuries before my first hundred. When I got there, it was a relief. I felt very happy.

I remember every shot in that innings. But I remember that Test more because in the second innings I got a chance to score back-to-back hundreds, but I just tried to hit Grant Flower over his head and got caught at long-off. That, I remember the most.

SJ: Bangladesh went through a long streak of Test losses. You had won only one of the first 50-odd Test matches you played. What sort of psychological effect does it have on the team? As a captain, how difficult is it to motivate your players loss after loss after loss?

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"I have two more selectors with me and I tell them, 'Let's not make it easy for someone to come in to the side'"

HB: It was very difficult for us. You don't like to be questioned about your ability as a Test cricketer. Some people said, "No, these guys are not ready for Test cricket and got the status too early and they are not good enough." People forget that when we got the Test status, the other Test-playing countries had played almost 100 Test matches. They had more experience than us.

In ODI matches, if you have one good day, you can win an ODI. In Test matches, you have to bowl well in two innings and you have to bat well in two innings. Test cricket isn't easy. But the bottom line was that we weren't playing well.

It was difficult to motivate everyone to play well to win Test matches. So what I did was motivate every player about their own performance. If everyone focused on their own game, it might help the team. If we get the experience and get individual performances, some day we will start we will win as a team - that we knew from the beginning. That is what I told the team.

SJ: When Bangladesh finally won that first Test match against Zimbabwe, what was the mood within the team?

HB: That series against Zimbabwe, we were playing at home. Before that we were very close to winning a Test match, against Pakistan in Multan. That innings from Inzamam-ul-Haq was really something people will remember. That is something from which we could learn so much. We were not an experienced team. That is why we lost that Test. In some of the other Test matches also we played well.

So when we played Zimbabwe in Bangladesh in 2005, we realised this was the chance for us. We started preparing and told ourselves that if we stick together, this is the opportunity for us. We are not going to lose this and we will do anything to win a Test match. There was pressure on us. We had to win one Test for Bangladesh.

We started that Test match very well by winning the toss, because, in Bangladesh, batting in the fourth innings is difficult as its starts to turn. We won the toss and batted first because we knew there were higher possibilities to win the Test. Throughout the match, we had the momentum, and when we finished it, people had gone crazy, we all had gone crazy. We started celebrating from the ground and we didn't stop till late morning.

SJ: There was this other Test match that you should have definitely won, against Australia in Fatullah and that would have been an even bigger win, perhaps. Bangladesh had a big first-innings lead but the game got away from you.

HB: Well, that is because of not having the belief in winning. We didn't win many matches, we didn't have that winning experience. We just lost the flow. If we had a little bit more in the second innings, it could have won us the game. They didn't bowl that well, just that we didn't believe we could do that. If we play that match against Australia now, I am sure we would win it. We didn't have the confidence to do well in both innings. It was mental barrier for us.

SJ: There is a question from a listener, Arun. He says that you captained Bangladesh to a historic win against India in the 2007 World Cup and in the second round you beat South Africa as well. But you would have thought that Bangladesh would have gone on to be a team that beats other teams more regularly. But it is still just one-off. Why hasn't that change happened?

HB: I think we are winning more games lately. If you see our [performances from] 2011 to 2013, I think we won more games than what we used to do. The team actually has been doing well. It is in 2014 that we haven't won much. That is because some of the guys lost their form together. It doesn't happen quite often. You always have someone in bad form in the team, but that would be one or two. But there were five players or so out of form together. But as you saw in this [Zimbabwe] series, they have started performing and scoring lot more runs. I think we will do better in 2015.

SJ: In that 2007 World Cup, even when Bangladesh did well under you, your captaincy was under threat and you were made to give it up soon after. What went on between the team management, the selectors and you?

HB: In the 2007 World Cup, we played well. We were based in Barbados for the second-round matches. Barbados has a bit of pace and bounce and is a bit different from our conditions. If we had been based in Trinidad or somewhere else, I am sure we would won a few more.

But ultimately, I didn't perform well in the 2007 World Cup. After that, the coaches wanted me to consider playing only Test matches. I think that was a wrong move. Our team was still young. If I would have stayed captain for one more year, I think Bangladesh would have done much better. When I left they had to go through the learning and winning process again. Mohammad Ashraful was a young captain. When you change the captain of the team, sometimes you have to start again. In 2008-09 that is what happened.

SJ: You are a selector now. So are you willing to give more time and chances to the players now than the selectors did back in your time?

HB: Yeah, I can understand that. I have two more selectors with me - Minhajul Abdein and Akram Khan, the former captain. They know and I also tell them, "Let's not make it easy for someone to come in to the side". Someone coming in has to work very hard to get in. If someone gets into the side, he will get enough chances to play himself in. If he is good enough, he performs. If he is not good enough, he does not. If he comes, there will be enough opportunities, not just one or two or three or four.

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Bangladesh celebrate their first Test win, against Zimbabwe in Chittagong in 2005

SJ: How do you compare the current team under Mushfiqur Rahim's captaincy to the one that you captained from 2004 to 2007?

HB: I think this [current] team is a lot better, because they have batsmen till No. 8 in the order, isn't it? Because of Shakib and Mushfiqur, the team has the option of playing an extra batsman or an extra bowler. That makes it a big difference from the team we had.

Talent-wise, this team has some world-class performers. Shakib started in our time, but he is more mature now and he is a world-class performer. Tamim [Iqbal] is playing well, Mushfiq is performing, and we also have Mahmudullah and Nasir Hossain - even though he is not in the team now, he might make a comeback - and Mominul [Haque].

In our time, our line-up wasn't strong. After five batsmen, we were out of time.

SJ: Clive asks: What is your long-term plan for Bangladesh cricket? And what is your blueprint to see Bangladesh win more consistently?

HB: We have to work very hard with our school teams and age levels. We have a lot of participants, but these schoolboys need proper coaching. I have suggested to the board that we look after schoolboys and age-group cricket more and more. We have the passion for cricket. Every boy wants to play cricket. They just need a platform to play well. I think we need to play a lot of four-day games, and [only] then ODIs, at age level. At age levels, they play a lot of 50-over, 30-over games, but I think we should put more longer-version games. We have talent. They just need the platform so that we get more and better international cricketers for Bangladesh.

Habibul Bashar: 'If I'd stayed captain, Bangladesh would have done better' | Cricinfo Magazine | ESPN Cricinfo

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  The birth of the chokers tag'
Posted by: nairrk - Today 12:28 PM - No Replies

Daryll Cullinan remembers feeling stunned at the end of the tied 1999 World Cup semi-final

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South Africa ran out of steam at the end

We started off quite well with four wins to kick off the tournament. But then we seemed to have a dip halfway through, and that was where the 1999 World Cup turned for us.

It was a long World Cup and we realised we were probably going to lose one or two matches along the way, but it was all about the timing of when we lost.

Our first defeat was against Zimbabwe. It cost us later, when the points would have made a difference. Then we won the next two, including against New Zealand in Birmingham, where we handled the conditions well, before we lost again to Australia. We didn't feel too bad about that because we were beaten by a brilliant one-day innings from Steve Waugh, and that was that.

We were given three days off before the semi-final. I don't know if that had an effect, because we always backed ourselves to beat Australia in that game. By that stage of the tournament, the pitches had started to dry out. We knew that because of how Edgbaston had played during the New Zealand game. We were prepared.

But on the day, there was something quite puzzling, in that after we won the toss we bowled first. We had Jacques Kallis and he was bowling really quickly and swinging the ball upfront, so maybe the decision was based on getting the best out of him. But it still seemed unusual in a big match like that. These days teams don't mind chasing, but back then it was still seen as quite a challenging thing. You'd prefer to have runs on the board. Bob Woolmer, South Africa's coach, had been the coach of Warwickshire. He said that in his time there, he probably only remembered about five occasions when the team batting second won the match. But we still bowled first.

I remember thinking someone should run out onto the field with gloves or something like that - just stop the game for a little while It ended up not really being about that because we bowled well. It was only when we were chasing that things got interesting. I have never played in a game that was such a see-saw. Things were changing every five overs: they were in a good position, then we were in a good position. There was so much pressure and everything was at stake. A final at Lord's. Everything.

Then we got to the point where it seemed like we were going to get over the line even though we couldn't really sense it from the change room. The dressing rooms were behind closed doors, so as the game goes on, the players are actually a bit detached from the whole affair. But at one stage one of the Australians popped their heads in and said, "Well done."

When I was talking to Damien Fleming years later, he said Steve Waugh just sort of chucked him the ball and said, "Okay, get it over with."

We didn't know about that then but we could sense something was going on. In that final over, I was sitting with Woolmer, Gary Kirsten and Peter Pollock. I remember thinking someone should run out onto the field with gloves or something like that - just stop the game for a little while. But then we needed just the one run off four balls.

Afterwards I don't remember anything being said. It was just stunned silence. Not a word was spoken. The older guys obviously took it much harder, because we knew we would not get too many chances. I definitely didn't think there would be another World Cup for me. We knew a chance was gone. In 1996, inexperience cost us, but in 1999, we'd had a good run of one-day cricket and then we seemed to run out of steam in the end.

But we were very much a team and nobody needed to say anything. There was not a word of blame, because we understood it could have happened to any of us. In that situation, with that pressure, it could have happened to any of us. It was just such a day. Everything was just left there. I don't really know what happened afterwards, because I went to Bermuda for six months. But I think that was the birth of the chokers tag. And that was a genuine choke.

Daryll Cullinan played 70 Tests for South Africa between 1993 and 2001

World Cup heartbreaks: Daryll Cullinan remembers the 1999 semi-final | Cricket Features | World Cup Timeline | ESPN Cricinfo

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