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ICC’s Best-Ever Test and ODI rankings have attracted more criticism than interest. After reading a few news articles about Sachin and Dravid not making it to the top 10 in Tests, I decided to look at the list and check who those “Best-Ever” players were. A glance at the list and I found it to be meaningless. Or else how would Saurav Ganguly and Ricky Ponting not be featured in top 20 and Saeed Anwar and Inzamam be ranked 38 and 43 respectively.

What I found to be even more stupid is the brief about the rankings which says that no player is allowed to appear on the list more than once. You can find the top 100 cricketers here in the ICC Best-Ever Test and ODI ratings. Sir Bradman and Sir Richards must be lucky enough as the ICC is still considering those legendary cricketers to be the No.1 in Test and ODI cricket respectively.

The list and the criteria are awful, appalling and terrible. My reader friends are free to add more to the list of adjectives.

While discussions and war of words by ministries of India and Pakistan have been on, Sean McCormak the US State Dept. Spokesman has now suggested that India and Pakistan should act together and go ahead with a joint probe on .

Each side has pieces of the puzzle that the other doesn’t. So its in their interest to act together.

It could be the WTF statement (suggestion) of the day. McCormak needs to be enlightened that the Pakistanis are not interested and have already denied chances of a joint investigation.

Read what the Bush administration has to say on the joint probe here.

Mahmud Ali Durrani, the National Security Adviser for Pakistan, was been sacked by the govt. (read the Prime Minister) for allegedly stating that Kasab had Pakistan connections. Guess what, the revelation was made public without the notice of the Prime Minister Gilani. Gilani later accused Durrani of tarnishing the nation’s image with his statements.

Is n’t it funny to watch the terrorist nation attempt to save its face and claim to be a peace loving nation?

ponting

Ricky Poning and his men were found wanting in a match that would be remembered for the spectacular batting display by the South Africans. It was rather amazing to watch Grame Smith relax while his team was racing towards a record chase at Perth without much difficulty. A fabulous win this was for the visitors who chased 414 runs quite comfortably leaving the hosts in dismay. Smith’s century provided the much needed start and his partnership with Hashim Amla proved vital. Then on the momentum was carried by DeVilliers who, along with debutant Duminy, guided his team to a record win against Aussie.

Beating the Aussies in their backyard isn’t that easy. But Smith’s team showed it isn’t that difficult too. The Aussie glory is slowly fading away as is their dominance in world cricket.

Personally, I’m loving the Aussie defeat not that I hate them but because the champion team has been outplayed.

Tendulkar

A blistering knock from Sehwag ensured the target of 387 was very much gettable while Tendulkar’s century coupled with Yuvraj’s brilliant comeback innings helped India record the fourth highest run chase in Test cricket. The chennai test between India and England turned out to be a fabulous contest in which the hosts showed a lot of resolve and won comprehensively.

India did not have a say when England dominated the first three days and chasing 387 wasn’t easy on a pitch that produced both turn and bounce. But for India, the batsmen have delivered when it mattered most. The fans witnessed a ‘special hundred’ from (and for) Tendulkar—this is his first fourth-innings century in a Test win for India. All through his innings, Tendulkar looked determined and equally brilliant while Yuvraj ably supported him with an amazing knock. All those critics of Tendulkar better watch out.

A fantastic win this is for Team India. With the momentum going its way, this Indian team is becoming capable of doing anything.

Image Credit: INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty Images

Is this true?

Is this true?

Inflation is down to 8.4 per cent and fuel prices cut down by govt., but terrorism seems to be a consistent performer. Is this the state of India today?

This cartoon says so.

Image Courtesy: The Hindu

Mumbai under terror attack

Mumbai under terror attack

Oh God. What is happening to India? What are these bloody terrorists up to? What on earth do they want? Damn these bastard killers.

Terrorists have attacked Mumbai besieging hotels with hostages, firing aimlessly firing at crowds in railway stations and hospitals. A highly planned onslaught by unknown terrorists, this could be the country’s worst attack ever. More than hundred, including 14 police personnel and civilians, have been reported killed in this tragic and most disastrous terror attack.

The nation’s financial capital looks dreadful with the ongoing attack. Even as the efforts to free the hostages and knock down the terrorists go on, and the nation mourns the death of 101 people, our respected Home Minister Shri Shivraj Patil continues to make stupid statements like this

Before I could reach there, the terrorists who had attacked one of the hospitals, the Cama Hospital, had left and those who attacked the railway station had also left.

The Union Home Minister considers this attack as ‘an act of cowardice’. Wonder how and why we have allowed such great brains stay in one of the country’s most respectable and responsible positions. A group of people, armed with destructive weapons, storm into public places like hotels, railway stations and hospitals only to fire at anyone visible–what kind of cowardice act is this?

Bomb blasts and serial killings have been part of life in India. But this attack calls for a serious thinking on the government’s and intelligences’ part. When will the nation be saved from such terrible attacks?

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