Lord’s Test match report…

England on the Matt at Lord’s. Indians Cooked their goose with a Ballanced all-round performance. Alarm Bells were ringing in the dressing room as they got out to horrendous Stokes. They will have to bring about Broad-based changes and get to the Root of the problem. Same tactics will work no more. Now a grim reAlity stares England in the face. Such a defeat by India would have been discussed even by our parLiament. As for the last ball of the match, one can only quote the Matrix
You hear that Mr Anderson?… That is the sound of inevitability… It is the sound of your death… Goodbye, Mr Anderson…

(Reference: India-England Second Test, 2014)

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Lord’s Test victory musings…

Charles Dickens on Ishant Sharma…
He was the best of bowlers, he was the worst of bowlers, he had a mind of wisdom, he had a mind of foolishness, his bowling was the epoch of belief, his bowling was the epoch of incredulity, he was the season of Light, he was the season of Darkness, he gave his fans the spring of hope, he gave his fans the winter of despair…
#IndVsEng #Lords

Captain MS Dhoni is in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest collection of victory stumps in the world.

Rohit ka majaak udaaya: ODI 200 maara.
Jadeja ka majaak udaaya: Sir ban gaya.
Ishant ka majaak udaaya: 7-for@Lord’s.
Ab kiska majaak udaane waale ho?
#TeamIndia

A tale of three Sharmas…
Ishant on the field.
Rohit on the bench.
Anushka in the pavilion.

Strange Twitter…
Ishant took 7.
Bhuvi took 6.
Rahane hit a ton.
Vijay belted 95.
Sir Jadeja dazzled.
And Virat Kohli is trending!

Indian bowlers treat the innings like a video game…
Level 1—Top order—Easy to dismiss.
Level 2—Middle order—Average.
Level 3—Tail—Very difficult.

(Reference: India-England Second Test, 2014)

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Lords Test victory: Numerology for the sake of numerology…

7 is captain MS Dhoni’s lucky number.

Ishant Sharma took 7 wickets for the first time ever 7 years after he made his Test debut in 200”7”.

In both innings of India a match saving/winning partnership came after the 7th wicket fell.

The victory took place on the 7(7X1)th month of the 14(7X2)th year and on the date 21 (7X3) while India won after 28(7X4) years in Lords.

(Reference: India-England Second Test, 2014)

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You don’t speak a European language? You can’t win the Football World Cup!

Number of FIFA World Cups won by official national language…

Portuguese: 5.
(Brazil: 5)

Spanish: 5.
(Uruguay: 2, Argentina: 2, Spain: 1)

German: 4.
(Germany: 4)

Italian: 4.
(Italy: 4)

French: 1.
(France: 1)

English: 1.
(England: 1)

Moral of the story: If you don’t speak a European language, you can’t win the Football World Cup!

Also, co-incidentally, the languages that the countries come from…
Portugal, Spain, France, Germany, Italy and England are all neighbouring countries sitting in the map together!

© Sunil Rajguru

Europe finally demolishes its demons at the FIFA World Cup

Europe is a powerhouse of football and the home to many great teams and cricketing clubs with rich histories. They have scored many victories and a multitude of championship titles. However when it came to the FIFA World Cup, it always had a monkey on its back till the year 2006.

It hadn’t won a single World Cup outside of Europe. They were just continental tigers when it came to football’s biggest prize.

When a World Cup has been held in Europe, a European team has won a staggering 9/10 times. The only exception has been Brazil, which won the final in Sweden beating the hosts 5-2 in 1970.

Also, the home advantage has been tremendous. Italy won in Italy in 1934. England won in England in 1966. West Germany won in West Germany in 1974. France won in France in 1998.

But when it came to 8 tournaments spread across the remaining continents, Europe always drew a blank. It’s not that it never got the chance. In Chile Czechoslovakia lost to Brazil 1-3 in the 1962 finals. In Mexico Italy lost to Brazil 1-4. In Argentina Netherlands lost to the hosts 1-3 in 1978.

In Mexico, West Germany lost to Argentina 2-3 in 1986. In 1994, Italy lost to Brazil via penalties in the United States in 1994. In 2002, Germany lost 0-2 to Brazil in Asia.

So that’s 0/8 titles outside European soil: But more importantly a 6/6 loss in World Cup finals outside Europe.

That was one real monkey on its back.

However, the jinx was broken in 2010. In the edition held in South Africa, 3/4 teams in the semi-finals were from Europe. The final was an all-European affair and Spain beat Netherlands to not only win their first ever title, but the first European team to win outside Europe.

When the World Cup began in Brazil in 2014, Europe was looking to breaking their other jinx: That of never having won in South America. Half of the teams that qualified for the knockout stage were from the Americas, showing how the continental advantage held sway.

The semi-finals were a perfect Europe versus South America affair. Many were hoping for a dream Brazil versus Argentina final that would have meant that Europe’s wait to win on South American soil would have been postponed indefinitely.

The 2018 edition will be held in Russia while the 2022 one will be in Qatar.

While Argentina raced past Netherlands along expected lines (via a penalty shootout), Germany had totally other ideas.

They totally blanked Brazil 7-1 in what can be called one of the greatest matches of all time and one that will dent the psyche of the South American nation indefinitely and force them to bring about radical changes.

But when German Mario Gotze scored the all-crucial goal in the extra time of the final versus Argentina, he had changed the course of his nation’s and continent’s history forever.

Not only had the Germans reclaimed the prized title after 24 years, but they finally threw one more monkey off their back.

Many other jinxes were broken.

A united Germany had never won the title. West Germany had won three titles, but Germany had failed to win at any of the three editions before it was broken up in 1945 and none after its unification post the 1990 edition.

So “Germany” in a way won for the first time.

But had Germany lost, they would have been considered final chokers. Then they would have won only 3/8 of the FIFA World Cup finals; but now 4-4 looks much more respectable.

Europe has also created another record.

Usually South America and Europe always share the honours and win 1-2 titles at a time. South America has never won three titles in a row.

Europe has done it for the first time: Italy in 2006, Spain in 2010 and Germany in 2014.

Of course South America never had the continental jinx.

Brazil won the FIFA World Cup in South America (once), North America (twice), Europe (once) and Asia (once).

Argentina has won the tournament both in South America and North America.

Brazil is still the clear leader with 5 titles.

But now both Italy and Germany with 4 titles each will look to match that in 2018!

© Sunil Rajguru

Trent Bridge Test musings…

Three Tall Tails at the Trent Bridge Test.
#IndVsEng

Team India can snatch victory/defeat/draw from the jaws of defeat/draw/victory.
#IndVsEng #Cricket

It is just a matter of time before a tail-ender hits a triple century against India in a Test match.
#IndVsEng #Cricket

2010: The last time Team India made a Test score of 450+ in a foreign Test innings.
Like a World Cup, does it happen every 4 years?
#IndVsEng

Last time Indian openers put up a 50-run Test partnership on foreign soil: July 23, 2011.
Last time 10th wicket partnership put up a 50-run Test partnership on foreign soil: July 10, 2014.

#ThinkLarge
#5Tests
#18SquadPlayers
#5Bowlers
#IndVsEng
#TrentBridge

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Post-election loss Congressi musings…

Fact of the day…
When Rajiv Gandhi became Congress party president, he hadn’t won a single election in his life nor had he held any significant government post whatsoever.
#AmitShah

After affecting what seems like a million leaks in 10 years, the Congress moves a Privilege Motion against Sadananda Gowda alleging a leak over the Rail Budget.

Point…
You gave them 60 years; give me 60 months: Modi.
Counter-point…
We couldn’t control inflation in 10 years; you have to do so in 10 weeks: Congress.

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June 2014 Status Updates

In a few years the Rs 100 Crore Club will have at least 100 of the crappiest Bollywood movies of all time.

(June 28)

1989: Narmada Bachao Andolan launched.
2014: Medha Bachao Andolan launched along with…
Congress/NGO/Communism Bachao Andolans.

(June 23)

Happy Birthday to Pappu the “Boy Wonder”.
(“Boy”, he’s still “Wonder”ing what to do with his life!)
#PappuDiwas

(June 19)

Arvind’s Alone (in this) Party.

Mani Shankar Aiyar is India’s biggest argument against education.

(June 6)

The Irony…
The Left has been suppressing Right speech for 67 years.
The Left has been abusing Right figures for decades.
Now they’re suddenly worried about Freedom of Speech.

Mulayam to Akhilesh 2012…
Main Khiladi PM candidate, tu Anari CM.
Akhilesh to Mulayam 2014…
Main Anari, tu bhi Anari.

(June 4)

The problem with Twitter is that thanks to their content, you can no longer differentiate between real accounts and spoof accounts.
(Especially for India.)

BJP and Shiv Sena should contest exactly 144 Assembly seats each in Maharashtra elections.
Whoever gets more seats gets the CM’s post. Simple.

(June 2)

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Columns on the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty

National Herald case: The end of Sonia Gandhi?
June 29, 2014, Sify.com

Eight times when media was petrified of Sonia…
May 12, 2014, Sify.com

7 urgent questions for Priyanka Vadra!
April 30, 2014, Sify.com

Seven reasons why Nehru was a bad first PM
April 30, 2014, Sify.com

5 possible reasons why Priyanka isn’t contesting
April 28, 2014, Sify.com

Five reasons why Pappu will be a disastrous PM
April 26, 2014, Sify.com

And just who is Priyanka Vadra anyway?
April 24, 2014, Sify.com

Leadership SWOT analysis: Rahul Gandhi
March 24, 2014, Sify.com

8 great Pappu nautankis
Rahul Gandhi and his dramatic symbolism
February 5, 2014, Sify.com

5 fallouts of the Pappu interview
…with Arnab Goswami
February 1, 2014, Sify.com

What Pappu actually said in his interview…
…with Arnab Goswami
27 January, 2014, Sify.com

6 mistakes of Mahatma Gandhi
Netaji, Nehru, Kashmir…
15 November, 2013, Sify.com

30 rebels against the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty
From Netaji to JP to Jagan…
06 November, 2013, Sify.com

7 leaders who could have shut out the dynasty
From Netaji to Rao…
30 October, 2013, Sify.com

How Nehru cultivated the cult of the dictator
The nation has adopted his personality
30 July, 2013, Sify.com

Rahul the PM: Not just a tragedy, but a farce
He just doesn’t stand up to Modi
28 January, 2013, Sify.com

Open letter to Rahul Gandhi
Or how his Chintan Shivir speech was a dud
25 January, 2013, Sify.com

The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty: Fated to rule India
They always come back no matter what
23 January, 2013, Sify.com

Rahul Gandhi disappoints yet again
He is always “Coming soon”
16 November, 2012

What is wrong with Rahul Gandhi?
He keeps making strange statements
5 November, 2012

10 questions I’m dying to ask Sonia Gandhi
She gets away with everything
31 October, 2012

8 masterstrokes of Sonia Gandhi
She’s had a good run from 2004-12
02 July, 2012, Sify.com

Columns on anti-corruption…

Everybody loves black money in India!
June 23, 2014, Sify.com

You’re corrupt. I’m corrupt. We’re all corrupt!
India is seeped in it
13 December, 2012, Sify.com

Why the corrupt get away in India
The very system supports graft
28 May 2012, Sify.com

The A to Z of Anna Hazare
All you wanted to know about the social activist
25 March 2012, Sify.com

Open Letter to Anna Hazare…
Anna’s talent and charisma can come in handy in…
16 January 2012, Sify.com

Us vs Them: Where Anna scored heavily
Politicians and the people live in different worlds
7 September, 2011, Sify.com

Why any kind of Lokpal is necessary
Anna critics should give us a credible alternative
4 September, 2011, Sify.com

The Anna revolution: Victory or defeat?
And is this the beginning of something bigger?
29 August, 2011, Sify.com

7 ways to end corruption in India…
No half-measures will get us out of this mess
22 August, 2011, Sify.com

Viva Anna! Long live the revolution!
The Indian War on Corruption finally begins
18 August, 2011, Sify.com

An Open Letter to the Congress Party…
…regarding the whole Anna Hazare issue…
16 August, 2011, Sify.com

The A to Z of the Lokpal “nautanki“…
A for Anna, B for Baba, C for Corruption, D for Diggy…
16 June, 2011, Sify.com

India’s long fight against corruption
Is it nothing but a futile war?
30 April, 2011, Sify.com

Change begins in Maharashtra
Anna Hazare is the latest hero from this great state
15 April, 2011, Sify.com

Tatas vs A Raja: India’s corruption gap
India’s Corruption Class rules the roost
13 April, 2011, Sify.com

Do we Indians actually want corruption?
Millions are OK with the black market economy
25 March, 2011, Sify.com