Brisbane Test Day 4 musings…

Ref: Second India-Australia Test at Brisbane.

For Steve Waugh, India was the final frontier.
For India, every country is the final frontier.

No matter what day of the Test, when India begins its second innings, it is always just one session away from defeat.

Bharat ko videshi Test jeetna mushkil hi nahin, naamumkin hai…

If Winnie the Pooh led the Australian Test team, they’d still thrash us 4-0.

What Shikhar Dhawan may have wanted to say after his 81 at Brisbane…
I was inspired by the great Australia batsmen during their batting in the first innings.
I kept counting the milestones one by one.
First I went past Lyon (23) then Hazlewood (32) and finally Starc (52).
My only regret is that I couldn’t go past the great Mitchell Johnson’s 88.
All these great batsmen can give a few tips to our top order batsmen.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Brisbane Test Day 3 musings…

Ref: Second India-Australia Test at Brisbane.

Overseas Tests…
Play pathetically: Lose.
Play badly: Lose.
Play well: Lose.
Play really well: Lose.
Play awesomely: Draw.
Once in four years: Win.

The Indian attack is great at getting batsmen out.
It just can’t dismiss the bowlers.

After Kapil Dev, India has produced 25 fast bowlers faster than him, but not even one who remotely matches his fighting spirit.

Lightning strikes once.
Rare if it strikes twice.
If it strikes 10 times, then you’re the Indian bowling attack hit by the tail.

True Test parity…
At home we watch Indian batsmen doing The Great Escape.
Overseas, we watch the opposition batsmen doing The Great Escape.

India should stop importing foreign coaches and start importing foreign bowlers.
That’s the only way to save foreign Tests.

On foreign Test pitches, some tails last more sessions than Indian batsmen last balls.

If the Indian bowling attack took 19 wickets in 3 days on a foreign Test pitch, then you can be sure that the 20th would elude them for the next two days.

We won one foreign Test in 2011.
After that in 2014.
So the next is coming in 2017.

This is MS Dhoni’s 59th match as Test captain and Steven Smith’s first.
Frankly, it looks like the other way round.

On foreign Test pitches, the opposition’s last pair is better than India’s opening pair.

Overseas Test rules…
If India is 300-5, they can be 325 all down.
If the opposition is 300-5, they can go to 600.

In an overseas Test if India scores 450 and the opposition is 200-5, the Indian fan asks…
Can we somehow have a miracle and draw this match?

India’s DRS = Decisions Really Suck.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

The conundrum that is Pakistan…

Pakistan hates America, but loves to take huge military and financial aid from it.

Pakistan hates terrorists, but loves to give them all forms of support.

Pakistan loves the Army, but hates to accept the fact that it has ruined democracy in Pakistan.

Pakistan loves fundamentalists, but hates to acknowledge the destruction they have unleashed.

Pakistan hates India, but loves blaming it for all its ills.

Pakistan loves Kashmir, so much so that it seems to hate all its other provinces.

© Sunil Rajguru

Adelaide Test musings…

Ref: First India-Australia Test at Adelaide.

Aus series he kya?
Nahi, Aasu series hai.
‪#‎IndVsAus‬

Kohli, Viru ya ho Dhoni,
Fast bowling, spin ya kuch bhi anhoni,
Foreign pitches pe bas wohi hi honi.
‪#‎IndVsAus‬

2011: Can’t play fast bowlers on foreign pitches.
‪#‎Eng‬ ‪#‎Aus‬
2012: Can’t play spinners on home pitches.
#Eng
2014: Can’t play spinners on foreign pitches.
#Eng #Aus

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

My Narendra Modi Columns

31: Number of the year for Modi haters
December 10, 2014, Sify.com

Mo’ White and the 11 dwarves
November 19, 2014, Sify.com

100% Modi bags two hat-tricks…
October 21, 2014, Sify.com

Get Modi wrong a million times? Keep talking!
October 3, 2014, Sify.com

Mahatma Modi to Adolf Hitler
October 2, 2014, Sify.com

PM Modi’s 100-hour report card
May 30, 2014, Sify.com

A chaiwallah beats all the dynasties…
May 23, 2014, Sify.com

5 ways people are still rubbishing Modi’s win
May 21, 2014, Sify.com

Gujarat Model already implemented in New Delhi
May 20, 2014, Sify.com

Narendra Modi’s acceptance speech…
May 19, 2014, Sify.com

7 reasons why Modi’s campaign succeeded…
May 19, 2014, Sify.com

Which was India’s ultimate ‘wave’ election?
May 18, 2014, Sify.com

Now it’s Nehru, Indira and Modi!
May 16, 2014, Sify.com

My Narendra Modi Columns before he became PM…

November 2014 Status Updates

486 Pages. 663 match reports. 899 Rupees.

‪#‎PlayingItMyWay‬ ‪#‎SachinTendulkar‬

(November 8)

From 1947-2000, almost two-thirds of the Bharat Ratnas went to Congressmen/ex-Congressmen.
(25/38).

25 politicians have won the Bharat Ratna.
All 25 were Congressmen/ex-Congressmen.
Will Modi give the first ever Bharat Ratna to a non-Congressman?

Vadra lambe race ka ghoda.
Even after 5 days 3 Vadra hashtags are trending…
‪#‎YesWeAreSerious‬ ‪#‎AreYouSerious‬ ‪#‎Vadra‬

(November 5)

Most Pakistani citizens killed by Pakistani terrorists.
Analysis: India is the biggest enemy.
Pakistani Army has butchered democracy and progress in Pakistan.
Analysis: Pakistani Army is the saviour.

(November 3)

Vadra was sent on a space mission to visit the brightest star in the night sky.
When he reached the star’s orbit, he asked…
‪#‎AreYouSirius‬?

(November 1)

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Latest round of political musings…

Not only is Gujarat a BJP-ruled State, but all its neighbours (Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra) are BJP-ruled States too.

At this rate Pappu will suggest that King Bharat’s surname was actually Nehru.

What destruction in West Bengal CPM couldn’t do in 34 years, the Trinamool has done in 34 months.

Democracy, Dynasty style…
Nehru: 1st Amendment curtailing free speech.
Indira: Emergency.
Rajiv: Anti-defamation Bill (aborted).
Sonia: Section 66A.

The Saga of SoGa has ended and the Rage of RaGa has begun.
Backup: PriVa aur uska PriVaTe Citizen hai na!

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

Columns on MS Dhoni

Is it the end of the Dhoni era?
November 19, 2014, Sify.com

Why the BCCI won’t sack Dhoni!
August 20, 2014, Sify.com

3 Test myths about MS Dhoni…
July 22, 2014, Sify.com

Dhoni: A strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
01 February, 2014, Sify.com

7 reasons why Dhoni is a great leader
12 July, 2013, Sify.com

Is Dhoni our greatest player ever?
24 June, 2013, Sify.com

Dhoni: A strange but successful captain
18 June, 2013, Sify.com

Dhoni begins his second innings in style
19 March, 2012, Sify.com

Dhoni takes India out of the ICU
27 February, 2012, Sify.com

“Last minute” Dhoni strikes again!
20 May, 2012, Sify.com

The Mad Max Trinity
29 March, 2012, Sify.com

Is Dhoni the world’s greatest finisher?
27 October, 2011, Sify.com

10 change-makers: From Pataudi to Dhoni
26 September, 2011, Sify.com

The Revival Man of Indian cricket
16 September, 2011, Sify.com

Cometh the hour, cometh the man
14 May, 2011, Sify.com

The Myth of the Lucky Captain
Sify.com, 21 October, 2010

Latest round of match-fixing musings…

Scamster ho ya match-fixer ho…
Aakhir chhoot jaata hai, chhoot jata hai…

Reporter: Srini?
Mudgal: Sriknew.
‪#‎IPL‬ ‪#‎MudgalReport‬

Selector: Did you check out Powerplay 1, Powerplay 2 and Powerplay 3?
Official: No, I was checking out Individual 1, Individual 2 and Individual 3.

These versions by Sunil Rajguru

25 things (or less) Sify Columns

Meet India’s four great dictators
November 15, 2014, Sify.com

5 bad ideas for Indian elections…
November 12, 2014, Sify.com

10 pieces of Vadra notoriety
November 3, 2014, Sify.com

7 mistakes of Uddhav Thackeray
October 21, 2014, Sify.com

7 points to note in the October elections…
October 20, 2014, Sify.com

10 controversies of Shashi Tharoor…
October 13, 2014, Sify.com

The Ten Wars of Pakistan on India
October 9, 2014, Sify.com

4 ways to compete better in foreign Tests…
August 21, 2014, Sify.com

4 myths about Team India
August 11, 2014, Sify.com

7 things you should know about the Bharat Ratna
July 31, 2014, Sify.com

Seven conflicts deadlier than Israel-Palestine
July 28, 2014, Sify.com

6 court cases involving the Sonia-Rahul duo
July 25, 2014, Sify.com

6 reasons why ISIS is a major global threat
June 25, 2014, Sify.com

6 reasons why BJP may grow even stronger
May 24, 2014, Sify.com

8 things you should know about India’s Left
May 23, 2014, Sify.com

5 ways people are still rubbishing Modi’s win
May 21, 2014, Sify.com

6 reasons why the Congress may be finished
May 17, 2014, Sify.com

Seven positives of general elections 2014
May 14, 2014, Sify.com

5 problems with the 2014 general elections…
May 11, 2014, Sify.com

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

5 things the Congress could have done differently…
April 29, 2014, Sify.com

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

Six reasons for Nitish’s sudden collapse
April 22, 2014, Sify.com

Five reasons why opinion polls may be right in 2014
April 7, 2014, Sify.com

Six firsts if Modi becomes PM…
March 31, 2014, Sify.com

14 more gaffes, misses and failures of Sushilkumar Shinde
February 25, 2014, Sify.com

10 reasons why Manmohan is the worst PM ever…
February 23, 2014, Sify.com

Seven things that went wrong for Arvind Kejriwal
February 15, 2014, Sify.com

7 reasons why AAP may yet return in Delhi
February 15, 2014, Sify.com

Six ways Modi bypassed the ‘media’ to go ‘mainstream’
February 13, 2014, Sify.com

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

The 5 types of Narendra Modi haters
February 4, 2014, Sify.com

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

AAP’s 7 mistakes to cover one
The Somnath Bharti affair
15 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six hurdles to AAP’s Mission 2014
The Delhi scenario will not be repeated…
15 January, 2014, Sify.com

The five types of Narendra Modi supporters
Change seeker, Liberalization dude..
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six achievements of the UPA 2
Giving the devil its due…
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

Six things the AAP got right
Not the tariff reductions
14 January, 2014, Sify.com

8 reasons why the AAP is now An Aam Party
The similarities are striking…
10 January, 2014, Sify.com

Seven myths about AAP’s Lok Sabha chances
They are a hyped up party…
09 January, 2014, Sify.com

Seven things to learn from the Congress
They have mastered the art of ruling…
7 January, 2014, Sify.com

Columns till 2013…

Columns on the Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty

Meet India’s four great dictators
November 15, 2014, Sify.com

10 pieces of Vadra notoriety
November 3, 2014, Sify.com

6 court cases involving the Sonia-Rahul duo
July 25, 2014, Sify.com

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
February 5, 2014, Sify.com

5 fallouts of the Pappu interview
February 1, 2014, Sify.com

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

Nehru-Gandhi Dynasty till 2013…

My Contrary Sachin articles…

Sachin book: Well left (Not 1, but all the balls!)
November 8, 2014, Sify.com

And why shouldn’t Chappell have played politics?
November 5, 2014, Sify.com

7 failures of Sachin Tendulkar
22 November, 2013, Sify.com

Padma Bhushan for world beaters…
Bharat Ratna for cricket!
17 November, 2013, Sify.com

Thank God Sachin is retiring!
13 November, 2013, Sify.com

It’s painful to watch Sachin struggle like this
25 March, 2012, Sify.com

2012: Sachin’s worst year ever
18 December, 2012, Sify.com

Sachin vs Ponting: Who’s the greatest?
30 November, 2012

Should Sachin make way for younger blood?
19 November, 2012

Tendulkar is well past his sell-by date
03 September, 2012, Sify.com

8 question marks for Sachin’s all-time great status
19 March, 2012, Sify.com

Time for Sachin to go
17 March, 2012, Sify.com

Is Sachin really the greatest batsman of all time?
Sify.com, 2 March, 2010