Monday, December 12, 2011

Week end round up in front of the TV....worth it !!!

Writing after a long hiatus is always a challenge, & I can feel that. However, the last two & a half weeks turned out to be a good resting for me, with the freak accident rendering me almost speechless for the better part of this time. Books, matches on TV, music, sleep kept my company in between jarred hours of dull throb on the jawline, sometimes bordering around feverish pain.....

Sehwag's double hundred against the hapless Windies was long long overdue. An innings characterised by non other than Sehwag himself, he took off from the word go, tearing into the Windies attack. Runs flowed like a mountain river in rains, as 50 came in 41 deliveries....100 in 69, 150 in 112 & 200 in 140....it was like a blurrrr....& finally when he holed out at long off for 219 off 149 deliveries, there were still 3 overs to go. Had he stayed till the end, he could've well gone past 250 runs !!!!!....simply unbelievable.....& that's what Virender Sehwag is in his approach & capabilities....arguably one of the most destructive batsman of all times, in any format of the game. Today, he holds the highest individual score for India in both ODI & Test matches, & is probably the only one capable of going past Lara's world record of 400 runs.....the only thing he needs to do is to stay & not gift away his wicket !!
Manoj Tiwari too did his bit over the weekend by getting his first ODI hundred in the last match of the series.....an innings played to his potential, getting the MoM award, as Rohit Sharma, with his lazy elegance picked up the Man of the Series award. The next generation batting for India looks good on the capable shoulders of these batsmen along with Virat Kohli, Raina, Pujara & others waiting in the wings.

Down Under, the Aussies were locked in an interesting duel with neighbouring Kiwis......as the Black Caps levelled the series at Hobart in a low scoring match. David Warner's century was in a lost cause, as the Aussies tumbled to a 7 run loss against some exceptional bowling by Bracewell. The new look Aussies under Clarke, have been rather brittle in the middle order over the past few months, crashing to some inexplicable scores, while being on top....including the ignominious 47 all out against the South Africans at Cape Town. While in new rookies, Pattinson, Lyon, Cummins the Aussies have found rhythm in their bowling department, the batting seems to be tottering, with Ponting struggling at the top & Hussey in the middle.
It will be interesting to get up early mornings to watch the series Down Under between India & Australia later this month. Both the sides are undergoing transition & struggling to hit top form.

In soccer, it was the el Classico at La Liga, on Saturday night that kept me awake till the wee hours of the morning & it was worth every second of watching this fascinating contest. Barcelona vs Real Madrid, arguably the best two teams in the world today, is always a mouth watering contest. Playing before the home crowd at Bernabau, Real Madrid shot ahead in the 21st second of the match through a Karim Benzema goal & for the first 25 minutes odd, they were all over the Barca defence....but Ronaldo missed a gilt edged chance to go 2-0 up, as the Catalans slowly came back in the game. A Messi magic in the 30th minute saw, Sanchez equalize for Barca & the game started to open up. The possession play of Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, Fabregas, Abidal, Puyol, Dani Alves took over & the magic started to weave....by the end the scoreline showed a convincing 3-1 win for Barca over Real.....it was a superb display of football. Looking forward to more of such encounters between these two bitter rivals over the season....

I shall be back covering the Series Down Under....so keep looking for some intersting play & comments here.....
Cheerio !!!

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