Laxman and Bhajji hold the fort: First Test against Kiwis peters to a draw

New Zealand's captain Daniel Vettori plays a shot as India's captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) watches during the fourth day of their first test cricket match in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad November 7, 2010. REUTERS/Amit Dave (INDIA - Tags: SPORT CRICKET IMAGES OF THE DAY)

The first Test match between the Black Caps and India petered out to a tame draw.The great escape was engineered by two intrepid saviours,VVS Laxman and Harbhajan Singh.

The New Zealanders would surely have hoped to end the Indian innings early this morning but much as Vettori and Martin tried, the experienced duo of Laxman and Harbhajan would not let anything get past them.

The Black Caps, however, let a couple of half-chances go a-begging.

Once the first session was seen through without further loss of wickets, it was a matter for conjecture if Dhoni’s men would choose to continue batting or declare early to try and force a win.The Indian think-tank decided against an early declaration; discretion is the better part of valour.

Laxman and Harbhajan rode into the 90’s in contrasting styles; Laxman —calm and self-assured— radiating confidence and Harbhajan treating his time in the middle as a lark in the park ,with mighty swipes at the spinners.

Both batters looked good for tons but Laxman was undone by a terrible decision by umpire Davis given out leg before off an inside edge. Zaheer followed him back to the pavilion — out off the next ball — and the Kiwi captain was on a hat-trick that was not to be.

The IPL Mess: BCCI twists and turns its way out!

Oct 24, 2008; London, ENGLAND; Indian Premier League commissioner Lalit Modi during The Global Sport Summit Innovation vs.tradition: The quest for growth at The Landmark. Photo via Newscom Photo via Newscom

The twists and turns in the sordid IPL drama get hairier, by the day!

BCCI’s Srinivasan has filed an FIR in Chennai against Lalit Modi accusing him of defrauding the BCCI to the tune of Rs. 470 crores.

Readers might be aware that Mr. Lalit Modi is currently in London and refuses to return to India fearing for his life.

His weapon of choice against any and all charges is his Twitter account. Talk about social media pressure!

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2010 US Open:Captioning The Captured!

Highlights from the 2010 US Open. Some from the sidelines, some from the action. Capturing the moods , captioning the moods!

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Rafael Nadal of Spain rolls on the ground in celebration of his win over Novak Djokovic of Serbia during their men's singles final on day fifteen of the 2010 U.S. Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 13, 2010 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The only time Nadal appears vulnerable on court is when he’s prone! Unfortunately, for his opponents, he’s prone after the fact! Nadal celebrates on court on beating Novak Djokovic.

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Mumbai First For Meter Jam

the bliss dancer at dawn

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In this age where dysfunctional behaviour is winked at, it is refreshing to note that the organizers of the Meter Jam campaign have taken another step forward by adding an offline component to their online avatar.

Area volunteers will be created in a bid to create awareness in the general public of commuter rights.

At the same time, Hindustan Times have launched a Facebook fan-page called HT Mumbai First that is dedicated to tracking genuine complaints , which are then forwarded to the traffic police department.

Just two interesting movements FYI!

Llodra slips a mickey to a doubting Tomas

Michael Llodra of France returns the ball to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during second-round action at the U.S. Open held at the National Tennis Center on September 1, 2010 in New York.   UPI Photo/Monika Graff... Photo via Newscom

The Has!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

Serve and volley? Ha!Ha! Ha! Serve and volley is dead!

Net play? Ha!Ha!Ha!

Are you nuts?

A woman coach? Amelie Mauresmo? Ha! Ha! Ha! You must be crazy!

These are the kinds of barbs , taunts, scorn and scathing attack you would imagine that Michaël Llodra endured when he decided to seek coaching from his compatriot Mauresmo.

Changing your game plan is never easy. Remolding and remodeling it is even harder, especially late in your career. The trick lies in not changing a lot of stuff, just a few things.

Quote of the day:
When they discover the center of the universe, a lot of people will be disappointed to discover they are not it. – Bernard Bailey

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Four Reasons Why It Could Be Federer All The Way At Flushing Meadows

CINCINNATI - AUGUST 22: Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after defeating Mardy Fish during the finals on Day 7 of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters at the Lindner Family Tennis Center on August 22, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The Poached Egg

The hiring of Paul Annacone as coach appears a masterstroke in hindsight. Federer’s results and ranking since have shown an upward trajectory.

He has reached two consecutive finals: The Rogers Cup and Cincinatti Masters, winning the latter.

A new resilience and a willingness to slug it out with the best of them exemplify Federer’s ascendant star. He expects no easy wins and is willing to stay the course. This was so not the case earlier when Federer’s opponents were  overawed by his reputation and gifted away easy victories.

The mortality of Federer has unlocked a new stream of consciousness in his opponents  that there is life in professional tennis despite his looming presence.

As to how Annacone has added luster to Federer’s glory, the answer is still in the realm of  speculation.

Roger, what is it? Is it validation? Is it motivation? Is it technical? Or is he a trophy coach?

Either way, Annacone is there to egg Federer on to his sixth US Open title.

Quote of the day:
If a thing isn’t worth saying, you sing it. – Pierre Beaumarchais

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Yuvraj Singh: What a boy!

MUMBAI (BOMBAY), INDIA - NOVEMBER 02:   Indian Cricket Player Yuvraj Singh poses with a vintage car during the Cartier 'Travel With Style' Concours at Royal Western India Turf Club on November 2, 2008 in Mumbai (Bombay), India.  (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar/Getty Images for Cartier International)

Yuvraj Singh now has a brand new sobriquet ‘ Water Boy’. No, it’s not a reference to the movie of the same name starring Adam Sandler.

A few inebriated fans at the 3rd Test Match between India and Sri Lanka decided that they were not quite ‘having a ball’ imbibing various liquors,the cricket was not entertaining enough and hence decided to vent their spleen on the players and cricketing officials.

Yuvraj Singh was the target of their ire; ‘water boy’ was the insult they came up with when he was performing 12th man duties for the Indian team.

Yuvraj Singh, however, was not one to take it lying down and decided to retaliate in kind.

 

Quote of the day:
He attacked everything in life with a mix of extraordinary genius and naive incompetence, and it was often difficult to tell which was which. – Douglas Adams

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