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The BMMBox XI

Posted on 19 April 2013 by BMMBoxer

T-20 cricket fever has gripped the country again! As cities battle against each other and international + domestic cricketers unite, the madness levels are only going up multiple notches. Not to be left behind, we have picked our BMMBox XI. You think our team has it to win? Who would you select in your team and whom would you leave out? Do tell!

1-Chris Gayle (West Indies, Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Why he is awesome – He can destroy opposition bowlers and rip them apart but still be the coolest guy on the field. He hits a six every nine balls and makes a bowler regret their career choice every four balls. Decent off-spin bowler but his post-wicket celebrations are a spectacle in itself. If ever there was a title for “Mr. T20”, he sure would win it hands down.

2-Sachin Tendulkar (India, Mumbai Indians)

Why he is awesome – Almost 40, but no one can dare discount the little master. The entire stadium cheers for him regardless of what team they support. You really don’t need me to tell you why Sachin Tendulkar is awesome though. He might not be at his best in this format but we as Indians always want ‘God’ to be part of every cricketing occasion

3-Virat Kohli (India, Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Why he is awesome – Amongst the best batsmen from India’s next generation of players, Kohli oozes class and confidence.  Despite his reputation, Kohli is dead serious about his game. While he is not quite as aggressive as Gayle, on his day, Kohli can demolish opposition bowlers just as efficiently.

4-MS Dhoni (India, Chennai Super Kings)

Why he is awesome – Captain Cool,  Dhoni is an automatic choice for captain. Dhoni simply knows what it takes to win the IPL plus he is the only person who would be capable enough to handle such an extra-ordinary team.  Dhoni’s abilities with the bat alone would get him on this team and when he starts unfurling those trade-mark helicopter shots, there is very little that can halt him.

5-AB deVilliers (South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Why he is awesome – A wicket-keeper batsman who has every shot in the book. His audacious stroke play always leaves bowlers guessing what he will do next.  He is a prolific run-scorer who adapts to any situation and gets his team to the finish line in crunch situations.  Extra-ordinary athleticism behind the wickets or in the outfield makes him indispensable in this form of the game.

6-Shane Watson (Australia, Rajasthan Royals)

Why he is awesome – If all-rounders is what one is looking for, Shane Watson is right there on top among the best in the world. A destructive batsman and an equally potent medium pacer he surely can win games on his own. Watson is a true 360 degree player.

7-Keiron Pollard (West Indies, Mumbai Indians)

Why he is awesome – When Pollard gets going, no stadium is big enough for him. Always a contender for the biggest sixes of the season, Pollard’s hitting is just as renowned for its frequency as for its brutality. Pollard can also bowl some surprisingly good medium pace and he chips in with a few wickets here and there. In the outfield, he is unbeatable though and some of his catches defy gravity.

8-Ravichandran Ashwin (India, CSK)

Why he is awesome – T20 may not be a bowlers game but it does not seem to matter for Ravichandran Ashwin . Ashwin has all the tricks in his armoury and he is not afraid to use them. A paragon of parsimony, Ashwin really hates having to give runs and maintains a tight line and length. Batsmen trying to break free of his grip usually find themselves back in the pavilion quickly.

9-Dale Steyn (South Africa, Sun Risers Hyderabad)

Why he is awesome – Dale Steyn is currently the best fast bowler in the world, period. He has it all, pace, accuracy, variations, aggression and an intimidating stare. He has been terrorising batsmen for the last 9 years now while racking up the best statistics in the business and this IPL season doesn’t look like it would be any different.

10- Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka, Mumbai Indians)

Why he is awesome – With his bowling action, Malinga’s deliveries shouldn’t land anywhere near the pitch let alone the stumps but Malinga hits the wickets more often than any other bowler in this tournament. His slinging action makes his deliveries difficult to pick up. Add a devastating slower ball to the mix and you get a perfect T20 bowler.

11- Sunil Narine (West Indies, KKR)

Why he is awesome – West Indies does not have a vibrant tradition of spin but that did not stop Sunil Narine from taking a big bunch of wickets at the domestic and international level. A surprise pick at last year’s IPL, where he was picked up for $700,000, Narine’s stellar performance made him look like a bargain. This year, we might see a lot more wizardry from the pointy-haired west Indian.

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In The News This Week: 10/9/2012 – 15/9/2012

Posted on 15 September 2012 by Saumya Trivedi (Contributing Writer)

From coal scams to FDI bangs, from a loss in cricket to an epic win in tennis, here are the top 10 news of the week.

1. Apple launches iPhone 5

After months of speculation and rumors, Apple finally launched the iPhone5, along with the fifth generation iPod Touch and the seventh generation iPod Nano. The latest version of the phone is said to have a bigger screen and is supposed to be lighter than the earlier versions of the device. Along with the device, the accessories have also undergone a drastic change as the new Apple EarPods come with a better design, remote and mike.

The iPhone 5 will be available in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the UK on Friday, 21 September, and customers can pre-order their iPhone 5 beginning Friday, 14 September. Full story here.

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2. Diesel prices up by Rs 5 per litre

In a bold financial move, the government finally increased the price of diesel by Rs. 5 per litre while also capping the number of subsidized cooking gas cylinders at six a year. These two decisions are going to affect the household budgets gravely as the increase in diesel price will increase the price of most of the food items due to higher transportation cost whereas the capping of the number of subsidized cylinders will increase the cooking fuel bill by 50%. Full story here.

3. Verghese Kurien dies at 90

Popularly known as the “Milkman of India”, Dr. Verghese Kurien passed away in a hospital in Nandiad town in Gujarat due to complications arising out of kidney ailments. With the establishment of Amul Cooperative at Anand in 1949, Kurien ushered the white revolution in India. As the chairman of the National Dairy Development Board, he launched ‘Operation Flood’ which has helped India become the world’s largest milk producer. He is also a Padma Vibhushan awardee. Dr. Kurien is survived by his wife and daughter.

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4. Justice Altamas Kabir to become the next Chief Justice of India

Justice Altamas Kabir will replace the present Chief Justice of India, S.H. Kapadia on September 29, 2012. Justice Kabir started out as a permanent judge of the Calcutta High Court in 1990 and went on to become the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court and then a judge of the Supreme Court of India in 2005. He has been credited for computerization of the Calcutta High Court, the Civil Court and other courts in Kolkatta. He is also the chairman of national Legal Services Authority since 2010. Full story here.

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5. Andy Murray wins US Open 2012

Britain’s 76 year-old wait for a male Grand Slam tittle finally got over when World No.4 Andy Murray won the US Open 2012 by defeating Serbia’s Novak Djokovic. Murray defeated Djokovic by 7-6, 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2. Andy had lost all four Grand Slam tournaments that he had appeared in but managed to win the title in his fifth attempt, in a game that lasted for 187 minutes. He had earlier won a gold medal at the London Olympics this year. The last British male champion to win a Grand Slam title was Fred Perry, who won the US Open in 1936. Full story here.

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6.  New Zealand wins the Twenty20 International against India

India lost to New Zealand in the second and final Twenty20 International by one run. The target for the Indian team after NZ had batted first was 167 but they only managed to make 166 runs with a loss of four wickets. With this win, the Kiwis also won the series as the first match at Vishakhapatnam was declared a wash out due to rains. However, this match saw Yuvraj Singh’s successful return to International cricket after battling with a rare germ cell cancer as he made 34 runs out of 26 balls with two sixes. Full story here.

7. Coal controversy: SC issues notice to govt

Adding to the woes of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA), a notice to the central government has been issued by the Supreme Court on Friday. The notice is over alleged irregularities in coal block allocations, and came in response to a PIL seeking cancellation of the 194 coal block allotted during the period of 2005 to 2011. The national auditor, the Comptroller of Auditor General (CAG) has estimated Rs.1.86 trillion as damage to the exchequer. The coal ministry is expected to give its explanation within eight weeks. Full story here.

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8. TVs to go blank for 2 minutes for three days

In a strategy to persuade viewers to shift to digital systems, all broadcasters will switch off transmission simultaneously at 7:58 pm, 8:58 pm and 9:58 pm for three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday).  All channels will stop programming to show a 30-second advertisement in Hindi and English informing viewers to change to digital set top boxes before October 31. The advertisement ends with the warning “Go digital or go blank” in English and “Set top box lagaye ya TV bhool jaye” in Hindi. Full story here.

9. Government clears FDI in 4 sectors

In what is being termed as the ‘Big Bang of Reforms’, the government cleared FDI in aviation, multi-brand retail, broadcasting and power exchange. A 51% FDI is being allowed in MBR while 49% is allowed in aviation. While the FDI in aviation will help the sinking sector, FDI in MBR is being seen as a move that will wash out businesses of multiple kirana store owners. The good sign is that the government has left the final decision of MBR to the states.

10.  SC: Judges will head the RTI panels now

The tradition of retired bureaucrats heading the statutory bodies constituted under the Right to Information Act 2005 has been ended. This is courtesy a controversial judgment by Supreme Court of India on Thursday. Now, judges will head the Central Information Commission (CIC) and State Information Commissions. The court further ruled that the Commissions at Centre and States would hold sittings in benches comprising of two members each, one being a judicial member and the other an expert member, drawn among persons of public eminence having wide knowledge and experience in law, science and technology, social service, management, journalism, mass media, or administration and governance. Full story here.

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Cricket goes Online with Ten Sports Cricket Portal

Posted on 02 September 2009 by BMMBoxer

Ten Sports, the highest rated sports channel in the Indian sub continent has decided to venture into digital media with the launch of www.tensports.com. It has partnered with NBC Universal Digital Solutions (NBCUDS), a wholly owned digital subsidiary of NBC Universal to develop the Cricket portal.

The site will serve as a free, cricket-focused multiplatform for the region’s fast growing digital audience. The video experience will be complimented by commentary and statistics, and will allow viewers to simultaneously chat with friends & family and other passionate fans during live Webcasts.

Apart from live coverage of all the major cricket matches, the site also has options of viewing on demand highlights during live matches. Thus cricket fans can login and watch all the crucial twists in a match without any interruption.

The site will also video archive all the record breaking matches for the viewers to cherish the memorable moments of the game.
India is particularly known for its craze for the game and the site just intends to take it a step further…

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