The Common Man Speaks

28Feb/112

Indian Fans Denied India Victory!

Indian cricket fans are citing a number of instances that denied India a victory in their 2011 World Cup clash against England in Bangalore (Bangaluru). These include poor fielding, batting collapse in the last 3-4 overs and the biggest one being the leg before review turned in favour of batsman Ian Bell when he looked absolutely plum in front of the wicket. But there is a much bigger reason which denied India a victory and helped England fight back chasing a mammoth total of 338. As crazy as it may sound, it’s the crowd cheer I am referring to.

Before you rubbish off my point as ridiculous, let me get it straight. During the early overs of England’s batting, opener and captain Andrew Strauss got an outside edge off the balling of Zaheer Khan which was gleefully collected by India’s captain and wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

I heard a loud nick while watching it on TV and even the commentators did. And the numerous replays confirmed that it was an obvious edge because of the clear sound it made. But shockingly, neither the bowler nor the wicketkeeper or anyone for the matter appealed to the umpire. Why? Simply because they couldn’t hear any nick in of the loud noise of the crowd!

At that time, Strauss was not even on 30 and later on the man goes on to score 158! Imagine Strauss getting out so early in his innings. Obviously, India would have won and they might have even beaten the opposition comprehensively.

Crowds come in large numbers and cheer in loud voices as they feel that will help their team win. I used to agree with this but not anymore after this India-England tie. What’s the use of such loud cheer if it denies your team a win?

In a place like India where cricket is a religion and the victory of the national team is considered divine, it is practically impossible for the crowd to keep their voices down. But after this match-turning instance, I feel they should keep their voices low at least when the bowler delivers the ball. Well, even I am finding this idea funny. But I couldn’t help not sharing this when a victory is denied because of such an ironical reason!

18Feb/112

7 Khoon Maaf Review

Rating: 3 out of 5

Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Vivaan Shah, Neil Nitin Mukesh, John Abraham, Irrfan Khan, Anu Kapoor, Aleksandr Dyachenko, Naseruddin Shah

Director: Vishal Bhardwaj

Music: Vishal Bhardwaj

Producers: UTV Spotboy, V B Films

Vishal Bhardwaj is known for making dark and unusual pieces of cinema. And after watching the promos of his latest offering 7 Khoon Maaf, it looked that this is the darkest and the most unusual thing to have come out of him. And as expected, this is indeed the case. Because of this and the final culmination, 7 Khoon Maaf will appeal only to a selected class audience and not to the masses. Having said that, Bhardwaj deserves accolades for his impressive creativity as a director and also for some out-of-the-box narration.

Based on writer Ruskin Bond’s novel Susanna’s Seven Husbands, the story focuses on Susanna’s (Priyanka Chopra) encounter with her husbands – Major Edwin Rodrigues (Neil Nitin Mukesh), rock performer Jimmy Stetson (John Abraham), poet Wasiullah Khan (Irrfan Khan), Russian Nicolai Vronsky (Aleksandr Dyachenko), inspector Keemat Lal (Anu Kapoor) and Dr Modhusudhon Tarafdar (Naseruddin Shah) – and how and why she gets rid of them. Arun Kumar (Vivaan Shah) also becomes an integral part of Susanna’s life.

Although in each story Susanna ends up killing her husband, the tales are as different from each other as chalk and cheese and so are all the murders. In fact, the unusual and witty way... (TO READ THE ENTIRE REVIEW, PLEASE CLICK HERE)

17Feb/112

Why Over Optimism For 2011 Cricket World Cup?

The World Cup is back in India so one can expect high levels of excitement from a cricket-crazy nation. But more than the excitement, all we can see is a huge mountain of expectations being laden on the Indian team and especially the Little Master Sachin Tendulkar. The cricket fans of India have subconsciously assumed that India will lift the trophy with the help of Tendulkar.

Expecting your team to win the cup is natural and there’s nothing wrong in it. However, having a pre-occupied notion that India will reach the final and win it and not ready to accept or expect any other result can have dire consequences.

One should not forget that there are 14 teams participating in the World Cup. Out of these, six teams, apart from India, stand a chance of winning the cup. But it seems people of India feel that the rest of the 13 teams are as good as Canada or Netherlands, judging by the way they are expecting India to win.

And Tendulkar has never had such a huge load of expectations from the public as he is having right now. We should also not forget that although he is considered as God of cricket, he is a human being after all.

Right now, people are buying Indian team’s t-shirts in large number and displaying their support in every manner possible. However, God forbid if India fails to lift the trophy, the same people will burn effigies of the team while giving all kinds of filthy abuses. We have witnessed such terrible and shameful scenes during the last few world cups.

Even though maximum numbers of cricket fans are in India, there are very few who understand the game and are ready to accept any result by being a true fan of the game and a true supporter of team India.

I understand there is a huge amount of disappointment after India loses but why can’t we be open minded and accept that it’s a game where one team has to lose? If we are true supporters of team India then why we can’t show support when our team loses since that is the time when they need maximum support? Being a true supporter of team India, I will pray for our team but I am also ready to accept any result.

 

The schedule for the 2011 World Cup – (taken from http://cricket.yahoo.com)

# Date & Time Match Venue
1 Sat 19 Feb 02:00 PM IST IND vs BAN Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

 

2 Sun 20 Feb 09:30 AM IST NZ vs KEN MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

 

3 Sun 20 Feb 02:30 PM IST SL vs CAN Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota

 

4 Mon 21 Feb 02:30 PM IST AUS vs ZIM Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera

 

5 Tue 22 Feb 02:30 PM IST ENG vs NED Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

 

6 Wed 23 Feb 02:30 PM IST PAK vs KEN Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Hambantota

 

7 Thu 24 Feb 02:30 PM IST SA vs WI Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

 

8 Fri 25 Feb 09:30 AM IST AUS vs NZ Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

 

9 Fri 25 Feb 02:00 PM IST BAN vs IRE Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

 

10 Sat 26 Feb 02:30 PM IST PAK vs SL R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

11 Sun 27 Feb 02:30 PM IST IND vs ENG M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

 

12 Mon 28 Feb 09:30 AM IST ZIM vs CAN Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

 

13 Mon 28 Feb 02:30 PM IST WI vs NED Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

 

14 Tue 01 Mar 02:30 PM IST SL vs KEN R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

15 Wed 02 Mar 02:30 PM IST ENG vs IRE M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

 

16 Thu 03 Mar 09:30 AM IST SA vs NED Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

 

17 Thu 03 Mar 02:30 PM IST PAK vs CAN R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

18 Fri 04 Mar 09:30 AM IST NZ vs ZIM Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera

 

19 Fri 04 Mar 02:00 PM IST BAN vs WI Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

 

20 Sat 05 Mar 02:30 PM IST AUS vs SL R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

21 Sun 06 Mar 09:30 AM IST SA vs ENG MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

 

22 Sun 06 Mar 02:30 PM IST IND vs IRE M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

 

23 Mon 07 Mar 02:30 PM IST CAN vs KEN Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

 

24 Tue 08 Mar 02:30 PM IST PAK vs NZ Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

 

25 Wed 09 Mar 02:30 PM IST IND vs NED Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi

 

26 Thu 10 Mar 02:30 PM IST SL vs ZIM Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

 

27 Fri 11 Mar 09:30 AM IST WI vs IRE Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

 

28 Fri 11 Mar 02:00 PM IST BAN vs ENG Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

 

29 Sat 12 Mar 02:30 PM IST IND vs SA Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium, Nagpur

 

30 Sun 13 Mar 09:30 AM IST NZ vs CAN Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

 

31 Sun 13 Mar 02:30 PM IST AUS vs KEN M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

 

32 Mon 14 Mar 09:00 AM IST BAN vs NED Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

 

33 Mon 14 Mar 02:30 PM IST PAK vs ZIM Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

 

34 Tue 15 Mar 02:30 PM IST SA vs IRE Eden Gardens, Kolkata

 

35 Wed 16 Mar 02:30 PM IST AUS vs CAN M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

 

36 Thu 17 Mar 02:30 PM IST ENG vs WI MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

 

37 Fri 18 Mar 09:30 AM IST NED vs IRE Eden Gardens, Kolkata

 

38 Fri 18 Mar 02:30 PM IST NZ vs SL Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai  

 

39 Sat 19 Mar 09:00 AM IST BAN vs SA Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur

 

40 Sat 19 Mar 02:30 PM IST AUS vs PAK R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

41 Sun 20 Mar 09:30 AM IST ZIM vs KEN Eden Gardens, Kolkata

 

42 Sun 20 Mar 02:30 PM IST IND vs WI MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

 

43 Wed 23 Mar 02:00 PM IST A1 vs B4 (1st Quarter Final, C) Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur  

 

 

 

44 Thu 24 Mar 02:30 PM IST A2 vs B3 (2nd Quarter Final, D) Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera  

 

 

 

45 Fri 25 Mar 02:00 PM IST A3 vs B2 (3rd Quarter Final, E) Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur  

 

 

 

46 Sat 26 Mar 02:30 PM IST A4 vs B1 (4th Quarter Final, F) R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

 

 

47 Tue 29 Mar 02:30 PM IST Winner C vs Winner E (1st Semi Final) R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo  

 

 

 

 

48 Wed 30 Mar 02:30 PM IST Winner D vs Winner F (2nd Semi Final) Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali  

 

 

 

 

49 Sat 02 Apr 02:30 PM IST SF1 vs SF2 (Final) Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai