Jubilant Mumbai Indians upset Delhi Daredevils

May 5, 2008

The Mumbai Indians finally did it on Sunday evening and achieved their second win of the DLF Indian Premier League as they thrashed the Delhi Daredevils by 29 runs at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. So far, this is the biggest upset of the tournament. The lowest placed team in the IPL table dethroned the Daredevils from the top spot.

Defending a total of 162 runs on a flat wicket of DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai Indians knew they had to come off good with the ball and their bowlers did not disappoint them. Delhi Daredevils, for the first time in the tournament, were all out while chasing.

Stand-in captain Shaun Pollock led from the front and lived up to his reputation of a terrific all-rounder. His captaincy deserves special accolades too, as he put in all his international experience to the hilt and shepherded his side to win. He, undoubtedly, was the Man of the Match.

NDTV 24×7 brought this news to me. It is an excellent news channel for NRIs. This channel is available in the USA through DirecTV.

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Hindu Guru held for indecency in US continues with programme

May 2, 2008

A prominent Hindu religious leader with a worldwide following and a huge ashram complex in the US, who was detained on charges of indecency with minor girls, is carrying on with his scheduled programme.

Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, 79, founder of Barsana Dham, a 200-acre temple and ashram complex near Austin, Texas, was accused of groping two underage girls on several occasions between 1993 and 1996.

According to local media reports, detectives began investigating the swami, a votary of the path of devotional love, in August 2007 but indictment on 20 counts of indecency with a child or sexual contact was handed down in April.

I read this news on NDTV 24×7. This channel is excellent for NRIs for the latest news related to India. In the US this channel is available through DirecTV.

Bhajji pleads guilty, banned for 11 IPL matches

April 28, 2008

NDTV 24×7: Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has been banned for 11 matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) following his spat with Sreesanth at the end of Mumbai Indians’ match against Kings XI Punjab on Friday. It would effectively end Bhajji’s stint in the first edition of the IPL – unless Mumbai make it to the semi-finals, which looks highly unlikely at this point.

Harbhajan also faces separate action from the BCCI, which has asked him to explain, “as a contracted player”, his role in the incident which came to light after Sreesanth broke down in front of the cameras.

Niranjan Shah, the BCCI secretary, said on Monday that Sudhir Nanavati, a lawyer, has been appointed to conduct a “preliminary inquiry” and submit a report “within 15 days” to Sharad Pawar, the BCCI president, who will refer the findings to the board’s disciplinary committee for possible action.

This is a totally uncalled for controversy to hit IPL. I hope it sorts itself out and we can get back to the game.

I saw a report on this issue on NDTV 24×7 which is available here in the US only on DirecTV.

Kalam was to quit over Bihar: Book

April 25, 2008

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam left office a year ago but it seems people are still talking about his tenure.
I heard them talking on NDTV 24×7.

His senior most aide PM Nair has written a book The Kalam Effect: My Years With the President, which will be released on Thursday.

The book talks about some of the big controversies during the Presidency and indicates that Kalam was ready to quit after the whole controversy surrounding the dissolution of the Bihar Assembly.

Nair gave some juicy anecdotes about the former President, the attention he received as a bachelor.

NDTV 24×7 is a must for Indians living in the US. The news channel is available in the US through DirecTV.

Knight Riders tame Deccan Chargers

April 21, 2008

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Kolkata Knight Riders carried their winning momentum from Bangalore to their home ground as they beat Deccan Chargers by 5 wickets to record their second win of the Indian Premier League at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Deccan Chargers, defending a total of 110, started off well with the ball as they had Knight Riders 21/3 at one stage. But David Hussey had other plans as he played anchor’s knock and guided his team to victory. He understood the nature of the pitch well and didn’t let his aggressive instinct take charge. However, he did hit three long sixes in the death overs to take his team closer to the target.

I catch up on news related to India only on NDTV 24×7 since it is the only channel that provides comprehensive and accurate news. People in the US can access this channel only through DirecTV.

Daredevils gear up for a Royal challenge

April 18, 2008

NDTV Reports:

The Indian Premier League (IPL) spotlight, with all its glitz and glamour, will turn to the historic Ferozshah Kotla stadium as Delhi Daredevils host Rajasthan Royals in the Twenty20 bonanza on Saturday.

Delhites will be feted to a heady cocktail of cricket and entertainment under the newly installed floodlights at the refurbished stadium.

The Daredevils, owned by GMR Group and led by powerhouse Virender Sehwag, boasts of names like Glenn McGrath and Daniel Vettori. At the other end will be the enchanting Shane Warne marshalling the underdog Royal’s team.

Both teams will be playing their first match of the cash-rich league and will go all out to draw first blood.

Teams:

Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag (captain), Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwari, Mohammad Asif, Daniel Vettori, Dinesh Karthik, Shoaib Malik, Glenn McGrath, AB de Villiers, Tillekeratne Dilshan, Farveez Maharoof, Rajat Bhatia, Shikhar Dhawan, Brett Geeves, Yo Mahesh, Mithun Manhas, Pradeep Sangwan, Mayank Tehlan.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne (captain), Aditya Angle, Swapnil Asnodkar, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammad Kaif, Kamran Akmal, Sumit Khatri, Turuwar Kohli, Justin Langer, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Parag More, Morne Morkel, Pankaj Singh, Munaf Patel, Niraj Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Mahesh Rawat, Anup Revandkar, Dinesh Salunke, Jaydev Shah, Graeme Smith, Sohail Tanvir, Siddharth Trivedi, Shane Watson, Younis Khan.

Watch this space for coming IPL clashes… and don’t forget to tune in to NDTV 24×7 for the post match analysis… This is going to be a very exciting month….

Tendulkar vs Warne, once again

April 17, 2008

Sachin Tendulkar said he was looking forward to the challenge of leading Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League starting on April 18.

Some quotes from the interview:

On leading the Mumbai side

It is going to be a challenge. I was not expecting to captain the Mumbai side. Mukesh Ambani spoke to me and he wanted me to lead the side. I have accepted it and I am looking forward to it. I’m happy to be opening the innings with Sanath Jayasuriya. I excited about renewing rivalries with Shane Warne.

On talks that Mumbai is one of the weaker teams in the IPL

I am happy with the team. It has nice blend of seniors and juniors, it is a terrific team. Who says we have a weak side, let the tournament start and everybody will know. The IPL is a great opportunity for youngsters to play with international stars.

On having Harbhajan Singh in his team

Harbhajan Singh is a world class player, I am happy that I have got him. Anybody who has played for more than 10 years for his country should be a terrific player.

On playing against players like Ganguly, Dravid and Dhoni

It will be a strange experience, playing against somebody who are next to me in the dressing room. It is a club system, it will be a new experience. It will be exciting for players as well as spectators.

I’m very excited about IPL. It will certainly be very exhilarating to see Sachin battle Warne once again. I’m expecting the same fireworks as before.

Fisichella 2nd fastest in Barcelona test

April 16, 2008

Fisichella 2nd fastest in Barcelona testNDTV Reports: Giancarlo Fisichella outshone the likes of Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton to conjure up yet another impressive timing that placed him second fastest in the second day’s testing at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Though Fisichella posted his best time on 2009 ‘slick’ Bridgestone tyre option, he proved quick on the grooved rubber too and managed a more representative time of 1m 20.7s to demonstrate the Silverstone-based outfit’s rapid progress.

This was a marked improvement from the team’s previous fastest lap round in Barcelona this year — a 1 min 22.233, was set by Giancarlo in February. The same circuit will host the fourth Grand Prix of the season on April 27 and the strong show here would boost the Vijay Mallya-owned team’s morale.

Way to go Force India… This is really good progress from the last race. I get excellent sports coverage every night at 10.30 on NDTV 24×7. It is available on DirecTV here in the US.

A1 catching up with F1: Karthikeyan

April 14, 2008

https://i0.wp.com/f1.dancewithshadows.com/india/wp-content/uploads/2007/10/narain.jpgFor motor sports enthusiasts, Formula One may be the Real McCoy but ace Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan believes A1 Grand Prix’s six-year deal with Ferrari will throw a real challenge to F1.

Here for the penultimate Grand Prix of the season at the Shanghai International Circuit this weekend, Karthikeyan said A1 GP was catching up with the F1 race and would gain more popularity in the years to come.

Karthikeyan said A1 GP’s unique format of pitting a country against other countries and the deal with Ferrari would herald a new era for motorsport in a country like India.

This news was brought to me by NDTV 24×7, the best news channel for NRIs seeking the latest news about India. People in the US can access this channel through DirecTV that guarantees excellent picture and voice quality.

Chak de India!!

April 11, 2008

I saw the news on NDTV 24×7 about the Indian women’s hockey team, which is en route for the Olympic qualifiers in Kazan. The men’s hockey team’s performance turned out to be a disaster, that rests the pride of the national game on the women shoulders. The movie, Chak de India had a typical ending but this the kind of result hockey followers are dreaming about.

I am not sure if the match will be shown live but I will definitely watch the coverage on NDTV 24×7.

There’s an almost frantic feel to the way the women’s hockey team is preparing for the Beijing qualifiers in Kazan. After an intense three-week training camp in Lucknow, the ladies arrived in New Delhi for a day en route to Russia, and decided to put in one more training session. The pressure is mounting after the men failed to make it to the Games for the first time in 80 years.

I will update this blog as soon as NDTV 24×7 updates me. The India-centric news channel is available in the US through DirecTV. The satellite TV provider offers an array of Indian channels in HD.