Archive for June, 2009

The T20 World Cup came to end yesterday and i must say pakistan deserved to lift the trophy. They missed it the last time around just by one good hit but this time they knew they had to make up for that loss. Although one should spare a thought for Sri Lanka as they were undefeated in the tournament until the final. The feeling of the only defeat coming in the tournament was in the final must have been a heart breaking one for them. They played well but Pakistan were better.

It had been a sought of roller coaster start for Pakistan. They did not play well in the warm-up games and then lost to England by a big margin in their first match. They were looking at being eliminated from the tournament in the first round itself, when they just held their nerves to see themselves through to the super eight stage. And as eneryone says rest is history. They lost only to Sri Lanka in the super eight stage and entered the semifinals were they defeated South Africans to reach the stage were they have been earlier in 2007 but could not conquer it then.

They had a good team and it clicked together when they needed to do it the most. Afridi has been their star player in the Semi-finals and the finals. I must say it again that they really deserved to lift the trophy which eluded them two years back.

Talking about the other teams South Africa and India were known to be the favourites to play the match yesterday but neither of the two teams made it to the stage. South African lost to the eventual champions Pakistan and India were eliminated in the super eight stage itself. Australia gave a big surprise this time by getting eliminated in the first round itself. But i must say they had two semi-finalists(Sri Lanka, West Indies) in their league group. West Indies too had a good run until the semi-finals against the Sri Lankans.

India did disappoint in the tournament but honestly i knew somewhere at the back of the heart that they could not win this. But having seen Pakistan win this i feel India had a chance if they had played a little better as they lost all the super eight matches in very close finishes. I feel both Pakistan and India had very similar teams with similar talents so if Pakistan could do it India to had a chance.

India won only against Bangladesh and Ireland (although these are the two teams that showed the exit door to India and Paksitan during the 2007 “World Cup”). Also they defeated Pakistan in the warm-up game keeping their undefeated record against Pakistan in the Word Cups intact.

The Final standings of the tournament are:
1. Pakistan – champions
2. Sri Lanka – runners up
3. South Africa
4. West Indies
5. England
6. New Zealand
7. India
8. Ireland
9. Netherland
10. Australia
11. Bangladesh
12. Scotland

This standings would bring a lot of joy to Pakistani people back home. As they are going through a trauma, a tough situation. This will bring them some sought of joy atleast. I missed the the award ditribution,but I wanted to hear the winning speach of Younus Khan as last time Shoaib Mallik really disappointed me by thanking only the muslims all round the world. I did not feel happy about it as cricket is not a game between religions. I backed Pakistan to win the trophy this year specially after the semifinals so I was eager to see if Younus Khan does something stupid again, although i think nothing would have happened because Younus looks a very sensible person to me and that he has proved it in the tournament.

Coming towards the end I would like to congratualte the Pakistan team from my side for the great moment of glory. I hope the Indian team will rise to the occasion next time around. Although they might get a tough draw next time but i hope they will prove why they where the champions last time.


On sunday the results of the third edition of Jhalak Dikhlaja were declared. Of the 12 contestants that participated this year the three finalists that made it to the grand finale were Baichung Bhutia, Karan Singh Grover, Gauhar Khan.

The final was filled with many performances of the three finalists and also the contestants who were eliminamted earlier in the show. But i guess the highlight performance that came on that day were from the guests Malaika Arora Khan and Mallika Sherawat. Also the finalists got to perform a dance act with the previous edition’s winners that is Baichung performed with Mona Singh(Jhalak 1 winner),Karan performed with Prachi Desai(Jhalak 2 winner) while Gauhar performed with Hussain(Nach baliye 2 winner).

Then they performed acts(trailers for a certain movie) for which they were judged by the three judges (Saroj Khan, Juhi Chawla, Vaibhavi Merchant)for the last final time on the show. Baichung performed on Don, Gauhar on Karz while Karan performed on Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

At the end the results were declared and Karan was the first among the three to be eliminated and then later Baichung was crowned as the winner of the show. He has really been a revelation on the show and can be regarded as one who started from level 0 and gained many heights during the course of the show. I think it was well deserved by Baichung but i do feel sad with karan not winning as i am a big fan of him. I also like and admire Baichung a lot, as i am a big football fan and he is one of the biggest india stars in this field, so i was not disappointed at all by the results. In fact i would have been disappointed if both of them would have lost it.

Finally this years edition has come to an end i am waiting for the next years one to seee which celebrities make it to the show next year around.

The Final Results :
Winner –
Baichung Bhutia
Runners-up – Gauhar Khan
2nd Runerrs-up – Karan Singh Grover