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Some Funny Definitions!

Posted: December 22, 2010 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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While surfing through my office intranet I found this article of funny definitions in the reader’s panel. I found this very interesting and amusing so thought to share it here on the blog. To be honest one cannot call them definitions, in fact I would like to say that these do describe the word in a way, rather than completely defining it. But anyways they are really very interesting to read.

  • ADULT:  A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
  • ABDICATE:  To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
  • ANTIQUE:  An item your grandparents bought, your parents got rid of, and you’re buying again.
  • ARBITRATOR (ar’-bi-tray’-ter):  A cook that leaves Arby’s to work at Burger King.
  • AVOIDABLE (uh-voy’-duh-buhl’):  What a bullfighter tries to do.
  • BEAUTY PARLOR:  Places where women curl up and dye.
  • BOSS:  Someone who is early when you are late and late when you are early.
  • CATALOGS:  Rails used to build cow fences.
  • CHICKENS:  The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.
  • CLASSIC:  books which people praise, but do not read.
  • CLOTHES DRYER:  An appliance designed to eat socks.
  • COFFEE:  A person who is coughed upon.
  • COLLEGE:  The four year period when parents are permitted access to the telephone.
  • COMMITTEE:  A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.
  • COMPROMISE: The art of dividing a cake in such a way that everybody believes he got the biggest piece.
  • CONFERENCE: The confusion of one man multiplied by the number present.
  • COURTESY:  The art of yawning with your mouth closed.
  • CIGARETTE:  A pinch of tobacco rolled in a paper with fire at one end and a fool at the other.
  • DICTIONARY: A place where success comes before work.
  • DIPLOMAT: A person who tells you to go to hell in such a way that you actually look forward to the trip.
  • DIVORCE:  Future tense of marriage.
  • DOCTOR:  A person who kills your ills by pills, and kills you with his bills.
  • DUST:  Mud with the juice squeezed out.
  • EMERGENCY NUMBERS:  Police station, Fire Department and Places that deliver.
  • Etc.:  A sign to make others believe that you know more than you actually do.
  • ETERNITY: The last two minutes of a football game.
  • EXPERIENCE: The name men give to their mistakes.
  • FABLE:  A story told by a teenager arriving home after curfew.
  • FAMILY PLANNING: the art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
  • FANCY RESTAURANT:  One that serves cold soup on purpose.
  • FATHER:  A banker provided by nature.
  • FEEDBACK: Newton’s third law -“To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction”.
  • FLABBERGASTED:  Appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  • FULL NAME:  What you call your child when you’re mad at him/her.
  • GOSSIP:  A person who will never tell a lie if the truth will do more damage.
  • GRANDMOTHER: A baby-sitter who doesn’t hang around the refrigerator.
  • GRANDPARENTS:  The people who think your children are wonderful even though they’re sure you’re not raising them right.
  • GROCERY LIST: What you spend half an hour writing, and then forget to take with you to the store.
  • HAIR DRESSER:  Someone who is able to create a style you will never be able to duplicate again.
  • HANDKERCHIEF:  Cold Storage.
  • HEARSAY:  What toddlers do when anyone mutters a dirty word.
  • HINDSIGHT: What one experiences from changing too many diapers.
  • INDEPENDENT:  How we want our children to be as long as they do everything we say.
  • INFLATION:  Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.
  • KISSING:  A means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.
  • LIE: Four women sitting together and saying nothing.
  • MISER:  A person who lives poor so that he can die rich.
  • MYTH:  An Intelligent, Smart, Patient and Good looking Female.
  • MOSQUITO:  An insect that makes you like flies better.
  • OPPORTUNIST:  A person who starts taking bath if he accidentally falls into a river.
  • OVERSTUFFED RECLINER: Mom’s nickname for Dad.
  • PHILOSOPHER:  A fool who torments himself during life, to be spoken of when dead.
  • POLITICIAN: One who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after.
  • POLYGON:  A dead parrot.
  • PRENATAL:  When your life was still somewhat your own.
  • PRIVATE TUTOR:  Someone who doesn’t fart in public.
  • PROFESSOR:  Someone who talks in someone else’s sleep.
  • PSYCHOLOGIST:  A man who watches everyone else when a beautiful girl enters the room.
  • PUDDLE:  A small body of water that draws other small bodies wearing dry shoes into it.
  • QUIET: A state of household serenity which occurs before the birth of the first child and occurs again after the last child has left for college.
  • REFRIGERATOR: Combination art gallery and air-conditioner for the kitchen.
  • RELIEF (ree-leef’): What trees do in the spring.
  • SCHOOL TEACHER:  A disillusioned person who used to think he/she liked children.
  • SECRET:  Something you tell to one person at a time.
  • SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does.
  • SHOW OFF:  A child who is more talented than yours.
  • SKELETON:  A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.
  • SMILE: A curve that can set a lot of things straight.
  • SPOILED ROTTEN: What the kids become after as little as 15 minutes with Grandma.
  • TOOTHACHE:  The pain that drives you to extraction.
  • TOP BUNK:  Where you should never put a child wearing Superman pajamas.
  • TOMORROW:  One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.
  • VEGETARIAN:  Old Indian word for bad hunter.
  • YAWN:  An honest opinion openly expressed.
  • YAWN: The only time some married men ever get to open their mouth.
  • WITHDRAWL: To remove money from a bank down south.
  • WRINKLES:  Something other people have. You have character lines.

Sachin Tendulkar on Sunday reached a landmark, no cricketer would have even dreamt of as a budding cricketer. Some years back in fact if I am not wrong till 1998-1999, 35 international centuries (combination of test and one day internationals) was the world record. Till 2004, 34 test centuries was the world record, and at that no one even believed that any one could get close 50 test centuries or a 100 international centuries. On Sunday Sachin touched the glorious landmark of 50 test centuries, with this he also has scored 96 international hundreds (4 more for a century there). To go with these records are more than 14000 runs in test cricket, more than 17000 runs in ODI cricket and more than 32000 international runs, all of these being world records, with the person next in line being a distant second. Definitley, all these records can be of a batting genius.

To give a tribute to all his test centuries (50) scored I am putting some of the images I have found on the cricinfo sitein the form of a gallery. So I thought that by putting those images here in that order can be the best way to give tribute to the little genius.

No. 1: Sachin Tendulkar saved the Old Trafford Test for India in 1990 with an unbeaten 119 in the final innings. At 17 years and 112 days, he was only a month older than Mushtaq Mohammad was when he had become Test cricket’s youngest centurion. Wisden noted: “He looked the embodiment of India’s famous opener, Gavaskar, and indeed was wearing a pair of his pads.”

No. 2: “This little prick’s going to end up with more runs than you, AB,” Merv Hughes said as Tendulkar wrecked Shane Warne’s debut with an unbeaten 148 at the SCG in 1992. He was the youngest boy to score a Test century in Australia.

No. 3: On a lethal pitch at the WACA in 1992, Tendulkar made 114 against an attack that included Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes, scoring the bulk of his runs with square cuts. “That is when I felt that, yes, now I am here to play cricket anywhere in the world, any bowling attack and I am confident enough to tackle them,” he would say, years later.

No. 4: On his way to 111 at the Wanderers in 1992, Tendulkar, at 19 years and 217 days, became the youngest batsman to reach 1000 Test runs, displacing Kapil Dev. “In my era, I think he’s the best player I’ve ever had the pleasure of playing against,” Allan Donald, who bowled to Tendulkar in that match, said in 2007.

No. 5: His first century in India was against England in 1993 in Madras, a venue at which he would play many more memorable innings. “Tendulkar’s six-hour 165 – including 24 fours and a six – was a gem but, had a third umpire, using TV replay, been on hand to review a run-out attempt by Lewis when he was on 9, India might not have made such a conclusive total,” Wisden reported.

No. 6: Tendulkar’s second-innings 104 at the SSC in 1993 was his first century in Sri Lanka. It helped set up India’s first Test victory in the country. He provided the thrust that allowed India to make a declaration and complete the win late on the final day.

No. 7: A 142 in India’s innings-victory against Sri Lanka in Lucknow in 1994. “The home team’s start was uninspiring, the openers struggled to find their rhythm against Wickremasinghe …” Wisden reported. “Not until mid-afternoon, when the assured Tendulkar helped place conditions in perspective, did India resemble the side so used to dominating visiting teams.”

No. 8: Tendulkar’s 179 in Nagpur in 1994 was his first hundred against the West Indians and it remained his highest score until his maiden double-century in 1999. He got to this century by hooking Courtney Walsh for six.

No. 9: Tendulkar made 122 out of 219 in the second innings at Edgbaston in 1996. No other batsman reached 20. “It will be difficult for India to get back into the series having lost the first Test. However, if one player can make it possible it is Tendulkar,” Imran Khan wrote in the Daily Telegraph. “His hundred in the second innings was pure class. His compact defence and freedom of strokes on both sides of the wicket with a straight or a horizontal bat makes me feel that he might break all batting records – especially as he is even younger than Brian Lara.”

No. 10: A 177 at Trent Bridge in 1996 helped ensure Tendulkar was Wisden’s Cricketer of the Year. “Tendulkar averages over 50 in Tests and is the supreme right-hander, if not quite the finest batsman, on the planet. He is a focused technician, who offers a counterpoint to Brian Lara’s more eye-catching destruction, fuelled on flair and ego,” Wisden said. “He has, it seems, been around for ever. In the third Test at Trent Bridge last summer, he scored 177, the tenth century of his Test career and his second of the series: yet remarkably, at 23, Tendulkar was younger than any member of the England team, with only Dominic Cork and Min Patel born even in the same decade.”

No. 11: Tendulkar’s 169 at Newlands in 1997 was part of a thrilling stand with Mohammad Azharuddin. They added 222 in 40 overs. Tendulkar carried on after his partner fell, and helped India avoid the follow-on. He was eventually the last man out, and it needed one of the great out-field catches of all time from Adam Bacher to end it.

No. 12: Tendulkar’s 143 allowed India to declare on 537 for 8 at the Premadasa Stadium in 1997. Sri Lanka’s riposte was 952. Tendulkar said the pitch was “unfit for Test cricket”, adding: “If we had lost the toss and batted second, we could also have played a massive innings. We only lost wickets because we took chances and looked for runs.”

No. 13: In the very next Test, Tendulkar scored 139 in another high-scoring contest at the SSC in Colombo.

No. 14: Another century against Sri Lanka, this time in Mumbai in 1997. Tendulkar toiled for 71 minutes for 8 runs on the first day but found his touch on the second, moving from 87 to 99 with successive sixes off Kumar Dharmasena. During his innings of 148, Tendulkar went past 4000 Test runs, and his 256-run stand with Sourav Ganguly was an Indian record for the fourth wicket.

No. 15: The torment of Australia, and Warne, continued in Chennai, where Tendulkar made 155 in 1998. The contest between the two champions was among the best Ian Chappell had watched. “The defining moment came just after lunch, when Warne went round the wicket with Tendulkar having just passed his fifty,” Chappell wrote on ESPNcricinfo. “Tendulkar took to his offerings like a kid offered a lolly-shop gift voucher. A brace of sixes and fours from lofted sweep/pull shots to the midwicket region convinced Warne to abort this tactic. Tendulkar’s preparatory work had proved to be a masterstroke.”

No. 16: Tendulkar scored 177 out of the 281 runs India added while he was at the crease against Australia in Bangalore in 1998. Wisden said he was “impossible to contain” and on the second morning Tendulkar scored 60 off 64 balls, before falling to little-known Adam Dale.

No. 17: At Napier in 1990, Tendulkar had fallen 12 short of becoming the youngest Test centurion. Eight years later, in Wellington, he made his first Test hundred in New Zealand off 123 balls.

No. 18: Tendulkar’s 136, a masterclass made with a spasming back, took India to the verge of victory against Pakistan in Chennai in 1999, but the tail collapsed after he was dismissed with only 17 to get. “Because he was such a big player and in awesome form at the time, we were all pretty sure that Sachin was going to win the game for them,” Moin Khan, Pakistan’s wicketkeeper at the time, said years later. “But as soon as we got him out, it became obvious to us that we would win – in those days India’s reliance on him was much greater than it is now.”

No. 19: Tendulkar made an unbeaten 124 in the third innings of a nondescript Test at the SSC in 1999, which ended in a draw.

No. 20: Having spent a month recovering from back trouble, Tendulkar scored a valuable second-innings century – 126 not out – that helped India post 505 for 3 after they had collapsed for 83 in the first innings against New Zealand at Mohali in 1999.

No. 21: Tendulkar scored his first double-century – 217 against New Zealand at Motera in 1999 – in his 71st Test.

No. 22: Tendulkar made 116 out of a total of 238 at the MCG in 1999, a Test India lost by 180 runs. “Somewhat unsurprisingly, it was yet again the brilliant Tendulkar who was answering the unenviable call to shore up India’s battered defences,” wrote John Polack. “After an engrossing battle with a bouncer-hungry McGrath had kept him subdued through the early part of his stay, he gradually began to increase his scoring rate with a number of beautifully crafted strokes … Quite simply, his sense of assurance and sheer range of shots against an adroitly rotated attack were perfectly applied in these hostile circumstances.”

No. 23: An extract from ESPNcricinfo’s report from the day: Tendulkar made 122 against Zimbabwe at the Kotla in 2000, John Wright’s first Test as India coach. “Earlier, Tendulkar was visibly miffed with himself. On a flat batting track, against a friendly Zimbabwean attack, he got himself out for just 122. The way Tendulkar was batting, that should have been just the beginning. After flaying Brian Strang for three boundaries in the first over of the day, Tendulkar pounced on anything loose … each one was a shot of class.”

No. 24: The unbeaten 201 against Zimbabwe in Nagpur in 2000 was the 50th international century of Tendulkar’s career. He was the first batsman to score so many. Sunil Gavaskar, Viv Richards and Desmond Haynes, all retired, had 35 hundreds, and Mark Waugh 31 at the time.

No. 25: The 126 in Chennai against Australia in 2001 helped India win one of the greatest series of all time. He reached the century with his second six, off Colin Miller, and also hit 15 fours. Three came in an over from Shane Warne. Two were played to the fine-leg boundary after which, Warne, bowling from round the wicket, bounced Tendulkar, who responded with an upper-cut to the third-man boundary.

No. 26: Another hundred in defeat – 155 in Bloemfontein in 2001 – on Virender Sehwag’s debut. During the innings Tendulkar, at 28 years and 193 days, became the youngest to score 7000 runs. He reached his century off 114 balls and at one point had hit eight fours in 18 deliveries. “I didn’t want to think about what was coming next,” Tendulkar said afterwards. “I thought let’s just deal with the present. My first line to him [Sehwag] when he came in was `I know you’re tense. You’re never going to be this tense again, so enjoy the moment’.”

No. 27: His 103 at Motera in 2001 was more than a third of India’s first-innings total against England. “Tendulkar was supreme in the afternoon, ridiculing England’s packed off-side fields by whipping balls from outside off through the leg side at will,” Wisden reported. “Hussain’s captaincy was enthusiastic, clear-sighted and, at times, uncompromisingly negative: he never allowed the game to drift, marshalled his limited resources intelligently and posed Tendulkar question upon question, most of which were answered perfectly.”

No. 28: Tendulkar’s 176 against Zimbabwe in Nagpur 2001 set up India’s innings victory. The century took him to one fewer than Don Bradman’s tally of 29.

No. 29: Tendulkar’s 117 – his first Test century in the West Indies – helped India win a tense Test in Trinidad by 37 runs in 2001. “Following a difficult start – on 6, he survived a confident claim for a catch at the wicket off Sanford – Tendulkar settled to build his 29th Test hundred, which put him level with Don Bradman, though he had taken 93 Tests to Bradman’s 52,” Wisden reported. “It was a resolute rather than commanding innings.”

No. 30: Tendulkar scored 193 in his 99th Test, at Headlingley in 2002, contributing significantly to India’s innings-and-46-run victory. “The beauty of Tendulkar is the ability to make shots that the merely very good players cannot – and the wiser 29-year-old model even does it without risk,” wrote Rahul Bhattacharya in the Guardian. “His wrists are a curious mix of clay and steel: able to take any shape, then, trading suppleness for force for the briefest moment that bat meets ball. Yesterday he swirled his way about on the onside as if it was his very own version of leg theory.”

No. 31: India were 11 for 2, needing to erase a 139-run deficit against West Indies, when Tendulkar rallied with 176 to save the game in Kolkata, 2002. “It has been said innumerable times in the past, most loudly by his critics, that Tendulkar fails to make runs when India need it the most,” wrote Anand Vasu for Cricinfo. “Today … not being altogether destructive, or indeed too defensive, Tendulkar remained unbeaten on 114 as the players walked off the field.”

No. 32: Tendulkar ended a two-year fallow period with an unbeaten 241 at the SCG in 2004, an innings in which he cut out shots between mid-off and point because he was falling to them. “I would put this innings right at the top of my hundreds,” he said. “I am happy that I was able to maintain the discipline throughout the innings. Things had gone wrong a couple of times with my shot selection, and I knew I had to cut out a few strokes.”

No. 33: The 194 in Multan in 2004 was controversial. Tendulkar, who was batting slowly, was denied a shot at a double-century when Rahul Dravid declared as India pushed for victory. “Even the greatest have their goals, dreams and milestones, and a double-century against Pakistan in Pakistan would have been a memory to treasure,” John Wright, India’s coach, wrote in his book. “After a sleepless night, I spoke to Tendulkar who confirmed that he’d wanted the team to cut him some slack. Then he and Dravid talked it through and resolved the matter.”

No. 34: The 248 in Dhaka in 2004 was Tendulkar’s highest score and it brought him level with Sunil Gavaskar’s world record number of centuries. “I said to him my expectations are higher and I want not 40 but 50 Test hundreds from him,” Gavaskar said. “When I saw Sachin play a flick wide of mid-on in the nets for the [Ranji] Probables team I knew here was a special talent.”

No. 35: The 109 against Sri Lanka at the Kotla in 2005 gave Tendulkar the world record. “His 35th hundred was not his prettiest. A large part of it was a struggle,” wrote Sambit Bal. “But it will remain a memorable one. And who knows, it could even be a liberating one. How his career shapes from here might depend on how much freedom he grants himself.”

No. 36: The 101 in Chittagong in 2007 came 17 months, 10 Tests and 17 innings after No. 35, the longest gap Tendulkar endured between centuries. “After 17 years, I don’t think I have a point to prove,” Tendulkar said. “I would dedicate this to my father as it was his eighth death anniversary yesterday. So, this one was pretty emotional.”

No. 37: The unbeaten 122 in the next Test in Dhaka wasn’t pretty. “Tendulkar couldn’t improvise and play a scoring shot when deceived by the slowness of the wicket,” Sidharth Monga wrote for Cricinfo. “Not long ago, you’d describe him as a batsman who had two shots for every ball; here he was struggling to do anything more than nudge it to leg. It was all the more painful to see him make the conditions and bowling look more difficult than they probably were.”

No. 38: An unbeaten 154 at the SCG in 2008, aka Monkeygate. “Commit all your crimes when Sachin is batting,” one banner read. “They will go unnoticed because even the Lord is watching.” Another said: “Sachin Cricket Ground.” Tendulkar called the SCG “one of my favourite grounds . Sometimes you walk on the field and it gives you good feelings. It is one of those grounds.”

No. 39: A 153 at the Adelaide Oval, his first at Don Bradman’s home ground, in 2007-08. “Unless his nerve fails him or batting becomes a chore, Tendulkar will be back in 2012,” wrote Peter Roebuck in the Sydney Morning Herald. “Far from losing focus, he looks eager. Rejecting the captaincy helped him to renew his vitality. After a struggle, he has come to terms with age; has learnt to combine the singles of experience with the boundaries of youth.”

No. 40: A 109 in Sourav Ganguly’s final Test helped India win the series against Australia 2-0 in Nagpur in 2008. “I know I am batting well, but I was not getting to the three-figure landmark. But I don’t think that is everything,” Tendulkar said. “I have gone in at crucial [stages] at almost four or five times and I have been able to play. That is very satisfying, when you deliver when the team needs the most.”

No. 41: Tendulkar’s match-winning 103 in a run-chase against England in Chennai, less than a month after Mumbai was attacked in 2008. “He’s 35 years old and owns practically every batting record in the game, but you couldn’t escape the feeling that this was probably Sachin Tendulkar’s finest hour,” wrote Dileep Premachandran. “To score the winning runs in a record-shattering chase was special enough, but when that last stroke also brought up your 41st century, it became ineffably so.”

No. 42: A 160 in Hamilton in 2009 was the bedrock of a victory that led to India’s series win. “When will Tendulkar retire? Answer: when it suits him. But he’ll certainly be around until the 2011 World Cup,” wrote David Leggat in the New Zealand Herald. “That gives him two years at least. Eight more centuries give him 50. He’s got 43 in ODIs. A double of 50 in each form of the game has a nice ring to it. It is certainly within his capabilities.

No. 43: An unbeaten 100 on a flat pitch at Motera in 2009 helped India draw the Test against Sri Lanka, after the visitors had amassed 760 in their first innings. It ensured Sri Lanka stayed without a Test win in India.

No. 44: Sehwag called Bangladesh an ordinary side before the Chittagong Test in 2009 and Tendulkar’s unbeaten 105 was needed to prop India up to 243 in the first innings, in a match they eventually won.

No. 45: The 143 against Bangladesh in Mirpur in the next Test was a relatively quick one. It took 182 balls and led to India’s ten-wicket win.

No. 46: A second-innings 100 from Tendulkar couldn’t prevent South Africa from steam-rolling India by an innings and six runs in Nagpur in February 2010.

No. 47: The 106 in Kolkata helped India level the series against South Africa and stay No. 1 in Tests. “Watching him bat can be a demoralising experience for those on the other side. He knows his game so well, and seldom does anything more than is required,” Cricinfo reported. “With Tendulkar these days, as opposed to the man who eviscerated Shane Warne in Chennai and Bangalore in 1998, patience is a weapon used to wear down bowlers.”

No. 48: Sri Lanka declared on 642 for 4 at the SSC and India slipped from 165 for 0 to 241 for 4. Tendulkar scored his 48th century and converted it into a double, giving India the lead. “Yesterday when I got into the dressing room, I had a long ice bath. I was in the ice tub for a while. Then I did some stretches, had an early dinner, and I was in bed by 8.30,” he said. “For almost all four days, I have been on the field. It’s been demanding on the body, but it’s held up pretty well.”

No. 49: A 214 in Bangalore helped secure India’s 2-0 win against Australia in 2010. “On his last tour of Australia, Tendulkar was given rapturous ovations by an adoring public each time he went in or out. But the Australians might not have seen the last of him,” wrote Sambit Bal. “Fifty Test hundreds are but a formality. A hundred international hundreds are there for the taking. Tendulkar, though, endures not in the pursuit of milestones, but because he can’t fall out of love with cricket.”

No. 50: India began their second innings in Centurion with a deficit for 484 and were reduced to 277 for 6. Tendulkar rallied, along with Dhoni, and his century changed India’s prospects of saving the game from impossible to improbable.

The teams have announced the players they want to retain for the next three seasons starting from 2011. The committee had earlier announced that a team can retain a maximum of 4 players with a maximum of 3 Indian players. Yesterday 8th December 2010 was the last day to announce the retained player names by all the franchises (teams). I was thinking that the franchises will be going mad over thinking which four players they could retain. They really would be having problems in selecting 4 players from their present lot. But to my surprise (well IPL has been full of surprises) the teams made this selection very easy. In fact three teams decided not to retain any player, while two teams retained only a single player. Only Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings were the teams that retained its maximum quota of 4 players. Well this is really a surprise since I believed that most of the teams would try and retain the players who have performed really very well for them in the earlier seasons. For example, Rajasthan Royals did not retain Yusuf Pathan, Kings XI Punjab did not retain Irfan Pathan and Kumar Sangakarra, Delhi Daredevils did not retain Gautam Gambhir, Dilshan, and Karthikh, Royal Challengers Bangalore did not retain players like Robin Uttappa, Anil Kumble, and Jacques Kallis while Deccan Chargers did not retain players like Rohit Sharma, Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and RP Singh.

This new season of IPL has been in news and controversies since the last season ended, but I hope that all the controversies will end with this and we can have a good season of T20 cricket.

Here is the complete article from cricinfo.

“Ganguly, Dravid shown the door, Kohli stays on

Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir are among the big names released by their IPL franchises, along with Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle and Andrew Symonds, while Virat Kohli is the surprise retention for his team for the next three seasons. Wednesday was the deadline for the franchises to name the players they would retain from their current squads and while there is no common thread running through the choices of players retained and released, the key factors seem to be form, brand appeal and age.

Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab have decided not to retain any of their players, while all the other IPL franchises have held back at least one current player. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, the 2010 finalists, have retained the maximum of four players each, in the process parting with half of the $9 million salary cap available to teams.

According to the auction rules for IPL 4, teams can retain up to four players, only three of whom can be Indians. The retained players – who must have been part of the franchise’s registered squads for the 2010 season – will be valued at $1.8 million for the first player, $1.3 million for the second, $900,000 for the third and $500,000 for the fourth.

Mumbai, as expected, held on to Sachin Tendulkar, the highest run-scorer of the 2010 season, offspinner Harbhajan Singh, West Indies allrounder Kieron Pollard and Sri Lanka seamer Lasith Malinga. Chennai took the Indian trio of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and M Vijay out of the auction, in addition to South African allrounder Albie Morkel, their regular opening bowler. Delhi Daredevils retained only Virender Sehwag, meaning Gambhir – their captain for the last two seasons – is in the auction pool.

The most interesting choice came from Royal Challengers Bangalore whose sole retention is Virat Kohli, currently on an impressive run in ODIs. There is no place for Dravid, their icon player, nor for Anil Kumble, their captain and the head of the state association. Kolkata’s decision to drop Sourav Ganguly, the biggest cricketing name to emerge from the city and the face of the franchise’s on-field persona, is a bold step.

Punjab’s decision to release all their players was expected following their dismal 2010 season, which means Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh will go under the hammer.

Siddhartha Mallya, owner of the Bangalore franchise, said the decision to retain just one player was backed by financial logic. “You must realise that with retention, a big chunk of your budget gets taken away,” Mallya told ESPNcricinfo. ” Mumbai and Chennai have kept four players, which means that half their budget is gone. It finally comes down to how much money one was going to lose. We have a big balance sheet but we have lost $1.8 million for keeping one player. We still have about $7-odd million left but if we had retained four then we would have had to buy virtually an entire squad with the remaining half.”

Age is not a universal disqualification. It didn’t count in Tendulkar’s case, nor in that of Shane Warne, Rajasthan’s coach and captain, who was retained by Rajasthan Royals, along with Shane Watson, a day ahead of the deadline. One franchise official explained the difference: “Warne is a global brand so that only helps to promote the franchise.”

If Rajasthan opted for Warne because they have always viewed the IPL as a global brand, Mumbai went with Tendulkar and Harbhajan for their popularity. Pollard and Malinga may have made the cut on account of being impact players, who have backed up their strong Twenty20 credentials with consistent performance.

Sehwag’s match-winning abilities, coupled with his rapid emergence as a brand, clearly had a say in Delhi’s decision to retain him. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina must have been shoo-ins for Chennai following their compelling IPL and international form. Vijay’s performances, coupled with his potential to attract a strong local fan-base, must have tilted the scales in his favour, while Morkel’s proven all-round skills were always going to be an asset. If there is a stranger in this crowd, it could be Kohli. Despite his owners trumpeting his recent performances, Kohli is still work in progress. But he is young, ambitious and has the youth appeal – all qualities of the UB Group’s target audience.”

The retained players:

  • Mumbai: Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga
  • Chennai: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, M Vijay, Albie Morkel
  • Rajasthan: Shane Warne, Shane Watson
  • Delhi: Virender Sehwag
  • Bangalore: Virat Kohli

Accidents And Me..

Posted: December 6, 2010 by Shishir Gupta in Just For Fun
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I and injury have always shared a very close relationship. As a kid it was my cycle that was one of the causes of the injuries. As I got older in my teenage, it was sports like Cricket and Basketball, which were the major cause for my injuries. I always managed to break my fingers while playing the games. As I have grown older now, in my early 20s my motorcycle (bike) has been the major cause, or I can say the only cause for a long time.

When I was in college about a couple of years back, wearing a bandage on my hand was like a style statement for me. One would hardly see me without a bandage on my hand, or foot during those days. Though it is a situation not to be happy of, but it has definitely taught me how to fight pain. Even in the past year I had three major accidents in a period of 7-8 months. I had hardly recuperated from an accident that I managed to meet another. Even my department head was amused finding the new ways I had invented to get myself injured. I have reached such a situation that if I now when I say that I have been hurt, the first question asked to me by my family, my colleagues, or my mangers are, How?, Fell of the bike again?, Not again? Well this is the image that has been created of me over the past year and so.

Well now coming why I am writing this post. This is not because I get involved in so many injuries. In fact this is for an opposite reason. This post is dedicated to the last 10-11 months in which I did not have any injury. That is why I needed to give a background earlier to explain the situation why I am writing this.

It was January when I had last met an accident. I had hurt my right elbow and wrist that time. But due to my carelessness I managed to damage it further over the course of next two weeks. And it took two to two and half months to heal completely. It was by mid March and April that I got completely fit. After that I did fall of my bike sometime in September, but luckily I did not get injured at all, and that did not stop my non-injury time. But this is now in the first week of December (a couple of days back) that I have met an accident again. Though it is a very minor one (no fracture, so no addition to the count of 24), but yes it has got my hand bandaged for three days now and looks like a few more days to come as well.

I am not sure what different I have done this year, to not get involved in many accidents. Maybe this is because I lost two close friends in two separate accidents this year. Their loss has probably got a fear in my mind I guess. Though I have not changed my riding style at all, but I feel I have become a lot more careful as a rider. And I think that has really helped. After those two events I probably realized the meaning of the phrase “Speed Thrills But Kills” a lot better.

Now coming back to the recent accident. Well if I remember just a couple of days before the event took place my colleagues were telling me, “It has been a long time you have met with an accident. Otherwise last year you always used to get involved into something or the other”. Well I guess I did not disappoint them, and all I can say after this is “I am back”. haha….

But one thing what I felt bad was that I had started believing that I could complete a year without any injury. But unfortunately just about 1 and a half month before that anniversary I got involved in this, and now that dream has to wait for sometime (though my initial dream was of six months).

But one thing why I am very happy about this accident is that I am a person who is a little superstitious. And I did believe that since nothing has happened to me for such I long time, I am due for a big one now. So since I have got away with a very minor injury I am really very happy.

Also what happened in this accident is something very new to me. While driving I just had a blackout once I saw a truck coming in from the front. And all I remember is, I was on the ground once I came back into consciousness. This is another unique way I have just experienced, to have an accident. Well I really don’t know how many ways I would find in the coming times, but I hope there are not many, in fact not any!

Well I would like to end this post with a hope that the landmark I could not achieve this time, I would definitely do it the next time.