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Worst World Cup Ever

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Cricket World Cup 2007 would be remembered in the history as the Worst World cup Ever. This world cup is perfect example of Murphy's Law "If something can go wrong, it will go wrong". There are several reasons for it being called the worst world cup.
Bob Woolmer was murdered. Shame on game when it starts taking lifes. It is amazing that police has not been able to find the murderer although the world cup has ended.A very long format. I think ICC was trying to maximize profits by providing less matches to minnow and more matches to main 8 teams. This was cause of only having three matches for qualification and round robin for 8 teams. A better format would have been to have 12 teams and 4 pools of 3 teams each playing with each other twice which woul…

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Is this NEWS? Detoriation of Reporting Quality

NEWS to me means New Event With Significance. I don't know about others but I am kind of frustrated about the kind of reporting I see. It looks like NEWS reporters have forgotten the meaning of NEWS. The NEWS now seems to have modified into MEWS or Masala Entertainment Worthless Shock.

Just look at any Indian news paper site, now a days the only MEWS they have is about a marriage of Abhishek and Ash. Don't get me wrong I have nothing against Abhi or Ash. In fact I am huge fan of Amit jee and like both Ash and Abhishek. I am actually frustrated to see the kind of details that is being reported. Who is being invited, What does invitation card look like, What was there in Mithai, Who did what, What did Jaya Bachaan say to Ash etc etc. I think the actual news would have been, Abhishek and Ash are getting married on such and such date at such and such place. Every thing beyond that is Masala. To some extent even that is tolerable but I think now a days media goes over board with eve…

Who should win the world cup!!!

Ofcourse, it cannot be India - Why? Because we are already out of the World Cup. Let's set the expectations right, we should try to win India Bangladesh Series.

Any way back to the original question, Who should win the world cup?

Lets look at the following Stats and I think the answer would be clear.

Batting Stats:The batting stats show that top 10 run scorers of this tournament are basically from 3 teams: Australia(3), South Africa(3), Srilanka(2). There is one each from England and NewZealand.

Bowling Stats:The bowling stats just like batting squads are also skewed in favour of 3 teams: Australia(4), Srilanka(2), NewZealand (2). There is one from one each from South Africa and West Indies.

Just by looking at those stats you can tell there is no one to represent England in Bowling department and No one to represent West Indies in Batting in top 10 positions which explains why these two teams are where they should be. Similarly there is no representation from Bangladesh and Ireland. S…

Day Light Saving Time: Update

It gives me great satisfaction that I have been proven right again. This time it is Day Light Saving time.

I had in my previous blog "Don't you have any thing better to do" expressed anger at change of day light saving time. I had argued that day light saving has no effect on energy consumption and that has infact proven to be true. Please see the article on Reuters.

There are few very important statements in the article

The move to turn the clocks forward by an hour on March 11 rather than the usual early April date was mandated by the U.S. government as an energy-saving effort.
But other than forcing millions of drowsy American workers and school children into the dark, wintry weather three weeks early, the move appears to have had little impact on power usage.

We haven't seen any measurable impact," said Jason Cuevas, spokesman for Southern Co., one of the nation's largest power companies, echoing comments from several large utilities.
That may come as no surpr…

Greg Chappell: Coach or Politician using Divide and Rule

Indian World Cup dreams are over but the crisis Indian Cricket is facing is far from being over. The man at center of all attention is Greg Chappell, The coach of Indian Cricket Team.

Is he really the coach? Or Is he a mere politician who has used policy of Divide and Rule to systematically destroy a team and to maintain his authority by playing his cards.

The era of Greg Chappell as coach of Indian team has been marked with one controversy after another. The list of controversies is huge. Chappell and Ganguly, Chappell and Yuvraj, Chappell and Tendulkar, Chappell and Harbhajan, Chappell and Sehwag, Chappell and Chappell's finger.

Now more recently Chappell and Dravid, Chappell and Tendulkar, Chappell and Seniors, Chappell and SMS.

Lets looks back in history and see what happened.

Step 1) India Australia series, Greg helps Ganguly to sort out his batting and gain his confidence. Ganguly hits a century in the very First Test.

Step 2) Ganguly returns the favor by recommending Mr. Chappell…