Jharna Kukreja Chauhan

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Jharna is a hardcore Dravidian (read: Rahul Dravid worshipper) who thinks being a girl covering cricket is as tough as being a straight man covering fashion

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  • Raina's 'nephew' lands him in a soup

    Suresh Raina found himself in the middle of a controversy following a provocative tweet that emerged from his Twitter account post Pakistan's exit from the World Twenty20.

    India’s limited overs mainstay Suresh Raina got himself embroiled in a controversy last night, all from the confines of his own home.

    It all started when a tweet emerged from Raina’s verified Twitter account that said this


     
    Twitter has already contributed to the downfall of several big names from the cricket world (Lalit Modi and Kevin Pietersen are just two examples) and this time too, the micro-blogging site was at the centre of what could be mildly described as an inappropriate reaction from a national cricketer.

    Twitter users were quick to latch on to the post and the immediate feedback might have prompted Raina to delete the tweet. The damage however had been done and screenshots of the post swiftly made the rounds to those who had missed it.

    Suresh Raina did attempt some damage control this morning, attributing the provocative tweet to his nephew who apparently had got hold of his smartphone -

    @ImRaina : Smart phones r dangerous. Discovered it last night after my nephew posted
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  • Everything goes Wright for England

    England achieved a 116 run victory over Afghanistan to win their first game of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Friday in Colombo.

    Luke Wright of England leaves the field after his innings of 99 not out

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    England humbled Afghanistan by 116 runs to win their first game of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 on Friday in Colombo. Afghanistan was knocked out of the competition after they were bundled out for just 80 in their answer to England’s total of 196-5.

    Earlier, Man-of-the-match Luke Wright fell just short of becoming the second centurion of both the day and the tournament, when he ended up on an unbeaten 99 off 55 balls at the end of England’s 20 overs. 

    Wright batted through the innings after opener Craig Kieswetter was bowled by Shapoor Zadran in the first over, even before a run had been scored. Not one to shy away from the big shots, Wright’s knock was characterised by eight fours and six sixes. His strokeplay allowed the England side to build their total around him and accelerate towards the end.

    His innings equaled Alex Hales 99 against West Indies earlier this year as the highest score by an Englishman in T20 Internationals.

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  • Not just cricket

    The World Twenty20 from the sidelines

    You would be forgiven for mistaking the bunch huddled together at Pallekele in Sri Lanka to be the Indian cricket team. What with their blue Sahara training gear.  Upon closer glance you will realise that it’s actually the Bangladesh side.

    In June this year, the Bangladesh Cricket Board sold sponsorship rights for $14 million for four years to Aamby Valley, an affiliate of the Sahara India Parivar.

    Meanwhile, India-based property developer Homestead will be sponsoring the Sri Lankan Cricket Team for the next three years.

    The recently concluded Sri Lankan Premier League saw all seven teams as well as the title sponsorship being bought by Indian business houses.

    When it comes to cricket, it clearly seems to be ‘love thy neighbour’ for corporate India.


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    Aside from their many on-field batting partnerships, Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara also present a joint defence in the kitchen. The duo are co-owners of a restaurant in Colombo called the ‘Ministry of Crab’ Read More »from Not just cricket
  • Rewind: 2007 ICC World Twenty20

    The inaugural Twenty20 world championship cemented the standing of the sport's shortest format.




    Expectations were meagre from the inaugural Twenty20 world championship. India’s demoralising exit from the first round of the 50 over World Cup earlier that year along with its excruciatingly long format kept the hype around its shorter cousin suitably low key. That in all probability contributed to the tournament’s ultimate success.

    The then Indian skipper Rahul Dravid, along with fellow stalwarts Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly opted out of the Twenty20 competition as they felt the game’s shortest version was better suited to younger legs. That brought Mahendra Singh Dhoni to the fore, in what was his first tournament as captain.

    Unlike what many expected, the competition did not spell immediate death for bowlers. In fact, it was India’s bowling and fielding that took them all the way. Conditions in South Africa assisted in making the games a true contest between bat and ball. Only one century was scored (yes, by Chris Gayle) and it was the bowlers that dictated terms in the Read More »from Rewind: 2007 ICC World Twenty20
  • Day 2 at the Wankhede

    (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we’ll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:45 pm: West Indies 575/9 at the End of Day 2

    India have made a late comeback into the game, picking up the last five wickets in just over 11 overs for under 50 runs. This was not before the first six West Indian batsmen made half centuries including the massive ton from Bravo.

    Varun Aaron

    4:00 pm: 'Better late than never' - That's what you can say about this spell from debutant pace bowler Varun Aaron. He's picked up three wickets starting with centurion Darren Bravo who chased a wide delivery. Next to go was Carlton Baugh who was done in by speed - a 144.3 km delivery knocking off his stumps. The final wicket to fall was that of captain Sammy who edged a ball pitched outside the off stump to his opposite number.

    Sachin Tendulkar at the Wankhede

    2:30 pm:

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  • Day 1 at the Wankhede

    (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)


    4:35 pm: West Indies 267/2 - End of Day 1

    After being outplayed in the first two Tests, West Indies have made a strong comeback on Day 1 in Mumbai. The pitch has played out like a batting beauty and all four Windies batsmen have managed half centuries.

    Meanwhile, South Africa's loss to Australia yesterday has brought about some changes in the ICC Test rankings. India have moved up to the Number 2 position. The Proteas had been ranked in second position but the 1-1 series result against the lower ranked Australia meant it lost one ratings point and fell below India.

    Reliance ICC Test Championship (as of 22 November)

    3:45 pm: West Indies batting lineup isn't doing all that bad in the absence of Chanderpaul. Kirk Edwards has now made his way to his half century.

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  • Day 4 at Eden Gardens

    (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    2:00 pm: India have wrapped up the Test and the series, Umesh Yadav picking up the last two wickets. VVS Laxman is Man of the Match for his 176 not out - another award at the Eden Gardens for the middle-order batsman.

    1:15 pm: Darren Bravo's wicket has opened up the floodgates. It was looking like a completely different game when Bravo and Samuels had their partnership going, but after Bravo was dismissed wickets have fallen in a heap. Off-spinner Aswhin has also come to the party, not willing to be outdone by Ojha.

    1:00 pm: The Pragyan Ojha - Rahul Dravid combination has managed to turn around things for the Indians. It looked like the game was heading into the 5th day, but two tossed up deliveries from Ojha went towards the man with the most catches in Test cricket. Dravid

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  • Day 2 at Eden Gardens

    (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:00 pm: Stumps have been declared on Day 2 with the West Indies on 34/2 due to poor light. The Caribbean side have their backs against the wall with three days of play left and 18 wickets in hand.

    2:45 pm: Umesh Yadav has got an early breakthrough for India with the wicket of Adrain Barath for just one run. This was after Dhoni declared at 631/7 with Laxman unbeaten on 176. Laxman's fans might be upset that he did not get a chance to reach his double century but that early wicket would have justified Dhoni's decision.


    2:15 pm: MS Dhoni has made his way back after a dazzling 144 and now it seems that the Indian side is waiting for Laxman to complete his double century before they declare.

    2:00 pm: The second session on Day 2 saw MS Dhoni do justice to the flat track at the

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  • Day 1 at Eden Gardens

    (During the course of the second Test between India and the West Indies at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:30 pm: India 346/5 at the end of Day 1

    The day's play got over with what seemed like a bit of a farce. Ishant Sharma walked in at the fall of Dravid's wicket and was then promptly dismissed while still on nought. Does it make sense to send a nightwatchman in when India are on 345? Does Yuvraj Singh need to be protected at such a stage in the match? Yuvraj  then came in only to be led off the field due to poor light.

    Meanwhile the Dravid-Laxman partnership once again starred for India.  Here's a

    Flashback 2001: Laxman and Dravid

    Flashback 2001: Laxman and Dravid

    flashback from the same ground in 2001 when they together batted India for their famous 376 run stand that turned the tables on champions Australia

    4:00 pm: A momentary lapse has cost Dravid his wicket. It was an innocuous delivery from Brathwaite and

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  • Day 4 at the Kotla

    (During the course of the first Test between India and West Indies at the Kotla, we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    1:00 pm: India have won the 1st Test by 5 wickets and debutant R Ashwin has been awarded Man of the Match for his 9 wickets in the game

    11:20 am: Tendulkar has departed for 76 and with him the hopes of millions of fanboys who were all set to regurgitate their 'Sachin is God' messages/tweets/blogs. Cue news agencies who will not send out stories on 'Sachin misses ton of tons' yet again (sigh).

    Some hilarious tweets on the subject:

    sidvee Nobody taught umpire RJ Tucker history in school

    Indian victory in vain as Tendulkar falls short

    rameshsrivats What century and all? Obviously an Indian win is the key thing here. Goes off to cry in a corner

    chuck_gopal Will Yuvraj let Laxman get to his 50 now? #InduvidualAchievementAlwaysMoreImportant

    Question to our readers - Are we too obsessed with individual

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