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Journey to MCA Pune MI VsCSK

Here’s have a look at the journey full of fun and entertainment of the cricket fans to the MCA stadium Pune to watch the battle between the 2 giants Mumbai Indians Vs CSK. Its ShamsnWags’s journey along with Arpit Awasthi and Gavin.
It was a beautiful journey from Mumbai to Pune.

The squad for Mumbai Indians was :
Ishan Kishan (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Akila Dananjaya, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, and Adam Milne

CSK Squad:
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Faf du Plessis, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Karn Sharma, N Jagadeesan, and David Willey.

And The Party Continues…

For Men In Blue it seems that the IPL post match party is not yet over. As seen in the IPL matches, they used to party after the matches got over. It seems that the seriousness has gone for a toss.Let’s start from the top of the order to try and figure out as to what our Blue Brigade is up to.

1) Gautam Gambhir– Has forgotten that he does not represent any Muhalla or Gully of Delhi. Simple basics like  grounding the bat while entering in the crease is hygiene in cricket. For God’s sake, some one please remind him that he represents India.
2)     Murali Vijay: Is cricket all about playing on the slow tracks where ball does not bounce much or is it playing only for CSK is not very clear in case of Murali Vijay. He is supposed to be Test opener for India.
3)   Suresh Raina: At least Raina has justified as to why he has been captain for the Tour to Zimbabwe in absence of the seniors.He carried forward from where he had left behind in the IPL.
 4)   MS Dhoni:  All the plans are backfiring. MSD is just concerned about lifting the IPL trophy for CSK. Life is not going beyond that. A dismal performance for the boys under him is not accepted at all.
 5)      Rohit Sharma: Why do people have to show dissent on the field? Can they not learn from Sachin Tendulkar to let the bat do the talking?
      6) Yuvraj Singh: There is an air of attitude in Yuvraj singh. There’s a thin line in between having attitude and having the desired attitude. He is altogether in a different trip. Does he want to be the captain of the Team? If yes then we are sorry, he does not deserve it.
      7)  Yusuf Pathan: This bloke needs to come out of performing only at the state level.  He has to perform at the national level. He has completely forgotten that he has to take pride and perform for Team India. He just can’t come out of the Rajasthan  Royals comfort zone.
8)      Ravindra Jadeja: What is Ravindra Jadeja doing in the T20 World Cup while he was banned for the IPL matches for all wrong reasons ?Suddenly he fills in the slot of allrounder, dropping catches, getting clobbered for sixes. Do we not have a specialist batsmen or bowler in his place?
9)  Harbhajan Singh: He has lost the knack of picking wickets or is it too early to say he has lost his aggression? May be slapping people here and there is the only way he can show the aggression. What has happened to his spin and bounce only he can reply the question.
10) Ashish Nehra:  It’s difficult to digest the fact that Ashish Nehra has been recalled. He could not play for Delhi due to injury concerns, straight away he is being picked for T20 WC.Are we left with no options? A bright smile is on offer on his face whenever he gets clobbered. Wow what a body language to have. Is he trying the Australian way? Does he have the fire power to fight back as Aussie does?
11)      Vinay Kumar: Question mark on why he was not given a chance to play ahead of Ashish Nehra? Atleast he showed better body language on the ground. Although he got hit all over the park, but he was bowling a good line.
The body language of the entire team was bad. It could be clearly seen in the demeanor of the players. IPL has been over hyped and playing for ‘Big Moohlas’ has been the case for some of the players and they have taken cricket for granted.  That’s why time and again it’s said that Test match is the real test of character. 

Scores Leveled

It was Shams Vs Wags yet again yesterday( 6th April 2010) where CSK took on Mumbai Indians at their home ground in Chepauk.
It was an absorbing day at Chepauk and the same was seen in the match . Batting first, CSK made 165, while MI managed only 149 in thier quota of 20 overs.

In the first match, MI defeated CSK easily at Brabourne. So both the teams have a win against each other at their own back yard.

All we have to say is that for Shams and Wags, the scores are leveled, both on the ground and off the ground as well.
Stay tuned for the IPL

Cheers.
Shams n Wags.

Video of Tank From Baroda

One team that’s playing Royally besides Mumbai Indians are Rajasthan Royals. The success of the team lies in the formula of the Spin whiz captain cum coach Sharne Warne and the Tank from Baroda- Yusuf Pathan. Lets see him live in action- For a change not for  batting but doing a commercial.

Shams Vs Wags!

It’s that time of the year Shams n Wags vie for bragging rights. With Shams backing up the Mongoose bat of Haydos and expecting him to fire all cylinders, Wags has all his loyalty towards the Mumbai Indians.
Its going to be an electrifying match at the Brabourne stadium on Thursday (25th March 2010) where the two quality teams would take on against each other.
 For CSK  Haydos is in good nick and stand in captain Raina blazing all guns Parthiv is no mug with the bat and ball. Although Murali and Ashwin are spinning the web, CSK are missing a quality fast bowler. Absence of their star player MS Dhoni is adding salt to the injury.
On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians are on the top of the world with the batting maestro in entirely new zone with scoring loads of runs in all formats of the game.
He is Mumbai Indian’s God- Sachin Tendulkar. He has been well supported by the new comers Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu ,Saurabh Tiwari. What does one have to say about Tiwari? He is a left handed Dhoni.  With Zak and Bhajji leading the bowling department as seniors, the team composition looks real good.
So we are all set to see the father of all games- CSK Vs MI. and for us it’s Shams Vs Wags!

Friday- Where Would All Roads Lead To?

We are just a day away from what one would call it as the Father of Entertaining Cricket Tournament. All roads will lead to DY Patil Cricket Stadium  on Friday  the 12th as its going to  accommodate thousands of cricket fans for the  inaugural match on   Excitement is in the air as IPL has returned to India and what better ground to start with than DY Patil. Its my (Wags) favorite ground as I have experienced the first IPL match that was allotted to this ground and I have lots of memories associated with this very ground.. I still remember Adam Gilchrist and Rahul Dravid talking about the standards of the ground.Every time I pass this ground, automatically my hand reaches out to my head and salutes the ground. The first match is between KKR and Deccan Chargers and despite the home team- Mumbai Indians is not featuring in the first Match; the interest level would not go down. I am all set to watch the Inaugural match. Shams is in a way sad that he could not join me for the match, but will be happy that atleast I am able to make it there.So Mumbai- See you there!!

What’s an unbeatable score?

It’s about time for the teams to think that what’s going to be an unbeatable score.Gone are the days when teams used to relax had they scored in excess of 300 runs. In recent past, 300 plus scores have been chased easily. The match played between India and Sri Lanka was an absolute beauty. 
Even after scoring a mammoth score of 414, the match went down to the wire. It was only in the last ball that victory was confirmed by India. The match could have rolled in the favor of SriLanka had they held their nerves till the last moment.
The ODI’s have now gone to the level where even a score in excess of 500 runs cannot be treated as an unbeatable score. The teams can’t be complacent even after scoring a big total. We won’t be surprised if a double century will be scored in ODI in some time to come. ShamsnWags reckon that it will be the
Nawab of Najafgarh who will achieve this feat.
Most of the cricket boards some how favored the fast format of cricket to earn more revenue and it’s universally known that BCCI is one of the richest board in the world who has, in recent past, approved a lot of ODI’s and T20 tournaments.
Looking at India’s 2010 schedule, we will play only 5 test matches in the entire calendar year, while there will be lot of ODI and T-20 series in addition to IPL season 3.
From players view point, many of them will opt for series of ODI and T20 followed by IPL. rather than showing more interest in Test Matches. It’s also about reaching fame and earning some quick fat moolah.We are no one to question the credibility of the players and board towards their nation, but then there has to be a proper balance in all formats of games while schedules are made.
Please share your views  on ‘What’s an unbeatable score’

Mumbai’s New Rocking Stadium- D Y Patil .


Day 27th of April 2008, all roads lead to this new stadium which was waiting to host first match of international reckoning for itself. I was on my way to watch this debacle. Even before I could go to the stadium my day was made. We were on the road while suddenly I could listen to the siren of the security jeep. Some thing passed whistling besides us.
My eye caught the glimpse of this bus and this bus was none other than Team Mumbai Indian Team Bus.

I had already gone mad even as I saw this bus, chasing it was the only thing in my mind. There I caught the glimpse of some players, but the thing that mattered most and that made my day was to get a sight of Swash Buckling Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar himself. He was seated in the front seat of the bus and there my eyes like an x-ray from the dark glass spotted him. I went berserk and started chanting his name. Soon I waived at him and the biggest reward I got was that he waived back to me. Soon the team bus passed whistling into the stadium and then we had to give up the chase as we were not allowed to enter from there.

Enter the stadium after lots of chaos regarding the entry gate; there I see the absolute treat. Lush green outfield and absolutely good seating arrangement. The entire look of the stadium was mind blowing and with the crowd of Mumbai filling in, it was absolutely amazing. As usual the chanting off ‘Sachin Sachin’ was going on top of the voice even though Sachin was not playing in this match. The crowd was enjoying every bit of it, but only point of loosing interest was that the home team was loosing the match.

The match was very well organized at the DY Patil stadium wherein you could find less of police man, but more of security guards and the college volunteers guiding the spectators.

Even Adam Gilchrist who hit a superb ton was amazed of this stadium and crowd that he went on records saying that DY Patil stadium is at par with any other International Stadium. The Mexican waive was amazing as usual and the pitch was also good.

Only point of worry that after 3 matches, rest of the matches are shifted from DY Patil to the Wankhede Stadium. There’s nothing wrong with the ground or stadium only point of consideration is that it’s far away from the players hotel. Its some 40 km away from the hotel. The players had to travel a lots and there is no single ground close to their hotel.

But what ever DY Patil Ground had to offer, it was awesome and the people are going to cherish the memories.