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World At Your Feet

With 60 over format, white traditional costume & red cherry, the biggest colloseum of cricket started on 7th June 1975 in England. Yes the Cricket World Cup. The Cricket World Cup is an international One Day International (ODI) competition in men’s cricket. Organized by the International Cricket Council (ICC), the tournament has taken place every four years since it was first held in 1975 in England.For the first three editions it was called as Prudential Cup which was consequently played in England.
History Of World Cup:
1975

West Indies tasted the Glory of the First WC in 1975, continuing the trend in second edition as well in 1979. The 1975 world cup final was played between West Indies and Australia. Under the leadership of Clive Lloyd, WI won the finals by 17 runs. 

1979

 In 1979, again under the leadership of Clive Lloyd, West Indies reached the finals. This time, they defeated the host England by 92 runs.

1983

 In 1983, a new rule of field circle with in 30 yards away from stumps  was introduced. It was mandatory to have 4 fieldsmen inside the circle at all times. Basking in the glory of victory for the first two Wc finals, WI entered the finals of third edition. To spoil their party and shatter their dream run, Kapil’s Devils gave a big jolt to Clive Llyod & co. We clearly remember the sight of Joel Garner falling flat on the ground and weeping following the defeat.

 
1987
By 1987, Reliance group had grown big time world wide. This was for the first time,the tournament was played outside England and moved to Indian Subcontinent and was called Reliance Cup.
Considering the sub continental conditions, the format was reduced to a 50 over format. It was Australia who defeated England with a close margin of 7 runs.
 
1992
The popularity of WC was immensely increasing. Considering that, 1992  event  saw lots of changes in the format. It was from 1992 WC in Australia/NZ we (Shams&Wags ) started following the game closely as we were of the age where we started understanding all aspects of game. The traditional whites made way to colored clothing. The red cherry was replaced by the white balls. Day & Night matches came into picture. South Africa was allowed to participate in the event following the end of the ban on them due to racism. Out of no where; Pakistan rose to the occasion and defeated England by 22 runs. To England’s plight, it was their third time defeat in the Finals.
 
1996
In 1996, the cup came back to the subcontinent. Under an inspirational leadership of Ranatunga, Srilanka emerged with flying colors due to their attacking cricket by flamboyant opening pair of Jayasuriya & Kaluwitharana and awesome Aravinda D’silva. They defeated Australia by 7 wickets in Finals at Lahore.
1999
In 1999 the event was hosted by England, with some matches also being held in Scotland, Ireland, Wales. Australia entered the Semifinals.
There were many anxious moments in the match. The most famous incidence was when Herscelle Gibbs dropped a easy catch of Steve Waugh. Waugh was quick enough to tell him “You have dropped the World Cup Mate’ . In the final, Australia dismissed Pakistan for 132 and then reached the target in less than 20 overs, with eight wickets in hand. 
2003

South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya hosted the 2003 World Cup. Australia again featured in the finals. This time against India. This was for the first time after 1983 when India featured in finals of World cup. Australia made  a quick fire 359 runs for the loss of two wickets, the largest ever total in a final, defeating India by 125 runs. It was at Wanderers where Ricky Ponting   played a super attacking innings scoring an unbeatable 140 runs

2007

In 2007 the tournament was hosted by the West Indies. This cup saw some serious and shameful defeats for India and Pakistan. Bangladesh defeated India and entered to the second round for the first time and they later went on to defeat South Africa in the second round.  Pakistan faced similar shameful defeat by the minnows Ireland. Following the defeat against Ireland, the Pakistani coach Bob Woolmer was found dead in his hotel room; it was later found out that he died of heart failure. Australia defeated Sri Lanka in the final by 53 runs (D/L), extending their undefeated run in the World Cup to 29 matches and winning three straight World Cups. 

ICC Trophy
Trophy Design:
The current trophy is made of Silver and gold. The Golden Globe is held up by 3 Silver Columns. These columns are in shape of Stumps& Bails that represent 3 fundamentals of cricket ie, Batting, Bowling and fielding. The Globe characterizes cricket ball. It stands 60 cm tall & weighs approximately 11 kgs. The names of winners of previous editions are engraved on the base of the trophy. The original trophy is kept by ICC and a replica is awarded to the winning team
Prior to 1999, different trophies were designed for each world cup. In 1999, the ICC world Cup trophy was created. It was designed in London by a team of craftsman from Garrard & Co in over 2 months.
Individual Performances:
Swashbuckling Master blaster from India Sachin Tendulkar holds a bouquet of individual records in the World . Tendulkar has made more scores over fifty, hit more centuries and scored more runs than any other cricketer in World Cup history. In his 36 appearance in World Cup, he has  4 centuries, 13 half centuries against his name. In the bowling department, Australian Glenn McGrath(Pegion) dominates the individual bowling records, having featured for his country in four World Cups. He has taken more wickets at a higher strike rate with a better economy rate than any other bowler, and has the best individual bowling figures in the history of the tournament.7/15 is his best record and in his 39 appearance, he hs taken 79 wickets. 
Australians Ricky Ponting and Adam Gilchrist lead the individual fielding records. Ponting is the leading fielder in terms of catches made, in both an individual World Cup tournament and in the competition’s history. Wicketkeeper Gilchrist has made the most dismissals in a single match, an individual tournament and in World Cup history. Australia hold several team records, including those for the most wins, the highest win percentage, the most consecutive wins and are the current holders; they were undefeated in the 2007 Cricket World Cup campaign.
Let’s wait and watch whats in store for every one in this world cup that will be held in the Subcontinent again. The opening ceremony will be held in Bangladesh and the Final match will be played at Mumbai’s very own Wankhade.
Till then lets keep our fingers crossed.

What’s Your Dream XI?

We are yet to believe that it has been a short yet sweet journey of 3 years of converting our passion into serious writing and sharing our views with the world.
Yes it has  been 3 years of blogging for Shams&Wags.
Thank you all for your support and love and valuable comments and suggestions that you all have given us.Its time for us to make it more interesting.It’s a small contest for all our readers.
Pick up your Dream XI from the list of players mentioned below.
Rule is very simple. Players names have been mentioned in all categories and number of players to be chosen  from each category is also indicated.
If your dream XI matches with the dream XI or comes close to the one chosen by Shams n Wags, you stand a chance to win a Sports  T-Shirt.
All you have to do is list your playing XI in the comments section.
Winner will be announced on 3rd Of January.
Until then Keep reading www.shamsnwags.com
Dream XI: List Of Players
Opening (2)

Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Virendra Sehwag (Ind), Saeed Anwar(Pak), Gorden Greenidge (WI), Matthew Hayden, Mark Waugh (Aus), Sanath Jayasuriya (SL)

Middle Order (3)
Ricky Ponting, Michael Bevan (Aus), Vivian Richards, Brian Lara (WI), Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh (Ind), Martin Crowe (NZ), Aravinda D’silva (SL), Inzamam-Ul-Haq, Javed Miandad (Pak)

All Rounder (1)
Ian Botham, Andrew Flintoff (Eng), Kapil Dev (Ind), Imran Khan, Shahid Afridi (Pak), Jacques Kallis (SA), Chris Cairns (NZ)

Wicket Keeper (1)
Ian Healy, Adam Gilchrist (Aus), MS Dhoni (Ind), Moin Khan (Pak), Mark Boucher (SA), Romesh Kaluwitharana, Kumar Sangakkara (SL), Andy Flower (Zim), Alec Stewart (Eng)
  
Bowlers (3)
Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis (Pak), Joel Garner, Curtly Ambrose (WI), Denis Lillie, Glen McGrath, Brett Lee (Aus), Richard Hadlee (NZ), Alan Donald (SA)

Spinner (1)
Shane Warne (Aus), Mutthiah Muralidharan (SL), Anil Kumble, Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Saqlain Mushtaq, Mushtaq Ahmed (Pak)


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. 

Sultan Of Cricket- MI King!!!

Time and again Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has shown his class. Be it for Team India or be it for Mumbai Indians, he has always played a pivotal role for his team. He is a perfect role model.  Even in yesterdays match
( 11th April 10) , he took over from where he had left in the last match and made sure that he steered his side right into the semifinals. Mumbai Indians is the only side who is comfortable in the semis.With yet another half century to his name, he has already shown that he belongs to the top with the Orange cap and he is on the peak of the career.About time to call him the “Sultan of Cricket”
 Keep making those half centuries and Keep winning Mumbai Indians.

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!

Best quotes on Sachin Tendulkar


Here’s some thing which all the cricket lovers will surely agree. Recently we came across the comments made by the Legends of Cricket.

In our series of features on Sachin completing 20 years in International cricket, we present some of the best quotes that current and former cricketers have made on the master-blaster. Find what Don Bradman, Sunil Gavaskar, Dennis Lillee, Greg Chappell, have to say about Sachin Tendulkar.
Matt Hayden:
“I have seen God, he bats at no. 4 for India”

Peter Roebuck, Aussie journalist
“On a train from Shimla to Delhi, there was a halt in one of the stations. The train stopped by for few minutes as usual. Sachin was nearing century, batting on 98. The passengers, railway officials, everyone on the train waited for Sachin to complete the century. This Genius can stop time in India!!”
Sir Don Bradman
I saw him playing on television and was struck by his technique, so I asked my wife to come look at him. Now I never saw myself play, but I feel that this player is playing much the same as I used to play, and she looked at him on Television and said yes, there is a similarity between the two…hi compactness, technique, stroke production… it all seemed to gel! in reference to Sachin Tendulkar.

Dennis Lillee
If I’ve to bowl to Sachin, I’ll bowl with my helmet on. He hits the ball so hard.
Glenn McGrath
I still think Tendulkar is the best batsmen in the world ahead of Steve Waugh and Lara.

Brain Lara
Sachin is a genius. I’m a mere mortal.


Andy Flower:
“There are 2 kind of batsmen in the world. One Sachin Tendulkar. Two all the others.”
Allan Donald:
“Sachin Tendulkar has often reminded me of a veteran army colonel who has many medals on his chest to show how he has conquered bowlers all over the world”

Sunil Gavaskar
India’s fortune will depend on how many runs the little champion scores. There is no doubt Tendulkar is the real thing.
Richie Benaud
He has defined cricket in his fabulous, impeccable manner. He is to batting what Shane Warne is to bowling.
Geoffrey Boycott
Technically, you can’t fault Sachin. Seam or spin, fast or slow nothing is a problem.
Greg Chappell
He is a perfectly balanced batsman and knows perfectly well when to attack and when to play defensive cricket. He has developed the ability to treat bowlers all over the world with contempt and can destroy any attack with utmost ease.


Shane Warne
I’ll be going to bed having nightmares of Sachin just running down the wicket and belting me back over the head for six. He was unstoppable. I don’t think anyone, apart from Don Bradman, is in the same class as Sachin Tendulkar. He is just an amazing player.
Viv Richards on Sachin Tendulkar
I think he is marvellous. I think he will fit in whatever category of Cricket that has been played or will be played, from the first ball that has ever been bowled to the last ball that’s going to be. He can play in any era and at any level. I would say he’s 99.5% perfect.
BBC Sports, on Sachin Tendulkar 

Beneath the helmet, under that unruly curly hair, inside the cranium, there is something we don’t know, something beyond scientific measure. Something that allows him to soar, to roam a territory of sport that, forget us, even those who are gifted enough to play alongside him cannot even fathom. When he goes out to bat, people switch on their television sets and switch off their lives.


Anil Kumble
“I am fortunate that I’ve to bowl at him only in the nets!”
Andrew Symonds
“To Sachin, the man we all want to be”
What Symonds wrote on an aussie t-shirt he autographed specially for Sachin.
Mark Taylor:
“We did not lose to a team called India…we lost to a man called Sachin” -Mark Taylor, during the test match in Chennai (1997)

Navjot Singh Sidhu:

“India me aap Prime Minister ko ek Baar Katghare me khada kar sakte hain..Par Sachin
Tendulkar par Ungli nahi utha Sakte..”
Barry Richards
Sachin is cricket’s God!
Ian Chappell
Harder he works, the luckier he gets.



Source: India Syndicate

Compaq Win


After 11 years,Team India finally won a series in Sri-Lanka.Last victory was in the year 1998 in a tri-series. It was a collective effort from the team with both bat and ball. After winning toss MS Dhoni elected to Bat first and the openers responded well by putting 100 run partnership for first wicket. Sachin blasted his 44th century by scoring 138 of 133 balls supported well by half centuries from Dhoni who promoted himself to no.3 and Yuvraj finding quick runs in the end. India went on to make 319/5 in 50 over to set a target of 320 for the hosts on somewhat predictable R Premadassa pitch cracking up in 2nd innings.
The hosts though couldn’t have asked for a better start than this one with Dilshan and Jayasuriya blasting early. It seemed to be a close contest with Indian fielding looking pedestrian and the Lankans converting 1’s into 2’s. Robin Singh – fielding coach, need to work really hard to make this team look like No.1 especially in fielding department.
Lankans were sailing through easily with 6 plus run rate until Bhajji shattered Dilshan’s off stump and making foundation for wickets to follow. By 125 on board Sri-Lanka lost 5 wickets. Captain Sangakkara and Kandamby showed some courage by holding innings and making score pass 200. Sangakkara though found himself unlucky to get out Hit-wicket on RP Singh’s delivery leaving Kandamby as sole warrior to fight. Kapugedera supported Kandamby well with his little knock before nicking one to wicket-keeper.
With 82 runs needed in 60 balls things look difficult and Bhajji made it even more difficult in his second spell by picking 2 wickets in 2 balls getting Kandamby clean bold followed by lollypop C&B from Malinga.
Sri-Lanka was bowled out on 273 giving team India 46 runs win in tri-series. Sachin was adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant knock and also Man of the Series for scoring 211 runs in three matches. Bhajji got stylish player award for his 5-56.
With Champions trophy to start from 22nd September in South Africa this win will boost up moral of the team to enter contest on a winning note.
Shams & Wags wishes team India all the very best and promises to bring all updates from Champions trophy.
Jai Ho!!!!!!!!
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Sach Ka Saamna

After watching both the episodes of the show Sach Ka Saamna on Star plus, we realized that there was nothing bad that Kambli spoke bad about the maestro.
The media had already blown Kambli-Tendulkar relation out of proportion days before the show was being aired and that had increased the curiosity level for every one to watch the episode.To gain TRP’s media companies can do anything.
Anyways we are happy that their relation is like taht of Jai& Veeru as it was earlier.

Tainting Masters Image- Kambli Boy!!

It was way back in Feb1988 the duo of Vinod Ganpat Kambli and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar started playing together for Sharda Ashram and went on making a record partnership of 664 runs. Kambli had a very promising career ahead and was rated far better than Sachin. He also scored 2 double centuries very early in the career.
Discipline and Dedication are the two D’s that sets apart one from the other. Kambli could not latch on to the D’s. A little stardom and he was on top of the world.No one remembers Kambli as a good cricketer. We all remember him as Sachin’s chum. The little Master has earned whatever he is known for mainly due to the D’s. Look at the way he has handled the celebrity status. Absolutely down to earth attitude and letting the bat talk rather than his mouth. One way he knows to silence his critics is letting his willow talk for which is highly regarded for.
The allegation of Sachin not helping him out is a real shame from Kambli’s side. Kambli made numerous come back in to the Indian National side and Sachin has supported him lots as well. Beyond that if a person fails to perform, even god can’t help it. One can support only till the extent if things are right , but once it goes in a wrong direction, no one will support. If a person has skills and he lets the world know what he is meant for by displaying his skills, why would he require anyone’s support? He can come up himself rather than depending on anyone else. Kambli’s remarks are difficult to digest but we are very sure that there would be very less amount of reaction from the Master blaster.
While he has quoted that it’s due to his caste he has to suffer the discrimination, one has to clearly understand that cricket does not see any religion. Cricket itself is a big religion and it treats every one equally. Once Mohammed Azharuddin had commented during the post match presentation that he belonged to Minority community …..so on and so forth. He had faced huge amount of criticism for making such statement that he had to apologies for the same.
We think that to drive mileage, he is attempting to adopt the Aussie way of fiddling with the image of the Indian cricketers.
Vinod’s bad luck is that he has chosen Sachin and we won’t be surprised that he will have to bear a heavy toll.

Legendary Role Model!!

While it comes to cricket and even as one talk about Role Models, the 2 names that would surface would be our Master Blaster Swashbuckling Mumbai Bomber
‘Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar’ and the Sultan of Swing ‘Wasim Akram’

As a youngster, any one would definitely look upon to the Master Blaster as a Role Model. He has played over two decades and still going strong…
His bat speaks for all, and it really speaks in tons and volumes. He does not have to show his aggression other than with his bat. A little grin of his and there goes the ball off the park when he smashes the bowler with utter disdain.

One has to really learn from him how to maintain that craftsman ship while playing and also how to handle stardom. Sachin … Sachin is the chant that goes all over the stadium while he plays in any part of the world. Can’t even think that he would have ever let his ego come on to his way in his illustrious career so far. I think in the current Indian Team, some of the players should have a look at it and make amends in their way of batting and behavior. One person I would like to single out would be Sreesanth. He is an aggressive lad but he needs to channalize his aggression and energy in to his bowling and he has to let the Cherry do the talk on the field rather than his mouth.
Sachin is one of the living legend and way ahead to go and he is owner of the company
‘Most Number of Test & ODI Hundreds’ .

One of the sign boards at the Sydney Cricket Ground(SCG) displayed “Go and commit mistakes they would be ignored coz even God watch when Sachin bats”( Source- Saurabh Sharma)

Moving on from the batting talks to the bowling, who can forget the all time lefty bowling legend yes that’s Wasim Akram aka Wasim Bhai.

I am very sure that every left arm fast budding bowler would have Wasim as a Role Model. There would be the likes of the McGrath’s, Pollock’s and Lees, but while it comes to leftarm bowlers, the list would not have those many names featured in it. Some times I do feel that he used to talk with the ball. One thing to worry as a batsman was he could bowl six different deliveries in a single over. The way he had command over the ball was really commendable. He could move the ball either ways and he was very lethal with his ‘In Swinging Yorkers’ and ‘Reverse Swing’

Little would you know that he was a diabetic and used to take insulin every day, even on the match day. Leading a life as a diabetic patient is as it is difficult for a person, so hats off to this Left Handed Role Modle of mine.

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