Indian Cricket reaches the milestone age of 500

On 22 September, 2016, Virat Kohli will walk down the lush grass of Green Park stadium in Kanpur, where he will lead the Indian Cricket team in its 500th test match. Carrying on his shoulders, the lustrous and milestone history, the skipper, with his carefully chosen players will look at it as just another test match against the Kiwis and would like to embark this journey of Indian team playing another 500.

To look back in the past, we have had series disappointments to white wash, innings loss to third day victories, building attractive stadiums at home to creating records overseas, Indian cricket team has had numerous ups and downs. India started their test journey at the Home of Cricket at Lord’s Cricket Stadium in 1932 against England, becoming the sixth nation to put their foot in the arena of test cricket.  The first ever test match led by CK Naydu ended in a losing cause by 158 runs. Novice at the game back then, Indian Cricket was uplifted from its humble state to the Cricket superpower gradually over the period of 84 years. With only 10 wins in their first 100 matches and 40 losses, Indian Cricket was recovering from its colonial rule for the first half of the century of test matches.

India played hosts to their first test match in 1933 with Bombay Gymkhana serving as the venue. It was not until 1952 that India secured their first win in their 25th test match defeating England by an innings. Vinoo Mankad starred by taking 12 wickets for 108, the first Indian to take 10 or more wickets in a test match. Later on, he again shot to fame by contributing comprehensively in India’s first test series win against Pakistan. The away victory drought was finally over after struggling for 43 test matches when New Zealand was humbled at Dunedin in 1968, eventually winning the historic series 3-1.

Then came the era of the great Sunil Gavaskar, who fearlessly faced the tall, fast bowlers from West Indies without proper gear. It was the year 1976, when he scored a staggering 774 runs in the 1-0 series win against the Caribbean, the powerhouse of Cricket in the 70’s. It was not before March, 1987, Sunil Gavaskar reached the figure of 10,000 runs in his penultimate test match. While 80’s is considered for India’s World Cup and ODI triumphs, it is important to note their 2-0 win in England and a drawn series in Australia. Kapil Dev surpassed Richard Hadlee as he tookhis wicket number 432 in a series against Sri Lanka in 1994. A memorable record of 10 wickets in an innings for Indian spinner Anil Kumble in 1999 carved his name in the history books forever.

When talking about India’s test cricket journey, one cannot forget about the masterclass of Rahul Dravid, regarded as ‘The Wall’ and VVS Laxman. Their record breaking partnership ay Eden Gardens, Kolkata saved India from a brink of a defeat and took them to the memorable victory. Dravid, later, helped India win a test match after 23 years at Adelaide, Australia. Virender Sehwag helped India in its triumph in Pakistan after 49 years in April 2004.

The little master, Sachin Tendulkar reached his personal milestone of 15,921 runs, a record still unbroken. But it was not until December of 2009 that India reached #1 test ranking for the first time since the system was introduced in 2003.

 

It is now the era of promising youngsters, newcomers and evolved cricket. India has come a long way in its roller coaster journey of 500 tests. It will be interesting to see how we pave our path to playing constructively in the next 500.

Emmy Awards 2016: As it happened

 Every year, the Emmy Awards honour the best of American Television. Actors, directors, producers and all those who help capture the essence of storytelling are gathered for the coveted prize. The 68th Primetime Emmy Award was no different where stars flaunted their glamorous suits and dresses on the red carpet while proceeding towards the Microsoft Theatre in Downtown, Los Angeles, California.

“If your show doesn’t have a dragon or a White Bronco in it, go home now,” Jimmy Kimmel, the host of the function said while taking a dig at the famous Game of Thrones. He was praised for his subtle, yet humorous takes on different shows and those present at the event. He gave a piece of his mind, commented, made the audience laugh at their expense and was just enough to not offend anybody and carried the night with grace.

It was a night of favourites and unexpected winners. Game of Thrones ruled the night, defending its last year triumph of Best Drama while Veep once again won the Outstanding Comedy. Game of Thrones broke the record for the highest number of Emmy Awards won by any fictional series. Frasier, which previously held the record number of Emmy’s at 37 was humbled by Game of Thrones 38th, which now holds the astonishing record. This year, the Emmy’s went swiftly and with ease and handed the award to the deserving which in itself is applaudable.

Rami Malek, known as the internet’s boyfriend had given a raw and compelling performance in the critically acclaimed drama, Mr. Robot. He won the award for Outstanding actor in a drama series while Jeffrey Tambor of Transparent, won best actor in comedy. Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black took the unexpected best actress in a drama series award for her portrayal of Sarah Manning while former Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won again for Veep.

People vs O.J. Simpson, won big at the event, grabbing the coveted award for outstanding limited series while Courtney B Vance and Sarah Paulson who play a major part in the show won the best actor and actress in a limited series or movie. Priyanka Chopra, who has shot to fame with her show, Quantico donned the red dress as she walked to present the award with Ton Hiddleston.

Among the various awards and celebrations, speeches were made where equal rights to minorities, opportunities to communities which are left behind were made. The nigh was adequately paced and with no controversies, this year’s Emmy Awards as smoothly as one  would expect.

For a complete list of winners, check it out here.

Chikungunya, dengue epidemic in the capital ; death toll rises to 30

The capital is under the cloud of diseases such as chikungunya and dengue over the past few weeks. With over 12,000 cases across the country, New Delhi has been the worst hit with death toll rising to 30 and 2,800 suffering.

The two vector borne diseases are fatally affecting the people over the age of 60 as they are more vulnerable to multiple organ failure during the affected period. Dengue, unlike chikungunya can itself cause death rather than organs failing to function. The endemic which started at the during August as a result of heavy rainfall has already affected wide range of population in different parts of New Delhi.

It is vital to know about the causes, symptoms and preventive measures that can be adopted to secure oneself.

Causes

Dengue

Transmitted through the bite of female Aedes mosquito, the dengue can be also be spread through blood transfusion from one human body to another. They prey during the night.

Chikungunya

The disease primarily affects the muscle cells of the body and is caused by the same female mosquito as the Aedes.

 

Treatment

Being viral diseases, there is no prescribed or immediate treatment for dengue and chikungunya.

“The treatment for dengue and chikungunya is symptomatic and therefore, doctors wait for the symptoms to become evident in the body,” says Dr Dalal, a gastroenterologist at Primus Super Speciality Hospital, Delhi.

Paracetamol is provided to the affected patients after three days for the fever to subside and subsequently the patients are asked to consume more fluids.

 

Prevention

To put it in simple terms, Dr. Dalal says, “Avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes,” justifying it as there no vaccination or medication that can prevent a certain disease. Cover yourself and apply mosquito repellent creams. As the mosquitos thrive of fresh water, make sure there is no stagnant or affected water lying around.

 

Measures adopted by the Delhi Government

Although receiving a lot of criticism for being unable to tackle the chikungunya, dengue outbreak in the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party is putting in their best efforts to meet the demands of patients and doctors. With 1,000 extra beds in all government hospitals for the affected patients, the Delhi government has asked all the hospitals in the capital to reserve 10 percent of the beds for chikungunya and dengue cases.

“In the meeting, I demanded reservation of 10 per cent beds at all Centre-run hospitals including AIIMS, RML and Safdurjung for treatment of dengue and chikungunya patients.” Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said after his meeting Union Health Minister J P Nadda.

Arvind Kejriwal has also requested to set up fever clinics across Delhi so that people can be clarified about their disease before they get themselves admitted to the hospitals. He has also asked other state governments to set up the same as lack of good medical facilities is extending the pressure on Delhi Hospitals. Apart from this, Kejriwal has ordered to buy as many fogging machines required and also asked for cooperation from centre and different political parties in these testing times when the capital is ailing under the intense threat of dengue and chikungunya.

 

Sources: Indian Express, NDTV, PTI

Records tumble as Glenn Maxwell guides Australia to an 85 run win

Up until last week, the Sri Lankan cricket team held records of highest score in all three formats of the game. Today they only hold that record in tests. Glenn Maxwell returned from an inferior form to join the Australian squad for the two match T20I series against Sri Lanka at Pallekele.

Opening for the first time in T20I, Maxwell, often cricticised for his inconsistent form, looked in no trouble to contribute comprehensively for the Aussies. His previous best of 75 not out against South Africa at Johannesburg could only find place among the majority of mere notable innings. Right from the start, Maxwell showed perseverance accompanied by ebullience to perform. Scoring at a rapid rate, he reached his century in just 49 balls, eventually scoring 145 not out in 65 deliveries. The scorecard displayed his strike rate as 237.07, as result of 14 fours and 9 sixes. It was a kind of havoc that Sri Lanka would not have anticipated when they sent the visitors to bat first. The 27 year old struck the ball to parts of the ground scored the second highest score in T20I, 11 runs shy of his Aussie team-mate Aaron Finch.

Australia posted a total of 263 for the fall of 3 wickets, which is now credited as the highest T20I score by any team. In response, Sri Lanka only managed to get 178 in their 20 over innings, losing the match by 85 runs. This was Sri Lanka’s heaviest defeat in T20I, a record which the home team would not be delighted to know.

As the records were tumbling, most of the twitter enthusiasts took on to the social media website to express their jubilation of watching such an explosive innings by the Aussie. Here are some of the reactions:

  1. Virender Sehwag, recently distinguished for his witty and wise tweets said –

2. Cricket commentator and columnist, Harsha Bhogle with his expertise –

3. Former Australian and World Cup winner, Damien Martyn –

4. Former Sri Lankan legends have their say, though it would be difficult for them to watch their team getting smashed –

5. Maxwell’s team mate Aaron Finch, who holds the record for highest T20I score has his say –

The next match will be played on 9 September at Pallekele.

Apple set to launch the new iPhone on September 7 event

As Apple enthusiasts gear up for the company’s flagship event this year on September 7, let’s look at the plethora of expectations from the wide range of Apple products which might be launched and upgraded.

Known to host the event in the fall of every year, Apple has introduced varied products in the past couple of years. Last year, Tim Cook, the chief executive officer of Apple introduced the tvOS platform, modified the hardware and software, and launched the iPad Pro and iPhone 6S series. While Wednesday’s event is expected to get the user acquainted to new products and operating systems, it will still be a humble gathering, relative to last year.

IPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple, famous for over the top technology and fine finished product will be looking to launch the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. One of the key drawbacks of the phone as speculated by the technology enthusiasts is the elimination of the 3.5 mm headphone jack which restricts the phone to be compatible with the vast majority of headphones. New and refined Bluetooth lightening ear pods which borrow the Beats’ technology might be released.

The new iPhone will also seem a little different as the design team has chopped off the home button and replaced it with a capacitive on screen which is being called as the Force Touch. Further, it is expected to be water-proof with IPX7 designation to withstand up to 30 minutes of immersion.

It’ll be available in 5 different colors, adding to the collection of gray, rose gold, off white and gold. As storage is concerned, Apple has decided to drop the 16 GB variant and will only launch the 32 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB with 3 GB RAM. Camera is expected to be 12 mega-pixel, dual rear camera to complement its 4.7 and 5.5 inch screen. One sensor will have a 6-element wide-angle lens, larger pixels, and support optical image stabilization, and the other will have a 5-element wide angle lens.

Not expected to be a vast price difference from its predecessor, the iPhone 7 will have a base price for around Rs.54, 000, while iPhone 7 Plus is rumored to start at Rs.62, 000.

Apple Watch 2

The first watch was unveiled in 2014 and since then it has raised the platform for the smart watch industry. The primary rival, Samsung has time and again competed with Apple in this segment of the industry.

New Apple watch hardware is to be expected along with GPS based location tracking system and barometer. The aim is also to reduce the price.

While a new MacBook is possible, it is quite unlikely that Apple will be focusing on releasing an all new device such as the mac. The last MacBook was launched in May 2015 and Apple is yet to introduce the MacBook Pro with better battery life. If the MacBook fans are lucky enough, the new variant will possibly be advanced with better battery, thinner casting, touch ID, and an OLED screen.

The next in line will be the release of the updated operating system. iOS 10, billed as the ‘biggest software release ever’, is expected to release by the second week of September. The upgrade will be made available for handsets launched after iPhone 5, iPad mini 2, iPad 4 and iPad Air and additional generations.

Revamped Siri to be smarter which can write your messages, transcribe voicemails and do image searches. Customizable widgets will be a much needed advantage for Apple users. iMessage is being opened to third party users which can further be used to order food, send money and book tickets. Apple News, Home Kit and Apple Music are also getting a favourable makeover.

With all its smart products and advanced technology, the much awaited event will take place at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. The event can be live streamed from www.apple.com/live at 10:30 PM IST.

I.E | Telegraph

 

Murray, Serena start as favourites; Nadal returns as US Open begins

One of the most coveted Grand Slam tournament returned to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, New York. The center flaunted its new retractable roof at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on the opening night of the US Open, 2016. Starting from 29 August, the contest will conclude on 11 September.

 Seeded at the top, Serena Williams has paved her path to becoming the greatest tennis player of all time by winning 22 Grand Slam titles. She equalled Steffi Graf’s record, marking a joint record of most Major wins by a tennis player. She will further embed her name in the history books if she wins the US Open if her road to victory is not curbed by second seed, Angelique Kerber.

 World No. 1, Novak Djokovic had an unforgettable last year when he held all four major titles at once and achieving his career Grand Slam by winning the French Open earlier this year. The only title which eluded him among his 11 Grand Slams. While he is far up at the top of the ATP rankings, Djokovic is among the favourites to win the tournament. The others being Andy Murray and returning from injury, Rafael Nadal. The Spaniard, who is referred as the king of clay court withdrew from Roland Garros due to a wrist injury in May, which also restricted him to take part in The Wimbledon. Andy Murray has had a fascinating past few months. He is expected to be one of the top contenders for US Open as he has just come from winning the Olympic Gold and Wimbledon title earlier this year. Having won the title in 2012, the Brit will be looking forward to continue his good run of form. India’s 28-year-old Saketh Myneni from Visakhapatnam will represent the country in Single’s event. He will be playing against Jiri Vesely from Czech Republic in his firs match.

 Other players who could pose a threat to the top seeds are Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic, all of whom have the capability to dominate the game under pressure. Kerber has the potential to clinch the US Open title from Williams.

Sri Lanka steal historic series win against Australia

1 st Test: July 26 – 30, 2016 at Pallekele

Focused and with zest, Rangana Herath, in third ball of the 89 th over, bowls one of the finest deliveries of the day and deceives Steve O’Keefe just like other Australian batsmen who surrendered against spin. The ball pitches on the leg and skids to hit the speck of the stump without turning, giving the 38-year old his 5-wicket haul and Sri Lanka a historic test match win. Their only second test match victory against the Aussies, the first one originating back to 1999. The hosts were exhilarated and the visitors were exposed to their incompetency against spin. It was a forgetful start to the first innings for Sri Lanka as they were wrapped up for a mere 117 in the 35 th over. The trouble against spin for Australia started to reflect in the first innings as they made 203 in return with Adam Voges making the maximum contribution of 47.

In the second innings, Buddhika Mendis, the 22 year old left-handed batsman persisted for Sri Lanka and made a significant contribution of 176 before falling victim to Mitchell Starc. A rather dubious lead of 267 runs, Australia came in to bat on the fourth day and needed to survive or win in the following. With three wickets already down, Australian batsmen had not found the remedy to tackle the opposition’s spin attack. Herath took the final wicket of O’Keefe to wind up the Australian innings for 161 and win the match by 106 runs.

 

Stats

Sri Lanka (1 st innings) – 117/10 (34.2 overs); Hazelwood 3/21, Lyon 3/12

Australia (1 st innings) – 203/10 (79.2), Voges 47(115); Herath 4/49

Sri Lanka 2 nd innings) – 353/10, B. Mendis – 176(254); M. Starc 4/84

Australia (2 nd innings) – 161/10 (88.3), S. Smith 55(125); Herath 5/54

Sri Lanka won by 106 runs.

 

2 nd Test: July August 4 – 6, 2016 at Galle

The young and inexperienced side led by Angelo Mathews revealed an appreciable character of the players in the second test match. Confident and not complacent, Sri Lanka was ready to take on the world number one side. Australia on the other hand, inured with the conditions, brought in Jonathan Holland, a slow left-arm orthodox spinner.

Unable to capitalize thoroughly, Sri Lanka were all out to a rather humble score of 281 in the 74 th over of the first day. The second day belonged to Sri Lankan bowlers out of which Rangana Herath, once again was the focus of attention. Adam Voges undulated his bat towards cover of Herath’s delivery, giving a low catch to Karunaratne. His next delivery took out Peter Neville with a leg before wicket, the ball’s trajectory going on to hit the middle and leg. The hat trick ball to Mitchell Starc, spun back to him and him in the front pad without the edge. A dispassionate appeal and uncertainty saw the umpire to go Starc’s favour but discussions within the team led to review of the decision which revealed that the ball was going on to hit the top of middle stump. Herath became ecstatic and was surrounded by his teammates as he become the second Sri Lankan player after Nuwan Zoysa to register a hat trick in a test match. From there on, it was only a downwards slope for the Aussies who were all out for 106.

The second innings saw Sri Lankan batsmen, falling a regular intervals, but with a formidable lead in place, it wasn’t something they would fret upon. Getting all out for 237 with Perera scoring 64, Australia were set a target of 413 in the remainder of days. Falling victim to Perera’s bowling, Australia lost the match by a huge margin of 229 runs on the third day of the match. Dilruwan Perera achieved a rare feat of scoring a half century and taking 10 wickets in a test match, the first Sri Lankan player to do so. With the last wicket of Peter Neville, Sri Lanka secured the Warne-Muralitharan trophy and registered ahistoric series win over Australia.

The third and final test will be played in Colombo from August 13 with Sri Lanka leading 2-0.

 

Stats

Sri Lanka (1 st innings) – 281/10 (73.1 overs), Mendis 86(137); Starc 5/54

Australia (1 st innings) – 106/10 (33.2); Herath 4/35

Sri Lanka 2 nd innings) – 237/10 (59.3, Perera 64(89); M. Starc 6/50

Australia (2 nd innings) – 183/10 (50.1); Perera 6/70

Sri Lanka won by 229 runs.

 

Mighty at home, modest in the sub-continent The defeat at Galle is the eighth straight loss for Australia in the sub-continent. Says a lot about the current top ranked team in the world. Darren Lehmann understand the importance of overseas test matches and the need for a victory. Something which Australia has been lacking. This is their third series loss in Asia.

With no counter attacking strategies developed by the Aussies over the past few years, it has been arduous task for the Australian batsmen to adapt to the conditions in this part of the world. Inching closer to the third and final test, they can they should open room for some calculated experiments and try and figure out loopholes in the immature Sri Lankan side.