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Announcing, winners of IPL Review Phase THREE!

Hello hello, here's the winners, and a note from the jury, followed by personal a note from me regd. the choice of winners (coz i know you all gonna hate on Runner Up #1).

Plagiarism can fetch you a few bricks, but can’t build you a home.

Mind these words, writers. There were plenty of CTRL C and CTRL V during the IPL review contest. While the smart ones thought they got away, there were smarter people who could catch the cheat and the cheaters in a blink.

Having said that, we want to inform you all that it was fun time reading all the reviews and we thoroughly enjoyed. While there had to be some winners (which doesn’t mean that the rest are losers), there were some exceptional ideas (original ones!!) which caught our eyes.

IPL REVIEW PHASE III WINNER - Praveen K Gupta (WizardPrince)
Judge’s Note: Very apt, good read and wonderful weaving of words. Though there were areas of improvement, but yours was by far the best article I read.

Judge’s note: Very original, without going into the details of the match but having strong hold on cricket at the same time.

Judge’s Note: Ah! This was more likely! Keep up the good work Rahul

Some other notables: Gururaj M J
Judge’s Note: Excellent spirit and story telling! But language, language!!!

There were as usual some other notable writers like Disha Shetty, Gourav Bhattacharjee, Sheffin Shaji, Sachin Kodegalli, Jagadish Tulagapu who were really worth mentioning. But as we said in our earlier selection processes, it’s a blog post that you are writing – not a cricket report in a news paper!


My personal notes on what made Srikant's reviews stand out amongst the lot... I went through reviews of the notable writers mentioned above, thinking, why did the jury select Srikant's review over theirs! I read the first few paras of each and thought, yes this is a good review. Then I started to skim through to the end, and that's when it struck me. They were great reviews yes, but they tried to accomplish so much in so many words. I re-read Srikant's review... so little about the 2 matches in particular, but yet he captured the sentiment perfectly. Read the review over 2-3 times. You find yourself nodding. You kind of want to see examples from the last two matches, but you still really understand everything Srikant has to say and you kinda have to agree with it. It's not easy to write something like that. I'm not sure if this is what the jury was thinking (their response is above), but this is how I accepted Srikant's review as worthy of being Runner Up #1. Your thoughts?

@WizardPrince, awesome review! Had a great time reading it.

@Rahul, my favorite bit was They opened with Kallis (that's fine) and Rahul Dravid. Dravid? Dravid? Yeah, Dravid opened. Okay, he's our favoritest star (even mine), so does that means you open with him? No, not at all.

@guru11 congrats in advance on the small guest! :) Very unexpected review, very fun to read.

@everyone else great reviews, thanks for participating. a lot of you knowingly used this space to share your personal feelings about RC's performance in IPL. Made for an interesting read. A lot of you conveyed your good wishes for RC at CLT20 2010 - thanks for that :)

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utsav-chirimar on 23 May 2010, 12:18 AM
@nidhi:the new guest is for satish not for me :-):-):-)
i m still a bachelor :-):-)
guru11 on 21 May 2010, 12:56 AM
@nidhi:thks a lot for the mention ......
@prometheus:it feels fantastic that so many read my review
thks for the mention of my review
hehe leave satish he is innocent........ :-)
@harshavardhan:thks dude :-)
@Jamwall:thks for the affection towards my review.
guru11 on 21 May 2010, 12:46 AM
@ Harsha: Hahaha....very true, bro!! Guess I missed a point there. But totally agree with you about the review. You can feel genuine honesty and innocence in the review. The way it was narrated brought a smile to my face!!
Prometheus on 21 May 2010, 12:37 AM
@Prometheus, that statement was very much part of the story. Didnt you read the end? "And by the time they would be watching Champions League in South Africa there will be small guest with them watching the matches" :)

Well...well...we are getting carried away here!!

The best part about Gururaj's review was the innocence that came across in the story. Innocence...that is so hard to find these days...
harsha-vardhan on 21 May 2010, 12:33 AM
I was reading some of the reviews in Phase III and chanced upon Gururaj MJ's effort. A very honest and passionate effort, Gururaj, no doubt. But I couldn't help chuckle to myself at the last line of this statement in the review - "By the time he reached home it was already 2 wickets down for mi and Sachin was back in the pavilion there was no end to joy of Satish.When the wicket of Duminy fell Satish was over the top and his wife was fuming." Hmmmm...Satish..Satish....you rascala!!! :)
Prometheus on 20 May 2010, 11:15 PM
Congrats winners...
Thanks a lot for mentioning my name..But alas,I have applied for all the 3 phases but couldn't able to win anything.Wish I could have the poster.
By the way ,
For me Gururaj M J's review is the best one in the last phase.It is really a "out of the box" review.He should have won something.
JamWall on 20 May 2010, 10:51 PM
@ Disha : :) Yup!
Wizardprince on 20 May 2010, 08:43 AM
COngrats winners!
@Wizardprince-Patience is vrtue,indeed! :)
disha-shetty on 20 May 2010, 06:45 AM
thanks for the runner-up thing and congrats the rest... :-)
rahulbhagchadani on 20 May 2010, 06:13 AM
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