New Delhi India
I am Rohit Sakunia and have working as a correspondent for a leading website of cricket. Since I entered my 3rd year in life, the bat and the ball have been an indispensable part of me. Though I never played with a synthetic ball because of the fear of it hitting me in the wrong region, I have been an extremely good batsman and fielder with the tennis ball. My favourite department in cricket is fielding and I love the touch of the ball hitting my palm. I have been an awarded the best sports author internationally as well and my resume boasts of many such things. Since this team has a lot of technically proficient guys, I must also point out the fact that am also a double post graduate, one in business administration and the other in journalism so when it comes to professionalism, I don't lack a punch.
I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
You cannot just avoid being an RCB fan. With technically proficient players like Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis, this team has the most balanced batting line-ups amongst competitors. Anil Kumble and company add the variety when it comes to the bowling attack and with people like Vijay Mallya and Jesse Ryder also associated, the fun will never die. It was so good watching this team perform to the core in IPL2009 in South Africa and I cannot avoid but being their number one fan.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Anil Kumble (c), Rahul Dravid, Jesse Ryder, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Virat Kohli, Maish Pandey, Ross Taylor, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe and Vinay Kumar.
why do I prefer this line up :
This line-up speaks for itself. Rahul Dravid, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Jacques Kallis alongside the two Indian youngsters can rip apart any bowling attack in the world on their day. Roelef van der Merwe is one of the best new all-rounders on show. Mark Boucher has won many a matches for his side and probably is the second best wicketkeeper in the tournament only to Adam Gilchrist when it comes to hitting some big ones at any given time in the match. If all that is not enough the team boasts of a fantastic bowling attack with none other than Anil Kumble leading the charge. He has Dale Steyn (one of the most feared pacers in the world), Vinay Kumar (a lovely line and length bowler), Jacques Kallis (one of the most celebrated all-rounder) and Roelof van der Merwe for company. They seriously have a wow factor in this line-up.
My opening match strategy:
The team starts off its campaign against a tough Cape Cobras outfit. The opposition boasts of players like Graeme Smith, Jean Paul Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Charl Langeveldt and Justin Ontong among some others seriously talented players. Let's do a Strengths and Weakness analysis for this side and find out what this side's strengths and weaknesses are.
Strengths: Clearly their batting, especially on flat Indian tracks. Players like Duminy and Gibbs in the company of Smith would be unstoppable if they get going. How to counter: Kumble has to take the new ball first up and try dislodging Gibbs early, This would take the momentum away and a quite three overs can also mean a few other casualties. The line and length of both Steyn and Vinay Kumar has to be immaculate otherwise they would be taken advantage of. Steyn can come of a little help, having played with most of these guys earlier and can help Kumar come up with some nice ones. Another strength definitely would be their fielding and hence playing the ball in the air in regions where fielders like Gibbs, Duminy or Ontong are placed could spell doomsday.
Weaknesses: The spin attack would be vulnerable considering Ontong is no better than a first class spinner in India. He has to taken advantage of and any other spinner that they try needs to be attacked vociferously. Their pace attack is also kind of new and for them also flat pitches in India would be alien, though in October the ball might start doing something late in the evening. But even then they should be attacked after judging their lengths.
The opening batsman Jesse Ryder and Virat Kohli need to blaze from the word go since there are two players namely Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis down the order who are well versed to care of the proceedings if a couple of quick wickets fall. Their would be huge home advantage as the match is being played in Bangalore and hence a good start would put a lot of pressure on many youngsters of the Cobra outfit who would face the Indian crowds for the first time.
My best T20 match:
||Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg
||24th September 2007
India vs Pakistan in the first edition of the ICC World T20 Championship: This was probably the best ever T20 ever played in the short history of the format. It was a dream final especially since the arch-rivals were placed against each other. If the traditionalists would say that the Ashes is the biggest rivalry on the field of cricket, the contemporaries would certainly hands down give this status to an India-Pakistan cricket match and when the two countries meet in the finals, people of both the nations watch the game with bated breath. The teams had already played once before and India had just managed to scrape through via a Bowl Out. This game also lived to its billing and India just only just passed through with 5 runs but till that suicidal shot by Misbah-Ul-Haq, all seemed to look lost.
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It's only coincidental that we never were on the same side of an argument; whether it was on Sachin's ability to win big matches for India, or why Lehman failed. Well, there are two sides of any argument, and I'm happy it's this guy who is on the other side. For, he brings with him the passion to justify his point and his knowledge and insights only value add to the fun. Royal Challengers, I'm sure would certainly not win the trophy just because Rohit would write in-depth match analysis. But then, if they were to win, the trophy in their hands may not shine as much without his touch on their campaign.
Rohit Sakunia was the brightest student in my journalism class a few years ago. I've been tracking his work and his blog posts ever since; and find that he has grown by leaps and bounds. His knowledge of sports, cricket in particular is well rounded, thoroughly researched and incisive and his most commendable quality is that he is not scared of speaking his mind, even if it goes against the popular grain. That, in world of increasing conformity and fearfulness of being left behind; is the reason I recommend him above all other bloggers and sports journalists I know. His honesty and integrity are most certainly without question.
I have taught many batches of students at different universities; and have worked as a broadcast journalist for the last thirteen years; ten of those years at NDTV; the rest of time, including the present - as a freelance journalist and documentary film makers. During this time I haved had occasion to interact with every kind of journlaist in the field and I think Roht is head and shoulders above most and his future is bright indeed.
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This is Prachi Sharma, someone who knows Rohit the best and this he might agree as well. For him cricket stands out not as a sport but a priority in life. Even after staying 23 years as a student of the game, you can see his mouth wide open to hear anyone talking about it. For him knowledge is the most worthy possession. Right below his boss Jaideep Ghosh (one of the best sports journalist this country has seen) wrote a line about him that read "Rohit has the passion for the game, the intelligence to be balanced, and the modesty to learn". This is the best and the most correct thing about a guy who has declined the best corporate offers after his mba to pursue a career in sports journalism. You don't see many guys in life who have the guts to deny good offers during recession, I asked him once, what if you fail in this pursuit of succeeding in the area of your interest to which pat came the reply " some goals are so worthy, its glorious even to fail"
This is Rohit, He might succeed here, he might not but then he has the aura to succeed in life. Wishing him the best in this endeavour.
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Rohit is an astute thinker on Sports and especially on Cricket. Many will remember him for his writing skills but I will remember always for his skills in Debate. A great Orator and loves this great sport...
A great writer with great writing skills..u cannot find a better blogger than him....his article wins millions......have worked with some biigies like espanstar.com and cricketarchive.com......do vote for him:)
He has everything the chief blogger of RCB should have . He blogs , he writes , and most importantly , he knows Cricket , he feels it ....................do you wantt more....if yes read his blog on cricdude.com...:)
A sportsman from heart...and a sports journalist by profession ...rohit and cricket are th best buddies...watch out for his tremendous performance and his articles, and mind blowing blogs....best of luck
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Rohit is grown up dreaming only about Cricket...a great fan with deep knowledge...his articles on ESPNSTAR.com and Cricdude.com with his uncanny writing shows the knowledge he posses...Best ofluck to you for this venture..:)
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An extraordinary writer, Rohit is passionate about is his that is cricket....coming from a samll city of rourkela..he made it to the biggies like ESPNSTAR and CRICKETARCHIVE ....his extraordinary writing and his kowledge of the game will win him zillions...:)
Votes apart, I personally think u've a very good chance, considering ur background and ur experience in the online media.
Mr.Cricket!!! Well I have seen Rohit grow first as a student of mass communication, who had the passion for the game right from the earnest. To being a begginer in the field when he wrote small articles for a website, where he eventually won the journalist of the year award. Like all great people he too was criticised, for his style of writing, but as i said only great and successful people are criticised. He made these comments his strength and moved on to other greener pastures, and excelled in companies like ESPN. His articles were worth reading, and his knowledge on the game is inpeccable. The good thing in his writing is that he puts in his perspective, and gives logical answers to his thoughts, and even leaves a little bit of room in his articles for people to debate upon. I am sure that Mr.Sakuniya will definitely go places in times to come.
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Rohit's writings are fun the size of a sky scraper with the pace of a taxi meter :)... my vote definately goes to him!!!
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a really great effort put in!
keep it up and good luck !
you have it in you to get through!
In a nation where everyone know cricket, or thinks he does, Rohit has grown out of the rut and has qualifed to become intelligent enough to know where he needs to ask those who know more (rare concession for a cricket fan in India, conceding someone else knows more...).
That makes him sensible, and if this Chief Blogger has anything to do with objectivity, as opposed to some manic sabre-rattling, then Rohit's your man. He has the passion for the game, the intelligence to be balanced, and the modesty to learn.
As we have learnt from the RCB owner's alternate passion, its not important to win at the beginning, so long as you take the chequered flag at the end. Rohit is picking up momentum. So watch out for him.....
I had the opportunity to work with Rohit when he interned in my team at espnstar.com. As the first India editor of the site, I was always looking to work with young and dynamic sports and cricket enthusiast. Rohit fitted the bill perfectly. He was talented, put in long hours and had brilliant ideas to keep the site fresh and youthful. Even after I took over as editor of Cricketnext.com, Rohit continued to write for the FanSpeak section on my site and it was always a pleasure to read his insightful and sometimes fanatical viewpoint on his favourite players and the game of cricket. I recommend him highly for the position of chief blogger for RCB and wish him all the best.
Coming from a small city called Rourkela, we never thought Rohit could make anywhere close to a journalist, but he was always sure of what he wanted in life. Today in a matter of a couple of years, from being a mere tennis ball cricketer the guy has scaled places like espnstar and cricketarchive in his professional pursuit. Hopefully this will add another feather in his ever growing repertoire.
He has been a friend for long and one of the reasons why we have been so close is that he has an exceptional cricketing acumen. Both of us have been in the same team when we used to play tennis ball cricket and the way he used to inspire all of us mostly average players to create stupendous performances was outstanding. He has left playing now, plays very seldom but his love for the game are brilliantly reflected in the way he writes. His words are a reflection of a fans passion and a knowledgable artists work.
The best deserves the best. Royal Challengers Bangalore would not get a better candidate am sure and the confidence comes from following a cricket fan through his journey.
Have read a lot many pieces of the sportingo author of the year. I would even recommend guys to vote for him. If one has doubts over his writing skills, type his name on google, find out his pieces and then decide.
Hi, he has been long associated with the sport. He does not need introduction when it comes to writing and knowledge of the game. His resume boasts of writing for places like espnstar, cricketnext, sportingo and many more. Do you want a reason to vote, I don't.
Rohit has always had extra ordinary writing skills and every article of his ave been really a wonderful read!! Cricket is his passion and his love for cricket is clearly visible in all his articles. I personally vouch for his writing abilities...certainly one of the best I ve come across!!!
Rohit Sakunia has this uncanny ability in writing excellent cricket articles which not only makes it a good piece to read but is also equally informative. His passion for cricket reflects in his articles. A writer who has always given nothing short of his best in his articles. I support him in this new endeavor.
Have read some of his articles on espnstar.com, cricdude.com...great writer with deep knowledge in cricket....will support him