I'm Kunal from Chennai.. Aged 23 and currently employed as a software professional. As I write my application with the thought of how was I going to make it as a prospective blogger, It strikes me that if i tend to write an application that would only please the panel, It would be missing the passion I have for cricket. So i'm just going to let my heart do the saying and my fingers do the typing.
How Big is this an oppurtunity? Well This is BIG! I can tell you that! This could just turn out to be a dream come true, It's only co-incidental that I had realized that the field of Cricket is where I need to be and this opportunity comes along.
Cricket is the only thing that I do with passion. It's only in the last few months I have realized that this is my dream and this is what I need to be known for, CRICKET. Be it the boring Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe match or the Exciting India vs Pakistan final, I'm there. Watching it on television or jumping in the stands! This contest presents me with an opportunity to show my passion for cricket and if given the chance, I'm sure the world will see.
Do check out my Appearance on Live TV here: Occasion Ibibo IPL contest winner for a blog on the Chennai Super Kings: Live Appearance on TV - http://vodpod.com/watch/818505-ibibo-ipl-winner?pod=kunaljanu
Blogging comes to me naturally. I hate books and have never read a novel completely till date. For that matter never read a class note book fully till date. Thanks to a friend of mine, I was introduced to the world of blogging, and from then on My blog: Personal blog - http://kunaljanusport.wordpress.com/ has 150 posts with almost 60k Page hits and over 30 registered readers. Come season II of IPL I decided to take the passion for cricket a step ahead, created a sport blog: Sports Blog - http://kunaljanusport.wordpress.com/ with an intention of connecting with like minded fans. It wasn't the biggest of the blogs, but it was good. I'm personally proud of the way each entry turned out to be. Received accolades from a lot of people of how professionally it was written, though i thought it needed to be better.
As a blogger you also tend to be the biggest RCB fan, the words you write should induce passion for the team, That makes me a bigger fan of RCb, Prospective RCB fan? I'll leave for the panel to decide.
What if I am not selected? If not for selection, I hope I'm able to gain some readers from here to continue the passion for cricket. This is of course the best opportunity that has come to me till date, if I make it, Wow!
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I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...
Rahul and Anil have been my all time favorites, more because they are the most significant contributors of making India's success on the world stage for a long time..
It's only fair that they got the opportunity to showcase their talent and utilize it to help the team they played for. After being discarded from the Indian team, Rahul has been instrumental in the success of the RCB in IPL 2.
I cannot forget the famous broken-jaw-Anil-Kumble bowling at a well set Brian Lara in a deciding test match in West Indies. He not only picked Lara's wicket but also played a very important part in winning the game. Man now that is some passion for cricket! Ask the youngsters in the current Indian team to do so.. They would back out almost immediately. Anil is another man who has been instrumental in RCB's success at IPL 2.
I was heartbroken to see them lose in IPL season 1, but then they were reformed, thanks to the purchase of KP, and more importantly thanks to his personal commitments for England we found a better captain in Anil Kumble! It's now a champion team and with the help of the two Indian Magicians, Team Red and Gold will make history again by winning the season 1 of CLT20.
Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League
My preferred line up :
Van De Merwe
Mark boucher (Wk)
Anil Kumble (Captain)
why do I prefer this line up :
Kallis: You can't leave Kallis out of the team.. He's a man of commitment and a valuable all rounder.. He usually plays at No.3 for SA, but given that we have the world best No.3 batsmen in Rahul Dravid, we can risk Kallis wicket at the top. It's his best spot and he proved us right by playing some match winning innings in season 2 of the IPL.
Utthapa: I would open with Utthapa as he can give good starts, is brilliant on the field. I think the man was wasted at No.6 in the IPL, It's better to have a hitter who can clear the boundary play in the power play as the risk is minimal.
Rahul: This man needs no introduction, best man to come at no.3 specially on tracks that swing or seam a bit. He's also shown his shot hitting capabilities in recent matches. The man deserves this spot and nothing changes that! Anchor of the team needs to come early and what better than him at no.3?
Rossy: He's the go to man when you need some quick runs, this man can swap places with Rahul if the opening score is pretty good. Need to up the Anti - Rossy is your Man!
No 5 ,6,7 to me depends on the status of the match, in shot hitting order I would prefer Manish, Merwe, Kohli.. if stability is the need of the hour, who better than Kohli followed by Manish, and then slam bang Merwe
Boucher: Most important role in the team is that of a wicket keeper . A team that does not use a specialist in this position will leak some runs. Edges from the bat should always be taken and Boucher has proved to be the best the RCB have got. His batting position at No.7 is quite good. Even if he does not come off with the bat, he keeps his place.
Anil: he's the best when it comes to leading the team, The man is a strategist and has the experience dealing with slam bang hitting with him being a slower bowler. Him in combination with Merwe - my second spinner could prove lethal to the batsmen.
Akhil and Vinay have proved their worth for the team in both seasons of the IPL. And you need some young legs to make the correct combination. These guys deserve the spot.
Sadly I have to leave out the fiery fast bowler Steyn to accommodate Ross taylor as the rules only allow 4 foreign player :( The other person not making the line up is Ryder :( They get their place only when Ross fails :(
My opening match strategy:
Win the toss, bat first, put up a good score and defend it with good bowling and fielding. Simple? They always say stick to the basics and it is what is required to be the best team! The batting order and preference of players is up there for everyone to see! Read "Why is this my recommended Line Up"
My best T20 match:
The match was gripping to it's very last ball.. Who would have thought a young Indian side could have gone on to make history and win the inaugural edition beating teams like Australia, South Africa and Pakistan in their road to the finals. After a dismal person in the 2007 world cup, a new team India proved to be a tough force to reckon with! Best moment: Pakistan batsmen Misbah Ul Haq skying the last ball. Me and a few other friends clapping jumping,dancing on the road with a few 100 fans watching the final ball inside an electronics shop.Skipped a few heart beats as the shot was played! Wow, this is one match that I would like to watch over and over again. More with a similar crowd on the road, it's just exciting to watch a cricket match with a crowd. Nothing beats that!