Shankz

Shankz

Bengaluru India


 

About Me

Cricket is in my blood, my passion, my heartbeat and ofcourse my life. I've been following the game since I was 4 yrs old and its my dream to work as a TV commentator one day. I am currently working at a leading cricket web portal called Cricbuzz.com as a content writer and a commentator, so u can say with surety that I eat sleep and drink cricket. I love living cricket in addition to getting a bachelors degree in Electronics and Communication engineering. I have a strong passion for anything relating to Namma Bengaluru, be it the Royal Challengers Bangalore or the KPL. I've worked previously as a content writer for Merasport, and covered 20 matches of the IPL-2. So in short cricket is my way of life.

I am the most fanatic RCB fan because...

I have a connect right from its inception on Feb 8th 2008, the day the auctions took place in Mumbai. I've been following every move of theirs. I can recollect the incident where I had to bunk college for 1 whole day despite having lack of attendance, to stand in the Q and buy the tickets for the 1st ever IPL match, in which we were playing the Knight Riders. More recently in South Africa, I recollect the way me and my friends used to discuss strategies on how RCB could make it to the semis, and praying that a few results go our way, but the boys in RED defied all logic and conventions, beating all the others black and blue to make it to the finals. None of this would have been possible without the support of the team owner, and that is where I feel that Mr Vijay Mallya has made a difference. He leadership skills had made a remarkable difference to the team. The appointment of Ray Jennings as the coach was the best decision he took, and we all know the end result. We went from being no hopers to being called the wonderboys. His enthusiasm for sports has rubbed off on everyone following the team. His involvement with the management has made a great difference, and this interest can be seen even in Formula One, where he transformed the Force India F1 team from being the back markers to ones who are serious contenders at the top. This is nothing but inspirational stuff and I've been hugely influenced by his leadership skills.

Strategy Map for RCB - Airtel Champions League

My preferred line up :

Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa , Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Virat Kohli, Balachandra Akhil, Mark Boucher, Roelf Van Der Merve, Anil Kumble, Vinay Kumar, Praveen Kumar, Jacques Kallis

why do I prefer this line up :

Manish Pandey has proved it to one and all that he can be a really explosive batsman and can hurt the opponents big time in the power plays. Robin Uthappa on his day can rip into the opposition bowling as well. His form towards the end of the KPL has been encouraging, and he would be looking to carry the same into the Champions league. Rahul Dravid, is a perfect example for all those who are seeking to be technically correct batsmen. He would bat at 3 as he can steady the ship in case we lose an early wicket, He would be followed by Ross-go( Taylor) and Kohli whose attacking instincts can drive the middle overs. Akhil, who was instrumental in winning the KPL title for his team, the Provident Bangalore,has developed into a fine all-rounder, and is also an experienced cricketer, who hasn't got the right kind of opportunites to prove himself, although he once did it in a match against the Deccan Chargers in Hyderabad, scoring an unbeaten 27 in just 7 deliveries to take us home in a tight match. The experience of Mark Boucher at No.7 can be invalueable to our side, and he is an asset to any team. Van Der Merve's tidy spells in IPL-2 helped us to restrict the opponents to a chaseable target. The fact that he can wield the long handle works to his advantage. I would use him as a floater. And then offcourse the bowlers led by our inspirational skipper Kumble, who doesn't need to prove his credentials. Vinay Kumar who represented the Belgavi Panthers in the Karnataka Premiere League, has proved to be an excellent allround talent, picking up wickets and also chipping in with runs when his team has needed him to step up. Praveen Kumar is an exceptionally talented cricketer, who has't done justice to his batting potential, but under the guidance and influence of technicians likes Dravid and Kallis, he is bound to get better. He has the ability to get some late swing, which could trouble the batsmen in the initial overs, if he is on the money straight away. And offcourse Jacques Kallis will be a very integral part of the think-thank. He would come into the team only if it is an absolute necessity. On placid batting tracks in India, he is not going to get much of a purchase, so it is better off having someone like Uthappa at the top, who can dent the opposition's psyche with his lusty hitting.

My opening match strategy:

Win the toss and bat on a batting beauty at our home ground, Bangalore's theatre of Dreams, the M.Chinaswamy Stadium. Sure that the Cape Cobras would have the likes of Gibbs and Smith, but the presence of Kallis and Boucher in our ranks would help us scrutinize their strengths and weakness. We are sure to get enough support from the crowd so that should work to our advantage. If we put up a total in excess of 170, its not going to be easy for the opponents to chase that, given our good bowling attack. The crowd support would make a total of 170 look like a 200 score. The batting line up would be the same like I have mentioned above! Go RCB!!

My best T20 match:

Venue: Supersport Park, Centurion Date: May 12, 2009

RCB were chasing a total in excess of 180, and were down in the dumps, needing 78 off the last 6 overs, when a Taylor storm engulfed the SuperSport Park in Centurion. Ross Taylor made 81 runs of the highest quality, which included some ferocious hitting, to take us home with 5 deliveries to spare! That was an unbelievable match.

References:

manish

manish

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4 hour ago
Shreyu

Shreyu

pls pls pls vote for me here I have voted for u http://www.royalchallengers.com/application/Shreyu/
4 hour ago
jake

jake

shashank........his passion for cricket is unparalleled........the word passion in his case is understated...he literally lives cricket..his knowledge of all stats and cricketing history dating back to times beyond when we were toddlers sometimes make me wonder if he really is our age.....a true STUDENT of cricket......having studied with him......i can confidently say that any session of shashank's 'post match analysis' is far more entertaining than any expert analysis we might ever get 2 see on tv.....complete with "shashank's slow motion replay"..........i remember shank as one of the few guyz who kept cheering for RCB throughout ipl1..........he was the first 2 predict that RCB would come back with a bang in ipl 2.......and boy was he right.......only l8r did i realize that it was more of an analytical conclusion than an optimistic statement........dude....u so totally deserve ur job as the chief blogger of RCB......(now that wasn't an optimistic comment either....!!!!!!)
4 hour ago
2Kishore2

2Kishore2

Shashank is the biggest Cricket Freak ive seen. He knows so much about the game n wen he says anythin we don argue bout it further. He also works for one of the biggest cricket websites and he thoroughly deserves this job!
4 hour ago
0Prashant0

0Prashant0

If cricket is a religion in India, I can't think of a bigger devotee than Shashank. It's his enthusiasm and passion for the game that stands out. The balance between his thoughts and choice of words is simply brilliant. His analysis is just the pillar we have all rested on, and if he says for a fact, we just accept it, coz we know that no one can be a bigger fanatic and cricket enthusiast than him. Rock on mate, hope u win!
4 hour ago
sharath300

sharath300

i hv voted...vote for me
4 hour ago
pradeep-bhat1

pradeep-bhat1

pls vote for me buddy. i wil vote for u.. thanks
4 hour ago
poojabhat

poojabhat

hey pls vote for me. i wil vote for u. thanks
4 hour ago
nikhilesh

nikhilesh

cool profile dude hope u win it
4 hour ago
jasmine

jasmine

thanks! Wish you the same
4 hour ago
iphotograph

iphotograph

hey please vote for me as chief photographer. Ive voted for you , thanks
4 hour ago
pani28

pani28

i've voted u...pls vote me...dont miss
4 hour ago
Punit1111

Punit1111

just voted for you.... pls vote for me too..:)
4 hour ago
Abhinavmouli

Abhinavmouli

Superb profile bro! You deserve the job.. You have a way with words!
4 hour ago
vijayrc

vijayrc

Nice profile.....
4 hour ago
TejaJS

TejaJS

Great Profile.....Ur the only 1 who has actually spoken bout the KPL!
4 hour ago
RAINER

RAINER

gng good ...u can do even better ... vote for me as well
4 hour ago
Swanny

Swanny

hey Shanky!! I liked ur application....I loved the choice of ur best T20 match!! I'm sure u will win ths one hands down..!! Keep going mate..!!:-)
4 hour ago
chinns

chinns

dude vote for me as i need
4 hour ago
RKR

RKR

hun ta sannu v vote kar diyo
4 hour ago
SaiKannan

SaiKannan

hey shashank! nice profile...i hope u win!
4 hour ago
manujosh

manujosh

have voted for u.. pls do vote for me as well.. cheers..
4 hour ago
Ronky

Ronky

brilliant strategy mate....u seem to be a good analyst of the game...nice to hear that u work for cricbuzz....its an awesome website.....RCB don waste time...select Shankz
4 hour ago
Kakade

Kakade

When it comes to cricket, I simply trust Shank. He is the definition of a cricket dictionary. The most passionate cricket fan I've known. I am sure empires may die, nations may rise and fall, but Shank's interest in the game will remain the same. Cheers bob!
4 hour ago
sg081285

sg081285

plz vote 4 me.....
4 hour ago
supersup

supersup

if anybody knows lots about cricket...its gotta be shashank.he is a hardcore wanna be cricket journalist.........cricket is his nickname...all the best :-)
4 hour ago
satcom

satcom

I think if there is anyone who is capable of grabbing this opportunity, its got to be Shashank. Has a sharp cricketing acumen, and he thinks with his mind and not his heart. Cheers mate...best wishes! Hope u get the chance that ur in pursuit of. All the best!
4 hour ago
gisu

gisu

Shankz..Good job dude...I am sure RCB will come back with the Winner's Cup this time around if they follow ur strategy
4 hour ago
bangaloreboy

bangaloreboy

Good ideas if i were Vijay Malya i would really agree with this guy and i don't know him but his ideas rule RCB needs a blogger like this guy
4 hour ago
thatguy

thatguy

good application...nice justification for the line-up. keep it up
4 hour ago
arjunramamurthi

arjunramamurthi

bro...i hv yet to meet a fanatic like u...since the inception of this team...u hv followed it wid utmost zeal...kickss team and strategy...hope u win...cheers
4 hour ago
Raks

Raks

i don know who u r.....but im an rcb fan n hence want them to hav a good blogger....i think ur match strategy and team line up is awesome.....hope u win this competition.
4 hour ago
anju2209

anju2209

Broe!! I wish u all the best......I know how heartbroken u were after RCB lost in the finals of the IPL. Now here is ur chance to convey all those numerous messages u had for them, while they were out in the middle. Best wishes...cheers!
4 hour ago
jats

jats

This crazy RCB dude deserves this chance to hop onto the bandwagon. The craziest cricket follower in class, he is a guy the entire class looks upto for scores, during any international matches, especially India matches. Cricket is definitely his first love. Mate wish u all the best! kickass!!!
4 hour ago
Toasty

Toasty

All the very best, Shanky. Regards, Gul
4 hour ago
Manky

Manky

The best thing in the world for a cricket fanatic like Shashank. I hope u make it mate! Best wishes..cheers....!!
4 hour ago
Hack

Hack

i like the line up of ur team......thats the most probable actually....n ur strategy is also pretty good man.....u hav a gr8 chance
4 hour ago
Phunk

Phunk

hey shashank! im pretty sure ul get this cause ur more eligible than anybody else cause of ur present job man(as said by "pro").....cheers!
4 hour ago
Venkys

Venkys

i really like ur strategy, n ya thats my favorite match as well!
4 hour ago
Pro

Pro

Being Shashank's friend i know how badly he wants this job.......he is an awesome follower of the game n to be frank he has missed any rcb match in bangalore! im sure he wouldnt hav missed even in ipl2 but unfortunately it was not in india.....shashank is also workin for one of the top cricket websites n is hence more eligible than many others for this job!
4 hour ago