Cricket & your City, Cricket in your City
Tell us about cricket and what it means to your city, how it is followed, any RCB fans there?
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Cricket in Delhi is adventurous. Why shouldn't it be considering the most entertaining cricketer in the world today comes from this part of the country, am talking of Virender Sehwag and I hope talking about him does not disqualify me from being a contestant here since he plays for DD in the competition. One can see cricket being played everywhere including the smallest bylanes of Govindpuri and DDA flats Kalkaji. Leave aside all localities, every ground here has its own team which puts into threat the houses surrounding it because Virus' clones do maximum damage there. Almost all tournaments, no matter what the level is, have good coverage courtesy maximum media presence in the city and that is why probably we have seen a plethora of cricketers coming up from Delhi and surrounding regions. One of the best new stadiums in the country is coming here which would be all ready to host games during the prestigious WC 2011. What is most heartening to see is the passion of Delhi'ites which keeps them hurling deliveries after deliveries even with the scorching heat, probably that's the power of this great game I guess, it keeps the oil burning inside all of us. I won't drag this long but sum up in a few sentences, cricket is to Delhi what Apple is to the pie, what straw is to the berry. It's just the perfect two combinations and as they say when two perfect things mate, the end result is something entertaining, this time it was the most entertaining batsmen ever in the history of the game "Virender Sehwag", sorry RCB, don't throw me out of the competition because of this. My loyalty lies to you when it comes to club cricket but when it comes to entertainment hardly any can beat this man from Delhi and I believe most RCB fans will agree.
Cover a local cricket match.
How the game was played, controversies on the ground, injuries and who bags the gold at the end
of the match. Build the excitement with your words.
of the match. Build the excitement with your words.
It was a perfect setting for a night cricket match at the St. Georges cricket ground in Kalkaji. The scorching sun had gone down and had left behind a breezy evening. Boys from both schools the St. Georges and Kalka Public had arrived for what was the final of the South Delhi inter-school tournament, a big one considering there were in total of 32 teams participating and the prize money went up to Rs. 50,000. The pitch had been a belter through-out the tournament and this 20-over a side game was again being hyped as another high scoring affair. The chief guests and the audiences had taken their places in the ground. I had taken mine in a separate enclosure meant for press, courtesy my news channels visiting card. The atmosphere was electric as there were students from both the schools meant to encourage their respective teams. St. Georges captain Rahul Agarwal won the toss and decided his team is going to bat first and his reasoning was simple, score big and put the chasing team under pressure considering this was the big final. Sooner the two umpires took centerstage and just behind them came out the Kalka 11, vehemently cheered by their mates. The stage was set for the first delivery and what a start it was, the commentator said "cracker of a shot, St. Georges of the mark with a boundary". This wasn't a one-off as both skipper Rahul Agarwal and his opening partner went behind the opening bowlers raking 42 runs in the first three overs. These were desperate times for the opposition and the Kalka 11 introduced spin. Immediate dividends as Rahul Agarwal's brief spectacle ended, as in trying to hoick the bowler out of the ground, he only managed to miss it and got stumped. The game then changed on its head. Spinners bowled well and from 42 for no loss after three overs, St. Georges were laid on the mat at 68 for 5 after 11. Not a bad score, but considering the good start and the history of the pitch, they surely had to get going from here. In came Kushal Matani and took the opposition on its head. The next 4 overs saw a plethora of boundaries. Suddenly the run-rate again touched 8 runs an over and the home crowd voice which had ebbed again reached crescendo. Kushal were given a couple of chances as Kalka 11 dropped two catches and just like any good batsmen, Matani made the most out of it. Courtesy a scintillating half-century from him and come more contributions, St. Georges 11 finished with a respectable 175 for 7 in their alloted 20 overs. The atmosphere at the ground was electric during the half-time with the supporters of both sides cheering their sides. Suddenly there was commotion as could see a group of fans squabbling against each other. There were a few bottles also thrown from each side and within five minutes security police waiting outside took centerstage and booked the ugly situation creators. The second innings began in subtle fashion. There was no hurry from the Kalka 11 to scale the target. Their plan looked simple, stay at the wickets, preserve them to throw during the death overs. A few boundaries came and after the powerplays, their score read 43 for no loss. Still 143 to win at more than 10 an over. Just like during the first innings, wickets again fell when the spinners were introduced and Kalka 11, steady to start off had lost route, reeling at 57 for 4 after the first 10. The required rate had started to touch 12 runs an over and now they needed someone to play a Sehwag kind blazing knock for them to come close to the mountain set by St. Georges school. If the Kalka 11 were struggling till now, the 11th over sounded death knell for them. Rajat Chadha picked up three wickets off the over to turn the final into an anti-climax. There was no looking back for St. Georges from here as they wrapped up the Kalka 11 for a paltry 89, 86 short of their total and lifted the inter-school tournament in style. The Kalka guys looked disappointed but they had only themselves to blame as once when they were on the field they had the Georgians on the mat but they let the hook untied. It was a great game of cricket nonetheless and watching so many youngsters play in a manner like they were playing for their lives was really satisfying. For RCB, I am Rohit Sakunia, signing off from the St. Georges School's cricket ground.
I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
First and foremost let me tell you that though this might be cliched but I drink, eat, sleep and while sleeping dream cricket. I miss office days to watch cricket and during IPL and especially on days when RCB plays, I log on to youtube for the entire day to watch matches at office. You might think by now that how shameful I am but naah, that's my attitude and my love for the game and RCB. I was also the only finalist blogger for this competition in the first season and though I missed out on FFC 2, here I am back again competing for this contest. Let me tell all my fellow contestants one thing, don't think that because I have registered so late, I lose out on time, this is also a style to say that for fighters and top racers its never too late. Lets now come to my abilities and credentials. I have been an experienced author on sports especially cricket and have worked with credible companies like espn and cricket archive. Before this I have been writing on sports in various magazines since the age of 15. My mom says I got hands on the bat at the age of 2, a year ahead of the maestro and had it not been the fear of being hit by the synthetic ball in the wrong region, could have made myself a bigger name in the world of cricket, nonetheless writing for cricket is giving me decent name and fame and thus because of all this I firmly believe that I can be the best blogger for RCB and handle all news and views and breaking news with aplomb. Another thing which makes me special is my name. Whose name in the FFC contest list speaks of two of India's greatest cricketing talents, my does. I am jumbojammy, a true fan of these legends and a true fan of this team. Would love to be a part of the final 14. Cheers
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