Shreshth-Dugar
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chief blogger
Shreshth Dugar has 217 vote(s) and 25 Reference(s)
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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?
We want to know about it all
I was born in 1989. I do not know life without Sachin Tendulkar. Thinking one day I will get up and not see the Tendulkar surname on the Indian scorecard gets me as paranoid as not finding a job after graduating from university next summer. I just cannot imagine it. Nor could I imagine how one could grow up without cricket. But they did. Among my closest friends in New York, Ken followed the New York Mets, Michael the Detroit Red Wings, and Alex Ajax FC. Was cricket just another sport, just like baseball, ice hockey and soccer? Rationality said yes. No longer to be spoken about in the backseat of the school bus or over sinful cigarettes, but rather to be followed at night when the world slept, over by over on Cricinfo. Or the morning after, when someone, I’d always imagine in Birmingham because the highlight videos would have cheesy captions like “Jai Mata Di” and “Pakistan Zindabad,” had infringed on official broadcasting rights and plagiarized it onto YouTube. This is how I watched India win the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. As India won, I sat in my then dorm room, staring at the Cricinfo ticker on my now-defunct Macbook. I made a lot of noise, as much as one man could, banging my desk. But damn, it would only clunk. I decided it was a little much for one man to live, so I threw a party the following day. And a little insecure then of managing a good crowd, I promised free liquor. Needless to say, it spelled trouble. Nearly a hundred people clogged our dormitory suite. Such was the success that a noise complaint alerted the resident advisors. The party got busted, and I was summoned to present my case for a disciplinary hearing. They say, if you are passionate, you don’t need to talk to communicate. It turned out that John Kazlucas, the advisor hearing my case, was from Boston. Hell, it was like the Red Sox winning the World Championship in 2004 after 86 long years, I told him. He let me off with community service, and a broad smile. Then came Lalit Modi. And Indian cricket got a franchise-based cricket league that my friends could understand. In its third season, IPL was broadcasted in select theatres in Manhattan. . And like Kenny dragged us to Citifield to watch baseball, and the girls dragged us to Twilight, I dragged them all to the Bangalore games. The first game, of the several we watched, was between Chennai and Bangalore. Robin Uthappa took them to shreds with a 68 not out, which included six sixes. It is not a secret that people get aroused visually, but having seen him bat like a gladiator that morning in New York, the sport has never needed my convincing again. Nor did it need any free liquor. Amidst controversy, it is often said in the defense of the IPL that it can take Indian cricket trans-Atlantic. For me, it already has.
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.
Too often, when we think of cricket, we think whites, or bright lights, played by men we know too well. But the game is about the unknowns, who play ad hoc, not unexacting though, in gardens, back yards, beaches, on streets, in parks and car parks. Today, like everyday then, the game is between my brother, Yash, and I. It is another evening after school, and the garden next to our house in Noida, an offshoot of New Delhi, would turn into our little colosseum. In the fading green of the garden, parched dry from the onslaught of invariably a hottest summer on record, and the blue of the sky dwarfed by the white of the sun, the bright cherry of a new cricket ball is the only color that lives and breathes. Yash is three years older. In teenage terms, it translates into more size, strength and skill. Though I do not think I have any excuses now that I have stopped growing and he still remains bigger, stronger, and yes, a better cricket player, I will indulge myself and reckon his early advantage to be a product of our age difference. But sport would be less interesting if it were only about that. In India, wealth comes with privileges. As Mr. Dugar’s sons, our games would have audiences of neighborhood chauffeurs, domestic help and anybody waiting around in the shade. Yash, taller, lankier and with a rather fashionable unruly mop of hair, resembled the Wasim Akram’s and Imran Khan’s of the day. And I, a little cherubic, harping on the spirit of the game and perennially on the loosing end, choking miserably sometimes, was the Indian cricket team of the 90’s. So, it took little for our little contest to be delegated to India versus Pakistan status. While Yash played cricket, I played out fantasy. I would never manage to hold on to a bowling action, rather I would do a squad of bowlers. And Yash would bat long enough to play them out, till I would resort to the dibbly dobblies of the Adam Hollioke kind. For example, Javagal Srinath and Curtly Ambrose opened with the new bowl, Brett Lee would be first change and I would spin with Saqlain Mushtaq and Shane Warne. As years went on and Mushtaq forgot to bowl a regular off spinner, he gave way to Harbhajan Singh. Sadly, I am a little too old for Graeme Swann now. And Yash, he would let me score till he decided it was time to bring Anil Kumble. It helped that he, not unlike Kumble, is 6 feet 2 inches, and managed in that dead wicket, to make the ball spit and scruff you up. The next one would writhe like a snake. It was quick, I would say, dangerous. Needless to say, I would not survive long, if not a nose bleed. I would go home crying. But like a crack addict, I would be there the next afternoon.
I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
I know how cricket is expressed with the written word. Not having had access to live cricket in the past three years, much of my hunger has been satiated online. To know that Rahul Dravid scored a hundred is never enough. You either watch it live, or you let a Sambit Bal or a Dileep Premchandran enliven the ache of endurance. So I empathize with the millions for whom a television is never near enough, stuck in offices and schools, minds and hearts fields afar. I know the feeling way too well. And for the past three years, I have studied how to write at the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at New York University. Another year, and I will be a journalist. No, I do not want to write about presidential elections, or the spluttering economy. I want to write about cricket. Allow me to make a start.
MY REFERENCES (25)

aaditya dar

I believe Shreshth Dugar should be the team blogger for RCB, not because he knows the game or writes well, but because he is passionate about it. If there is a person who is fit for this position, it is he. I recommend Shreshth without reservation.

215 week(s) ago

shalin lunia

Shrek! go get it!

215 week(s) ago

Satwik

voted!! please vote for me as well http://www.royalchallengers.com/cricket-online-contests/ffc3/Roy19

215 week(s) ago

manisha goenka

hey i wanna say this to u seriously, tat u write really well...and i am lookin for whole loads of entertainment....keep goin...good work....

215 week(s) ago

hans riezebeek

What can I say? This man is unique. His passion for cricket is such that as a complete and utter newbie to this honourable sport (I'm wake up, eat, drink and go to sleep with soccer), I feel immediatly motivated to know all I can about wickets. Imaging what the effect of his blogs would be. Amazing. Take him with you. Please.

215 week(s) ago

Mandar Dewalkar

Voted to U, Pls vote for me. Chief Photographer Post. http://www.royalchallengers.com/cricket-online-contests/ffc3/mandardewalkar Best Luck. -Mandar Dewalkar

215 week(s) ago

rajat verma

Fantastic guy, known him all these years. Wild, fun, brave and just such an exciting man. Remember seeing him in Leipzig in East Germany once; was in a T-Shirt in the eastern winter. It would be really entertaining following his live blogging from South Africa.

215 week(s) ago

luis paez-pumar

I'm going to put this simply: there is nothing about Shreshth that tells me he isn't the perfect candidate for this position. He has passion beyond that of any young man I've ever met. On many occasions, he has come up to me and simply said "Fall in love". I know in his heart, Shreshth has followed his own advice and fallen in love with the sport of cricket. Recently, he tried to sell me on the sport. "Bud, watch these videos, they're magic". I have to say, he was right. His devotion to the sport dwarfs anyone's for any other sport, and it would be a joy to see him bring the sport further and further towards that one goal: globalization.

215 week(s) ago

debra riezebeek

Shreshth has compassion and comitment that is of the highest level. He has an extraordinary ability to exceed in all he does above and beyond all excpectations . His exceptional writing style captures the reader like no other. His use of words illustrate his experience so clearly you feel that it is yours. Shreshth's passion for cricket and contagious enthousiasm for life make him the perfect candidate for this blog. He is an amazing person whose intelligence and kindness touch us all. Let him work his 'magic', everyone will love it! Sucess Shrek!

215 week(s) ago

manasa prabhakar

Shreshth is an anomaly- cultured, well-bred, yet humble enough to enjoy a game of backyard cricket in the oppressively humid Indian air. He is a phenomenal writer whom I have had the privilege to share an excruciatingly early and difficult Introduction to Journalism lecture with. I have always known him to get what he wants when he wants it enough. I can guarantee, as Chief he will continue to astound his readers as Chief Blogger with his wit, humour and literary googlies ;) Good luck, Shreshth!

215 week(s) ago

apurva virmani

One of the most captivating writers I have ever come across, and with his evident passion for cricket, I'm confident that Shreshth would make each match come alive with his words for the millions of people not able to watch it live. And for those who will be able to watch it, it would still be a pleasure to come back and read his blog. I know I would read it for Shreshth, if not for RCB. Good luck Shreshth! :) xx

215 week(s) ago

tobias freiwald

Shreshth reporting live from SA would definitely extend the passion people share for Cricket well beyond any border.

215 week(s) ago

sandesh singh

Shreshtha is gung-ho about cricket, writing and life. I don´t think there can be anyone better than him to do this. He has awesome writing skills, creative abilities and a humorous attitude to top that. I am excited to think how great it would be to see what he has to write about cricket in South Africa. When he visited for 1 one, even then he could not get blogging out of his mind. I was impressed by his passion of putting his life, passions to words and so nicely at that. He is a young and dynamic person, in love with cricket, who´s waiting for the chance of his life. I couldn´t recommed his name any better. I think he is the most deserving candidate for this job and he should definitely be given this opportunity.

215 week(s) ago

Janis Locmelis

If you want somebody who can keep people's attention ON for an unlimited time, if you want somebody whom I am still convinced about being a very reliable and communicative and very unique after just meeting him for a month than Shreshth is the man.

215 week(s) ago

Manoj

I know Shresth personally and all I can say his enthusiasm for cricket is unmatched...

215 week(s) ago

pooja kakar

you have a way with words that can make us see the picture while reading. Even though i dont know you well , just by reading all if this , i can see your passion for cricket and your capability to write well. Good luck Shreshth :) :)

215 week(s) ago

lydia noone

As a fellow journalism student with Shreshth at NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, I can say with complete sincerity that he is one of the most intriguing, thought-provoking writers I have ever had the pleasure of working with. I can say in full confidence that he will cover cricket with the same passion and persuasion that he puts into all of his writing.

215 week(s) ago

kenny hsu

As a native Californian who only watched basketball and baseball, Shreshth has sold me on the wonders of the IPL and the sport of cricket. But theres still 300 million Americans left.

215 week(s) ago

Amandeep

I am the office on a Sunday, and going through FFC applications just made my day more bearable. Best of luck!

215 week(s) ago

Shikha

"Like a crack addict, I'd be there the next afternoon." You really can write. Hope you win!

215 week(s) ago

Sarita Lunia

You can write well; you really brought that game of backyard cricket between your brother and you alive. Congratulations!

215 week(s) ago

Ashok Dugar

I am sure you'll do a fabulous job. Your love for cricket really comes through. Remember, the dream is to dream.

215 week(s) ago

yash dugar

No waka waka, No Paul the Octopus, No vuvuzelas , Just hardcore cricket, mate. Do it for Africa.

215 week(s) ago

prateek saraswat

i can't for the love of all that's holy figure out how to actually cast my vote!

215 week(s) ago

ipsita kuthiala

I love what u've written ! Even though i dont know you well , just by reading all if this , i can see you passion for cricket. and that's the most important quality for this contest :) ! Good luck Shreshth :) :) !

215 week(s) ago