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Cricket & your City, Cricket in your City
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Well I live in the Maximum City~Mumbai where Cricket is a religion and Sachin Tendulkar is a God...But I dislike the fact the Mumbai Cricket fans overlook or ignore other Indian cricketing heroes as they just compare it with Sachin. Well that's there ignorance ~Can't Help it. Had met with some passionate RCB Supporters in my City and I was very excited to meet them.
Cover a local cricket match.
How the game was played, controversies on the ground, injuries and who bags the gold at the end
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I CAN BE RCB'S CHIEF BLOGGER BECAUSE..
Just Love Cricket, RCB and Rahul Dravid (although I am also a Fan of Anil Kumble) Just posting my Review of Rahul Dravid's Autobiography~I am inspired. Hope other are too. Njoi reading RCB Fans !! “Nice Guys, they say, always finished last. In an extraordinary career, wherein he has smashed and overcome clichés, stereotypes and hurdles to establish himself as one of India’s greatest batsmen of the new millennium and one of the greatest match-winners in the history of cricket, Rahul Sharad Dravid has proved otherwise.” says Devendra Prabhudesai author of this book "The Nice Guy who finished First" a biography of Rahul Dravid. I must admit “The Nice Guy Who Finished First" is a very apt title for a biography on “Rahul Sharad Dravid- ", one of the Most Humble Cricketer of the Decade. The book is a remarkable story of Rahul Dravid's illustrious career in international cricket that commenced in 1996 at Lord’s (The Home of Cricket) and which continues to flourish thirteen years later. The biography reconstructs the incidents and events that have contributed to making Rahul Dravid one of the greatest cricketers to have played the game, and an epitome of grace, humility and commitment to his team's cause. It is a tribute to a role model who has refused to rest on his laurels, and remains as intense in his quest for perfection as he was when he started out. As per the author, “Rahul Dravid is an iconic figure a role model and a perfect example- modest, dependable and well educated for individuals, other cricketers and sportsmen to emulate and be inspired”. The book highlights Rahul Dravid’s Physical, Mental and of course, Technical Attributes and his ardent faith in the three 'D's-Dedication, Discipline and Determination that has elevated him to legendary status in Indian Cricket. Rahul Dravid's moments of triumph are described, as also his trials and tribulations. The book narrates the epic battle, one that he eventually won, to break free of the stereotypes that haunted him in his early years at the international level. From being nicknamed Rahul “Well Left” Dravid (which actually had a sarcastic tone given his defensive batting style) to Rahul Dravid-“The Wall” (with reference to his impeccable batting technique and stonewalling against the best attacks) The game of cricket has several written and unwritten rules. One of the unwritten ones in that cricketers find it difficult, in fact impossible, to emerge from the shadow of a contemporary or teammate who happens to be bestowed with that Special Title: ‘Legend’. Rahul Dravid spent the first few years of his international career in the shadows of a legends like Sachin Tendulkar, his much loved team mate and former captain, a deity of masses and darling of media. As per the author “Rahul overcame hurdles, some technical, others mental to carve out a niche of his own”. His efforts to emerge from the intimidating shadows cast by his teammates and contemporaries are illustrated in great detail. The Great Quartet Rahul Dravid's golden phase began in Kolkata 2001, with a supporting act, when he made 180 (an innings for the crisis) to supplement VVS Laxman's classic effort of 281 against Australia. But Rahul’s innings of 148 at Headingley (on a nasty track with uneven bounce) established him as India’s greatest Test winning batsman. As the author says, “It was wonderfully appropriate that Rahul Dravid produced his best innings of his career in what was India’s biggest Test win overseas”. He followed his innings at Headingley with a 217 at The Oval completing a hat-trick of Test hundreds. His defence was immaculate, his strokes inspirational, his “leaves” impeccable, and one of the commentators had this to say during his innings at The Oval. “If a Martian were to land on earth and be told that the best batsman in the world was playing in this match, he would think it was Rahul Dravid and not Sachin Tendulkar.” Rahul completed “The Great Quartet” (4 hundreds in consecutive innings) only the fourth batsmen in the history of Test Cricket with his 100 not out against West Indies in Mumbai. Indian spinners led by Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh finished off the match in style on the fourth day, India winning by an innings and 112 runs. Redemption and Immortality Rahul Dravid extraordinary performance of 233 and 72* in Adelaide (Don’s own territory) was one of the greatest performance that helped him book a ticket to cricketing immortality and helped India beat Australia in their own backyard, India regained the Gavaskar-Border trophy with series ending at 1-1. India vs. Pakistan, Third Test at Rawalpindi (Series tied at 1-1), Dravid scores another double century 270 (his highest score in Test Cricket) gets out reverse sweeping a part time bowler when he could easily meandered along and could have notched up a Triple century (That’s Rahul Dravid-Team man to the core). Rahul Dravid’s another extraordinary performance helped India to win the match and the series 2-1 (India’s first series overseas win since 1993). Rahul Dravid had scored his third double hundred of 2004 season, two of which won India the match and one also a series win against Pakistan. Rahul Dravid’s stature in world cricket was reaffirmed by ICC in Sep, 2004 with Player of the Year (Overall) and Player of the Year (Test) in the inaugural ICC Awards. The “God” of Fine Things Rahul Dravid is the best No. 3 batsman to play for India - and might even be considered one of the best ever by the time he hangs up his boots. He is the best supporting act in the history of the Game (a world record 78+ century partnerships in Tests) and a great player (over 10,000 runs in both forms of the game). The book is an engaging and absorbing read and more importantly inspires it readers that there is no substitute for hard work and discipline as reflected in his commitment to “Cricket” which is more than a game, it is a philosophy. The book highlights Rahul Dravid’s self belief, a passion for hard work, unwavering determination and a fierce commitment to his team’s cause, a player who wears his passion on one sleeve, his intelligence on the other-which is a very rare combination”. Nice guys they say, always finished last, Rahul Sharad Dravid has proved otherwise.
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