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February 12, 2012

Year in Review 2011

For last one week I am not having any work and getting bored. Today was no different for me. I’m sitting here at my office and getting bored. All day I have been looking into cricket statistics. Getting into mid of February, my blog is still waiting for a review post of what happened in last one year. I have couple of hours to go home and as I am waiting I’d like to take a quick look back at 2011, with a YEAR IN REVIEW

I am trying hard to memorize as what has happened in this year. So in parallel I am taking help of my own blog postings and Facebook timeline and activity log.

JANUARY 2011: Year started off well with a nice Year end count down and party. Watched lot of movies as usual. Had a good time on the occasion of Swetha’s birthday. Yet another year without any hike and do not have a reason why I should stay in the current job. As the month came to an end, the only positive feeling that took into next month is about mom and dad coming to Singapore.

FEBRUARY 2011: The month started off with mom and dad visiting Singapore. We travelled around in Singapore and also visited Malaysia and Indonesia. We started the year of runs with the Zoo run of 8KM. February 12th was Ramya’s second anniversary and February 14th, Valentines day was my second marriage anniversary. Swetha & I were very happy as we spent quality time with mom & dad. Cricket World Cup 2011 has started with a bang.

MARCH 2011: March has always been special for me as its the month of my birthday. Had a great time on my birthday with mom and dad. After mom dad left Singapore, our good time continued and we enjoyed all the weekends. Holi was a highlight as we had a great time at ECP. In World Cup, India defeated Australia and Pakistan in Quarters and Semis respectively. We also started our $1000 budget month in March. Most important, I completed 3 years of blogging.

APRIL 2011: April started of with Ramya fooling me about her trip to SG. India won the world cup after 27 years beating Sri Lanka in the final. We all cheered Team India and Sachin. Started using Windows Live writer for my blogging. My best buddies marriage anniversary. This is the month when my blog reached 14000 visitors. Celebrated Ugadi nicely with all the friends coming home. Celebrated Nagaraj’s birthday at Khalsa Club. Our running continued with 12KM run at 2XU compression run. After mom and dad, my brother came to Singapore for a short trip. I had a nice time with him.

MAY 2011: May was full of fun as Nagaraj’s family was in Singapore and we had a great time. As they were in Singapore we went out for Bowling, Wake Boarding, Ice Skating and did many other activities. We also went to see the Air Show where we got a chance to sit in the F-16 fighter jet. My team also won 2 matches comprehensively after 6 straight losses.

JUNE 2011: June started off with birthday party of Surya at Arab street. June 4th weekend was frenzy as I watched 13 Movies, played 4 Hours of Badminton and did 2 Hours of shopping. First week was awesome with lot of movies, games and parties including Rakesh’s anniversary party. This is the month when we discovered about the hottest chicken wings at Sunset Grill and Bar. We successfully completed our first ever National Vertical Marathon by climbing Singapore’s tallest building. We also did a charity walk barefoot for Barclay’s bare your soul walk.

JULY 2011: July was a calm month for me with not much activities other than running. We successfully completed Race against cancer – 15KM and Marina 21KM. Both the run I was able beat my best timing.

AUGUST 2011: August month also did not see any activity for us. It was just the routine. We had a nice time at Santosh and Sowmya’s birthdays. Other than Credit Suisse beach volley ball and Director’s Premier league cricket, I haven’t played much. Wished my brother and dad on their birthdays. We ended the last weekend with bar hopping.

SEPTEMBER 2011: September month was rocking and hectic for us. Swetha & I went to Hong Kong and Macau. It was an awesome trip and we also did our world’s highest bungee jump. couple of weeks later we went along with my whole gang to Bangkok for Bachelors party of Amar & Praveen. We also did our level Rock Climbing certification this month.

OCTOBER 2011: October started off with a day trip to Pulau Ubin, where we have taken some very nice action photos. Diwali was fun as we have again tried some skills of photography. We had a crazy weekend night when we left home in the evening and came back only in the morning at 7AM. It was also special as it was the month of mom’s birthday. Amar got married this month and we all wished him at the airport. The most exciting part of October was a present from Swetha. I was very very much impressed with her work. He created a video with my photos and a song in the background. The timing was impeccable.

NOVEMBER 2011: November was a tragic month for my family. Swetha and her family have gone through agony and pain due to the tragic death of Sreekanth.

DECEMBER 2011: With in a month we had another bad news of my grand father’s expiry. I was not so sad as he got relief from pain that he was going through. Swetha & I have done our Singapore Standard Chartered Marathon. I have done the full while Swetha did the half marathon.

Even though I started writing about this on a weekend, I am ending this on a weekend as it took some time to recollect of what has happened over a year. I wish my new year will have more and more adventures and stories to talk about.

February 10, 2012

Breaking News

February 9, 2012

White Wash

Today New Zealand beat Zimbabwe 3-0 in the ODI series. This season has seen lot of white washes which included, India against England (both Tests & ODIs) and Australia (Tests), England against Pakistan (Tests) and now Zimbabwe. So I went my friend – Stats guru of Cricinfo website to see which country got white washed the most and which country forced the white wash more. Below are the results:

Tests: (Forced White wash, White Washed)

Australia – 19, 3

England – 13, 7

Pakistan – 5, 5

West Indies – 3, 7

Sri Lanka – 3, 3

South Africa – 2, 5

India – 2, 8

New Zealand – 0, 6

Bangladesh – 0, 2

ODIs: (Forced White wash, White Washed)

Pakistan – 17, 6

Australia – 12, 2

South Africa – 11, 2

West Indies – 11, 12

England – 10, 8

Sri Lanka – 10, 4

New Zealand – 9, 11

India – 6, 3

Bangladesh – 6, 21

Zimbabwe – 4, 21

Kenya – 2, 5

Ireland – 1, 1

Bermuda – 0, 2

ICC World XI – 0, 1

February 8, 2012

Sachin’s Anthem

After Kolaveri Di, Dhanush continued his success by singing about Sachin for Boost Ad.

February 6, 2012

Pakistan secure series whitewash

Pakistan has won the 3rd and final test of the series against England and have broke many records. This is Pakistan’s first whitewash against England in a Test series. This is an extraordinary achievement for them as they have done this at a neutral venue as they have no home to call its own. Entering the series Pakistan were underdogs as they were going to compete with the world number one test team. Below are some of the records during this series.

  • This is Pakistan’s 5th White Wash overall. Previous they have achieved this against Australia, New Zealand, West Indies and Bangladesh.
  • Pakistan scored 99 in the first innings and still won the match. Last time this happened was 105 years back when England beat South Africa after hitting 76 in their first innings. It is also just 9th time overall that a team has won despite a score of less than 100 in the first innings.
  • 19.06 was England Team’s batting average in this series. This was their second lowest in a series with 3 or more test matches since 1888.
  • 48 wickets at an average of 15.64 were taken by spinners for Pakistan in this series. This is the highest number of wickets taken by Pakistan spinners in a three-Test series.
  • Overall 75 wickets fell to spinners in this series. Only twice spinners have crossed this figure in a three match test series.
  • Under Misbah’s captaincy this is 9th test win with just 1 loss in 15 matches. He is now the 6th best captain and definitely in race (6 more matches) to become the best captain for Pakistan.

Pakistan team is having a dream run since 2011. They have won 9, lost 1 and draw 3 matches out of 13 matches played since.

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The success of Pakistan team is clearly measurable with their team members individual performances in both bowling and batting departments.

3 of the top 5 bowlers in last one year are from Pakistan.

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5 of the top 15 batsmen in last one year are from Pakistan.

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I wish them good luck and hope with this form they will reach the top.

February 6, 2012

IPL 2012 Auctions Summary

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February 6, 2012

IPL 2012 Auction: No takers for Laxman

This year’s IPL auction have seen players like Jadeja, Vinay Kumar & Jayawardene get Million dollar figures. Last year we have seen that there were players like Ganguly, Lara, Gayle, Gibbs, Boucher etc going unsold in the auction. This year I was curious to know who would miss the train. So I followed the auction closely yesterday. Good players like Tamim Iqbal, Mark Boucher, Vernon Philander, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Peter Siddle and Graeme Swann have missed this year IPL.

There was one player to be noted as Ganguly from Last Year. Its none other our very own Vangipurapu Venkata Sai Laxman aka ‘Very Very Special’. There were no takers for Laxman. I felt bad for the guy who has been widely regarded as a saviour. Personally I feel that Laxman can never be a good 20-20 player. But for what he has done to this country, he should not simply be ignored.

Last Year when Kochi Tuskers bought him at a price of $400,000, he actually lowered his price to $300,000 to attract the bidders. This year I think he should declare that he would give his services as a mentor to the team members, then some franchise may just recruit him. I am sure that taking him as a full-time IPL player is certainly not a wise business decision.

February 6, 2012

IPL 2012 – Auction

Kochi Tuskers team has been terminated by BCCI from IPL for breaching its terms of agreement. As we came close to IPL 2012, these players from Kochi are now auctioned and available for other franchises. As always there were some hits and some misses. Some were worth the price while some did not deserve it when compared to their talent.

These are players who were sold in this auction

Ravindra Jadeja – Maximum purse of $2 million bid by Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers. It goes to a tiebreaker. Bought by Chennai Super Kings for an undisclosed amount (base price $100,000). He is definitely a good player but I feel 2 million is a bit exaggeration.

Mahela Jayawardene – $1.4 million to Delhi Daredevils (base price $300,000). I dont know what Delhi Daredevils were thinking.

Vinay Kumar – $1 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore (base price $100,000). He has proven in the domestic cricket and I wish he will continue his good bowling in IPL and get a place in Indian Team.

Brendon McCullum – $900,000 to Kolkata Knight Riders (base price $400,000). Perfect bet for his explosive batting.

Sunil Narine – $700,000 to Kolkata Knight Riders (base price $50,000). This is a surprise.

Thisara Perera – $650,000 to Mumbai Indians (base price $50,000)

Parthiv Patel – $650,000 to Deccan Chargers (base price $200,000)

RP Singh – $600,000 to Mumbai Indians (base price $200,000). Hope to see him back in Indian Team.

Brad Hodge – $475,000 to Rajasthan Royals (base price $200,000).

Andre Russell – $450,000 to Delhi Daredevils (base price $50,000)

Sreesanth – $400,000 to Rajasthan Royals (base price $400,000)

Mitchell Johnson – $300,000 to Mumbai Indians (base price $300,000). His stats would definitely say he deserves more.

Muttiah Muralitharan – $220,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore (base price $200,000). Never expected this low price.

Azhar Mahmood – $200,000 to Kings XI Punjab (base price $100,000)

James Faulkner – $190,000 to Kings XI Punjab (base price $100,000)

Brad Hogg – $180,000 to Rajasthan Royals (base price $100,000)

Ramesh Powar – $160,000 to Kings XI Punjab (base price $100,000)

Robin Peterson – $100,000 to Mumbai Indians (base price $100,000)

Darren Bravo – $100,000 to Deccan Chargers (base price $100,000)

Daniel Harris – $70,000 to Deccan Chargers (base price 50,000)

Kevon Cooper – $50,000 to Rajasthan Royals (base price 50,000)

Marchant de Lange – $50,000 to Kolkata Knight Riders (base price $50,000)

Doug Bracewell – $50,000 to Delhi Daredevils (base price $50,000)

Dinesh Chandimal – $50,000 to Rajasthan Royals (base price $50,000)

Herschelle Gibbs – $50,000 to Mumbai Indians (base price $50,000)

Retained

(Players who were signed last year as a replacement for injured players and then retained by the franchise for this year)
Chris Gayle – Royal Challengers Bangalore, $550,000
Sourav Ganguly – Pune Warriors, $400,000
David Miller – Kings XI Punjab, $100,000

Transferred

(Main players signed during the IPL’s trading window between December 15 and January 20)
Kevin Pietersen – Deccan Chargers to Delhi Daredevils
Andrew McDonald – Delhi Daredevils to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dinesh Karthik – Kings XI Punjab to Mumbai Indians
Pragyan Ojha – Deccan Chargers to Mumbai Indians
R Sathish – Mumbai Indians to Kings XI Punjab
Harmeet Singh – Deccan Chargers to Kings XI Punjab

Unsold – Highlighted people, I feel deserve a place in teams.

James Anderson, Tamim Iqbal, Adrian Barath, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Ian Bell, Owais Shah, Upul Tharanga, VVS Laxman, Matt Prior, Brendan Taylor, Mark Boucher, Justin Kemp, Marlon Samuels, Steven Smith, Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright, Kevin O’Brien, Dwayne Smith, Lonwabo Tsotsobe, VRV Singh, Vernon Philander, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Peter Siddle, Tim Southee, Graeme Swann, Rangana Herath, Ajantha Mendis, Steve O’Keefe, Xavier Doherty, Michael Klinger, Richard Levi, Alviro Petersen, Lendl Simmons. Farveez Maharoof, Jacob Oram, Moises Henriques, Ben Laughlin, Ryan McLaren, Nicky Boje, Jacques Rudolph, Andy McKay, Alister McDermott, Michael Neser

February 3, 2012

Am I Scary

February 2, 2012

Arrival in Hong Kong

I have been longing for this trip for quite sometime and finally when we landed in HK, I was very much excited. As HK International Airport is one man-made Island and the runway is surrounded both sides by sea, we wanted to take a window seat and see how it feels like landing on the strip on sea.

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At Singapore Airport

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Breakfast at McD

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In the flight

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Hong Kong Airport

After landing and before going to immigration, we took some Tourist City Maps. One map with info about popular destinations, One with 3D view of the popular buildings which actually helped us in identifying the buildings easily and on MTR map. As it was a weekend, we had to wait for almost an hour in the long queue at immigration. For Indians it was Visa on arrival to stay for 2 weeks with no visa charges. After immigration, we collected our luggage and reached the arrival hall.

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Inside Hong Kong Airport

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Immigration Line

As in all big airports we could see many counters for transport, tourist info and Forex. I felt Forex conversion was better in Singapore. As I read about Octopus card before we went straight to Airport Express counter and bought 2 Octopus card with 500HKD each. Octopus Card is very useful card which can be used in all public transport in Hong Kong(MTR, City bus, Ferry, Tram, in super market stores(Circle-K and 7-Eleven) and also in many food joints).We can add value to this card and also we can return the same to get refund the balance money. Airport Express train is fastest way to connect to HK Airport and HK city. It charges 90HKD to Kowloon and 100HKD to Hong Kong. Another advantage is that Airport Express offers free shuttle service from Airport Express Stations to certain Hotels which is very convenient. But as our hotel guy was giving us a free shuttle we took the bus service provided by the hotel.

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Hong Kong Dollars

We saw tall building en route to our Hotel. Rambler Oasis Hotel is located on Tsing Yi island of Hong Kong. This island is more of industrial area than a tourist spot. So one thing we decided was to use this hotel only to sleep and we have to be out of this island for most of the day. This hotel was a 40 storeyed building and we got a room at 27th floor. There were couple of Chinese restaurants in this building where we had our Chinese breakfast and lunch and then started our 4 day trip.

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