Ganguly fans wish him on 39th birthday

Ganguly fans wish him on 39th birthdayHe may have quit international cricket for three years now but the love and affection Sourav Ganguly received on his 39th birthday was enviable.

As a large number of his fans gathered outside his Behala residence this morning, the former Team India captain took time off from his hectic shooting schedule for a TV show to cut the customary birthday cake for the photojournalists before rushing to a studio at Rajarhat.

Harris and Steyn consign India to innings defeat

paulPaul Harris is a character straight out of a Vegas gambling film. He says “perception is often reality” and batsmen perceive him to be an innocuous bowler, and that’s where he says he gets his wickets. He played around with his own perception to become the most successful spinner in the match, his “innocuous” outside-the-leg line from over the stumps getting him the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar and M Vijay, the only men who looked like they could deny South Africa. Thanks to Harris, the fast bowlers didn’t need to bust their gut in consigning India to their third innings defeat at home in the last 10 years – all three to the same opposition.

Dyson sacked for not signing contract

dysonJohn Dyson was sacked as West Indies coach because he hadn’t signed a contract during his 18-month stint, a senior WICB official has said.

Conde Riley, a director of the board from Barbados, said that they had been left with no option but to sack Dyson, who left his position last month following Test and one-day series defeats against Bangladesh.

Deccan snatch title in tense finish

DeccanchargerThe IPL final could have gone either way but Andrew Symonds’ back-to-back strikes tilted the balance in favour of Deccan Chargers, according to captain Adam Gilchrist and his Bangalore counterpart Anil Kumble.

Younis Khan don’t sign it!

Pakistanis have always remained very loving and attached to their cricketers especially the middle order batsmen. They have always idealized the likes of Mushtaq, Haneef, Javed Miandad, Inzamam and Mohammad Yousaf. Regardless of their performances, nation has always given them their respect and regard and reward. The middle order batsman has always been the most influential player in the team.

Sreesanth ruled out of second ODI

sreenathThe Indian team had mixed news from the sick bay ahead of the second ODI against South Africa on Friday. While S Sreesanth has been ruled out of the match, and Gautam Gambhir was also deemed unfit, MS Dhoni and Ajit Agarkar appeared to be ready for selection.

“Sreesanth is still not well. He’s definitely not well enough to play tomorrow (Friday)”, said Rahul Dravid, the India captain, after the fast bowler did not turn up for practice.

Gautam Gambhir, the opening batsman, has also joined the sick list. “Gautam Gambhir has also had a bit of a viral fever so he’s in the hotel”.

Dav Whatmore interviewed by Pakistan board

davDav Whatmore, who was interviewed by the Pakistan board this morning, said he was up to the challenge of taking on one of the more demanding jobs in world cricket.

Harmison considers delaying surgery

harmisonSteve Harmison intends to postpone his hernia operation until after the Test series against India and possibly his county Durham’s appearance in the Friends Provident Trophy final on August 18.

Shane Warne Deceptive Maestro

In the world cricket, normally the awe surrounds the blasting batsmen or the lightening fast bowlers. There are very few examples of spinners inducing excitement and thrill. Shane Warne of Australia is the best spinner of all time without any shade of doubt. His right arm leg break is second to none. His nearest opponents in the matter of spinning the ball are far behind. His majestic finger voodoo has ruled the world for 16 years with a style.

Battle to grab Atapattu place in Sri Lanka line up

atapatuThree Sri Lankan batsmen are competing for the void created by the self-imposed absence of former captain and opening batsman Marvan Atapattu for the series against Bangladesh.

Thilan Samaraweera, Jehan Mubarak and Michael Vandort were all picked to represent the Sri Lanka A team here on Tuesday in the three-day tour match with the visitors starting on Wednesday (today).