Monday Talk

The strategy defined for first 3 quarters failed badly; late in the 4th quarter a strategy (or a tactic) is arrived. The new “stratactictegy” would be to get physical, no, I am not taking about Sunday night NFL game between Jaguars and Steelers. I meant the current Republican presidential campaign. For next few weeks American public is in for an unprecedented Political Slander.

A proverb from my native language “Tamil” should be very apt here. Let me try a crude English translation, “If society splits, performing artists would be the beneficiaries”. Society is split as Democrats and Republicans [and 3rd kind is of course Lou Dobbs and other sundries] , beneficiary would be performing artists - John Stewart, Jay Leno, David Letterman and Saturday night live shows and many more. Do not miss their shows, it is quite awesome - Laugh Out Loud.

Did you notice, more than the word Economy we have been hearing the word “Maverick”. For benefit of Non-Mavericks, I would like to present the meaning of the world “Maverick” from Webster.com
Pronunciation: mav-rik
Function: noun
Etymology: Samuel A. Maverick †1870 American pioneer who did not brand his calves
Date: 1867
1: an unbranded range animal;
2: an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party

Wait a minute, an independent individual who does not go along with a group or party, but Senator McCain is supposed to run for the Republican Party and am just wondering on what basis they brand themselves to be Mavericks? They are affiliated to a party and its principles.
Dude! May be it is based on the 1st one in the list - NO STOP; I don’t want to be crude like Fox TV.

Yow! Non-Mavericks out there, the Maverick list grew by one, Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin added herself to the lists of Mavericks. Now non- Mavericks have to find someone as talented as her to offset the balance; Quick 1 cent suggestion - Big Moose from Archie comics? mm…Could be hunted

Good day.


[heart] Breaking news

Republican presidential candidate shuts down his campaign. He ditched David Letterman and took a 22 hour drive to DC from New York City. This is what happens if you don’t have an EZPASS. It is about time for Senator McCain and his contingent to apply for an EZPASS. The contingent came through the regular toll gates and reached DC in record time. On seeing the traffic vows and agony faced by common mortals on New Jersey Turn Pike and on I95 the rumor is that Senator McCain is planning to add Scotty [from Star Trek] to his cabinet. So in few years we can see kiosks, using which you can beam yourself to DC.

The contingent did the usual photos ops and soon started to count the chickens before it really hatched. But poor Senator McCain, his own party men right royally ditched him. Soon Republicans and its related media accused the house Speaker, house Microphone, and house PA sound system etc for confusing, misleading already confused congress men. Speaker of the house managed to tell the truth but her bad luck is such that, the so called truth and confession came at the wrong time.

Mr. Pointer, Mr. Ring, Mr. Middle and Little pinky were called upon for duty to do the needful, since Mr. Thumb was way down was declared out of service, rest did their job to satisfaction. The Finger pointing continued, CNN was in the verge of a Guinness record for analyzing a record number of finger pointing stories.

During this mess, Congress managed to take a day off for the Jewish New year, the whole world was working their butts out to save their finances, 401k and what not, but our efficient Congress men wanted to celebrate the New Year.

Finally the [heart] breaking news is the 700 Billion is all set to be spent. Donkeys and Elephants would celebrate the success for next few days, would the 700 Billion offset the economy calamities? Time will tell until then, We the common folks have no other option other than to wait and watch.


Golu - the Navrathri festival

Over the weekend my wife Jayashree and my daughter Sriya were very busy setting up the Golu. Festivals like Golu are life saver mints in our super busy nut cracking work schedule. Golu is all about meeting friends and family, in my case some of my friends wished me happy New Year [for 2008]. We have hardly met this year.

Here are some pictures from our Golu,

Ps: a cricket ground is a standard fixture in our Golu, it is a fixed match I guesss :), and I have provided an aerial view and note the little details, eg: Hoarding etc. :)

Good day!.


Monday Talk

Krish Srikkanth is the new chief of selectors for BCCI. Imo, Srikkanth would be the right person for the job why? Srikkanth is known for his daring comments and he would not hesitate to trash incompetency on its face. He has done it quite well when he was a commentator and a TV anchor. Broadcasters would be on their edge whenever Chikka took the Mic. Sometimes he does goes overboard on his blunt comments. Last time Srikkanth stood up to clean the BCCI system he lost his job as captain in spite of drawing the series against/in Pakistan. We need to wait and see how he deals the wretched BCCI power struggle. Let us hope for best; best wishes to Srikkanth! He has given is first speech – stating that it is all about mental strength. It is matter of time for BCCI to send a subpoena to Chikka for his comments. Clock starts now. I guess from now on, the Selectors are being paid to do their job, hence they are accountable.

Have you heard of "Guilt-Auroraborealis", a brown circle that appears behind your head when you don’t exercise “GuiltAuroraborealis” will often talk to you and remind about health issues and problems, this happens even when you drink plain water [H2O]. It warns you about your health condition whenever you are busy gobbling Gobi Manchurian at parties. It warns about your health during office pizza parties. There is way out to get rid of this “GuiltAuroraborealis” Regular exercise! Excuse me! What? Exercise – “Srikanth” it is really you? - Yes, yet another proof that Kalki avatar is round the corner. I have been working out on a tight exercise regime. Getting regular exercise into our daily schedule is one heck of a commitment, trust me it is not easy. However there are ways you can make this work for you, once you get into a regular schedule for about a month, your body will drive you and force you to workout.

Here is what I did to get my exercise into a regular schedule. Select a time, in my case - as soon as get home from work. My Elliptical has a slot for my my NoteBook PC [I am pc :)] , idea is to read while exercise. I took this to the next level, thanks to wireless broadband - I choose my favorite TV shows, mostly from the comedy channel or Vijay TV, start watching it while exercising, time will fly. You would have worked out more than 30 minutes before you realize. 30 minutes should do for most; 45-60 minutes would be perfect. So think about it, check with your family doc before getting to a regime.

Finally, the package is here, the package is here, I’ve been waiting for it for about a week now. I got the package from Tiger Direct, a new Bluetooth head phones. My Notebook is now connected via Bluetooth to this head phone. No daggling wires any more!..

Good Day!


MyTalk Radio TGIF

I am a great cook, a wonderful speaker and a super sportsperson, why? I have neighbors who are very good at these activities. Do your neighbors influence your knowledge on a subject?
Yes according to Sarah Palin on CBS., more over I learnt Russian Supreme leader Putin can fly planes. Here is a cost cutting capital idea, Foreign Service Institute should send Foreign Service Officer Trainees to various border towns of US, and executives of the towns can train them. People living in the borders automatically get trained in International relationships. Duh!.

The US presidential race is total fun to watch on various cable channels. CNN which is now in HD [Higly dramatic] is having a ball; one quick request, please send the makeup personals for training once again. High definition TV exposes about 5 to 10 layers of makeup material on most guest and anchors. Some of them bear a resemblance to Kamal characters in Dasaavatharam. Just a note on Dasaavatharam , few months ago I went to watch Dasaavatharam in our local theater and I found more number of Kamal’s on the screen than the audience count.

Lately for about a year I have been using Apple Mac and IPhone,I got them to learn the architecture, and to test the power of the OS. I have been developing IPHONE components etc, Apple opened up 3rd parties to develop application for IPHONE and made a huge gaga over it, however if a 3rd party developer is smart enough to develop products that would restrict the usage of their native products like ITunes etc, Apple issues a patch and closes down the development environment. Apple is so greedy that they do not permit iPhone users to upload their own ringtones [In my case “my own compositions”]. They want to make a buck on each ring tone. I agree copyrights of ring tone etc, however if the ring tone is free or self composed, I should have the freedom to choose what I want, all other phone companies permit it. Few months ago some brilliant developer found a hack/method to upload their own ring tones onto the IPhone, - puff - it just took matter of days for APPLE to the send a patch that prevented users from loading their own ring tones.

The Latest Cheap Apple tactics -- Read more

From a comment post in that site : Microsoft should NOT be allowing installation of programs such as "Mozilla Firefox" or "Google Chrome", just because they duplicate features of "Internet Explorer”,

oh! No, if Microsoft does the same it is monopoly.

I guess God had a very good reason to prevent humans from not going anywhere near the Apple

[The above Statement is Copy Righted :)]


MyTalk Radio Thursday

I never miss the “NeeyA NAna” Talk show conducted by Gopi on Vijay TV. Gopi is an amazingly talented TV host and I hope I get to meet him one day. In the latest edition, the discussion was about government helping sport personalities, after the discussion in the general I felt more support is needed for other sports; let me throw in an idea, how about forcing BCCI to share a portion of money just to help other sports in India? They are making enough to support the Northern Hemisphere. It is about time for BCCI to adopt other sports and improve them.

Australian Cricket team now in India, the series is being hyped and Pointing wants to improve his batting average in India. Symonds behavior reached an extent even his country men were unable to tolerate and digest his attitude, good that he was sacked. However Har “bad boy” Bajan Singh is now looking for some other Australian player to test his Zoological skills. I think Cricket Australia’s stocks are not doing well, Greg “roll the ball my brother” Chappell will be present in the Aussie dressing room. He was last seen on EBAY Australia and now he gets to watch his countrymen change cloths -once again. He is supposed to do a comparative study on Indian and Aussie dressing habits and will be doing a presentation to the ICC. [International clothing committee] The game will be on Zee Sports and it is going to cost me money, will the FEDs bails me out? Why not?

The US Economy is in real doldrums, just a week ago the Republican Presidential candidate Senator John McCain assured that American economy is deeply rooted and double strong as Star Bucks Venti Americano, but yesterday the deep root (beer?) took a boot and he has suspended his campaign to save the economy. (Fire in the mountain [Capitol Hill] run run run run) Wall Street CEOs have GDPs more than some countries today, now a package to save and protect them from their past mistakes.

My question is simple common sense - How can an economy that was deep rooted a week ago suddenly change course towards financial dooms day scenario? Anyone with "statutory" common sense would understand that such crisis cannot happen overnight, the truth is it’s been brewing for a long time,
Government has been busy buying large quantities of diapers and other products to cover or patch the leak,

finally this week they discovered No diaper can prevent diarrhea or using my native analogy, a XXL sized pumpkin cannot be hidden inside a Chipotle’s Burrito bowl I hope the politician’s gets it right before they order more food for thought. Medically Diarrhea [Thanks Sanjay Gupta on CNN] is not fatal anymore, one good reason why we are still eating in Wendy’s or TACO Bell, but when it comes to financial industry, this condition would lead to total dehydration in the economy and I guess ordinary mortals has no other choice to wait and see if the so called package would hydrate the economy. - Trusts me -- Prayer helps.

I am selling more CDs than many Wall Street Banks :)


My Talk Radio - Friday

A powerful Hurricane is bound for the Texas coast, hope people are moved to safety. IKE’s winds could be felt as far as Maryland; IKE is expected to make a land fall in our neighborhood gas stations in about 48-60 hours. An expert at CNN situation room has confirmed the news.

Houston, Houston we have a Situation here, - Producers of CNN situation room program are getting obsessed day by day with giant TV screens displays and touch screens and what not! , it is just matter of time they convert the floor to a TV screen, soon the anchor will walk from one city another city when the news context changes, and jump and swirl to produce gusty winds on the screen. CNN Situation Room–where there are more TV displays than Best Buy or Circuit city combined. Watching this on High Definition is a Complete Colorful Nightmare [CNN] 

We had a unique recording over the weekend in my studio; we had about 20-25 kids recording voices over for Ramayan play. Kids enjoyed the studio environment and were total fun to with work with. The idea is to produce an audio CD with voiceovers, special effects, music etc, kids would then act live on stage with CD being played in the background.

Cricket! Ganguly was not considered for the selection; Rahul Dravid still has his place intact. Sachin should be back from injury. The last time Sachin played to his potential was against Australia which India won.

Breaking news from CNN situation room South East Asia Edition - Lord Maha Vishnu‘s cabinet meeting is going on in an undisclosed place near Milky way. The discussion is about a demon that is rising in power, Common human beings find it very difficult to cope up with and control the demon and its egoistic slipshod approach over the years. BCCI watch it, your end is nearing.


My Talk Radio

I got up this morning expecting the world to end, it did not hence I felt I should resume my blog, over the weekend I met few of my good "old" friends and they gave me a pep talk and boosted my ego. Hence I guess I have to try and find time to write blogs.

A bunch of scientists joined together and spent about £5bn for an experiment to re-create the big bang Theory, technically the World is supposed to have ended today. Damn nothing happened, world is still spinning and I have go to work and face my boss again. 5 Billion pounds down the drains to prove something that no one really cares about. Do you know there is a company that is been proving the Big Bang theory for lesser cost (1.8 billion) - TACO bell.

David Letterman show, Letterman is a liberal; liberals are generally concerned about Global warming etc. David Letterman once mentioned that “We are dead meat,” and blamed the administrators for not dealing the global warming issues. Have you noted this, 9 out 10 guests invited to the Letter man show complain about the room temperature (air-condition) in the studio. It is simply cold and well below polar bear standards. I was just wondering how much of global warming gases those air conditioners would emit, his studio could be one of the main reason for the arctic meltdown. I guess Mr. David Letterman has not heard the saying “practice before preaching”.

Football season started last week with minimal bang and nothing special happened other than resurrected Brett Favre is now playing for NJ nets and super star Tom brandy was injured. Patriots pain continues, they lost their most important game of the season last year, however I would put the blame on Costco, who closed early on the day. Hope they have Sams Club membership this year; Sams have better DV tapes and never closes its doors for its customers. I know Patriots fan are going to hate me for this statement.

It is matter of time - the front end of computer application would simply be a web browser hosted in a device hence Google joined the browser war. I did use Chrome, did not find anything amusing.

CS: thanks for calling bla bla bla

User: this is regarding the web based online bill payment application, my left column over laps with the right column and middle column moved deep down right, It was working well yesterday.

CS: okay no problem thanks for patience, what browser you are using?

User: I just installed Chrome.

CS: blink!.

Manager: damn! Support cost just went up again, my web developers now have one more Div tag to worry about,



I am Back.

People, I am resuming my blog, reason - my written English degraded to a new low level, and before it goes close to Indian Hockey I thought I should do something about it. Man! What is happening there? “Chak De India” failed to qualify for Beijing Olympics. Indian cricketers made us all proud after losing early stages of world cup, let us hope Indian hockey revives itself soon.

Sun TV after detaching itself from the Kazagams took another spiritual dive. Free and $25.00 paying Sun TV viewers are set for the epic Ramayana. I happened to watch the first episode. Dasaratha’s introduction, he exposes his feelings for not having a son. He then goes on to perform the Yaga and his queens are all set to deliver babies. To my surprise Ramanavami was celebrated in Episode one. Honestly I expected a month of Prenatal Doctor visits and a week or two of Lamaze’s classes etc. Director disappointed me.

Indian Cricket team is set to tee off with South Africa. Team model's like Yuvarj Singh will score a lot of runs on Flat tracks. Then this is followed by IPL, lavish Chennai team has good players. My friend owns couple of Fruit stalls around Wallaja road area, he was very unhappy about IPL, the news that BCCI using its money clout has forcefully closed all the Fruit stalls near MAC for obvious reasons.

Good Day.


The word fountain pen made sense when he wrote, be it fiction or non-fiction, film screen play, film dialogue, technical, non technical, religion or atheism, music - anything and everything freely flowed through his pen. If not for him, Tamil language would have ended for me as paper one and paper two.

Sujatha is no more. The Tamil literary world has lost one of its best sons.


What Next?

The India/ Australia cricket party is still in jeopardy. Ponting does not want to back down while ICC also stated that it will not back down. I like to hear Mr. Speed’s opinion on the one sided hasty tribunal that happened under the leadership of Mike Procter after the Sydney test. BCCI says they will pull out the triangular one. I am just worried about the money I paid to watch cricket.

Just to recollect the past this is not the first time that Mike Procter found himself into a mess. He was the match referee during the Pakistan ball tampering saga, where he failed to fulfill his responsibility and permitted Umpire Hair on his collision course. Remember ICC sacked Mr. Hair which establishes the fact Proctor did not do his job correctly. Do you know that Mike Procter is a Wrong Legged bowler? That seems to be the case in his “match refereeing” portfolio.

As a cricket fan I am just wondering whom to believe here, respected players Sachin Tendulkar and Anil Kumble have categorically stated that Harbajan has not uttered such words, and Ponting and his men sewing the story other way. History says Australian cricket team has used much stronger language during cricket games and Steve Waugh made it official by calling it “mental disintegration”. All said and done the tour is on, and Perth test will be a historical one, much will spoken about this test than the Sydney saga.

More than the “wrongly” accused Harbajan Singh it is the press, the commentators and others have uttered term “Monkey” million plus times now.

What next should I sue the Chinese astrologer who told me that I was born in the year of monkey?


ICC Guarantee to cricket fans

It is disheartening to note that English press and other Cricket affiliations slamming ICC for sacking Steve Buckner. I am wondering how in the world they ignored Steve Buckner’s atrocities over a long period of time and more over 90% of his umpiring carnage were directed at the Sub Continent cricketers. I guess British media suffers an acute short term memory loss.

I can spend rest of the article quoting numerous occasions where Mr. Buckner umpiring standards were below par, Sachin Tendulkar and Indians being his top victims. With such records against the Indians, forgetting the past, Mr. Buckner was given another opportunity to stand in the prestigious Gavaskar Border trophy. Mr. Buckner instead of using the occasion to redeem his so called umpiring experience and pride, continued to be a pathetic exhibit, and ruined the great game of TEST cricket in Sydney for the player and fans.

What guarantee does ICC offer for a cricket fan ensuring a fair game?

I am a cricket fan sitting in a country where the term “Cricket” is more popular for an insect than a sport. I am a patron of this game right from 1970s. Today, I am paying a lot of money and more over sacrificing my sleep and health to watch a great game of cricket. But what do I get in return? Once again! What is the guarantee that I have from ICC or BCCI or CA for a fair game? Why time and time again fans have to cope up with umpiring/official incompetence?

Did British media or any other media thought about this for a second?

I think British media should remember that it was not 1 or 2 decisions; it was 9 poor decisions [this distinction was shared by Mr. Benson [UK] who also deserves a sack] that went against the Indians. I guess what would Nasser Hussein’s reaction would be if his team had got 9 bad decisions against the Australians, I am sure he would literally remove his pants and piss on the ground.

I consider just one or two bad calls would be potent enough to turn the match and the entire series upside down when playing against Australia and here we have something close to a Dirty Dozen. What else you want to the Indian players to do? Supply a box of Diapers to the cry baby “Finger Pointing” oops Ponting? Or Sing a lullaby to Mr. Buckner so that he can continue his nap while working?

A volcano had been brewing for a long time among every cricket loving Indian soul against Buckner reason being “Steve Buckner has raised his middle finger on very many occasions against India” And today Mr. Steve Buckner would take the blame for its eruption. He deserves to be chucked out and sent home without any pension. I would also put an enquiry on him and ensure that he was not paid for this value added services.

And remember Yes Indians generate 70% of the money needed for ICC officials to travel in first class, and yes BCCI will use the clout, do you think the Australian board or the English board would not like to have such powers? I think British media should cut the crap on giving an innocent face to Buckner, instead spend your energy by asking ICC – What guarantee does ICC offer to the cricket fans for a fair game? If your bandwidth has more time in hand, use it to repair your pathetic cricket team and your “jack of all arts but winner of none” Soccer team.


Ponting leads bunch of whiner and liars;

If Cricket Australia cares of its reputation for the game, I think Ponting should be sacked. It was the ugliest, potentially violent or an ill-mannered performance by an Australian side. Indians should say enough is enough and should fly back home, may be enjoy a vacation in Bali.

This is not the first time Australians are doing things to a visiting team. They are notorious in every home series, in the past every 50-50 chances somehow seems to favor the Australians. This time, in order to equal the world record Ponting and his men sunk the game to a new disgusting level possible. Check the clips, picture
speaks more than words.



Harbajan’s Bunny was furious and was fuming at the reporters when the reporters questioned his integrity. Picture perfect replays are available to prove that Ponting had grounded the ball and appealed for a catch. Ponting after all edged a ball to Dhoni and stood there for umpire’s decision; such a person claims that he integrity? Duh! Ricky Pointing is a "dishonest" captain.

Harbajan vs. Symonds: Harbajan sacked based on the testimonial by 2 honest Australians. The honest blokes are Michel Clarke and Hayden. Michel Clarke stood there waiting for the umpire’s decision when he edged the ball and he was caught red handed. I have never seen a cricketer waiting for an umpiring decision when he had been caught in slips. The best act of dishonesty came when Clarke claimed that he took a catch when he had grounded the ball. And remember Clarke is the vice captain prospect for the team.

I still remember the day Hayden walked up to Dravid and uttered some nasty words. More over Sachin Tendulkar testimony was never taken into consideration, if at all there was someone with integrity present on the field when the incident happened, it was Sachin Tendulkar. Umpires did not hear, no replay clips, Sachin did not hear, I feel Symonds accusation is very dubious.

Another joke, McGrath joins the party has supported Ponting actions and has said Indians are over reacting. He is scheduled to fly to India to play for IPL, and Indians would be paying him a lot for getting him here. If BCCI has any shame left in them they should not permit any Australians to play in IPL, who needs them?

The Double tongue Slater: Slater appears on the Indian Commentators panel with an innocent face but takes special effort to trash Indians on the Channel 9 commentary. There was huge verbal dual between Tony Grieg and Slater. World knows how Slater behaved in India. For which he conviently attributed his personal issues in life. WTF?

For Once BCCI seems to stand behind its players.

But, if BCCI decides to get on with the series, it should go on with following conditions.
1. Nullify the Sydney test
2. Umpires should be changed for Perth
3. Withdraw allegation against Harbajan, Symonds should apologize.

Australian media speculate a huge sum of money would be demanded from BCCI cancels tour, - who cares, 1st don’t pay them 2nd –BCCI can schedule India Pakistan Sri Lanka Tournament, hey! we will have enough to pay anyone.

I am sick of Ponting and his men who have also tainted their own past achievements in cricket. A bunch of whiner and liars;


38th and on.....

I have been watching Sachin Tendulkar play for long long time now, in various cities, stadiums and coutries, and after he reached the eluding triple figure mark yesterday, I would say the reception he got from the Sydney fans would be the best till date. Even Mumbai would have not adored and applauded their home town son the way Sydney fans did. Why not, Sachin can pretty much score a triple figure when he plays at SCG again, he averages 300+ at Sydney Sachin cricket ground. Almost the entire stadium gave an standing ovation, - boys, girls, dads, moms everyone watching the game felt happy to watch Tendulkar score his 38th.

Ganguly’s confidence is very high hence his foot work was near perfect. He was playing some of his best shots and I expected him to score a 100 much before Tendulkar. He fell for casual shot, nevertheless it was a great innings from the Bengal southpaw.

Another aspect of Indian innings was that Tendul pushed the tail-enders to face, which gave them the confidence to score runs. Sachin seems to have understood the SCG pitch perfectly and went on to provide a lot of input to the batsmen at the other end. He never tried to protect them, he just let them play. Harbajan plundered Aussie attack and while Ishanth felt comfortable and went on to make 23 until Bret Lee stepped in to stop the show. I guess batting potential finally clicked yesterday, the so called Top 4 – Sachin, VVS, Gangully,Dravid scored more than 50.

The over rate was quite pathetic by Ricky Ponting. I remember Ganguly being accused by the whole of Aussie press for slow over rate. There was a minor verbal tussle between Symonds and Harbajan. Press speculates racial abuses etc [Symonds is known for playing the race cards]. I really don’t think Harbajan would use racial slurs etc. My guess is that he would have told "we made the score with 11 players playing once" or something similar, Hayden was also seen making comments at Harbajan. Ricky and his men get frantic when their plan fails to work. It was evident yesterday.

Yuvraj had no clue while Dhoni’s poor technique on bouncing track was exposed however both these young guns are Indian’s future; hence I think we should not write them off right away. Both have the potential to steal the show from Tendul and VVS by playing a great knock and win the game for India.

I think if India gets Australia for less than 250 tomorrow, India will win this game. Let me keep my fingers crossed.

Ps: Indians need to thank Buckner for no ruining Tendul’s party.


A long way to go....

Indian batting has good signs for a comeback, so does Australia. Remarkable stroke play by VVS, his timing was “Nagesh” perfect, it was pleasure to watch him play but on the other end Rahul “Fevicol” Dravid tested everyone’s patience. Jaffer had no clue about what struck him – Bret Lee pulled the plug. To be fair to Jaffer, Brett Lee was over stepping and umpire seems to have missed it, Duh!

During the Morning session, Symonds added one more inning to this account, he was stumped by Dhoni and Steve Bucky was reluctant to refer it to the 3rd umpire. Feed from channel 9 in USA does not have any commercial breaks during over changes and I guess we get a live feed directly from the SCG. The microphones are generally on during such breaks, and I heard Ian Chappell screaming over the decision. Tony Greg and Ian chapel were sympathizing for the Indians. When the last wicket fell Symonds was 4 for 164, a record here - first player to play the next Test even before it commenced.

The Authentically Annoying Dravid - I agree it is Test cricket and bound to be slow, but Dravid took it to a new level - “Testing Cricket”, he was constantly booed by the Indian contingent and applauded by Australian counterparts. . He was out on a no ball making it the most unlucky test match for India. Ponting adopted a new strategy when Dravid was “blocking”. He sent most of players to rest, just 5 were fielding and if at all the ball went past the square leg Steve Bucky, (oldest player to debut for Australia) would not hesitate to show his fielding abilities. I was wondering if Australian bowlers really needed the ball. Rumor is that, in order to keep the game going and save the new ball, Channel 9 had graphically placed the ball on the screen during post production. Australia put India back on Track by claiming Dravid’s wicket.

Tendul and Dada are on, they looked comfortable, but a long way to go, Nevertheless even if Aussies win the game it will be a tainted one.


Umpire Steve Buckner Stinks

Australia might be a great team or the best professional outfit and what not! , I really don’t care. Every game has an element of sportsmanship and the so called best team in the world is expected to honor the spirit of the game and set an example. Time and Time again Australian Cricket team fails to do so. This is not the first time for Australians to get umpiring favors during home series. This has happened in the past and will continue to happen in the future. Even the technology is being twisted. Third umpire was also part this conspiracy. Australia wants to set a record for consecutive wins and what not.

Adding insult to the injury – was the elite commentator panel on channel 9. I am sick and tired of the Australian commentators carrying on about the “great come back”. One Mr. Ian “Gajini” Healy was so pathetic to push it aside and was gloating about Australian dominance. The dude completely forgot that Ponting and Symonds decision changed the game completely to their benefit. Any team would find it impossible to get their top order batsmen out twice. The commentary team failed to provide the balance and seem to suffer from partial amnesia. Symonds shamelessly raised his bat to acknowledge his century, he was 2 for 100. I guess we cannot say anything more about him as he will paint this popular racial color on any such comments.

Australian captain Ponting made it a point to talk to the press about Murali Karthik failing to walk; and squarely blamed him for the draw. He made a big noise and chipped in a bucket load of Aussie bull to Murali Karthik. But yesterday after edging the ball to the wicketkeeper, Mr “Perfect” Ponting stood there firm. He went on to make 50 runs, though it was the 1st inning, my man Rickey played his second innings along. Finally, when Umpire ruled him out LBW, in spite of an inside edge, Ricky walked out with a long face for the decision, LOL.

Like players being fined for dissent, it is time to penalize umpires for poor decision. If every pair of eyes and ears on the ground including the batsmen could make an unanimous decision - How “Bucky” could have missed it? Steve Buckner knew that it was out and just for the heck of it to be popular he did not give the decision.Buckner is notorious for such poor decisions. Indians have been the victims for his horrendous umpiring. I really do not know how Indian cricket board in first place accepted Steve Buckner to be included in the umpire Panel. It is not the first time Steve Buckner screws India. Umpire Steve Buckner Stinks and he should be punished.

Mostly India will lose this game, thanks to 11+3 Umpires – aka Australian squad.