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Saturday, April 13, 2013

IPL at Chennai : CSK vs RCB ~ southern Derby


First match of IPL 6 in Chennai, labelled as ‘Indian Derby’ ~ between home team Chennai Super Kings and neighbours Royal Challengers Bangalore.  In some ways, IPL match is a nightmare for those living nearby……….. first problem is the traffic ~ with Bells Road not open to traffic, buses get diverted towards Triplicane High Road, and there is total chaos – people are suffering in sweltering heat…. the holiday crowd that has come to beach is suffering, not knowing where to wait for the bus and if at all a bus comes, how to get into the crowded one……….. people are unhappy.
the toss courtesy : iplt20.com

There are milling crowds winding its way inside the stadium even as anchor Rochelle Maria Rao is set to entertain……… the other glam of the season is Karishma Kotak.  Remember Mandira Bedi !!! ~ on the seats, today it is Ramiz Raja and Sunil Gavaskar…………..  Gava gaffe ~ that is the beauty of IPL – you have Dhoni and Kohli captaining opposite sides ~ playing together for the Nation, for the Country … for different club ~ that is IPL !

During the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Boxing Day 1995, Australian umpire Darrell Hair humiliated him  by calling him a thrower……… the was no-balled seven times in three overs by Hair, who believed the then 23 year old was bending his arm and straightening it in the process of delivery; an illegal action in cricket.  The bowler to suffer was Muthiah Muralitharan………. Murali's hand cannot be fully straightened. His elbow range of motion is limited and below the specified amount.  He underwent biomechanical analysis at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology under the supervision of Prof. Ravindra Goonetilleke, who declared his action legal in the conditions tested, citing a congenital defect in Muralitharan's arm which makes him incapable of fully straightening it, but giving the appearance of fully straightening the arm. [photo courtesy: murali's website]

One of best exponents of spin, he took 800 Test wickets and 534 one day wickets………  Murali, has Chennai connection ~ he married Madhimalar Ramamurthy, in Mar 2005.  Madhimalar is the daughter of late Dr S. Ramamurthy of Malar Hospitals. [now Fortis Malar – changed management] It is stated that Murali holds Overseas Citizenship of India and does not need a visa for travelling to India.

Muttiah Muralitharan, ironically becomes  the first man to miss a game directly because of the political scenario in Tamil Nadu. Lasith Malinga did miss Mumbai Indians' game in Chennai, but officially he was nursing a bad back and was not going to play anyway. Ravi Rampaul has replaced him.  Chennai has brandished another uncapped player in place of Rajpoot… today Mohit Mahipal Sharma from Ballabgarh is playing.   Have travelled through this place nearer Faridabad.

No Pak players allowed in IPL………… a patriotic decision … but you have Ramiz Raja in the box,  Waqar Younis on the dug-out and Asad Rauf, the Umpire, in the middle !!!!


Now getting back to that ‘Southern Derby’ comment…. I first heard of Derby for our beloved Srinivasa Venkatraghavan played for Derbyshire in mid 1970s.  Heard that the first trouble for the people was pronouncing his name. Derby  is a city and unitary authority in the East Midlands region of England.  Derbyshire is the county in the East Midlands of England.

A derby  is a type of horse race, named after the Derby Stakes, still run at Epsom Downs Racecourse in England. That was in turn named after Edward Smith-Stanley, 12th Earl of Derby, who inaugurated the race in 1780. Traditionally, the term "derby" is used strictly to refer to races restricted to three-year-olds, though in many derbys, older horses do run. 

At Chepauk, the dangerous dreaded Chris Gayle got out cheaply ~ chasing a wide delivery of Chris Morris and Dhoni completing a good catch

with regards – S. Sampathkumar
@ 0820 pm on 13th April 2013.

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