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Friday, November 15, 2019

Meghalaya's hour of glory !!

Garo,  is a Sino-Tibetan language spoken in the Garo Hills districts of Meghalaya, some parts of Assam, and in small pockets in Tripura.  Tura is a hilly town and a municipality in West Garo Hills district in the state of Meghalaya. It is 220 kilometres from the nearest city Guwahati and is also the district headquarter of the West Garo Hills district. It is filled with small rivulets and green valleys all around. The principal languages are Garo and English.  Meghalaya   is a hilly state in northeastern India. The name means "the abode of clouds" in Sanskrit.  The State is bounded by Bangaladesh &  Assam.  Its capital  is Shillong. During the British rule of India, the British imperial authorities nicknamed it the "Scotland of the East". Meghalaya was previously part of Assam, but on 21 Jan 1972, the districts of Khasi, Garo and Jaintia hills became the new state of Meghalaya.  ~ this is no Geography post but a Cricket post !!

IPL followers might remember this man from Kakinada, Andhrapradesh.  Dwaraka Bhamidipati Ravi Teja played for Deccan Chargers & Sunrisers Hyderabad.  There is another attacking player -  Ramsingh Sanjay Yadav, born in Gorakhpur,  but plays in TN, plays for VB Kanchi Veerans and played for KKR too. 

There is so much of IPL news !!  ~  Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders), Jaydev Unadkat (Rajasthan Royals) and Varun Chakravarthy (Kings XI Punjab), the three-most expensive buys at the last two IPL auctions, have been released by their respective franchises. Also back on the auction block is South Africa allrounder Chris Morris, who had been retained by Delhi Capitals before the 2018 auction, to be released in the IPL as the trading window closed on Friday evening India time. Royal Challengers Bangalore released the most number of players (12) followed by the Knight Riders and the Royals (11 each), Mumbai Indians (10), the Capitals (nine), Kings XI (seven), Chennai Super Kings (six) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (five).

At Indore, India lead by 343 runs mainly due to 243 of Mayank Agarwal.  In 12 innings, Mayank has scored   two double-centuries in his Test career. Only one batsman has played fewer innings to achieve the same. Vinod Kambli made his second double-hundred in just his fifth innings, in 1993. Sir Don Bradman made his second double century in his 13th innings.   He emulated Sidhu’s 8 sixers made against Srilanka in Lucknow in 1994.   All of Agarwal's eight sixes were off the spinners.

All is not well at Mumbai ~ again not the political situation but Cricket !  only recently, Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA)  sacked two selectors - Pradeep Kasliwal and Sanjay Patil - after a controversy over the squad picked for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the domestic T20 tournament. While picking an inexperienced bowling attack as part of the 15-man squad on Monday, the five-member panel omitted frontline quick Tushar Deshpande, leading to an uproar in the Mumbai circuit.

The big sensational news is Mumbai tasted their defeat in their home ground – losing to Meghalaya ! Mumbai made 157/6 and Meghalaya chased the target with ease losing only 4 wickets, with 4 balls to spare.  Meghalaya started the chase on a poor note, as they lost their skipper Raj Biswa (0) in the first over. Soon, they were reeling at 41-3, with another opener Punit Bisht (23) and Swarajeet Das (0) back in the hut. But Ravi Teja and Sanjay Yadav ensured a win for Meghalaya !!

Today Chengkam Sangma ~ Right handed bat and medium pace bowler made his debut in T20.   His is a literal arduous trek.   Chengkam stays in Tura, home to the Garo indigenous group. It's 323 kilometres of mountainous terrain from Shillong.  Chengkam is one of seven siblings,.  He grew up on tennis-ball cricket, and  had not bowled with a leather ball until three years ago.  "Our village is a bit backward, so there isn't any big business. I would have done some small business if it wasn't for cricket," Chengkam says. .. .. a real climb for this Cricketer and his State – beating Mumbai on their home trek.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar
15th Nov. 2019.

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