Gautam Gambhir in Association with the Funngage launches India’s First Cricket Scholarship

Gautam Gambhir in Association with the Funngage launches India's First Cricket Scholarship

HIGHLIGHTS

Funngage PowerPlayer is a Cricket Scholarship Program to select the best Cricketing talents in India in the age groups between 12 to 24 years.

Gautam Gambhir has been associated with the Funngage Sports firm for a while now.

The registration for trials have begun and the chosen youngsters will be provided with full benefits of the Cricket scholarship. 


The Funngage Sports firm aims to leave no stones unturned in order to help out the talented aspiring cricketers of today. The brand ambassador of Funngage is the former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. The nation-wide program “FG PowerPlayer” has now been launched by the ex Kolkata Knight Riders captain. As described by the Funngage website- “Funngage PowerPlayer is an all Scientific and Digitally Powered Cricket Scholarship Program to select the Best Male and Female Cricketing Talent in India in the age groups between 12 to 24 years.” 

Benefits of the program

This program fixates its aim to examine the cricketing talents of boys and girls in the age group of 12-24 years. The talents who get selected for the scholarship program will receive a fully paid for Cricket Development Scholarship with a three-week of training camp in Perth, Australia at Guildford Grammar, under the supervision of former South African Test Cricketer, HD Ackerman. The objective is to provide financial and administrative support to these budding talents. 

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The Cricket Scholarship that will span for five years will include everything free of cost. Starting from Cricket coaching, cricket equipment to training and travel costs. The scholarship will also cover the costs for medical and physiotherapy sessions for the players.

“This is an opportunity for all boys and girls aspiring to live the dream of cricket to get the best training not only in India but also abroad. More importantly, Funngage will also mentor and manage the selected cricketers by helping them evolve as a sportsman and a better human being. A participant need not to be a part of an academy, it’s more about the wish and willingness to pursue his passion of becoming a professional cricketer. All are welcome to come and live their dream without worrying about the means and finances. Talent, Perseverance, and Passion are the only yardsticks here,” said Karan Singh, Founder & CEO, Funngage.com.

Registration for trials

The registrations are open and can be at Funngage’s official website or on their mobile application. For physical registration, the window is open at Funngage counter set up at Videocon Cricket Ground, adjacent to Dhaka International Bus Terminus, Salt Lake from 17-18 January from 11 AM to 7 PM. The trails are grouped age-wise and have been scheduled from 21st to 24th January. Further details are available on their website.

Murtaza Ahmadi: The “little Afghan Messi” is now homeless in Afghanistan

Murtaza Ahmadi: The "little Afghan Messi" is now homeless in Afghanistan

The story of Murtaza Ahmadi, the “little Afghan Messi” touched everyone in 2016. But after the dream of meeting the soccer star, the little boy shares his present story, the nightmare of the innumerable, displaced by the conflict with the Taliban.


Little Murtaza resided with his family in the Jaghori district of the southern province of Ghazni in Afghanistan, considered the safest and most peaceful area in the last 17 years of conflict, but the calmness ended in early November when the Taliban stormed the region, forcing more than two thirds of the population to flee in search of refuge.

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“I miss our house in Jaghori, I do not have a ball here and I cannot play football or go out,”

lamented the young boy, where he and his family have taken refuge for two weeks. Murtaza, his parents, and his four brothers live in a more than modest room in a building shared with a neighbor in one of the hills in the west of the capital, after having stopped for a while in the neighboring province of Bamyan.

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The boy’s eyes fill with tears when he remembers that the two signed shirts and the ball that Messi gave him, who he came to know in 2016 in Qatar, were left at home.

“We had to leave them behind in Jaghori,” he explained. “We could not bring them because we left the house during the night, and Mom asked me to leave the ball and the shirts.”

Afghan security forces have expelled insurgents from the area, but the family has decided not to return to the village. And that is before the Taliban broke into the region in November, the family received continuous telephone threats because of the sudden fame of Murtaza, said his older brother, Humayoon Ahmadi, 17 years.

“After Murtaza met Messi in Qatar, the situation became complicated and we lived in fear because people around us thought that Messi had given us a lot of money,” Ahmadi lamented.

The young man related how at times unknown people roamed the house at nightfall and relatives faced threats.

“Because of all this, we were afraid that he would be kidnapped and we practically locked up Murtaza at home and we did not send him to school for two years,” he summarized.

Until the threats became unbearable, the family took the path of exile to Pakistan in May 2016, hoping to reach the United States.

However, the request was rejected after a few months and Murtaza, his parents and brothers were forced to return to their village, where they have been displaced now because of the conflict. They are not the only ones, only this year, more than 300,000 people have moved and live in difficult conditions, relying above all on government and non-governmental organization assistance. This is the case of the family of the young follower of Messi, who depended on the income obtained in their farms and in Kabul goes ahead with the help of relatives and NGOs.

Two years after coming face to face with Messi, Murtaza has not forgotten a promise made by the Argentine on his trip to Qatar.

“Messi told me ‘when you’re a little older, I’ll fix things for you”, said the boy, before regretting that he has not had contact with the player since then.

“Take me with you, I cannot play soccer here, there’s only ‘daz-dooz’ here,” he asked, imitating the sound of explosions and shots.

“Every time he hears a bomb or the sound of a gunshot, he runs to hide under my chador,” explained his mother, Shafiqa, 38.

 

Gautam Gambhir and Kolkata Knight Riders- The Love Saga!

Gautam Gambhir & Kolkata Knight Riders- The Love Saga!

The story began in 2011. Gautam Gambhir was just picked by one of the least successful teams in IPL, Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping $2.4 million, then an IPL record. The city this team represents is known to have one of the most passionate cricket fans in the world who just witnessed their icon player be dumped during the auction.


An icon who was widely considered as the city’s favorite son. It was not an easy job. Gambhir had to face an assignment where he had to build a successful team and also win the trust of the KKR fans outside the cricket pitch.

Gautam Gambhir

After 7 years and 2 IPL trophies when Gambhir left KKR in 2018, he ensured that he had managed to build a trusted relationship with fans and the owners. Over the years KKR had many superstars representing them. They had global T20 superstars like Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Andre Russell and Indians stars like Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, and Kuldeep Yadav- players whom fans adored and gathered in thousands to watch their performances at Eden Gardens. With Gambhir, the relationship was different. Gambhir was a true leader, someone who led the team from the front both in and outside the ground and more importantly developed a character of the team in the same line as himself; a team of limited ability with big heart and maximum application to achieve the best possible result just like Gambhir did in his career.

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Kolkata Knight Riders are one of the flashiest teams in the league. IPL boasts of developing multiple linkages between cricket and entertainment industry through the presence of Bollywood celebrities in the ground and in those post-match parties. However, KKR has an owner who is arguably the biggest superstar in the contemporary Indian film world which resulted in various global sponsorship and many other distractions and controversies. Gautam Gambhir, with his brand of captaincy, successfully managed to build a team which was oblivious to those outside events and focussed on the job in hand. This was a bigger contribution of Gambhir to KKR than his powerful batting at the top order or handling his bowling stock intelligently.

Gambhir is the all-time highest run-getter for KKR with 3,345 runs and 30 fifties, almost thousand runs and 14 fifties ahead of Robin Uthappa in the second position. KKR fans can tell you many match-winning innings of Gambhir where he either anchored the chase by holding one end up or gave a quick start to up the tempo. Along with Kallis and Uthappa, Gambhir developed a very strong top order for KKR around 2011 to 2014. In the field, Gambhir had a relatively easy job while managing his bowlers because of the presence of some leading world class bowlers like Sunil Narine and Brett Lee in the team. However, in a format like T20, you cannot play with a set formula and keep innovating to surprise the audience in regular intervals. Gambhir was very successful in that and in many occasions had the uncanny knack of getting a wicket from nowhere through an inspiring bowling change.

Gambhir captained KKR in 122 matches with a win percentage of 57%. Only MS Dhoni has captained more matches in IPL than this KKR legend.  Gambhir took KKR to 3 Play-offs and 2 championships in the 7 seasons he captained. KKR was never short of fans for their superstars and Shahrukh Khan but Gambhir brought his inner fire to make them a successful cricket team which was admired for its toughness and fighting spirit like Gambhir himself.

The unknown records held by Sachin Tendulkar

The unknown records held by Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar played his last international match on 16th November 2013, but there hasn’t been a day since when his achievements and records have not been spoken about.


The Master Blaster filled 24 years of his life with cricketing records, and while some facts like the number of runs Sachin scored or the number of matches he played are well known, here are the list of achievements by the God of Cricket that might surprise.

 

Excelled in all departments

Not only was Sachin a phenomenal with the bat in ODIs, but he was also equally effective with the ball as well, scalping 154 wickets. He ended his career as the only cricketer to have scored more than 18000 runs (he finished with 18426 runs), take 150 wickets (he has 154) and latch on to more than 130 catches (140) – a rare cricket triple.

 

Most venues played in

Playing for 24 years meant that Sachin Tendulkar visited a number of countries and played in many venues across the world. The Indian managed to play in 90 cricketing grounds all over the globe, which is a world record. Adapting to the situation on every surface constantly and bringing his best even under alien conditions segregated Tendulkar from the other cricketers who played in his era. The maverick has termed the Sydney Cricket Ground in Australia as his best venue overseas, while Wankhede and Eden Gardens – also the venues for his last two Test matches – were his favorite grounds in India.

 

A record number of matches consecutively

While the Mumbaikar was constantly plagued with injuries, Sachin did well to recuperate and not allow fitness to come in the way of his cricketing journey. During the 90s, Sachin epitomized fitness levels, playing 239 international matches on the trot, without missing a single ODI or Test match for India! From April 25, 1990, to April 24, 1998, Sachin turned out in 54 Tests and 185 50-over games, which is a world record to date.

 

First to be given out by the third umpire

The concept of the third umpire came to life during November 1992 when India was playing South Africa at Durban. Karl Liebenberg was the TV umpire for the game when the on-field umpire Cyril Mitchley referred a run-out decision for the first time. Sachin Tendulkar was caught short of the crease on Day 2, and hence he became the first cricketer to be ruled out by using television replays in a Test match.

 

Nervous Nineties

The Master Blaster might have set innumerable records for the number of runs he scored, including 100 hundred, but he has the dubious record of getting out 17 times in the 90s in ODIs and 10 times in Test cricket, which is a world record. Sachin ended his career with 49 tons in ODIs, which could have been a lot higher if he had not been dismissed on 99 on three occasions.

Five football clubs where player power has a huge influence

Five football clubs where player power has a huge influence

Throughout the years, the player’s playing for football clubs would have no say in how the club must function, it’s policies and who they decide to appoint, in other words, they just did what they do best – play the game.  


Those times have gone and in today’s footballing world, there are a specific few football clubs where the players have a say in the transfer policy or even the appointment of a new coach or manager.

Here are five football clubs where player power has a huge influence:

Chelsea FC

At one point in time at the London based club, manager Jose Mourinho had explicitly termed nine of his players in the squad as untouchables. But since then Chelsea are one club where player power is shown to have an obvious impact on the decisions the club makes and has shown how the power of players in a particular club has grown over the years.

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Players like Frank Lampard and John Terry and most recently, Eden Hazard have had a huge influence on making and breaking a manager’s career at the club and it is clearly evident as Chelsea have had three different managers taking charge in the past 4 to 5 years.

 

FC Barcelona

Although the players at Barca do not make the power they possess too obvious, this problem is present in the Spanish powerhouse.

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The likes of Lionel Messi and Pique have a huge say in the functioning of the club. There were even reports that Lionel Messi was unhappy with Luis Enrique and the club president promised the Argentine that the manager will be sacked soon. Another well-known example is that of Pep playing Zlatan on the wing to ensure that Lionel Messi remains the star in the team.

 

Paris Saint-German (PSG)

This inclusion shouldn’t be a big shocker. Since PSG signed Neymar from Barcelona and agreed to almost every request he made in his contract, Neymar has had a huge influence on the team. Although his performance on the pitch is not questionable, his antics off it has bought embarrassment to the club many a time. His on-field fight with Cavani and his attempts to reduce the growing influence of Mbappe has created an unhealthy atmosphere in the team, one that cannot be helped by the club or the manager, so that their star player is kept happy. 

 

FC Bayern Munich

Another club where the players are hugely influential is Bayern Munich. The German giants have many star players like Robben and Ribery who have a huge say in the playing style of the team and the manager the club appoints.

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The most recent manager to face the wrath of the player was Carlo Ancelotti. Although Bayern won the league that year, he was given marching orders by the management.

 

Real Madrid CF

One club that has always been in the spotlight for this problem is Real Madrid. The champion side has had the best of stars in their team and they have had to pay the price for it.

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Players like Ronaldo have a huge influence on the club and that is inevitable nowadays. It’s most evident when the same set of players fail to perform under a certain manager but suddenly starts flourishing under the new manager and have a surprisingly sudden will to play and win games.

As player power continues to grow in today’s footballing world, one can only hope that they will all remember that no player is bigger than the club itself. 

The aura of Birthday Boy Adam Gilchrist

The aura of Birthday Boy Adam Gilchrist

It would not be a hyperbole to state that Adam Gilchrist was the most thrilling cricketer to have ever graced the game.


Playing Cricket with freedom and ferocity, the presence of Gilchrist on the field often took us back to the heydays of Sir Garfield Sobers, which only further stamps the aura of the Aussie in the cricketing realm. More than the number of runs he scored or the stumpings he effected, the ruthless manner with which he achieved cricketing glory left a lasting impression. He changed the complexion of the game and rewrote how the world viewed wicket-keepers henceforth.

After the 1980s saw a peak in the form of cricket’s all-rounders, the new millennium was defined by wicket-keeper batsmen like Andy Flower, Alec Stewart, Kumar Sangakkara, Mark Boucher, and MS Dhoni. However, none of these greats managed to catch the eye of the followers with the panache that the left-hander from New South Wales exhibited. Whether it was scoring runs at a rapid rate or smashing towering sixes in a format where sixes were hardly the norm, Gilchrist left behind a legacy that left spectators and critics spell-bound and inspired.

Be it his 57-ball ton at Perth against England in 2007 or his phenomenal knock in the 2007 World Cup finals, where he raced away to 149 against Sri Lanka, his vintage stroke-making, the delectable class and the assured calmness were hard to miss and as he overhauled Ian Healy’s 395 dismissals as a keeper in 26 fewer matches, his breathtaking presence could in no way be overlooked. Playing 96 consecutive Test matches in an era where tight schedules and injuries prevailed, further made Gilchrist a phenomenon; a once-in-a-lifetime cricketer we were privileged to witness.

Gilchrist was a maverick; a magician who could delight us with the innumerable tricks up his sleeve. He was not only a special cricketer but also a thorough gentleman in a flock of uncouth individuals led by Ricky Ponting. In a culture where every umpire’s decision was questioned, the keeper started his own unique legacy of walking even before the umpire had announced his final decision. As the Indians, who were disgusted by the behaviour of the Australian players, converged as one in the controversial series in 2008 to hand Gilchrist an ovation for his services to cricket in his last Test at Adelaide, one could witness the respect that the cricketer had garnered, despite rising up from a culture where adulation for the opponent was looked down upon.

By realizing the importance of leaving the game of cricket in a better shape than he had found it, Gilchrist stood tall, questioning the snobbish attitude and the siege mentality that players around him were engulfed him. However, instead of ensuring that cricket pervaded the nonchalance, the sport has only managed to down-spiral ever since, and with the Australian cricket circuit reeling, cries for yet another Gilchrist, who would salvage cricket Down Under, has reached a crescendo.

Thus, more than his on-field demeanor – which are no less applaud-worthy, it is Gilchrist’s attitude towards the sport that won millions of fans. And for that, cricket will always be thankful.

Top 5 most Injury Prone players in the Premier League

Top 5 most Injury Prone players in the Premier League

Injuries are one of the most terrible things that can happen to any athlete. They break momentum, cause a loss in confidence and in some severe cases even end careers.


The Premier League has seen a fair share of injury prone players and these players have lost a lot of time out injured and have gone on to achieve only half their potential. With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne out Injured along with Eden Hazard also not featuring for over a week, it needs to be noted that we will only be mentioning players who have been consistently ruled out for long periods of time with a certain consistency. In no particular order, here are our top 5 injury prone players.

5. Jack Wilshere 

The England International broke through the scene as a teenager in 2008 and was considered to be one of the most promising talents for both England and Arsenal. Since those early days, every time Wilshere has shown any type of progress he’s been pulled down by a string of injuries. Wilshere seems to have injured almost every part of his body since he turned professional in 2008, ankle, knee, foot, hamstring to name a few.

After warming the bench at Arsenal for a few Seasons and even an injury-hit loan move to Bournemouth, Wilshere was sold to West Ham this Summer. New Arsenal Coach, Unai Emery told Wilshere that he isn’t part of his plans and it was the Hammers that came calling for the 26-Year-old. Wilshere is still Young and can probably revive his career at West Ham.

4. Daniel Sturridge

Daniel Sturridge is easily one of the Most talented Strikers in England. Sturridge has been a hippie of sorts, moving from one top Club to another, he’s played for the likes of Manchester City, Chelsea and Now Liverpool. Sturridge was a third-choice striker at Chelsea and forced a move to Liverpool in 2013, Sturridge immediately linked up with Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Steven Gerrard in Liverpool’s 2013/14 Premier League campaign, which saw the Reds come agonizingly close to winning the title. Sturridge along with Suarez was Liverpool’s main Goal threat that Season and a lot was expected from Sturridge after Suarez departed the following Summer. 

In his senior career, Sturridge has missed 120 games injured out of which 99 games were in Liverpool red. Hamstring, hip and knee injuries comprise a bulk of the list and after a few positive performances this Season, Liverpool fans will be hoping to see Sturridge back in action.

3. Danny Welbeck

Wenger made this statement in April 2018 and we couldn’t agree with him more. Welbeck was a product of Manchester United’s Youth Academy and the Englishman was a prodigy of sorts. Welbeck quickly rose through the ranks and made a significant impact in the few opportunities he was given. United lost the striker to Arsenal in 2014 and it was considered a transfer coupon on Wenger’s part as the Gunners craved a goalscorer. Instead, they got an injury prone forward who would end up becoming their third choice striker at the age of 27.

Welbeck has spent 103 games in his senior career nursing an injury out of which 82 games were for the Gunners. It’s almost disheartening to see this much potential getting wasted. It’s a shame. Let’s hope Welbeck can find his feet literally and metaphorically. 

2. Andy Carroll

Andy Carroll was this flamboyant, effective and clinical striker when he broke on the scene for Newcastle United and the Englishman was soon linked to a string of Big Clubs. It was Liverpool who signed Carrol on the Winter Transfer window’s Deadline day for a massive 35 Million pounds, a record fee for a Liverpool player at the time. It’s safe to say that Carrol was an immense disappointment scoring just 6 goals in over 40 appearances for the Reds and finalizing a 15 Million pound move to West Ham in 2013.

Carrol seemed to have lost his goalscoring touch and Sam Allardyce admitted that the striker didn’t look after himself and “liked a night out”. Those night outs have cost the striker 171 Games out injured and it’s sad to see so much talent go to waste.

1. Vincent Kompany

The Man City captain holds this bizarre record that he won’t be proud of. Kompany had the potential of becoming the best centre-back in the World and if it wasn’t for his Injury problems that could’ve been a realistic possibility. He has the build, the skill, the leadership, and the grit to be the best but he doesn’t have the physicality. The Centre-Back has gone on to miss 142 games with an injury out of which 129 games were in a Manchester City Jersey. The most disappointing thing is that after a great World Cup, Kompany is out with an injury again.

Chelsea Mangers dissected: How does Maurizio Sarri compare to Antonio Conte?

Chelsea Manger dissection: How does Maurizio Sarri compare to Antonio Conte?

Maurizio Sarri has had a brilliant start to his Managerial career at Chelsea, unbeaten in 10 games and counting.

Chelsea have had a knack of changing Managers like they’re clothes in your wardrobe but seem to specifically love Italians. Predecessor Antonio Conte and present manager Maurizio Sarri both coming from Italy. Chelsea have had 6 Italian coaches at the Club over the last 20 years, Gianluca Vialli, Claudio Ranieri, Carlo Ancelotti, Roberto Di Matteo, Antonio Conte and now Maurizio Sarri. The love affair with Italian managers doesn’t seem to stop, so let’s see how does the Blues current manager, Maurizio Sarri compare to his predecessor Antonio Conte. We’re going to compare the two managers on the basis of how they Train & set their teams up and how they react in situations of crisis.

The Disciplinarian vs The laid-back tactician

Antonio Conte was a brutal disciplinarian he had intense double Training sessions, with the intensity of these sessions reaching insane levels in Pre-Season, furthermore, Conte controlled almost every aspect of the players’ lives from what they ate to the rigid timetable that they were on. Now, I’m not trying to say that discipline is a bad thing, It resulted in Chelsea winning the title convincingly and taking the Premier League by a storm. But what Conte did seemed to have drained the players out, Physically, Emotionally and Psychologically. On top of this Conte’s authoritarian approach resulted in Chelsea losing Diego Costa, who in my opinion was one of the greatest strikers in the Premier League and also had a reported feud with Brazilian Internationals David Luiz and Willian. The Manager is the boss and he calls the sots but maintaining a cordial relationship with your players and the board needs to be of paramount importance.

Maurizio Sarri is almost the polar opposite, though he’s Italian that’s probably the only thing he has in common with Antonio Conte. Sarri is a hard taskmaster on the training field but believes that his players must most importantly enjoy the game and the results will automatically follow. Sarri is flexible with his training sessions and has postponed the morning sessions to early afternoon so that players with families can spend time with their Children and even drop them to school. It’s little things like this that help the players build cordial relationships with their Managers and automatically gain their respect. Sarri knows that the Players he’s working with are professionals so he doesn’t interfere in their personal time and doesn’t draw out Diet charts for them either, he gives the players the independence to make their decisions. This may make Sarri sound like a laid-back and negligent character but when it comes to Football, he doesn’t compromise, The Italian has a drone flying over the training ground, capturing every moment taking place on Cobham’s pitch. After the sessions he watches the whole footage and makes sure each player knows where and how they can improve.

Antonio Conte vs Maurizio Sarri who’s better in Crisis?

Antonio Conte had just won the Premier League and made the FA Cup final in his first Season and just one month into the Summer, he had a feud with Diego Costa, The Chelsea Board and effectively let the tension get to his Players. Conte is an aggressive ma, he’s expressive and that eventually led to his downfall. Sarri, on the other hand, came in at a time of crisis, He joined the Club just 3 weeks before the start of the Premier League Season, most of his star players were linked to a move away from the Club and his first choice goalkeeper forced a move to Real Madrid just 48 hours before the Transfer Window closed. Sarri didn’t crack, his general demeanor was calm and he never blamed the Board for a lack of Transfers despite wanting a Striker and a Centre-Back. He focused on improving the players he had and that’s what has made him a success his ability to improve players and instill confidence in them with his calm and composed nature.

Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Sreesanth and The Historic Victory in SA

Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is in news again. This former Indian bowler is a participant in the latest edition of much controversial show Bigg Boss and is being anything but loved by the other contestants.


Sreesanth had already enough reasons to be disliked by the fans for his past and now he is adding some more to that. People from various fields come to the show to regain popularity or to change the image and here Sreesanth is becoming famous for all the negative reasons. One of his roommates termed him as enemy whereas he is being criticized for showing the least sportsman spirit in the house.

Sreesanth was banned by BCCI in 2013 for spot-fixing during IPL.  Post that, he tried to make a comeback through the entertainment industry. Apart from few films, he was also seen in Jhalak Dikhla Ja before Bigg Boss.

Although Bigg Boss 12 has not been very effective for Sreesanth as of now, there was a time when this former cricketer used to win matches for India and was loved by the fans. Few of his iconic performances are still remembered by them.

The Test vs South Africa, 8 wickets by Sreesanth

When Rahul Dravid led Indian team finally won a test match on the South African soil in 2006, Sreesanth became the man of the match with his massive contribution. The match drew huge media attention not just for the ill record of the Indian team, but also for Sourav Ganguly who was making a comeback after a gap of 10 months.

Indian team scored 249 in the first innings which included Ganguly’s 51 and made his comeback worth remembering for fans. The score wasn’t enough to defend the South African side consisting of Smith, Amla, Kallis, and AB de Villers but the Indian side bowled in a splendid way to restrict them for just 84 runs. Sreesanth took 5 for 40 with Zaheer and Kumble each taking 2 wickets. India came to bat again and with Laxman’s 73 put a score of 236 with South Africa already trailing behind by 165 runs. In the second innings, Anil Kumble led the show with Sreesanth and each of them took 3 wickets. South Africa was all out for 278 and India won that historic match by 123 runs.

Sreesanth played his first test in 2006 in Nagpur against England and took 4 wickets in debut match. The performance in South Africa test showed his consistency and temperament. The aggressive bowler showed calm whenever he was on the crease, unlike his off-field image. He had an interaction with Allan Donald before the South Africa tour which helped him to deliver that magical spell. He played 27 test matches and 53 ODIs with 37.59 and 33.44 averages respectively.

It won’t be an exaggeration to say that he was here to stay but he lost it all for himself. We can certainly hope for his sanity in the show so that he doesn’t make it worse for his fans.

Paris Saint Germain: Can Money really buy you the best attack?

Paris Saint Germain: Can Money really buy you the best attack?

With the influx of big “Oil Money” from the Middle – East benefiting Club’s like PSG and Manchester City, let’s try to see how far can Money take you.


466 Million euros, that’s how much Paris Saint-Germain spent on their attacking trio of Edinson Cavani, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. Neymar cost the Parisian Club 222 Million euros in the Summer of 2017, a World record Transfer fee for any player, Kylian Mbappe moved on an initial loan in 2017 as well but his move was finalized in 2018 with PSG shelling out 180 Million euros for the teenagers’ services. The third and final piece of this attacking trident, Edinson Cavani cost the French Giants 64 Million euros in 2013, a record French Transfer at the time. PSG are known to spend heavily in the Transfer market and last Season when Neymar and Mbappe arrived at the Club there was a consensus that PSG has the best attack in World Football. But is it statistically true? Let’s find out.

Statistically speaking this Season PSG’s front three have been directly involved in 38 Goals with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar contributing the most. The Frenchman has been directly involved in 15 Goals, scoring 11 and assisting 4, Neymar also incidentally has been involved in 15 Goals and like Mbappe has scored 11 and assisted 4. Striker Edinson Cavani is a little behind with 8 involvements, scoring 6 and setting up 2 goals.

Now when you stack these numbers up and compare it with any other attack in Europe’s top flight, PSG appear the most dominant. But it isn’t only the number of Goals that should stand as the criteria to determine the quality of an attack. When you look closely there is another team doing a very good job, showing great numbers and the CLub have been economical in getting these players as well. Borussia Dortmund.

Dortmund’s attack that comprises of Marco Reus, Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho has been extremely potent and have the best Goals/Minute ratio. Furthermore, the combined Transfer fee Dortmund paid to acquire these players is probably less than the average fee PSG spend on any player, 26 Million Euros. Here’s what Dortmund’s Numbers look like, Marco Reus (17 Million euros, 6 Goals, and 4 assists), Paco Alcacer (Loan, 8 Goals) and Jadon Sancho ( 9 Million euros, 5 Goals, and 7 assists).

Now when you look at the sheer number of Goals it’s clear that PSG outdoes Dortmund but what needs to be considered is that the Bundesliga is far more competitive than the Ligue 1. Furthermore, Paco Alcacer’s Goal to minute ratio is astonishing. The Spaniard has scored a Goal approximately every 18 minutes and Jadon Sancho, the 18-Year-old sensation has the most assists by any player in Europe’s top flight (7 assists). I think part of the reason I’m even making this comparison is that of the sheer unexpected nature of its existence. If someone told you that Marco Reus, an 18-Year-old English teenager named Jadon Sancho and Barcelona reject striker Paco Alcacer would be compared to Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani you’d call me Crazy. But that’s Football, isn’t it? completely unexpected.

Nobody’s saying Sancho, Reus, and Alcacer can compare to PSG’s stalwarts. All I’m saying is that Dortmund’s attack has arrived, with immense style, swagger and at less than 1/10th the price.