Fedal: A battle of old war horses

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Saurabh Kumar Jha, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
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Fedal popularly known as Roger federer and Rafael Nadal. Roger is called as the greatest Tennis player of all time whereas Rafael Nadal is known as greatest clay court player of all time. Together they have won 32 grand slam titles. As far as their rivalry is concerned they have played 35 matches and 19 of the games have decided big finals. This was a highly anticipated grand slam final as Aus open title was on line and history was about to welcome the modern tennis greats.

Everybody knew that Roger was destined to break the all time record of Pete Sampras. Eventually the results were in favour of Roger and he was able to defeat Rafa but the game reach the anticipated height. The well fought battle between the two legends with many nerve wrecking moments lately swung in favour of Roger with score line 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.

But everything is not about result, it is not about Tennis: it is about the game as a whole. It is about Two old war horses with mutual admiration for each other and their class trying to better each other on many occasions in past. It is not about supporting one guy over the other. This is all about supporting a player. Despite Federer turning 36 this year and Nadal 31, and as both took several months off last year to recover from injury, fans may see few more clash between the sport’s greatest and most popular male players.

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Roger Federer-Epitome of grit and determination

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Saurabh Kumar Jha, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.


 

The last time Federer and Nadal had played in a Grand slam final it was in 2011 French open when the spaniard had got the better of the Swiss Maestro. Not many would
have ever thought in the best of their dreams that these two greats would once again meet in a Grand slam finals; especially after both of them have had a string of
injuries which kept them out of the game for a very long period of time. Federer was playing in his first major tournament in the last six months and that just makes
this win even more memorable. The last time the Swiss had won a grand slam was in 2012 when he had won against Andy murray to win his 7th Wimbledon title. But since
then he came second thirce in his efforts to win his 18th Grand slam title.

Arguably one of the greatest if not the greatest player in Tennis history Federer has always been known to be gritty and even in past has come up against odds to win
titles. Federer’s biggest nemesis Nadal had had his number on three occassions in the French open before the Swiss managed to win his first French open title in 2009
when many had declared that as long as Nadal is playing Federer will never win the French open. Age was always going to catch up with Federer and many had written him
off after young guns like Djokovic and Murray where regularly making it to the finals of the Grand Slams but Federed managed to keep himslef fit and reached three
grand slam finals after winning his 17th Grand slam title but lost on all three occassions and so there were doubts about whethere he would able to add to his tally
and so to win his 18th title although might seem surprising at first but if someone has followed his career then they would have expected the Swiss maestro would manage to win.

Roger Federer – peRFection personified!

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Himanshi Choudhary, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


 

Fairy tales are for real!

For someone who isn’t even too much into sports, it was an incredible moment, which transcended common logic and belief. On the evening of 29th January, a 35 year-young Roger Federer had just won his 18th Grand Slam at Melbourne, beating his biggest nemesis Rafael Nadal in a thrilling 5-setter. This was an awe-inspiring achievement especially in an individual sport like tennis, where players often reach their twilight years as they touch the age of 30.

For 5 years, millions of his fans have waited with bated breath for No.18 over 5 semi-finals and 3 final Grand Slam appearances. His shot making coupled with magical elegance always gave us that hope even though it seemed irrational. The grace and finesse in his movement on the court have always made us believe that God fabricated him with utmost prudence. Federer spells magic with his Wilson wand every time he’s on the tennis court. No wonder he’s the brand ambassador for brands like Rolex, which positions itself as a luxurious, classy and perfect timekeeper or a Nike which picks out the best athletes in the world of sport. His off-court exploits aren’t few as well. He has his own Roger Federer foundation to help disadvantaged children and to promote their access to education and sports. He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF in 2006. For a figure, so popular, larger than life, his humility and modesty (a rarity in modern day sport) is a testimony to the kind of human being he is. His peers have voted him Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a record 12 years.

As with any other player, Federer boasts of a cool, supportive entourage. Outside the sport even, he’s so cool that he has produced 2 sets of adorable identical twins with Mirka, his wife. He is the perfect definition of “perfect”!

“The more you love, the harder you play”

The love for the sport has made him what he is now. It is difficult to imagine the sport without him. It is difficult to stop fangirling over him. It will be difficult to get over him.

Roger Federer is unquestionably the undisputed G.O.A.T. (Greatest Of All Time).

Headless BCCI

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Sakshi Agarwal, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Board of cricket council of India is facing its one of the biggest leadership crises of all times.After the recommendation of Lodha committee, headed by former chief justice of India T S Thakur,supreme court removed Anurag Thakur as president of BCCI along with BCCI secretary Ajay Shirke in regards to charges of perjury and contempt of court.

With IPL round the corner ,home series of Australia and important International Cricket council meetings, The Board of Cricket Council India has no one in leading position. Cricket is the king of sports in this country and every year it does business worth of billions of rupees.With such huge amount of money involved it cannot afford to be headless.The confusion due to leadership crises can be used by many for their advantage.

The often raised question is who is apt to lead BCCI , a former cricketer or a non cricketing personality?In my view, on one hand ,not every former cricketer is able enough to manage vast empire of cricket in India.And on another hand, a non cricketing personality does not always understand the intricacies of team management,team motivation and requirements of players and coaches ,as they see money involved in the process as utmost importance which leads to lack to commitment towards their role.The demand in cricket association in India is for people who have high sense of integrity and selflessness.Cricket has huge impact of politics and BCCI needs a leader who is able to manage the complex relationship between cricket and politics in India.

The ball that should have been delivered earlier

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Sourav Ganguly, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Money is power, they say. And with great power, comes great responsibility. But, the recent developments around Supreme Court’s involvement in structural reform and its shot towards making sports administration cleaner and leaner has shocked many of us. It was not long back since we fought against issues like the tyrant hands of bookies pumping black money in BCCI, the allegations of corruptions against Indian Olympic Association regarding arrangements made during Commonwealth Games 2010, doping charges against the weightlifters, Political interference in various sports and netas overshadowing players. The nation now wants to know, should the honorable Supreme Court have interfered early? Is it too late to drive corruption away from BCCI, the governing body of Indian cricket?

Earlier this year, the bench led by CJI TS Thakur sacked BCCI president Mr. Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, as well as instructed BCCI to implement all the recommendations of Justice Lodha committee for a revamp of the BCCI. The SC also disqualified all the board and its state association office bearers who had failed to meet the new norms set by the committee. Indian cricket lovers were taken aback by the decision as it was the first major blow that the cricket governing body had ever received. The ugly truth of India ruling the cricket world by not only producing talented cricketers but also controlling powerful stake at International Cricket Council (ICC) was prevailing round the corner. The very reason behind the honorable court’s intervention was the irregularities in most of its member associations. Starting from the financial auditing of their accounts to indulging in group politics to bar former cricketers taking administrative roles, they were accused of several malpractices.

The BCCI is the richest sporting body. However, there is no uniform constitution. Every State has a different constitution that suits the ruling group. There are quite a few associations run by families for decades. Some have family members, trusted friends, relatives and employees of their establishments as voters. One association was even reported to have drivers and canteen staff as voters! With this structure, it was no wonder that respected former cricketer Kapil Dev lost the election of Haryana Cricket Association.

The Supreme Court’s impending decision of complete overhaul was long overdue. With politicians, public servants and government employees debarred from the association, the Lodha Committee has restrained the funding of the candidates. Implementation of the reforms might cause teething problems. But, in the larger interest of the game, the reforms will dismantle the monopoly of the BCCI and Indian cricket will witness a paradigm shift. Here is the spark that will definitely ignite the gentleman’s game for the better.

Vintage Roger Federer

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Navneet Soni, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Seldom have we seen players and athletes making a comeback after they have reached to their mid-thirties. Roger Federer have made such a comeback after struggling for past 6 months from injuries. In a tournament that has already witnessed two huge surprises in the initial rounds, the 35-year megastar continued to do an excellent impression of vintage Roger Federer. Defeating the 5th seeded Japan’s Kei Nishikori in the round of 16 and navigating past Germany’s Mischa Zverev in quarters, Fed has now reached the semi-finals. The 5-setter match which lasted for 3 hours and 24 minutes, after a while was all about pushing the physical limits. Now that the six-time Australian open champion and reigning world no. 1 Andy Murray both have already joined the sidelines, Federer has a great chance towards his 18th major title. Federer will meet his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the next match. Let’s see if he continues this golden comeback or becomes yet another victim of the Australian Open.

INIDIANS ARE “BLEEDING BLUE”!!!!

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K Prashant, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


Event : India versus England
Venue : Eden Gardens
The beauty of this game does not lie behind that it can change anytime, but it also lies between that it binds the people of the country into 1 nation called “INDIA”.
Still nothing has lost, i can proudly say that YOUTH IS GETTING SMARTER TO HELP THE COUNTRY IN BEING THE WORLD POWER IN COMING YEARS.
What a game. Went down to the last ball, and though there were over 600 runs made in the day, the bowlers were in with a shout as well. The new ball decked around.
You’d think this would be good practice for both teams for the Champions Trophy in the UK. Anyway, England’s victory – much of it at least – has to be down to the
Stokes effect.
For India, it was the Kedar Jadhav show, coming in at the halfway stage and staying on until the very last over, playing some outrageous shots.
But above that, it was his ability to keep his head under pressure that impressed. At one point he was picking boundaries for fun, with England digging it in at
him repeatedly. Eventually they changed their plans, held their nerve, made it hard on Jadhav and dismissed him. So it ends after 2090 runs – the most in a series
of three or fewer ODI history.
AND I HOPE THIS CARRY ON AFTER THIS HISTORIC SERIES AS WELL.

Team India Has Two ODI Captains

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Sumeet Gulabrao Nale, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur


You can take MS Dhoni out of captaincy but you can’t take captaincy out of MS Dhoni. Virat Kohli may be a newly appointed captain of limited overs cricket for India but he is yet to master it. Recently concluded ODI series between India and England proved just that. Kohli won his first ODI series 2-1 as a full-time captain while Dhoni was instrumental in taking important decisions on the field time and time again.

We saw Dhoni on numerous occasions coming to save the day. In the first ODI, he scored a magnificent hundred along with Yuvraj’s 150, which India won. When it came to DRS (Decision Review System), Dhoni took more than a few important reviews successfully. He even convinced Kohli to take one when he said no which eventually paid off. No decisions of Dhoni were wrong in this series when he is not a captain. On one instance, Kohli went to take a review although Dhoni wasn’t sure, which was turned down.

Dhoni was also in charge of setting captain Kohli’s field setting right. To be fair, he was having better angles since he is wicket keeper. Kohli was also aware of this and he was more than happy to consider Dhoni’s suggestions.

Nonetheless, the “two captains” of India were clinical in getting India a sweet 2-1 series win on the home turf.

References

http://www.indiatimes.com/sports/virat-kohli-may-be-skipper-but-ms-dhoni-is-still-the-master-when-it-comes-to-captaincy-270082.html

http://www.india.com/sports/india-vs-england-ms-dhoni-scores-first-century-after-relinquishing-captaincy-1769706/

A Decade of Leadership!

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Naman, MBA 2016-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Cricket is often referred to as religion in India and Greats like Sachin Tendulkar has been worshiped by many as the GOD of it.  But, one guy who has managed to create a space in the same breath as Sachin Tendulkar is Mahendra Singh Dhoni. A man who comes from a very small town like Ranchi has managed to create a name which is unparallel and would be counted as the Best if not the greatest Captain to have ever played or captained the national team.

It all started here in Kharagpur where he is used to be a Ticket Collector to playing his first match vs Bangladesh in 2004. It wasn’t a great start to any career when he got out without contributing to the scorecard. After series of failure and he was almost been dropped from the National Team, but someone has rightly said: “When the situation gets tough, the tough gets going”. Mahendra Singh Dhoni announced himself to the cricketing world by playing a magnificent knock of 148 runs against the arch rival Pakistan. After that, he never looked back.

Only 3 years into international cricket he was been asked to captain the National Side for the first edition of T20 world cup and he did not disappoint. No captain in the world would have thought to give the last over to Joginder Sharma against Pakistan that too in the final of the world cup and rest was history. Few people may have called that fluke but one thing that stood out was the faith he showed and was ready to take the blame if the odds were aginast him.

Soon he was captaining the national side in all the formats. Be it Test, ODI’s and T20, Team India was becoming the force to reckon with and it was just a matter of time that they would be called as a World Champion. And finally the day arrived in 2011, Mumbai was hosting the cricket world cup final against Sri Lanka and the target was 272 which was a very tough total considering the pressure of the Finals. India did not get a good start with 31/2 and both the openers in the pavillion. Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli managed to steady the ship. But soon, Virat Kohli got out and it was 114 for the loss of 3 wicket. And here was the first surprise Mahendra Singh Dhoni promted himself ahead of Yuvraj Singh even though he was not in his best form. It was a shear touch of brilliance and showed how a man can be so cool under such a tough condition. He guided the team to lift the world cup for the second time after 28 years.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not just about finishing the matches but his contibution to the Indai is un-matchable he took tough decision, managed to create a very good atmosphere in team, back the young players and was ready to be criticzed when the situation was not in there favour. This is what defines a leader!

 

 

Missing Harsha Bhogle….

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Tantipudi Abhilash, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur.


‘Harsha bhogle’ this name has been associated with cricket for a long time. Though he is a renowned quizmaster from India and good columnist he seldom got that credit.  This Hyderabadie can be a perfect guide to explore the development of Indian and World cricket over the past two decades.  Needless to say he has been flawless in his entire career in and out.

A sense of seriousness spread after knowing about the termination (not renewing) of the IPL contract by BCCI. The reasons may or may not be spoken out as this constantly leads to the freedom of speech issue in Indian cricket. Thinking of Harsha Bhogle, it would have been rather painful for him as none of the players and commentators supported him. Adding salt to the wound, his co-commentator and ex cabin mate, Sanjay Manjrekar made tweets which would probably hurt him.

Well said that, “commentary without him is pizza without topping”.  Let us hope that we will be able to eat pizza with full topping soon.