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).

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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.

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.

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!

 

 

Was retiring on peak a good decision by McCullum

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Tamas Oberoi, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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Brendon McCullum a tremendous player,captain and athlete retired from international cricket on 24th Feb 2016 after his side’s 7 wicket loss Australia which gave visitors a 2-0 win.Before retiring he hits a blistering century in 54 balls breaking the record of fastest century by sir Viv Richards and Misbah-Ul-Haq and also the most number of sixes.

He was at the peak of his form when he made this decision.Under his captaincy New Zealand team has reached a new level and he brought that flare and culture to the team which has recently produced stars like Kane Williamson,Martin Guptill,Tim Southee.Not the most stylish of the players but his aggressive gameplay , able leadership and a team spirit brought crowd again to the ground.

Was retiring at the peak of his form a correct decision.According to McCullum yes,he did what was right for the team , after realizing his back injury last year he’ll not be able to contribute towards the team for a longer run and therefore leaving the field was a correct decision at this point.

McCullum was truly one of his kind player and it will be very difficult to bring that flare with such responsibility and team spirit again in New Zealand’s cricket

 

Under-dogs turn into champions

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Abhiraman Goud G C L, MBA 2015-17, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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The three time champions – Team India (U19) have been stunned by the under-dogs – West Indies (U19) in a nail biting final of U19 Cricket Worldcup – 2016 at Mirpur, Bangladesh. It was the WI(U19) team who performed under the pressure and created history by winning maiden U19-World Cup for their nation. Keacy Carty has shown nerves of steel by scoring 52 runs of 125 balls he has faced. Despite the middle-order collapse, he has kept the pressure at bay and batted till the victory.

The Indians have been the favourites right from the beginning of the tournament and behind them stands the “Wall of Indian cricket – Rahul Dravid” as their coach. The team has lived up to their reputation by crushing the opponents by great margins. There was no looking back for the team and they made their way straight into the finals.

On the other hand we have the West Indian team which has surprised their opponents throughout the tournament and reached the final. The expectations of them at the beginning of the match were very meagre. But when they were out in the middle, things have completely changed. They managed to restrict the mighty Indians to 145 runs in 45.1 overs and they chased down the total with 5 wickets and just 3 balls remaining.

The Caribbean style of celebration has started and Springer, with his famous chest rolling dance, leads the proceedings.

This victory might be the renaissance of the Caribbean cricket.

Reference:

http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-under-19-world-cup-2016/engine/match/949797.html

 

Hexa! Hexa!

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Atanu Roychowdhury , EMBA 2015-18, Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

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‘Hexa! Hexa!’ is running in every Indian ear as a ring bell ‘Dong- Dong’! As soon as the final whistle blew by referee Ranjit Bakshi , East Bengal FC(EB) won its second ‘Hexa’ Calcutta Football League(CFL) after 1970-1975. It became sweeter for the EB fans when Red and Gold Brigade beat arch rivals Mohun Bagan A.C. 4-0 at season’s first derby in Kolkata on Sunday.
More than 70,000 fans welcomed to the historic 311st meeting between two teams. With the temperature at a hot 37 and 70% humidity at kickoff, the packed stadium came alive when the teams took the neatly grass field.
Mariners open the game and it took East Bengals a couple of minutes to break the tie with Do Dong Hyum, the height scorer in the league adding another goal in his name. His left-footed free kick from 25 yards out sailed over the wall and hit the back of the net from outstretched hands of Bagan skipper Shilton Paul.

In the 38th minute, Do Dong scored his doubled, lead the defending champions 2-0. Mohammd Rafique kept his reputation in scoring in big matches intact as he headed from a Bikash Jairu cross to extend the lead for manager Bhattacharya’s outfit.

As Rahul Bheke headed in a fourth goal from a corner in added time bring the end of the humiliating afternoon for the Mariners. This wins arguably the best ever derbies win in the 90 year old history of the Calcutta Football League for East Bengal F.C. Within 311th head to head meet Red and Gold Brigade beats Mariners for 117th time, 49th time of CFL. From 1942 to till date ‘Tigers’ have won the highest division of the league system for 37th times in the history of CFL.

The Bagan fans had to leave the ground in terse for the performance performed by the Macha.

Thousands of East Bengal fans drove in celebration by lighting flaming torch the club emblem, Red & Gold  Holi colours, Hilsa fish and rowed ‘Hexa! Hexa!’ with joy and happiness.

SCORING SUMMARY:

East Bengal F.C. -4-0-Mohun Bagan A.C.

EB : Do Dong 2’, 38’, Mohammed Rafique 81’, Rahul Beke 90+3’

Man of The Match : Do Dong Hyum

 

Calcutta Football League Team Standing :

Team Played Wins Draw Loss Goals for Goals against Goal diffrence Points
Kingfisher East Bengal 8 7 1 0 23 8 15 22
Army XI 9 6 0 3 18 9 9 18
Mohammedan SC 7 3 3 1 13 4 9 12
Southern Samity 8 3 3 2 14 13 1 12
Mohun Bagan AC 6 3 2 1 12 4 8 11
Aryan Club 6 3 2 1 5 3 2 11
Police AC 7 3 1 3 12 15 -3 10
SAI (EZ) 9 2 2 5 7 16 -9 8
Kalighat MS 8 2 0 6 8 15 -7 6
Tollygunge Agragami 6 1 2 3 7 6 1 5
Bengal Nagpur Railway 9 0 2 7 2 25 -23 2

 

EAST BENGAL -VS- MOHUN BAGAN: HEAD TO HEAD in CFL
Tournament Total Won Drawn Goal Scored
  Matches EB MB   EB MB
Calcutta Football League 150 49 44 57 120 120

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Reference:

http://eastbengalfootballclub.com/stats.php

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Bengal_F.C.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohun_Bagan_A.C.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calcutta_Football_League

http://www.goal.com/en-india/news/2644/kolkata-league/2015/09/06/15094752/east-bengal-4-0-mohun-bagan-do-dong-heroics-script-historic?ICID=AR_RS_1

http://www.kolkatafootball.com/live_update/index.html#horizontalTab1