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  1. On 10/16/2021 at 2:03 PM, dr winston oboogie said:

    The Final was disappointing as it was so one sided Chennai, with India captain MS Dhoni leading them, totally outplayed KKR, with england captain eoin morgan leading them. KKR new sensation Ventakesh Iyer got anothe half century in the effort to chase the Chennai impressive total of 193, but once again the had their england style middle order collapse and fell well short of the required total, with Chennai worthy champions yet again.

    And another disappointing year for RCB:(. Finished 4th again. Bangalore and Chennai have this running battle going on and while CSK get the better of us in IPL, Karnataka (Bangalore is the capital of Karnataka) routinely get the better of Tamil Nadu.

    Maybe new captain as Virat has announced that he will not be leading the team next year will bring in a change of fortunes. Its widely expected that local lad K.L Rahul will be picked up next year and made to lead, if not, it could be AB Develliers. Looks like only AB, Virat and Glen Maxwell will be retained for next year as no team can retain more than 4. 

    Rahul Dravid who has been with the Indian Junior team and has  worked with several youngsters who are now in the Indian team has been made the coach of Indian team. Rahul is a very dedicated , focused guy and very different from the outgoing coach Ravi Shastri .Not sure if all players will like having Rahul though it will be good for Indian cricket


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  2. On 10/12/2021 at 8:20 PM, Gretsch Country Gentleman said:

    I knew about Japan but had no idea about India. Bryan Adams has toured India 6 times, and has a huge following there, as well as in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.

    Bryan Adams is pretty popular amongst women and many casual listeners. i still like some of his songs of Reckless. His first show in India was in Bangalore back in 2001 and personally a disappointing one. There were 50k fans inside and maybe an equal number outside. Had to walk long distance to reach the venue as the roads were all jammed and finally the sound sucked.

    Living in Bangalore, we were lucky to get other big artists like Rolling Stones, Metallica, Scorpions, Aerosmith, Elton John, Sting, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden,Roger Waters(Twice) here. Sadly i  was not in town when the one guy i wanted to see most , other than Bruce of course, Mark knopfler player here in 2005.

    The shows were all in the grounds of Bangalore Palace but now due to govt restrictions no shows can be held there and all concerts incl U2 are in Mumbai. Really miss the golden period between 2001 to 2011

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  3. On 10/13/2021 at 4:05 AM, Daisey Jeep said:

    @balboa08 lives in Bangalore (although i keep thinking he lives in Mumbai)  and im not actually too crash hot on my Chineses geography for @Tenthavenuefreezeout ?

    As stated earlier Bruce did perform in Delhi during the Amnesty Tour. I missed it for 2 reasons- Dad was in hospital and air travel those days was ridiculously expensive and you always thought that he will come some day. I might still have article from one of the popular magazines back then which called it the Bruce Springsteen night. Bruce came on stage past midnight and rocked the house and met a few people who were at the show and they called it the best show they have ever seen.The show was marred by controversy between Times of India which kind of played the whole show as part of their 150th anniversary and Amnesty. I actually dont like both the organisations. Bruce was huge here back then, still has many dedicated fans and will easily fill a cricket stadium

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  4. 7 hours ago, Daisey Jeep said:

    i recomend that Schumacher doco on netflex 

    not all of it was sad 

    Thanks Daisey for drawing my attention to this. Just finished watching.. Wonderful watch. Its tragic what happened to him. Always had that aura of invincibility about him, though during his days I was supporting the 2 Finns, first Hakkinen and then Raikkonen. 

    His generosity is also something that is not often mentioned.. Or shd atleast get more attention. The guy is supposed to have donated 10 million dollars during 2004 Tsunami apart from several other huge donations. 

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  5. 7 hours ago, Daisey Jeep said:

    he was very good looking back in the day

    Charismatic leader who stood out from the rest of the team. Pity that as a leader off the field he has no control. 

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  6. Probably with the pandemic and that there is no touring, Bruce has not been working out as much, or atleast with regard to weight training. Also the fact ,that you do tend to get picky of what you eat as you age. 

    His weight has  always kind of oscillated like it does for most of us. Remember him being really slim during VH1 storytellers, then during Wrecking Ball he started off quite heavy and was in terrific shape towards the end of the tour. 

    At 72,if I can be anywhere near  his shape that would be something.

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  7. 1 hour ago, Eileen said:

    I heard that Novak failed to get those records he so badly wants.

    What a shame.

    Was pretty sure he will complete the golden slam and emulate Steffi Graf. First Olympics loss and now this.. Did not expect the straight set defeat. 

  8. Backlash in Indian social media already. Ravi Shastri taking lot of flak for being irresponsible in attending the function which led to the covid situation. The general consensus is that the match should have started and stopped only in case players tested positive. The fact that IPL is mere days away does not make the situation look any better, more so when most of the guys if not all will turn up and play. 

    Still believe the players here are the scapegoats

  9. 15 minutes ago, bdw said:

    Good for them that they felt able to say "sorry I can't bring myself to play" but it's not particularly relevant as to accepting the consequences.

    When the British tennis player (Emma Raducanu) stopped playing part-way through her match at Wimbledon because of stress-related breathing issues she didn't say "but let's call it a draw". She forfeited the match.

    I have stated above  that once the schedule was fixed, last minute cancellation is not correct unless good number of players themselves tasted positive and we could not field a playing 11 which does not seem the case as things stand right now. 

    Was just making a larger point as to how difficult things are these days. 

    Thing not long ago England too contemplated pulling out of a tour. 

    Its about time cricket boards pay attention to the number of matches top level players are playing these days. 

  10. Apparently it's more of a mental issue rather than physical or covid. The Indian team who have been on the road since May were exhausted. One of their physios tested positive earlier and now the other guy who had worked very closely with the team the last few days. From here they have IPL in 10 days, followed shortly by the World T20 championship and then the NZ series. Its one bubble to another. 

    Still believe that once the schedule was decided, the 5th test should not have been agreed to rather than canceling at the last minute. 

    Having said that it must be really difficult for athletes these days to live in these so called bubbles.

    Earlier this year, Ashwin chose to leave the Ipl as his family had tested positive and he could not focus on cricket. 


  11. There was always this discussion of BCCI wanting 

    10 minutes ago, bigbonesbilly said:

    I think they are talking about a one off test next summer when India are over for white ball cricket.

    India didn't wanted the this test after the Oval test, they had wanted it as the first test, but the ECB would not agree to move it that due to the new Hundred competition.

    Yes.. There were discussions earlier to move it up. Pity for the paying public. Don't think it's financial reasons for BCCI to agree for a later date, the board has enough money. When this does go for arbitration and if the players all test negative in the second round as well, the fear that this may end up as  forfeited may have something to do with it. Contrary to what people believe, IPL is good for money but at the end of the day the respect and love from the public comes from playing for your national team, so test championship is taken seriously.

  12. It's a shame it had to end like this. 

    Suspect that as reported players are unwilling to take the field is a lie. Someone like Pujara has no IPL contract and most of the other playing 11 have already made enough. Also, think even if they did miss a few matches due to Covid they would still get paid. It appears to be much larger forces at play here. 

  13. The 5th test will start today. There was some concern that it might get called off as more support staff from India had tested positive. Fortunately all the players tested negative yesterday. 

  14. Did not expect the end when England was 100 for no loss.Bumrah might have ended with just 2 wickets but his spell when he picked up those wickets was brilliant. 

    Kohli is not one to change a winning team, so Ashwin will miss out on the final test as well. Yadav, Jadeja and Thakur all did enough to get picked again even if Shami and Ishanth are available. 

    Rahane needs a break. It's just not that he is not scoring but also looks completely out of place. For most parts this was the best pitch for him  to get into some sort of form. Agarwal or Surya kumar both are better alternatives. 

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  15. Ashwin's continued exclusion is stupid. The guy besides over 400 wickets has 5 hundreds and should be an automatic selection. That Kohli has a problem with Ashwin does come out at times but you need to put your personal differences aside and pick the 11 best guys. Dhoni at times backed his IPL team mates and even Sourav Ganguly when he was captain used to frequently not include Anil Kumble. Anil has won more test matches for India than anyone in our history but was never a regular. Feel sometimes captains prefer guys they are comfortable with rather than pure merit. 

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  16. 3 hours ago, bdw said:

    What a strange result in the Test. England staggered through the first two Tests and then they win with a day and a half to spare.

    Maybe India thought it would be a bit boring if the series was over now:D


    This Indian team don't give up and put up a fight on most occasions. I expect them to bounce back. However, the results have largely been due to the excellent bowling line up and also not so great opposition. Most teams are in the process of rebuilding and don't really match upto teams of maybe 7 to 8 years back, especially Australia and SA. England seem to have some weird rotation policy and injuries as well. The extremely brittle Indian batting has gotten away due to this. With Kohli nowhere near his best for sometime now its even more exposed. 

    Also, Ashwin should figure in the playing 11, a decent bat and a genuine  match winner.  

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