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Ask Srini – Cricket Quiz #5 – IPL

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How well do you know the Indian Premier League? Take this Quiz to know!

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Today’s theme – IPL

15 questions. 15 hints. 15 answers.

Questions

  1. Out of all the hundreds scored in IPL, who scored the slowest hundred (complete innings)?
  2. What’s the highest score in an IPL final for a winning cause?
  3. Who has got out for duck the most number of times in IPL?
  4. Who has the most number of 50 plus scores in IPL?
  5. Who has the highest career strike rate in IPL?
  6. Who holds the record for the worst economy rate (Inns) currently?
  7. There have been a whopping 14 hat-tricks that have been taken in IPL. Who are the only 2 players to pick more than one hat-trick?
  8. Which legendary bowler ended an innings with bowling figures of 5 for 5?
  9. Who has the worst career economy rate in IPL?
  10. Who delivered this best all-round performance of scoring 83 off 38 and picking up 4 wickets in the same innings?
  11. Which two pairs of players have the most century stands in IPL?
  12. Who has won the most number of matches as Captain?
  13. Who is the only player to win the Purple Cap twice?
  14. Which team has won the most consecutive number of matches?
  15. Which team has lost the most consecutive number of matches?

 

 

 

 

 

Hints

  1. It was his only IPL hundred
  2. It was scored by someone who is now an established Test player
  3. Remember that famous streak where he got our for a duck 4 out of 5 matches? 🙂
  4. No. It’s not Virat Kohli. He doesn’t hold all the records, at least as of now 🙂
  5. Maxwell, Sehwag, Gayle, ABD, Pollard and Yusuf Pathan are 2,3,4,5,6 and 7 in the list
  6. One of the following legends – Dinda, Aaron, Ishant, Umesh, Piyush Chawla 🙂
  7. Both Indians
  8. Spin bowler
  9. He has scored a century at Lord’s
  10. Mallya loved it
  11. One player features in both the pairs
  12. No hint for this 🙂
  13. No hint.
  14. They won 10 matches on the trot
  15. No hint

 

 

 

 

 

Answers

  1. Sachin Tendulkar. S/r of 151.51
  2. Murali Vijay’s 95 against RCB in 2011
  3. Shared by Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh. 12 ducks each
  4. David Warner, with 32 fifties.
  5. Andre Russell. 173.41
  6. Ishant Sharma. gave 66 runs (at 16.5) playing for SRH against CSK in 2013

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    Beat that!

  7. Amit Mishra (3) and Yuvi (2)
  8. Anil Kumble, aginst RR in 2009
  9. Ajit Agarkar. 8.85

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    Agarkar, take this!

  10. Yuvi. In 2014, against `Rajasthan Royals
  11. Kohli-Gayle and Kohli-ABD. 7 frickin’ century stands each

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    Legends of the format. Legends of the Game!

  12. MS Dhoni. 82 wins. Second in the list id Gambhir with 60. Third is Gilchirist with 35. MSD you beauty!
  13. Dwayne “Champion” Bravo
  14. KKR. 2014-15
  15. PWI and DD. 11 matches.
Losses

Most consecutive losses in IPL. Look at the number of times PWI and DD feature in this list.

 

 

 

Ask Srini – Cricket Quiz #4 – Who am I?

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Well, it’s Stats Saturday again. Time to test your knowledge on this beautiful game and enhance the same!

Let’s get into business.

10 questions, 10 hints, 10 answers!

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Who am I?

Questions

  1. “I have scored more than 8000 ODI runs, but I haven’t played a single innings that lasted for more than 100 balls.”
  2. “Grant Elliot and Luke Ronchi hold the record for the highest 6th wicket partnership in ODI history with 267*. We’re second in this list.”
  3. “I am the only player apart from Don Bradman to have scored 4 consecutive 2nd innings Test centuries.”
  4. “I have bowled more than 900 overs in ODI cricket but not bowled a single wide. I hold this World record”
  5. “I’ve played more than 100 ODIs. I’ve been the #1 bowler in ICC rankings several times. But I haven’t got a single Man of the Match Award in my ODI career”
  6. “I have scored centuries in both World Cup Semi Final and Final”
  7. “I have picked a hat-trick spread across 3 overs, in Tests”
  8. “I have grabbed my first wicket in my first over on debut across all three formats”
  9. “I’m a batsman by nature. But in my very first ball of my bowling career, I picked a wicket, that too Brian Lara’s.”
  10. “I’ve won 4 consecutive man of the match awards in ODIs”

 

 

 

 

 

Hints

  1. No hint
  2. Asians
  3. I love Kamran Akmal
  4. Commentator
  5. No hint
  6. No hint
  7. Known for my mush
  8. Asian
  9. I’m quick between the wickets
  10. Captain

Answers

  1. Shahid Afridi. 8064 ODI runs.
  2. MS Dhoni and Mahela Jayawardene. 218. Africa XI vs Asia XI in 2007 in Chennai
  3. Gautam Gambhir. He also holds the record for getting dismissed for ducks in 4 consecutive 2nd innings. Bizarre in dee.
  4. Michael Holding
  5. Saeej Ajmal
  6. Mahela Jayawardene
  7. Merv Hughes
  8. Shaminda Eranga (Sri Lanka)
  9. Inzamam Ul Huq
  10. Sourav Ganguly

Ask Srini – Cricket Quiz #3 – World Cups

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Today’s theme: 50 Over World Cups

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Dhoni with his baby!

5 Questions. 5 hints. 5 answers. Here goes!

Questions

  1. Who is the only international cricketer to have his career debut in a World Cup and make a century in the same match?
  2. Which South African bowler made his career debut in a World Cup match and walked away with figures of 4 for 41?
  3. Which is the only Team that has played more than 10 World Cup matches and not won a single match?
  4. Who holds the record for the best bowling figures in a World Cup for a losing cause?
  5. Who holds the record for the best bowling figures by a Captain in World Cups?

Hints

  1. His brother is a famous cricketer too
  2. He is known for the way he celebrates a wicket
  3. No hint
  4. Against Australia, in 2003 World Cup
  5. Asian

Answers

  1. Andy Flower. 1992. He made 115 on career debut
  2. Imran Tahir
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Tahir celebrating a wicket!

3. Scotland

4. Shane Bond. 6 for 23

5. Shahid Afridi. 5 for 16

Virat Kohli: The Chase Master – Some Numbers

In yesterday’s post (click here to read), we looked at what Virat Kohli has achieved in the 50 Over format in his 8.5 year old illustrious career, so far.

Today, let’s take a look at why he’s considered one of the best Chasers to have ever played the format.

The data we’re looking at is only for matches where the team batting second “successfully chased” down the target. In other words, it’s a reflection of match-winning acumen of batsmen or their contribution towards taking their side home while chasing.

Let’s start with Innings per Century. Kohli is a Captain’s dream when it comes to chasing. “It’s easier if you know what number you have to chase”, he remarks casually, as if it’s the easiest thing in the world, when asked about his chasing appetite.

He scores a century every 4.4 innings while he chases down targets. That’s ridiculously awesome isn’t it? Anwar was impressive too, with 6.6 innings per Century.

Innings per Century

Stats for successful run chases – Innings per Century

What does your Captain expect you to do while chasing? Convert those 50s into 100s. Our man tops that list too. He has a 48% conversion with 13 hundreds and 14 fifties in successful run chases. Ponting’s number was 22%, to put things in perspective.

50s to 100s conversion

Stats for successful run chases – 50s to 100s Conversion

While chasing, you’re expected to stay till the end and see your side through. Best way to measure that is Batting Average. Kohli is just behind MS Dhoni and Michael Bevan in that list, and averages 84, so far amassing 3275 runs while chasing down targets successfully. Dhoni stands tall at 105.77.

By Average

Stats for successful run chases – By Batting Average

Kohli is just 1 hundred behind the Little Master himself in terms of absolute hundreds scored in successful run chases. Mohammad Azharuddin has 1 hundred in successful run chases to his credit.

Absolute hundreds

Stats for successful run chases – Absolute 100s

More posts in this series coming up. Suggestions welcome.

Stats courtesy: Cricinfo

Barely “Rising” Pune

Yes, I am one of those 70 million CSK loyalists who were left with no choice but to support Rising Pune Supergiants and/or Gujarat Lions this season of the Indian Premier League, and next, after CSK got expelled from the League for 2 full seasons. Even though Gujarat got a major chunk of the CSK core including Raina, Jaddu, BMac, Dwayne Smith, Dwayne Bravo and the likes, I chose to support Pune because of one man. You Know Who!

It’s not a normal bond that we shared; me and Chennai. It started way back in late 2007 when I heard Kris Srikanth’s voice in a Tamil FM channel. He talked about this new T20 league and about how there was going to be a team from Chennai participating in the same. I was in Class XII. Used to listen to FM a lot those days. Srikanth was endorsing a contest that the Radio channel conducted to nominate a name for the Chennai side.

Even back then, I was already a full time Dhoni veriyan. I was elated when the announcement came that Dhoni was the Star Player for the Chennai side and that he would be leading the side at least for the first 3 seasons. My favourite player playing for my favourite city.

People have asked me this question. “What if Dhoni was picked by some other side? Would you have stilled supported Chennai or the side Dhoni led?”. Glad this never happened. Because it’s a tough question. Perhaps, I’d have still rooted for Dhoni’s side.

The memories Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings have given us over the last 8 seasons will be cherished for a lifetime. Who knows what’s going to happen in 2018, when Chennai is back?! It’s not guaranteed Dhoni is going to play for Chennai in 2018. He would love to, I know. But who knows what’s in store?!

There was this interview Dhoni had given before the beginning of IPL 9. There was this question asked about how he felt playing for a team other than Chennai Super Kings. His reply gave goosebumps to every single CSK loyalist. His own eyes were damp. Such was the bond he shared with the side. Who would not, after leading a side in style for 8 straight years?

There’s not a single, I repeat, not a single IPL side that has had exactly one Captain across all 8 seasons, apart from Chennai. I still get goosebumps while watching some of CSK’s best IPL moments. Haydos-Vijay opening stands, Dhoni mania at Dharamshala, Bravo-Pollard flight moment, Albie’s 28 against Virat Kohli’s bowling, Ash and Murali bowling in tandem, that off side field with BMac, Faf, Raina, Jaddu. There’s a lot more. Aah, how we miss that Chennai side!

You might be wondering what does the blog title have to do with the content it’s got. Well, it’s been more than 100 days since I last published a post. I need some time to warm up 🙂

It’s okay Barely Rising Pune Supergiants. Next season is ours!

 

India (11) – Pakistan (0)

With so much cricket being played these days in all three formats, cricket lovers are finding it difficult to recollect memories even from matches which happened in the recent past. For example, I find it hard to recollect top battles in the recently concluded Asia Cup. All I remember is the Kohli-Amir battle and Dhoni’s 20* off 6.

Because these are mere cricket matches, where two teams come out to exhibit their talents and end on the winning side. Certain matches however, rise above the game of cricket into something else. Needless to say, India vs Pakistan encounters rank right up there in the list, may be closely followed by the Ashes (I remember certain Aus cricketers returning early from a World Cup to prepare for the Ashes).

The build-up to yesterday’s encounter between India and Pakistan was no less than any match they had previously played against. May be lesser than the Ind vs Pakistan Semi Final in the 2011 50 Over World Cup; because of the things at stake (a berth in the Final).

To add on to the build up, India had lost to New Zealand in a rank turner just a few days ago, making yesterday’s game against Pakistan a must win to stay alive in this World Cup, hosted by us.

The rest is history.

As we speak, Dhoni and team would already be strategising on their upcoming games against Bangladesh and Australia to book their Semi Final berth. They are professionals. We are fans. I’d like to register my best moments and thoughts from yesterday’s encounter.

Multiple goosebumps moments even before the first ball was bowled. First, “God” coming on stage and speaking a few words; next, listening to our National Anthem in Big B’s baritone. Hair-raising stuff! Didn’t know Amitabh ji could sing so well (with “Gamakams” and all).

Apart from the rare partnership between Damaad ji Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal, Pakistan weren’t really on top of the game, at any point of time during the first innings. The Indian supporters felt the pressure merely because this happened on the backdrop of a disaster run chase against a lesser bowling side (on paper) on a similar pitch, 4 days ago.

119 was not tough, but a tricky target on a pitch where where ball was turning by more than 90 degree, against a team renowned for their world class bowlers. Flat track bullies might find it tough to get a start, but India’s batting powerhouse was more than commensurate to pull off this run chase.

Rohit I thought was under the pressure created by his own words on the “ordinary bowler” Mohammad Amir, and succumbed sooner rather than later, on his favourite hunting ground where he has historically been scoring runs for fun.

Dhawan never really looked settled in his short but troubled stay in the middle. Raina (unfortunately) followed suit immediately. Mohammad Sami who was expected to bowl 23 no balls, 43 wides and 13 byes turned out to be India’s nightmare,. uprooting Dhawan  and Raina in back to back deliveries.

India, suddenly were put on a back foot. 7.5 RPO required, 3 wickets down and Pak bowlers on top form in favourable conditions. Mortals are bound to succumb to these conditions; Champions thrive under pressure. 70k capacity crowd at the Eden Gardens, silenced, required run rate mounting in a must win game, Kohli entered the middle.

As my friend Dadak remarked on Twitter, “Kohli bats with very cool head. His face is angry. His heart pumping but his head is cool. As cool as Dhoni”. I couldn’t have agreed more. Some fans (including Twitter King Bhaskar NH) had already given up on our prospects of winning the match. But with most of us aware of Virat Kohli’s extended purple patch in all forms of the game, we knew that as long as he was just there in the middle, India was there in the game.

Even though the dependency on Kohli is not as much today (we have some other classy match winners too currently), as was the case with Sachin in the 90s, it is at least there to an extent for us to draw a parallel. And boy, didn’t he deliver, exactly when it was required?! Not for the first time, definitely not for the last.

It looked as if Kohli was batting on Wankhede and the others on the Eden turf. Those scorching cover drives where the ball travelled all along the ground at the speed of Japanese super fast trains, were hair-raising stuff. And when Kohli did a bow to God after reaching his 50 and Sachin waved back with a brimming smile, our day was made, and our eyes wet. We Indians are emotional fellows. Like Harsha Bhogle remarked, Virat Kohli has targets for dinner.

At times, we forget to acknowledge crucial contributions by second fiddles; Gambhir on Apr 2, 2011; Yuvraj yesterday. The fact that he stayed there to wither the storm proved vital in the end. Not to forget Ravi Ash’s 3 over spell. The Pak batsmen were as clueless as I was during my Digital Signal Processing Viva test back in college.

Overall Head to Head in limited over cricket, we might still be behind Pakistan, but 11-0 in World Cups is a record we can all be proud of. Good luck for the next time we meet, Mauka man.

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Dhoni!

90 matches, 4876 runs, 294 dismissals, 6 hundreds, 33 fifties and 10 ducks

It’s hard to believe these numbers are never going to change.

With the sudden announcement of his retirement from Tests earlier today, Dhoni has taken the phrase “Expect the unexpected” to an all new level. As an unabashed Dhoni fan , it was extremely shocking and disheartening for me to hear the news, initially. Seeing Raina’s tweet (embedded below) with tears in Dhoni’s eyes after announcing his Test retirement was literally a “kanla thanni” moment for thousands of fans, like me.

All his heroics in Tests (only a handful, but still) began flashing in my eyes. As a batsman, his ruthless assault at Faisalabad (148, against Pakistan) and match winning 224 at Chepauk (against Australia) would stand out. And then there were the double century stands with VVS, and valuable 50s, 60s and 70s when he batted with the tail. Frankly though, he hasn’t left behind an irreplaceable void in terms of his batting, in Test Cricket.

MSD at his ferocious best - Faisalabad, 2006

MSD at his ferocious best – Faisalabad, 2006

He’ll however be remembered in Test History as the Captain who led India to World No. 1 Test Rankings. To captain a side that was built by Sourav and led by Dravid and Kumble was not an easy task. The nonchalant ease with which he took up the challenge and led India on its way to glory was commendable. In the process, he also became the most successful Test Captain for India, in a list that features greats like Dada and Dravid. That’s something he can feel extremely proud of.

MSD, the MSC (Most Successful Captain)

MSD, the MSC (Most Successful Captain)

To think of it, Dhoni could not have timed his retirement better. Virat Kohli seems to be in great form as a batsman and has shown good signs of captaincy (in Adelaide, aiming for a win). I am sure Dhoni’s decision to retire would have materialized only after he got the faith that he’s leaving Indian Test Cricket in safe hands. He wouldn’t have thought twice to carry on with captaincy had he not been sure about Virat’s capability to lead the side, even if that meant bearing the brunt of the media and fans, for another away series defeat. Selfless cricketer, he is.

Saw a few reactions on News channels that Dhoni has abandoned a sinking ship by retiring mid-series. Now let’s assume he carried on as Captain in Sydney and India drew/lost the match. He’d have had to face allegations of carrying on as Captain despite performing poorly “away”. Players like Dhoni are always caught between the devil and deep blue sea; they get criticized no matter what they do.

However, it was very heartening to see some good reactions too, appreciating his personal decision to retire from Tests.

 

Thank you, Dhoni, for everything you’ve done for India in Tests.
Looking forward to March 29 now.

Mighty Mahendra!

Yesterday, I witnessed a cricket match from the Stadium in which Anil Kumble, several years back, did the unthinkable. Feroz Shah Kotla. Only my second venue to view this sport after Chepauk (on many occasions).

Some defining moments from the game:

Dwayne teeing off

For once, I agree with Ravi Shastri when he says Dwayne Smith doesn’t play cricket. He plays Golf. All he does is stand there and tee off. The ball hits the sight screen with a thump. Flat six. It’s been a feature of his batting this IPL. 24 sixes already, ahead of Maxwell and the likes. I would put my money on Dwayne Smith to own the Orange Cap this season. He’s only marginally behind Maxwell and is more reliable.

Reliable One Down

Raina is like the sincere school kid who has 100% attendance record and gets awarded a certificate on Annual Day. Playing each and every match that CSK has ever played is no easy task. The Man of Steel, Badrinath was the only other player who held that record, till Season 6. Raina is so much more awesome up the order at one down. Such a pleasure to watch him drive or sweep the ball.

Viru Craze

People in Delhi love him. Even now. Can’t believe how DD left him out shamelessly, in the player auctions earlier this year. Expect a packed house at Kotla later this week when KXIP takes on DD. Irrespective of his form, Sehwag epitomizes the way the game should be played. With a smile. Compare that with what happened between Pollard and Starc today.

Mighty Mahendra

Dhoni is undoubtedly India’s second most loved and cheered cricketer, after the Great Man (World knows Who). Harsha Bhogle says and I agree, “This Dhoni… He devours pressure for a living”. As long as he’s there, you can believe (without being ridiculed by others) that even 60 from 3 overs is not impossible. Let alone, 10 from 5 (as was the case yesterday). I was one of the fortunate souls to watch his crafty century at Chepauk against Pakistan when the Indian top order crumbled for 29 for 5. It’s almost as if he creates so much pressure on the bowler that he can make the bowler bowl the length he wants. Unadkat gave him a juicy half volley which he smashed straight back for six. The Big Screen screamed “Mighty Mahendra”. That was all that was needed. One six. And “Mighty Mahendra” was trending in India on Twitter. Speaks volumes about the fan base he enjoys.

Speaking of Twitter and fan base, how can we forget Superstar’s entry to Twitter yesterday? Reserved for another day.

 

Lessons for Entrepreneurs from MS Dhoni

Are you a budding entrepreneur looking for some inspiration to run your startup? Look no further. The life of MS Dhoni has many lessons to offer you.

From being a ticket collector to becoming the richest cricketer on the planet, MS Dhoni’s is a success story that every startup would try to emulate. Having followed Dhoni over the years, I list down a few characteristics of the man which when followed could help entrepreneurs lead their companies better.

Walk the talk

Apart from being a great captain, Dhoni more often than not, delivers with his batting under crunch situations. This never fails to inspire his team mates. A lesson for all entrepreneurs here is to walk the talk. Being a hands-on entrepreneur willing to get your hands dirty inspires your employees.

After all, there is no leadership technique that can match hard work.

Be Calm, always

“Anger is the cause of all evil. One must know how to control it. Otherwise, life will be miserable”, Rajnikanth once said in a movie. This applies equally to startups as well.

Calmness is something that defines Dhoni. If eight losses in eight away test matches cannot make Dhoni lose his calm, then probably nothing can. Being calm under dire circumstances is difficult to emulate, but having a leader who always keeps his cool has a contagious effect on the team under him, thus providing better results.

Back your Team

Be it Joginder Sharma in World T20 2007 or Ishant Sharma in Champions Trophy 2013, Dhoni has always backed his players to perform when everyone else thought otherwise. If there’s one lesson to be learnt from Dhoni, it is placing undue trust on your team to perform. While some may not pay the dividends, most will.

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It’s always “We” and never “I”

Remember, you are a leader only when your team accepts you to be one. Dhoni has never failed to realize the importance of team effort. While giving credit to the team for success, Dhoni takes the blame of failure on himself.

Humility is an essential character that a leader must possess. It is important to acknowledge that it is the success of the whole team that brings home the winning trophy.

Know yourself

From the time he entered into the international arena, commentators and critics have never stopped talking ill of his peculiar batting style. Today, he stills bats the same way, to great effectiveness. As a leader, it is your responsibility to identify your strengths and acknowledge your weaknesses. Being aware of your weaknesses is in itself a win.

^This article was published in INCUBATOR, the annual entrepreneurship magazine of IIM Shillong. Link to the magazine: http://issuu.com/icube.iims/docs/incubator_-_issue_1_-_september__13

*Inspired by a yourstory.in article I read sometime back 

Letter to Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dear Mahi,

The only reason why the world has not ended because of global warming is your coolness. I’ve been your AC (understatement to say a fan)  ever since you took the Lankan bowlers to cleaners in that flawless knock of yours in 2005. Atapattu (then Lankan Captain) remarked in  the presentation that it’s a once-in-a-career innings that you pulled out. Numbers-wise he may have been true, but certain knocks cannot be measured only by runs or numbers; you’ve given us a lot of such knocks!

Numbers don’t say anything! Your ODI average of 51.85 (as on 30th May, 2013) conveys nothing about the fear in the minds of the opposition captain when you are at the crease, for he knows that as long as you are there, the game is by no means over, even if Ashish Nehra is the non-striker. Your strike rate of a mere 115 in T20Is conveys nothing about your ability to dispatch bowlers over long on/mid-wicket for huge monstrous sixes, at will. On your day, you can even make Gayle feel like a kid. As your fan, I am only happy you are doing that more often than not these days!

It was disheartening to see you waging a lonely battle against the mighty Mumbai Indians in the IPL-6 Final, in a losing cause. But you are a true sport. You take victory and defeat alike, and make it look so easy. I have never (or rarely) seen you depressed about a defeat or over-enthusiastic about victory. I wish I could be like that some day.

That 224 at Chepauk earlier this year was simply amazing! Thank you. The knock actually set the tone for the entire Border-Gavaskar trophy. I am yet to figure out why your critics think you are not fit for tests.

I don’t believe in comparisons. I know you don’t believe too. Dada was a great captain. He took charge when Indian cricket was fresh from fixing charges and built a new side, almost from scratch. But, that doesn’t take anything away from you as a captain. You are equally good, if not better than Dada as a captain. After all, you were the one under whom Indian Test Team reached the pinnacle of being the Number One Test Team. I hope you get us back there, before you retire.

I was there in Chepauk when the Indian top order was sent packing by Junaid Khan’s fury. You came in when India was reeling at 29 for 5, and scored one of the finest and best paced hundreds in the history of the game. I can proudly tell my grand children that I witnessed that masterclass innings of yours live from the Chepauk stands.

You’d be happy to know that Actor Prakash Raj actually directed a tamil film called “Dhoni”. 🙂

I have two requests to you.

One. Please choose the brands you endorse! I am not going to buy Orient PSPO fan because you endorse it. 🙂

Two. Come to twitter often. Connect with people. You’ll be surprised to know how many people are waiting to connect with you.

I hope, some day you’ll read this letter.

– Your true fan.