Happy Birthday Sachin!

Hi Everyone

Today is a special day in the world of cricket! First of all the Chris Gayle, the monster batsman from West Indies scored a magnificent new run record in IPL. Yes, I say today, even if that was yesterday in India. That because I’m writing from Norway and here it is still yesterday. Got it? Ok, good!

What Mr. Gayle did was quite fitting as today (Indian time) is the birthday of the legendary “God of cricket” Mr. Sachin Tendulkar! I know that many people from Norway have no idea about who Sachin is, but I think that it is correct to say that he’s the most famous sportsman in the world! At least when it comes to the most number of people who supports him. Sachin is said to be the most spoken 6 letters word in English and that even if it’s not really an English word!

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Why is Sachin so special? Well, I think better writers than me have tried to describe him before. But I can try to write a few words. First of all, he’s a very good batsman, no doubt about that. He’s the leading run scorer of all times in international cricket. He holds the most records of any cricketer. So his quality as a player says it all.

But there is so much to Sachin. He’s a remarkable humble person. If you look him up on Wikipedia and look for controversies, there are hardly any. And in a game that is full of controversies and dark sides that in itself is an achievement. I have never had the opportunity to meet him, but everyone who has met him tells the same story about what a fantastic person he is.

It must also be said that he was the clearly best player on a quite average Indian team for a huge number of years. I think it is almost correct to say that he carried the whole Indian cricket on his own shoulders for all these years. In a country where cricket is considered as religion this is maybe his biggest achievement. No wonder that he’s called the God of cricket.

I will for always remember the day when Indian won the cricket world championship in Mumbai. It was the first time that any country won it at home soil. The match I watched at a bar in Mumbai. A lot of locals were there, painted in Indian colors. Many of them were shooting Ind-ia, Ind-ia, but just as much as they were shooting that they also screamed they favored phrase Sac-hin, Sac-hin. Instead of supporting their country they supported their favorite player! I will never forget the moment just after the match when I spotted a young man in a t-shirt. It said “Cricket is my religion, Sachin is my God”.  This young fellah was almost crying and had a fantastic expression in his face. So much it meant to him to see his God lifting the trophy.

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So dear Sachin; I do wish you a very happy birthday! Welcome to the 40’ties. I know very well how it is to be there. Don’t worry; it’s not that bad at all. Happy Birthday Sachin!

Talk to you soon

Karsten

Is there a new cricket God?

Hi Everyone

Off course I have written about cricket a number of times at this blog, including my explanation of the cricket rules in an easy way for the novices, like say, Norwegians. Today it just has to be another blog post about cricket. The T20 world cup is about to start soon. That’s all nice and good, and we all remember how the latest world cup ended don’t we?

India have had a number of great cricket players over the years, like “the Indian wall” Rahul Dravid, the God of cricket Sachin Tendulkar and the flamboyant current captain of India (and Chennai Super Kings) M S Dhoni. But right now I think there is no doubt that the most popular cricket player in India is Yuvraj Singh, a 30 year old player from Chandigarh in Punjab.

Why is it so? Ok. Fine. Yuvraj is a very good cricket player. He was part of the Indian team that won the world cup in 2011 and even chosen as man of the tournament at the world cup. But less than a year after the world cup he had to fight his toughest match, or rather fight, ever. In March 2012 Yuvraj was diagnosed with cancerous tumor in his left lung. This off course meant that he missed the whole IPL of 2012 and his whole cricket career was in danger. To make a longer story short; that fight is now over and Yuvraj is back on the cricket field! He was supposed to play his first match for India against New Zealand at the 8th of August, but in good cricket style, that match was <a href = ” http://www.bcci.tv/bcci/bccitv/index/viewarticle?article=504b67b5a1f49-match-report-ind-v-nz-1st-t20i.html”abandoned due to rain. So what is more fitting that Yuvraj will make his long awaited return to cricket at cricket crazy Chennai today? The match is now only a few hours away. I will not guess about the outcome, but well, we can off course hope for an epic match and maybe Yuvraj will once again clinch the man of the match award?

And there is actually more to Yuvraj than just cricket. He run his very own foundation, Yuvraj Singh Foundation who help people get back up in life and give them the chance to relive it by fulfilling their aspirations, hopes & dreams. This organization helps both individuals and organizations who might not have it as good as they could.

After he got diagnosed with cancer, Yuvraj Singh Foundation put up another initiative; Youwecan. Through that initiative he will create consciousness on cancer prevention, early detection & fight against Stigma. I would recommend that you all enter this page and read more about this noble cause.

And today I’m sure everyone at M. A. Chidambaram Stadium will scream his name once again: “Yu-vi, Yu-vi”!

Match update: And off course the match ends in drama! New Zealand puts up 167 in their innings, which is a quite decent total. India however doesn’t plan to give up without a fight. With only 8 balls to go it look though for India but the Yuvraj Singh hits a six! This means that India now need 13 runs from their last over, which is absolutely doable when you have Singh and MS Dhoni as batsmen (or batting vallahs as I say it very incorrectly). But then only four balls later James Franklin, who actually plays for Mumbai Indians get Singh out! It’s up to Dhoni and the new batting vallah Rohit Sharma to make the five needed runs in the last two balls. They only manage four, which means that India looses the match with just one run. What a drama!

Talk to you soon!

Karsten