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Monday, September 26, 2005

Where is Indian cricket going

Cricket has changed my life in many ways. I like the game, but it no longer enthuses me, could be that my interests have changed, or could be that I no longer watching the game regularly. But with the debate between Greg Chappell, the indian team coach and Saurav Ganguly, the indian team captain heating up, over the past few days, the game has started catching my eye again. There has been a lot of debate whether Sourav Ganguly deserves to be the captain of the indian team anymore. To me, Ganguly should have been sacked a long time back. People who back him up with a good winning record, good home and away performances should take a close look at the facts and answer the question. The questions to consider:

1.) How many tournaments have we won under ganguly's captaincy playing away from
home; and if we have, against whom?
2.) Have we shown consistent
performances competing against good teams under his leadership?
3) Where
does he stand, among Indian captains and captains of other teams in terms of the
last two questions?

The answer is simple, Ganguly has not done the job we expected him to do. You may argue that, the Indian team was so close to winning a series on many occassions, but often or not in most of the games, winners and losers are decided by a very small margin. For sprinters, it is a split of a second; for soccer players, it is a few inches of the goal post; for tennis players, a single point; and for cricketers, it could be a single catch, a single run or a single ball. That's all it is to any game, between losing and winning. And at the end of the day what really matters,"Winning is fundamental". I think that Ganguly has done his share to improve Indian cricket and it is now time to move on and make place for others.

Prince Of Persia : The Two Thrones

Prince Of Persia is a very popular video game that most of us might have played during our childhood days. The earliest game in the franchise came from Jordan Mechner in 1989 as a 2-D PC game. You play as the Prince to save the princess from the wicked Vazier, and you have an hour's time to do so. There were other modern 3-D versions of the game, but none of them has done as well as UbiSoft's Prince Of Persia triology. The first game, Prince of persia:sands of time and the second game, Prince of persia:warrior within have done really well and the third game in the triology Prince of persia:the two thrones is to come out around the Christmas time this year.
Prince Of Persia

The third game puts an end to this triology. The team at UbiSoft has hired a professional script writing company to make the storyline of the game, very interesting. The graphics and environment in the game have been replicated as models of real life buildings in middle eastern cities like Babylon and Egypt. All in all it is turning out to be a really good game and something to look forward to, this Christmas. Hopefully it will keep me busy during my christmas vacation. I will keep an eye on this game and keep you guys updated with the latest news.

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