Saturday, January 27, 2007

My World Cup XV

In two weeks (or thereabouts) the Indian team for the World Cup will be announced. Here's the team I would select
In Batting Order:

1. Saurav Ganguly: Stabilizing factor at the top of the order. Loads of experience. Can bowl a few overs and not a bad short fine leg fielder (Couldnt think of a better place to hide him in the field)
2. Robin Uthappa: In the form of his life. Young and fields quite well. His assault on the Windies was quite spectacular even when read on Cricinfo
3. Sachin Tendulkar: Could be in better form, but a telling statistic of his Chennai innings yesterday .. 60 of 66 balls .. just two fours .. Rotates the strike well, has probably seen everything that can be seen in a one-day game. Bowls dibbly-dobblies enough for 2-3 overs
4. Rahul Dravid: Captain . Nuff said
5. Yuvraj Singh (if fit) : Back from injury, needs a few games under his belt to lose the rust. But if fit, he selects himself
6. M.S. Dhoni: Adequate behind the wickets, can tonk the ball if needed.
7. Irfan Pathan: Still the best allrounder we have without a doubt. Safe bat, can bowl 4 overs at least (4 overs for 40 still should be fine for me) Pathan, Sachin, Yuvraj and Ganguly take the 5th bowler's role, in that order
8. Harbhajan Singh.: Tough to choose between him and Kumble. Literally chosen on ability to dive.
9. Ajit Agarkar: My sis-in-law will kill me for this. But when you have 268 wickets in the ODI game, I'd still take him over a Sreesanth
10. Zaheer Khan: Been our best bowler over the past year (Sreesanth notwithstanding) and is probably the only bowler who will be an auto-selection. Though, why Dravid prefers Agarkar over him for the slog overs is beyond me
11. Sreesanth: Taken (in the XI) solely because of the rumor going around that the pitches will be more suitable for the quicks, and the Aussies are bowling 4 fast men. Decent fielder, dives around, and gives it the fullest. And at least can break into a jig once in a while:) .. That, and my wife is a Mallu..
12. Anil Kumble: Check #8. Not picked in the playing XI solely on diving ability. Will be taken if either of the quicks are in a bad mood.
13. Mohd. Kaif: Backup for Yuvraj and a great great fielder. Adequate in the middle order though we are in deep shit if Yuvraj is unfit. Preferred to Raina thanks to his experience.
14. Dinesh Karthik: Good bat, great fielder, backup wicketkeeper. I'd pick him over Dhoni in a crisis, but Dhoni's slog over prowess wins in the playing XI
15. Munaf Patel (if fit): Good bowler for overs 10-25. Has to be supremely fit and should only be taken if he is going to bowl his 10 overs through. Since short fine leg is already taken, don't know where we can hide him in the field.

Notable omissions:
1. Virender Sehwag. Had to choose between him and Uthappa. Trumps in the bowling and experience departments. But his weaknesses are well documented. Uthappa's are not. That plus the fact that I wouldn't be able to bear with Virender "Mayur" Sehwag ads at 3 in the morning.
2. Suresh Raina. Had to chose between him and Kaif. But he just doesnt go over 30.

There's my team. What's yours?

Sunday, January 21, 2007


Dear all.
This is an excellent oppurtunity for all of us provided by SCB every year to improve our healthline and we must all participate in Marathon. If you have missed out this year, why not next year ? Ready , Steady and GO

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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Sunday, January 14, 2007

Robots - More Human Less Computer

Robots - When I hear this word, my mind thinks of Japan. Funny and useless robots are more then present in the technology sphere of Japan. But do we know what robots have achieved? New Robot Looks Strikingly Human Now imagine a girl besides you in a train being a security robots who can scan your body with X-ray vison? Scarry? If thats not enough, Robots Can now ‘Mate’ and Evolve. Believe me. Imagine Haivng a Robot Life Tree? Also imagine that they go on “Mating” and create a robo army to fight against Human Race? What more, even if we hurt them, New Robot Adapts to Injuries. Am I talking about Matrix? Thankfully people have come up with the idea of Human Thoughts Controling New Robots. So for the time being we are safe.

Imagine Robots walking like animals? You call a dog squad to catch a dog just to find that its not a dog? Its because Big Dog Robots are Now in Puppy Stage? Robot can now Swim Like a Squid. Also a remarkable micromotor will allow tiny robots to swim like an E. coli bacterium, which uses its flagella to move around. Now there are Snake-Like Robot who can Handle Tight Spots. What about a Robot Mouse.

Can Robots Be Polite? Yes? Can they Patrol on Point ? And soon you will find Friendly House-sitting Robot Coming to Stores Soon.

Imagine LAW for Robots? Robots following Law? Asimov’s First Law: Japan Sets Rules for Robots.Yes. Japan can already see Robot-Population breaking laws.