ICC Cricket: Play Fair Spirit. WorldCup and India


What a win for India vs Pakistan T20 World Cup cricket! 
Summary: Spirit/Fair/Luck/Rules?:
started with India’s game to Pakistan’s! Ultimately despite missed field chances…

And the bad “SpiderCam” : ICC needs to remove such object and whatever things to prevent interruption/disruption/intervention/controversy/hampering of the game and crucial moments) that had denied India the catch (an that allowed continued rub of the green for Shan Masood n Pakistan n runs) , ultimately that ricochetting off the stumps free hit (noball close ) almost balanced it out , in fact crucially more a sit helped closing the gap of the chase in tense…

Moments/Points/Keys/takeaways:
1. Importance of a contributing all-rounder: Hardik Pandya
in INDvsPAK ~ consistent performer with both ball n bat (n field), n impact player giving momentum in bowling n batting whenever India was down or not anywhere. as 
2. Virat kohli (consistent bat. >90%. despite dearth of centuries or high scoring ones for the past long time by the standards).
Hopefully this winning innings gives also other confidence, as in matches it’s seen the other bat gets run out because of confusing or not/ eagerness of quick run/sprint gesture of Virat! Hardik was aware.
3. Irrespective of Virat Kohli’s paid absurd influence outside cricket: (hopefully he gets to Good Gyaan!)

It was good to see for a change to the scene on the ground: Virat on knees on the ground after India winning , and positive punch /hit on the ground: (Virat’s way);
contrary to usual scenes of Mohd Rizwan and Pakistan’s players whenever performing, kissing the ground and thanking religious to Allah.

Players should do like artists and others do Pranaam(touch) the set/ground before start!
4. the missers became the smart winners: 

a)Virat Kohli more than made up for that early missed simple run out chance with a winning score (though 50% slow strike rate after as usual vs Pak same openers getting out. Rahu Gra/a/ss.).

b)Ashwin Ravichandran more than made up for that missed catch with as usual smart move in the end 🤠👏🎉 
4. Pace bowlers did so well in taking wkts. especially ArshDeep Singh taking out early wickets as usual now (even in releatively newbie and less appearances). Md Shami would have been more lethal as confidence n momentum if Ashwin hadn’t misjudged / late n grassing the catch.
5. playing Dinesh Karthik for only last burst has its bad / side effects obviously as today.
6. no ball was right (though close one to predict nake eye projection) after previous height escape for the bowler (Mohd Namaz). And yes it was a tractics / strategy but looked odd:
When slow left arm bowler has to bowl as and wk for: a medium pacer!
7. hey Rizwan also took in front (side) of the stumps, that’s runout as it had hit batter’s leg n bat. (it’s wrongly given as stumping.) Otherwise wud hv been dead ball had it missed any body/bat of batter upfront. 

8. And last but not the least, but first up:
So experiment said to try out different openers. Same opening pair, and same disaster results! Rahu-graas hai! KL Rahul n Rohit Sharma! KL Rahul where’re those fingers shutting the ears exaggeration?

I had actually still hoped and kind of requested / pray that KL plays good and becomes the scorer, and Rohit with a quick fire!

Yes, I did so despite my instinct n prediction saying that both openers form both sides will get out cheaply.

But just gave a chance to Babar Azam would get some runs to avoid repeat failure vs India off late. Instincts were almost correct, Iftikhar would be going high in runs, and Shan as left hander may do bit enough. Shaheen Shah Afridi not performing/effecting in this match was not a surprise, I was absolutely sure of that especially rub off the green, and he coming back from injury n despite rehabilitation and preparedness, it wouldn’t be best. To me, Haris Rauf was sure shot expectation to do well (because of his natural flow, and BBL experiences) and hopefully India come over him when most and must needed. So it was so. Namaz performed well for his stats/wickets as I was sure of, and as hoped India would come over him in both parts.

Bounce was the factor. Melbourne! It’s true that Pacers would have definitely a go and roll, and opponents being feared/kinda of India’s pacers/medium especially with swing, hitting deck and seam correctly.

So in India vs Pakistan cricket matches, it’s India repeatedly getting nervous/lost in the mind / field of late!

Pakistan for a change grabbing the chances, and India on the other hand going the Pakistan (in past WorldCups) way but (sans opening bats), so both switching their past WC performances!
IN the long past, openers form both countries at least put up a decent start and also massive blast starts. Not now a days. For India, it’s 1-2 overs silent, and gone!

India’s such win was good for all, not just for India, Cricket and the World Cup as well.

Ad India especially Rohit n Think Tank n other Rahul, Dravid Sir! if despite this narrow escape and giving away the win almost (at the great start), you don’t do well, and especially after such hyped and overdone unnecessary blindlike experiments, then what to say. When it can happen, if you let it go, please be reminded that there will be slump time for the India cricket a sit does for any country/entity, then don’t cry or repent! Make most of it and wins and cups and world cups as much. Go for it.

And I had got a sense/smell/instinct/intuition whatever you say, this T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia will be a (Pleasant) surprise. And good for Cricket.

Good Ball and Bat and field. NewZealand coming off finally vs Australia especially in Australia and in World cup or big tournament , so convincingly, on the main matches’ start day of the tournament: in the match of Champions vs Winners of the previous edition.

And hey, despite so widely publicised sure shot rains interrupting India vs Pakistan today’s match, I knew it wouldn’t. I never gave even small % despite weather forecast saying more than 70% chances for rain and thereby new conclusion by experts of a wash out!

~ © Prabeen Kumar Pati

AbhiNandan-am to WC Abhinandan’s Release। भारत वर्तमान


1. Imran Khan: Sorry! Ek Cheez Maein Kehna Bhool Gayaa tha...
that's how IK announced the TODO release of WC Abhi when the Speaker of House indicated. It's a peace gesture from Pakistan he mentioned. All said casually or suggested so. 
~ as per media footages on 28 February 2019. His speech in Pakistan's National Assembly (in a joint session)!

2. WC Abhinandan Varthaman had just crossed the current LOC into POK as he chased down an Indian-airspace intruder PAK F-16 back but on an old MiG-21. Being Lighter, MiG-21 still is so faster than F-16! it was just 2-3 seconds, that’s it.

3. We are so short on Fighter Jets! Even 36 Rafale Jets when delivered will they be enough? We just don’t have Pak only, but few other surroundings to look after and act when needed.

4. Yes, even an old MiG-21 was enough to knock down another intruder American F-16 of PAF.

5. BS Y and similar Politicians just play their as usual dirty politics & self goals answering to those petty questions from vested interests / irresponsible quarters as well.

6. MainStream News/TV Media: Mainly Two Stream Journalists in India shouting / or their opinions being made visible.

i) One Hailing PM Modi, BJP, persuading for War;

ii) One hailing Imran Khan citing him a big statesman, and down playing Chiefs of Army, Navy, Air Forces and co and terming their conference a let-down. & also not valuing PM Narendra Modi.

There of course lies a third category irrespective of known orientation, that’s trying to balance their opinions.

7. Yes, PM Modi was the first PM since 1970s in allowing a cross-LOC strike that too Air Strike to fight the terror groups across border which were doing terror & bombing in India.

8. Yes, PM Modi and Co still in Political Campaign mode at times. He’s one PM who has been doing more rallies than any body though/despite since being PM. Still he speaks about ongoing things at those campaigns or sabhas currently. & so called opportunities to hail NM & war cries so openly on social media and out in the open. Pulwama to take place was touted a slip up as NM was informed about certain intelligence input. But we really don’t know how that slip / Pulwama incident even could happen.

9. Defence Minister wasn’t so visible or vocal actively during this whole episode.

10. External Affairs Minister came to the active visibility late but since then has been active. Earlier only MEA was issuing statements, & was visible.

11. Home Minister was visible of course and active post Pulwama.

12. The less said the better about our so called OPs.

13. Balakot (PAK), JeM Camp there in form of a Madrassa, where terrorists or so were recruited through extreme speeches by Terrorists & master Minds Masood Azhar & his brother-in-law Yusuf. Where’s the camp, the bodies, debris still that’s a mystery as no independent journalist or party has been able to visit the site and verify. But the Sign board of JeM still hangs without being affected!

14. If Azad Kashmir has not been independent even in the name of Freedom of Kashmir, then what fools are talking about Kashmir Freedom/Independence. Pakistan just want Kashmir and to loot nothing else.

And after decades, going by the media footage, there, locals at least near the current LOC with India seem to be not uttering about Kashmir or they are Kashmiri, but proud Pakistani.

15. Yes, thanks to Pakistan’s Wazir-e-Azam Imran Khan (though conveniently using phrase of “Peace Gesture” given Pakistan’s history), Wing Commander will be released/returned to India ceremoniously through Wagah Border. (It should have happened by now, but it hasn’t.) He might have been perceived as a Messenger of Peace, Charismatic, or Statesman Leader by quite a few quarters, time will tell the true tales and reveal true colours. If he’s so for peace and against terror, why not stop all Terror Camps inside Pakistan and its administering areas? World knows he came to power because of the turbulence in Pakistan and the near bankruptcy, so some in the name of Naya Pakistan, and most notably because of the extremists, Islamists’ open support and Pakistani Army’s and Terror organizations’ support. One benefit of doubt goes to IK that he was not so anti-India or hate monger unlike Javed Miandad or so during his playing days or while playing cricket matches / WC crucial ones against India. He was rather cautious at times, and hardly could perform best vs India on the field. And outside game field, World knows his playboy and merry-go-lucky glamourous life. How much he’s really a transformed, if at all, or all this PR/image for the ultimate power within his country, still under thick clouds. But he’s different than others in Pakistan, and may be better! He would have tried to lie and not follow Geneva Conventions. But any way, he had accepted that two MiG-21s form India followed into Pakistan side LOC after chasing out Pakistani fighter Jets (which he said he wanted to act to show that Pakistan can also retaliate and enter Indian aero-space just to show capability as he had announced in various speeches/addresses). He has conducted himself gracefully on occasions! His Cricket World Cup Winning Leader Captain / Kaptaan image really carrying so far so good amongst his fans/followings.

16. WC Abhi is yet to be released and return (today*)(that too under circumstances of Geneva Convention & other facets), so let’s not jump to conclusions or hailing this & that leader or Political is just immature.

17. Kandahar episode was still not handled properly. Its aftermath is clearly visible after nearly two decades with masterminds masterminding Terror attacks onto/inside India while they themselves living comfortably in Pakistan.

18. Media if allowed in  govt / confidential activities, would hail the leadership, but jeopardise the whole objective/process. But if not briefed or not allowed inside, would cry it as curb of freedom and participation and democracy.

19. I prefer currently ANI inputs. Have wondered long back as well, how come other TV news Media take its inputs/videos and just commercialise/sensationalise so much even now on FB /twitter with so many ads, so why not just watch the closer original sources of ANI!? ANI though provides/sells its multimedia to various such News/media agencies including international to run their own business. ANI is just main / core content provider. Agencies just fabricate/manipulate.

20. I wish DD was made actually free to all TV consumers without any mandatory commercial subscription. Even TVS with earlier subscription and now de/inactive one should be allowed to view DD channels.

21. So called proxy-FarceWar is going on on social media, where Pakis are mocking in posting on every social media platform or TV news media posts with a mocking signature line of <n Indian City>, Pakistan!

~PP

(main content originally shared on Facebook on 28 February 2019. Today bit adding some in the context: like today instead of tomorrow wordings etc.)

Ironically: Pride & Historic first time that India’s External Affairs Minister / विदेश मंत्री Smt. Sushma Swaraj श्रीमती सुषमा स्वराज is attending as Guest of Honour at OIC / Islamic Nation’s meet at the UAE while Pakistan boycott objecting to India’s presence at this ‘Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’ conclave. Sushma Swaraj reiterates the evil peril of terrorism and efforts to thwart it and eradicate it. Pakistani Chair empty.

My request & prayer was to release Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman Aaj or Abhi.

Aaj or Abhi, kyun ki Kal (Love/Peace) Ho Naa Ho!

Azadi is such a misleading and misused word.

Geneva Conventions imply during war, or armed conflict, or even during such conflicts even though war is not declared. So mainly Conventions I & II apply. & No handover/release in media but through formal ways as armed/air forces to armed/air forces. (No glamourisation.)

Most Notably: Yes, Kashmiris (कश्मीरी) didn’t act against India/भारत/हिंदुस्तान during these times.

May Dutiful Wing Commander Fly High with Free Wings again! Salute!

He’s brave and a real Soldier indeed. His conduct was apt and just, and all recognized and appreciated that.

Well, Pakistani Army treated him well (so far)!

& at least there hasn’t been contradicting stories/imaginations as far as this India-Pakistan episode is concerned.

Abhinandan, not Abhinandar or Avinandar! Varthaman/Vardhaman!? May I/we not know Your true full name, and not required yet, as your identity to be protected. But You are “IAF ‘WC AV'”! Once you’re awarded, may the whole nation (& world) know.

& Let the release/return of WC Abhinandan not be glorified/gamourized/publicised much.

Update: As of 1 March 2019 late afternoon, just about evening. Indian Air Force Wing Commander Abhinandan has been handed over irrespective of (to Indian High Commission in Islamabad, Pakistan or through Wagah-Lahore route, after Pakistan turning down request by IAF for return of Abhi via Air) finally to Indian Air Force Officials at Attari-Wagah border. But not before deliberate delay by Pakistan over total 8 hours ath the border!

Media were thankfully barred in that restricted area.

Thanks but No Thanks to (Naya) Pakistan’s Wazir-e-Azam Imran Khan!

It’s all Propaganda driven Pakistan.

Thanks to Geneva Conventions and IAF and Indian Govt & Ministerial efforts as well as International Community.

Moments of Silence & Peace for martyred Squadron Leader Siddharth Vashisht pilot of Mi-17 that crashed in Budgam on  27th February 2019.

Meanwhile Ceasefire violations continue on the ground on J&K border/LOC from Pakistani side, and Indian Army responding appropriately.

Some casualties in some places on the ground as well.