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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Bank staff to go for 5 days'strike in January, says All India Bank Employees' Association

Unions in the banking sector have announced five day strike next month to demand early resolution of their wage hike negotiations, said the All India Bank Employees'Association (AIBEA).
In a statement issued in Chennai on Saturday, AIBEA said the United Forum of Bank Unions (UFBU) at their meeting in Mumbai December 17 have decided to go on strike on January 7.
It will be followed by four days continuous strike from January 21 to January 24 and an in-definite strike from March 16 onwards.
The UFBU an umbrella organisation of bank unions includes AIBEA, National Confederation of Bank Employees, Bank Employees Federation of India, Indian National Bank Employees Federation, Indian National Bank Officers Congress, National Organisation of Bank Workers, All India Bank Officers Association, and National Organisation of Bank Officers.
According to AIBEA's statement, the UFBU meeting expressed its dissatisfaction on the casual attitude of Indian Banks' Association (IBA) relating to wage negotiations.
"The meeting took serious note of the action of IBA in asking all the banks to re-visit the mandate given earlier to IBA to negotiate and settle the wage demands of the unions and unanimously decided to lodge its protest immediately by calling for a day's strike Jan 7, 2015, as the action of IBA is nothing but a ploy to delay the negotiation process of wage revision," the statement added.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Madras high court restrained TCS from retrenching an employee

CHENNAI: In a case which may open a floodgate of litigation, the Madras high court on Tuesday restrained software major TCS from retrenching an employee who has been issued termination by the company.
Amid reports that TCS planned to retrench 25,000 engineers, Rekha, who is pregnant at present, was issued termination orders on December 22, 2014. She was informed that she would be relieved from duty on January 21, 2015.
She moved the high court saying the retrenchment move was illegal and in gross violation of Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.
On Tuesday, admitting her petition, Justice M Duraiswamy granted a four-week interim inunction restraining the company from retrenching her.
In her petition, Rekha said she joined TCS in Chennai in March 2011 as an IT analyst.
She is a 'workman' within the meaning of Section 2(s) of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947, as her main duties and responsibilities are technical and clerical in nature.
Her job involves receiving and collating information about software/application to be developed, analyzing requirements and designing and developing appropriate software or application based on client company's needs. Noting that she was honest, sincere and dedicated worker and that her performance had always been very good, Rekha said she had been given the rating 'C' (meets expectations) thrice during her service in TCS.
She said the company reportedly had taken an unfair decision to terminate the services of 25,000 workers holding designation of assistant consultant and above, and to recruit 55,000 persons, predominately freshers on the basis of campus interviews, and other less experienced persons with to cut costs.
She was issued termination orders on December 22, 2014, stating that she would be relieved from service on January 21, 2015.
According to Section 25 of the Industrial Disputes Act, the principle is last come, first go. TCS has not published any seniority list as required under the rules framed under the Act and it has not given any notice of retrenchment as required under the Act.
TCS does not propose to pay 15 days of wages for every completed year of service as compensation which too is mandatory under the Act, she said, adding, "in any event, termination is not valid or justifiable."

Monday, January 12, 2015

Misbah to quit ODIs after 2015 WC

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq has said that he will quit one-day international cricket after the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The veteran right-hander had informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) of his decision to quit although he wants to keep playing Test cricket.
The 40-year-old becomes Pakistan's second senior player after Shahid Afridi to announce his ODI retirement after the World Cup. "It's my final decision and I have informed the PCB of my decision," Misbah told AFP. "It would be icing on the cake if I retire with a World Cup win and I will do my best to do that. I've thought about this for a long time. The World Cup is an important event and I want to finish on a winning note," said Misbah, who will be playing his second World Cup after featuring in Pakistan's semi-final finish in 2011," he said.
Earlier on Sunday, a PCB official said that Misbah had conveyed his decision to the board a few days back. "Unlike Shahid Afridi who went ahead and announced he would retire from one-day internationals after the World Cup Misbah has said he would like to do it through the board," the official was quoted as saying by PTI. "He is keen to lead Pakistan in the Test series against Sri Lanka, England and India this year," the official disclosed.
"He has taken a graceful step and we want to give him a worthy send-off on January 13 before the start of the short training camp and he will formally hold a press conference." PCB spokesman Agha Akbar said.
Misbah has been Pakistan's Test captain since November 2010 and has led the ODI side since May 2011. The board official stated that as a fallout of Misbah's call to quit 50-overs cricket, the PCB has already asked head coach Waqar Younis and chief selector Moin Khan to submit a comprehensive post World Cup plan under which appointment of new captains will take place.
With Shahid Afridi already having announced his decision to retire from ODIs earlier, and now with Misbah announcing his retirement plans, another veteran Younus Khan is expected to quit ODIs post the World Cup. Misbah played 153 ODIs, having scored 4,669 runs at an average of 42.83 with 37 fifties, the most runs without a hundred in all one-day internationals.
Pakistan will fly to New Zealand on January 21 to play two ODIs on January 31 and February 3. They will play two warm-up games on February 9 and 11 before taking on India in their first World Cup match in Adelaide on February 15.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

report card of indian team

A look back at India's Test series in Australia, and marks to each of the players.

Virat Kohli - 9/10

A match as India's stand-in captain and another after becoming full-time captain didn't stop Virat Kohli from leaving an indelible mark on the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. With four centuries and a fifty, Kohli matched Steven Smith, the highest run-getter in the series, stroke for stroke and was India's beacon of hope in all four Test matches. Couldn't take India over the line at Adelaide and fell at the wrong times during many of his masterful innings. His captaincy was tested with an inexperienced and wayward bowling attack.

Murali Vijay - 8/10

With a second overseas series fetching him more than 400 runs, the opener will return to India after the Test series as the team's most improved batsman. Not typically aggressive, Vijay left the ball with a clear mind and played the rest of the deliveries with full control and caution. Dropped anchor when needed and scored heavily against spinners. One century, a 99 and three other half-centuries meant Vijay was an important piece in India's resistance in the top order.

Ajinkya Rahane - 7.5/10

Rahane slipped under the radar in South Africa, New Zealand and England, but in Australia he showed his worth with 399 runs from four Tests. Barring soft dismissals, Rahane was in control in all his innings, and seldom looked troubled against spin or pace. While his 38* ensured a draw in the final Test, his 147 at Melbourne took Australia by surprise for the pace and the ease with which he scored his runs. Will form an important part of India's middle order in the years to come along with Kohli.

R Ashwin - 6/10

By far India's best bowler in the Test series and the only one who looked like taking a wicket, albeit with an average of over 48. His second-innings 50 at Sydney gave India vital lower-order runs and he returned to take four wickets in the Australian second innings, after missing the opening Test. However, his effectiveness overseas remains a question when pitches don't offer much assistance.

KL Rahul - 5/10

Possibly India's find of the series who may have played his first and last Test had it not been for Kohli showing faith in the 22-year-old Karnataka opener. In Melbourne, Rahul looked to attack without settling in and paid the price in both innings, and his horror run in Tests continued when he dropped a sitter off Rogers in Sydney, but he returned to stroke a patient and important maiden Test century in the company of his captain that led India's charge. Looked comfortable at the crease, a contrast to the sorry figure Shikhar Dhawan cut in the middle.

Ishant Sharma - 5.5/10

Despite unimpressive returns, Ishant looked India's best medium-pacer in the series with nine wickets. He missed the final Test due to injury, and it was only him who provided the team with a few quiet overs against a rampaging Australian batting line-up. Has a long way to go to take on the spearhead's mantle even after 61 Tests.

Mohammed Shami - 5/10

India's leading wicket-taker in the series and the only Indian to take five wickets in an innings in four Test matches. And yet, Shami's bowling neither inspired confidence nor threatened Australia. After a fine spell in the last session on the opening day, Shami tapered off and was dropped in Brisbane, but returned in Melbourne only to bowl erratically. His inability to bowl a consistent line saw him going for plenty.

Cheteshwar Pujara - 4.5/10

Despite starting well like in England, Pujara's performances dipped as the series wore on, and found himself dropped for the final Test after being a certainty in the side in all overseas Tests since the turn of last year. Pujara appeared to suffer from lack of confidence and was frequently worked out by Australia's pace bowlers.

Rohit Sharma - 4/10

Lazy elegance or pure lazy - take your pick. Played three Tests, got starts everywhere but threw them away at crucial junctures, leaving India in trouble on more than one occasion. Didn't have an impact as a No 6, nor did he do himself any favours at No 3 in Sydney. His efforts to rile up Mitchell Johnson backfired famously in Brisbane, and was promptly dropped for the next Test in Melbourne. Continues to lack Test match temperament.

Shikhar Dhawan - 4/10

Has wavered since his eye-catching debut in Mohali against the same team in 2013. Continues to be troubled by the moving ball up front or when it rises more than it should. Got a couple of starts that he failed to convert, and returned after injuring himself to top-score in India's second innings in Brisbane, but was dropped after twin failures in Melbourne. His technique remains suspect overseas, and now faces a challenge for his spot from Rahul.

MS Dhoni - 4/10

The biggest casualty of the series. Went into the Tests injured, missed the first Test, returned for the second and third only to retire after the end of the Boxing Day Test. Questionable fitness, poor tactics and zero impact with the bat saw him oversee one of his worst performances as wicketkeeper-batsman.

Wriddhiman Saha - 4/10

The back-up 'keeper finally became the No 1 after Dhoni's retirement, and while he showed decent glovework, Saha was ordinary with the bat. In Adelaide, a wild slog saw him stumped off Nathan Lyon after taking 15 from the over as Australia completed an unlikely victory, but looked solid in Sydney. A couple of missed chances behind the stumps, but will improve with more game time.

Umesh Yadav - 3.5/10

India's weak link was its pace bowling attack and Yadav was at the forefront of it. Only came in after the first Test but leaked runs in all three games and lacked any sort of penetration with an inability to bowl on one side of the stumps. Conceded the most runs by any bowler to have bowled three overs in a Test match with 45 runs in the second innings at Sydney, a sharp contrast to Josh Hazlewood, who in his third Test match, gave his first run off the 29th ball of his spell in the second innings in the same match.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar - 3/10

India's best player from England fell from grace in Australia in the only Test he played, a shoo-in for the final Test without full fitness. Lacked pace and the prodigious swing from England was amiss and was played like a club bowler. Provided solidity with the bat, however, in both innings to save the final Test.

Varun Aaron - 3/10

A rudderless jet in two Test matches, Aaron went for plenty in all four innings and gave away runs with alarming regularity. Lacked in control, accuracy and patience and was promptly dropped after Brisbane. Aaron's Test future is uncertain, and was also left out of the World Cup squad as a result. His best delivery was a no-ball.

Karn Sharma - 3/10

A surprise selection in the Test squad was followed by a shock debut at Adelaide, which was a trial by fire against a rampant Australian batting line-up. Took two wickets in each innings but looks a far cry from a bowler ready for Test cricket.

Suresh Raina - 2/10

A comeback after two and a half years ended with a pair at Sydney. Will continue to flourish in ODIs but footwork not cut out for Test cricket, and will continue with the Test team at Ravi Shastri's behest.

No Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard in Jason Holder-led West Indies squad for 2015 World Cup

West Indies have left out all-rounders Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard from their 15-man squad for the World Cup in February and March.
The duo are surprise omissions, but there is a recall for spinner Sunil Narine whosebowling action was deemed illegal during last year’s Champions League Twenty20 competition.
Bravo led the team which abruptly withdrew from a one day series in India last year over a pay dispute and the pullout prompted the Indian board to suspend all future tours with West Indies.
The squad will be captained by 23-year-old Jason Holder, who will lead the side for the first time in their five-match one-day international series in South Africa starting on Friday.
Experienced batsman Marlon Samuels has been appointed vice-captain.
Also returning to the squad is top order batsman Darren Bravo, who had taken time away from the game to address some personal matters.
Fast bowler Kemar Roach has been selected despite after suffering an ankle injury in the recently completed test series against South Africa.
Chairman of the selection panel Clive Lloyd, who won the World Cup in 1975 and 1979, says they believe they have a squad that can win the Feb. 14 – Mar. 29 tournament.
“If they play to their potential I am quite sure we will do very well,” Lloyd said in a West Indies Cricket Board media release. “I have really high hopes in this team – I believe they can do something special.
“We have the talent and if we can play to our potential we have a very good chance of lifting that trophy.”
Squad: Jason Holder (captain), Sulieman Benn, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Denesh Ramdin, Kemar Roach, Andre Russell, Darren Sammy, Marlon Samuels, Lendl Simmons, Dwayne Smith, Jerome Taylor.

SEZ में अब बन पाएंगे स्कूल और अस्पताल भी

विशेष आर्थिक क्षेत्र (सेज) को पुनर्जीवन देने के ध्येय से सरकार ने सेज क्षेत्र में खाली पड़े स्थान के दोहरे इस्तेमाल की अनुमति दी है। इसके तहत डिवेलपर्स को स्कूल, अस्पताल और होटेल जैसे सामाजिक आधारभूत ढांचा स्थापित करने की अनुमति दी गई है, जिनका सेज के भीतर और बाहर के लोग इस्तेमाल कर सकते हैं।


अधिसूचना के अनुसार सेज में उपयोग में नहीं लाए गए क्षेत्रों को दो भागों में विभक्त किया गया है। सामाजिक और वाणिज्यिक आधारभूत ढांचा एक हिस्सा है, जिसका इस्तेमाल सेज के भीतर के लोग के साथ-साथ वहां के बाहर के लोग भी कर सकते हैं।

नए अधिसूचना के तहत दूसरा हिस्सा विशेष रूप से सेज की विभिन्न इकाइयों के उपयोग के लिए है। गौर करने लायक बात यह है कि सामाजिक और वाणिज्यिक आधारभूत ढांचे के निर्माण के लिए कोई रियायत अथवा राहत नहीं दी जाएगी, जिसका इस्तेमाल सेज के भीतर और बाहर के लोग करेंगे।

बजट में क्या चाहिए, बताएं रेल मंत्री को

क्या आपके घर के नजदीक रेलवे स्टेशन तो है लेकिन ट्रेनें नहीं हैं, या फिर स्टेशन पर आपको फुट ओवर ब्रिज की कमी खलती है। इसके अलावा अगर आपको लगता है कि किसी ट्रेन रूट का एक्सटेंशन कर दिया जाए और इससे लाखों लोगों को फायदा मिलेगा, या फिर आपके पास कोई ऐसा आइडिया है जिससे रेलवे में और सुधार हो सकता है तो आप घर बैठे सीधे रेल मंत्री सुरेश प्रभु से अपनी बात कह सकते हैं।


आप बजट को लेकर भी अपने सुझाव दे सकते हैं, लेकिन इसके लिए आपको 16 जनवरी से पहले ही अपनी बात कहनी होगी। इसके लिए आपको कोई लेटर लिखने की भी जरूरत नहीं है। सिर्फ इंडियन रेलवे की वेबसाइट पर जाकर अपनी बात लिखनी होगी।

लोगों को इंडियन रेलवे की वेबसाइट www.indianrailways.gov.in पर जाना होगा, उसके मेन पेज पर ही बाईं ओर यह कॉलम नजर आएगा। बस उसे क्लिक करें और उसमें अपने सुझाव दर्ज करा दें।

इन पर मांगी गई राय

कम्प्यूटराइजेशन
इनों का विद्युतीकरण
फाइनैंस
फुट ओवर ब्रिज
फ्रेट इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर
इनोवेटिव आइडिया
नई रेल लाइनें
रोड ओवर ब्रिज
ट्रेनों में अपराध रोकना
ट्रेनों को सेफ तरीके से चलाना
नई ट्रेनें
ट्रेनों का एक्सटेंशन

Have an idea to improve railway services:Ministry of Railways

Think you have a technical suggestion for Indian Railways to be incorporated into the Railway Budget and don't know how to get to them? The Ministry of Railways has a solution. Now, anybody can log in to www.indianrailways.gov.in and submit their suggestions on various topics including infrastructure, tourism, computerisation, electrification as well as crime prevention.
The Ministry  has invited suggestions from the public on various subjects for the forthcoming railway budget 2015-16 which will be accepted up to January 17. In addition, Citizens can also give their complaints, general suggestions and feedback online on the same website of the Ministry of Railways round the year which can be tracked also online.
This is part of the to understand the citizen's experience and and ensure that most important areas from a citizen perspective find place in Railways’ priorities.
The suggestions can pertain to  computerization, electrical, electrification of lines, finance, foot over bridges, freight, Infrastructure, innovative ideas and railway lines, Road Over/Under Bridges, crime prevention, safe running of trains/Disaster Management, tourism related services, new trains, extension of trains, augmentation of trains, frequency of trains and pantry cars & catering.

http://www.indianrailways.gov.in/railwayboard/uploadDoc.jsp

Saturday, January 10, 2015

CAPTAIN's CORNER

Virat Kohli ended the Test series with 692 runs at 86 but he said was most pleased by the character shown by his teammates, even as India lost the four-match Test series against Australia despite fighting to force a draw on the 5th day in Sydney.
"I am proud of the way we played in this series. The guys have stepped up to show real character and determination in Australia. In Australia, it is never easy," Kohli said during the post-match presentation.
The Indians fought hard in the series despite suffering a 0-2 reverse. In Adelaide, the Kohli-led team decided to go after the target of 364 on a crumbling final day track and fell 48 runs short. They were on-course for a first innings lead in Brisbane before Mitchell Johnson turned the game around with the bat and the ball. They shored up well in Melbourne and Sydney to eke out draws but Kohli hoped that the Australian team viewed this Indian team as worthy competitors. "It could have gone either way," he said. "I am sure Australia would have enjoyed the competition as well."

Speaking about the final day's play in Sydney, the Indian captain said that he wasn't sure if he wanted to go for the target at tea and credited Ajinkya Rahane for shepherding Bhuvneshwar Kumar to see out the remaining overs and force a draw after a point of time when defeat became a strong possibility. "At tea time, I was not 100% sure if we wanted to go for the target. After (Murali) Vijay got out, I thought we could go for it as we wouldn't be coming back here (to play Tests) for sometime now. If it does not happen, it does not happen, but it's worth taking the risk," he said.
"Our second innings was a mixture of intent and patience. Ajinkya Rahane showed a lot of character and determination at the end. Eventually, it was a satisfying result but a win would have been better," Kohli said.
The new Indian Test captain also identified the bowling as an area of improvement for the side and said that he had instructed his bowlers to learn from the opposition. "The batsmen have stepped up but the bowling needs consistency. What matters at the end of the day is taking 20 wickets. Spinners have been our strength in the past and we have to back our strengths. The Australian bowlers know how to set-up the batsman and we have to learn from them. We need to take somethings from the opposition," he said.
I would like to thank the Indian fans for coming out to support us; and also to the Australian fans who gave us a hard time

Vishal Sikka gifts iPhone 6s to 3,000 top performers

BENGALURU: Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka played Santa Claus to top performers in the company during the holiday season. He gifted iPhone 6s to 3,000 employees, an unusual gesture for the company and perhaps part of an effort to stem the high attrition rate.

The gift was accompanied by a mail from Sikka, where he addressed the employees as friends. The mail read: "Thinking back on 2014 feels good, doesn't it? There was so much you wanted to accomplish with seemingly so little time to do it all. Now, as you stand on the brink of the New Year and look back, there is the satisfying realization that a great part of it actually got done. This feeling is not unlike the one Kahlil Gibran evokes in his lyrical commentary on work - `When you work, you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music'."

Sikka said achieving what Infosys had "took your boundless energy and extraordinary effort". "And I believe it's not enough that we simply recognize it, we must celebrate it. That's why I am so happy that we are presenting you with a Holiday Bonus - the cool new Apple iPhone 6. A gift that'll always remind you and your teammates of the exceptional value you delivered for Infosys," he said.

Sikka's "holiday bonus" came as a big surprise to employees. One employee said they had not been indulged in this manner before.

Corporates have been finding new ways to reward top performers, instead of simply handing out more cash. HCL Technologies recently offered around 130 of its top performers the option of driving home a Mercedes or taking their family and friends on an all-expenses-paid international or domestic holiday.

Friday, January 9, 2015

5th test-4th day-FACTS & FIGURES INDVSAUS 2014-15

Australia secured a comfortable 348-run lead at stumps on day four of the fourth Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) as vital cameos from Steven Smith (71) and Joe Burns (66) led the hosts to a total of 251/6 in the 2nd innings.
 Earlier in the day, India, resuming on the overnight score of 342/5, lost the wicket of centurion Virat Kohli cheaply as he managed to add just seven runs to his overnight tally of 140. However, a half-century from Ravichandran Ashwin, along with handy contributions from Wriddhiman Saha (35) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (30), ensured that India reduced the 1st innings deficit to just 97 runs as they were bowled out for 475.


Here are the statistical highlights from day four of the Test:
769 – Number of runs scored by Steven Smith in the current 4-match Test series against India. This is the most scored by any batsman in a series between the two sides, overtaking Don Bradman’s tally of 715 runs.
33 – Joe Burns’ half-century today came off a mere 33 balls, which is the third-fastest in Australian Test history. The two batsmen to have achieved the feat quicker than Burns are Bruce Yardley (29 balls) and Mitchell Starc (32 balls).
15 – Umesh Yadav’s current economy rate of 15, having conceded 45 runs off his 3 overs, makes him the most expensive bowler in Test cricket for anyone who has conceded a minimum of 45 runs in an innings.
24 – A bowler has given away 100 or more runs in an innings on 24 different occasions in this series, which is the most in a single series ever.
50 – Ravichandran Ashwin now has 50 Test wickets to his name against Australia. The Indian bowler with the most Test wickets versus the men from Down Under is Anil Kumble with 111 wickets.
9 – Ashwin also became just the ninth Indian to achieve the unique double of scoring 1,000 runs and taking 100 wickets in Test cricket.
1 – This is the first time that both sides have gone past a score of 400 in the 1st innings of every Test, in a series where a minimum of three Tests has been played.
4 – Chris Rogers has become just the 4th batsman in Test cricket to have six consecutive half-centuries. The other three are Allan Border, Rahul Dravid and Misbah-ul-Haq.
646 – Number of runs Virat Kohli has scored in this Test series, and he has done so at a stupendous average of 92.28. This is the most by an Indian batsman in Australia ever, surpassing Rahul Dravid’s previous record of 619 runs in the 2003-04 series.

Sachin film by 'Battle of Sexes' director

Mumbai: One of the coming Fridays -the date hasn't been decided as yet -2,000 theaters across the world will get ready for a blockbuster release of a feature film made on the life and times of Sachin Tendulkar.
The Master Blaster is all set to blaze the silver screen with the yet to-be-titled movie which will capture his cricket and personal life in great detail. Tendulkar, who has given his go-ahead to the production, will be contributing to it with his own inputs as well as acting.
The makers of the movie -a Mumbai production company called '200 Not Out' -bagged the rights from World Sports Group, which manages Tendulkar's brand and commercial interests. It will be directed by London based James Erskine. The work on a movie in which Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar will play himself started a year ago and is being shot in latest. Nearly 50% of the film has been shot. Apart from Tendulkar, many well-known personalities across the world are also contributing to it.
200 Not Out -the production house behind the movie, which has over 150 advertisement and short films to its credit -it is learnt, is also in touch with cricket boards across the world to access video footages from the past which will be weaved into the film. The production house has roped in James Erskine, a London based award-winning writer, director and producer to direct the film. James has directed 'One Night in Turin', which was released nationwide in the run up to the Football World Cup in 2010. He has also directed the film 'Battle of the Sexes', which captures the story of the most watched tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. He has also directed cricket film 'From the Ashes'.
Speaking with TOI, Ravi Bhagchandka, founder, 200 Not Out, said, "We decided on working with Erskine after studying the many incredible films involving sports personalities. This will be the first time he will be working in this part of the world. We will work with the best in the business for the film to be a fitting tribute to the achievements of Tendulkar."
The film will capture Tendulkar's phenomenal rise and also reveals aspects hitherto unknown to common public. Bhagchandka, a former club cricketer from Mumbai, says after playing the game himself, he was in a position to understand the effect Tendulkar must have had on millions of fans. "Someone had to capture this as memories for the generations to come who will want to know what the Tendulkar-era was like," he says.
Tendulkar's life as a young boy living in Mumbai, marriage to Anjali and his following worldwide will all be part of the movie apart from the game he played for 25 years. A leading sports broadcasting company is learnt to have picked the marketing rights for the movie. "It will be a worldwide release in more than 2,000 theatres," Bhagchandka said.
The makers of the movie did not want to make a documentary and opted for a feature film after the former cricketer gave the go-ahead to the project and agreed to be part of it.

Murali Vijay had been assured by MS Dhoni of World Cup berth:REPORTS

Reports suggest that opening batsman Murali Vijay was strongly backed by captain MS Dhoni to be included in India’s 2015 World Cup squad, but the selectors chose to overrule him and opt for the all-rounder Stuart Binny in his stead. 
A source close to Murali Vijay has said that the Tamil Nadu man was assured by Dhoni in the course of the ongoing tour of Australia that he would feature in the World Cup in Oz country later 




this year. However, Dhoni did not have his way in the selection meeting on Tuesday, and Binny’s all-round abilities were put ahead of Vijay’s role as a specialist batsman.


With a total of 402 runs, Vijay has been one of India’s more successful batsmen in Australia, and he is rightly one of the most disappointed at the list of 15 announced. Former captain Sourav Ganguly has also said that he would have opted for the specialist batsman for the World Cup.
Dhoni also wanted Mohit Sharma in World Cup team

The selectors had a short interaction with Virat Kohli, the new Indian captain in the Test format, before making their decision. Dhoni, who is used to having a considerable say in team selection matters, has been given a snub of considerable proportions by the exclusions of his Chennai Super Kings team-mates Vijay and Mohit Sharma.
The source has also reported, “Dhoni had prepared Mohit with the World Cup in mind. An injury sometime back didn't go in his favour, but he was still fit and the captain would have liked to have him in the team".

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Dhoni’s different from me: Gilchrist ;Aussie legend analyses MSD the man, the cricketer and the wicketkeeper-batsman

The kind of heroes a person chooses has a huge impact on his life. And the day your name is mentioned in the same breath as your hero, you've bridged the gap between dream and reality. For MS Dhoni, that day came after he played his fifth match for India. No sooner did he butcher the Pakistani bowlers on a sweltering April day in Vizag to score a 123-ball 148, the cricketing world started to hail him as the next Adam Gilchrist.

Dhoni dedicated his maiden ODI century to Gilchrist, and a few years later, one got to know the respect was mutual. “The best compliment for me is when someone says they’ll pay to watch me play,” Gilchrist said. “And I can say that I’ll pay to watch MS Dhoni bat.” Four years have elapsed since the world’s best wicketkeeper-batsman made that statement, and the respect has only grown.

Responding to all the comparisons between him and Dhoni, Gilchrist said, “MS is not the next Gilchrist. He’s the first MS Dhoni”.

Here’s a little rewind of what the legend had to say about Indian cricket’s most inspirational leader.  

A maverick, a genius

I am extremely impressed with him as a cricketer. From what I can see, he has always been courteous, friendly and a warm person. His calmness is his greatest asset amongst fine skills, great power and so on. It’s a difficult job to keep full-time in the subcontinent alongside batting and captaining the side. I think he has done a remarkable job. Everything he adds in different aspects of the game makes him a wonderful package for a cricket team. He seems to me like a very calculative and a smart cricketer who knows what he can do but doesn’t necessarily plan it all the time. He reacts to whatever happens in front of him. Of the current lot, Dhoni is my favourite wicketkeeper-batsman.

‘Keeper of faith

A lot has been spoken about his keeping and people say that there are potentially better wicketkeepers in India, which I am not sure about. For me, MS does a terrific job behind the stumps. I believe he is not a huge trainer when it comes to his wicketkeeping. I have been told that he does very limited wicketkeeping drills and practice, and that’s really interesting. I have seen him at a constantly acceptable level and haven’t seen him making blunders that have cost his team. 

A mix of fire and ice


His biggest strength in batting is his power. He hits the ball with great power and can dispatch a very good delivery out of the ground. The helicopter shot that he plays, is very unique and difficult to play. He seems to have taken a more mature and a stable approach of finishing the games. He can change his game in the last five overs knowing that no ground is big enough for him. He can clear the rope five or six times in the final overs, and all of a sudden the target becomes easy. 

A man of his own

I have been told earlier about him dedicating his first century to me and that really is nice. I feel thrilled to hear such a thing from any cricketer. He is very much his own man as far as I can see. The manner through which he came into the limelight was lighting fast. He very quickly formed his own personality and his own style. He’s completely different from me. He is not a great believer in training too hard. I, on the other hand, had to and wanted to prepare excessively before each game. He’s great at finishing the games in the limited overs format and I often batted up the order. He can adapt his game according to the situation – playing anchor or aggressor. I don’t see any kind of similarity between me and him. He is not the second Adam Gilchrist; he’s the first MS Dhoni.

This interview was done in the 2012 IPL season .

The knock that inspired a nation Gavaskar, Shastri recall Kapil’s 175* against Zimbabwe in 1983 World Cup

Every successful journey comprises a moment, an act of inspiration that leads to the final flourish. Those who scripted India’s 1983 World Cup triumph and those who witnessed it from a few yards’ distance are unanimous in picking the moment that transformed India’s fortunes in the tournament.

It was Kapi Dev’s miraculous 175 not-out against Zimbabwe at the nondescript Nevil Ground in Trunbridge. What made that knock special was not the number of runs scored but the situation in which they came. 

Kapil won the toss and elected to bat. Zimbabwe’s new ball bowling pair of Pater Rawson and Kevin Curran wrecked the Indian top-order on a helpful wicket.

Openers, Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth, departed without scoring. Mohinder Amarnath and Sandip Patil followed them and India were a precarious 9 for 4. In walked the captain at No.6 and saw the back of Yashpal Sharma leaving the team at 17 for 5.

What followed was 138 balls of sheers magic; in Gavaskar’s words, “It was the best World Cup innings that I have seen”. The legendary Indian opening batsman remembers Kapil’s innings like it happened yesterday.

“When Kapil went in to bat at the start, till about 80 to 90 runs he hardly hit the ball up in the air. Yes, he slashed the ball off the backfoot over covers, much like Virender Sehwag does, and it a very safe shot. That was the only shot he was playing up in the air,” Gavaskar recollected.

After getting to three figures, Kapil changed his bat and, with that, the game. “Once he went past 100, he was lofting the bowlers straight over long-on and long-off, and sent it over mid-wicket with the flick he played so well.

“He might have hit a few sixes earlier too but I don’t remember them. I remember the clean hitting – the bat-swing, the connection, the sweet sound of that connection and the ball sailing into the stands. In my view it was the best World Cup innings that I have seen,” Gavaskar gushed.

Along the way the Indian captain formed 60 and 62-run partnerships with Roger Binny and Madan Lal respectively before Syed Kirmani hung in till the end to build a record ninth-wicket 126-run unbeaten stand with Kapil. India finished with 266 for 8 in their 60 overs and eventually beat Zimbabwe by 31 runs.

Kapil’s innings was a stunning motivation for his side. For the batsmen what motivated them was guilt. As a result, that day Kapil had to eat his lunch alone. “As it was a 60-over game, we used to have lunch and tea breaks in ODIs,” Gavaskar recalled.

“During lunch when Kapil came in the dressing room, there was no one in there. Neither of us was in the lunch room as well. We were all hiding our faces from the man who had just showed us how we should have batted,” said the batsman who had piled up runs against the intimidating West Indies fast bowlers on the nasty Caribbean pitches in his debut Test series.

“I don’t think people really understand what an innings that was. It was remarkable. Your top-order isn’t able to lay bat on ball and here comes a man who starts hitting the same ball to the far distance of the ground and get such big score,” Gavaskar said with awe, adding that it was the watershed moment of India’s World Cup journey.

“It was from there that the Indian team took off and once again started to believe in themselves. Kapil was truly a leader. He was our inspiration and the backbone of our team. There is not slightest doubt it my mind that if it wasn’t for Kapil, India would not have won the 1983 World Cup.”

Another member of the squad seconds Gavaskar’s thoughts. “In Kapil Dev we had one of the finest cricketers of the world,” announced Ravi Shastri.

“He was inspirational. He had intuition that told him what needed to be done during a particular time. He was an absolute natural. He played cricket that way and he captained the team that way. I am sure he lives his life in that fashion too.”

Referring the 175, Shastri said, “It was that kind of inspiration that got India out of jail. We were gone against Zimbabwe. He transformed the entire game with sheer individual brilliance. Unfortunately that innings is not on tape. If it were, it would have been one of the hottest properties that ever existed.”

Yes, one of the greatest ODI knocks ever played hasn’t been recorded on tape. BBC, the official broadcaster of the tournament, didn’t cover the match. That makes it all the more special for those few thousands who cramped up in the small ground to watch two minnows take each other on.

For Kapil Dev, it was special for one reason. “That innings gave the team the reassurance that we have the ability to win a match in any circumstances and we can bounce back from any situation.” That win helped India qualify for the semi-final and eventually topple the invincible West Indians to take the crown of World Champions.

It is, perhaps, apt that the video footage of Kapil Dev’s 175 isn’t available on public domain. Mystery often enhances the value of a legend and protects the pureness of the tales that encapsulate it for centuries.BCCI

Rahul is the most complete young batsman: Moody As Rahul gets his maiden Test ton, his IPL coach believes he has a long Test career ahead of him:BCCI

When KL Rahul was dismissed for 3 and 1 on his Test debut at the MCG, top edging a sweep and a pull respectively, the Australian public and experts found it hard to fathom why the 22-year-old is rated so highly in the Indian cricket circuit.

Those who had followed his first-class career and knew his game, were convinced those dismissals were aberrations. But it was not easy to explain.

One man took up that challenge, of convincing the Australian public of Rahul’s credentials as a Test batsman, in contrast to what they saw at the MCG. And he is an Australian.

During a commentary stint during that Test, Tom Moody suggested that India should promote Rahul at No. 3 in the fourth Test, if not in the second innings at the MCG. Sure enough, Rahul walked ahead of Cheteshwar Pujara in India’s second essay.

“I know his game and his history, and I thought I’d share that knowledge with the Australian public that he is better suited in the top-order,” Moody told BCCI.TV about his prophecy. “He is more at home against the newer ball as he has fantastic technique.”

Moody has seen Rahul closely and has worked with him as the coach of the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the IPL. And his faith in the young man is incredibly strong. It’s not Rahul’s performance in the IPL that warmed him up Moody but his character off the field and batting technique in the nets.

Here’s what the former Australian batsman said as his ward vindicated his belief with an extremely patient and resolute century in the first innings of the Sydney Test. He opened the batting in place of the dropped Shikhar Dhawan and India had lost the in-form Murali Vijay in the first over. But he went on to score 110 runs full of character and substance. And to Moody it didn’t come as a surprise one bit.

The first impression

When Rahul joined the SRH camp, it didn’t take the coach long time to realize that this young man has a long Test career ahead of him.

“He impressed me immediately. His work ethic was a stand out. He was very professional in his approach and very hungry to practice long and hard. The real stand out was that technically he looked very complete. He looked capable both on back and front foot. With most young players you feel like they can develop certain parts of their game but Rahul looked like he had worked it all out by himself.

To me he was always going to be a capable long-form cricketer. Test cricket moves quickly and if you don’t move with it, you’ll be left behind. Rahul certainly came across as someone who was eager to keep improving as a person and cricketer, which is a very good trait to have at such a young age.

“He is a confident, articulate young guy and is always keen to engage in conversation and learn from his peers. He is not a conservative, reserved church-mouse. He is a positive character and he has a good sense of humour. He certainly adds value to a dressing room.”

The inauspicious christening

Much was read into his twin dismissals on Test debut in the Boxing Day Test. But there were many factors that worked against him. Not only he had a debutant’s jitters, it was the first time in his first-class career that he batted at No.6. And he had to wait 57.3 overs padded up, as the Virat-Rahane juggernaut rolled on. Moody feels it is unfair to judge him from that Test.

“It is a very natural thing to be nervous when you’re about to bat in Test cricket for the first time. Anyone who first plays Test cricket is as startled as a rabbit under the headlights. You need to get your thoughts together and adapt emotionally, technically and physically. His 110 in Sydney showed that he has made those adjustments. He looked very composed and at peace with himself at the crease.”

The short stuff

During his century, the Aussie bowlers did try to ruffle Rahul up with short balls. But he looked deft in his technique of leaving them: eyes on the ball, a timely sway, bat dropped. However, thrice in as many Test innings so far, Rahul has miscued a pull shot and has twice it has resulted in his dismissal. Moody doesn’t feel there is any chink in his armour against the bouncer. In fact, according to him, Rahul has one of the better techniques against the short ball.

“He does play the short ball well and leaves it very well. The key with him is that he watches the ball really nicely and till the end. A lot of players tend to turn their heads away when ducking or leaving the ball, which means they aren’t watching it properly.

He generally plays the pull pretty well but you have to understand that it is one thing playing the shot on Indian wickets against medium pacers and quite another doing it in Australia against Starc and Johnson’s pace. I am confident he will absorb all that he could from these experiences because his character is such. He is like a sponge, a real learner.

His place in the pecking order

While Moody believes Rahul is a top-order batsman, he doesn’t think the decision on his position in India’s batting order is that straightforward.

“Whether he opens or bats at 3 in the long run will depend a lot on the other batsmen around. There have been quite a few changes in the Indian batting lineup in this Test – this is the first time that Rohit Sharma has batted at 3 in his Test career and he looked more comfortable there than he has done at 5 or 6. The captain and the selectors need to work out how they see the batting order in the next three years. Pujara hasn’t had a good time overseas but he is an excellent player with a remarkable home record. He is not someone the selectors would give up on because he is a quality act.

As for Rahul, there is no doubt he is a fine top-order player and since he is only 22, there is a decade ahead of him.

The Rahul factor

Even before he made it to India’s Test squad, KL Rahul was known in the circles of Indian cricket as the prodigy of his namesake. Young Rahul has grown up idolizing Rahul Dravid and shares a fine rapport with the legend. Moody too sees an image of the great man in this 22-year-old.

“There are some obvious similarities between the two, including their names and the region they come from. But for me the most striking similarity is the one in their defense. That’s as big a compliment you can receive as a young kid of 22 that in your defense people see a mirror image of the great Rahul Dravid, because batting in Test cricket revolves around good defense.”