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Mahesh Bhupathi

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Mid life crisis for Team India

The Indian cricket team team has a ranking of 5, behind South Africa, Australia, England and their arch rivals Pakistan. This is the same team which about 2 years back was sitting pretty at the top and looked almost invincible. Today, the team appears to be in a state of flux and surely there are several things that need to be fixed. A lot of things have happened over last 24 months and they have happened too quickly for anyone’s comfort.

The Indian cricket team

Void in the batting line up

The retirement of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman has left a great void in the middle order. Only time will tell if Virat Kohli and Cheteshwatar Pujara can fill this void. The runs from the bats of India’s most successful opening pair – Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, have dried up significantly. Their success with the bat at the top was instrumental in India’s rise to the top spot. The discussions about Sachin Tendulkar’s retirement are also heating up and there is no one in the horizon promising enough to fit into his huge boots.

Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar

Fragile bowling attack

In the bowling department, Zaheer Khan – our bowling spearhead, has not been in great form and there are concerns about his fitness. Beyond Zaheer, several other pace bolwers like Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Ashok Dinda, Praveen Kumar etc have been coming in and going out owing to reasons around form and (or) fitness. Harbhajan Singh is struggling to find his way back into the India squad. While Ravichandran Ashwin looks settled as the lead spinner there is uncertainty about his partners as selectors have tried wide range of other bowlers.

Zaheer Khan

Not yet successful coach

On the support front, life after Gary Kirsten has not been too great. Duncan Fletcher, despite his tactical and technical brilliance, has had really testing times with the team having greater number of losses to its credit than the wins. In addition to the test, the team has dropped a few places in the ODI and T20 rankings as well.

Duncan Fletcher, the coach of the Indian cricket team

New selection panel

On the administration front, the selection job is now entrusted to a completely new bunch of individuals under the leadership of Sandip Patil. Not much is known about their vision for the team across the three formats yet. Nonetheless, they have a huge challenge which starts with calling out the team for the England series. They would need to take some bold and rational decisions rather than resorting to short term quick fixes.

To summarize this, these are testing times for Team India across all fronts. On the flip side, this mini crisis also presents an excellent opportunity to each of the constituents. Several young and talented (and not so young!) batsmen and bowlers will be eager to mark a permanent spot in the squad. Our coach will be eager to prove his worth before patience of the nation wears out.  The new selection panel has an excellent opportunity to think and make bigger changes towards course correction and set eyes on the long terms goals for the team. The fact that we will play the next few series on home soil will also help in this cause.

The F1 Indian Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel was victorious once again at the Indian Grand Prix. Facing no challenge in the race Vettel scorched his way to a comfortable victory, and won the race by a comprehensive margin on 9.4 seconds. This is Vettel’s second successive win at the Buddh International Circuit, and the Red Bull driver no has a total of 240 points. This gives him a 13 point lead ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso. After having done extremely well at the qualifying Vettel’s pole position was expected.

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Sebastian Vettel wins the Indian Grand Prix, 2012.

Alonso went from fifth on the grid to second to limit the damage of Vettel winning. It was his 10th podium of the season. The race started with Alonso battling the McLarens on the long straight before getting past Hamilton. After which he overtook Mark Webber, leaving Webber to finish third. Alonso admitted that it was the second best result he could have hoped for. He hopes to match up to Vettel with upgrades to his car expected ahead of the upcoming Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After Vettel won the Grand Prix all Lewis Hamilton could say was the Adrian Newey was a genius. Newey is Red Bull‘s chief technical officer, who has won championships with three different teams.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton dropped a place from his grid position and finished fourth, followed by teammate Jenson Button. Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was sixth while Kimi Raikkonen drove his Lotus home in seventh place. Force India was able to earn four points after Nico Hulkenberg’s eighth-place finish. Di Resta Force India’s other driver came in 12th. The team have now scored points in the last six races. The lone Indian driver on the track, Narain Karthikeyan finished 21st after he had problems with the brakes.

The seven-time world champion, Michael Schumacher suffered a right rear puncture on the first lap after contact with Vergne’s Toro Rosso. He was lapped, under investigation for allegedly ignoring blue flags and then retired due to gearbox concerns. Many of the 62,000 spectators at the Buddh International Circuit were there to cheer on the 43-year-old Mercedes driver, and bid a fond farewell to him as he is retiring at the end of the season.

The second edition of Indian Grand Prix also saw various celebrities from the sports and film fraternity of India. India’s Olympic heroes and Bollywood and cricket stars were at the circuit on race day. Among the sporting stars, wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooters Gagan Narang and Vijay Kumar were spotted. Gagan Narang waved the chequered flag at the end of the race. The shooter was overwhelmed to have been chosen to wave the chequered flag, which was originally supposed to be done by Hrithik Roshan.

The 2012 season has been quite interesting and despite some very random race results at the beginning of the season it took a more intense turn as the season progressed. In the summer especially, six racers were competing for the championship title, but in the past four races Red Bull has been dominant. With only three races left in the season, one cannot be too sure if Vettel will clinch the championship or if Alonso will rise above him.

SunSpeed 2012: Indian Grand Prix preview.

Are you an F1 fan? Check out this video | The Sun |Video|Sport|Motorsport. SunSports’  Jim Munro and Chris Hockley enjoy a taste of India ahead of the much awaited Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit. They give you insights into what’s in store for racers and the and an overall look at the race weekend. This race is not to be missed!

F1 racing

Indian women shuttlers at the international level

Badminton is a moderately popular sport in India, and after Saina Nehwal has taken India to the Top Ten World rankings it is gradually gaining recognition. Earlier badminton was synonymous with erstwhile players like Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand. Currently there are three Indian women who feature in the Top 100 World Rankings.

Saina Nehwal is a Khel Ratna badminton player and she has moved up in the rankings to be World No. 3 currently. Saina has the privilege of achieving many firsts in her career. One of her greatest achievements was being the first Indian to win a medal in Badminton at the Olympics. She achieved this feat by winning the Bronze medal at the London Olympics 2012. She is also the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championship. Saina has had an illustrious career so far, and keeping in mind her excellent performance, it looks like there are more laurels to come.

Saina Nehwal

PV Sindhu is ranked World no. 24. In the international circuit, she was a bronze medalist at the 2009 Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships which was held in Colombo. Sindhu also reached the quarterfinals of the 2010 Junior World Badminton Championships that was held in Mexico. Sindhu is a much talked about badminton star, after her performance in the China Masters Super Series, which earned her the nickname Dragon Slayer!

PV Sindhu

Neha Pandit is another one of India’s very talented badminton players. She was the runner-up at the National Games in 2007, and this is one of her most notable achievements. She has also participated in some international level competitions. Neha was also a semi-finalist in the Iran Fajr international challenge held earlier this year.

Neha Pandit

When it comes to Women’s Doubles there are three teams that make it in the World Top 100.The team that comprises Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponappa is ranked 21. Both players have participated in the Olympics 2012 as well as the Li Ning Singapore open 2012. They also won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games, 2010.

Ashwini Ponnappa & Gutta Jwala

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