Category: SPORTS


The World Cup : Is it really here ?


Ask any Indian which is his favourite sport and 90 percent chances are the answer will be cricket. And the zeal and the enthusiasm with which the answer comes is double the normal mainly because of the world cup which is right around the corner. But is the Cricket World Cup really here? I mean ofcourse everybody knows that world cup starts from 19 Feb but where is the interest where is the fanfare, the glamour that generally comes with it ? And this time being hosted by India I sincerely had expected something more than a song that no one would want to listen again after hearing once by our Hi-fi industry.
So why is there no interest amongst the people. Let us explore :-

1. MONEY

Well it is clear that World Cup is not on top of the minds of the money minded BCCI.As with the CWG, the venues aren’t prepared yet which eventually led to cancellation of the only India match at the cricket crazy city of kolkata.And now when they realised and try to bring back the match, its kinda too late. This is  the state of affairs when they had to just renovate the stadia and not build it from scratch 😀 Advertisements are played but are very less on frequency and print and internet advertising is almost none. Organisation gas been poor and ticket purchase even worse. Wondering where is BCCI concentrating? Well look no further than our backyard. They are quite busy investing and taking care of their million dollar baby.

2.IPL

IPL is the real money maker which is why the owners are ready to invest even 1600 crores on a team as evident from recent team auctions. IPL is the platform that allows audience to watch players to come from different nationalities and play together in one team. No one ever imagined they will ever see their favourite stars together. But IPL has made it all possible. The effect of IPL is such that its ads have stared coming on air even before the world cup has begun 😦 Not only IPL but England’s 20-20 and Australia’s KFC Big Bash is very famous but for some reason they have failed to attract overseas players.But IPL is really good at this..Why? Well MONEY people money.

3.Too much International Cricket

India plays almost 15 test matches and more than 20 ODI’s in a year. There was a time in last season when India toured Sri Lanka, then Sri Lanka toured India and the again India went to Sri Lanka to play a Tri series alongwith New Zeland. At that point it was just too much seeing two teams battle it out again and again and was very boring by the end. The point is there’s too much international cricket and it becomes monotonous to see same type of matches and same players playing in them which is again one big reason why IPL is very popular. Because it brings change, it brings something that is fresh, it brings something that the people had never anticipated, it brings local flavour to the game and new

rivalries that are a pleasure to watch.

4.Length of the Game

50 overs a side 100 overs a day around 10 hours of gameplay. I mean its just too much. Frankly I can’t last that much time and neither do people have time for it. In comparison look at the other popular games in the world football lasts 90 minutes, boxing depends on k.o. or the sixteen round scores which definitely lasts less than 10 hours. This may also be the reason why T20 is so much in demand.

5.No Bollywood No Glamour

Seen any of the World cup ads with any bollywood stars in them? No right ..even the stars are not showing any interest since there is not much money in the ads for the cup. At the time of football world cup last year there were ads featuring John Abraham. Ofcourse ESPN was the broadcaster that time but is’nt ESPN again the broadcaster? Should’nt hey rope in bollywood stars too? Well am sure they tried hard but due to lack of interest and money that is driving bollywood stars away from this one. As a result of which our cricketers have had to make lots of efforts on this front and you can see Sachin and Dhoni advertising for them.

Well after discussing such problems it would’nt be fair if we did not discuss some solutions :-

1.Adopt FIFA format

Whatever I write in next few lines might sound ridiculous to implement but it might be one of the best ways to bring interest in the Gentlemen’s game. Fifa has a system where in each country has its own league which comprises of various local teams participating in games round the year. International matches take place at dates fixed by FIFA in the beginning of the year. What this creates is a rivalry amongst supporters of various cities taking part in the league and makes the game all the more interesting. Also since they have lesser number of international games all fans do have a huge in interest in watching them too. Plus they have their version of  Champions League which takes place round the year. Cricket is also headed in the same direction. Now we have the IPL in India, KFC Big Bash in Australlia New Zealand has one too and England also has one of theirs. And we have the Champions League which allows  top team from these nations to compete against each other. But the only problem here is that these have a very short duration i.e they get over within a month or two and then players get back to playing for their respective countries. Where as it should be the other way round to keep the interest of the people. Of course T20 iswhere the league should be played and ODI’s is what should be the international fixtures. Even one international ODI world cup every two years will keep the fans glued then.

2. India, Pakistan play well

The format of the tournament is such that host nations India, Pakistan(not host but neighbour) and Sri Lanka reach the knock out rounds. This is a must since crowd and interest will raise only if the crowd(local public) will have their teams to cheer for. Already India electrifying performance against Australia in their friendly where they clinched victory from jaws of death has raised many eyebrows. And I think already this performances have kickstarted the World Cup. A few more performances like this during the first round will set the tone right for the world cup.

 

It is said that craze for Cricket is like Madness but it is also said that the craze for Football  begins where the madness of cricket ends. So to bring Cricket to that level something needs to be changed….


The moment you hear the name Fernando Torres the first thing that comes to your mind is speed and agility and perhaps the EURO 2008 final goal that led Spain to victory.Now Torres is on move again and this time he is headed for the Bridge.The Pointless Blog bring to you a timeline, exploits of Torres and what is there in this move for all parties involved:-

Where it all began…

Growing up as a fan of Atletico Madrid it was no surprise when he joined Atletico youth team at the age of 11. At the are of 15 he showed the world his talent by winning the prestigious player of the European under 15 tournament and in the process also guided Atletico to victory. He then achieved the same feat with the under 19 team.He made his first team debut at the age of 19 when Atletico was in Segunda division and was also named as the captain. Though not too impressive in 2nd division,scoring 7 goals he did help his team in getting back to top flight. In La liga he was phenomenal scoring up to 19 goals in a season which was 3rd best in that season and also lead to Atletico participating in Euro Championships in 2004. Torres scored 75 goals in 174 League appearances. In 2007 Torres bid adieu to his dream club and left for Liverpool for a transfer sum of 25 million pounds….

Being A Red

Torres scored his first ever league goal for Liverpool against Chelsea in a 1-1 draw. In his first season at Ainfield, he scored 33 goals which was highest in a season for any player at Liverpool. He was also nominated for PFA Player of the Year, Young PLayer of the Year and also in the Team of the Year. In his successive seasons he ended up being nominated for the Fifa World Player of the Year where he eventually came 3rd. In all he scored 81 goals in 142 appearance for Liverpool 4 seasons for the KOP. Internationally also Torres has quite a reputation of scoring goals when it matters the most i.e. in finals whether its in 2001 U-16 Uefa Euro Championship or 2002 U-19 Euro Championship where in he was the only goalscorer in final. And on top of it who could forget his famous goal against Germany in the finals of 2008 Euro Championships:). Torres now moved to Chelsea for a record transfer fee of 50 million pounds….

Future is Blue

Lets see this from the Chelsea point of view …

Chelsea were perhaps in the worst form this season as compared to their last 4-5 campaigns. neither Drogba nor Anelka were that effective in front of the goal as they were previously. Their run of poor form sees them at 4th place currently 10 points behind league leaders Manchester. Thanks to their last two match winning performances otherwise at one point in the season they had  even dropped to 7th spot after failing to win in 6 consecutive matches. Now I hope that all this is gonna change with the new strike partnership of Torres and the maniacal Drogba!!. With Anelka already dropping a hint to move to New York Bulls in this summer it is clear that the future of the Blue is in Torres and Drogba attack…

Where are Liverpool headed???

Liverpool had a disastrous start to the season and they found themselves in the relegation zone in the beginning with the fans wanting Hickz and Gillet out. Well they finally left the club in Oct 2010 and in came John Henry and along with him a change of administration and a bit of luck as Liverpool now find themselves in 7th place, 19 points behind the leaders. Although now winning the league is an impossible task, they can well be looking to qualify for champions league spot which is still 9 points away 😦 The new owner said he’ll be tackling all the problems off-field, on-field head on. Wait did that mean selling Torres?? OMFG did you just sell one of the most established striker in the world??? Well you better have a plan then…and the plan turned out to be buying Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll with that 50 million. Well lets talk about Carroll, 35 million pounds for a striker who has had half a decent season doesn’t sound that reasonable. does he now?? It’s ok that he has scored 11 goals so far in the league but the guy has what 40-45 games of experience in top flight and has hardly a couple of international caps under his belt. Maybe he is an investment for the future definitely not to be considered as a replacement for Torres..

Next comes Liverpool’s second costliest buy i.e. Luis Alberto Suarez. The Uruguayan international who comes from Ajax the club of legendary Johan Cruyff,Bergkamp and Marco Van Basten was bought for a price of nearly 23 million. But the question lies Can he replace Torres?? Well he just might be the guy having more than 100 goals under his belt for Ajax, but can he adjust to the fast paced Premier league game?? Even if he is not the right replacement I think together  he and Carroll can fill the void left by Torres and who knows they might be even better.

Life Always comes back to a full Circle

Luis Suarez already made his debut against Stoke and also scored a goal. What’s interesting is Yossi Benayoun playing against his old side Liverpool, Joe Cole returning to the Bridge and to add to this super Sunday Torres expected to make his Chelsea debut against who else Liverpool!!!!

So this sunday is probably the biggest Sunday for these men!!!Do not miss the action!!

 

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