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Indian Grand Prix: Buddh International Circuit


In a country which has one of the oldest continuously inhabited cites lies the newest Formula 1(F1) circuit and the inaugural race is going take place on October 30th 2011. As a F1 fan and Indian I can’t describe  in words  the joy of this occasion.  In this occasion I am presenting the  details about the Buddh International Circuit(BIC).

Buddh International Circuit Design

Circuit Name: Buddh International Circuit

Location: Greater Noida 24 km from Delhi.

Circuit Length: 5.14 KM

Circuit Turns: 16

Expected Lap Time: 1 minute 27 second

Overtaking Opportunities  Turns 2 and 3

No Of DRS zones: 2

Maximum Speed: 320 km

2011 ICC Award Winners

Nick Heidfeld tries to make a quick exit from his burning Renault


Nick Heidfeld at Nürburgring, 2006

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Nick Heidfeld tries to make a quick exit from his burning Renault, Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest, July 31, 2011.

Murali Claims 800


Muttiah Muralitharan has gone into a territory  where no other bowler in test cricket has gone. He has become the first man to claim 800 test wickets. He’s one of the greatest spinners ever to lay the game. He achieved this feat in First test against India at Galle. It 119648.2 was a fairytale end to an glorious career.Prior to this match he told this would me his last test and he was 8 wickets short of the 800 mark. In match where the opposition offered him little resistance the only competition for him was his fellow team mate Lasith Malinga. He threatned to take all refusing him to acheive this landmark.  At one point in the match he was 799 wickets with two wickets remaining in the innings. Then the un expected happened VVS Laxman ran himself out and there was only one wicket to take. Then after 23 wicket less overs he got the last one.The long wait for the 800th wicket only exemplified the toil that went into the preceding 799. And by the way, Sri Lanka won his farewell Test too, by ten wickets for the seventh time.

Shane Warne another spin legend has told that this record can’t be broken by anyone. This is itself is a great testimonial to him.

Innovative Cricketing Shots


Cricket is called as gentleman’s game may be due to fact that it was invented by the English. There are lot of innovative shots played by batsmen in cricket to upset the bowlers rhythm. Here are some shots which I find very unconventional in game like cricket.

Reverse Sweep

The most commonly played uncommon shot.Reverse sweep is a reverse cross-batted sweep shot played in the opposite direction to the standard sweep, thus instead of sweeping the ball to the leg side, it is swept to the off side, towards backward point or third man.he advantage of a reverse sweep is that it effectively reverses the fielding positions and thus is very difficult to set a field to.t was first regularly played in the 1970s by the Pakistani batsman Mushtaq Mohammad, though Mushtaq’s brother Hanif Mohammad is sometimes credited as the inventor. Andy Flower of Zimbabwe and Damien Martin of Australia were two of the finest executers of reverse sweep.

Switch Hit

A switch hit is a shot pioneered by Kevin Pietersen in 2008, and swi first used during the New Zealand series in England in 2008. In this shot, a batsman changes his handedness and posture to adopt a stance the mirror image of his traditional handedness while the bowler is running in to bowl.

As a fielding team cannot maneuver fielders while the bowler is in his run-up, the fielding side is effectively wrong-footed with the fielders out of position. The shot is risky because a batsman is less proficient in the other handedness and is more likely to make a mistake in the execution of his shot.

Marillier Scoop

It is played to short pitched straight ball that would traditionally be defended or, more aggressively, pulled to the leg side – both shots "off the back foot". To play a scoop shot, the batsman is on the front foot and aims to get beneath the bounce of the ball and hit it directly behind the stumps, up and over the wicket keeper. This shot, though risky in the execution, has the advantage of being aimed at a section of the field where a fielder is very rarely placed – particularly in Twenty20 and ODI cricket where the number of outfielders is limited.

DilScoop

The Dilscoop is a cricket batting stroke developed by Sri Lankan dil right-handed batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan during the ICC World Twenty20 held during June 2009 in England. Fittingly the shot is named after Dilshan himself.

The basis of the stroke is to go on one knee to a good length or slightly short of length delivery off a fast or medium paced bowler and ‘scoop’ the ball over the head of the wicket keeper. The ball travels straight towards the boundary behind the wicket keeper.

Paddle Sweep

This shot was invented by Colin Cowdrey. This was mpaddleade famous  by Sachin Tendulkar against Shane Warne. He used this shot effectively to score when Warne employed negative line in bowling to cut scoring of runs.

 

Some other innovative shots are Robin Uthappa’s shot in which he takes walk down the pitch and slaps the ball over bowlers head.

Brendon McCullum’s  ramp shot in which  involves the batsmen squatting down and scooping deliveries back over the wicketkeepers head.

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