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It’s Coca Cola for SRK's Knight Riders
Shah Rukh Khan’s IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has struck a sponsorship deal with soft drinks major Coca Cola for the forthcoming IPL season.
As part of this new association, KKR will use the company logo as well as promote Coca Cola's brand 'Sprite', revealed Director Joy Bhattacharya.
The deal comes on the heels of PepsiCo terminating its contract with Shah Rukh Khan who doesn’t fit its recently adopted ‘youngistan’ theme. While this comes as a loss for PepsiCo who was looking at a similar deal with KKR, for Coca Cola, it’s just a time to rejoice as it is now associated with the two Khans - Shah Rukh through IPL and Aamir through brand ambassadorship.
Also, though SRK is known for his loyal brand promotions, his new found association with PepsiCo’s rival brand Coca Cola might be his way of getting even with the company! What remains to be seen is if this Cola will be able to bring Aamir and Shahrukh together for an ad campaign or two.
Ponting pulls out of IPL
Even before the first ball in the second edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been bowled, the world's biggest T20 extravaganza has lost one its most famous international stars. Ricky Ponting is set to pull out of the Kolkata Knight Riders team due to Australia's international commitments which wouldn't have allowed him to play more than five-six matches anyway.
While Knight Riders officials said they are yet to hear from the Australia captain officially, other sources confirmed that Ponting has made up his mind to skip this year's competition.
The player is apparently weighed down by excessive workload. But officials of the team co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan didn't seem too worried, saying that they had lined up replacements for Ponting anyway. "Given that we knew he would at best be available for a few matches we had been looking for other players to fill in the gap," said an official.
As things stand now, they will take one from Morne van Wyk, Luke Wright and Chamara Kapugedara. "We are confident of finalising one in the next couple of days," said the team official.
The Sourav Ganguly-led team will miss Umar Gul following the Pakistan government's decision to refuse permission to players to play in India for security reasons. The Knight Riders have already roped in Australian Mark Cameron as Gul's replacement.
This means that foreigners at the disposal of the Knight Riders this season are Chris Gayle (West Indies), Brendon McCullum (New Zealand), Ajantha Mendis, Agnelo Mathews (both Sri Lanka), David Hussey, Brad Hodge, Moises Henriques, Cameron (all four Australia) and Mashrafe Mortaza (Bangladesh).
Force India's VJM02 Bursts Into Life
Force India's VJM02 Bursts Into Life
Some good news for the Force India fans; This year will be exciting for most of the teams; can't wait for it to start; between how many F1 fans do we have in this forum?
New Zealand ‘underdog’ in India Tests
New Zealand ‘underdog’ in India Tests
CHRISTCHURCH — New Zealand have drawn on the inside knowledge of former India coach John Wright as they prepare to play the side they regard as the best in the world.
India’s tour of New Zealand starts today with the first of two Twenty20 matches to be followed by five one-day internationals and three Tests.
Wright, the former Kiwi opener who coached India from 2000-2005, has been heavily involved with preparations for the series.
Despite Wright’s tips, and India’s reputation as poor travellers, New Zealand coach Andy Moles insists New Zealand are still the underdogs. “They’ve put that to bed in the past couple of years and did really well in Australia last year. The Indians, I believe, are probably the No1 side in the world at the moment in all facets and we will need to make sure we are at our best in all components of our game,” Moles said.
India have not won a Test series in New Zealand in 41 years, but they arrive on the back of home series victories over Australia and England and a 4-1 one-day away win against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand, on the other hand, squandered a 2-0 one-day lead against Australia to draw the series 2-2 and then lost the Twenty20 by one run.
Moles is demanding more backbone from his team which has been strengthened by the return of the often injured allrounder Jacob Oram, who will play as a specialist batsman.
With the big-hitting Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder as openers, Moles believes New Zealand can hurt any bowling attack, and are capable of out-fielding the Indians as well. But the Kiwi bowling looks a shade light without Kyle Mills, who has an Achilles tendon injury.
When India toured New Zealand six years ago, and faced green wickets, they were humbled 0-2 in the Tests and lost the one-day internationals 2-5.
However, India coach Gary Kirsten said that was a different era and today’s team has the talent to exploit whatever conditions it faces. “We don’t focus on what’s in the past, we worry about what’s happening ahead,” Kirsten told reporters. “We have played 17 games of cricket since September last year and lost one. So we are very happy with our performance.”
But Kirsten does believe his bowlers will need to adapt quickly to the unfamiliar windy conditions, and he has had them bowling into the breeze during practice this week.
Even without master batsman Sachin Tendulkar , India retain the explosive power of Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag, plus the bowling of Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma.
Regardless of the outcome of the series, New Zealand Cricket already believes it is a winner, thanks to the galaxy of stars in the Indian side. Sapa-AFP
Force India VJM02 revealed early - pictures (2009 F1 cars)
India wants Twenty20 matches postponed
India thrash Pakistan by 10 wkts in World Cup opener
Bowral (Australia), Mar 7 (PTI) Indian women kicked off their World Cup campaign on a resounding note as they spanked arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 wickets in the lung-opener of the quadrennial extravaganza here today.
Electing to bowl, India shot out the Pakistanis for a paltry 57 in 29 overs and then their openers finished the Group B game in 10 overs at the Bradman Oval ground here.
The target of 58 was never enough to test the India batters who achieved the victory in 10 overs in bright sunshine. Anjum Chopra (17) and stumper Anagha Deshpande (26) remained unbeaten to guide India home.
Earlier, Sana Mir (17) and Bismah Maroof (11), apart from the 10 extras, were the only batters to reach the double figures in Pakistan's innings.
The Indian bowlers, spearheaded by captain Jhulan Goswami, bowled to a teasing line and length and made full use of the early morning conditions.
While Goswami picked up a wicket by conceding 18 runs, her new ball partner and Player of the Match Rumeli Dhar finished with figures of 8-5-7-3.
Vice-captain Amita Sharma and Priyanka Roy chipped in with 2 for 9 and 2 for 13 respectively.
"It was an important victory for us as it was World Cup opener and against Pakistan. I am glad we have started the tournament on a winning note and I look forward to improving our performance," Jhulan said after the match. PTI
Govt sanctions Rs 80 crore for Commonwealth Games security
8 Mar 2009, 0959 hrs IST, PTI
New Delhi, Mar 8 : To ensure foolproof security and prevent any Lahore-like attack on sportsmen during the Commonwealth Games, the Centre has sanctioned nearly Rs 80 crore to Delhi Police to upgrade its inventory and equipment.
"A total of Rs 78.26 crore has been sanctioned to Delhi Police to procure additional security equipment like X-ray scanners, Door Frame Metal Detectors, Hand Held Metal Detectors, vehicles, communication equipment, specifically for Commonwealth Games 2010," a Home Ministry official said.
An Empowered Security Committee headed by Union Home Secretary and a Commonwealth Games Security Review Committee headed by Additional Secretary (Centre-State) have been constituted in the Home Ministry to review the security arrangements for the games.
"The two Committees will hold meetings from time to time to review security arrangements at construction sites as part of security vetting of construction plans," the official said.
The steps become significant considering the attack by terrorists on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore on March 3, which killed six policemen and injured seven players and officials. In a similar incident, during the 1972 Munich Olympics, terrorists had killed eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and one police officer.
Boss... we just won against the Kiwis.... :drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink::drink:
Sehwag's record century wins India the series
An unassailable lead in the series... 3-0 up with one match to go...
Can we make it 4-0 and a virtual whitewash ??? The Kiwis have their backs to the wall !!!
4-0 is possible as Indian team is better than the Kiwis; hope we will whitewash the whole series. :drink:
Between can't leave this space with out commenting on Sehwag; man he beat the crap out of Kiwi bowlers
Finally something to cheer for the team Kiwis
New Zealand salvage pride by beating India in final ODI
New, improved Force India want to make a point
Hope to see Force India making some points in this season :drink:
Yep, they've got a new McLaren engine... I hope its better than last season... and they need to get the reliability issues sorted out...
India beat Black Caps
Gautam Gambhir's marathon stay secures draw for India against the odds
India wins Test Series in New Zealand after 41 years
NDTV.com reports that India wins Test Series in New Zealand after 41 years.
The link and the Report from NDTV.com follows herewith:
India end 41-yr drought with historic series win in NZ
11:35 IST, Tuesday, April 07, 2009 (New Delhi)
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India claimed their first Test series victory in New Zealand since 1968 after rain forced the third and final test at the Basin Reserve to end in a draw on Tuesday.
Set an improbable 617 to win in less than two days, the Kiwis had managed to score 281 runs for the loss of eight wickets when play was called off due to rain.
Kiwi captain Daniel Vettori was all praise for MS Dhoni's men at the presentation ceremony and said, "India outplayed us in this Test. India is one of the top three teams in the world. There isn't much that differentiates Australia, South Africa and India."
Vettori added that if had been in Dhoni's shoes he would have declared earlier.
"If it were us we would declare earlier because of the nature of our attack. India got us out in 65 overs in the first innings. Maybe they thought they could do it again in this inning too."
India won the first Test in Hamilton by 10 wickets, with the second Test at McLean Park ending in a draw after India batted for the final two days to save the game.
Gautam Gambhir was declared Man of the Match and Man of the Series for his brilliant show.
For the hosts, Ross Taylor topscored for New Zealand with 107. It was his fourth Test century and second in successive Tests after he scored 151 in the drawn second Test in Napier.
Taylor struck a record 142-run fifth wicket partnership with James Franklin (49).
India had declared its second innings on Monday at 434 for seven, with an overall lead of 616, and New Zealand were still 335 runs behind when rain hastened the close of play.
The hosts lost three wickets - Taylor (107), McCullum (6) and Franklin (49) in the first session.
New Zealand began the final day's play on the overnight total of 167/4 with James Franklin on 69 and Ross Taylor on 26. Both the batsmen played cautiously in the first hour to save their wickets on a day when India looked set to win.
But spinner Harbhajan Singh ended Taylor's (107 runs off 261 balls) resistance with a lovely delivery when he looked rigid enough to push the match for a draw. Brendon McCullum then joined Franklin who was playing on 38.
McCullum who got a new life when Munaf Patel missed a catch at mid-off, didn't appear to be much confident with the bat when the Kiwis were in desperate need of a classy innings by the batsman. Six overs later, he was given out on 6 when he edged Tendulkar to Dravid, but the snickometer suggested otherwise.
Vettori, who was expected to play a captain's knock, then partnered Franklin at the crease for a pretty long time. The resilient batsman missed his well-deserving third Test half-century by a whisker, knitted 49 runs off 250 balls before Tendulkar caught him plumb to take his second wicket of the day.
Tim Southee was the next player in. Depleted New Zealand were on 254/7.
Play resumed after the break and two overs later Harbhajan Singh took another wicket in the form of Southee (3) who edged the spinner to Dhoni.
Tailender O'Brien was the next man in, lucky enough to survive a catch. Ishant Sharma dropped him at square leg off Tendulkar. Vettori (15*) and O'Brien (19*) were at the crease when play was halted by rain.
Sachin couldn't impress with the bat in what was being considered his last innings in New Zealand but bagged two vital wickets today.
Under Captaincy of MS Dhoni , the Indian Cricket team has played 7 Tests, won 5 , lost 0, and drawn 2.
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