Thursday, April 20, 2006

With love to M S Dhoni !

Its a day of pride for every Ranchite.:) more so for people of Shyamli where he grew up. Today my blog salutes Mahendra Singh Dhoni not only because the way he has played for his country in past few months but for fighting the odds heavily loaded against him.
Imagine a guy coming from a lower middle class family...
residing in a state which even finds difficult to beat cricket minnows like Assam...
becomes the top player in the world international cricket ranking by playing just 50 odd one day matches a feat even not acheived by the great Sachin Tendulkar !
Some info about MS Dhoni
Starting his sports career as a goalkeeper in school, the Ranchi lad's keeping skills between the posts had prompted the coach to ask him to don the keeping gloves of cricket and the rest is history. What was soccer's loss turned out to be cricket's gain?
"He was a good football goalkeeper during school days. In one of the cricket matches he was asked to keep the wickets. He allowed only four byes," cricket coach Chanchal Bhattacharya said.
Agreeing with Bhattacharya, Dhoni's father Pan Singh said: "My son used to play as a goalkeeper in colony football matches. He switched over to cricket after he was asked by the coach."
The 23-year-old Dhoni's exulting stroke play reminds the old-timers of another wicketkeeper-opener of Bihar Daljit Singh, who had displayed free stroke making in 1960-70.
Dhoni, the first international cricketer from Jharkhand is also the latest from the undivided Bihar which has produced players like Saba Karim, another wicketkeeper, Subroto Banerjee, Ramesh Sexana and Randhir Singh.
A student of DAV School and now in the Gosnar College, Dhoni, who had set ablaze the Visakhapatnam stadium with a scintillating 123-ball 148, is a good student too. RE Singh, the former principal of DAV Shyamali where Dhoni was a student, said right from the school days, he was sincere and hard working. Dhoni's father said he has always encouraged his son and never interfered in his goals.
Bhattacharya said Dhoni's fireworks had started in the first class cricket a couple of years ago, mesmerising the likes of pacemen Venkatesh Prasad, Doda Ganesh and spinner Sunil Joshi of Karnataka who were in Ranchi to play Ranji Trophy match.
Wish u all the best Dhoni. I hope u will remain the humble person and play sensible cricket unfazed by the hype that is going to surround u in a cricket crazy nation like India.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Journey to Touch the Skies....

Last two weeks were not that pleasent ! First it was sore throat & then problem of BP. So every morning started with some tests ... and evening with some reports. Anyway everything is fine with the tests but I have to take medicine regularly from now on.
Back to the topic which prompted me to make an update here.
Hmmmmm I will be away for one week..for the reason mentioned in the title.
Yes I will try to touch the sky:) hee hee
At least I will go near it from 2000 ft presently to 17000 ft above MSL to be with nature for a while. And I am using word try because it all depends on weather.
Your next question will be....Where I am going? To that my answer will be
In the land of Kanchanjangha...
In the valley of Yumthang ...
In the vicinity of Sino-Indian Border ...

Wish me all the luck so that I am able to see and share the experiences of the journey when i come back on 14th.