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Saurav Ganguly: What he said, really meant and definitely did not


Sourav Ganguly at the opening of the mascot of...

What he said:

“They are offering me honorary membership, and rightly so.”

Saurav Ganguly is insouciant about being offered honorary membership by the Marleybone Cricket Club (MCC) despite the disapproving eyebrows raised by his fellow commentator Nasser Hussain and traditionalists for his shirt-ripping stunt a few years ago at Lords.

What he really meant:

“It’s not the old stuffy Lords anymore. These guys recognise South Asian cricketers nowadays. Ask Sunny Gavaskar, ask Kumara Sangakkara.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“I’ll accept the honour bare-chested.”

Saina, Video Technology and Ultra Marathons


Playing ball with numbersJAKARTA, June 27, 2010 Saina Nehwal of India returns the shuttlecock to Japan's Sayaka Sato during the women's singles final at the 2010 Indonesia Open Super Series 2010 badminton tournament in Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 27, 2010. Nehwal claimed the title of the event after defeating Sayaka Sato 2-1.

Saina Nehwal completed a treble of wins last Sunday at the Indonesian Open. It was her 3rd consecutive tournament triumph ,an unbroken streak of 15 games without a loss. Saina is in the best form of her life and her ranking is now a stratospheric No. 3. The Indonesian Open ,though, lacked serious competition from the Chinese who preferred to compete in their local league. The Chinese are notorious for lying low  before any major tournaments such as the World championship that is scheduled in the near future. They prefer to scout their opponents and exploit any detected weaknesses and in the meanwhile identify , groom and train their  future stars. The Chinese depth in badminton and table-tennis is to be envied and emulated. Will Saina be able to carry her form into the world championship? Will the Chinese spring a surprise package , as they have been known to do before, and unveil a new star on the badminton horizon? Who knows? Only time will tell! But congratulations to Saina and good luck to her! Her star still shines bright in the barren sky of Indian sport.

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