Wednesday, March 29, 2017

India's first Chinaman Bowler 'Kuldeep Yadav' rattles Australia in Dharamsala Test

March 27, 2017; Crafting a thrill around the lanes of Indian Cricket, Kuldeep Yadav became the first ‘chinaman’ to play a Test match for the India men’s national team. His contribution to the team became even more special, as he picked up four wickets against the Aussies.

The ‘chinaman’ is a rare sight in cricket. Made famous by the likes of Sir Garfield Sobers, Michael Bevan, and Brad Hogg, the chinaman is a delivery bowled by a left-arm wrist-spinner. And, given its rich tradition of spin bowling, it is really surprising that the subcontinent till recently did not have a single Chinaman bowler in their test history.

 “Mid-wicket Tales: From Trumper to Tendulkar” by S. Giridhar and V. J. Raghunath interestingly has a chapter dedicated to the chinaman bowlers with facts and quaint anecdotes about this rare tribe of bowlers. The chapter concludes with a tribute to Mumtaz Hussain, the wonderfully talented spinner from Hyderabad who was perhaps the one Chinaman bowler in India who came closest to a Test selection more than 45 years ago. And now Kuldeep Yadav has burst upon the scene and in one magical spell, became the toast of the nation!


“Mid-Wicket Tales” is written with the passion of a fan and knowledge of a cricketer. Covering almost every aspect of the game, this book is for all genuine lovers of cricket. It celebrates cricket in all its hues and brings alive the rich history, romance and technical nuances of the game, where diligent research and analysis is blended with rare and interesting anecdotes. This book will ensure that its readers forget neither the rich traditions of cricket nor the players who have contributed to uphold the culture of this fascinating sport.


Grab your copy today to revisit and revive your love for this game of Cricket!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Are the Australian Left-Arm spin trends headed for an epic turn?


The latest buzz around the lanes of cricket world is all about Australia bringing India’s unbeaten streak of  19 test matches to a juddering halt last Saturday. Australia’s rout of India in the first Test by a huge margin of 333 runs at Pune gets largely credited to the left-arm orthodox spinner, Steve O’Keefe’s superb 12 wicket haul.

This marvellous performance by Steve O’Keefe has interestingly brought back the attention to Australian Left-arm spinners. Australia in fact has never had a great left-arm finger spinner ever in all its 134 years of cricket history and none had ever taken 10 in a match before O’Keefe.

A book Mid-wicketTales: From Trumper to Tendulkarby S. Giridhar and V. J. Raghunath has a chapter dedicated to the Left Arm Spinner. While the art of leg spin bowling has been romanticized adequately in cricket literature, somehow the left -arm spinner has always remained typecast as essential but not with the allure of the wrist spinner; as the honest, dependable craftsman, but not the star element of cricket. This book brings to light the interesting fact that Australia has always remained barren when it comes to left arm spinner while England has remained dominant followed by India and other countries in this particular aspect of cricket. The authors in their book, have also this stat-nugget that out of the 5297 wickets captured by left-arm spinners till 2011, only 4% were taken by Australians. There are more such insights culled from the statistics of this domain of cricket that startlingly reveal how weak Australia has been in left-arm spin. And that is why it would be interesting to see whether more such performances by O’Keefe and his ilk from Australia would change the trends in the stats and mark the beginning of the new era of Australian Left-Arm spin.

This book “Mid-Wicket Tales” by S. Giridhar and V. J. Raghunath is written with the passion of a fan and knowledge of a cricketer. It is for all genuine lovers of cricket from every cricketing nation. It celebrates cricket in all its hues and brings alive the rich history, romance and technical nuances of the game, where diligent research and analysis is blended with rare and interesting anecdotes. This book will ensure that its readers forget neither the rich traditions of cricket nor the players who have contributed to uphold the culture of this fascinating sport.


Grab your copy today to revisit and revive your love for this game of Cricket!

Let us develop an understanding of Effective waste management process!

Disasters are not new phenomena; they have been faced since time immemorial. However, the current set of disasters is fundamentally different from the earlier ones since their cause is not rooted in nature. It can instead be attributable to technological progress which also provides us an opportunity to address them through human actions and behaviours.
One of the most visible disasters facing us today is the growing volume of waste generated in both the production and consumption of goods and services. The increase in waste can be traced back to two specific observations. First, there is a significant increase in world population, primarily due to reduced mortality rates stemming from medical advances. This has resulted in a larger pool of potential waste generators. Second, there has been a rise in per capita incomes of individual consumers driven in part by the fact that two of the largest populated economies, China and India, have started to develop their industrial bases. This growth in per capita income has led to increased demand for goods and services which has consequently led to an increase in the rate of waste generation.
An article from the journal, Vikalpa focuses on this crucial issue of waste management. The ineffective management of waste can pose significant health and ecosystem hazards. It has been observed that waste ‘leachate’ can lead to soil and water contamination; waste burning causes air pollution; and if recycling is not practiced, non-renewable natural resources could get depleted. Additionally, increase in health problems has been noted in the population residing in the vicinity of waste disposal sites.
Limited institutional capacity, scarce financial resources, and political constraints are some of the most pressing issues that have been attributed to ineffective waste management. The changing mix of environmental, social, and poverty aspects especially in developing economies has led to lack of coordination in addressing waste management problems. It is now recognized that a more holistic environmental approach which focuses on reduce, reuse, recycle would be a better strategy to achieve sustainable goals. In addition, this could also generate employment and thereby contribute to economic development and simultaneously address environmental issues equitably.
This article also proposes an integrative framework for waste management across the supply chain. 

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