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Monday, March 24, 2014

The Latest 'New's!!

With the inaugural events of almost all the sports around the globe over, there is a lot of "new" in the sporting world. In cricket, tennis and FormulaOne. There have been many firsts too!

In cricket,
1. Nepal, Hong Kong and Afghanistan.
These Asian nations have proved cricket has wider followers than in the subcontinent alone. They are contesting in International cricket for the first time.(okay, not Afghanistan!) That too with few miracles!! Hong Kong and Afghanistan beat Bangladesh, a team now being considered 'not' a small one. Bangladesh was well beaten in T20 and One day formats by the above teams respectively.

2. For India, Amit Mishra
This guy has come and gone for quite some time but was denied a permanent place in the team constantly. But this Twenty-20 world cup looks like the past would be erased for this wonderful spinner. He has almost all the necessary tools a leg spinner should be having. His spin is very nice to see too. Hope he continues this way.


In Tennis,
Not much but the 'new' news is only Stanislas Wawrinka winning the Australian open. His first ever grand slam. The fact that his win comes over Rafael Nadal is very saddening for a lot of people. Anyway, this guy actually lost a set against Nadal who kind of played in a wheel chair!! Be it. There has some thing new because he is only one of those four who have won a grand slam since 2005 other Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal or Novak Djokovic. Only 5 grand slams were not shared by these three athletes in the last ten years!! Domination!

In FormulaOne,
Four years now and I have grown bored of seeing the same Sebastian Vettel emerge as the winner of the year-end championship. Nico Rosberg has five pole positions to his credit to date and four grand prix wins but we are talking about people who won four championships. Then there is Kevin Magnussen, who is on the podium for the first time. He is a new guy I agree but that is exactly the point I want to make.
There is something newer this year!!