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Virendra Sehwag – Second Double Centurion in One day cricket, only batsman after Sachin Tendulkar

December 8, 2011 3 comments

Veeru slammed 219 off 149 balls and become second batsman in one-day cricket history after Sachin Tendulkar

Only batsman who hit double century as a captain. Both double centurions from India.  

Fastest double century. Sachin Tendulkar took 147 balls to get 200 runs and Sehwag took 140 balls.

Sehwag hit the ball 7 times to six and 25 times to boundaries.

only batsman after sachin tendulkar

Virendra Sehwag lived up to fans expectations.  Hats Off to Veeru

Virendra Sehwag said “ I was telling Gambhir that if we are patient, we can get plenty runs here. The wicket was good, the outfield was fast and the boundaries were short. Genuine batting wicket, you just have to spend some time and carry on with the shots. I picked the gaps and when I hit sixes i keep the bat straight. Thanks to my family and friends. Our top order was not contributing and we needed starts. I never changed my style of play, I played my shots throughout, It was only after the batting powerplay started, I felt that I could reach double hundred. Also when Sammy dropped me (at 170), I knew that God was with me. I just wanted to stay till the 45th/ 46th over, I am 33 years now, I am an old man and my back is stiff, I will have an ice bath and try to get back on the field.”

double century in one day

6 Double Centuries and 2 Triple Centuries in his 72 Tests span like an extra ordinary achievement. He is the first Indian to hit 6 double centuries, Rahul Dravid having 5.

Second Day of Third Test:


Sachin Tendulkar – Only cricketer who scored 15,000-runs in Test cricket.

November 8, 2011 Leave a comment

When Sachin Tendulkar scored his 28th run in first test against West Indies he became the first cricketer in the history of cricket who scored 15000 runs in test cricket.

He reached that marked in 182nd test and seems nobody near him.

He has already hit 51 centuries in Test and 48 centuries in One-Day format. Now fans are waiting for his 100th century.

Sachin Tendulkar 15000 Runs - First Cricketer in Test History

Sachin Tendulkar 15000 Runs - First Cricketer in Test History

Sunil Gavaskar from India was the first cricketer who had reached 10000 runs in test cricket.

Highest Run getters in Test Cricket.

                 15,005* – Sachin Tendulkar (IND)
12,859* – Rahul Dravid (IND)
12,487* – Ricky Ponting (AUS)
11,953 – Brian Lara ( WI)
11,947* – Jacques Kallis (RSA)
11,174 – Allan Border (AUS)
10,927 – Steve Waugh (AUS)
10,122 – Sunil Gavaskar (IND)

3 Indians there in top ten.

Sachin reached his 12000 run mark in 152nd test.

Sachin Tendulkar – First double centurion in One day cricket

February 25, 2010 3 comments

Sachin Tendulkar 200 in one day cricket - made history

Hats Off to !!!!!!

History Maker, Run Machine, Master Blaster, God of Cricket, legend Sachin Tendulkar

– 200* runs in 147 balls with 25 boundaries and 3 sixes.

First ever double century in 39 years of ODI history.

– Most centuries in ODIs 46, followed by Ricky Ponting 29 and Sanath Jayasuriya 28

– Highest run maker in ODI with 17,598 runs from 442 one days. Followers: Jayasuriya 13,428 and Ponting 12,731 runs

– 1158 runs in 20 ODIs since Feb 2009 with average 72.37 and 4 centuries.


– Most Test centuries – 47. followers: Ricky Ponting 39, Kallis 34

– last 10 test – 1018 runs, 78.3 avg. 6 centuries.

Total centuries in ODI and Test – 93 ( nobody is near )

– Maximum number of Man of the Match.

– Maximum number of Man of the Series – 15 Man of the Series.

Vijayadashmi, Dassera/Dussehra , Navaratri – Indian festival of Victory

September 25, 2008 9 comments

Dassera is also known “Vijayadashmi“. Dassera marks the end of Navratri, the festival of nine days. Different parts of India celebrate the festival in different ways. Some celebrate it as Navaratri, some as Vijaya-Dashami, and some as Dussehra, in worship of Goddess Durga or celebrating Rama’s victory over Rawana.

Navratri : “Nav” means nine and “ratri” means nights, therefore the word “Navratri“. Dassera : means the Tenth Day, The 9 nights festival of Navratri begins on the first day of Ashwina of the bright fortnight.

Stories/ Legends:



1) Victory of Rama over Ravana:

Dassera marks the triumph of Lord Ram’s victory. After vanquishing him, Ram with Seeta and Laxman returned victorious to his kingdom of Ayodhya on Dassera day.

The Burning of the Ravana Statue:

On Dassera, the tenth day the celebration of good over evil is marked by burning the effigy of Ravana. The statue of the 10 headed demon Ravana is made of wood, hay etc with fireworks inside.

2) Victory of Durga over Mahisura:



Celebration of the victory of Durga over the demon Mahishasura.


Simollanghan (Crossing the territory ): In this ritual the territory of a village is crossed in the third part (‘prahar’) of the day, that is in the afternoon.

Exchange of “Aptya Chi Pane: There is ritual of exchanging “Shami leaves” or “aptya chi pane”. The leaves are exchanged among relatives & friends as gold by saying “Sone Gya Sonyasarakhe Raha” which means take gold and be like gold.

Shastrapuja (Worship of instruments ) Peoples clean their weapons, arrange them in a row and worship them. Farmers and artisans too worship their respective instruments.

Navaratri - Indian festivals

Navaratri-Indian festivals


Gujarat and western India: The most famous Navaratri celebrations are held in the western states of India (Gujarat and Maharashtra). Traditional dances in the form of Dandiya and Garba take place almost everywhere. The dancers move around in a circle, with different steps around a lamp, which signifies the Eternal Light of the Durga. Generally Gujarati men and women wearing colorful dresses dance around in a circle by clapping their hands or decorated sticks to the rhythm of the devotional songs.

In Maharashtra, celebrations are slightly different. Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga while the Vijayadashami is dedicated to Saraswati, the Goddess of Knowledge. Here, this day is considered auspicious to start education, buy new homes, and start new ventures.

In West-Bengal, Navaratri is celebrated in the form of Durga Puja. Celebrated with true devotion, huge idols of the Goddess Durga posed as killing the demon Mahishasura are worshipped everywhere in West Bengal. Huge ‘pandals’ are set up every where and devotees in large numbers visit to worship Goddess Durga.

Tamil Nadu: In Tamil Nadu, the first three days are dedicated to the worship of Lakshmi, the Goddess of wealth and prosperity. The next three days are devoted to Saraswati, the Goddess of learning and arts and the last three days to Shakti (Durga).

Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh: In Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, women arrange ‘Bommai Kolu’, a special placing of dolls in various costumes decorated with flowers and ornaments on specially prepared steps.

Punjab: Navratri is celebrated in Punjab by fasting for seven days. On the eighth day or Ashtami, the fast is broken.


Ganpati Bappa Morya

August 26, 2008 10 comments

Ganpati Bappa Morya..

We are forgetting the basics of Ganesh utsava and for our enjoyment we are hurting the God, hurting the human being, hurting our rich culture.

Enjoying the Ganapati Utsav is part of our tradition.

Competing with other MANDALs to have better Scenery is also a part of it. But nowadays it’s become a fad to have bigger and more attractive idols of GANAPATI, rather than competing for theme of the scenery!!!

This not only pollutes water in rivers and sea but also makes the horrible situation at the sea shore next morning. (Like the one shown in the below pictures).

We should do something as citizens of India to keep our country clean, to continue respecting GOD, our culture and to keep our tradition running!!!

Following are few suggestions, you can add few more to help(and more important is to follow it, which ever you find more correct):

1.Keep the idols small and theme BIG: Idol of GOD, whatever may be its size, we have same respect. Then why to have big idols polluting our rivers more!!!

2.No chemicals: Chemical colors/material used to make the idols should be avoided as far as possible.

The idols are made out of Plaster of Paris(PoP), which casts typically disintegrated water, thus making it necessary to be non-suitable for bathing, showering, or other activities involving contact with water. In addition, Plaster of Paris casts are not air permeable, and thus do not allow for the circulation of air beneath the cast which greatly facilitates the evaporation and removal of moisture trapped between cast and skin. This often leads to skin maceration, irritation, or infection.

These idols are then painted with ‘some’ dyes which contain poisonous elements like lead,mercury,carbon and cadmium.

3.Immersion in Tank: It is a good idea to have separate tanks for Immersion rather than immersing the idols in River/Sea.

After immersion, the bodies of kings lie scattered across the battlefield.

Shree Ganesha



Dont make the GOD angry.

Ganpati Bappa

Stop hurting GOD


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Holi – Festival of Colours

March 21, 2008 5 comments

The festival of Holi is celebrated on the day after the full moon in early March (Phalguna) every year. Holi celebration begins with lighting up of bonfire symbolizing the victory of good over evil.

Dhulhendi (Dhulwad), people spend the day throwing coloured powder and water at each other.

Holi - rangpanchami

This festival is also associated with the immortal love of Krishna and Radha, and Pralhad – bhakta of Lord Vishnu.
To know abt legends & stories associated with Holi Click here

HOli in traditional way

In Maharashtra, Holi is called Shimga or Rangpanchami.

In Bengal, Holi features the Dolayatra.

In Punjab, they call it ‘Hola Mohalla’

Click Here to know Holi in different parts of India.

Scientific reason for celebrating the Holi,

1) The mutation period of winter and spring, induces the growth of bacteria in the atmosphere as well as in the body. When Holika is burnt, temperature rises to about 145 degrees Fahrenhiet. Following the tradition when people perform Parikrima (circumambulation or going around) around the fire, the heat from the fire kills the bacteria in the body thus, cleansing it.

2) The day after the burning of Holika people put ash (Vibhuti) on their forehead and they would mix Chandan (sandalpaste) with the young leaves and flowers of the Mango tree and consume it to promote good health.

Click Here to know more about Holi, rituals,and all

Makar Sankranti – Festival of friendship

January 10, 2008 1 comment

In India, in Hinduism, Every festival, every social custom has science behind it.
Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s journey to the Northern Hemisphere called Uttarayana.
Makar stands for the constellation Capricorn and the Sankranti of a month is the day when the Sun passes into a new rashi (zodiac).
The day and night on Makar Sankrant are of exactly of equal hours.

Makara Sankranti is also celebrated throughout India as a
harvesting festival.It is a way of giving thanks to the elements of
nature. In the coastal regions, it is a harvest festival
dedicated to Indra.

Celebration all over INdia:
In Maharashtra, when two persons greet each other on this festive day, they exchange a few grains of multi-coloured sugar (TilGul) and say “til-gul ghya, god god bola” means “accept these tilguls and speak sweet words”.(hereafter,let there be friendship between us).
In Gujarat, perfect weather conditions at this time of the year mean this day is celebrated as Patang Divas (Kite Flying Day).
In Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh, festival called as Pongal,the whole festival lasts for four days, the first day Bhogi, the second day Sankranti, the third day Kanuma and the fourth day, Mukkanuma.
In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Bhogali Bihu.
In Punjab it is called Lohri.
In Uttar Pradesh, Sankrant is called “KICHERI“.
In Bundelkhand and Madhya Pradesh this festival of Sankrant is known by the name “SUKARAT” or “SAKARAT“.

On this day people eat “bajari” bread mixed with “til” (Sesamum). On the feast of Sankrant “til” is
given great importance, for in this season it is considered to have special nutritive and medicinal qualities. “Til” is a very oil-giving seed. Mixed with jaugari or sugar it becomes a very sticky
sweet which people exchange with one another as a sign of friendship. “Tilgul ghya, god bola.” (“Take tilgul and speak sweetly”) is the phrase on everybody’s lips.
Til-Gul is heat giving taht significant in winter days.

Throughout the year the sun passes through twelve constellations: Mesh (Ram, Aries), Vrishabh
(Bull, Taurus), Mithun (Couple, Gemini), Kark (Crab, Cancer), Sinh (Lion, Leo), Kanya (Girl, Virgo), Tula (Balance, Libra), Vrishchik (Scorpion), Dhanu (Bow, Saggitarius), Makar (Crocodile, Capricorn),
Kumbh (Wateijar, Aquarius), Min (Fish, Pisces).
When the sun does not cross any constellation then there is an extra month called “Adhik Mas“. The crossing of the Makar constellation takes place in the month of Paush.