Saturday, May 16, 2015

Playing sports makes life easy

I'm blogging about why children should be encouraged to participate in sports from an early age for the #chotaSportstar activity at

From long there has been a saying that if one studies more he/she becomes a rich & successful person and if plays more then becomes a waste person. I totally disagree to this. I feel that playing sports from an early age helps in enhancing one's personality & improving self confidence which is very important in every stage of life in order to achieve success. I also believe that the never say die spirit can only be inculcated by playing sports regularly as it teaches us to do better every single day in any situation. 

Now a days i see kids being mostly indoors & staying glued to their computer or TV sets. During my childhood days i used to play a lot of sports. Cricket was my favourite one. In fact in my school a play class was held twice a week for an hour. I used to get very excited when those classes were held. It gave me freedom to express myself. I still remember that in fifth standard i used to practice spin bowling at home a day before the play class so that i can bowl well the next day at school. Mimicking my favourite cricketers batting & bowling style gave me immense joy & satisfaction as a kid. Sometimes i also played football & did goalkeeping. My good goalkeeping skills helped me in increasing my friends. Some students who did not used to interact with me were now very friendly as they saw me play well.

Once our sports teacher gave us a challenge while playing cricket. He allowed the whole class to bat one by one & he bowled but there was a rule that if anyone misses 3 consecutive deliveries bowled by him then he would be adjudged out. I scored 25 runs that day & it boosted my self confidence a lot. This newly found self confidence helped me score well in the final exams held a week later.

I also played cricket in the evenings at a playground nearby my home. My close friends used to gather there to have fun. With fun we also learnt how to work in a group & help each other. If my friend used to score a hundred i used to be extremely happy as he helped my team win.

Another very important thing sports teaches us is discipline. Every sport has a set of rules just like life & we can't break them. If it is broken then we are considered losers.

Sports tells us that we should never stop learning & always keep correcting ourselves to become a better person. A professional player always works hard to be at the top of his game.

No doubt that playing regular sports helps in keeping the body fit. With an intelligent mind a healthy body is also required. Playing sports helps in achieving that.

At last i would like to say that from a small age everyone should play sports irrespective of whether he/she goes on to become a professional player or not later in his life because the teachings & learnings one gets while playing sports will surely help him/her in doing well in any field in which he/she choses to work on. Playing sports acts like a catalyst in life as it helps an individual to be at its best in whatever he/she does in any part of the world.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Technology a big boost for Cricket

From many years technology has been an integral part of Cricket. First instance when we saw technology being used in Cricket was way back in 1992 when 3rd umpire was given the responsibility to decide run out decisions based on Television replays. No doubt that over the years popularity of Cricket on TV has resulted in introduction of new technologies. We fans have also played an important role in increasing viewership rate of Cricket on TV.

Now talking about technology used in Cricket world cups. Before 2011 world cup only run out decisions were referred to 3rd umpire even though technology such as snicko meter and hawk eye were there from early 2000's and Decision Review System was being used in many bilateral tournaments. Hot Spot has also been there since 2006. Main reason for not using wide range of technology in 2003 and 2007 world cup was the doubt on authenticity of these new methods. We know that nothing is perfect in this world and technology used in Cricket might be imperfect but it eliminates error in a big way.

Hawkeye has made LBW decision making very easy. It tells us about the path and direction of the ball after it strikes the pads. There is a controversy on whether it keeps in mind the original bounce & spin or not which is different at different venues but then again using Hawkeye helps in avoiding howlers. For eg - If a ball is going down the leg side by a long way and umpire gives it out because he saw the follow through of the batsman ending on middle stump. This is a big mistake but Hawkeye corrects this immediately.

Snicko meter which is being used in 2015 world cup has already made big headlines as we have seen many decisions being over turned. Snicko meter helps the 3rd umpire in recognizing whether the ball has hit the bat or not. In the past we have seen many edges not being recognized due to crowd voice or a confusion on whether the ball hit the pad , sleeve or any protective guard. Many batsmen got advantage of this & they remained not out but now they are easily given out. Correct decisions in major tournament like world cup changes fortunes of many teams which is good for Cricket. We get to see the deserving team win and there is no blame on umpires.

Hot spot is another technology but a bit costly to use. Broadcasters are hesitant to use this but it is another gem of a technique to find out if a batsman has edged the ball or not. On TV we get to see X ray type of pictures which shows a yellow spot if the ball has struck the bat. It is amazing because it helps in detecting even the tiniest of edges. Hot spot is not being used in 2015 world cup but sooner it will be introduced in upcoming world cups because it has been successful till now in many test series held in Australia and England.

In 2014 T20 world cup we saw lights getting illuminated in stumps as soon as the ball hit or the wicket keeper touched it. We have come to the same point where it all started as we are now giving extra help for run out decisions being made from TV replays which were introduced in 1992. After 1992 there was always a confusion on whether the bails were out of the groove or not when the bat came inside the crease. Now with stumps getting illuminated we have a clear cut opinion on run outs.

Technology will keep improving and we would surely get to see some more innovations in Cricket soon. There will be some errors as well but we should be rest assured that technology is helping this game and leaving no stone unturned in making it bigger. In other sports such as Hockey , Tennis and Football technology is used regularly. Similarly there should be no hesitancy or worry in using it in Cricket. With every new technology being used we are taking a step forward. Cricket is now not only a game but oxygen for many fans. Fans get very attached and want to see correct decisions being made. Players also want the same.

As they say its never over in Cricket till the last ball is bowled and I would like to say for technology that its use is never over till the right decision is made.