The life story of a cricket ball

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To get pounded and pummeled is the destiny of a cricket ball. Its life on the field is full of hardships. Here’s a pictorial snapshot of how the leather ball takes life.

Strings are wrapped around a piece of cork.

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Bunches of cork core are left on the ground to dry before being used to make cricket balls.

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A hammer is used to shape the cork.

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It’s further shaped by hammering the cork into a round, semi-circle set.

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The two halves of the ball is stitched together with the cork placed inside.

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A leather piece is prepared for the outer covering.

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The leather piece is first tanned…

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…and then it is coloured.

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A worker works on the leather pieces.

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The two halves of the outer covering is sewn together.

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A worker stitches the outer covering of a cricket ball.

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The weight of the ball is measured.

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The seam of the cricket ball is stitched.

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The ball is then stamped with its logo.

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The cricket ball is polished till it possesses a good shine.

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The ball is then packed into boxes…

 

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After days and hours of work, the shining red ball reaches the hands of cricketers.

We are all taken aback at VVS Laxman’s decision

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Local hero VVS Laxman’s retirement just ahead of the Test series against New Zealand beginning in Hyderabad on Thursday has lessened the general interest level among common people.

The Rajiv Gandhi stadium at Uppal wore a desolate look with little interest seen among the locals as Team India practised in the morning followed by the visitors’ session in the afternoon.

If the Hyderabad Cricket Association officials had earlier sounded unhappy for not being able to see Laxman one last time, the curator Y L Chandrashekhar too became emotional.

“We are all taken aback at his decision… He prepared so hard, slammed two centuries recently one being at the Gymkhana ground the wicket of which I had prepared… But we all are sad that he would not be playing here. He would have loved to play on this strip,” Chandrashekhar told PTI.

Day 6: Torch Relay visits Gloucester Cathedral and Severn Valley Railway

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Day 6 of the Olympic Torch Relay will see the Flame pass a number of iconic landmarks including Gloucester Cathedral.

It will also travel along the Severn Valley Railway, carried on the train from Bewdley to Kidderminster by 43-year-old Christopher Stokes from Kidderminster.

Among the day’s other Torchbearers will be Olympian Sharron Davies, carrying the Flame in Leominster in recognition of her swimming career.

Stuart Woodburn, 30, a teacher from Worcestershire will also carry the Flame. A Torchbearer through Ledbury, Stuart was nominated through the LOCOG campaign for the way he supports and inspires everyone at the school, especially in sport.

The Evening Celebration will take place at Worcester County Cricket Ground from 4pm. The event will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung.

Towards the end of the two-hour show, the last Torchbearer of the day – Sally Flood, from Bromsgrove who was nominated for her charity work – will light a celebration cauldron on stage at the event which will enable the Olympic Flame to be seen by the audience.

On Day 6 the Flame will be carried through the following communities:
Gloucester, Maisemore, Hartpury, Corse and Staunton, Ledbury, Bartestree, Lugwardine, Hereford, Leominster, Ludlow, Clee Hill, Cleobury Mortimer, Far Forest, Callow Hill, Bewdley, Kidderminster, Droitwitch Spa, Fernhill Heath and Worcester.

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During the day the Flame will visit a number of iconic landmarks including Caerphilly Castle, the Sail Bridge in Swansea, and the Swansea Live Site.

Today marks the beginning of the second week of the Flame’s 70 day journey around the UK. So far over one million people have come out to see the Torch Relay.

Torchbearers of the day include Colin Jackson, High Hurdling Olympian is set to carry the Flame in Swansea in recognition of his extremely successful career in Athletics and coaching of the sport.

Lorelei Westcott, 18, a talented gymnast from Llantwit Major was selected through the Coca-Cola Future Flames programme. Through her devotion to training youngsters in her school and community, and her own sports achievements, Lorelei was nominated for “Young Citizen of the Year” Lorelei now helps train members of the Welsh team and judges competitions throughout Wales. She will carry the Flame in Barry.

The evening celebration will take place at Singleton Park in Swansea.  The celebration will feature a variety of entertainment staged by LOCOG and the three Presenting Partners of the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay – Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung. The line-up includes music from Kids In Glass Houses, a dance troupe who will provide a unique fusion of street performance, theatre and sport and dance act Twist and Pulse. There will also be entertainment from Only Men Aloud and Mark Jermin’s Dance School staged by Swansea City Council.

On Day 8 the Flame will be carried through the following communities:

Cardiff, Dinas Powys, Barry, Caerphilly, Pontypridd, Merthyr Tydfil, Treherbert, Ynyswen, Treorchy, Nant-y-moel, Ogmore Vale, Bryncethin, Bridgend, Laleston, Pyle, Margam, Taibach, Port Talbot, Briton Ferry, Neath and Swansea.

Levi and Ojha architect MI’s 8-wicket win

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Levi and Ojha architect MI’s eight-wicket victory over CSK in IPL-V opener

 

Pragyan Ojha, the former Deccan Chargers bowler, took two wickets in his first two overs to spin new side Mumbai Indians to a dominating 8-wicket victory over Chennai Super Kings in Game 1 of Indian Premier League V here at Chepauk on 4th April 2012.

IPL title holders Chennai were coasting at 69-2, thanks to a thriving partnership between Suresh Raina (36) and Dwayne Bravo (19), when Ojha was introduced in the 10th over – a move that turned the tide in the visitors’ favor.

Ouch: Mumbai Indians batsman Sachin Tendulkar misses a shot while CSK captain MS Dhoni  looks on. Tendulkar retired hurt on 16

Ojha (2-17), Kieron Pollard (2-15) and Lasith Malinga (2-16) kept chipping away with wickets as Chennai were shot out for 112.

Later, Mumbai’s other debutant Richard Levi, who recently scored the fastest Twenty20 international century, blasted 50 off 35 balls to set the ball rolling for the visitors in their pursuit of 113 runs.

Super start: Mumbai Indians players celebrate the early dismissal of Chennai opener Francois Du Plessis at MA Chidambaram Stadium yesterday

Levi added 69 for the first wicket with Sachin Tendulkar before being caught in the deep but by then the Mumbai Indians were in a commanding position.

Tendulkar (16 retd hurt), despite playing second fiddle to Levi also entertained the crowd as he smashed Albie Morkel over extra cover for a huge six. But he left the field after hurting his finger thanks to a rising delivery from Bollinger.

KP Strikes: Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Dinesh Karthik celebrate the dismissal of Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Albie Morkel

Rayudu consolidates
Ambati Rayudu (18) and James Franklin (25) remained unbeaten to ensure that victory was attained with 19 balls to spare after Sachin Tendulkar (16) left the field retired hurt, and Rohit Sharma (0) was snared without troubling the scorers. For Chennai, only Doug Bollinger (1-34) and Bravo (1-14) finished with a wicket apiece.

Classy trinidadian: Mumbai’s new ’keeper Dinesh Karthik  looks on as Dwayne Bravo hits one of his three boundaries during his 19-run knock

The newly-laid 22-yard strip which had some patches of grass on either side turned out to be a nightmare for the hosts’ batsmen after Harbhajan Singh won the toss and elected to bowl.

While MI bowlers put up a spirited performance, CSK batsmen helped their cause as three of them including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni were run-out.

Pollard and Malinga triggered Chennai’s lower-order collapse when the former dug one short into Albie Morkel’s (3) ribs and his lofted shot went straight to Ojha at deep square-leg. Malinga removed Ravindra Jadeja (3) and Bollinger (3) quickly to end Chennai’s innings.

Brief scores
CSK 112 in 19.4 overs (Raina 36, Pollard 2-15, Malinga 2-16, Ojha 2-17). MI 115 for 2 in 16.5 overs (Levi 50, Franklin 25 no, Tendulkar 16 retd hurt)

IPL 5 set for a gala opening

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Chennai: A galaxy of stars, including Amitabh Bachchan and American pop star Katy Perry, will set the ball rolling for the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) with a glittering opening ceremony that promises to enthral the audience here on Tuesday. High-octane Twenty20 cricket will get underway on April 4, promising excitement and entertainment for the audience in the next 54 days when nine teams featuring international stars and unheralded players will be competing.

Having proved its success in the past four editions with growing popularity, the Indian cricket board’s money-spinning event will formally be launched with the IPL Opening Nite. The dazzling show will be graced by Bachchan and other Bollywood stars, including Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor and Salman Khan.

The gala ceremony at the YMCA College of Physical Education would also feature all the nine team captains taking the MCC Spirit of Cricket pledge. Although very little information has been shared on the opening ceremony, whose tickets start from Rs. 1,500, the evening is expected to provide a sumptuous feast of dance and music for the fans with Perry set to perform for the first time in India during the show, which will also have India’s dancing sensation Prabhudeva.

 

The tournament proper will kick off on April 4 with the holders Chennai Super Kings taking on the last year Champions League Twenty20 winners Mumbai Indians in the inaugural match at the MA Chidambaram stadium. Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar will play for the first time before home fans after achieving the feat of 100 international centuries in the Asia Cup.

 

A total of 76 matches will be played at 12 venues across the country in the run-up to the finals on May 27 here. The league stage will comprise 72 ties with each team playing the other eight in a home-and-away format. The play-offs would be hosted by Bangalore and Chennai, the finalists from the previous edition.

 

The edition has been reduced to a nine-team affair after last-year entrants Kochi Tuskers Kerala were terminated by the BCCI in September last for a breach of terms of agreement. Expectedly, not many are daring to hazard a guess on the favourites to win the coveted trophy, though the MS Dhoni-led Chennai and Mumbai are in the forefront.

Star Group clinches Indian cricket’s broadcast rights

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Star Group on Monday beat competition from Multi Screen Media (Sony) to bag six-year broadcast and digital rights of India’s international cricket matches at home and domestic events like Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy and the Irani Trophy.

Star, in collaboration with ESPNCricinfo, bagged the broadcast, internet and mobile rights in India for a period of six years starting from July 2012 till March 2018.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned company’s six-year contract is valued at Rs 3,851 crore and will cover 96 matches in all.

It would be coughing up Rs 40 crore per match on an average much higher than the Rs 32.5 crore per match that Nimbus was paying the BCCI before its contract was terminated last year due to default in payments.

Star and Multi Screen Media (Sony) were the only two companies to make the bids but a total of five had filed the tenders.

“The BCCI is very happy with the deal. Now the media rights have been fully evaluated and fully priced with Star coming out with a such a deal,” BCCI president N. Srinivasan told reporters while making the announcement.

The second highest bidder was Multi Screen Media (Sony), which bid Rs 3700 crore. “Following a transparent process of verifying the eligibility of each bidder, the winner was chosen,” Srinivasan said.

Star Group’s India CEO Uday Shankar promised that the company would provide good telecast of the matches.

“I thank the BCCI for giving Star the broadcast rights. In collaboration with our partnbers ESPN, we will do a commendable job,” he said.

“We have already got channels. But the option of launching a channel if number of matches demand that is always open,” he added.

ESPN-Star already have the rights of all ICC events and also the rights of domestic cricket in England and Australia.

The BCCI’s marketing committee had set the price for category A games at Rs 31.25 crore per match (approx USD 6.1 million) plus Rs 1 crore (approx USD 0.2 million), while category B games were set at Rs 34 crore (approx USD 6.67 million) plus Rs 1 crore.

The board failed in its attempt to sell the internet rights separately last year, as the initial base price of Rs 3 crore and the subsequently reduced price of Rs 2 crore found no takers.

The matter has subsequently been referred for arbitration, with the Bombay High Court ruling that Nimbus must deposit Rs 305 crore (approx USD 60 million) with the court as security for the amount the BCCI claims it is owed by the company.

Nimbus has also made a counter-claim of Rs 600 crore (approx USD 118 million) from the board.

Runs, tons and fun

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DEEDS AT LEEDS: August 23, 2002: Rahul Dravid hits out during the second day of the third Test against England at Headingley. Dravid’s knock of 148 helped India register a historic innings victory at Leeds

Rahul Dravid hits

Rahul Dravid hits

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SHOUT OUT PROUD: December 16, 2003: Rahul Dravid celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the fifth day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval. His knock of 233 in the first innings helped India clinch a historic win in South Australia. Though India lost the next Test at Melbourne, the drawn result in the final Test at Sydney denied Australia a series win.

Rahul Dravid celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the fifth day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Rahul Dravid celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the fifth day of the second Test against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

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THE WALL NEVER FALLS: January 17, 1997: Rahul Dravid plays a stroke on his way to his maiden Test century at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. Dravid scored 148.

Rahul Dravid plays a stroke

Rahul Dravid plays a stroke

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GLUE ON THE CREASE: March 14, 2001: V V S Laxman (left) and Rahul Dravid of India leave the field at the end of play after batting the entire day, after Day 4 of the Kolkata Test against Australia. Dravid scored 180 during his 376-run stand with Laxman

V V S Laxman (left) and Rahul Dravid

V V S Laxman (left) and Rahul Dravid

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WHEN IT ALL BEGAN: June 20, 1996: Rahul Dravid drives the ball during his Test debut against England at Lord’s. He scored 95 runs before being caught behind by Jack Russell off paceman Chris Lewis. pics/Getty Images

Rahul Dravid drives the ball during his Test debut against England at Lord’s

Rahul Dravid drives the ball during his Test debut against England at Lord’s

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MEMOR-OVAL CENTURY: August 21, 2011: Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowd after his innings of 146 not out, during Day 4 of the fourth Test match against England at The Oval. It will go down as Dravid’s last Test century. He finished his career with 36 centuries

Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowd after his innings of 146 not out

Rahul Dravid acknowledges the crowd after his innings of 146 not out

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KINGS AT KINGSTON: July 2, 2006: India captain Rahul Dravid smiles as he shows the winners trophy to teammates after winning the fourth and final Test match at Sabina Park in Kingston. It was India’s first series win in West Indies since 1971

India captain Rahul Dravid smiles as he shows the winners trophy

India captain Rahul Dravid smiles as he shows the winners trophy

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TRIO-MPHANT: August 13, 2007: (From left): Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Rahul Dravid, celebrate their series win against England during Day Five of the third Test match at The Oval. Dravid led India to their first series win in England since 1986

Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Rahul Dravid, celebrate their series win against England

Dinesh Karthik, Sachin Tendulkar and India captain Rahul Dravid, celebrate their series win against England

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PORTRAIT AT PINDI: April 15, 2004: Rahul Dravid raises his bat and helmet after reaching his double century during the third day of the third and final Test match between Pakistan and India at the Pindi Cricket Stadium in Rawalpindi. Dravid finished with 270, his career-best knock to anchor India’s maiden Test series win in Pakistan

Rahul Dravid raises his bat and helmet after reaching his double century

Rahul Dravid raises his bat and helmet after reaching his double century

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STAYERS ARE SLAYERS: January 4, 1999: Rahul Dravid pulls Craig McMillan for a boundary during Day 3 of the third Test against New Zealand at the Westpak Trust Park in Hamilton. Dravid scored two centuries in the Test match — 190 and 103 not out.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid