Rain delays are very normal during the ICC champions trophy 2017. In fact so much so that every person is taking about Duckworth-Lewis as if he/she is an expert on it. Most of the matches have been decided by the age old system used to decide truncated matches.
But have you ever thought how much a person can get engrossed in the calculations of duckworth-lewis. A Mumbai man had this bizarre experience of missing the whole Ind-SA match as he was busy in finding out scenarios in case there is a long rain delay.
We are talking about Sanil Srivastava who is a big cricket fan and has not missed a single live match in last 5 years, but yesterday was a different day. He started his day by taking out his old calculator and a sheet of paper, started listing down scenarios and runs scored by a team during a rain interrupted match.
His calculations were precise, his data would put any historian to shame. He had a chasing score calculated for every possible fall of wicket. In fact he did this for 8 hours, and the time collided with the Ind SA match.
He had kept 5 alarms for the match but kept on putting them to snooze. This went on till the night when he started watching news channels and came to know that India already defeated the South African team quite easily and all his efforts were a waste. Sanil should thank his wife who has always been supportive of his passion for cricket and recorded the whole match for him to watch later.
So whatever may the scenario be, always keep your TV on while doing your precious duckworth-lewis calculations.
Ravichandran Ashwin has been responsible for spearheading India’s bowling for nearly a year now, especially during the home Test season. The ace off-spinner had been a revelation for the Indians in the previous edition of the Champions Trophy, and he will certainly look to continue his talismanic touch in the tournament this year as well. But he was not picked for the first match against Pakistan and it has led to lot of speculations.
Finally Virat Kohli clarified the matter in his post match interview. According to Virat, “Ash is the only engineer in our squad, and we wanted to use his strength , i.e engineering for the benefit of the team. Against Pakistan we were not only battling a team of 11 members but also the system of duckworth-lewis. The only person eligible to crack it is Ashwin and so we kept him inside the dressing room. He used to calculate the runs required by Pakistan after every over, and that made our task simpler.”
Actress Anushka Sharma and her cricketer boyfriend Virat Kohli, yet again stole the show at the premiere of Sachin Tendulkar’s biopic, Sachin: A Billion Dreams, in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. This is Anushka and Virat’s second appearance together within 24 hours – the much-talked about celebrity couple were the special guests at cricketer Zaheer Khan and actress Sagarika Ghatge’s engagement party on Tuesday. But Anushka skipped the all-important net session of the Indian team which is prepping for the champions trophy. Media speculates that a break-up is surely on the cards.
According to the media persons, attending engagements and weddings are fine, but you should definitely attend the net practice sessions if you are serious about your boyfriend. Anushka has not yet commented on the issue but Virat has assured the reporters that it was a one-off and Anushka always attends all the practice sessions, training sessions and the fitness sessions.
The next practice session is planned for Monday, and journalists are eagerly waiting to see what transpires between now and then.