Kanada, KVN and T Brinda

What a beautiful raagam. From the dripping romance and sensuality of Vanu Pondu Chalu Vaddane (listen to T Brinda singing this padam) to the serenely peaceful Sukhi Evvaro (KVN’s krithi alone (i.e., with no swarams on neraval) version being the gold standard), to the joyously beautiful Poochi Iyengar’s Nera Nammithi varnam (made even more beautiful by KVN’s sprightly way of singing) to the plebian Thillana composed by ARI (again KVN sings this beautifully, sometimes even doing the higher octave, which, when KVN does it seems to hit an aesthetic sweet spot).

India’s 500th test match

Alright. Today night, India play their 500th test match against New Zealand at Green Park in Kanpur. I hope it is a cracker of a game (no, I hope India trounce New Zealand) but I also want to see a nice hundred from Ross Taylor and some nice swing bowling from Trent Boult and nice spin bowling by Ish Sodhi, most of all, I want to see India’s batsmen: Vijay, Rahul, Pujara and Virat and spinners: Ashwin, Mishra and Jadeja. Here is hoping for a great game of cricket (which is of course the greatest sport in the world).

Baseball….

….is such a lovely game. Summer sunshine, the soft evening light, the game running the entire summer / fall season. The commentary alone having a delicious cadence to it. What a beautiful, poetic, delicately sensuous game; such a tight rhythm, the games don’t drag like its cousin cricket and the balance between pitching and batting is beautifully maintained.

Fantasy cricket: India 80’s vs India 00’s

Wouldn’t that be lovely. Let’s pit the guys who won the 1983 World cup and 1985 World Championship of cricket: a team that contained the lovely batting of Azharuddin and Vengsarkar and the beautiful spin bowling of Siva and Maninder versus the guys who came second in 2003 to the greatest Australian team of some time. Let’s play a 3 game series: one at the Melbourne cricket ground (*without* truncated boundaries) on a wicket with plenty of bounce *and* turn, one on a lively Durban wicket with plenty of bounce, swing and seam movement and another at the lovely Kensington Oval at Barbados, by the sea. Here are my team lists:

India 1980’s:
SM Gavaskar (c)
Kris Srikkanth
Mohammad Azharuddin
Dilip Vengsarkar
Mohinder Amarnath
Kapil Dev
Roger Binny
S Viswanath (wk)
Madal Lal
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Maninder Singh

India 2000’s:
SR Tendulkar
V Sehwag
SC Ganguly (c)
Virat Kohli
Rahul Dravid
MS Dhoni (wk)
Harbhajan Singh
Anil Kumble
Javagal Srinath
Zaheer Khan
Ashish Nehra