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    Cricket coin tossIndia’s cricketers have been deafened by howls of derision after their latest defeat by England in a four match Test series.

    Sunil Gavaskar, a former Indian batsman, said his countrymen were playing like “schoolboys”. Geoffrey Boycott, a former English cricketer, called their performance more befitting Bangladesh than a team currently ranked No.1 in the Test tables.

    Before we feel too sorry for India’s struggling cricket stars, we should remember that they are paid for success and vicissitude alike.

    Research by the Times of India, a daily newspaper, shows that some of India’s top cricketers are paid as much as the world’s most richly rewarded footballers  while the annual, seven week Indian Premier League is in full flow.

    By the newspaper’s calculations, during the IPL, Gautam Gambhir, an opening batsman who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders earned more than Lionel Messi, the Argentinian striker who plays for Barcelona. Gambhir’s earnings during the tournament put him in pro-rata touching distance of Cristiano Ronaldo, the Portuguese and Real Madrid player.

    Cricketers Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa match the incomes of Fernando Torres and Yaya Toure.

    India’s cricketers have been roundly criticised for prioritising the IPL over Test cricket, and losing Test match form by doing so.

    Yet the financial incentive of high paying cricket is hard to resist. Their choice is to miss out on payday in front of adoring home crowds in preference for honour at Lords and Trent Bridge, famed cricket grounds in England.

    The dazzling money made in Indian cricket is attracting attention, both on and off the field.

    The Indian parliament’s Standing Committee on Finance has asked the Indian tax department and the Reserve Bank of India to investigate the finances of the Board for Cricket Control in India, the game’s governing body, and the IPL.

    A report by the committee submitted to parliament this month complains that the game is “embroiled in transgressions off the field”.

    It warns that the tax department has been too lenient to the Board of Control for Cricket in India, which benefitted from tax exemptions in spite of the growing commercial success of the game.

    India’s cricket establishment faces a tough contest in England this summer at the hands of a formidable bowling attack; when it returns home it may find as greater encounter with the tax man.

    source: http://www.blogs.ft.com / by James Lamont / Aug 05th, 2011


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    Read Biography of Robin UthappaRobin Venu Uthappa, born 11 November 1985 in Kodagu,Karnataka is an Indian cricketer. His father is Venu Uthappa, an international hockey referee and mother Roselyn is a home maker hails from Kozhikode. He made his One-Day International debut in the seventh and final match of the English tour of India in April 2006. He had a successful debut, making 86 as an opening batsman before being run out. It was the highest score for anyIndian debutant in a limited overs match.

    Uthappa first came to the public’s attention when he made 66 for India B against India A in the Challenger Trophy in 2005. The following year, in the same tournament, Uthappa made matchwinning 93-ball 100 against the same team which propelled him in the big league. Previously, he had been a member of the India under-19 team that won the Asia Cup. Once a wicketkeeper-batsman, his List A batting average of near 40 with a strike rate of approximately 90 has made him regarded as something of a limited overs cricket specialist.

    He was recalled to the ODI side in January 2007 for the series againstthe West Indies where he smashed a 70 from just 41 balls.

    He was selected in the 15-member squad of the Indian Cricket team for the 2007 Cricket World Cup held in the West Indies in March-April 2007. He played in all 3 group games, but only scored 30 runs in total as India suffered a shock defeat to Bangladesh and a loss to Sri Lanka resulting in the team not qualifying for the Super 8 stage.

    In the sixth ODI of the NatWest Series 2007-2008, he scored a sensational 47 of 33 balls to take India to a thrilling victory, keepingIndian hopes alive in the 7 match series that they were trailing 2-3 before the match. Used to batting as an opener, in this match he came in at the unfamiliar position of no 7. When he came at the crease India were 5 down for 234 after 40.2 overs, still needing 83 from less than 10 overs. After Dhoni got out in the 47th over with the Indian score at 294, Uthappa kept a cool head to take India to the target with two balls to spare in a remarkable victory.

    Uthappa also scored a crucial 50 against Pakistan in the 20-20 World Cup in South Africa, when India were tottering at 36/4. India subsequently won the match in bowl out 3-0.

    He is known for his trademark ‘walking slam-bang’ shot.

    Uthappa played for Karnataka institute of cricket (KIOC) – under the guidance of Irfan Sait who runs the cricket camp.

    source: http://www.yasni.com


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    Air Marshal K C Cariappa (retd), an environmentalist who took on the powerful timber lobby in Kodagu district of Karnataka is the ‘Coorg Person of the Year, 2009’.
    K C CariappaAir Marshal Cariappa, son of Field Marshal K M Cariappa, topped a poll conducted by www.coorgtourisminfo.com, the first news portal of Kodagu, to select the Coorg Person of the Year. The others who were in the reckoning for the title, include another hardcore environmentalist and President of the Coorg Wildlife Society, Col C P Muthanna (retd) and New York-based novelist Sarita Mandanna, who has been given the largest advance by Penguin India ever paid to a debut novelist for her novel ‘Tiger Hills,’ set in Kodagu. 

    Taking a pro-active role, Air Marshal Cariappa went beyond the ‘call of duty’ and approached the Supreme Court of India to restrain the timber mafia, backed by the Kodagu district administration and sundry politicians to prevent the formation of a road across the Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary in Kodagu in the ecologically sensitive Western Ghats.

    Following a public interest litigation filed by Air Marshal Cariappa, the Apex Court directed the Central Empowered Committee (CEC) to make an on the spot study of the situation and file a report. In a blatant violation of the law, the Kodagu district administration, backed by the two Kodagu MLAs, and supported by local villagers attempted to lay a road through the Pushpagiri reserve forest, amid opposition from Karnataka forest officials.

    The controversial road is a seven km stretch between Madikeri and Subramanya near Mangalore in Dakshina Kannada district. Over 400 villagers from Galibeedu near Madikeri, deployed earthmovers to make the road. Their contention was that the road would shorten the distance between Kodagu and Subramanya.

    In a mockery of justice, the villagers were provided ‘police protection’ to form the road by the district administration, headed by the then Deputy Commissioner Baldev Krishna. The top district officials, including the Superintendent of Police, went to the extent of publicly humiliating forest official Anil Rathan who protested against the road being formed through the reserve forest.

    Air Marshal Cariappa was commissioned into the Indian Air Force in 1957 and he was shot down in the 1965 India-Pakistan war while carrying out attacks on enemy positions and taken Prisoner of War (POW). When President Ayub Khan of Pakistan, an old buddy of Field Marshal Cariappa, offered to release his son forthwith, the later famous said: “They (other POWs) are all my sons, look after all of them.”

    After retirement from the Air Force in 1996, Air Marshal Cariappa has been living at Madikeri in Kodagu. He has been taking a keen interest in environment and was the President of the Coorg Wildlife Society for four years. Two years ago, Air Marshal Cariappa wrote the biography of his father, which brought out his literary talent as a writer.

    Dr Jagadeesh Subbaiah Moodera, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and winner of Oliver E. Buckley Prize, was the Coorg Person of the Year, 2008.
    The past winners of Coorg Person of the Year include cricketer Robin Uthappa, researcher Dr Boverianda Nanjamma Chinnappa, and novelist Kaveri Poonacha Nambisan.


    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Madikeri / DHNS / Dec 31st


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