Friday, June 20, 2008

The Surge of Transcription in the KPO industry.

Many of you out there won't have heard about Transcription. To be honest, there are many still who, in all probability haven’t heard of KPO either.

Transcription basically is of two types in India, at least the more prominent one, or at least the one that I have heard about; those include Medical Transcription and Business Transcription.

Medical transcription is more visible in the classified section of news papers and recruiting agencies. But those of you who are not medically oriented and even those who cannot interpret medical term or name to save their life have another option, Business Transcription.

Business transcription is basically transcribing, i.e. converting one medium, spoken, probably recorded to the text medium, essentially converting one media to another.

Business transcription has become a viable option for those who don’t fancy call centers or any other back office work that KPO offers. All the job requires is descent knowledge of computers and typing skills, but these are all secondary to good hearing skills and the ability to decipher different accents and diction.

If your hearing skills are proved to be sufficient, all the other facets could be improved upon through training and practice.

Although starting pay could range between 6,000 to 8,000 Indian Rupees, if you show yourself to be good enough and have quality on your side, there is no stopping your pay scale.

The Salary could even touch as much as 40,000 per month if you are among the best.

The Business transcription Industry has predominantly night shifts, and during the peak season the shift timings could be uncertain, but, you meet great guys, take on more responsibility and get paid just rewards, and at times it could be great fun too. It also allows you the option to join part-time work.

Many college going students and even retired persons have taken the opportunity to earn a quick buck and supplement their income. Many students have even completed their higher education during their stint in this industry.

The industry is currently in the need for quality workforce, and this is the best time to negotiate your salary.

This is no novice talking gibberish, I have been associated with this industry from October of '07 and so far the sailing has been rather smooth and there have been no regrets, and there won't be any regrets for you either if you are committed enough.

There are vacancies currently In Green Point Technologies Services Limited, Belapur.

Address: Unit No. T241, 4th Floor,

International Infotech Park,

C.B.D. Belapur Station Complex,

Navi Mumbai : 400614

Tel.: +91-22-67120704.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Top 10 New Species Named

Jeanna Bryner
Senior Writer

Tue Jun 17, 9:11 AM ET

Thousands of new plant and animal species were discovered in 2007, though only 10 were bizarre enough, lethal enough or just plain cool enough to garner spots on a new Top-10 list.

Each year, the International Institute for Species Exploration (IISE) at Arizona State University issues the Top 10 New Species list, which spotlights flora and fauna described during the previous year, so in this case 2007.

The new list includes lethal animals like a box jellyfish (Malo kingi) - named after Robert King, who apparently died after he was stung by this species - and the Central Ranges Taipan (Oxyuranus temporalis), now thought to be one of the most venomous snakes in the world.

And a dragon millipede, whose shocking-pink exterior would put a 1980s fashionista to shame, gets a spot on the list. Rather than setting trends, the arthropod uses its gaudy coloration to alert predators of its toxicity.

Some species made it onto the list due to their modern monikers, including the Michelin Man, a succulent plant from Western Australia that resembles the rotund tire guy. Also on the list: an ornate sleeper ray from the east coast of South Africa that was named after the Electrolux vacuum cleaner brand due to the animal's ability to suck up prey in the water.

While scientists discover thousands of species each year, with an estimated 16,969 species considered new to science in 2006, plenty of plants and animals are waiting to be found. Scientists estimate 10 million or so species exist on Earth, with 1.8 million species described since Carl Linnaeus developed the modern system for naming plants and animals in the 18th century.

"Most people do not realize just how incomplete our knowledge of Earth's species is or the steady rate at which taxonomists are exploring that diversity," said Quentin Wheeler, an entomologist and director of IISE.

The international committee was chaired by Janine Caira of the University of Connecticut, and included scientists from across the globe, including the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Spain and New Zealand.

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Palette of mystery

There is something about butterflies that fascinates everyone. It must be its distinguishable color in general or may be, a mystique attached to its carefree mooch around the greens. The butterfly, for one,s seems so without a job in hand, living life to the fullest. That must be the first intrigue to any grown up, but what about kids? Why do they find it irresistible? What is their share of pursuit? To a child, what gathers his attention is not the mundane exemptions allotted to butterfly, for him, it's simply the roaming and the variety of distinct color which does the cupid act. Learning color and its name can't get funnier for a tod that is full of questions and unanswered triggers. It simply doesn't fit hold in a child's psyche that how such a cute, timid creature could be blessed with exuberance of color on its exteriors. It appeals to the nascent mind of the kid and he endures on to a ceaseless and relentless endeavor. In the end, the butterfly flies away, mocking the human child's petulance, but at least teaching him a gradual lesson in life, too.

Now, the child has grown into a man and he no longer runs after this seductive insect anymore but he has learned the tricks of life. He learns that life sometime masquerade itself as a butterfly and makes us trail it like a caboose. At the end of the day, the color are learned and well known and the lesson learned that its butterfly's destiny to be free and drool around flowers and its man's destiny to try to find a space for him in corner for home sake. He learns that it's all karma and lot of drama too, that butterfly goes through a prolonged metamorphosis that seems so tedious and pyrrhic in nature, but eventually the beauty enters out of cocoon. Similarly life too has to drill itself out of a tenuous practicality and then reward itself with betterment. Butterflies are one of the earliest teachers for a child who learns his green from other color, from looking around his presence and sensing the depravity of his ambience.


Like kid Jesus in the hay manger

Waiting for the sweet innocent danger

U lurking around with pity so sweet

Just waiting so that our eyes can meet

Deranger, a familiar stranger

How do I stop this demonic hunger?

Is that why we met?

To get a life worse than death

A monstrous beast you did tame

Now my DNA reeks of you

My blood screams your name

My whole body goes maim

Deranger, a familiar stranger

How do I stop this demonic hunger?

Is that why we met?

To get a life worse than death

Why did I get a memory so strong?

Why can’t I forget that cute old song

We sang together all day all night?

Why can’t I just get you out of my sight?

Deranger, a familiar stranger

How do I stop this demonic hunger?

Is that why we met?

To get a life worse than death

I want a way out of this grind

I wish would you be so kind

Could you suggest any remedy I can find?

To get rid of this mindless body, bodiless mind

Deranger, a familiar stranger

How do I stop this demonic hunger?

Is that why we met?

To get a life worse than death


We weren’t meant for each other

But destiny brought us together

She gave a fair share for us

You wouldn’t agree, would you?

You took the joy and gave me the pain

I know that you will never come back

But why am I still hoping in vain

You crippled me that I may never walk again

You crippler, you crippled my love

Crippled my thoughts, crippled my emotions

You quaked my life in to destruction

To the point of no resurrection

I know you can see me hurt

Seeing me buried in the dirt

Laughing at those salty drops

You love it, don’t you?

You slit me and sucked my life dry

Stuffing my lungs with every atom of air

Love my suffering, don’t want me to die

Knowing I am once bitten twice shy

You crippler, you crippled my life

Crippled my thoughts, crippled my emotions

You quaked my life in to destruction

To the point of no resurrection

Can’t you give me a second chance?

But I know you have other plans

I beg for a revival

You knew this would happen, didn’t you?

Prayed love to reach the height of glory

But it will wash of as just another story

Pieces of hurt and a watery grave

A sheath of flowers and a note I am sorry

You crippler, you crippled my death

Crippled my thoughts, crippled my emotions

You quaked my life in to destruction

To the point of no resurrection

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Temper, Peace, and Redemption - Poem

It is so easy to lose your temper,

No matter what you hurt or hamper.

The feeling of loosing control over powers you,

Your anger and rage soon over comes you.

You loose your sense of reason and sympathy,

Selfishness and power is what you crave.

But soon you'll feel a sense of remorse,

There transcends all power and force.

You will wish to turn things around,

Under a feeling that drives you into the ground.

You imagine and reflect how proud you were,

Soon the sense of regret turns into frustration and fear.

You look for a road to redemption everywhere,

Voices of your actions call out in despair.

This is the hardest thing to get away,

The more you run the louder it gets.

Soon you'll run out of land,

No matter how grand you plan.

The only way back is the hard way,

Face the remnants of your deeds.

Do what you can to make things better,

It's is a place where you can't wait nor stutter.

Your conscious has to be clean and will strong,

Soon peace will be seen in the distant scene.

It will well be that peace alludes you,

But you can't let that withhold you.

Your search for peace may well be unending,

It is not the price but the journey that will prove rewarding.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ashok Vaidya: The Man who gave us our Vada Pav

Nestled in a tiny room in a narrow lane, in a chawl near Dadar station resides the family of Ashok Vaidya, who started the Vada Pav in Mumbai.

The Vada pav came into existence when a snack seller outside Dadar railway station decided to experiment. He came up with a combination of batata vada and split pav.

Soon it gained in popularity and others followed Vaidya. "My father introduced the first stall of Vada pav near Dadar station in 1966. Soon vada pav stalls mushroomed all over Mumbai," said Vinayak, Vaidya's elder son, who works for a multinational company.

Ashok Vaidya passed away in July 1998. But his family, comprising wife Mangal, elder son Vinayak and younger son Narendra (who although well-educated), looks after the stall now.

"My father was a hardcore Shiv Sainik. He decided to start his own business. This business gave us a decent living, education and respect. So, even after education and the passing away of our father, we decided to run the stall," said Narendra.

"But we are thankful to the Shiv Sena, without which this would not have been possible. The police used to harass my father very often. Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray went to Dadar police station and the local ward office and ensured that he wasn't harassed," he added.

The Vaidya family acknowledges the Sena's contribution, and is delighted that even after all these years, the party once again came forward and approached them to be vendors under the Shiv Vad scheme, which will launch vada pav stalls in July-August.

The family feels the Sena has always worked for poor people, and the scheme will provide a large market to the middle class.

"We have been in this business for 42 years. When we started off, we used to sell vada pavs at 20 paise. Now we are selling it at Rs 6. The increase of a rupee is only because of the recent hike in LPG prices," explained Mangal.

Despite facing stiff competition from McDonalds and Jumbo King, they never thought of increasing their price. Their strategy is simple. "The vada Pav is a poor man's meal. Not all middle class people can afford to spend Rs 20-25 on a burger. Keeping this is mind, we sell our vada pav, maintaining its true essence," said Narendra, who claims their USP is that one can even eat it cold.

The family is looking forward to its association with the Shiv Sena's Shiv Vada scheme.

Source: Mid-Day

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

National Awards 2008 Announced in India

NEW DELHI: The 54th National Film Awards for 2006 were announced here on Tuesday with Malayalam film “Pulijanmam” by director Priyanandanan being selected as the best feature film.

The best actor award was bagged by actor Soumitra Chatterjee for his role in the Bengali film “Podokkhep,” while Priyamani won the best actress award for her role in Tamil film “Paruthi Veeran.”

The award for the best director has gone to Madhur Bhandarkar for his Hindi film “Traffic Signal.”

Bollywood super-hit film “Lage Raho Munnabhai” by director Raj Kumar Hirani has been adjudged the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment. The film has won the award for revalidating the philosophy of non-violence in a strife-torn world and helping rediscover the Gandhi within the common man. The film also won awards in the best screenplay and best lyrics category.

The awards were announced at a press conference organised here by the Directorate of Film Festivals and the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry.

Dilip Prabhavalkar won the best supporting actor award for his role in “Lage Raho Munnabhai” and Marathi film “Shevri,” Konkona Sen Sharma won the best supporting actress award for her role in “Omkara” and Divya Chahadkar bagged the best child artist award for her role in Konkani film “Antarnad.”

While announcing the awards, the jury members pointed out that the latest requirement for film entries to have censorship certificate had prevented several applicants from entering the competition this year.

“Too much censorship will stifle creativity and that is not something we want,” said non-feature film jury chairman K. Bikram Singh.

Feature films chairman Buddhadeb Dasgupta added: “We want young film-makers with news ideas to come up and this can be done only with the help of the government and we hope that due support will be given.”

Directors Madhu Kaithapuram and Kabir Khan bagged the Indira Gandhi Award for the best first film of a director for their films “Eakantham” (Malayalam) and “Kabul Express” (Hindi) respectively.

The Nargis Dutt Award for the best feature film on national integration was bagged by Kannada film “Kallarli Huvagi.”

Two new award categories — best animation and best make-up artist — have been constituted this year. Telugu film “Kittu” won the award in the best animation film category and Anil Moti Ram Palande was awarded the best make-up artist for the film “Traffic Signal.”

Awards in the other categories include — best playback singer Gurdas Mann for “Waris Shah Ishq Da Waris” (Punjabi), while the award for the best female playback singer was bagged by Aarti Anklekar Tikekar for “Antarnad” (Konkani).

The Special Jury Award-2006 was awarded to Vishal Bhardwaj for the film “Omkara” for an outstanding film that synergises international treatment with an earthy rooted sensibility.

The award for the best feature film in Hindi has gone to “Khosla ka Ghosla” for portraying the middle class struggle against the real estate mafia.

The best non-feature film award was given to “Bishar Blues,” a film that has demolished the myth that the practice of Islam is monolithic and not multifaceted. The best first non-feature film of a director was awarded to Jacob Varghese for his film “Andhiyum.”

The national award for the best writing on cinema was awarded to Jerry Pinto. He won the award for the best book on cinema for “Helen: The Life and Times of an H-Bomb”.

The award for the best film critic will be presented jointly to G.P. Ramachandran (Malayalam) and Rafique A. R. Baghdadi (English) and the jury has made a special mention of Utpal Datta (Assamese) for his sensitive interpretation of films and trends in cinema.

Source: Hindustan Times

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Satpati is one of the biggest fishing villages on the western coast of India. It is about 80 km north of Mumbai, located in the Palghar Taluka of District Thane in Maharashtra. The main industry in Satpati is fishing, and the majority of the population is part of the Koli community.

Satpati is one of the major producers of fish in Maharashtra. It has a population of 35, 000 approximately. It is home to the renowned Koli community of Maharashtra who have been involved with fishing for as long as we can remember.

The nearest railway station to Satpati is Palghar (Western Railway), from where State Transport (S.T.) buses are available for Satpati at regular intervals. 6/7-seater auto rickshaws that can carry about 10 people easily also run between Satpati and Palghar on a share basis, charging around 7 rupees per person.

The regular autos that you see in Mumbai are also available, but beware of the meter less autos, with whom you have to bargain and come to a definite agreement about what he'll charge at the onset itself or you will end up paying an exorbitant amount.

I caught the shuttle train from Virar at 1:20 pm, where I traveled to from Mahim. It cost me 34 rupees for a return ticket. Make sure you get there well in advance otherwise you'll be standing all the way to Palghar like I did. There are a number of services from Mumbai to Palghar, both mail/express and shuttle. Check your local listings for any additional details.

From Virar it takes about 45 minutes to Palghar if you take the shuttle. And you'll come across many interesting people from all walks of life, and from different states. But yes, don’t expect any sympathize from these seasoned commuters, some of whom travel for 6 hours everyday to work. Some of their frustrations do come to the fore from time to time.

When we finally reached Palghar, the stationed seemed to be much more developed and urban looking than what I had expected. It was not too dissimilar to the some of the other city stations that we come across.

The station had the same hustle and bustle that we city dwellers are used to. May be the 10 seater rickshaws and the ST buses were some of the few exceptions. It seemed there is nothing that you can't buy here. One of the first things that I caught my eye is the beautiful faces of the people that I saw there.

The second thing that I noticed very soon is that everyone seemed to know each other, and there was constant yelling of at each other no matter where they are and what they are riding to and from.

I was eager to get some shade because for some reason the sun was beaming down and I was hungry enough to eat an elephant.

Soon we got a share rickshaw and reached Satpati. Satpati resembled a junction where you could head to a number of places. We landed right beside the famous Ram Mandir, which celebrates the equally famous Ram Navami festival of Satpati.

Ram Mandir the most famous Tample in Satpati and Palghar. It's grand and beautifully crafted and gives you a feeling of spiritual sanctity and artistic splendor at one go. It's very beautiful and every year during Ram Navami, a huge fair is organized where people from different states come to enjoy the celebrations and be part of the revelry of the people. The beaches of Satpati are very beautiful and are a source of income to its people as well in more ways than one.

The village is home to two prominent classes within the Koli community, the Mangela and the Vaity caste. I decided to stay at the friend Shahshank Meher's place who works in Air India. Shashak is a native of Satpati and his family is among the many prominent fishing families of Satpati.

There are approximately 300 ships in the docks or Dhakka as they call it off the shores Satpati, but during the season not more than 150 ships are active. Although the produce is dropping, they are still enough to make some families financially very sound if a little bit of luck goes with them.

Some people consider it a game of luck and it's a story of hit and miss. Huge amounts of money are invested in any given ship, as much as 30-40 lakhs, and if they continuously go into the seas for the entire season, and some good luck helps them through the way, there is a fair chance that they will recoup their money.

Satpati is home to one of the largest corporative fishing efforts in the country which aims to aid, support and organize the fishing business in Satpati which is sustaining so many homes in this region. It has set an example that many would do well to replicate.

Although the situation is way off from being perfect, the people of Satpati are determined to carry on fishing as long as the seas allow them to. But all the while they are looking for other avenues to support their growth. Many have decided to embrace education and use that as a plank to protect against the uncertainties of fishing. Many have started to move away from their traditional fishing areas into the city in the hope for a better future.

Many of the youngsters have sadly started to feel disenchanted with fishing and want to pursue alternative livelihoods and set out for greener pastures. Some fishing families have built up huge amount of liabilities by way of loans which they are trying very hard to pay up.

Law and order have become a problem with financial troubles escalating. The police have become less and less lenient on the offenders as the number of cases keeps escalating.

Hygienic infrastructure by way of public toilets and drainage leaves a lot to be desired. Although the residents have tried again and again to convince the authorities, their pleas go unanswered.

Moving away from the negatives, there are a lot of things that the natives have to be proud about. Their way of life is still protected and the elders are very serious when it comes to preserving it. Sooner than later, Satpati is going to emerge as a major tourist attraction. All it needs is the right amount of vision and a little effort by the government and the people of Satpati.

And we are still some way off from seeing the fruits and blessing of the seas from drying up and there are still many ships to be hauled out of the sea, and a lot of money still to be made.

After my one day stay at this wonderful place where I met a number of wonderful people, it was time to leave. The Meher house was like a family to me and I simply adored the food that Shashanks mother prepared, and it I will always treasure it.

I took the 8:15 am Surat-Mumbai-Surat mail from Palghar and made it to Borivali by 10. The ride was much more comfortable than I believed and no sooner had I reached Mumbai, my heart longed to go back.

----------------------------------------------------------To be concluded

Thursday, June 5, 2008

making every day special!

There are days when you simply feel sublime,

Nothing bothers you and everything seems stunning.

These days remind you what falling is love is all about,

What true beauty is and its power to heal and bless.

This day makes you give and spread happiness that you feel,

Share and spread this feeling in all direction.

On this day everything seems to fall in place,

There is a blessing in every word and comfort in every face.

Your only wish is to prolong this day and enjoy it to the fullest,

You no longer crave for the best, brightest and the biggest.

You wish for these days to come and stay,

But is has a way to make you make you wait and pray.

Cos it requires courage and sense of purpose and inner strength,

But all it requires is your conviction a belief in your action.

This day can be made yours with just a smile and a second of courage,

Try smiling and helping a needy and feel the power of giving.

For this day will let you see the love all around,

Make you feel great and get more than what you gave.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Friends in Need

How does it feel when lies surround you?

When someone very close belies you?

There is no greater pain I know,

That hurts so much and yet leaves no mark.

Your mind starts playing pranks and games,

No matter what, could not be tamed.

You look for answers all over,

Start searching for peace where there is none.

Soon your situation turns desperate,

And you start a race with yourself.

It feels like a race that u can't win,

And all explanation resembles a bed of pins.

It is when you loose or find divinity,

And discover or discard spiritual serenity.

You look for the a healing hand,

And look for an oasis when surrounded by mountains of sand.

Every explanation only increases the pain,

All resembles a losing battle that you cannot win.

The pain only increases with time,

Every breathing curses as if were a crime.

You soon wonder if the fault is all yours,

Are you the Satan in a land good and pure.

This is when good friends come to the fore,

Resembling friends straight out of folklore.

It is then I discovered love when all seemed lost,

Now love is my company and happiness is my host!!

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The Group that is 'WE'

we don't have a history
we don't have a name
we are shroud in mystery
we are full of shame
taken in and thrown off
into holding rain
we are the thorn of loneliness
we are called insane
but one thing that stays on
is the taste of life
and no one else knows it good
than me and my friends
against we stand the norms
against the useless sermons
united we always stood
like a pillar untamed
we don't have a history
we don't have a name.

An old friend

I remember a friend of mine
who used to be close to my eyes
always in a turmoil of rage and courage
in between the line of love and hate
he had a guile that spoke long tales
stories of freedom, race, color and pale
a bit of his life was gloomy at night
wondering of thoughts why ain't i right?
a bit of his reality was hard to sigh
kissing the corners unseen in day
his ideas were great, but his words did stray
in contempt of his failure, he made winning a way
to reach avenues withheld from his gaze
then he was bubble of innocence
trickled by fate and set up straight,
too fast for a race and too slow for a stroll
but he remained in my books of brain for long
along with his grit, guts and game
sailing with a glare only a good friend can play!

Monday, June 2, 2008

Some of the Impending Impacts of the Inaugural IPL

The following is a list of the possible impacts of the success of IPL and T20 as a whole could have the overall scene of Internationals Cricket in the near future.

  1. It will consolidate India's position as the nerve center of International Cricket.
  2. Will put more pressure on One day International to maintain its popularity and fan base; which will necessitate innovations and hopefully awaken the ICC from its deep slumber and indifference towards the ODI which has been the cash cow for the ICC for many years.
  3. It will result it the game of Cricket being recognized in more distant corners of the world, and hopefully create a newer fan following.
  4. It will make Lalit Modi, Sharad Powar and BCCI as a whole a power to be reckoned with.
  5. The job of the rebel group, The Indian Cricket Group just got tougher.
  6. You’ll see China and other associate members of the ICC playing the shorter version of the game much earlier than previously predicted, because it has been rendered much less uncomplicated by the slam bang version of the game.
  7. You could soon see a 40 per side match played over four innings in one day resembling two T20 matches. This way you could see Sachin bat and Shoaib bowl twice in the same day. That’s really something to look forward to.
  8. More billionaires will come forward like Allen Stanford from various quarters to support the game driven by the money and the marketing opportunity it offers.
  9. Soon, we’ll see a Champions league of T20 regional champions from all over the world.
  10. The loyalty of a player to his club/franchisee versus that for the country will create controversies in the future.
  11. The ICC will well have to reconsider the whole international calendar and tour itinerary in the coming years.
  12. Soon there will be a separation between what is considered classical and traditional cricket to those playing the shorter version of the game creating a schism between them which could ultimately result in a new body responsible for the overseeing the affairs of T20 being set up, which would increasingly become more independent as time goes on.
  13. Australia will continue to be the best at all forms of the game in the near future and India the financial powerhouse.
  14. Cricket could soon be accommodated in the Olympics looking at its growing popularity and money spinning capacity, all thanks of the T20.
  15. We’ll soon see a super cricketer emerge from the T20 game who will be considered among the best athletes in the world by his ability to hit long, bowl hard and field everything that comes his way. Be prepared fort the next generation of sports person.

---to be concluded!!!

Send in your feedback on what ramifications and impact you see an account of the popularity of IPL and T20 as a whole. I look forward to including it in my extended article with a byline. Here’s awaiting your response!!!

Indian Premier League: The Statistical Stars of IPL

IPL: Top performers

-----Anant Gundalkar

1 – Number of bowler who has taken four or more wickets in an innings twice. Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir has accomplished this rare feat with figures of 6 for 14 against Chennai and 4 for 14 against Mumbai – both in Jaipur.

3- Number of players who have been involved in four separate century partnerships each. The celebrated trio is: Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir and Shikhar Dhawan, and Rajasthan’s Greame Smith.

5- Number of Man of the Match awards bagged by Punjab’s Shaun Marsh in 11 matches, making him the highest award winner. Rajasthan’s Shane Watson and Yusuf Pathan stand second with four awards each.

6- Number of wickets by Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir while conceding just 14 runs against Chennai in Jaipur is the best bowling analysis in an innings.

6.40 – Economy rate of Sourav Ganguly while taking 6 wickets in 13 matches is the best among all players who have sent down at least 20 overs.

10 - Number of catches by Chennai’s Suresh Raina in 16 matches, making him the most successful fielder. Mumbai’s Robin Uthappa is second with 9 catches in 14 matches.

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10.9 – Bowling strike rate of Delhi’s Amit Mishra while taking 11 wickets in 6 matches is the best among all players who have sent down at least 20 overs.

11- Number of dismissals by Mumbai’s Yogesh Takawale in 7 matches, making him the best wicket-keeper. His tally includes 10 catches and 1 stumpings. Kolkata’s Wriddhiman Saha with 10 dismissals (8 catches and 1 stumpings) is second in the coveted list.

12- Number of defeats suffered by Hyderabad in 14 matches, making them the team with the most losses. Adam Gilchrist and V.V.S.Laxman were their skippers in all these matches.

12.09 – Bowling average of Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir while taking 22 wickets in 11 matches is the best among all players who have sent down at least 20 overs.

13 - Number of victories registered by Rajasthan out of 15 matches, making them the team with the most wins. Incidentally, in all these matches, Shane Warne was their captain.

22 - Number of wickets claimed by Rajasthan’s Sohail Tanvir in 11 matches, making him the highest wicket-taker. He finished the tourney with an average of 12.09, economy rate of 6.46 and strike rate of 11.2.

31 - Number of sixes by Mumbai’s Sanath Jayasuriya in 14 matches, making him the highest six-hitter. His average works out to 2.21 sixes per game. Besides, he has also hit 57 fours.

68 – Number of fours by Delhi’s Gautam Gambhir in 14 matches, making him the highest four-hitter. His average per game is 4.86. Interestingly, he hit only 8 sixes.

68.44 – Batting average of Punjab’s Shaun Marsh while scoring 616 runs in 11 matches, is the highest average among all players who have scored at least 200 runs.

86.67- Winning percentage accomplished by Rajasthan’s Shane Warne remains the best among all captains. He guided his team to 13 victories out of 15 games.

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155 – Number of unbroken runs added by Hyderabad’s Adam Gilchrist and V.V.S.Laxman for the first-wicket position against Mumbai in Mumbai is the highest partnership.

158 - Number of unbeaten runs scored by Kolkata’s Brendon McCullum against Bangalore in the inaugural match in Bangalore is the highest individual score in an innings.

184.54 – Batting strike rate of Delhi’s Virender Sehwag while scoring 406 runs in 14 matches, is the highest strike rate among all players who have aggregated at least 200 runs.

616 - Number of runs scored by Punjab’s Shaun Marsh in 11 matches, making him the highest run-getter. He enjoys a healthy average of 68.44 and strike rate of 139.68. He hit a single century, 5 fifties, 59 fours and 26 sixes.

Batsmen with most runs:

Shaun Marsh (Punjab) – 616 runs

Gautam Gambhir (Delhi) - 534 runs

Sanath Jayasuriya (Mumbai) – 514 runs

Shane Watson (Rajasthan) – 472 runs

Greame Smith (Rajasthan) – 441 runs

Bowlers with the most wickets:

Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan) – 22 wickets

Shane Warne (Rajasthan) – 19 wickets

S.Sree Santh (Punjab) – 19 wickets

Shane Watson (Rajasthan) – 17 wickets

Piyush Chawla (Punjab) – 17 wickets

Albie Morkel (Chennai) – 17 wickets

Manpreet Gony (Chennai) – 17 wickets

Players with the most Man of the Match awards:

Shaun Marsh (Punjab) – 5 in 11 matches

Shane Watson (Rajasthan) – 4 in 15 matches

Yusuf Pathan (Rajasthan) – 4 in 16 matches

Source: Sify

Rajasthan Royals Claims the IPL in a Climatic Final

The Rajasthan Royals, which had already proved itself the best team over the length of the qualifying tournament, showed that it was also the best in the clutch as it took the inaugural Indian Premier League title in Mumbai.

It beat the Chennai Super Kings in a desperately tense final on Sunday, reaching its target of 164 to win from the final ball of its innings of 20 six-ball overs when Sohail Tanvir struck the single run it needed.

As in last year's first-ever World Cup in the Twenty20 format - when India's victory created the excitement that led to the creation of, first, the rebel India Cricket League, and then the officially backed the IPL - the organizers were treated to a final that was everything they could have asked for. Chennai battled to its limit. Rajasthan won because Tanvir and its captain, Shane Warne, both chiefly bowlers, kept their nerve when asked to score the final 21 runs from 14 balls.

It could hardly have been represented by more appropriate men at the end. Tanvir was the best bowler in the eight-team tournament, leading the wicket-takers with 22 and conceding fewer runs per over than any other regular bowler. Warne was an inspiring, innovative and nurturing captain and coach, as well as bowling beautifully to take 19 wickets.

Either might reasonably have been chosen as Man of the Tournament. Instead that prize went to a third Royal, the Australian all-rounder Shane Watson, who finished fourth among both the run-scorers and the wicket-takers. In the final itself he was outshone by his Indian teammate Yusuf Pathan, who scored 56 rapid runs and took three wickets in his four overs.
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Having so many standout performers epitomizes Rajasthan's style - this was, above all, a team success. In a competition whose every aspect seemed accompanied by a mind-boggling price tag, it is refreshing to report that the dominant team represented the least expensive franchise. The IPL boss, Lalit Modi, had rebuked its owners for underspending in the rotisserie-style player auction, saying: "I don't know what they are doing."

They knew, much better than the other seven franchises put together. Rajasthan's owners have business links with Leicestershire, the team that dominated the first English Twenty20 tournaments. They drew on Leicestershire's experience and expertise to decide which players to draft, and employed its most successful player, Jeremy Snape, as assistant coach and psychologist.

Rajasthan won 11 of its 14 group stage matches, vastly outshining the expensively assembled teams from the metropolises of Mumbai and Kolkata, neither of which made the quarterfinals.

Chennai only just made the final four, but played superbly in its semifinal before finding Rajasthan, for the third time, just too much for it. Its skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was only narrowly denied the achievement of leading winners in both the World Cup and the IPL.

The brilliant end matched an epic beginning six weeks earlier when the New Zealander Brendan McCullum smashed 158 not, easily the highest-ever score in a Twenty20 match, for Kolkata against Bangalore. No other batsman got within 40 of that. All five subsequent individual scores of more than 100 were made by Australians - one of whom, the previously little-known Shaun Marsh, was the leading batsman with 616 runs.

There was, though, after initial concern about dominance by overseas stars, plenty of home-based achievement to celebrate. Gautam Gambhir, India's Man of the Match in the World Cup final, was the second most successful batsman in IPL, and two young all-rounders, Piyash Chawla and Irfan Pathan, brother of Yusuf, were outstanding with bat and ball.

The tournament's impact has been felt worldwide. The cricket authorities of England, Australia and South Africa are all planning their own tournaments, realizing that if they do not respond, their best players will inevitably be drawn by the vast salaries on offer in India.

Not everything was ideal. Warne has suggested a reduction from six to four weeks. Two black English cheerleaders made complaints of racism. Pradeep Magazine, one of the most respected Indian writers, has criticized the "deathly silence" of the Indian media about cronyism and injuries to players vital to its national team.

While it was always clear that the players and the Board of Control for Cricket in India would make huge profits, it was less obvious that the franchise holders who have funded the operation would find it a paying proposition. The Times of India, though, has reported an analysis from Alchemy Shares & Stock Brokers suggesting that three of the eight franchises will break even in the first year, despite huge upfront spending, and that the rest have a positive outlook. The broadcaster Sony Max said he expected a fivefold increase in revenue market share.

Source: International Herald Tribune