Last year in August, renowned Yoga Guru BKS Iyengar passed away, leaving a void in the lives of cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. Over years Iyengar has helped many cricketers overcome injury. Tendulkar said of him: “My first detailed interaction with Guruji was way back in the year 1999 when Kiran More introduced me to him for a backache which was giving me much trouble. His serene, light hearted approach struck me and I spent a week under Guruji’s care.”
Born in Kolar district in Karnataka, Iyengar suffered various kinds of ailments and had a weak constitution as a child. He suffered from malaria, tuberculosis, typhoid, and even malnutrition. He was quoted by NYTimes: “My arms were thin, my legs were spindly, and my stomach protruded in an ungainly manner. My head used to hang down, and I had to lift it with great effort.”

Iyengar started practicing yoga at a very early age. His first teacher was his brother-in-law, a Brahmin. Then a teenager, Iyengar was made to stretch and even bend his body as part of Maharaja of Mysore’s entourage and showcase them in front of visitors.

Yehudi Menuhin visited India in 1952 and asked to meet the Yoga Guru. The meeting with Menuhin went on for hours. Iyengar in his interview to CNN recollected the meeting and said, “The moment I adjusted him and took him, he said, ‘I’ve never felt this sense of joy, elation.’ ”

Later on, Menuhin introduced Iyengar to Switzerland, where the Guru earned substantial following. Four years later he visited New York. Though it took him ten years to attract people, Iyengar became famous for becoming the Guru who introduced yoga to West.

Tendulkar met Iyengar in 1998 when the batting maestro was suffering from backache. In 2013, Indian Express spoke to Iyengar when Tendulkar was playing his final and 200th Test. “I was just watching the match, Sachin was batting on 20. He is a gifted man. He still has the stamina and endurance to play a five-day match,” Iyengar was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

He went on to say, “He had a lot of problems with his foot and his doctor in London had suggested surgery. I saw that the soles of his feet were as hard as rock. We tried a few asanas. About 10 days later, he returned to London for an appointment with the doctor, who said that surgery was no longer necessary…Sportspersons like Tendulkar are national assets, so whenever they have problems that are hard to recover from, I try to guide them.

“Sachin became very sincere about 4-5 years ago when he had a severe backache. After the class, he told me that he had slept well for the first time in many days. Sachin is a very obedient student. He surrenders to the lesson quite readily.”
Incidentally, Tendulkar is not Iyengar first cricketer student. It was DB Deodhar. Comparing the two, Iyengar said: “He [Tendulkar] has the stamina to do it. DB Deodhar used to have knee problems but with the help of yoga, he played past his 50s, so Tendulkar could also have continued to play.”

After Iyengar passed away last year, Tendulkar remembered and paid rich tributes to Iyengar: “I will always be thankful for the wonderful asanas he taught me. Practising those asanas helped me a lot throughout my career. Over a decade later, I was faced with a peculiar problem in my foot causing immense pain and discomfort. I was advised surgery for the same which I was not too sure of. At that time, Zak [Zaheer Khan] suggested that I seek Guruji’s advice. His positive spirit and guidance helped me to recover to an extent that the surgery was not needed,” Tendulkar said.

“Guruji left for his heavenly abode and left us with fond memories of how he touched our lives with his unique ways,” Tendulkar said in his condolence message. “Guruji maybe not around anymore, but the warmth of his smile and his healing touch will remain with us forever. May God give us all the strength to overcome this loss and may his soul rest in peace.”

Iyengar also helped Zaheer Khan, Anil Kumble and Rahul Dravid in the past.
 “It is very simple. Yoga is a science and has several asanas which can cure injuries and support quick rehabilitation. Cricketers and sportsmen have benefited from yoga over the years and hence keep coming to me,” Iyengar was quoted by DNA.

“Both Dravid and Kumble have learnt yoga from my students, Omkar and Murlidhar, in Bangalore. Omkar teaches yoga to cricket trainees at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore,” he said.

Speaking on Zaheer’s injured ankle, which he helped the pacer recover from in 2011, the Yoga Guru said, “There was a knot in his ankle following the surgery. I suggested a few specific asanas, which helped loosen up the ankle. This brought him relief and resulted in his being able to bowl more easily. He did very well as a bowler when he recently played for the Mumbai team.”

Despite being a sick child, Iyengar lived for 95 years, largely due to yoga. Iyengar was reported that even at an age of 90, he practiced yoga for four hours.

In 2014, he received the second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, from the President of India



England’s woman cricketer Danielle Wyatt posted a picture with Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun on social networking websites and wrote, “Nice to see my little mate today at Lords! #hesgettingtoofast #bouncersgalore #miniSachin.”
This isn’t the first time Arjun Tendulkar has caught the attention of the media. However, never before has an international cricketer clicked a selfie with the Little Master’s son and made it public.
Wyatt has represented England in 33 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 56 Twenty20 Internationals, picking up 25 and 46 wickets respectively. She is also a handy player with the bat lower down the order.
However, the question is, does Arjun Tendulkar deserve the kind of attention he is getting by the media just because of the achievements and laurels of his father. The debate is open. Do let us know about your opinion. Also let us know which star kid according to you gets the most attention.

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Reliving one of his most cherished cricketing rivalries during his 14-year-old career, former Australian speedster Glenn McGrath said that the Indian fans still haven’t forgiven him for getting iconic Sachin Tendulkar out in the 2003 World Cup final.
Chasing a mammoth 360 for a win in Johannesburg, India crashed to 234 all out with McGrath drawing first blood after getting Tendulkar caught and bowled for 4 in the very first over of the innings. The 45-year-old player feels the heartbroken Indians still haven’t forgotten the dismissal.
“I had some great battles with Sachin. In fact, the Indians still haven’t forgiven me for getting him out in the 2003 World Cup final,” McGrath said in an interaction with ESPNcricinfo.
“Sachin hit me for a four in the first over and the next ball, I dug it in short and he served up an easy caught and bowled to me,” he added.
Talking about another famous dismissal that also features in Tendulkar’s autobiography ‘Playing It My Way’, McGrath disagrees with the Little Masters account of an LBW decision, which was given in favour of the bowler.
Tendulkar was given out LBW for a naught when a short ball from McGrath didn’t bounce and hit him on the shoulder while he was ducking during the Adelaide Test in 1999.
“I read what he feels about in his book. Sachin is a small guy and I disagree with him because the ball was on the way down and I could see even the bails,” said McGrath.
In a game dominated by batsmen since it’s inception by the British, McGrath, who has bagged 563 Test wickets in 124 matches, takes credit for creating some space for the bowlers, especially on the celebration front.

“When a batsman scores a fifty or a hundred he raises his bat to the crowd but when a bowler bags 5 or 10 wickets he has nothing to do. Now we fast bowlers back in 2001, before the Ashes, decided to raise the ball if a bowler picks up a fifer. And fortunately I got five wickets in Lord’s and I raised the ball to the crowd. I feel nice now when fast bowlers do that,” said McGrath.


Days after the Indian cricket board signed up Sachin Tendulkar as its cricket advisor, Sharad Pawar is planning to rope in the former legend for a role in the Mumbai Cricket Association.
MCA president Pawar said Tendulkar has already been approached about helping budding cricketers. “Some discussions have already taken place with him (Tendulkar) about him helping out Mumbai cricket. We already have a cricket improvement committee, cricket selection committee, and if Sachin spares some time then Mumbai Cricket Association will be extremely happy. We want to use his talent and his guidance for budding cricketers,” Pawar said before addressing the first meeting of the Bal Mahaddalkar group on Saturday evening ahead of next week’s MCA elections.
Pawar is contesting for the post of MCA president after a decade and will be taking on the Shiv Sena-backed candidate Vijay Patil. Pawar said he probably would have withdrawn from the contest if Patil had given an undertaking not to demand international and IPL games to be played at the D Y Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai of which Patil is the president.
“Had he given such an undertaking I probably would have withdrawn from the fray,” said Pawar. “They should have made their position clear about hosting games in DY Patil stadium. We have no objection to give practice matches, Ranji Trophy matches and other games (to DY Patil stadium). But we can’t encourage talks about giving IPL matches from which the MCA gets a few lakh rupees per match. If the match is given elsewhere then MCA will suffer financial loss. So, the main responsibility of those who want to contest elections and manage the affairs of the association must be to protect each and every part of the organisation,” the former BCCI and ICC chief said.
“If this condition would have been accepted, probably I would not have contested also,” Pawar said. The NCP chief stated that a Test match or an ODI cannot be organised at any ground as the venue has to be approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC). Mumbai has two grounds approved by ICC — the Wankhede stadium and the CCI. One cannot host a match at a venue not recognised by ICC.
Another interesting electoral battle is the fight for the vice-president’s post between two former cricketers — Dilip Vengsarkar, who is with the Pawar-Mahaddlakar group, and Abey Kuruvilla, who is part of the Patil group. Meanwhile, Republican Party of India (RPI) chief Ramdas Athvale has withdrawn his nomination for vice-president’s post.


It is not easy being a cricketer but it is outright tough officiating a match in the highly-charged and closely followed contemporary world of cricket. So when a five-time winner of ICC Umpire of the Year says mistakes are inevitable part of an umpire’s job, it must be.

Simon Taufel has long been considered one of the finest umpires to ever officiate international cricket matches. Currently in India to advise and mentor BCCI’s Elite panel of umpires, Taufel feels his Indian colleagues have a tougher job at hand as they do not get respect they deserve from national cricketers.
“What I would like to see more in India is players respecting how difficult umpiring is; maybe try it themselves. It would be great to see a Rahul Dravid or a Sachin Tendulkar donning a white coat,” Taufel was quoted as saying in an ESPNcricinfo report.

“We would love the players to appreciate and show equal empathy for the difficult nature of our job, appreciate that better umpires get it right, that we are human beings after all.”
Taufel though, appreciated the ‘progress’ made by Indian umpires in recent times.

“When I joined the IPL in the second season (2009), there were no Indian umpires in the play-offs. Here we are six years later, we have got the highest number of Indian umpires involved in the play-offs,” he said.

“That tells me, tells the rest of the world and tells the Indian umpires that people who are selecting them for those matches had faith and trust in the performance abilities of those umpires.” As many as 17 of the 26 match officials in IPL 2015 were Indians.

The holy grail for umpires – the ICC Elite Panel – however has continued to elude Indians since Srinivas Venkatraghavan left the panel in 2004. Taufel though wants the world to focus on the positive strides made in recent years of international cricket.

“There have been a lot of success stories over the last few years. We have had Indian umpires officiating at the World Cup and we have two umpires going to the World Twenty20 qualifiers,” Taufel noted.

“Our focus is to improve Indian domestic umpiring. We have produced four quality International Panel umpires. They are doing extremely well and one of them (S Ravi) is officiating at Lord’s in a Test match.”
Whether Indian umpires are further able to establish themselves in the international stage remains to be seen. Unnder the guidance of Taufel though, they can only improve and fine-tune their abilities – one that Taufel feels ought to be respected by the cricketers on the field.


Sri Lanka cricket teams outgoing manager has made the bold statement that the current captain of the national team — Angelo Mathews — can surpass Sachin Tendulkar in number of Test centuries in his career, going by the fine form Mathews has struck over the recent couple of years.

“From the time he (Angelo Mathews) captained in the Bangladeshseries through to the end of the 2015 World Cup, it was marvellous to see a young man really filling the shoes he was intended to fill,” Michael de Zoysa was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda. “With Mahela (Jayawardene) not there and once Sangakkara goes, he will have to do it on his own, then we will really see what he is really made of.”

His praise was Mathews was lavish and he went on to wrongly point out that Mathews has the second best average in Test cricket after Sir Donald Bradman.  “He can probably surpass Tendulkar’s number of Test centuries if he keeps going. He is already no. 2 to (Don) Bradman and he will probably retain that position in batting average terms. There is so much more he can offer for Sri Lanka,” de Zoysa said.

Note: Mathew’s average of 51.50 though impressive, is lesser than that of batsmen like Jacques Kallis, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Herbert Sutcliffe, Tendulkar and AB de Villiers among others.

De Zoysa didn’t sound convinced about the future of Sri Lankan bowling though he was very optimistic about the batting. “The batting is going to be fairly sound. Obviously you will miss Mahela; no way you won’t miss a guy who has scored 18,000 runs, but someone has to step up, Thirimanne is definitely going to be one of the players for the future. I am very confident Chandimal will do so too when he is confident of a place in the side. Others who should come through are Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva has to be little bit more positive he has tremendous temperament and good technique,” he said.

About the bowling he said, “Eranga and Prasad have a lot of potential so too does Chameera but we will have to see whether he is fit enough for Test cricket. Ten overs in ODI cricket is quite a different game against 20-25 overs in a Test match.”


Sachin Tendulkar, an ambassador for the World Cup feels that there should be 25 teams competing in the next World Cup. “I found out the next World Cup would only be ten teams,” he said adding, “Which is slightly disappointing because as a cricketer I want the game to be globalised as much as possible and, according to me, this (having just 10 teams) is a backwards step.
He told an audience at an exclusive dinner in Sydney that the ICC should instead be exploring ways to expand the next World Cup to as many as 25 teams.
“Right now, they (associate teams) get up after four years on the cricket world’s biggest platform and they’re expected to play and compete with the likes of Australia, South Africa, India, New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, so many top sides. It’s unfair to them.”
Since the 2011 World Cup, Ireland has played only 11 ODIs against Full Member nations and their captain William Porterfield has been joined by his Scotland counterpart – Preston Mommsen – as well as a host of players and officials from both Associate and Full Member sides, in calling for a “level playing field”.
Sachin said he believes cricket’s global fan base will only grow if the Associates improve to the level where they can be consistently competitive and he believes the first step is to schedule regular matches against second-string sides from the Full Members nations.

An online petition asking the ICC to reverse the decision to cut the number of World Cup teams has, at the time of writing, gathered more than 15,000 signatures.

Sachin also suggested Full Member nations should regularly play their ‘A’ sides against Associates and strive to provide a “fair platform” for smaller cricketing countries. He says, “It is not just about the top six or seven sides. If we are to globalise this game we have to get more and more people excited about cricket and the fan following only follows the result”.

“If the results are good then you have more fans, so it’s important that they play good cricket consistently for a longer period, not just one good performance and then suddenly they go underground for four years and then turn up if they do well in those qualifying rounds.

“So I would say it’s something the ICC needs to look into and I hope they look into it.”
He also spoke about his concerns for the 50-over format and said he had suggested to the ICC about splitting ODIs into two 25-over innings. “I think Test cricket definitely will survive and T20 is definitely going to survive,” he said. “There is a big question mark over one-day cricket because I think it is getting monotonous. I have sort of casually suggested to the ICC that they need to look at the format. Can we change the format a little bit so that it’s not predictable? Can we look to introduce something  which is slightly out of the box?”

Tendulkar proposed a split-innings format, which he said could encourage more exciting matches and fairer results when games were interrupted by rain.

Speaking about some venues, “I felt there was a huge disadvantage in certain venues when the sides had to go in second because there is so much dew. Spinners are virtually out of the game and fast bowlers don’t get any movement.

“They’re bowling straight and the batters are thinking, well, where am I going to hit the next boundary? The game doesn’t go ahead like this. We need to find the right balance.”

However, ICC hasn’t reacted as yet. Sachn said,”They haven’t reacted. I’m still waiting.”