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Google.. got something ?

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Match Review : Champions Trophy – Ind Vs Pak

What started as a pretty good effort by Indian bowling holding Pak at 134/3 in 30 overs turned into 300 score and eventually a loss by 54 runs. Who do you blame – bowlers for throwing away after doing the hard work or middle order batsman to screw up rather comfortable positions in the chase. Actually none. Every captain, however good, has a learning curve during which he is bound to make a decision which turn out bad, which make him a better captain eventually, given that he learns from it. I think thats what happened with Dhoni and I truly believe he is sensible enough to take out the learnings. Here’s a list of things I think could have been thought differently –

  • In the 1st innings, people will usually blame captains for not being aggressive after a big parternship, however, they dont have a foresight of that either. I guess after the Pak batsman started giving signs of agression after the 30th over, the field setting and the bowling changes could have been more appropriate, especially the field. Eg. moving fine third man wide as soon as four went there was a wrong move, you can usually figure that batsman can always cut wide and thats where the ball would travel faster. Anyways… the finish of the innings was fine.
  • If India has to play 3 fast bowlers, atleast one should be equipped to bowl at the death as India ends up bowling too many part timers overs and even one full time bowler not doing well on the day impacts the whole plan big time.
  • Gambhir was doing a fantastic job, however, Dravid seems out of sorts and desperately needs to find his form back. Out of 27 ball difference between his runs and balls, if he would have taken 10 more singles, India would have been much better position in the chase inspite of losing the top order.
  • Dhoni needs to realize that, given the lack of experience in the middle order, he has to stay back to finish the chases and cannot leave it to the likes of Pathan and Raina and Pathan should bat above Dhoni is a chase. Pathan is wonderful to finish when setting a score, however, its a huge risk leaving a chase to him. Raina is developing as a good No. 5 for the team, so I guess Dhoni has to stick to No. 6 for a chase (effectively coming when last 80 odd runs are needed) and put Pathan at 7 which would give him experiencing the chasing with Dhoni as well.

As I said, its a learning curve and really hope Dhoni takes out some good learnings from this game which show up in the Aus game

Conserve Energy – tips

Its good to see energy conservation catching up with people a bit these days. Its something which is comfortably resisted in routine life of a middle class Indian like me. I personally face a lot resistence in my house with everyone finding me nagging on petty things like leave a tap dripping or a light on in the stairway etc. I keep naggin ’em anyway. Here are a few tips you could probably use to make your contribution to energy conservation.

Electricity

  • Use lower wattage bulbs and devices, wherever possible. E.g. if you can do with a 40W bulb, avoid putting a 60W. Similarly, use lower wattage CFLs.
  • Put small instant geysers if the usage is not too high for hot water. Also, instead of getting extremely hot water and mixing cold water to make it lukewarm, why not heat it to that point only.
  • When using A/C in your house, dont keep it extremely lower temperatures like 18 or 20. Rather put it on 24 or 22, once reaching the temperate, the A/C would be standing by for a while. Also, try using A/C in short spells to maintain a cool temperature along with saving some electricity bills.
  • Never leave TV, music players, mobile chargers power turned on when you are not using them.
  • Turn off monitors if you are not using a computer and need to computer running.
  • Dont use artificial lights if natural light is available and suffices the needs.
  • When working late in office, dont keep the lights other than on top of your workstation turned on.

I would also have liked to reduced the amount of electricity consumed in shopping malls and advertising hoardings if possible, however, thats still out of my hand.

Water

  • Dont leave any taps running or dripping.
  • Get periodical sanitory and plumbing checkups to ensure there is no leakages anywhere in your house’s system.
  • If possible, try and reduce the number of times we flush 🙂 and get waterless flushes for offices and houses.
  • Use bucket and wipes for car washes instead of high pressure water pipes.
  • A lot of water is wasted because of laundary not done with right water levels and too few clothes in one go.
  • Respect water in public places, whether drinking water or otherwise.

Fuel

  • Use public transport if available and feasible. This is the best option to save a lot of fuel.
  • Try driving in economy speed zone of your vehice, however hard to resist may high speeds be.
  • Keep your vehicle in good health and tyre pressure in check which could save upto 1o per cent of fuel wastage.
  • Dont leave your car ignition on unneccessarily, eg. when re-fuelling your vehicle, when waiting on a traffic light, stepping out for a minute, when stuck in a traffic jam which is stationary (you would know if you are an Asian).
  • In slow moving traffic (bumper to bumper kind), turn off your head lights if can be done away with for a while, the sound of your engine itself would tell you the difference.
  • Cook with covered vessels as much as possible.

Of course, car pooling and walking for short distance is always suggested for conserving fuel as well. Hope to see a greener tomorrow.