Saturday, March 26, 2011

Indian Talented Off Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravichandran Ashwin - 2011 ICC World Cup - India Portrait Session

About Ravichandran Ashwin:

Full name Ravichandran Ashwin
Born September 17, 1986, Madras (now Chennai), Tamil Nadu
Current age 24 years 124 days
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Major teams India, Chennai Super Kings, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu Under-14s

Ravichandran Ashwin Profile:

A tall offspinner who bowls with a high-arm action and is studying to be an engineer, R Ashwin has some uncanny similarities with S Venkataraghavan, but for the moment the comparison should end there. Ashwin is taking his first steps in Ranji Trophy cricket. He made big strides in his debut season in 2006-07, leading the wickets tally for Tamil Nadu with 31 scalps at under 20. He was impressive the following the season with both bat and ball before a wrist injury unfortunately forced him out for four weeks in the middle of the season. He later made it to the Chennai Super Kings squad in the inaugural Indian Premier League. Ashwin continued to perform consistently at the domestic level, earning a Grade D contract by the BCCI, and under his captaincy Tamil Nadu were crowned Indian domestic one-day champions in 2009. He earned his first call-up for India, for the home ODIs against South Africa in early 2010, after Harbhajan Singh opted out of the first couple of games due to personal commitments. He was a revelation in the IPL with his miserly spells with the new ball, conceding only 6.10 runs per over and taking 13 wickets. He followed that with a near-spotless performance in the 2010 Champions League where his Man-of-the-Series performance helped Chennai lift the big prize. Ashwin’s growing confidence and widening repertoire of tricks will keep him in the frame for a consistent run for India in the shorter formats.
Fast Facts
* Ravichandran Ashwin was Chennai Super Kings’ second highest wicket-taker in the 2010 season of the IPL.
* Under his captaincy, Tamil Nadu won the ‘Domestic One Day Championship’ in 2009.
* Ashwin was the highest wicket-taker (13) in 2010 CLT20 and was adjudged ‘Player of the Tournament’.
* In his first 29 first-class matches, he took 5-wkt hauls eight times and 10-wkt hauls twice.

Ravichandran Ashwin Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.

Ravichandran Ashwin Career:

Ravichandran Ashwin ODI Matches
India Vs Sri Lanka at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) – Jun 05, 2010
Last played:
India Vs New Zealand at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk), Chennai (Madras) – Dec 10, 2010
Ravichandran Ashwin T20 Matches
India Vs Zimbabwe at Harare Sports Club, Harare (Salisbury) – Jun 12, 2010
Last played:
India Vs South Africa at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban – Jan 09, 2011
Ravichandran Ashwin IPL Matches
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians at Newlands, Cape Town – Apr 18, 2009
Last played:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Mumbai Indians at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai – Apr 25, 2010
Ravichandran Ashwin CLT20 Matches
Chennai Super Kings Vs Central Stags at Kingsmead, Durban – Sep 11, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Super Kings Vs Warriors at New Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg – Sep 26, 2010

American Top Model Katherine Marie Heigl

Katherine Heigl - KATHERINE HEIGL as Holly Berenson in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' romantic comedy 'LIFE AS WE KNOW IT,' a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo by Peter Iovino
About Katherine Marie Heigl:
Date of Birth
24 November 1978, Washington, District of Columbia, USA

Birth Name
Katherine Marie Heigl


5' 9" (1.75 m)
Mini Biography
Katherine Marie Heigl was born in Washington, DC, on November 24, 1978, to Nancy and Paul Heigl. A short time afterward, the family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Katherine was to spend the majority of her childhood; the youngest member of her family, Katherine--or "Katie" as she is nicknamed--has two elder siblings, John and Meg. Tragically, her older brother Jason died in 1986 of brain injuries suffered in a car accident, after being thrown from the back of a pickup truck. When doctors determined he was brain-dead, the family made the difficult decision to donate his organs. Not only did this painful chapter give Katherine a greater perspective and appreciation for life, but it motivated her to use her celebrity to promote the importance of organ donation.

Katherine was first thrust into the limelight as a child model. An aunt, visiting the family in New Canaan, took a number of photographs of Katherine, then aged nine, in a series of poses to advertise a hair care product she had invented. Upon returning to New York, with permission from Katherine's parents, she sent the photos to a number of modeling agencies. Within a few weeks Katherine had been signed to Wilhelmina, a renowned international modeling agency. Almost immediately she made her debut in a magazine advertisement and soon followed this with an inaugural television appearance in a national commercial for Cheerios breakfast cereal.

Following a number of commercials and modeling assignments for Sears and Lord & Taylor, she made her big-screen debut in That Night (1992), which starred Juliette Lewis and C. Thomas Howell. It was then that she realized that acting rather than modeling was her passion. In 1993, Katherine appeared in Steven Soderbergh's critically acclaimed Depression-era drama King of the Hill (1993), before landing her first leading role as a rebellious teenager alongside Gérard Depardieu in My Father the Hero (1994). During this time, Katherine continued to attend New Canaan High School, balancing her academic studies with work on films and modeling, which she undertook during holidays, vacations and weekends.

In 1995, she played Sarah Ryback, the niece of Steven Seagal's character, in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory (1995), which was her "debut" in the action film genre. Acting was now becoming a stronger focus for Katherine, although she still modeled extensively, appearing regularly in magazines such as "Seventeen." Television appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992) and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" (1993) soon followed, before she took the lead role in Disney's Wish Upon a Star (1996) (TV) in 1996. It was also during that year that Katherine's parents divorced and, following her graduation from high school in 1997, she moved with her mother into a four-bedroom house in Los Angeles' Malibu Canyon area. This enabled her to focus upon acting with the guidance and support of her mother, who now managed her career.

In 1997, Katherine portrayed Taffy Entwhistle, Rita Hayworth's stand-in, in Stand-ins (1997) and was also cast as the beauteous Princess Ilene in the European production Prince Valiant (1997). She then made her made-for-TV movie debut, co-starring with Peter Fonda in a re-working of the classic Shakespearean play The Tempest (1998) (TV), updated with an American Civil War theme. In this film, she played Miranda Prosper, a young woman torn between her love for both her father and a Union soldier. Bug Buster (1998) and Bride of Chucky (1998) represented a venture into the horror genre for Katherine. While both films could be described as rather tongue-in-cheek despite their gory emphases, Bride of Chucky (1998) was the better received, both critically and commercially.

In 1999, Katherine decided to branch out into series television when she accepted the role of the haughty yet vulnerable Isabel Evans on "Roswell" (1999), a show that blended teen angst with sci-fi drama. Though she had never planned to embark on a career in television, the role of Isabel, a teenager with a secret life, was an offer she found impossible to refuse. In the series, Isabel, her brother Max (Jason Behr) and their friend Michael (Brendan Fehr) are aliens passing as humans in Roswell, New Mexico, as they desperately try to hide the truth from government agencies, the people of Roswell and even their own adopted families. To publicize her role on the show, Katherine graced the covers of magazines such as "TV Guide," "Maxim," and "Teen" and was interviewed on "Later with Greg Kinnear" (1994) and "The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn" (1999). Along with her mother Nancy, she also appeared in an episode of the Sci-Fi TV talk show "Crossing Over with John Edward" (1999), during which she spoke with John Edward, a psychic medium, about her late brother, Jason.
Josh Kelley (23 December 2007 - present) 1 child
Was with the Elite Modelling Agency.
Has two older brothers, Holt and John; and older sister, Meg. Brother Jason died from head injuries suffered in a car accident when she was very young.
Auditioned for all 3 female leads on "Roswell" (1999) before being cast as Isabel.
She is half Irish and half German.
Began dating Joseph Lawrence in 1994. They met at Seventeen Magazine's 50th Anniversary party.
1996: Graduated from New Canaan High School.
Beat out Alicia Silverstone for the lead role in My Father the Hero (1994).
Played the cello in High School.
Ranked #72 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)
Has the same birthday as her former "Roswell" (1999) co-star Colin Hanks.
Her last name is pronounced "HI guhl."
Has played a character with the name of "Isabel" or "Isobel" three times. "Grey's Anatomy" (2005), "Roswell" (1999) and Wuthering Heights (2003) (TV).
Ranked as #55 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement. (2005)
Cut & dyed her hair for season 3 of "Roswell" (1999).
June 2006: Engaged to musician Josh Kelley.
In Judd Apatow's film, The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005), the FHM "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement with Katherine on the cover is shown in close-up during a scene on the extended version DVD. Katherine plays the lead in Apatow's follow-up, Knocked Up (2007).
2006: Named #19 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement.
Ranked #14 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
2005: She was October on FHM magazine's 2005 pin-up calendar.
Followed through on plans to marry fiancé Josh Kelley, on December 23, 2007, in Utah where she has a ranch property, including a tribute to her late brother, Jason, at the ceremony [July 18, 2007].
Best friend of her "Grey's Anatomy" (2005) co-star T.R. Knight, who was a groomsman at her wedding.
Was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Entertainers Of The Year (2007).
Is related to actress Amber Perkins.
Auditioned for the role of Felicity Porter in the TV series "Felicity" (1998), but lost out to Keri Russell. She also auditioned for the roles of Sydney Bristow and Lauren Reed on "Alias" (2001), but lost out to Jennifer Garner and Melissa George, respectively.
Voted as #1 in 2008's "Top 99 sexiest women in the world" poll. (2008).
Admits that one of her worst vices is being a smoker.
Was engaged to co-actor Jason Behr during their time together on the set of "Roswell" (1999).
Katherine and her husband, Josh Kelley, adopted a baby girl from Korea, Nancy Leigh Kelley (born November 23, 2008). She will go by the nickname Naleigh (September 18, 2009).
Sister-in-law of Charles Kelley.
Lives in Los Angeles, California.
Fan of "Glee" (2009).
Personal Quotes

[on her role in My Father the Hero (1994)] There are still men who come up to me today and say, "You were really hot in that film!" I was 14, for God's sake!
One of the most interesting things about that show ["Roswell" (1999)] for me was that because Isabel was an alien, I got to do many things, so that was creatively satisfying. I think anyone's fear of getting involved in a show that could run for several years is that you'll be playing only one character for that long; that can get stale for an actor, so on "Roswell" I really lucked out.
["Razor" Magazine interview] I'm grateful people think I'm beautiful or think I'm sexy, and I suppose it's better than the alternative, but I do try to fight it a bit so it's not all people see me as. And I'd love to one day be in a position where I could choose a role to showcase my creativity versus just my bra size.
I love changing my look. I would love, love, love to cut all my hair off into a really short, punky haircut.
My own mother told me I didn't have a shot in hell of winning tonight. [While accepting the Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Isobel 'Izzie' Stevens on "Grey's Anatomy" (2005), at The 59th Primetime Emmy Awards (2007) (TV).] [16 September 2007]
[on Knocked Up (2007)] A little sexist. It paints the women as shrews, as humorless and uptight, and it paints the men as lovable, goofy, fun-loving guys. It exaggerated the characters, and I had a hard time with it, on some days. I'm playing such a bitch; why is she being such a killjoy? Why is this how you're portraying women? Ninety-eight percent of the time it was an amazing experience, but it was hard for me to love the movie.
I'd like to start talking children seriously in the next year [2009], but [my husband] Josh feels more like two years, so we'll probably do a year and a half. I'm excited about having a big family. I'm talking five or six.
(On Hollywood stereotyping) You're the blonde. Or the cheerleader. Or the girlfriend. It would have been really easy to fall back on the blonde and the bra size and just do that for the rest of my career.
My mother says she thinks I wouldn't have appreciated success the same way if it had come faster or more easily. Now it's a much bigger reward.
People who know me well know that I have an opinion about pretty much everything.
If I wasn't in this industry, I wouldn't work out. But I have hips and a butt and everything that goes along with that, including cellulite! So I do the best I can.
I pride myself on being kind. But that's not to say there aren't moments when I'm a diva. Everybody has bad moments.
[on Gerard Butler] He's a man's man, and that's what makes him so appealing. We all talk about how we're missing the Cary Grants and those movie stars of old that were just these sexy, charismatic men, and I really feel like Gerry is filling that missing thing right now.
If I spread myself too thin, I'm not a good actor, I'm not a good mother, and I'm just really high-strung - and everybody hates me.

Gorgeous Indian Actress Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit - AaJA Nacle Movie Stills
About Madhuri Dixit:
Date of Birth
15 May 1967, Bombay, India

Birth Name
Madhuri Shankar Dixit


5' 4" (1.63 m)
Mini Biography
Born in a Marathi-speaking Koknastha Hindu Brahmin family consisting of dad, Shankar, mom, Snehlata, sisters, Rupa and Bharati, and brother, Ajit.

An acclaimed Kathak dancer, acting was not her goal, for she wanted to be a Micro-biologist, and did study in that course in Bombay's Parle College, in Vile Parle (East), Bombay.

She first appeared on Bollywood's tinsel screen in 1986 with two releases 'Abodh' and 'Swati', and from then continued to act in approximately 66 movies, as well has lent her voice as a playback singer in 'Devdas' and 'Wajood'. She has won approximately 12 awards from Filmare, Star Screen and Zee for her performances in 'Dil', 'Beta', 'Hum Aapke Hain Kaun', 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Devdas', 'Raja', 'Mrityudand', and 'Lajja'.

In 1999 she got married to Dr. Sriram Madhav Nene, a Cardiovascular Surgeon, belonging to the same Caste as the Dixit family, and relocated to Denver, Colorado, U.S.A., where she subsequently gave birth to two sons, Arin and Ryan in March, 2003 and March 8, 2005 respectively.

Since December of 2006, the Nene family temporarily living in India as Madhuri is starring in 'Aaja Nachle' which is being directed by Anil Mehta, and produced by Yash Chopra.
Madhuri Dixit started her career with Rajshri productions Abodh. She delivered hits like Tezaab, Ram Lakhna, Prem Pratigya, Dil, Saajan, 100 days, Beta, Khalnayak, Hum Apke Hain Koun, Raja, Dil to Pagal Hai, Pukar, Devdas. She won 11 major awards and 26 nominations. She became the actress of the millennium in 2000. In Guinness Book of Records Millennium versions she is reported as the highest paid Indian actress. She became the Zeenews Best actress ever in 2003. She won the BBC poll of best actress ever. She became the Rediff best actress ever. Madhuri is one of the most loved and admired person in the film industry. A movie was made by Ram Gopal Verma as a tribute to her named "main madhuri dixit banna chahti hoon".
Dr. Sriram Madhav Nene (17 October 1999 - present) 2 children
Hindi megastar.
Was studying biology at Parle College, Mumbai, India.
Was awarded the National Citizen's Award on August 25, 2001, in Delhi. This award recognizes excellence in various activities affecting national life.
Gave birth to a baby boy on March 8th, 2005, her second child.
Personal Quotes
I hope I'm not sounding presumptuous or vain. but I think like Sridevi, I was another heroine who could break the barriers between the classes and the masses
If someone has been bad to me, I believe in being good to that person. It's my way of getting back. Because that person is going to feel guilty about it. [Interview with Jitendra Kothari, Movie (Magazine) June 1995]

Friday, March 25, 2011

America's Got Talent Winner Michael Grimm


Michael Grimm

About Michael Grimm:

Michael Grimm was raised in the swamplands of Hancock County, Mississippi. His grandparents took him in and raised him and his sister shortly after their parents’ divorce. At age five, he began his musical schooling from his grandmother who played piano at church, and by age 12, Michael, escorted by his grandmother, was performing the songs of George Jones, Travis Tritt and other Country greats at local bars and saloons.
By age 15, Michael was writing music and playing guitar regularly, and eventually began playing regular gigs with other musicians. During that time, Michael began his transition to Southern Soul, being highly influenced by the music of Etta James and Otis Redding. In his early twenties, he moved from the swamps of Mississippi to the deserts of Las Vegas, where he kept a busy schedule playing in clubs and casinos all over the valley, waiting for his "big break."
That break came in June 2010, when Michael appeared for the first time on NBC's nationally televised show "America's Got Talent." A favorite from the beginning, Michael's smooth vocals and promise to help his grandparents upgrade their living situation from their post-Katrina trailer should he win the $1 million dollar prize helped him win over the hearts of viewers across the world. The final results were announced in September, declaring Michael the winner.
Michael was visibly shocked by the announcement, and soon afterward said the following:
"Wow! I can't believe it! Someone pinch me...Is this for real? I want to thank all of you that voted for me. You have made me an extremely happy man and thanks to you, my grandparents will have a brand new home and a better life. For that I will be forever grateful! Thank you again and lots of love!"
Since his win, Michael has appeared on numerous TV and radio shows and has toured with the cast of "America's Got Talent" around the country. Also, nine of his songs have ranked in the top 10 on CD Baby, and his self-produced album "Leave Your Hat On" has occupied the top selling album position for weeks. Upon completion of the AGT tour, he plans to sign with a record label and begin working on his next album.

England's Attacking Fast Bowler James Anderson

James Anderson James Anderson of England appeals during day one of the Fifth Ashes Test match between Australia and England at Sydney Cricket Ground on January 3, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.

About James Anderson:

Full name James Anderson
Born July 30, 1982, Burnley, Lancashire
Current age 28 years 175 days
Major teams England, Auckland, Lancashire, Lancashire Cricket Board
Nickname Jimmy
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Left-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Height 6 ft 2 in
Education St Theodore’s RC High School; St Theodore’s RC Sixth Form Centre – Burnley.

James Anderson Profile
For the first six years of James Anderson’s international career, the best way to sum up his bowling was to paraphrase Mother Goose: when he’s good, he’s very, very good – and when he’s bad he’s horrid. Well, fairly horrid, anyway, because when the force was with him, he was capable of irresistible spells, seemingly able to swing the ball round corners at an impressive speed.
In 2010 however, Anderson came of age in a staggeringly comprehensive fashion. No longer content with being unplayable when the mood caught him, he took the decision to shelve the “magic balls” and concentrated on hammering out a rock-solid line and length, with dot balls and maidens his new holy grail. The upshot was a scintillating year in which he proved unhittable in every sense, with an economy rate that ramped up the pressure in every spell, and a range of weapons that made him a threat on every surface he was presented with.
A career-best 11-wicket haul against Pakistan at Trent Bridge was the prelude to a coming-of-age tour of Australia in the winter of 2010-11. Anderson arrived to a torrent of doubters, who recalled his forlorn performance on the preceding Ashes four years earlier, in which he had taken five wickets at 82.60. But he left with a series-sealing 24 scalps at 26.04, and a reputation transformed. Deadly with conventional swing and seam, and with a new line in reverse swing as well, he had become arguably the most complete fast bowler in the world.
It had been a long journey to fulfilment. Anderson had played only three one-day games for Lancashire when he was hurried into England’s one-day squad in Australia in 2002-03 as cover for Andy Caddick. He didn’t have a number – or even a name – on his shirt, but a remarkable ten-over stint, costing just 12 runs, in century heat at Adelaide earned him a World Cup spot. There, he produced a matchwinning spell against Pakistan before a sobering last-over disaster against Australia.
Five wickets followed in the first innings of his debut Test, against Zimbabwe at home in 2003, then a one-day hat-trick against Pakistan … but then his fortunes waned. For a couple of years Anderson was a peripheral net bowler. A stress fracture kept him out for most of 2006, but he still made the Australian tour and the World Cup. And suddenly, in the absence of the entire Ashes-winning attack in the second half of 2007, Anderson looked the part of pack leader again.
New Zealand were blown away in Nottingham in 2008 (Anderson 7 for 43); the following May the West Indians looked clueless in Chester-le-Street (nine wickets in the match); and back at Trent Bridge in 2010 Pakistan’s inexperienced batsmen could hardly lay a bat on him (5 for 54 and 6 for 17).
Anderson’s left-hand batting has also steadily improved from his early days as a fully paid-up rabbit: one of his unlikelier landmarks was going 54 Test innings before collecting a duck, an England record. At Cardiff in 2009 he survived for 69 nail-chewing minutes to help stave off defeat by Australia. He is also a superb fielder.
Fast Facts
* In 2003 at the Oval, Anderson set the record as the youngest Englishman ever to take a hat-trick.
* He also became England’s first player and the 15th in the world to record an ODI hat-trick.
* He is only the 17th Englishman to collect five wickets in an innings on debut.
* Anderson’s is England’s second-highest wicket-taker in ODI’s, behind Darren Gough.
* He is the first Englishman to dismiss India’s golden trio of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly in the same innings.
* Jimmy Anderson is among the top-5 leading wicket-takers for England in all formats put together.
* His haul of 5/23 against South Africa is England’s 8th best performance in ODIs.
* With 10 five-wicket hauls to his name in Tests, he stands 10th among England’s five-wicket haul specialists.
* His disastrous 1/86 at the end of 10 overs in an ODI at Napier against New Zealand is the second most expensive for an Englishman.

James Anderson Batting, Fielding and Bowling

The above stats are as per date of this post.

James Anderson Career


James Anderson Test Matches

England Vs Zimbabwe at Lord’s, London – May 22, 2003
Last played:
England Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney – Jan 03, 2011
James Anderson ODI Matches
England Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne – Victoria – Dec 15, 2002
Last played:
England Vs Pakistan at The Rose Bowl, Southampton – Sep 22, 2010
James Anderson T20 Matches
England Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney – Jan 09, 2007
Last played:
England Vs South Africa at SuperSport Park, Centurion – Nov 15, 2009.

South African Magical Leg Spinner Imran Tahir

Imran Tahir - England v South Africa: Group B - 2011 ICC World Cup

About Imran Tahir:

Full name Imran Tahir
Born March 27, 1979, Lahore, Punjab
Current age 31 years 299 days
Playing role Bowler
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Legbreak googly

Major teams Dolphins, Easterns, Hampshire, Lahore, Middlesex, Pakistan A, Redco Pakistan Ltd, Staffordshire, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan, Titans, Warwickshire, Water and Power Development Authority, Yorkshire

Imran Tahir Profile:

Imran Tahir is the epitome of a journeyman cricketer. In fact, he has barely stopped moving. Since starting his first-class career in 1996-97 he has racked up at least 10 teams ranging from Lahore to Yorkshire via the Titans in South Africa. He has had stints with three English counties; Middlesex, Yorkshire and Hampshire, who he signed for in 2008. That he has never remained anywhere for very long suggests a cricketer who has failed to live up to his potential, but his first-class record is impressive with a fine average and imposing strike-rate – impressive enough, in fact, to earn him a call-up to the South Africa Test squad in January 2010 during their home series against England.
However, confusion reigned supreme as later the same day the decision was overturned after it became clear Tahir was not yet eligible for South Africa. A few days later Gerald Majola, the CSA boss, admitted it came as a “shock” to see Tahir in the 15-man party and that the incident had caused “much embarrassment.” It was confirmed that Tahir was not available for South Africa until December 2010, which rules him out of the tours to India and West Indies when it was originally believed in qualified in April 2009. Tahir continued to pick up loads of wickets in the domestic circuit for Dolphins, and was finally granted South African citizenship by by naturalisation in January 2011. Less than a week later, he was picked for South Africa’s squad for the one-dayers against India.

Imran Tahir Batting, Fielding and Bowling:

The above stats are as per date of this post.

Imran Tahir Career:

First-class debut 1996/97
Last First-class Warriors v Dolphins at Port Elizabeth, Jan 6-9, 2011
List A debut 1997/98
Last List A Dolphins v Knights at Durban, Dec 3, 2010
Twenty20 debut Lahore Lions v Karachi Dolphins at Karachi, Feb 24, 2006
Last Twenty20 Warwickshire v Hampshire at Birmingham, Jul 26, 2010.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pakistani Star All Rounder Muhammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez - Pakistan v West Indies - 2011 ICC World Cup Quarter-Final

About Muhammad Hafeez:

Full name Muhammad Hafeez
Born October 17, 1980, Sargodha, Punjab
Current age 30 years 94 days
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak

Major teams Pakistan, Faisalabad, Faisalabad Wolves, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sargodha, Sui Gas Corporation of Pakistan.

Mohammad Hafeez Profile:

An opening batsman and a handy offspin bowler, Hafeez was one of the young players that the Pakistan selectors turned to after the team’s abysmal display in the 2003 World Cup. His performances in Sharjah and in the NatWest Challenge in England indicated that Hafeez could well be a long-term prospect – he showed good technique and temperament at the top of the order and bowled his offspinners tidily, but most impressive was his performance in the field. Patrolling the point and covers region with feverish alertness, he saved plenty of runs and pulled off an amazing catch. His organised approach towards batting ensured that he got an opportunity in the Test team in the three-Test series against Bangladesh. He didn’t do badly either, scoring a half-century on debut, and then stroking his first hundred in his second Test. However, his form then dipped alarmingly in the ODIs against South Africa, leading to his exclusion from the Test squad. Soon after he was dropped from the ODI squad as well. He has remained on the fringes of the national squad however with a string of impressive domestic performances, coupled with useful hands for the Pakistan A squad. He was called back to the ODI side in 2005 but failed to achieve any significant results. A spanking century for Pakistan A against Australia A in the Top End Series in Australia during the summer of 2006, allied with the exacerbtion of Pakistan’s opening problems on the tour to England, meant that Hafeez returned for the Oval Test annd amidst all debris, his calm and signficant 95 was all but forgotten. He has been adequate rather than spectacular though given the problems Pakistan have with openers, Hafeez is likely to remain involved for some time even with an ordinary average.
Mohammad Hafeez Batting, Fielding and Bowling
The above stats are as per date of this post.

Mohammad Hafeez Career



T20: 2006-2010


Mohammad Hafeez Test
Pakistan Vs Bangladesh at National Stadium, Karachi – Aug 20, 2003
Last played:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton – Jan 07, 2011

Mohammad Hafeez ODI
Pakistan Vs Zimbabwe at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah – Apr 03, 2003
Last played:
Pakistan Vs South Africa at Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai – Nov 08, 2010

Mohammad Hafeez T20
Pakistan Vs England at County Ground, Nevil Road, Bristol – Aug 28, 2006
Last played:
Pakistan Vs New Zealand at AMI Stadium, Christchurch – Dec 30, 2010

Mohammad Hafeez IPL
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore – Karnataka – Apr 18, 2008
Last played:
Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Rajasthan Royals at Eden Gardens, Kolkata (Calcutta) – May 20, 2008

Friday, March 18, 2011

Srilanka's Star Player Mahela Jayawardene

About  Mahela Jayawardene: 

Mahela Jayawardene, born 27 May 1977, is the vice captain of the Sri Lankan Cricket team. He is a specialist batsman who has a test average close to 50, and an ODI average in the 30s.
This exciting batsman made his Test Debut in the record breaking Test in 1997 against India at R.P.S., Colombo. Mahela Jayawardene added 66 to the massive score. That same match, Sanaath Jayasuriya played a man of the match performance with a score of 340. Sri Lanka ended up scoring 952/6, the highest ever test score. Jayawardene was at the crease when they surpassed the previous highest test score. With one heck of a debut match, Jayawardene developed an appetite for big scores. He continued his dream start to his career, with scores like the 167 against New Zealand and the brilliant 242 against India.
His One Day International debut was against Zimbabwe at Premadasa in January 1998. They won the match, with Jayawardene hitting the winning run. In his very second game, Jayawardene scored a 74 against Zimbabwe. It took only 11 matches before he scored his first century, which was against England in the Carlton and United World Series game at Adelaide. The world was about to witness the real talent and temperament of Mahela Jayawardene. Jayawardene entered a pressure situation, with Sri Lanka struggling at 134/4. The 21 year old Sri Lankan, managed to post a scintillating 120 runs to win the match.
Off the field he has won great admiration for his huge personal contribution to the HOPE cancer project. His cricketing career ground to a halt in the most tragic of circumstances, when a brain tumour claimed the life of his younger brother and Dhishal, who was just 16 at the time. At the time, Mahela was captain of his school team and gave up cricket for six months. Eventually he was persuaded to go on and set about to rebuild his career. With memories of Dhishal in mind, he became the leading campaigner of HOPE. Now, wiith the support of his team-mates, he aims to build a new 750-bed cancer unit at Maharagama, the country’s only dedicated Cancer Hospital. Jayawardene has much cricket left in him, and it is likely that when the time comes, he will take over as captain of Sri Lanka. In the mean time, we can enjoy seeing additions to his 6 ODI centuries, and his 13 test centuries.
“There is so much uncertainty in cricket. One day you can get a hundred, the next day you can be dismissed for a zero. It makes you become practical about things. Teaches you to accept both success and failure. I think I have learnt a lot about life from cricket.” – Mahela Jayawardene

Indian Congress Party Leader Sonia Gandhi

Personal Information:

Sonia Gandhi (born 1946) is the widow, daughter - in - law and granddaughter - in - law of three Indian prime ministers. As such, it is not surprising that she entered politics as well, becoming the leader of India's Congress Party in 1998. An Italian by birth, Sonia Gandhi became a member of India's most illustrious political family in 1968 when she married Rajiv Gandhi, son of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. In 2004, Sonia Gandhi shocked the nation when she was elected prime minister but turned down the post fearing the question of her nationality would tear apart the nation the Gandhi family had sacrificed so much for.

Married into Gandhi Family:

Sonia Gandhi was born Sonia Maino on December 9, 1946, in Lusiana (Vicenza), Italy, to Paola and Stefano Maino, a building contractor. Gandhi was raised Roman Catholic alongside her two sisters. In the 1960s, she went to Cambridge, England, to study English. While there, she met Rajiv Gandhi, grandson of India's first prime minister, Jawarhlal Nehru. Initially, Rajiv Gandhi showed no interest in politics. He was in Cambridge studying mechanical engineering at Trinity College. They married in 1968 and settled down in India. Sonia Gandhi wholeheartedly adopted her husband's homeland. She learned to speak some Hindi and cook Indian food, becoming a naturalized citizen in 1983.
Sonia and Rajiv Gandhi had two children, son Rahul, born around 1971, and daughter Priyanka, born around 1972. Rajiv Gandhi joined the New Delhi flying club, obtained his commercial pilot's license and became a pilot for Indian Airlines. While living in New Delhi during the early part of their marriage, the Gandhis traveled in the upper - class echelon. They wore designer clothes, hosted beef barbecues and enjoyed disco - dancing, which were all activities the Hindu traditionalists condemned.
During this time, Sonia Gandhi developed a close relationship with her mother - in - law, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. Sonia Gandhi became a kind of personal assistant to the prime minister and traveled with her as she conducted the country's business. Sonia Gandhi was not, however, fond of the public life politics brought with it. She was relieved her husband had stayed out of politics, letting his brother, Sanjay, carry on the torch of the Gandhi name. However, in 1980, Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash, prompting Rajiv Gandhi to enter politics out of a sense of family duty. Sonia Gandhi opposed the move. "I would rather have my children begging in the streets of Delhi than him becoming a politician," she once remarked, according to Hamish McDonald of the Far Eastern Economic Review.

Lived Through Two Family Assassinations:

In the early 1980s, Rajiv Gandhi won his brother's parliament seat. Once her husband entered politics, Sonia Gandhi began wearing traditional saris and stepped up her role as a traditional Indian wife. Her dislike of politics was heightened in 1984 when Indira Gandhi was shot in the garden of her New Delhi residence by her own Sikh security guards. Sonia Gandhi was one of the first people on the scene and she cradled the dying prime minister in her lap as they sped to the hospital.
On the eve of his mother's death, Rajiv Gandhi was elevated to the post of prime minister. Sonia Gandhi became exceedingly obsessed with her husband's and children's safety. She appeared in public wearing oversized dark glasses, continually scanning the crowds for would - be assassins. Rajiv Gandhi served as prime minister until 1989, when his party was defeated following a scandal involving kickbacks deposited into Swiss bank accounts as part of a weapons procurement deal. Rajiv Gandhi swore his family played no role in the dirty deal. A few years later, in 1991, as Rajiv Gandhi was campaigning to win back the prime minister's post, he was killed by a suicide - bomber.
Within days of her husband's death, Sonia Gandhi was asked to take his place as leader of the Congress Party. She refused. Supporters gathered in the streets outside her home, urging her to take the position. She continued to decline the position and lived out the next several years in political seclusion. With the deaths of her mother - in - law, brother - in - law and husband, Sonia Gandhi remained the only member of the Nehru - Gandhi clan who could carry on in politics. The Nehru - Gandhi family had, after all, supplied the country with its prime minister for 37 of its first 47 years.

Entered Political Fray:

In December 1997, Sonia Gandhi announced her intention to campaign on behalf of the Congress Party, hoping to revive its image and establish its position as a favorable alternative to the right - wing Hindu - nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The Gandhi family had represented the Congress Party for years - it was the party the family lived and died for and Sonia Gandhi could not stand to see it falling apart. In her first campaign speech, Sonia Gandhi addressed her change of heart. Her words are found in Paul Dettman's book India Changes Course: "In the years since Rajiv Gandhi left us, I had chosen to remain a private person and live a life away from the political arena. My grief and loss have been deeply personal. But a time has come when I feel compelled to put aside my own inclinations and step forward. The tradition of duty before personal considerations has been the deepest conviction of the family to which I belong."
At first, Sonia Gandhi stumbled. Critics raised the issue of her foreign status - could someone born outside of India really speak for its people? She had always been uncomfortable in the public limelight and newspapers had previously dubbed her the "Sphinx," for her icy demeanor and perpetually somber expression. Eventually, Sonia Gandhi came into her own and became the passionate political star of the Congress Party. Her crowd - pulling ability matched that of her husband and mother - in - law - and once she had a crowd gathered, Sonia Gandhi was able to rally them around the party's causes.
By the spring of 1998, Sonia Gandhi was president of the Congress Party. During campaign speeches, she told crowds the Congress Party would restore the ideal of secularism to government. She lured Muslim voters to the party's ranks. The opposition continued to make her foreignness an issue; however, her foreign - born status did not seem to hurt the party. Sonia Gandhi was such an anomaly that people flocked to see the Italian woman wearing an Indian sari who spoke Hindi with a foreign accent. She drew crowds of more than 200,000 people, boosting the morale of the party's members and injecting enthusiasm into their campaigns as well.
Opposition leaders continued to chide Sonia Gandhi for her foreign - born status. According to the New York Times, Times of India writer Mohit Sen wrote that Indians were actually going against tradition by not welcoming Sonia Gandhi into their ranks. "Those who so perversely and perniciously question Mrs. Sonia Gandhi's Indian nationality on the grounds that she was born an Italian are actually assailing Indian tradition. Part of what is rightly hailed as the exceptional and wise tolerance characterizing our national ethos is the openness to those who came to us from outside as friends, with the desire to become part of us."
Undaunted, Sonia Gandhi continued as a voice for the Congress Party. During the 1998 campaign, she traveled 60,000 kilometers and spoke to 138 constituencies in 34 days. In the 1998 election, the Congress Party only gained one more seat in parliament than it had in 1996, but the election was still considered a success because pollsters had predicted the party would lose seats that year. In 1999, Sonia Gandhi won a seat in parliament.

Turned Down Prime Minister's Post:

As the 2004 election approached, Sonia Gandhi was still president of the Congress Party and still its most outgoing speaker. Many assumed that if her party won the election, she would become prime minister, though she never campaigned as a candidate. The campaign turned nasty. Once again, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) used Sonia Gandhi's birthplace as a point of contention. Sonia Gandhi had been an Indian citizen for 20 years, yet opposition leaders questioned her Indian loyalty. While campaigning, the BJP said that Sonia Gandhi could not consider herself to be an Indian because pasta was her favorite food and her children spoke fluent Italian.
The heated campaign drew 670 million voters to the polls in India, which is the world's largest democracy. The people spoke, handing the Congress Party a surprise victory over the right - wing BJP. Congress Party supporters expected Sonia Gandhi to become the prime minister. Immediately, the grumblings began. As poor losers, the BJP politicians threatened to walk out of parliament if Sonia Gandhi became prime minister. They threatened to boycott her swearing - in ceremony. They also declared that having a foreign - born woman as prime minister would constitute a threat to national security. Looking back at India's history, it is easy to see why some Indians were so upset at the prospect of a "foreigner" becoming their leader. India had, after all, been ruled by foreigners until 1947 when it gained a hard - fought independence from Britain.
Hundreds of millions of voters had chosen her, however, despite her birth status. For them, Sonia Gandhi's steadfast dedication to her adopted country was apparent, as was her genuine concern for the country's poorest. Soon after the 2004 election, Sonia Gandhi stunned supporters by announcing that her "inner voice" had urged her to turn down the post of prime minister. Instead, she nominated former finance minister Manmohan Singh for the post. It is easy to understand why Gandhi turned down the position - she likely feared being assassinated like her husband and mother - in - law. Also, the controversy surrounding her foreign birth would never have gone away and her party would have been stuck dealing with that instead of dealing with the problems of the country.
Crowds gathered outside Sonia Gandhi's residence urging her to change her mind. According to Turna Ray of the National Review, parliament member Mani Shankar Aiyar told Sonia Gandhi: "You cannot betray the people of India. The inner voice of the people of India says that you have to become the prime minister of India."
Later, opposition leaders charged that Sonia Gandhi was still calling the shots, even though she was not prime minister. Maneka Gandhi, widow of Sanjay Gandhi and a parliament member of the opposition BJP, said she believed Sonia Gandhi outsmarted her opponents when she stepped down. "I think she's the power in front of the throne," Maneka Gandhi told Los Angeles Times writer Paul Watson. "I don't think she makes any bones about the fact that she has avoided the flak that would have gone with the position, but she has no intention whatsoever of relinquishing any of the power of the position."
Others believe Sonia Gandhi is trying to hold the door open for her son, Rahul Gandhi, to become prime minister. As of 2004, he was representing Amethi, India, in parliament - the same seat his father, mother and uncle once held. Though she turned down the post of prime minister, Sonia Gandhi remained president of the Congress Party. As such, it is likely she will groom her son, Rahul Gandhi, to become prime minister, thus continuing the Gandhi family's dynastic dreams.


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Great American Actor Tom Hanks

 Tom Hanks Photos



Personal details:

Name: Tom Hanks
Born: 9 July 1956 (Age: 54)
Where: Concord, California USA
Height: 6' 1"
Awards: 2 Oscars, 3 Emmys, 4 Golden Globes


Perhaps the most likeable star of his generation, Tom Hanks is a throwback to the days when James Stewart and Gary Cooper were the toast of Hollywood. Whether he's playing a 35-year-old kid, a simpleton from Alabama, a sullen soldier, a mobster hitman, a dissolute politician or even a lawyer suffering from AIDS, people react well to him - he possesses an all-too-rare nice-guy charm. He's willing to put that charm to the test, too. In Cast Away, for well over an hour, we saw nothing but Hanks - no pretty love interest, no wisecracking sidekick, not even a comedy dog. And, such is the weight Hanks carries with a worldwide audience, such is the skill he has developed over two decades plying his trade, he pulled it off. Cast Away was a huge hit. And, of course, much more was to come. Only Tom Cruise could match him as the biggest box-office draw of them all.

Thomas J. Hanks was born on July 9th, 1956, in Concord, California, a direct descendant of an uncle of Nancy Hanks, the mother of Abraham Lincoln. His parents split when he was young, the details of their divorce making them "pioneers in the development of marriage dissolution in California". Tom and his two older siblings, Sandra and Larry, went with their father, Amos, a chef. often employed as a supervisor in big hospital kitchens. A younger brother, Jim, stayed with mother Janet, a Portuguese-American who'd also work in hospitals (Jim would later appear in several of Tom's productions, including acting as his running double in Forrest Gump). Dad's work enforced a nomadic existence upon them, with the kids shifted from school to school, never able to form lasting friendships, making Hanks painfully shy. It didn't help that Amos was married twice after Janet, the second marriage bringing five stepbrothers and sisters. To escape this one, Amos would pack Tom, Larry and Sandra into a car in the dead of night and take off. Tom would later reveal that, by the age of 10, he'd had "three mothers, five grammar schools and ten houses".

Eventually, in 1966, Amos settled in Oakland, where Tom had to get used to a new mother and three more stepsisters. Sandra would return to her mother, leaving Tom and Larry to live in the basement. In Oakland, Tom attended both junior high and Skyline High School, where he indulged his early interests in space and baseball, excelled at soccer and on the track and "became the loud one" - a trick he'd learned when trying to get attention in a succession of new schools. As a teen he also spent four years with a congregation of born-again Christians, leading Bible readings with the First Covenant Church. Again, this was an attempt to fit in, to find a steady family and combat his loneliness.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

America's 2'nd Richest Person 2011 Warren Buffet

Warren Buffett Maria Shriver's 2008 Women's Conference


About Warren Buffet:

Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 30, 1930 to his father Howard, a stockbroker-turned-Congressman. The only boy, he was the second of three children, and displayed an amazing aptitude for both money and business at a very early age. Acquaintances recount his uncanny ability to calculate columns of numbers off the top of his head - a feat Warren still amazes business colleagues with today. At only six years old, Buffett purchased 6-packs of Coca Cola from his grandfather's grocery store for twenty five cents and resold each of the bottles for a nickel, pocketing a five cent profit. While other children his age were playing hopscotch and jacks, Warren was making money. Five years later, Buffett took his step into the world of high finance. At eleven years old, he purchased three shares of Cities Service Preferred at $38 per share for both himself and his older sister, Doris. Shortly after buying the stock, it fell to just over $27 per share. A frightened but resilient Warren held his shares until they rebounded to $40. He promptly sold them - a mistake he would soon come to regret. Cities Service shot up to $200. The experience taught him one of the basic lessons of investing: patience is a virtue.

Warren Buffett's Education

In 1947, a seventeen year old Warren Buffett graduated from High School. It was never his intention to go to college; he had already made $5,000 delivering newspapers (this is equal to $42,610.81 in 2000). His father had other plans, and urged his son to attend the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Buffett stayed two years, complaining that he knew more than his professors. When Howard was defeated in the 1948 Congressional race, Warren returned home to Omaha and transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Working full-time, he managed to graduate in only three years. Warren Buffett approached graduate studies with the same resistance he displayed a few years earlier. He was finally persuaded to apply to Harvard Business School, which, in the worst admission decision in history, rejected him as "too young". Slighted, Warren applied to Columbia where famed investors Ben Graham and David Dodd taught - an experience that would forever change his life.

Ben Graham - Buffett's Mentor

Ben Graham had become well known during the 1920's. At a time when the rest of the world was approaching the investment arena as a giant game of roulette, he searched for stocks that were so inexpensive they were almost completely devoid of risk. One of his best known calls was the Northern Pipe Line, an oil transportation company managed by the Rockefellers. The stock was trading at $65 a share, but after studying the balance sheet, Graham realized that the company had bond holdings worth $95 for every share. The value investor tried to convince management to sell the portfolio, but they refused. Shortly thereafter, he waged a proxy war and secured a spot on the Board of Directors. The company sold its bonds and paid a dividend in the amount of $70 per share. When he was 40 years old, Ben Graham published Security Analysis, one of the greatest works ever penned on the stock market. At the time, it was risky; investing in equities had become a joke (the Dow Jones had fallen from 381.17 to 41.22 over the course of three to four short years following the crash of 1929). It was around this time that Graham came up with the principle of "intrinsic" business value - a measure of a business's true worth that was completely and totally independent of the stock price. Using intrinsic value, investors could decide what a company was worth and make investment decisions accordingly. His subsequent book, The Intelligent Investor, which Warren celebrates as "the greatest book on investing ever written", introduced the world to Mr. Market - the best investment analogy in history.
Through his simple yet profound investment principles, Ben Graham became an idyllic figure to the twenty-one year old Warren Buffett. Reading an old edition of Who's Who, Warren discovered his mentor was the Chairman of a small, unknown insurance company named GEICO. He hopped a train to Washington D.C. one Saturday morning to find the headquarters. When he got there, the doors were locked. Not to be stopped, Buffett relentlessly pounded on the door until a janitor came to open it for him. He asked if there was anyone in the building. As luck (or fate) would have it, there was. It turns out that there was a man still working on the sixth floor. Warren was escorted up to meet him and immediately began asking him questions about the company and its business practices; a conversation that stretched on for four hours. The man was none other than Lorimer Davidson, the Financial Vice President. The experience would be something that stayed with Buffett for the rest of his life. He eventually acquired the entire GEICO company through his corporation, Berkshire Hathaway.

Beautiful Indian Actress Sonakshi Sinha

Sonakshi Sinha Photos & Pictures & Gallery

Sonakshi Sinha is one star kid to watch out for as she gets ready to make her debut with Salman Khan.

About Sonakshi:

Sonakshi Sinha was born on 2nd June 1987. Her father is the actor turned politician Shatrughan Sinha. Her mother is Poonam Sinha, who runs Shotgun Movies, a production house. She has twin brothers, Luv and Kush.

Sonakshi studied fashion designing and even designed the costumes for Mera Dil Leke Deko (2005) which was the first movie her mother produced.

She walked the ramp for the Lakme India Fashion Week in 2008.

Salman Khan zeroed in on Sonakshi Sinha for Arbaaz Khan’s first production Dabangg. There were rumours that she has walked out of the movie as she felt her role was too flimsy. Currently, the movie is on hold.

England Wicket Keeper Batsman Matt Prior

About Matt Prior:

Matthew James Prior (born 26 February 1982, Johannesburg, South Africa) is an English One Day International (ODI) and Test cricketer who plays domestic cricket for Sussex. He is a wicket-keeper, and his aggressive right-handed batting enables him to open the innings in ODI matches. With an international Test debut score of 126, Prior became the first English wicket-keeper to hit a century in his debut match in early 2007. His glovework, however, was criticised. Despite a successful tour of Sri Lanka with the bat,Prior's keeping was less successful, and he was dropped from the team for the 2008 tour of New Zealand. He returned for the 2008 series against South Africa, and was retained into 2009, where he became the second fastest England keeper to reach 1,000 Test runs, behind Les Ames.

Early and personal life

Prior was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to England with his family aged 11. His mother is South African and his father is English.From an early age Prior showed commitment to charitable causes and has never shied away from taking part in matches and events in the name of charity. He is married to Emily, the daughter of former footballer Sammy Nelson who played for Arsenal F.C. and Brighton & Hove Albion. The Priors have a son named Jonathan who was born early 2009.

Domestic career

Prior received the NBC Denis Compton Award for young cricketers three times in his career. He has hit more than 1,000 first class runs over the course of two seasons, in 2003 when he won the County Championship with Sussex, and 2004, when his 1,158 runs, including 201 not out against Loughborough UCCE, was enough to be top-scorer for Sussex that season. In 2005 he made fewer runs, with 874, but also became Sussex's first choice wicket-keeper again after having shared duties with Tim Ambrose in the two previous seasons. He has won the County Championship three times (2003, 2006 and 2007) although in 2007 he has not taken part as much as before due to his England duties.

ODI career

Prior made his One Day International debut in England's One day series of Zimbabwe in 2004, he was chosen to open with Ian Bell and made 35 before he was dismissed by Edward Rainsford in a 74-run win.
Prior has been on three tours with the England A team, in 2003/4, 2004/5 and 2006/07. He was also selected as back-up wicket-keeper to Geraint Jones. He made 45. Having played in all five ODI's of the series, he was also named in the squad for the tour to India that followed and played in six ODI's, opening the batting in four of them. Prior remained in the One Day side until he was left out for the ODI squad for the tour to Sri Lanka, in favour of Phil Mustard (but remained in the Test side). After missing both home and away series against New Zealand, Prior returned to the side following the poor form of replacement Tim Ambrose for the home series against South Africa. On 26 August 2008 Prior took six catches against South Africa at Trent Bridge only the second Englishman to achieve that feat in an ODI. In that match England bowled South Africa for just 83 their second lowest score against England in a One Day game where Stuart Broad took career best figures of 5-23.
Prior was England's wicket-keeper for the ill-fated Twenty20 Stanford Super Series in November 2008, but was dropped for the Twenty20 match against the West Indies in early 2009 for Steven Davies, and for the 2009 World Twenty20 for James Foster. Despite this, Prior remained an active part of the England 50 over side, and was elevated to number 3 for the home series against the West Indies.

Test career

Debut century

Matt Prior was chosen ahead of Paul Nixon for keeper's spot for the first Test of the summer at Lord's against the West Indies. He scored a hundred on his debut, taking just 105 deliveries and hitting 16 boundaries after coming in at number 7, and finishing on 126 not out. He became the first England wicket keeper to score a Test hundred on debut and the 17th English batsman to record the feat overall. (Note that although both Paul Gibb and Billy Griffith scored debut centuries, and although both were wicket-keepers, neither was actually keeping wicket in their debut Test.) The last wicketkeeper to make a half century on debut was Jack Russell, who scored 94 against Sri Lanka at Lords in 1988.
Prior was one of four centurions in the innings along with Alastair Cook, Paul Collingwood and Ian Bell. It was the first time since 1938 that four England players scored hundreds in the same innings of a Test match.

Wicketkeeping issues

During the 2007 Indian tour of England, Prior was heavily criticised by many former players including Ian Chappell for his behaviour on pitch. Prior was told by Chappell to focus more on keeping than chatting. An incident involving jelly beans tossed on the wicket by the England fielders angered batsman Zaheer Khan, and got the England players reprimanded by many. Zaheer later took a series of wickets to set up an Indian win. Prior's footwork was poor throughout the series with the gloves, conceding more byes than his predecessor in a third of the time. He also dropped VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and several others in critical moments, they all went on to make big scores. Ryan Sidebottom suffered heavily from Prior's keeping mistakes with five drops off his bowling.
Poor batting followed for the rest of the summer without scoring a half century. In the 2007 ICC World Twenty20, he broke his thumb and England did not bring reserve wicket keeper, so they gave Vikram Solanki the gloves. After that, he was selected to play in Sri Lanka in the Test series. His poor form followed with a duck but then scored 63 in the second innings. Prior put some critics to rest with this and with his efforts in the second match of the tour at Colombo, when he scored 79, which was the backbone of England's first innings score, and ended the series with the third highest batting average for England, 41.25.
However, Prior's good batting form was overshadowed by his poor wicket-keeping. It was the poor form with the gloves that led to him being dropped for the 2008 tour of New Zealand for Tim Ambrose, the Warwickshire keeper and former Sussex rival. When the squad was announced on 4 January 2008, Chairman of Selectors David Graveney stated - "Prior performed well with the bat in Sri Lanka and it has been a difficult decision to leave him out of this tour, but the selectors feel that he needs to further improve his wicket-keeping in order to realise his full potential in international cricket. But I'm sure Matt will be back, there's no doubt about that.


Prior returned to the international scene firstly in the One Day International series against South Africa, after missing home and away series against New Zealand. After showing improved glovework, and the failure of Ambrose to hold down a position in the side, Prior firstly returned to the One Day International side for their 4-0 series victory against South Africa in the summer of 2008. Due to this good form, Prior also returned to the Test side for the India tour later in 2008 (following the Stanford Super Series in November.
Named in the Test squad for the away series against the West Indies, Prior played in the First, Second and Third tests. However, with his wife due to give birth, Prior returned to England to witness the birth, with Ambrose deputising. Despite Ambrose making a not out 76, Prior returned for the 5th Test after returning to the Caribbean. Following the return, Prior made his highest Test score (131 not out) in the final Test Match in Trinidad, and celebrated his century by mimicking rocking a baby with his bat to celebrate becoming a father. However, once again his glovework was questionable, as in the same match he broke the world record for byes conceded. Nevertheless, he was declared Man of the Match.He remained in the side for the return tour of England by the West Indies and reached 1,000 Test runs with 42 in the first innings of the First Test - the second-fastest England wicketkeeper to this mark, behind Les Ames.He retained his place in the Test side for the 2009 Ashes, despite James Foster's apparently superior facility behind the sticks, as displayed to much acclaim during the World Twenty20. Prior had done well with the bat for Sussex in the County Championship, averaging over fifty, but had not kept wicket due to a hand injury sustained against the West Indies.

2009 Ashes

Batting at number six, Prior continued his good form with the bat into the Ashes series, scoring a 62-ball 56 in the first innings at the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff as England's middle- and lower-order boosted England to 435 all out, and 14 in the second innings as England held on for an improbable draw. In the Lord's victory Prior was bowled for 8 in the first innings as England subsided from 302 for 3 (Andrew Strauss 161) to 425 all out, but contributed a 42-ball 61 in the second innings as England sought quick runs; his partnership with Paul Collingwood added 86 runs in twelve overs. At Edgbaston he scored 41 in England's only innings in a drawn match, and held three catches in each of Australia's innings. Despite suffering from back spasms before the start of the first day, raising doubts as to his fitness to play, Prior offered a lone hand in the first innings at Headingley, scoring 37 not out as England subsided to 102 all out against Australia's seam attack; Prior aside, only Alastair Cook (30) reached double figures. He added a 29-ball 22 in the second innings, sharing a century partnership with Stuart Broad, but could not avert an innings defeat. At the Oval Prior scored only 18 and 4, but produced a sharp stumping on the final day to dismiss Marcus North as England surged to a 197-run victory in the match and a 2–1 victory in the series, thus regaining the Ashes. Prior's series aggregate of 262 runs was higher than any other England player bar Andrew Strauss; his runs had been scored at a Gilchrist-esque strike-rate of 82 per hundred balls

2010-11 Ashes

Prior was ever-present in the Test side in England's successful 2010-11 Ashes Series in Australia. He started the series with a golden duck, the second victim of Peter Siddle's hat-trick on the first day of the series. He only managed a top-score of 27 not out in the first three Tests, however he finished strongly in the final two.
In the fourth Test at the MCG, he held six catches in Australia first innings as they bowled out for just 98. He followed this up with 85 runs as England won by an innings to take a 2-1 series lead and retain the Ashes with a Test to spare. In the fifth and final Test he scored his first century against Australia off 109 balls, the fastest English Ashes century since Ian Botham's 118 at Old Trafford in 1981. He was the third centurion of England's innings, along with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell, as England scored 644; their highest total in any Ashes series.
Throughout the series, Prior produced a near perfect display of wicket keeping. Not only did he claim 23 catches, compared to just 8 by his counterpart, Bradley Haddin, but his competence and tidiness behind the stick was outstanding. After dismal tours in Sri Lanka and West Indies where his keeping looked more of a club standard, to now being arguably the best wicket keeper in the world, shows his tenacity, passion and hard work.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

WWE Superstar The Great Khali


About khali:
Name: Dalip Singh Rana
Ring Name: The Great Khali, Giant Singh, “The Punjabi Nightmare” and “The Punjabi Playboy”.
Date of Birth: August 27, 1972
From: Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh and India
Resides: Atlanta, Georgia and USA
Trained By: APW Boot Camp
WWE Debut: April 2006
Height: 7 feet 3 inches
Weight: 420 pounds (190 kg)
Associates: Ranjin Singh

Career Highlights: World Heavyweight Champion

About The Great Khali: Dalip Singh Rana was born on August 27, 1972 in Dhirana, Himachal Pradesh, India. Khali completed his wrestling training from All Pro Wrestling in United States in October 2000. Khali is the first Indian Professional Wrestler to join World Wrestling Entertainment. He made his debut in WWE Business by signing a contract on January 2, 2006. After that he was sent to Deep South Wrestling for training. His first appearance on WWE was on April 7, 2006 in Smack Down. In India he is a former Mr. India in 1995 and 1996.Before joining WWE he was an officer in Punjab State Police. About his personnel life he is one of seven brothers. Khali was married to Harminder Kaur on February 27, 2002. Dalip Singh got his name “Khali” after Hindu Goddess Kali. Khali is very careful about his diet. His daily diet includes one gallon of milk, five chickens and two dozen eggs along with chapattis, juice and fruits. Besides his profession he had acted in Hollywood films – The Longest Yard which was released in 2005 and Get Smart released in 2008.

American Great Basketball Player Michael Jordan

Michael Jeffrey Jordan (born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American former NBA player, and is considered the greatest basketball player of all time.

Physical Statistics
* Height: 6 feet 6 inches (198 cm)
* Vertical leap: 42 inches (106 cm)
* Weight: 216 lb (98 kg)

 Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to James and Delores Jordan. The family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina when he was still a young child. Jordan has two older brothers, one older sister, and one younger sister. As a teenager he was the only one of his siblings who did not maintain a steady job and could have been viewed as the least likely to succeed. Michael was not very focused academically until he reached high school. Various suspensions, and trouble in general during his freshman year of high school allowed him to mature. He attended Emsley A. Laney High School, where he evolved into a B+ student and a three-sport star in football (at quarterback), baseball, and basketball. He was cut from his varsity basketball team during his sophomore year because at 5’11″ he was deemed to be underdeveloped, but over the summer he grew four inches and practiced even harder. Over his next two varsity years, he would average 25 points per game. He began focusing more on basketball, practicing every morning before school with his high school varsity coach. He was selected to the McDonald’s All-American Team as a senior.
Jordan earned a basketball scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in geography. As a freshman, Jordan was an exciting, but not dominant, player. Nonetheless, he made the game winning shot in the 1982 NCAA Basketball Championship game against Georgetown, which was led by future NBA rival Patrick Ewing. After winning the Naismith College Player of the Year award in 1984, he left school early to enter the NBA Draft, and was selected by the Chicago Bulls in the first round as the 3rd pick overall, after Houston Rockets center Hakeem Olajuwon and Sam Bowie of the Portland Trail Blazers. Although Olajuwon developed into a Hall of Fame caliber player and won two NBA Championships, the selection of Bowie over Jordan is generally considered to be the worst draft blunder of all time.

Early NBA Career
After scoring 16 points in his first NBA game, Jordan took the league by storm in his rookie year, scoring 40 or more points seven times en route to a 28.2 points-per-game season. He also averaged 6.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game. He revived interest in a floundering Bulls franchise, received a spot on the All-Star team, and won the Rookie of the Year award.
In the third game of the 1985-1986 NBA season, Jordan broke a bone in his foot and missed all but 18 games. Upon his return, as advised by team doctors Jordan was restricted to a limited number of minutes per game by Coach Stan Albeck and General Manager Jerry Krause. Jordan disagreed with this decision and this soured his relationship with Krause for the rest of his career, as he felt that Krause was intentionally trying to lose games in order to gain a better pick in the NBA draft. In spite of Jordan’s injury, the Bulls still managed to make the playoffs, where they were defeated in three games by the eventual champion Boston Celtics. The series is best remembered for Jordan’s 63 points in Game 2, an NBA playoff single game scoring record that still stands. After the game, Larry Bird observed that it was “God disguised as Michael Jordan”.
The following season established Jordan as one of the best players in the league. Jordan scored 50 or more points eight times during the regular season, won his first scoring title with a 37.1 points-per-game average, and became the only player besides Wilt Chamberlain to score 3,000 points in a season. He finished runner-up to Magic Johnson in MVP voting. The playoffs ended for the Bulls as they did the year before, in a three-game sweep by the Celtics.
Jordan dunking in a slam dunk contest.
In his fourth season, Jordan averaged 35 PPG, 5.5 RPG, and 5.9 APG, won his first MVP award and the Defensive Player of the Year award (garnering 259 steals and 131 blocks, unusually high for a guard), was named MVP of the All-Star Game, and won his second consecutive Slam Dunk Contest with a dunk from the free throw line. Jordan’s Bulls got out of the first round for the first time, beating the Cleveland Cavaliers in five games (with Jordan averaging 45.2 points per game during the series) before losing in five games to the eventual Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons.
In 1988-89, Jordan averaged 32.5 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists per game while finishing second in the MVP voting. He established himself as one of the NBA’s great clutch performers with a last-second dagger over Craig Ehlo in Game 5 in the first round of the playoffs. The Bulls, fueled by the emergence of Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant as starters, defeated the New York Knicks in the Eastern Conference semi-finals before losing to the Pistons in the Conference Finals.
The Pistons, with their punishing, physical play, established a plan for playing against Jordan, dubbed “The Jordan Rules”: double- and triple-teaming him every time he touched the ball, preventing him from going to the baseline, hammering him when he drove to the basket, and forcing him to rely on his inexperienced teammates.
Coach Phil Jackson took over the team in the 1989-90 season, in which Jordan averaged 33.6 points, 6.9 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and finishing third place in the MVP voting. The Bulls lost to the Pistons in seven games in the Conference Finals.

 In the 1990-91 season, Michael Jordan, motivated by the team’s narrow defeat against the Pistons a year earlier, finally bought into Jackson and assistant coach Tex Winter’s triangle offense after years of resistance. That year, he won his second MVP award after averaging 31.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 5.5 assists per game for the regular season, and the Bulls finished in first place for the first time in 16 years. With Scottie Pippen developing into an All-Star, the Bulls proved too strong for their Eastern Conference competition. The Bulls defeated the New York Knicks, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Detroit Pistons en route to defeating Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers who were without both #2 scorer and future Hall of Fame inductee James Worthy, and #3 scorer Byron Scott in the NBA Finals. In what would be an enduring video clip, Jordan changed hands midair while completing a layup. Jordan won his first NBA Finals MVP award unanimously, and famously wept while holding his first NBA Finals trophy.

Jordan and the Bulls continued their dominance in the 1991-1992 season, finishing with a 67-15 record. Jordan won his second consecutive MVP award with a 30.1/6.4/6.1 season. After winning a physical 7-game series over the burgeoning New York Knicks in the second round and finishing off the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Conference Finals in 6 games, the Bulls faced off against Clyde Drexler and the Portland Trail Blazers in the Finals. The media, hoping to recreate a Magic-Bird type rivalry in a Jordan-Drexler/”Air” Jordan vs. Clyde “The Glide” rivalry, compared the two throughout the pre-Finals hype. Perhaps motivated by what he felt was a comparison to an inferior player, Jordan responded by draining six 3-pointers and scoring 35 points in the first half of Game 1. The Bulls would go on to win the game, and then wrapped up the series in six games. Because of his dominating performance, Jordan was named Finals MVP for the second year in a row.
In 1992-93, despite a 32.6/6.7/5.5 campaign, Jordan’s streak of consecutive MVP seasons ended as he lost the award to his friend Charles Barkley. Fittingly, though, Jordan and the Bulls would end up meeting Barkley and his Phoenix Suns in the 1993 NBA Finals, in a match-up dubbed as “Altitude vs. Attitude”. Michael’s perceived slighting in the MVP balloting only fueled his competitive fire. The Bulls would capture their third consecutive NBA championship on a game-winning shot by John Paxson and a last-second block by Horace Grant, but Jordan was once again Chicago’s catalyst. He averaged a Finals-record 41.0 PPG during the six-game series, and in the process became the first player in NBA history to win three straight Finals MVPs. With the Finals triumph, Jordan capped off what may have been the most spectacular seven-year run by an athlete ever, but there were signs that Jordan was tiring of his massive celebrity and all of the non-basketball hassles in his life.
First Retirement
In October 1993, Jordan announced his retirement, citing a lost desire to play the game. Many speculate that the murder of his father, James Jordan, in July 1993 factored into his decision. However, those close to Jordan claim that he was strongly considering retirement as early as the summer of 1992, and that the added exhaustion of the Dream Team run only solidified Michael’s burned-out feelings regarding the game and his ever-growing celebrity. In any case, Jordan’s announcement sent shockwaves throughout the NBA and appeared on the front pages of newspapers around the world. Not since Jim Brown’s sudden retirement from the NFL in 1966 had such a dominant athlete walked away from the game at the peak of his abilities.
Baseball Career
After retiring from basketball, Jordan spent the next year pursuing a childhood dream: professional baseball. He signed a minor league contract with the Chicago White Sox of the American League (AL), reported to spring training, and was assigned to the team’s minor league system. He had an unspectacular professional baseball career for the Birmingham Barons, a Chicago White Sox farm team, batting .202 with 3 HR, 51 RBI, 30 SB (tied for fifth in Southern League), 11 errors and 6 outfield assists. He led the club with 11 bases-loaded RBI and 25 RBI with runners in scoring position and two outs.
Personal Life
Jordan is the fourth of five children. He has two older brothers, Larry and James, one older sister, Delores, and a younger sister, Roslyn. He married Juanita Jordan in September 1989, and they have two sons, Jeffrey and Marcus, and a daughter, Jasmine. Michael and Juanita filed for divorce on January 4, 2002, citing irreconcilable differences, but reconciled shortly thereafter.
Jordan’s son Jeffrey, is a mid-level high school recruit who will graduate in 2007.
Jordan’s father, James, was murdered on July 23, 1993, at a highway rest area in Lumberton, North Carolina, by Daniel Green and Larry Martin Demery, who were caught after being traced from calls the pair made on James Jordan’s cellular phone. Both assailants were convicted and sentenced to life in prison.
Jordan’s brother James R. Jordan is the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U.S. Army. James gained certain celebrity when he announced, at the age of forty-seven, that he intended to stay in the Army to deploy with his unit to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Jordan is a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity and has the omega letter (Ω) tattooed on his chest.
Jordan is a notorious cigar smoker, often seen with a cigar in the locker room during championship celebrations.
Beginning in 1991, Jordan appeared in ProStars, an NBC Saturday morning cartoon. The show featured Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, and Bo Jackson fighting crime and helping children.
Jordan has also been connected with the Looney Tunes cartoon characters. A Nike commercial in the 1993 Super Bowl where he and Bugs Bunny played basketball against some Martians inspired the 1996 live action/animated movie Space Jam, which starred Michael and Bugs in a fictional story set during his first retirement. They have subsequently appeared together in several commercials for MCI.
After his second retirement, Jordan formed the sports apparel enterprise with fellow sports greats Wayne Gretzky and John Elway in 1999. It fell victim to the dot-com bust, and the rights to the domain were sold to CBS SportsLine in 2001.
For many years, Jordan has been the real-life mascot for Nestlé Crunch, appearing on the products and in their advertising.

* NBA Most Valuable Player Award: 1987-88, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1995-96, 1997-98
* NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award: 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98
* NBA All-Star MVP Award: 1988, 1996, 1998
* NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award: 1987-88
* NBA Rookie of the Year Award: 1984-85
* Naismith College Player of the Year: 1984
* John R. Wooden Award: 1984
* Adolph Rupp Trophy: 1984
* ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year: 1983-84
* Two NBA All-Star Dunk Contest Championships: 1987, 1988

American Famous Actress Kirstie Alley

Kirstie Alley

About Kirstie Alley:

Emmy Award-winning actress, author. Born January 12, 1951 in Wichita, Kansas. After studying drama for a time at Kansas State University, Alley eventually moved to California and became an interior decorator. Lured by the party lifestyle, she entered a wild period in which she abused drugs and hung out with an alternative crowd. In 1981, tragedy struck when her parents' car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her mother and seriously injuring her father.
Once Alley decided to abandon her reckless lifestyle, she underwent drug rehabilitation and embraced Scientology, a religious belief created by the writer L. Ron Hubbard. She struggled to get acting parts, first appearing on such television game shows as Match Game and Password Plus. Her career breakthrough came when she landed her feature-film debut as Saavik, a Vulcan student, in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). She followed the part with a major role in the television miniseries North and South. But it wasn't until she was selected to replace Shelly Long in the popular sitcom Cheers in the late 1980s that her rise to stardom began.
The combination of Alley's voluptuous beauty, throaty voice and comic timing earned her both a Golden Globe and an Emmy for her portrayal of the neurotic and high-strung Rebecca Howe in 1990. During her years on Cheers, Alley's film career also took off. She showcased her dramatic talent in the 1988 thriller Shoot to Kill and had her first box-office hit with the comedy Look Who's Talking in 1989.
After Cheers bid farewell in 1993, Alley experienced some career highs and lows. She won an Emmy Award for the television movie David's Mother in 1994. Alley starred in the NBC sitcom Veronica's Closet in 1997, but the show received mixed reviews. That same year, however, she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her supporting role on the dramatic miniseries The Last Don.
In 2005, the actress starred in Showtime's Fat Actress, an unscripted comedy about the media's obsession with celebrity weight. Alley also shared her personal experiences in her 2005 book How to Lose Your Ass and Regain Your Life. Her publicized struggles with weight loss lead to Alley's affiliation with Jenny Craig weight loss centers. Appearing on Oprah Winfrey's talk show, she showed off her new figure by donning a bikini. Alley served as a Jenny Craig spokesperson until December 2007.
Alley signed a deal with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions in March 2008 to develop television projects. During that year, however, she made more headlines for her changing shape than her professional efforts. Alley regained the weight she lost while on the Jenny Craig program. She told People magazine in May 2009 that she "fell off the horse" and would have "to work harder than last time" to slim down. Alley hired a trainer to help her meet this goal, and she plans on releasing her own weight loss system in November.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

England's Star Player Jonathan Trott

Jonathan Trott - Commonwealth Bank Series - Game 6: Australia v England

Full name Jonathan Trott
Born April 22, 1981, Cape Town, Cape Province
Current age 29 years 274 days
Major teams England, Boland, England Lions, Otago, Warwickshire, Western Province
Also known as Trotters
Nickname Booger
Playing role Top-order batsman
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Height 6 ft 0 in
Education Stellenbosch University
Relation Half-brother – KC Jackson

Jonathan Trott Profile:

A technically correct right-hander with an inscrutable temperament, Trott was born and raised in South Africa to a family steeped in cricketing history: he is related to Albert Trott, the former Australia batsman, though he is unsure exactly how. And he followed in the footsteps of Kevin Pietersen, committing his future to England then becoming an Ashes-winning batsman when he hit a hundred on Test debut at The Oval.
Two years later, and this time in Melbourne, Trott repeated the dose with a brilliant unbeaten 168 that ensured England would retain the urn on Australian soil for the first time in 24 years. In addition to his 135 not out at Brisbane, in which he had contributed to an iconic scoreline of 517 for 1, it was Trott’s third hundred in five Ashes Tests, and briefly took his average against Australia to 100.83.
Trott’s route to the England team was circuitous. He played in the Under-15 and Under-19 World Cups for South Africa but was a British passport holder and therefore not considered an overseas player, making his first team debut for Warwickshire in 2003.
Prior to that, Trott struck a record score of 245 for Warwickshire’s Second XI on debut in 2002, sharing in a third-wicket stand of 397 with Trevor Penney. He scored 134 on his County Championship debut for Warwickshire against Sussex in 2003 and in the same year became the first batsman to carry his bat in the Twenty20 Cup, hitting a 54-ball 65 not out against Gloucestershire. In 2003 he also recorded his maiden first class five-wicket return, taking 7 for 39 against Kent at Canterbury.
Trott enjoyed a prolific 2005 season and was one of only two Warwickshire batsmen to score 1,000 first class runs with a top score of 210 and he topped the club’s averages in the domestic one-day competition with an average of over 60 including two hundreds. His fine form continued with New Zealand side Otago over the summer, although he returned home early as a precaution after a scan on his back.
In 2006 he again topped 1000 runs and was rewarded for his consistency with a call-up to England’s one-day squad in June 2007, but was already losing his form by then and suffered a poor end to the season. However, after another solid 18 months he earned his first Test call-up for the fifth Test of the Ashes series, and celebrated the occasion with a brilliant debut century.
A difficult tour of South Africa followed, with Trott making a vital 69 in a tense draw in the first Test at Centurion, but failing to pass fifty in five innings thereafter and finishing the tour with scores of 5 and 8 as the hosts squared the series at the Wanderers.
He was an inconsistent member of England’s winter tour to Bangladesh, but bounced back with good early-season form for Warwickshire in 2010 and a marathon 226 to set up a win in the first Test of Bangladesh’s tour at Lord’s in May 2010. Then came the Australia tour, and by the end of that trip, his value to England at No. 3 could not be understated.

Jonathan Trott Batting, Fielding and Bowling

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Jonathan Trott Career
Jonathan Trott Test Matches
England Vs Australia at Kennington Oval, London – Aug 20, 2009
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England Vs Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney – Jan 03, 2011
Jonathan Trott ODI Matches
England Vs Ireland at Civil Service Cricket Club, Stormont, Belfast – Aug 27, 2009
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England Vs Australia at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Melbourne – Jan 16, 2011
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