Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Coach of Kolkata Knight Riders Wednesday said they will not have one permanent captain for the second edition of the Indian Premier League."There won't necessarily be a fixed captain," Knight Riders' coach John Buchanan told reporters at a press conference here.
John Buchanan's multiple-captains theory was an attempt to sideline Sourav Ganguly, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Tuesday announced that they would continue with only one captain in Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament to be held in South Africa next month.
The team management released a statement this evening after a meeting between incumbent skipper Sourav Ganguly, the team's owner Shah Rukh Khan and coach-cum-manager John Buchanan. This is the first time that Shah Rukh had a formal meeting with the coach and Sourav ever since Buchanan mooted the idea of multiple captains.
The statement confirmed that KKR would be having only one captain but four or five coaches or strategists. These experts will assist the one captain on field with their viewpoints on the gameplan set earlier.
Earlier in the day, Shah Rukh Khan rubbished reports that Ganguly was being sidelined by Buchanan. "There is no Kolkata Knight Riders without Dada," he asserted.
Shah Rukh said the team's decision to have multiple captains was in no way meant to sideline the team's icon player Ganguly, who has hardly minced words in ridiculing the concept.
According to the idea put forth by Buchanan, Ganguly would have to share the captaincy with three others -- New Zealand Brendon McCullum, West Indies' Chris Gayle and Laxmi Ratan Shukla.
The Bollywood star said it was just an experiment and KKR would not exist without Ganguly.
"Let me tell you, there is no Kolkata Knight Riders without Dada. We love him," he said on the sidelines of a fashion show.
"We are a team and no decision is taken by one person. Twenty20 is a new format and new things are being tried. Too much has been said, we are not having four captains in one match. It's going to be one captain in one match," he said. "But in case something goes wrong, we need to have a back-up," he added.
The IPL second season starts April 18 in South Africa as a clash of dates with the general elections had forced the organisers to move the event out of India.
"My goal is to score runs and pick wickets, rest is upto John since he's the coach," Ganguly added.
Monday, March 30, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car
Costing just 100,000 rupees ($1,979; £1,366), the Nano will now go on sale across India next month, with deliveries starting in July. Tata hopes the 10-foot (3-metre) long, five-seater car will be cheap enough to encourage millions of Indians to trade up from their motorcycles.
Overall Length 3099 mm
Overall Width 1495 mm (& 1620 mm with ORVM)
Overall Height 1652 mm
Wheelbase 2230 mm
Ground clearance 180 mm
Min. Turning Circle Radius 4 m
Seating Capacity 4 persons
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 Liters
Nano 600 kg
Nano CX 615 kg
Nano LX 635 kg
Payload 300 kg
Engine & Transmission
Engine Type 624 cc, 2 cylinder, MPFI
Maximum Engine Output 35 PS @ 5250 rpm
Maximum Torque 48 NM @ 3000 +/-500 rpm
Maximum Speed 105 kmph
Transmission Synchromesh on all forward gears, sliding mesh on reverse gear with overdrive on 4th gear
No. of Gears 4 Forward + 1 Reverse
Front Independent, Lower Wishbone, McPherson Strut with gas filled dampers
Rear Independent, Semi Trailing arm with coil spring & gas filled shock absorbers
Brake Type Dual Circuit, Vertical Split operated by tandem master cylinder
Nano CX With Vacuum Booster
Nano LX With Vacuum Booster
Front 180 mm dia. drum brake
Rear 180 mm dia. drum brake
Wheels & Tyres
Tyre Type Radial & Tubeless
Front Tyre size 135/70 R12
Rear tyre size 155/65 R12
Spare tyre size 135/70 R12
Wheels 4 B x 12
Variants Emission Compliance
NANO BS II/ III A/c not available
NANO CX BS II/ III A/c available
NANO LX BS III A/c available
Tata plans to make 250,00 initially and expects to sell 1 million annually. The Indian auto market is very hot, as growth lifts incomes and wealth in the country. Ford, Nissan, Fiat, Suzuki, Renault are all planning to increase production in the Nano space over the next couple of years. Think of 10 million additional cars on Indian roads in five years.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Harry Potter's sixth year at Hogwarts turns out to be quite the exciting year. First off is the arrival of a new teacher at Hogwarts, Horace Slughorn, who is a bit more useful to Harry than he realizes. Next, Harry obtains a Potions book which used to be belong to the very mysterious Half-Blood Prince. Harry finds that the Half-Blood Prince's ancient scribbles are written along the margins of almost every page, giving Harry advice on how to improve greatly on his Potions work, and also teaching him a few helpful (and dangerous) spells along the way.
Amidst this, Harry is starting private lessons with Professor Dumbledore, during which Harry learns the dark secrets of Voldemort's past, hoping that they could use these secrets to find a way to defeat him.
Harry's year gets even more stressful with the suspicious actions of Draco Malfoy, who has been sneaking around the school doing, so Harry assumes, Voldemort's bidding. Harry quickly becomes determined, and slightly obsessed, to find out exactly what Malfoy has been up to and putting and end to it.
Yet, during this time, Harry and his friends go through daily life, busy with school work, Quidditch, (in which Harry has been made captain of the team) and of course, romance. Ron has found a new girlfriend, Lavender Brown, a perky (if not obnoxious) Gryffindor student, and Hermione is not happy about it. Ron and Hermione's friendship takes a toll throughout the school year and Harry, as usual, is stuck in the middle. Harry, meanwhile, is facing a romantic dilemma of his own: he realizes he is falling for his best friend's sister, Ginny Weasley, who is unfortunately dating Harry's classmate, Dean Thomas. Harry's pining for Ginny and Ron's hilarious relationship with Lavender give this story a large dose of reality.
Throughout all the school drama, however, the obvious darkness of Voldemort's impending rise to power is always apparent. The incredible action-packed climax is sure to leave the audience stunned and, inevitably, prove that you shouldn't trust everybody who you think is good and also prove that not everyone can manage to survive.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Rs 5.36 crore in India
Rs 5.47 crore in India
Despite claims that the Carrera GT supercar had gone out of production, the car is very much available in the US and is in the list of one of the world's most expensive cars. The car has 605 hp @ 8000 rpm, can go from 0 to100 in 3.9 seconds and has a ten cylinder engine - a type of rarely seen outside of racing.
Top speed: 330 kmph
Rs 5.59 crore in India
Maybach's 62 ultra-luxury sedan is made by Mercedes-Benz and has proved that even a car this expensive to build can turn a profit. The Maybach 62 accelerates from 0 to 100 in just 5.4 seconds. The top speed is electronically limited but can be reached rapidly and with virtually no apparent effort.
Top speed: 250 kmph
Rs 5.64 crore in India
The SLR McLaren is as comfortable and sophisticated as a street-legal racecar can be. It is a collaboration between Mercedes and legendary British racecar builder McLaren. With the help of a 617 hp and 5.4-liter supercharged V8 engine, the SLR sprints from 0 to 100 in just 3.6 seconds.
Top speed: 343kmph
Rs 6.94 crore in India
The Koenigsegg is a Swedish car that sports a supercharged V8 engine. It can go from 0 to 100 in 3.2 seconds with its hp of 806 @ 7000 rpm. The Koenigsegg CCR currently holds the Guinness World Record for the most powerful car in series production.
Top speed: 395 kmph
Rs 7.95 crore in India
Top speed: 320 kmph
Rs 8.03 crore in India
Leblanc is ramping up production of its new Mirabeau supercar. The company hopes to make the vehicle street legal for the US by early 2007. With a six-speed sequential transmission, more than 700 bhp @ 7600 rpm, the Leblanc Mirabeau's interior is optimized for maximum acceleration.
Top speed: 370 kmph
Rs 8.17 crore in India
The most expensive American car is also the fastest. Automaker SSC estimates this vehicle is capable of going from 0-60 in just 2.9 seconds and the base model has a supercharged 6..2-litre V8 engine rated 787 bhp @ 6600 rpm. The SSC Ultimate Aero requires 104 octane gasoline.
Top speed: 400 kmph
Rs 8.31 crore in India
Pagani is an Italian boutique automaker that builds radical-looking racecars. This version of its Zonda flagship has 555 bhp @ 5900 rpm, can go from 0 to 60 in 3.6 seconds and is propelled by mid-mounted V-12 DOHC engines.
Top speed: 344 kmph
Rs 15.17 crore in India
Volkswagen's production delays are finally over and the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 is ready to hit the road. The car sports a W16 engine fed by four turbochargers, can go from 0 to 100 mph in six seconds and uses unique cross-drilled and turbine vented carbon rotors that draw in cooling air for braking.
Top speed: 407 kmph
Sunday, March 22, 2009
IPL Commissioner and Chairman Lalit Modi, who was also at the press conference, said the number of matches, format and timing of the event will remain unchanged and the organisers would not tinker with the "integrity of the tournament".
"Dates and timings of the matches will remain the same. The Indian audiences can watch the matches at 4 pm and 8 pm IST as they did in the inaugural season," Modi said.
"Revenue cannot be an issue, the 59-match tournament will remain as 59-match tournament. The issue is the integrity of the tournament.
"We want to ensure the quality which we deliver and it cannot be compromised. We have to deliver the world standard event," he said.
Also they have stated that Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra government were also behind the decision of changing the place. Earlier these governments assured for security but later they have taken their assurance back . Security for the IPL matches is very important as it involves many International players. The seriousness of the security issue raised only after the Mumbai 26/11 attack made by the terrorists which caused the rage waves in International side.Indian Elections seem to have won the battle against Cricket and BCCI has decided to hold IPL matches either in South Africa or England.
Find the complete schedule, fixture with timing and venue for the 2009 IPL.
2009 IPL League Matches Schedule:
Friday, 10th April, 2009
1st Match - Day/Night
Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils
Saturday, 11th April, 2009
Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers
3rd Match - Day/Night
Chennai Super Kings v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Sunday, 12th April, 2009
Delhi Daredevils v Kings XI Punjab
5th Match - Day/Night
Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals
Monday, 13th April, 2009
6th Match - Day/Night
Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings
Tuesday, 14th April, 2009
7th Match - Day/Night
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kolkata Knight Riders
Wednesday, 15th April, 2009
8th Match - Day/Night
Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians
Thursday, 16th April, 2009
Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils
10th Match - Day/Night
Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals
Friday, 17th April, 2009
11th Match - Day/Night
Mumbai Indians v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Saturday, 18th April, 2009
Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers
13th Match - Day/Night
Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils
Sunday, 19th April, 2009
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals
15th Match - Day/Night
Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings
Monday, 20th April, 2009
16th Match - Day/Night
Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab
Tuesday, 21st April, 2009
17th Match - Day/Night
Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians
Wednesday, 22nd April, 2009
19th Match - Day/Night
Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers
Thursday, 23rd April, 2009
18th Match - Day/Night
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab
Friday, 24th April, 2009
20th Match - Day/Night
Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders
Saturday, 25th April, 2009
Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab
22nd Match - Day/Night
Delhi Daredevils v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Sunday, 26th April, 2009
Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians
24th Match - Day/Night
Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders
Monday, 27th April, 2009
25th Match - Day/Night
Kings XI Punjab v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Tuesday, 28th April, 2009
26th Match - Day/Night
Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils
Wednesday, 29th April, 2009
Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders
28th Match - Day/Night
Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals
Thursday, 30th April, 2009
29th Match - Day/Night
Deccan Chargers v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Friday, 1st May, 2009
30th Match - Day/Night
Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils
Saturday, 2nd May, 2009
Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers
32nd Match - Day/Night
Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals
Sunday, 3rd May, 2009
Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings
34th Match - Day/Night
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils
Monday, 4th May, 2009
35th Match - Day/Night
Deccan Chargers v Rajasthan Royals
Tuesday, 5th May, 2009
36th Match - Day/Night
Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings
Wednesday, 6th May, 2009
Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
38th Match - Day/Night
Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab
Thursday, 7th May, 2009
39th Match - Day/Night
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers
Friday, 8th May, 2009
40th Match - Day/Night
Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings
Saturday, 9th May, 2009
Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils
42nd Match - Day/Night
Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians
Sunday, 10th May, 2009
43rd Match - Day/Night
Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders
Monday, 11th May, 2009
44th Match - Day/Night
Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals
Tuesday, 12th May, 2009
Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab
46th Match - Day/Night
Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers
Wednesday, 13th May, 2009
47th Match - Day/Night
Kolkata Knight Riders v Bangalore Royal Challengers
Thursday, 14th May, 2009
Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings
49th Match - Day/Night
Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers
Friday, 15th May, 2009
50th Match - Day/Night
Bangalore Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians
Saturday, 16th May, 2009
Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders
52nd Match - Day/Night
Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab
Sunday, 17th May, 2009
Rajasthan Royals v Bangalore Royal Challengers
54th Match - Day/Night
Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians
Monday, 18th May, 2009
55th Match - Day/Night
Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders
Tuesday, 19th May, 2009
56th Match - Bangalore Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings
2009 IPL Semi-Finals Schedule
Thursday, 21st May, 2009
1st Semi-Final - Day/Night
Friday, 22nd May, 2009
2nd Semi-Final - Day/Night
2009 IPL Final
Sunday, 24th May, 2009
Winner of 1st SF v Winner of 2nd SF