Not so Super a Sunday !

So last Super Sunday was not all that enjoyable to me. All the events produced negative results so I must title that Sunday as Flop Sunday 1.


Nadal lost to Djokovic in the Monte Carlo masters tournament. He had won it 8 times in a row and it would have been awesome if he could win it one more time. But it wasn’t to be. Nadal fought in the match like he always does but Djokovic was too good.

Djokovic raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set and looked set to take the set but Nadal fought back to break him and win the next game too. At 5-2 and Djokovic serving, Nadal had a few more break points but could not latch onto them and Djokovic won the first set 6-2. The second set was a close fight with each player breaking each other multiple times. It went to the tie breaker where Djokovic outplayed Nadal and won the tie breaker 7-2, thus winning the match.

Nadal is playing the Barcelona Open this week and is currently in the semis. It would be good if he could win this tournament.


Ferrari had a disastrous Bahrain grand prix. Both Alonso and Massa had very good starting positions on the grid but both of them faced problems in their cars had couldn’t compete in the race. Alonso rear DRS wing got stuck and he had to pit twice to get it fixed. He couldn’t use DRS for the rest of the race. Massa had a damage on the front wing on the first lap for which he had to pit. Later in the race, he suffered a tyre puncture forcing him to pit again.

Alonso finished the race 8th and Massa 13th. It was a fantastic race for Lotus team though  with Kimi and Grosjean finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. So Vettel is now leading at 77 followed by Kimi at 67. Alonso is 4th with 47 points. Ferrari is third in the table with 77 points, 32 behind Red Bull.


The results in the two matches on Sunday seemed to headed in a great direction for Arsenal when things changed for the worse. Spurs were down a goal in the 80th minute but somehow they produced 3 goals out of nowhere to win the game 3-1. The Liverpool Chelsea match was being let by Liverpool when they scored the first goal but Chelsea bounced back scoring two. The only consolation for the night was that Suarez scored another for Liverpool and the game ended in a draw. Suarez also bit Ivanovic and got banned for 10 games. I don’t know what to say about that.

So we play Man U this Sunday. They have already won the premier league this season. We can hope that they are complacent in the next game but knowing Mr. Fergie, they will play to win. Should be a good match.





Super Sunday yayyy!!

This is my first sporting related post in I don’t know how long. Even as I write this, it’s not that I am free. I am on-call right now. It’s just something I am forcing myself to do. Anyway I  have quite a few sporting events taking place this week. There is the 4th Grand Prix of the formula 1 season in Bahrain in which Alonso will start from 3rd position. Then there is the Monte Carlo Masters final between Nadal and Djokovic. Then there are a couple of premier league matches which do not involve Arsenal but will have a massive impact on where we finish this season. We take them one by one:


If we look into human history for great personalities who were famous for being fighters, Nadal’s name would feature prominently in the list. This guy is the closest one can get to being truly god-like. He spent seven months out of the ATP tour injured. When he started to come back, I was happy that I would finally get to follow him. I wasn’t expecting him to get perfectly fit and start competing in the level that he used to. But he has done just that even though he has not been perfectly fit given his knee issues.

He has played 5 tournaments after his comeback and has got to the final in all 5 of them. The fact that the first two events were minor ones doesn’t matter. Today he faces Djokovic  in what will be the sternest test he will face after his comeback. And no matter how he performs today,  I will be proud of him and look up to him.

One only has to look at him to learn that no matter what problems you face in life, hard work and humility will get you where you want to be. He faced multiple injuries and ersonal setbacks over the last few years but he fought through each one of them and emerged as a greater person. For this reason Nadal will always be greater for me than Federer. That Federer is the greatest tennis player in history cannot be challenged. No player will ever come close to accomplishing what he has. But if you put aside the tennis and consider the person, Nadal inspires me more. That’s not to say that Federer is a bad person. His behavior on and off the Tennis court has always been exemplary. But Nadal, seeing as how he fights and never gives up just dwarfs Federer’s accomplishments in my eyes. To compare them both is useless. But one can’t help it can he?


I have come to accept the fact that Arsenal will be a team that will always struggle to win trophies and will probably not challenge for the title in a few years to come. This season for them has been as disappointing as the last.And while there can be excuses to last season’s performances, there are none for this seasons. Which brings me to why I am following them in the first place. It’s not that I love football. I hardly watch even Arsenal’s matches. There is very little exiting in their game or their achievements. I think I should just stop following them. But it’s difficult. So I have decided to invest as little emotionally on them as possible.

Anyway having been kicked out of all competitions this season, Arsenal are struggling to get to their final goal which is to finish in the top four. And I must say they are doing very well in this struggle. We are on a 5 match unbeaten run at the moment, 4 of them being victories. Our last defeat was at the hands of Tottenham who were 5 points ahead of us after that win. We are 5 points ahead of them currently having played 2 games more. We have taken 16 points from the last 18 while they have taken 10.

So we are 3rd currently in the table after 34 games above Chelsea who are 2 points behind us having played 2 games fewer. Both Tottenham and Chesea have crucial games today where they play Man City and Liverpool respectively. The best result would be a Man City and Liverpool win. Worst would be the other way around. Anyway I will just have to wait and see what they do.

Formula 1

So Ferrari has seen a mixed start this season. We sit at 73 points in the table, 5 behind leaders Red Bull. Alonso has had 2 podium finishes in the 3 race so far, including a win in the last race. He crashed out in the first lap in the 3rd race and currently sits 3rd with 43 points, 9 behind leader Vettel. He is starting today’s race at third position so it should be an interesting one. Even Massa has started this season decently so Ferrari seem to be better off than they were last season. So here’s hoping for a Ferrari 1-2, however unlikely that may be.


Last but not the least IPL. Unfortunately, I can’t be arsed to write about it just I will just chuck it.

Formula 1 2012 review

Formula 1 this season has been an absolute joy to watch. It ended with Red Bull winning the Constructors championship and Vettel winning the drivers championship. Given the pace of the red bull car and their consistency, it might seem obvious that Vettel had to win the championship. But a look at the final table would tell how close the fight between Vettel and Alonso was.

For me this season of Formula 1 has been about 3 drivers, Vettel, Hamilton and Alonso. There is a lot one can learn from the way these drivers have performed this season. Vettel lead the 3 in terms of race wins with 5 while Hamilton had 4 and Alonso had 3. Yet Vettel and Alonso were separated by 3 points and Hamilton gathered 91 points fewer than Vettel. How did this happen? What do we learn?


This guy is one of the most talented drivers in the sport and had undoubtedly the fastest car in the season. But that didn’t guarantee his victory. With 6 races to go, he sat 29 points behind Alonso. He had to dig deep and string out 4 successive victories to overtake Alonso. He finished with a 3 point lead and could have lost the title in the final race. What can we learn from this? Talent and money can’t get you to the pinnacle. You have to work hard for it.

But will hard work alone get you there? No. You need a certain amount of luck too and Vettel had his share. The entire season of Vettel and Red Bull can be pictured in the Abu Dhabi grand prix. He had to start from the back of the grid due to a problem in qualifying. But that didn’t  deter Vettel or Red Bull. They changed the gear ratio’s in his car to make it go faster and adopted a 2 stop strategy while everyone else was on a 1 stop strategy. He gave everything he had in the race and drove superbly. He also had luck in his favor when 2 crashes brought on safety cars and he closed down the gap in the field after having taken his pit stops. He finished 3rd in the race. The result was borne from a mixture of skill, hard work and luck.That’s how it was the entire season. Hat’s off to Vettel for winning the title. My respect for this guy grown to a new high.


I have always been a fan of Alonso. Even before he joined Ferrari when he was battling with Schumacker for the title, I liked him. There was something about his calm persona and consistency in driving that won me over. I was very happy when he joined Ferrari. He may not have won the title this season but 5 years down the line, I will remember this season as having belonged to Alonso.

All through the season he struggled in qualifying. For most of the season, he qualified 4th of 5th and had to battle to get to podium. The consistency with which he did this was astounding. I’m no expert at Formula 1 but I believe 60 percent of Vettel’s performance was down to his RB7’s performance and the rest was his own effort. In case of Alonso however, 60 percent of his performance was down to his own efforts in a below par car. Even though the F2012 let him down in qualifying, he battled hard in the race and secured maximum points for himself and his team.

There is a lot one can learn from Alonso this season. Even if things are not going your way, you can still give yourself a chance to get to the top through hard work and sheer force of will. Even if you are not talented enough or have enough money, you can be the best. Alonso was undoubtedly frustrated by the lack of pace in his car compared to his rivals but he never let his frustration show and never criticized his team in public. Credit to Ferrari that although their car wasn’t the fastest, it was consistent and suffered very few mechanical problems. With a little more luck, he could have won this season. He single handedly brought Ferrari the runners up position and deserves a lot of credit for that.

I think Massa deserves a mention too. His form in the first half of this season was a continuation of last season and he struggled to secure points in the races. But he believed in himself and turned around his season in the latter half to finish at a respectable 7th position. I hope he has a better 2013 season for Ferrari.


If Vettel and Alonso season was about positives, Hamilton’s season was about negatives. He had one more win than Alonso and clearly a faster car but he still finished 88 points behind Alonso. He was inconsistent and his car suffered multiple mechanical failures. Consistency is the key to get to the top and that is what Hamilton’s season teaches us. I don’t really like this guy but I admit he has fantastic driving skills. He could do better next season if he is consistent.

It’s a 4 month wait for me now before the start of next season but with a lot of Premier League and Cricket action due in this period, I won’t miss Fomula 1 very much. Just a little maybe.

Certainly didn’t see that coming

Lately I happened to observe an interesting behavior of mine. Whenever Arsenal loses a football match or India loses a cricket match or Nadal loses in a major tournament, I don’t write about it. I wait for the teams or players at fault to get back to winning ways to venture forth and record something. Writing about losses involves revisiting the scenes in my mind and I tend to avoid that. Like if I don’t write about it, I can pretend they didn’t happen.

Conventional wisdom will have you believe that being a man involves accepting victories and defeats on equal terms. That’s easier said than done. Generally, if the team I support wins a match, I feel a certain lightness in myself.. like the feeling I have even as I write this piece (The cause of said lightness discussed below). If the results go the other way, I tend to get depressed and in order to cope, I avoid thinking about it altogether.

Now this behavior may be a common trait among people, but I can only talk about myself. It may seem childish, but it is something that comes naturally to me. Something my subconscious mind does without my conscious mind being aware of it, although I can write about it so I know its happening. The question is: do I continue living this way or do I try to elevate myself to incorporate the ideal mentioned above. Victories and losses happen in my personal life too although they feel more intense and are generally more difficult to ignore. So can I develop a mechanism whereby I can handle losses or disappointments more effectively in sports that I follow and by an extension in my personal life. Something to think about..

Onto chronicling sporting news.. which is the primary reason for the existence of this blog.


The Indian grand prix ended quite well for Ferrari given the starting positions of Alonso and Massa. Alonso finished second behind Vettel and Massa finished 6th in the race. Vettel now leads Alonso by 13 points and Ferrari trails Red Bull by 89 points. With three races to go, I don’t think there is any chance of Ferrari winning the Constructors title but if they can beat Mclaren to the second position, it would be a good season overall for them.

So 3 races to go and Red Bull definitely seems faster than Ferrari right now so Alonso will have to work his ass off if he hopes to come out on top. I hope some luck comes his way.


So Arsenal was back among victories as they labored to a 1-0 victory over QPR on Saturday. We weren’t at our fluid best and started quite sluggishly but we definitely improved as the game wore on and pressured them over the later stage of the game. Their keeper had a great game as he made a string of fantastic saves but Arteta secured the winning goal for us in the 84th minute. He was offside during the goal.. but who cares about that. We got 3 points and then Chelsea lost 3 points so we are 7 points behind them.

Then came yesterday’s remarkable match against Reading in the league cup. I thought it was an easy match and we would go through given the strength of the team. Boy was I wrong. I start off thinking that the match will start at 12:15. Come 12:15 there is no commentary about the match so I checked the site again and found that the match was actually starting at 1:15. I didn’t know if I would be awake by then but I still continued what I was doing.. nothing worth mentioning.

So 1:15 arrives and I feel too lazy to search for any streaming so I start the Arseblog Liveblog page. 10 minutes into the game and I see that they have a goal. I think.. okay we have a bad start. Come 20 minutes they have another goal. Really bad start. Then they have 3. The blogger is going on about us playing like shit. I check again later and they have 4. This is embarrassing. Losing this way to a team that was in the lower leagues last season gave me a shitty feeling. But the hopeful guy in me says.. it would be awesome if we made it 4-4. Not 5-4. I’m not thinking that far. Just 4-4.

Just before the break we score a goal through Walcott. I think.. okay we might just have a chance here. During the break I reach my objective and promptly fall asleep. I wake up at 3:00 and think the match might be over by now. So I check my phone. No its not over. We are into the 80th minute and the scoreline reads 4-2. I lose hope. Go back to sleep again. Wake up in the 87th minute. Still 4-2. We score another in the 90th minute. I think wow.. it would be fantastic to get another one. And voila! we have another in the 90+5th minute. Extra time was only 4 minutes so where did that minute come from?

Anyway in my sleepy state, I seem to have recollection of a knowledge that matches that end in a draw in the league cup are replayed. So I fall asleep. Wake up at 7 and open to check reactions to the match. And Surprise!!! the page shows a picture of a gleeful Walcott and a headline that read along the lines: Arsenal win 7-5 in a 12 goal thriller. So while I was sleeping, the match went to added time and 4 more goals were scored. Walcott finished with a hat trick and Chamakh!!! scored a brace.

During my 2 year career as a fan, football has thrown at me a string of unpleasant surprises. But there have been a few pleasant ones too. A victory is a victory. But the manner is important if it has to stick in the mind. A 1-0 or 2-0 or even a 5-0 victory would have slipped from my mind. But to come from being 4 goals down and win is something that I wouldn’t want to forget. In the future, everytime we find ourselves in a similar position, I will remind myself of this match and tell myself that we can win from here. Even if we end up losing, the knowledge that we had won a similar game in the past would give me a measure of comfort.

Enough said for today I think.

Cometh the Bad Patch..

The last couple of weeks have been disappointing for me given that the teams I support have been performing quite poorly.


We went into the International break riding on the high of the win over West Ham and would have wanted to continue at the same pace but that wasn’t to be. We lost 2 matches in 4 days, first in the league against Norwich who then sat one above the bottom of the league and then we lost to Schalke in the Champions League. The loss in the league is more significant as the gap between Chelsea and us is now at 10 points. We sit 9th in the league currently behind West Ham, West Brom , Fulham etc. If we mess up today’s match, out title challenge will be practically over.

We need to win today’s match and hope that Man U wins over Chelsea tomorrow for there to be any chance of us having a shot at the title. In the Champions League, we sit 2nd in the group, 1 point behind Schalke. We will have to beat Schalke away to finish at top of the group and that is not an easy proposition. We will be playing some very important matches in November.. against Man U and Schalke away and Tottenham and Montpellier at home. The next 9 matches will decide our potential for this season.


Alonso qualified in 5th position for the Indian Grand Prix tomorrow. Vettel had constantly chipped away at his lead in the last couple of months and will start tomorrows race in pole position, his 4th consecutive pole. He is currently having a 6 point lead over Alonso and with 3 races to go, tomorrows race is extremely crucial for both of them. I think Alonso’s aim would be to get the best possible position in tomorrows race and keep Vettel’s lead over him to as low as possible. Vettel will probably win tomorrow.


So all 4 teams from the IPL crashed out of the Champions League. I don’t know why I am even mentioning this. I wasn’t very interested in the event in the first place. Anyway after the last two editions being won by Indian teams, this time we can’t even make it to the finals. Real cricket will start come mid-November when the first test between India and England starts. I’m waiting for that.

Arsenal beat West Ham + Alonso crashes out of Japan


Arsenal beat Olympiacos and West Ham last week, both games with the scoreline reading 3-1. Gervinho , Podolski and Ramsey scored against Olympiacos while Giroud , Walcott and Cazorla scored against West Ham. We lost our home tie against Chelsea the week before so coming back strongly was essential. The matches weren’t as smooth as the scoreline suggests but still we won and got 3 points each.

So we sit at the top in Champions league table with 6 points.  In the league, we are in 7th position, 7 points behind leaders Chelsea who have won all but one of their matches. In the tight 7 match run that concluded, we won 5, drew 1 and lost1 match. I think that was a decent run for us. Comparatively, Man U won 6 and lost 1 match, Man City won 2, drew 3 and lost 2, Chelsea won 5 and drew 2 and Tottenham won 5 and drew 2.  So our league position might not be great but considering the teams we have played till now, I think we have started the season pretty well.

After the international break, we play Norwich, Schalke 04, QPR  and Reading. 6 points out of the 2 league games would put us at 18 points, probably in 5th position. We will then play the crucial away tie against Man U.  By the end of the Man U game, we will have an indication of how good the team really is. 6 goals scored by 6 different people in the last 2 games is a good sign. Hope we continue the good work.


India crashed out of the T20 world cup in the super sixes stage. We won 2 matches beating Pakisthan and South Africa but losing to Australia by a big margin meant that we couldn’t proceed into the semifinal. West Indies and Srilanka entered into the finals which was eventually won by West Indies. It was their first major cup after many many years so congratulations to them. Felt sad for Sri Lanka. This was the third world cup final that they have lost in the last 5 years.


Alonso crashed out of the Japanese Grand Prix in the first lap due to a mechanical failure. He had a decent qualifying session and he started the race in 6th position. If not for the failure, Alonso could well have been on the podium given Ferrari’s pace demonstrated by Massa, who finished second in the race. Alonso still leads the table by 4 points but this weekends Korean Grand Prix should be crucial to Ferrari.

Alonso on Podium + India thrash England + Arsenal draw with Man City

So the first super Sunday turned out quite well for me. Positive results in the 3 events has made my week so much brighter.


Alonso finished third in the Singapore Grand Prix on sunday. He started 5th in the race and considering the fact that the Ferrari was slower on the track than the McLaren and the Red Bull, the finish was a fantastic result. Hamilton’s race ended due to a mechanical failure which means Alonso extended his lead to 194 points, 29 ahead of Vettel. Raikkonen sits third ahead of Hamilton in the league. With 6 races to go, the run up to the final race is getting very interesting.


The next event to start on the T.V was the second round match between India and England which India won by a huge margin. We were put into bat by the English and we did well to get to 170 by the end of the innings. Gambhir and Kohli scored 40’s while Rohit Sharma finished strongly at 55. The Arsenal match was going on by the time England’s innings started so I didn’t follow it, but the scoreline suggested that we routed their batsmen. They struggled to play our spin bowlers. Harbhajan had a fantastic comeback after spending more than a year out of the team. He picked up 4 wickets in his 4 overs conceding just 12 runs, fantastic figures for a bowler in a t20 match, in fact the best figures for an Indian bowler in a t20.

We are due to play Australia, South Africa and Pakisthan in the second stage of the tournament. All 3 promise to be very interesting matches. We’ll have to wait and see how they go.


Arsenal traveled to the Etihad stadium on Sunday and returned back with a point. Considering the fact that the Champions had won 29 of their last 31 home matches, I’d say the point we earned was a fantastic result. It was a highly technical game where both teams defended brilliantly. Our Mertesacker stood out in the defence with countless interceptions while Vincent Kompany had a great game for City, making some great tackles throughout the game. Gervinho had a decent game as he made several attempts to dribble into the box from the left side, though he found his way blocked most of the game. Ramsey had a fantastic game in his first full start this season and so did Koscielny who stood in for our sick captain.

With that game, our defensive credentials have been firmly established. Granted City weren’t at their fluent best coming forward, but it was still a great defensive performance. The Chelsea game this weekend will be another test for our defense, one that I am sure our guys will stand up to.

Man City don’t seem to have had a good start to this season. They sit 7th in the league currently. They lost their opening Champions League match against Madrid and then crashed out of the league cup yesterday, losing 4-2 to Aston Villa. With tough times on the horizon, it will be interesting to see how City respond in the coming weeks.

As to Arsenal, we have been great in our current period, having won 3 and drawn 1 match of the 7. Our unbeaten run in all competitions this season stands at 6 matches. We play Coventry in the league cup 4th round today. I hope they don’t cause a major upset.

Superrr Sunday-1

The first super Sunday of the season arrives with 3 very important events scheduled for today. Arsenal take on Manchester City at the Etihad stadium and India take on England in the second group match of the t20 world cup. Before these two start, the Singapore grand prix will be held so all in all, it promises to be a pretty exciting day.


Arsenal have a challenge on their hands when they take on City today. In the pre-match build up, Mancini says Arsenal are title contenders this season  while Mr. Wenger thinks that whoever wins today’s match will get huge psychological boost in the league race. Going by team form, Arsenal are in fantastic form, having won their last 3 matches. We are unbeaten in all 5 matches played this season and in 9 matches going back to last season 8 of which are league matches.

City’s form is more suspect as they lost their Champions League match against Madrid and drew the league match against QPR before that. However, they will be boosted with the return of Aguero just as Arsenal have been boosted by the return of long time absentee Wilshere. I don’t think Wilshere will make the final squad this week or the next though.

Arsenal are scheduled to play 7 matches before the 8th of October. This is a very important period for us and if we perform well here, it will give us a massive boost for the rest of the season. We have already won 3 of those 7 matches. City and Chelsea are important fixtures to come and if we can win those, it will be a fantastic beginning to our season. Right now we sit at 6th position and a win today will see us move back to third while a draw will put us at 4th position. Man U is due to play Liverpool in the other match today and I hope Liverpool springs a surprise and beats Man U.



India takes on England in the second group match of the world cup. With Afghanistan having lost both matches, India will go to the next round even if it loses today. But a win will give us a lot of confidence as we head into the next round. It will be a tough match though. We labored through our match against Afghanistan while the English brushed them aside with ease. Our batting might be strong, but our bowling is weak. Zaheer went for runs in the opening match and death bowling has always been our weakness. All in all it will be a tough match and one will get an idea of how good the team is based on today’s result.



Alonso will start at P5 in the Singapore grand prix today. He had a decent qualifying session, given how Ferrari were at least a second slower that Mclaren and Red Bull. It’s going to be a tough race and it will take all of Alonso’s guile to secure maximum points in today’ race. It should turn out to be an interesting race.


Murray wins U.S Open + Alonso on podium


The big news this week was Murray winning the U.S Open. He beat Djokovic in 5 sets. Djokovic battled for close to 5 hours in a losing effort. That was the third straight grand slam final that Djokovic has lost against three different opponents. All of them were great finals though.

Murray winning a grand slam is fantastic news for Tennis, He has been at the top for close to 5 years now and already has 6 masters titles to his name. That the four grand slam titles this year has gone to separate top four players is amazing. Djokovic and Murray shared the hard court titles while Nadal and Federer won on their favorite surfaces.

The 2010 season completely belonged to Nadal and the 2011 season belonged to Djokovic. This season has been more even among the top 4. Nadal has been out injured since June and I am not sure if he will compete in the Tour Finals having dropped out of the Spanish Davis cup team. Still he has managed to win 4 titles this season, 1 more that what he achieved last season. Comparatively, Djokovic has won 3 titles, Federer has won 6 titles and Murray has won 3 titles. Of the 7 masters tournaments that have completed this year, 3 have been won by Federer while Nadal and Djokovic have taken 2 each.

Comparing these performances, I think Djokovic has been the best this season, having won the 2 masters titles and appearing in all four grand slam finals. Its not surprising that he has amassed 9900 points this season, 1000 more that Federer. There are 2 more masters titles to go. It will be interesting to see who wins those two.

Alonso finished 3rd in the Italian Grand Prix. He had a disastrous qualifying 3rd round and had to start at tenth position. A brilliant few initial laps saw him move to 5th position. He used his pace to overtake Raikkonen and Schumacher. Button dropped out of the race because of a mechanical failure and he passed Massa later in the race to finish at 3rd position. Hamilton drove a perfect race from pole to win the race and move into second position in the drivers championships. Alonso extended his lead at the top to 179 points, 37 more than Hamilton. The next few races are crucial and it will be interesting to see who will come out on top.

Arsenal beat Liverpool + Alonso crashes out in lap 1 + India end series 2-0

Arsenal were due to play Stoke the last time I wrote a post. We went to Stoke City and came back with a point. There were plenty of positives to take back from that game and our strength  in defense was a treat to watch but I was still a little disappointed at the result. Our rivals registered wins over that weekend and we ended the week at 12th position.

We played Liverpool at Anfield last weekend and won the game 2-0. They controlled the pace of the game for the first 20 minutes or so but after that, it was all Arsenal. Podolski and Cazorla ended the game by scoring and providing for each other on either side of the break.

The highlight of the game for me was the performance of Diaby in midfield and Jenkinson at right back. It was only the third game that I have seen Diaby play so I am not sure if he is usually that good but if he can keep that up over the season, we can compete well. Liverpool played decently but their midfield lacked a creative player and they were a striker short with the cunt that is Suarez having to  do all the creating and acting.

So going into the international break, we sit at 8th spot with Chelsea leading the charts with 9 points. After the break comes a crucial period for us where we will have to play 5 games in 15 days including those against Man City, Chelsea, a Champions league match and a League cup match. By the end of September, one will have an idea of the real strength of our first team and bench.

Alonso crashed out of the Belgium grand prix in the first lap itself after getting involved in a crash with Grosjean and Hamilton. Alonso still leads the title race by 24 points followed by Vettel and Webber.

India won the second test against New Zealand  and finished the series 2-0. As I noted earlier, we only gained 2 points after the series victory but there were still positives to take from the game. The performances of Kohli and Ashwin were the highlight of the series and with the long season still to come, hopefully they can continue their good form.