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Did You Know That India’s ‘Chennai’ (nee ‘Madras’) Is Running Out Of Water?

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access CNN story. Google ‘Chennai’ for more … much more.


Click image to access my post from last year.


I read about this a couple of days ago and was disturbed. This could become real serious. Yes, they are trucking in water but there is only so much they can bring in.

Chennai, with 4 million people, is India’s 6th largest city. Of those 4 million, at least half are what would be considered poor. They will not have money to buy water. IF the authorities cannot supply them with free water they are in real trouble — true danger. And that is the worry.

Hopefully the monsoon which has been both late and not up to par in terms of rainfall will cooperate and turns things around.

They are also looking at desalination but that is not a short-term fix.

Not good.

Last year, Cape Town, to my relief dodged the bullet.

I am hoping that Chennai does too. It is a city that I used to know and had friends living in. It is the nearest Indian city to Sri Lanka. I have flown there and also gone across by TRAIN — when we had a train service that crossed a now washed away causeway.

Fingers crossed.

I just wanted to make sure that you knew about this.


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Where Does South Africa Find Them? First Aiden Markram & Now Reeza Hendricks.

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From ‘cricinfo.com’ at espncricinfo.com/southafrica/content/player/269280.html. Click to ENLARGE and study here.


Century on ODI Debut — from cricinfo.com.

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Only the 14th to do so.
Fastest by a MILE. 89 balls.


First there was Aiden Markram just under a year ago. And now Reeza Hendricks as Markram’s replacement. Never heard of him until today. But, boy was I impressed. 4 off his first ball. He was special.

Ironic that he replaced Aiden Markram. I am GLAD that dropped Markram. He was getting to be an embarrassment! Shame. But, that is cricket. I hope he finds his form again.

In the meantime if Reeza Hendricks can maintain his. Shame he got out, as so many do, right after the milestone. Always makes me wonder.

Well, looking forward to the 4th ODI. He will, of course, play, barring injury.


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Cheating, Ball-Rubbing, Australians Get Instant Bloody Karma — Loose By 322 Glorious Runs.

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This was so good to watch, so good to experience.

Instant bloody KARMA.

Dished out with panache and relish. The cheating Australian bums didn’t know which way to turn. All at sea.

Steve Smith was humiliated as a batsman. Played like a pillock and now we all know that he is a right royal pillock. He should be banned from all cricket for life. He should lose all his endorsements. Cheater, cheater, pants on fire.

Yes, I have made no secret that I am very fond of the South African cricket team. Why? Because they TRULY embody Nelson Mandela’s dream of a rainbow colored South Africa. That team, truly multiracial and multicultural plays as a cohesive unit — race never a factor. That makes me so happy. That is why I root for them.


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South African Kagiso Rabada Must ‘Play The White Man’ In The 3rd Test Against Australia.

by Anura Guruge


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I am VERY fond of Rabada which is why I want him to ‘Play The White Man‘ going forward.

I am so happy that he got a break in terms of the 2 Test suspension. That was GREAT.

Now he needs to stay out of trouble.

His antics, of late, against both the Indians and Australians have crossed the line. It was unacceptable.

He really came across like a crazed Zulu with a bee up his bum! He acted and looked UGLY. There is no need. His a great lad and a wonderful cricketer.

So, I am just hoping he will ‘Play The White Man‘. That will be good for all us and especially cricket.


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Did YOU Hear That ‘Cape Town’, South Africa Is Going To Run Out Of Water This April — “Day Zero”?

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The imposingly picturesque “Cape Town”, South Africa — with its iconic Table Mountain.


Click to access the “Huffpost” coverage. Google for more.


Click for “Bloomberg” coverage. Google for more.



South Africa is one of my favorite cricket teams. I never miss any of their games on Willow — my 24×7 cricket channel on Roku. Plus, I usually read any news I see about SA.

So, I was very surprised the other day when I came across this “Day Zero” story. I Googled and read a couple of articles to make sure I got the drift.

Wow.

Earlier in the month I had watched the 1st Test Match, SA vs. India, from Cape Town. The ground looked lush and everybody seemed happy and prosperous. No indication, whatsoever, that they were all staring at an abyss.

Yes, a 3-year drought. I guess some are hoping for non-stop rains in the next 2-months to avert this disaster.

4 million people.

This could be serious. Very serious.

You would have thought that SA, not a poor country by any means, could have done more. I guess water can be shipped in. Not sure how much water they have in the entire country. It is not a small country.

I will keep you posted.


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South Africa v. India 3rd Test (Johannesburg) — The Pitch Was ‘Spicy’, But Didn’t Warrant Umpire Intervention.

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In South Africa’s 2nd innings Dean Elgar got peppered and it was him getting hit on the helmet that resulted in the umpires taking the players off.


Today’s cricketers, with their helmets and American football like padding, are getting SOFT and act like SISSIES.

The umpires are worse. Yes, we don’t want players getting unnecessarily hurt BUT cricket, especially at the International level, is meant to be a CONTACT SPORT. And we played without helmets.

The umpires continually checking the pitch and then taking the players off on the 3rd Day of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and India was WRONG. Totally uncalled for. There was no valid reason. The ball that hit Dean Elgar on the helmet was SHORT and he played it badly. Come on.

We have seen cricket been played in much more VICIOUS conditions. I am old enough to remember that GLORIOUS Summer of 1976 and the West Indies quickies peppering the English batsman, Brian Close in particular. And they did NOT wear helmets like they now do.

Brian Close, sans helmet, ducking another short ball.

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Brian Close shows off his bruises from getting hit …



The consensus is that on this dodgy pitch South Africa, already 1 wicket down, will be incapable of scoring the requisite 241 runs and will lose — though they have already won the series.

Yet again, as they did on Day 4 of the 2nd Test, South Africa made a LOT of mistakes, dropped catches and bowled BADLY. They deserve to lose.


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IF South Africa Loses 2nd Test To India — DESERVED To Lose For Playing Like Pillocks.

by Anura Guruge


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I am writing this U.S. Eastern Time (21:00) having only seen half of the Day 4 highlights. Plan to watch the rest within the next hour — while having my customary late dinner.

I like South Africa (and the players) and as you can see here celebrated when they won the 1st Test.

I can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes they have made in the 2nd Test — especially when batting.

Vernon Philander’s runout was INEXCUSABLE. It is not like he is new to the game. What had he been chewing? His bowling was also below par.

Hashim Amla’s runout broke my heart. He was run out. He is such a phlegmatic, nice guy. He should not have gone for that run. If he hadn’t been run out he would have easily scored another 40-runs — easy. That would have made all the difference.

AB de Villiers, of course, batter well, in both innings BUT his dismissal in the 2nd innings, caught behind, off his glove, was NOT worthy of a player of his experience, talent and stature. Come ON. You could have weaved out of the way better, or stepped back and whacked it. It is dismissals like that that lose matches.

IF they WIN, Virat Kohli, as ever, deserves a huge amount of praise and credit. It would NOT have been just his large century, it is his irrepressible, ebullient presence.

Mike Brearley, one of the BEST Test captains ever — and certainly the most cerebral and educated —  used to say: “there are captains that wait for things to happen, and others that make things happen”. Kohli definitely falls into the latter category. Just his presence in the field seems to make things happen.

I am keeping my fingers crossed …


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