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His (great) grand parents might be.

However, it is amazing that they kept some part of their Indianness alive in them.
<!--emo&:thumbsup--><img src='style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbup.gif' border='0' style='vertical-align:middle' alt='thumbup.gif' /><!--endemo--> Did you know that India won two gold medals and not one at the 2008 Beijing Olympics? Sunita Lamba, a fine arts artist from Delhi, won a gold at the games for her sculpture, but so far she has received no felicitation from the government.

Lamba, the sister of late cricketer Raman Lamba, had sent her sculpture, "Spirit of Unity", for Olympic Fine Arts 2008, an exhibition put up by the organising committee at Beijing, and it was selected for display.

"The chairman of the International Olympic Committee inaugurated the exhibition on August 11 and on the very same day they announced the gold medal for me," Lamba said. "I was also given an Olympic torch besides the certificate of winning the gold medal," Lamba added. Shooter Abhinav Bindra is the only sportsperson to have fetched a gold for India at the games this time.



For a change someone in an actual manly sport.

But I expect him to lose the next bout because he had an easy ride so far with low talent but would be happy to be proven wrong.
none of the 11 Pakistanis up for sale received any bids.

No, not even Shahid Afridi, the player of the tournament in the 2007 World Twenty20 and the man of match in both the semifinal and final of last summer’s T20 carnival.

No one would admit there was any directive of any sort to avoid bidding for Pakistani players. All Rajasthan Royals’ co-owner Shilpa Shetty would say was the franchises “were not convinced about their (the Pakistanis’) availability and that’s why did not want to take a risk.”

But privately, bidders admitted it was more than just visa hassles. “There was nothing official told but it was basically a pure business decision,” a franchise official told HT. “The IPL is a commercial proposition, owned by businessmen and no one wanted to risk upsetting the government.”

And Pakistan reacted angrily.

[url="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/cricket/twenty20/ipl/7033597/IPL-to-broadcast-live-on-YouTube.html"]IPL to broadcast live on YouTube[/url]

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[url="http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=2010/01/22/story_22-1-2010_pg2_8"][size="6"][color="#006400"]An opportunity for Pakistan to improve their ODI ranking[/color][/size][/url]

Muhammad Ali

LAHORE: Pakistan have a chance to improve their ranking in the ICC ODI Championship table when they face four-time world champions Australia in a five-match series starting in Brisbane on Friday (today). <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' /> While Australia lead second-ranked India by nine ratings points, Pakistan sit in seventh position on 108 ratings points and four behind fourth-placed New Zealand. If Pakistan win the series by 3-2 or better, <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Big Grin' /> they will rise to as high as fourth but would stay in seventh position in case of their failure to win a single match in the series while dropping four ratings points behind sixth-placed Sri Lanka.

In case of a 3-2 series win, Mohammad Yousuf’s side will earn four ratings points which will put them alongside New Zealand on 112 ratings points but ahead of Daniel Vettori’s side by a fraction of the point. A 4-1 series win will put Pakistan on 115 ratings points [color="#FF0000"][size="7"]whereas a clean sweep will take them to 118 ratings points[/size][/color], <img src='http://www.india-forum.com/forums/public/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Tongue' /> one behind third-placed South Africa. Even if Australia win the series 3-2, Pakistan will improve their rating by two places as they will leapfrog England and Sri Lanka into fifth place on 110 ratings points.

In contrast, Australia will retain their number-one position even if they lose all the matches of the series though they will drop to 123 ratings points but will earn three ratings points if they finish unbeaten in the series. The odds are in favour of Australia as they have won 14 out of the last 20 ODIs against Pakistan who have won only five. On a head-to-head in Australia, Ricky Ponting’s side enjoy a 27-16 advantage with a tied game and one no-result while overall Australia have won 47 out of the 80 ODIs with Pakistan winning 29, one ending in a tie and three no-results.

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen, Pakistan Mohammad Yousuf is the only batsman inside the top 20 in 15th position which he shares with South Africa’s Herschelle Gibbs. Outside the top 20 and eyeing an upward movement like their captain are Shoaib Malik (24th), Salman Butt (26th), Younus Khan (33rd), Misbahul Haq (38th), Kamran Akmal (44th), Umar Akmal (56th) and Shahid Afridi (59th).

In the ICC Player Rankings for ODI bowlers, Shahid is the highest-ranked bowler from either side in 12th position. The other Pakistan bowler inside the top 20 is off-spinner Saeed Ajmal in 17th spot. Shahid has a good opportunity to not only regain return to the top 10 but also improve his previous best ranking of eighth as he trails sixth-placed Harbhajan Singh of India by 19 points. Other bowlers outside the top 20 and aiming to improve their rankings are James Hopes (26th), Umar Gul (27th), Shane Watson (30th), Mohammad Asif (44th) and Rana Navedul Hasan (56th).

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