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SIX Indians in Gurdian’s World test 11

Six Indians cricketers — including Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni — figure in The Guardian newspaper’s ‘World Test XI of the Year’ which interestingly does not include a single Australian.

Former England all-rounder Vic Marks prepared the list which came out in Sunday’s edition of the daily where Marks is a writer.

Apart from Tendulkar and Dhoni, the other Indians in Marks’ team were opener Virender Sehwag, pace partners Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma with Harbhajan Singh as the only spinner.

“This is brilliant; we do not really know which is the best team in the world. For a decade, it has been Australia and there has been nothing to argue about.

“Now there are three contenders as India and South Africa challenge Australia’s supremacy,” said Marks.

“Pick the best XI from these four sides (apologies to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and New Zealand for being so exclusive) and it is possible, without too much mischief, not to select a single Australian. This may be an indication of the way things are going,” he added.

Marks picked South African captain Graeme Smith as the skipper of his World XI and the other opener alongside Sehwag.

“He (Smith) is the best ugly batsman in the world,” quipped the former Somerset player.

“Seeking romance and adventure, the choice has to be Virender Sehwag. But, even if pragmatism rules the day, the alternative is another Indian, Gautam Gambhir, who — while not especially pleasing on the eye — is fiercely combative and oozing runs in 2008,” he said.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | cricket, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Will Smith voted 2008’s top money making movie star


Actor Will Smith, star of “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds”, was voted the top money-making movie star of 2008, dethroning Johnny Depp in an annual poll released on Friday of movie theater owners and film buyers.

Smith, 40, is only the second African-American actor to win the Quigley poll in its 76 year history. Sidney Poitier was placed first in 1968 after the success of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night.”

Three newcomers on the 2008 list — “Iron Man” Robert Downey Jr, “Batman” star Christian Bale, and Shia LaBeouf, the 22 year-old actor in “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” — came in second, third and fourth places respectively.

Anne Hathaway, who made her name in “The Princess Diaries” and is now a Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe nominee for her role in “Rachel Getting Married”, was named a star of tomorrow. along with Chris Pine, who appeared in “Bottle Shock” and will play Captain Kirk in 2009’s “Star Trek” movie.

Perennial winner Tom Cruise did not make the Top Ten for 2008 despite being voted Number One seven times since 1983. Depp, the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star who was placed first in 2007, also did not make the 2008 list.

The Quigley Poll has been conducted every year since 1932 by the publishers of the International Motion Picture Almanac. It asks movie theater owners and film buyers to vote for the 10 stars they believe generated the most box office revenue for their theaters during the year.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | cinema | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment