He's had a long and proud cricket career, opening the bat for the Alexandra Hills Under 12's and Under 14's. His career highlight was winning the club's "Most Improved" award two years running. Unfortunately, at that point, he stopped improving and made the prudent decision to retire at 17 when the bowlers started getting fast.
Since then, he's been a keen and passionate follower of the Australian cricket team, religiously staying up all night to watch the 2005 Ashes series (apart from the times when he fell asleep in front of the TV). In 2007, he came out of retirement, joining a club cricket team - living the dream as well as blogging about it.
Note - as an avid Australian cricket fan, he doesn't claim in anyway to be impartial, informed or even rational. On the contrary, he'll take every opportunity to go the sledge in true Aussie tradition (and reserve the right to sink the boot into the Australian team when they're not up to scratch).
Rich is a passionate England fan and an aspiring sports journalist. When it became clear that his playing career wouldn't take him further afield than an under 13 school tour to Kent, he made it his aim to write about sport for a living. He has still not quite given up his dream of keeping wicket for England, though at 22 admits he'd be a maverick Ashes pick.
A long suffering England supporter and KP devotee, he fears he may never again experience the elation of the magnificent 2005 Ashes series. He cleverly coincided recovering from illness with the 2006/07 series, his nocturnal existence ensuring that he barely missed a ball from the comfort of his sofa. He has still not fully recovered from this experience.
Rich admits to being a begrudging admirer of Australian cricket, and is an avid football and rugby fan too, though he did meet a special Australian girl last year who showed him that there is slightly more to life. He dreams of one day attending a Boxing Day Test match at the MCG, and if he could be anyone in cricket it would be AB de Villiers.
Mahesh is 42, an Indian (obviously), a banker throughout his career, worked with HSBC in India for a major part of his career and is now living and working with National Bank of Dubai (NBD) as Senior Divisional Head Quality Management.... (though this is likely to change in the next couple of weeks, as he assumes a Merger & Integration Project role in the ongoing merger between Emirates Bank and NBD. He has a wife and son (12 yrs, loves soccer more than cricket... currently [early Oct'07] playing an under-14 inter-school tournament in Delhi, India; favourite clubs: Barcelona, Man United in that order).
Mahesh used to play inter-bank cricket tournaments whilst with HSBC in India... but now, is content to play indoors with tennis balls every Friday (weekend holiday here) with other similar dads! Mostly it is sons and fathers playing in his brother's warehouse in Dubai.
He usually spends about 10-15 minutes a day digging and sharing stuff about cricket thru email with friends all over the globe (especially when cricket is on and mostly when India is playing). The friends' circle now extends to cricket-blog too!
I spend most of my free time in front of the idiot box watching the cricket channel. Actually there are two stations on the cricket channel now and I often get to kick back on a Sunday afternoon and watch some minor game being played around the world. Generally though I'm forced to watch programs like 'Tendulkar's Tons' which are obviously beamed in to cater for the Indian diaspora.
I love my cricket, even helped to set up a Cricket Club several years ago. Can't do much now, beer and snags have had their way with me, but I still watch the game and enjoy the banter with mates or on this blog that JC has done such a wonderful job with.
About Andrew Mosey
As a 31 yr old Baggy Green supporter, I’ve been following the boys in Australian Gold since a time when other teams still had a chance. I’m a very one-eyed NSW Blues supporter, but have to admit I’ve been a bit slack in the last few years, possibly since they took up RTA sponsorship and adopted one of the gayest team monikers in ‘speedblitz’ that I’ve ever heard. Still, they are from the Premier state, so they’re all right by me.
My favourite player is undoubtedly Warney - even though he’s Victorian, I’ve forgiven him. Of the current crop of young players I’d really like to see Hilfenhaus elevated in the pecking order, I suppose at the expense of man-hair Bracken. I reckon that kid swings it as much as Alderman but with genuine 140+ pace to boot. Cosgrove is a batsman that I’d like to see come good, he’s got the girth of mini-boof that gives hope to beer swilling blokes everywhere that we ‘could’ compete at the top level.
I realised my lifelong dream in 2005 when I was fortunate to watch all 5 days of an Ashes test match at Lords. I was one of the hundreds of mostly Aussie fans who camped out the front of the ground on the first night to get the tickets released to the public at the last minute, was on BBC News when quizzed by journo’s about McGrath’s 5-0 prediction to say I didn’t agree – it’d be 4-0 cause their crap weather couldn’t hold out, was chanting “Ooh Aah” at the top of my lungs when pigeon picked up his 500th wicket, and witnessed a fantastic test match in which we thrashed the great unwashed by 239 runs.
About Ajesh Nag
I'm an Indian teenager living in Bangalore, India. I'm a sports fanatic and am itching at most times to express my views on my passion - cricket. I've had a fairly distinguished career at most sports from cricket to chess, football to athletics but have had to give it all up to concentrate on studies (boring, I know!)
I've always admired the Aussie cricket team for their aggressiveness and tenacity and have been following their progress ever since I learnt how to count! My favourite players were Glenn 'pigeon' McGrath (for his aggressive bowling and mouth!) and Damien Martyn (for sheer skill and grace) and I rank the Aussie side that played the 2004-05 summer as one of the best sides ever. But even as an Aussie fan, I find their domination of world cricket a bit detrimental to the sport...
I always love to see the lighter side of things and thats why JC's blog appealed to me. Look forward to some views through my perspective....
About Dan Tas
Dan Tas is an ingeniously devised nickname. Dan is my name and I live in Tassie. Tasmania, Australia's doormat, the island God created after he discovered he didn't get the mainland quite right!
You can call me by my nickname or by my species. Either way I will not be offended. Actual pics of myself are mainly profile shots. As my profile is not dissimilar to that of Bill Lawry, only those with a wide-screen monitor could appreciate my true beauty.
Love cricket with a passion. Grew up a child star, quickly became a promising teenager, finished up as a solid club cricketer. I was definitely a legend in my own lunchbox. Fifteen minutes of fame: six catches in an innings keeping to a former Sheffield Shield quick.
Retired at ripe old age of 28 to pursue other passion, drinking alcohol. Now a thing of the past. Lived the dream again vicariously through my son who had more talent than me in his little finger. Until he suffered from stress fractures.
Favourite players have been Warnie, Gillie, Sobers and David Gower. Gower because he was everything I could aspire to be, both on and off the field. Elegant, articulate, suave, debonair... Hang on, that is me!!
Married for 32 years to a woman with the patience of a Saint.
I'm a 22 year old mechanical engineer residing in Kolkata, India. I would be joining the power generation sector very soon. Cricket had been the love of my life until it got replaced by mathematics on account of parental pressure. Now that the IPL is showering millions on the cricketers, they are ruing their decision like many other Indian parents. All Hail IPL!
Nevertheless, a man's first love always occupies a different spot in his heart and so was it in my case. It peaked during the 2003 World Cup, when not only did I watch all the matches but also didn't miss the repeat telecasts. The Aussie bulldozing of the Indian cricket team in the finals is something I'd like to forget though. My cricket career came to a grinding halt when I fractured my right wrist, ironically in a football match. After recovering, I continued playing gully cricket with 50 gram plastic balls though. :-)
I liked the way cricket-blog.com acted as a forum where fans from Australia and India expressed their deeply felt sentiments/opinions during the India tour of Australia 2007. With the Champions Trophy nearing, I'd like to see fans from the other countries as well, participating in the discussion and increase awareness about each other's cultures.
The tone of my narration is humorous, sarcastic and also a bit contentious, given that I stay very near to Sourav Ganguly's house ;-). Incase my article or a part of my article hurts a person/community, let me assure him/them that it's completely unintentional. I try to be as unbiased as possible though at times passion may blind me. I have full respect for all members/visitors of this blog and I abide by the Spirit of Cricket-Blog.