Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Facts, stats and rugby tunes

I feel a return to form from Shahid Afridi today. Failing that, I've heard good things said about Jacob Oram. On a decent batting wicket in Mohali there should be some runs found from someone out there.

The PCA Stadium in Mohali is a well-built ground, although the concrete slab opposite the pavilion looks out of place. At least it gives a true reflection of how India goes about its architecture. Click here for some random facts.

Mohali neighbours Chandigarh and, as mentioned in yesterday's post, is home to Kapil Dev, the great all-rounder. The Haryana Hurricane (pictured) has his own boutique hotel-restaurant in the city; there are 10 rooms all named after his achievements like 'Tied Test' (India v Australia, 1986), '432' (World record Test wickets) and 'Four Sixes' (ask Eddie Hemmings).

A Nutley post from earlier this year:
"Chandigarh is reputed to have one of the largest rose gardens in Asia. There are road lanes, speed limits (of sorts) and the PCA stadium here resembles Hampshire's Rose Bowl. Even Jerusalem rang out over the tannoy before play today; all sweet memories of England. So it was even more of a comfort when I passed a local whose mobile ringtone rang out the BBC's Rugby Special theme tune."