How fitting that I should be reviewing Sachin: A Billion Dreams, at a time when http://www.sillypointcricket has recently surpassed The Little Master’s’ Test tally of 15,921.
It’s getting on for two and a half years now since I commenced writing this blog and I’ve since added audio and even brought YouTube videos to the crease. This has, for the most part, been done without the help of social media. I’m not on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook etc and realise how putting some effort in on those mediums could help raise the profile of both me and my blog… but ‘life’ must take priority, sometimes at least!
Anyway, onto the task at hand… Sachin: A Billion Dreams.
I was worried that the film would be a little self-indulgent and sickly but I must say that I really enjoyed it. It does though highlight what a difference opportunity and practice make. It’s exquisitely shot (Rather appropriate) and provides an insight not just into Sachin or cricket but India in general. At two hours twenty minutes long, it’s a decent Test dig but there is a man’s childhood and twenty year career to cover!
For cricket tragics like myself, it’s well worth watching.
Sachin: A Billion Dreams scores… 90 not out
Here’s my YouTube debut. Enjoy…
In this drawing, I again drew a box but marked halfway points both horizontally and vertically. I drew the image freehand based on an online drawing of Indian great Sachin Tendulkar (But we’ll call him generic centurion!). As was the case with the original image, I applied a hint of colour to provide some contrast.
I guess that I ended up with the legs looking a little thin for the body but again, hopefully not a bad effort for such an inexperienced ‘artist’!
Following on (See what I did there?) from my recent post titled ‘Cricket Books Worth Reading’…
Here are some cricket films that are well worth watching. As was the case with books, it’s pretty much all non-fiction (Documentaries). Oh, and actually some of them are books as well…
Death of a Gentleman
For cynics of cricket’s top brass, feast on this!
Fire in Babylon
Focusing on West Indian success throughout the 1970s and 80s.
Out of the Ashes
This film charts the rapid rise of the Afghanistan men’s team… including the unceremonious ditching of their coach!
I bet that you never thought you’d watch a film about cricket and female genital mutilation did you?
Here’s the link to my original write-up…
Howzat: Kerry Packer’s War
This is actually a two-part television drama and the book that it’s based on featured in my ‘… Worth Reading’ list…
In terms of fiction, there are films such as P’tang Yang Kipperbang and Wondrous Oblivion to Watch.
Lookout for my review of Sachin: A Billion Dreams soon. Because somebody’s getting it for Christmas!!!
Here’s my CricketXI fantasy team for Australia’s Sheffield Shield competition this winter (Or Summer if you’re actually in Australia!).
Typically I have Will Pucovski and Peter George in reserve and both performed well in the opening round of matches. George seems unfortunate not to have had more opportunities at both domestic and international level. For the record, 50% of his Test wickets are Sachin Tendulkar! I was surprised to see PG valued as high $56,400 and typically he rocked up on day one and claimed some wickets.
I’ve tried to avoid picking players that will be on international duty and plumped for Gurinder Sandhu off the back of a good One-Day Cup campaign ahead of George.
Will Bosisto is an odd one who I toyed with the idea of picking. He’s listed as a bowler but openened the batting in Western Australia’s first match. Sam Heazlett was in the runs though and my batting line-up seems strong on paper.
I’ll provide an update at the conclusion of the campaign to inform followers how I got on.