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My bucket list before I turn 50.

Hey. Just like I wrote a letter to my past self., I would like to write a post for my future self. I hope all these things which I mentioned below have been achieved by me by then. So here it goes-

  1. You have become a top-class psychologist or a top-shot economist.
  2. You have skydived. Skydiving has been your dream since you were 16 but it scared you back then. Hope that you overcame that fear:)
  3. You have authored/ co-authored a book however small your part may be.
  4. You have the money to travel business class wherever you go. Even though you hated all those Lamborghinis or Ferraris, you traveled business class once and fell in love with it and have always hoped to have the money to travel that class…
  5. You are going to meet your favorite tennis player -Rafael Nadal in an airport (Quite a random prediction)
  6. You continue writing your blog even now provided reading blogs hasn’t become obsolete
  7. You are still in contact with your friends from school and your best friend during school days is still your best friend.
  8. You still read Diary of a Wimpy Kid every year provided Jeff Kinney still writes those books :).(Hope the kid in you doesn’t go away)
  9. You own an iPhone 27 keeping in mind some other company doesn’t provide a better phone which it probably won’t. (Android fans, come after me:) )
  10. Your signature becomes an autograph
  11. You still write your diary regularly pouring in your feelings that you are too shy/afraid to tell to anyone else.
  12. Your room still remains untidy as it is today.
  13. You go back to your school to be the chief guest of an event held there.
  14. You are still in love with playing basketball and have won at least one tournament.
  15. Your name appears on the TV but only for the correct reasons.
  16. You still have the ownership of the house where you live right now and go back there every once a while and reminisce about your old memories.
  17. You have gone on a biking trip at least 500 kilometers long
  18. You have visited Antarctica maybe with a friend who also wants to go there.
  19. You learn to meditate and are happier than ever.
  20. You are still the same philosophical person.
  21. You get over things more easily than you used to
  22. You have a person to talk to about the most sensitive of topics(except your parents)
  23. You take your mother to Norway or Sweden to view the Aurora Borealis
  24. You buy your father a first-class ticket with your self-earned money
  25. You open an NGO which operates worldwide to help people who can’t afford basic health services with someone who has this same wish as you.

And then obviously I hope all of these wishes come true.

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Cricket Sports

Is Dhoni important for India’s success at the ICC WC 2019?

India’s recent perfomance in the 4th ODI against New Zealand has raised doubts whether India is too dependent on its openers and Virat Kohli to score runs.It feels like Dhawan,Rohit or Kohli don’t score runs, India is bound to lose. It might be too early to comment on India’s middle order but they have shown no signs of promise when the top order fails.

Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world right now. If we look at his scores in the past 25 ODI’s he has scored in single digits only once. He has set the bar so high for himself that if he scores around 40 runs,people think that he has not done well. Rohit is the best opener in limited overs cricket right now in my opinion and his stats in the recent years speak for themselves.And Dhawan can provide a quick start to the innings. Dhawan is actually one of the most underrated batsmen. But what happens if these 3 fail.

This is where Dhoni’s role comes in. Indeed he is not what he used to be and can’t hit those magnificent sixes now but he plays a really vital role. He can stablilize the innings if the other batsmen fail to score. He brings in a sense of calmness to the inning. There is not one, not two but plenty of examples where he took India to a respectable total when the team was on verge of collapse.Moreover him regaining his form back is a big plus. There is no better wicket-keeper in the world right now and even at the age of 37,he can beat most players in terms of fitness. He has lost his finishing touch but he can play the second fiddle to a top order batsman very well and the job of playing second fiddle is very important as no one player can win the game without considerable support from other players. After all cricket is a team game!

Also, the strategic mindset of Dhoni is unmatched and even though Kohli is the better batsman, Dhoni is a much better leader. His understanding of the game, the calmness he brings is unmatched. And this experience is much needed for the WC as the rest of the team is relatively young.Dhoni absorbs pressure much better than his counterparts and is thus very essential to the team. His decision to take DRS is rarely wrong and this is another plus he brings to the team.

His strike rate sometimes is a reason for concern and this was highlighted in the first ODI against Australia ib the previous series but people should understand that he came in when the score was 4/3 and it had to be ensured that they don’t lise more wickets. Even though India did lose the match,Dhoni and Rohit took the team very close to the target. Here again he played the role of second fiddle.Dhoni understands that he doesn’t he does not have the power that he once used to have and thus is happy rotating the strike keeping the scoreboard ticking.

I believe Dhoni should be promoted up the order to number 4 where I would predict him to have an equally impressive average as Kohli if not more than him.I believe he has the capability to anchor the innings.

Dhoni was and is the best leader India has had in ODI cricket for a long time. For test cricket, I believe Dhoni did lack a bit in terms of setting a good field for the batsmen or taking aggressive and bold approaches which are necessary to win test games.

But for the WC, he will be a huge help to Kohli in leading the team and is really important if India wants to win the World Cup

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Basketball Sports

Are the LA Lakers heading towards becoming a superteam?

With Anthony Davis having requested a trade, the talk going around the entire NBA universe is whether the Lakers are going to acquire and the likelihood of that happening seems to be pretty strong to me.Obviously the Pelicans wouldn’t give away Davis cheaply but Lakers would try their best to get him. They have the assets in Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram,Zubac and Caldwell Pope to trade for Davis. Celtics too have a good chance of acquiring him and if the Pelicans are smart I think they should wait for the trade deadline and start a bidding war between the Celtics and Lakers to decide who gets Davis. But in my opinion Davis is most likely going to the Lakers

Now I am hoing to consider that LA have unlimited cap space and I am going to talk about can they create cap space for the following stars at the last of this post

Now lets consider if Davis comes to the Lakers. Him with LeBron is going to be a deadly combo. In the Pelicans, Davis is usually double teamed but at the lakers other teams won’t be able to do so as LeBron would be on his side.

Next year Kawhi’s going to become a free agent and he has already stated that he wants his next home to be LA.Even though he does seem happy being in Toronto, his main motive to leave San Antonio was its weather and in Toronto , the weather isn’t any better. So I think he too gets traded this off -season. And the Lakers could actually be a good spot for Leonard alongside Davis and LeBron.

Kyrie Irving by stating that he is open to reuniting with LeBron and doesnt owe anyone anything, I think he has distanced himself from re-signing with the Celtics. His apology to LeBron also gives me a hint that he is leaning towards signing with the Lakers. If this happens Lakers are going to be a full loaded squad with LeBron,Kawhi, Davis and Irving

But what happens if Klay Thompson also signs with the Lakers. He has also stated that he would sign with the Lakers provided he gets a max contract and Davis sign with Lakers as well. Looking at the situation, the only way for the warriors to keep him is by giving him a max contract which seems a bit out of reach for them.

Now lets talk about cap space. If we are being real here Lakers can trade for Davis for Lonzo,Ingram , Zubac and some picks. They might even be able to just create the cap space for Kawhi but to create cap space for more players of such high calibre is sinply just not possible

I just don’t see another superteam being created so soon after the warriors’ superteam.

So even though it may seem nice to have such players in one team to compete against the “villain” team i.e. the warriors, it simply isn’t going to happen

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Basketball Sports

Predictions for the NBA season 2018-19

We all think the warriors are going to run away with 2018-19 NBA title especially after they have added Demarcus Cousins to their squad.Obviously Warriors have the best chance of winning the NBA title but we could actually be in for a surprise. According to me the following teams have a chance of winning the NBA title

  1. Golden State Warriors

The most obvious choice as their entire starting lineup was or is an all star. It is very difficult to defeat them in a series of 7 games as they boast of the best defense and offense in the NBA.They have arguably the best shooter in NBA history(Stephen Curry), one of the best catch and shoot player (Klay Thompson), Second best player in the NBA after LeBron James(according to me)ie Kevin Durant , the best center Demarcus Cousins and a former DPOY Draymond Green.Their chemistry can’t be any better and thus it is going to be very difficult to defeat them.

Chance of winning-85%

2. Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers have a slightly better chance of defeating the warriors than the Raptors just because they have the arguably best player in the history-LeBron James. We all know that playoffs Lebron is much much better than regular season LeBron and he has the pieces around him in Lonzo Ball,Kyle Kuzma and Ingram to win the title.Also if they trade for Anthony Davis before the trade deadline they could actually give good competition to the Warriors. They could actually face the warriors even before the eastern conference finals. They need something special from LeBron to defeat the warriors and then eventually win.A

Chance of winning-6%

3. Toronto Raptors

After adding Kawhi Leonard to their lineup, Raptors have a chance(even though it is small)of defeating the favourites Golden State Warriors. Again their chemistry is great and are arguably the best team in the Eastern Conference, they have a tendency to choke in the playoffs.They have the experiece of Kawhi Leonard though this time around so I am betting on them to win the Eastern Conference finals but they would need something extraordinary to defeat the warriors which I believe they are capable of

Chance of winning-5%.

4. Houston Rockets

They came agonisingly close to defeating the warriors the last time but I have them down the list this time because the warriors have added Cosuisn and Chris Paul’s form is not that good at the moment. I think of Harden as a great player but I don’t think his personal perfomance would be enough to help the rockets win the title. They need Chris Paul to come back in form and Eric Gordon of reviving his long lost touch of hitting 3 pointers at will.

Chance of winning-2%

5.Milwaukee Bucks

Currently occupying the top position in the eastern conference, the Bucks have an outside chance of winning the title. They have the beast Giannis who is being supported very well by Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton who has recently been announced as an all star. However they don’t have the experiece and would need Giannis to step up and unleash his best to have some chance of winning

Chance of winning-2%