Sunday, September 13, 2009

Rodeos - The Champions

One of the things I enjoy doing since my childhood was playing cricket. Playing cricket has always given me immense satisfaction. When I came to US for my Master’s degree I thought I may never be able to play competitive cricket again. I was wrong. There are all kinds of cricket leagues in Arizona.

I joined the Phoenix 2020 hard cricket ball league and have been playing regularly for the last 4 seasons. Today we had the finals of the summer tournament and you know what – my team Rodeos has won the tournament. We beat the team Cobras by 2 wickets. This is the second victory this year. We are the defending champions for the winter tournament that spans for a period of six months from October to April. Here is the photo of winning Rodeos team.

I am fortunate to play with some great team players and this post is an appreciation for all my team mates.

Raja Ganesh

The “heart” of the team – Team Rodeos transformed the day he joined in this team. He is Kevin Pietersen for us when he goes to bat, McGrath when he bowls and Jonty Rhodes when he fields. A great athlete and a soccer player, he works at Sonic Wall in Phoenix.

Ramakrishnan Vaidyanathan

This guy thinks cricket, drinks cricket, eats cricket and sleeps cricket. To know the meaning of this above statement you may ask his wife. Recruiting manager of the team – the new players he picked was just amazing. May be Shah Rukh Khan can hire him in Kolkata Knight Riders when they go for the auction next time J. Other than playing cricket, you can see him at the ASU football games. Ramki as he we call him works at Cavalry Portfolios in Phoenix after graduating from ASU majoring in Industrial Engineering.

Mayilvahanam Sivanantham

A great team player who can bat anywhere in the order and can bowl a few overs here and there.

Encyclopedia of Tamil cinema – he may happily live without food or water for couple of days but cannot survive even an hour without browsing sify or rediff movie sites. Another Industrial Engineering graduate from ASU, he works with Mercer Health in Phoenix.

Padmakumar Gopalaswamy

Wicketkeeper of our team – rarely a ball went past him this tournament. While not playing cricket you could see him reading New York Times paper or reading about Middle East issues in which he has deep knowledge. Sleeping is his hobby and most of the time when he is at home you may just find him fully immersed in his hobby. An electrical engineering graduate from ASU, he now works with Trizetto Solutions in Phoenix.

Thirumurughan Bose

Captain cool; a good batsman who can win matches by himself on his day. His 100% record as captain is a proof of his leadership quality. Thiru works as a Water Resource Engineer in URS after completing his Masters in the same from Utah State University.

Vijesh Shetty

A fitness freak - trying hard to develop a “ten pack” and beat the “khans” of Bollywood in the war of “packs”. An allrounder, who has traits of Lance Klusener of South Africa, who on this day can beat any team with bat or ball or both.

Statutory Warning: Never talk to him while he is eating. He never even bothers to acknowledge you. This most eligible bachelor, works with Sonic Wall in Phoenix.

Hrushikesh Gandhi

Only guy in the team who cannot understand Tamil and most of the time he has to pick up what we are talking from couple of English words in each sentence. Any captain will be delighted to have him in their team. The reason – this guy can keep on bowling and bowling at constant pace with good line and length for ever. Gandhi is a student in W P Carey School of Business at ASU.


Another iron man of the team with great cricketing skills. Joined Rodeos this season along with Gandhi. A great team player who always has a smile on his face. Vidhyashankar is also a student in W P Carey School of Business at ASU.

Sebastian Albert

A good batsman and a fielder; during his free time you could see him in church and church related activities. Sabi graduated with his Masters degree in Computer Science from ASU and now working with RDH corporation in Phoenix.

Ram Chidambaram

A great revelation of this season. Bowled some “amazing’ overs to break some partnerships during few of the matches. Outside cricket he is our advisor in matters related to stock market. Ram graduated from ASU in 2003 with a Masters in Electrical Engineering and works with Freescale Semiconductors in Tempe. A great athlete, whose other passion is running half marathons and he has completed a few clocking good timings.

Praveen Raj

Only professional player in our team and believe me it is a treat to watch this guy play. Again any captain will be delighted to have him in the team. Praveen a graduate from ASU works with Sonic Wall in Phoenix.

Brijesh Nair

What should I tell about myself? The senior most player in the team not based on experience but on age. Seeing other team members play, have a feeling that it is time to call it a day.

I cherish all the moments I play with this team and these great players….Rodeos Rock.

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Blogger Sasireka said...

Congratulations Rodeos...Good Post Brijesh...

September 13, 2009 8:06 PM  
Blogger Sasireka said...

Congratulations Rodeos...Good Post Brijesh...

September 13, 2009 8:07 PM  
Blogger Rajaganesh said... ramki, u too started collecting player stats ha...

September 13, 2009 8:15 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

Congrats, Rodeo!!

September 13, 2009 8:53 PM  
Blogger jpk said...

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September 13, 2009 8:54 PM  
Blogger jpk said...

Congrats Rodeos...
It was very nice of Sabi to drop me back after I was involved in that wrong decision of his.. :)
All's well that ends well!!

September 13, 2009 8:56 PM  
Blogger Vikas said...

Congratulations Rodeos!!
Brijesh, I would have liked more comments about yourself.

September 13, 2009 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was a nice game to watch yesterday.. Good teamwork.. I don't think you should think about calling it a day.. You are still a great asset to the team when it comes to batting and fielding..

September 13, 2009 9:19 PM  
Anonymous sarath said...

i think this is your best post...without generalizations:P:P...congrats for the win !!

September 13, 2009 9:56 PM  
Blogger kartik said...

well......congratulations....good luck for next season...

September 13, 2009 10:33 PM  
Blogger Mani said...

As Brijesh has not told much about himself and come across way too humble, I volunteer myself to talk a bit about him. His passionate about cricket is so extreme that he once made a not-so-known ranji trophy player very emotional when he identified the player, when they were traveling in a train, by his name! He religiously follows every ranji team and have a mind-boggling stats at his fingertips. I have also noticed that he is very good at (with my limited knowledge about the game here) analyzing the technical aspects of the game. If you need further evidence, you should ask his wife what does "David Boon" mean to her! Congrats, Nair! I am sure you deserve your place.

September 14, 2009 1:18 AM  
Blogger rk78 said...

Adding to what Mani has said, we are proud to have you as a part of Rodeos team. let us keep this momentum going and have great memories to cherish in the future. Rodeos cannot demand for a better opener than NAIR BOON!!!

September 14, 2009 1:43 AM  
Blogger Ameet said...

Congratulations Rodeos !!
Great post Brijesh - but I don't agree with you on calling it a day. You are a good asset to your team, a great sports lover and you have passion for the Cricket - enjoy every moment of the game until something else takes priorities over it...
Great job organizing the tournament.

September 14, 2009 5:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Good One! You are correct-Mayil is the encyclopedia of Tamil Cinema! Only Mani can give him a run for this money.


September 14, 2009 5:48 AM  
Blogger Shankz said...

Adipoli cheta.. That was a amazing blog. Indeed an amazing team. I am so fortunate to be a part of this superb team that shows so much passion for cricket and team spirit.. Go Rodeos!!

September 15, 2009 2:15 AM  
Blogger Anand said...

CONGRATS Rodeos! amaazing to see Mr. Padmakumar (ahem...Ba***di!)in the cricket field. Keep it up guys!

September 15, 2009 8:03 PM  
Blogger thiru said...


Great blog nair...very interesting that u analayzed each individual personality !!! To add about nair's cricket skills he is very composed and calm while fielding and batting...he is so passonate about cricket that he even knows the players in the indian women's team...Congrats Rodeos and keep up the spirit.

September 16, 2009 2:37 PM  

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