Monday, July 4, 2011

Ravi Shastri Goes To Wimbledon

In case you missed the Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic here's a recap. What makes this year’s Wimbledon so special is that our much esteemed, super talented, Multi-tasking, Multiple Question Asking Commentator God Ravi Shastri was at Wimbledon conducting proceedings. Here is the Hon-Her-Able Ravi Shastri’s legendary EPICNESS from Wimbledon.


Pre Match:

“Ravi : Ladies And Gentleman ,Welcome to this bright sunny afternoon here at the Wankhede...err....All England Lawn Tennis Club for what promises to be a cracker of a contest between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

Let's now go to Laxman Sivaramakrishnan for the pitch report. Take it away Siva

 Siva : Thanks Ravi! Yes, good afternoon one and all. The Curator of the All England Lawn Tennis Club told me that this is going to be an absolute belter of a track.

As you can see there's a lot of grass on it which is unusual even for a typical Wimbledon wicket. There are a lot of footmarks especially from the area where the serve is delivered. If the ball pitches in the rough areas then it will definitely trouble the player.

Take a look at these cracks. I think that these could be a factor especially after the new balls are taken while serving. Expect some help from the wind especially from the Chair Umpire's end for the second serve.

Back to you Ravi!

Ravi: Thanks Siva. We're ready for the toss now.

I've got both players here with me along with the Match Umpire and the mascot Jimmy.

Nadal to spin the coin and Djokovic will call.


And it's a Head. Nadal, Looks like You’ve won the toss. So what's it gonna be champ?

Nadal: I'll receive serve Ravi .Looks like a good track to receive serve

Ravi: Interesting decision Rafa, are you receiving because you're a good receiver?

Nadal: That's right Ravi. I think I've done well receiving and hopefully I can receive well today also

Ravi: Now last match we saw that you received well because as a receiver you've always been a good receiver who receives well

Nadal: Yes my receiving so far has been good and hopefully I can do the receiving well today also

Ravi: Absolutely, have a good one Rafa.

Nadal: Thanks a Lot Rav, Cheers!

Ravi: Good toss to lose Novak? What would you have done had you won the toss?

Djokovic: I think I too would have received Ravi but after looking at the court I think it's not that bad a toss to lose so I don't mind receiving or serving

Ravi: Serving first up, you’ll be hoping to make the new ball count wouldn't you?

Djokovic: Absolutely Ravi, Nadal plays the new ball well so I have to serve tight and make sure he doesn't get too much room on the offside.

Ravi: Also you being right handed and Rafa being left handed makes for an interesting right hand- left hand combination doesn't it?

Djokovic: Definitely.

Ravi: Best of luck Novak.

Djokovic: Thanks Mate, Cheers

Ravi: That’s the toss folks. The News from the Centre is that Rafael Nadal has won the toss and elected to receive first.”

Post Match:

“Ravi: Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to the post match presentation ceremony. What an amazing and absorbing day of Cricket Tennis we've had! I'm sure each and everyone of us has thoroughly enjoyed this blazing display of Tennis put on by both players.

In the presentation party with me today standing to the corner on my left

- The Duke of Kent, His Royal Highness Prince Edward
-  Actor, Film Person and Entrepreneur - Mr. Sunil Shetty

- The Chairman, CEO and Managing Director, Karbonn Mobiles, Mr. Ratnesh Thakur
- Representing the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, General Secretary Mr. Roland Garros

And last but not the least, here to present the trophy and the winners cheque, Her Excellency, The Duchess Of Kent, Her Royal Highness Katharine

First up I'd like to call the losing player for today, Rafael Nadal

Ravi: Rafa it was a hard fought match, you nearly got there but in the end the better player won

Nadal: First of all congrats to Djokovic on playing so well and winning the match. All credit goes to him for the way he played.

Ravi: You were in control of the first few games but after that it started to slip away...

Nadal: Yeah, He played well. I was serving well but he also returning also very well and when the time came for me to return his serve he was able to serve better and so that cost me the match in the end.

Ravi: Now you mentioned the serving, you think the new ball in the first one hour was crucial because that's when most of the damage happened?

Nadal: Yeah.I think he served really well and my shot selection was not so good and that’s why I was unable to capitalize even on the loose balls that he was serving here and there.

Ravi: So where do you go from here?

Nadal: I think Ravi I've just got to keep on improving and get better. Hopefully in the next Wimbledon I'll be able to make fewer mistakes and win more matches for my country.

Ravi: Thanks a lot Rafa and good luck for the next match.

Nadal: Thanks Rav, Cheers

Ravi: May I now call upon the winner of the match, Novak Djokovic

He'll receive the Winners cheque and trophy from Her Excellency the Duchess of Kent

Congrats on winning the match and becoming the new champion Novak, how are you feeling right now?

Novak: Thanks Ravi, yeah it feels great, it’s awesome!

Ravi: When I spoke to Rafa earlier he said that you were serving really well, what do you think is the reason for that?

Novak: I’ve been working hard on my game with the Coach and support staff team members so I was able to stick to the plans and glad it worked out for me.

Ravi: You were able to stick to a tight line and length and even your fitness was good. Have you been working on those too?

Novak: Yes, at this level your fitness must be good so I've been going to the gym regularly and training with Munaf Patel so that has really helped as well

Ravi: One final question before I let you go. Will there be a big party tonight?

Novak: WELL, OF COURSE!!!!

Ravi: Thanks for joining us Novak and Congrats on the win.

NOVAK: Thanks Rav, Cheers!

Ravi: And that concludes our presentation folks. Hope you've enjoyed the wonderful entertainment from both players. I’d like to thank the presentation party once again for joining us. That’s it from the presentation area! Goodnight!”

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