Did Shah Rukh Khan pay heed to numerologist Sanjay B Jumaani’s warnings? Or else, why did he feel compelled to remove the city name ‘Kolkata’ from his Knight Riders team’s logo?
There is certainly more to this, than what meets the eye, especially if the Knight Riders’ coach, John Buchanan’s shocking revelation that Ganguly could be replaced with in-form McCullum is to be taken seriously.
So did the Badshah of Bollywood do this to try and turn his spate of bad luck, considering the fact that Jumaani clearly sounded off his (correct) prophesies on the same? In the first year of IPL, Jumaani had gone on record to say that Kolkata Knight Riders didn’t add up well, but sans ‘Kolkata’, just ‘Knight Riders’ added up to an auspicious number, as it totaled to the number 1 of the powerful Sun. Explaining further, Jumaani maintained that Sourav, a # 8, was far from lucky for SRK, as even in the past, this number has not been too good for the Badshah.
Says Jumaani, “On November 2, SRK had entered his 44th year, and 4+4 = 8, represents Saturn (Shani). Unfortunately, as predicted, it didn’t auger well for SRK what with his shoulder injury keeping him out of action for months and his Billu not faring well too at the BO. “We had, in fact, earlier warned him not to release Asoka on the 26th. He did, and the film bombed,” recalls the numerologist.
According to Jumaani, his association with # 8, Sourav Ganguly (08/07) who captained Knight Riders, wasn’t too fruitful. “In fact, right at the beginning, we had warned that the colour black used for their team jersey wasn’t auspicious as it is also the hue of the same Saturn, # 8, and generally a colour of mourning in many communities. In fact, another team sporting the same colour that has never ever made it in the big league, is New Zealand. It has, on so many occasions, despite playing well, not managed to win a major tournament, leave alone the World Cup.”
Now that SRK’s team is using only Knight Riders in its logo, Jumaani says, “Our next suggestion to the team would be to also change the black colour of its outfits. And Sourav should wear jersey No 24 (that we had recommended earlier too), which did him a world of good in the World Cup as he scored three centuries then, being the only player in any World Cup, along with Mark Waugh, to achieve this honour.”
But, what went wrong with Sourav and his coach once again? Having just recovered from the Greg Chappel spat, he is up again in a face-off with someone from his own camp! Informs Jumaani, “Born on 08/07/1972, Sourav is governed by # 8, Saturn (Shani), # 2, Moon and # 7, Neptune, and his zodiac sign is Cancer. Two others who have captained India successfully have also been Cancerians. And they are Sunil Gavaskar (10/07) and Dhoni (07/07). Hence, coach John Buchanan’s claim that he is not a good captain does not hold water, at least as per numerology, and also not to forget the fact that Sourav has been one of India’s most successful captains.”
He goes on to say, “The combination of such numbers makes Cancerians quite creative and unconventional in their approach. However, like their symbol of the crab, which never walks consistently, such people are subject to sudden upheavals too. They are also quite moody in nature, as the Moon affects their mind, just as it causes high and low tides in the oceans. In Sourav’s case, Saturn (# 8) often makes him misunderstood, and hence politics is not his cup of tea. Controversies usually surround the number 8s. Being a ‘Water’ sign as he is a Cancerian, Sourav had great difficulties with Greg Chappel earlier, who is a ‘Fire’ sign, being a Leo (07/08). Fire and Water can hardly stay together; no wonder then that John Buchanan is a Fire sign too, like all Arians (05/04/1953)! We know that Dada is currently in his 37th year and 3+7 = 1, of the Sun, and it is amongst his best numbers. Lakhs of people worship the mighty Sun. Sourav’s decision to retire gracefully from the Indian team had been timed well, in this sense. In fact, Dhoni won the best player internationally for ICC now when he’s in his 28th year, and 28=1.”
MUMBAI: Kingsmead in Durban will host 16 of the 59 DLF-IPL Season II matches to be held in South Africa from April 18 to May 24. The opening ceremony will be held in Newlands, Cape Town, on April 18, which will be followed by two opening matches between last year’s winner Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers, Bangalore and Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.
These two games will feature South African captain Graeme Smith, Morne Morkel, Tyron Henderson (all Rajasthan Royals), Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher, Dale Steyn (all Royal Challengers, Bangalore), Jean-Paul Duminy (Mumbai Indians), Albie Morkel and Makhaya Ntini (Chennai Super Kings).
The other South Africans in the RCB squad are Dillon Du Preez and Roelof van der Merwe.
The opening ceremony will be held in Newlands, Cape Town Kingsmead in Durban will host 16 matches
Schedule: All times IST (GMT + 0530)
April 18: Opening ceremony followed by Rajasthan Royals v Royal Challengers and Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings (Newlands, Cape Town).
April 19: Kolkata Knight Riders v Deccan Chargers (Newlands, Cape Town); Delhi Daredevils vs Kings XI Punjab (Newlands, Cape Town).
April 20: Royal Challengers v Chennai Super Kings (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth)
April 21: Rajasthan Royals v Mumbai Indians (Kingsmead, Durban); Kolkata Knight Riders v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban).
April 22: Delhi Daredevils v Chennai Super Kings (Kingsmead, Durban); Royal Challengers v Deccan Chargers (Newlands, Cape Town).
April 23: Kolkata Knight Riders v Rajasthan Royals (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
April 24: Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers (Wanderers, Johannesburg).
April 25: Kolkata Knight Riders v Chennai Super Kings (Newlands, Cape Town); Deccan Chargers v Mumbai Indians (Kingsmead, Durban).
April 26: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab (Newlands, Cape Town); Royal Challengers v Delhi Daredevils (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
April 27: Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians (Newlands, Cape Town); Chennai Super Kings v Deccan Chargers (Kingsmead, Durban).
April 28: Delhi Daredevils v Rajasthan Royals (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
April 29: Mumbai Indians v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban); Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban).
April 30: Delhi Daredevils v Deccan Chargers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Rajasthan Royals v Chennai Super Kings (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria);
May 1: Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab (Buffalo Park, East London); Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban).
May 2: Rajasthan Royals v Deccan Chargers (Wanderers, Johannesburg); Chennai Super Kings v Delhi Daredevils (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
May 3: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban); Kings XI Punjab v Kolkata Knight Riders (Buffalo Park, East London).
May 4: Deccan Chargers v Chennai Super Kings (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
May 5: Delhi Daredevils v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban); Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals (Kingsmead, Durban).
May 6: Mumbai Indians v Deccan Chargers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
May 7: Kings XI Punjab v Chennai Super Kings (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Royal Challengers v Rajasthan Royals (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
May 8: Delhi Daredevils v Mumbai Indians (Buffalo Park, East London).
May 9: Deccan Chargers v Kings XI Punjab (Outsurance Park, Bloemfontein); Chennai Super Kings v Rajasthan Royals (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
May 10: Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils (Buffalo Park, East London); Royal Challengers v Mumbai Indians (Wanderers, Johannesburg).
May 11: Deccan Chargers vs Rajasthan Royals (Outsurance Park, Bloemfontein).
May 12: Royal Challengers vs Kolkata Knight Riders (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
May 13: Deccan Chargers v Delhi Daredevils (Kingsmead, Durban).
May 14: Mumbai Indians v Rajasthan Royals (Kingsmead, Durban); Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers (Kingsmead, Durban).
May 15: Kings XI Punjab v Delhi Daredevils (De Beers Diamond, Oval, Kimberley).
May 16: Chennai Super Kings v Mumbai Indians (Wanderers, Johannesburg); Deccan Chargers v Kolkata Knight Riders (St. George’s Park, Port Elizabeth).
May 17: Rajasthan Royals v Delhi Daredevils (De Beers Diamond Oval, Kimberley); Kings XI Punjab v Deccan Chargers (Wanderers, Johannesburg).
May 18: Chennai Super Kings v Kolkata Knight Riders (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
May 19: Delhi Daredevils v Royal Challengers (Wanderers, Johannesburg).
May 20: Chennai Super Kings v Kings XI Punjab (Kingsmead, Durban); Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders (Kingsmead, Durban).
May 21: Deccan Chargers v Royal Challengers (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria); Mumbai Indians v Delhi Daredevils (Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria).
May 22: Semifinal 1 at Supersport Park, Centurion, Pretoria.
May 23: Semifinal 2 at Wanderers, Johannesburg.
May 24: Closing ceremony followed by final (Wanderers, Johannesburg).
They were due to return to Mumbai, where their tour began three weeks ago, on December 16 ahead of the second and final Test starting three days later.
England had been scheduled to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace, one of two luxury hotels attacked by bands of gunmen, reportedly looking for foreign targets.
The second of the two Tests was scheduled to be played in Mumbai from December 16 and the visiting team was to stay at the Hotel Taj which was also targeted by terrorists.
Team spokesman Andrew Walpole said the squad would take advice from Britain’’s Foreign Office before deciding whether to proceed with the remainder of the tour. We will be guided by the Foreign Office and will await developments, foxsports.com quoted Walpole as saying.
Meanwhile, Cricket Australia has cancelled plans for Western Australia and Victoria to travel to India for next week’’s Champions Twenty20 League because of the deadly terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
“It is an evolving situation and we are taking security advice from a number of different sources, as we always do,” he said. “We are hoping to take it forward in the very near future and have a further statement later this evening.
“We asked BCCI to consider cancelling the sixth and seventh one-day internationals. We are grateful for their co-operation to that effect.
“I read a report this morning that we had asked to cancel the Test series. I would refute those claims. We did not request the cancellation of the Test series. Whenever England go to play cricket we have security advice and we act on that advice.
“At the moment we are awaiting a further security report. If we are then told that it’s safe to continue with the Test series then that’s what we will do.”
This afternoon, Lalit Modi, the vice-president of the BCCI, said he thought the Test series, which begins in Ahmedabad on December 11, would go ahead despite the attacks although he admitted the second Test in Bombay would be have to be moved.
“The two Test matches are going on, the only issue is that the Mumbai test will be moved,” he said. “In the next hour or so I will try to schedule that in another location. Chances are it will be somewhere in the south of India but we need to see which venues are available.”
Although confusion surrounds any new schedule, Modi does not think the tour will be extended. “That will not be necessary as the Champions League Twenty20 has been postponed so we have an additional 10 days in between,” he added
Earlier, Morris met N Srinivasan, the BCCI secretary, before briefing the players with Reg Dickason, the security officer who travels with the squad. The India team are staying at the same hotel, which is being heavily guarded by armed police outside the main gate. Inside, James Anderson was strumming a guitar, Paul Collingwood was playing table tennis and Owais Shah and Ravi Bopara were competing at pool.
Indian television was still reporting that the tour has been cancelled even after the ECB said that they will remain here for a further day. With the second Test in Mumbai – and the team due to stay at the Taj Palace Hotel targeted by the terrorists – there will have to be, at the very least, a change to the itinerary.
The Professional Cricketers’ Association today insisted the wellbeing of the players was paramount.
“The safety of the players is absolutely paramount in this whole thing,” Dougie Brown, cricket chairman of the PCA, said. “The game of cricket is insignificant when people’s lives are at threat.
“We can only judge if someone’s life is at threat from what we are seeing and it is not a safe place for visiting cricketing teams to be at the moment. “Is this just going to be in Mumbai? Who knows? The main thing is we have to look after the security of our players.
“Can the safety of our players be guaranteed? On the basis of what we have seen in the last few hours, no.”
England have their own security experts as part of their entourage but Brown hinted concern among the squad for their own safety would be inevitable.
“We are just cricketers and simply get told what to do,” Brown added. “But the England players will be meeting and talking amongst themselves. I can guess as to what they are thinking about now.
“You can’t be locked in a room in India for six weeks and, as we have seen, being locked in a hotel room might not necessarily be safe anyway.”
At least 100 people have been killed in coordinated attacks by Islamist militants in India’s commercial capital of Bombay.