..And a sudden step backwards

After the first game between India and the West-Indies, I was pretty certain that the Boys-in-Blue would win out the series 3-2, if not 4-1.  A 1-4 defeat was certainly not something anyone would have imagined. But that is the way of things.  India’s chance of pulling ahead in their ODI record has been dealt a blow.  They are now 4 games down, having won 296 and lost 300 games.  Admittedly, this is not a major record at all.  I’ve not seen any of the media companies supporting this wondrous occasion.  But then again, they are not as hard core fans that I am.  They just report the news.

Now, the reason for this loss…?  I put it down to inexperience.  Apart from Dravid, the only other member of the ODI squad that had toured the Caribbean before was Harbajhan Singh – not really “senior” material in the team.  Ganguly, Kumble, Tendulkar, and Laxman were all missing in the name of youth.  Breeding youngsters is certainly required, but this time it went too far.  After picking Robin Uthappa for the series, the management decided to open with Dravid for the first 4 games.  This left the middle order looking very weak.  Yuvraj Singh was the only batsman that could be counted on and as usual was his splendid self. Many seasons ago, I game him my vote as the future captain of India and if he continues in this vein, he will certainly be at the helm in 3-4 years.  I was surprised that Kaif came good with 3 fifties, but he played far too slowly and with too much trepidation to be reliable at number 5 or 6.  Venugopal Rao and RP Singh were the other two players who were given only one game.  While it’s obvious that out of a 15 man squad 4 get to sit out every game, a little more experience in the middle order could’ve been used.  Dhoni, Raina, Pathan and Powar were the other middle order batsman who did very little in the series.

The bowling was decent.  Agarkar, the much maligned Mumbai boy who has potential but doesn’t show it often enough, was outstanding.  He had 9 wickets at 18 a piece, with an economy rate of under 4.  Harbhajan bowled well for no wickets.  He did keep the runs at bay, however.  Pathan was surprisingly ineffective while Sreesanth, Munaf Patel and RP Singh did nothing to show that they deserved to be in the national team.  Once again, this bowling side reeks of immaturity.

This lack of experience is what cost us the series, in hindsight.  I’m sure plenty will disagree and I’d be happy to hear other points of view.  I’m just glad that Kumble and Laxman will be joining the team for the test series.  If the ODIs were anything to go by, one can expect plenty of excitement and some tight finishes.

Forging ahead, one game at a time

Few people may realise this, but India’s victory over the West Indies in the first ODI today marks a historic occasion.  It is the first time ever that India has won an equal number of ODIs as they have lost.  This gives them, for the first time ever, a win-loss record of 50%.  The current record is Played 618, Won 296, Lost 296, Tie 3, No Result 24.  It has been a long climb up for the Indian ODI side. This victory also marks Dravid’s 12th ODI century, and the teams 17th consecutive win while batting second.  I have no doubt, that at the current rate, India stand a good chance of topping the rankings going into the next world cup.  From Azhar, to Ganguly, to Dravid, the Indian of the 90s and 2000s has shown marked improvement, from their leaders to the newcommers.  Here is to another 296 wins for India!

This information has been researched from Statsguru on CricInfo.

More Bangalore Rants…

I was forwarded this link by a friend.  The story is pretty unbelievable but sounds quite true.  I agree with the premise of the author.  The fear of police in Bangalore needs to be thrown out the window.  They have always been, and always will be rubbish.  I’ve got stories about the police that would make one shudder.

15 Minutes of Fame

So I had my 15 minutes of fame at Drexel University, courtsey The Triangle (the weekly student newspaper at DU.) This of course makes the assumption that The Triangle is famous. Anyway, I was featured in the paper as a part of the “Graudating Student Profile.” I had the entire 4th page dedicated to me. I’m going to try and replicate it here, picture and all. The article itself can be found here. I hope I’m not violating any copyrights or anything, because the article is about me, afterall. I’m also dedicating the source. All credit goes to The Triangle, the author of the piece Abigail Raymond and the photographer Mellisa Ronan.


Graduating Senior Profile: College of Information Science and Technology

Abigail Raymond

Posted: 4/28/06

Prior to 2001, graduating senior Krishna Srinivasan had never stepped foot in the United States.

Srinivasan will be graduating in June as a part of the accelerated B.S.-M.S. program with his B.S. in information systems and his M.S. in software engineering.

He is an international student from Bangalore, India, and was attracted to the University because of its co-op program. His reason for coming to Philadelphia was his origin from a city and the desire “to keep that big city atmosphere.” The only other school he seriously considered was the University of Miami.

Early in high school, after taking a few computer-related courses, Srinivasan decided that he wanted to work in the computer industry, and chose information systems based on reading the program description in the University’s catalog.

During his time at the University, Srinivasan participated in two co-op experiences. His first co-op involved database and scripting work with Flint Ink in Ann Arbor, Michigan, a job which he found through an independent search. It was the first time that he has left Philadelphia, and he enjoyed the “small town atmosphere.”

“I was more than happy to get out of here for a bit and see a new place, experience new people,” Srinivasan said.

His second co-op experience was in Newtown Square, Pa. with SAP America, a German business software company. SAP is the third-largest software company in the world. At this job, he performed tasks such as scripting and database work but had an increased level of customer interaction, which Srinivasan particularly enjoyed.

“That was a fantastic work experience, mainly because SAP is a huge company,” Srinivasan said. “Working in that environment, where you know you’re contributing to a company that has a global presence, is a good feeling.”

The most rewarding part of his co-op experiences was working with large multinational corporations such as Flint and SAP.

“I [like] working in an environment where you’re interacting with people around the world around the clock,” Srinivasan said. “There were times when I’d be on conference calls with people across the country and across the world, which was really interesting.”

After graduation, Srinivasan will be working with Deloitte Consulting in Glen Mills, Pa. as a consultant and an incoming systems analyst. He found the position through a career fair held at the University this past fall.

It was as a result of his co-op experiences that Srinivasan realized he wanted to work in consulting.

“With my two co-op experiences, by the end of my six months there, I found myself getting very restless doing the same thing repetitively, over and over again,” Srinivasan said. “And with consulting, the fantastic thing is that you work on a project six months or nine months, and then it’s time to get moved on to a different project, a new project, and get started again. That’s the nature of the consulting business in general and there tends to be a lot of traveling involved, which I think I won’t get bogged down or bored by.”

Within the IST program, those in the B.S. program take about two or three IS courses per term. These students must also take various courses in humanities and behavioral science as well as introductory math and science freshman year.

IS courses are heavily lecture-based and include many projects and papers that require independent research. The more hands-on projects come later in the curriculum.

Freshman year is mostly introductory courses, which explain the fundamentals of IS and also set the basis for areas such as human-computer interaction and software systems design. In their sophomore year, students get more into the specifics of systems design, databases and human-computer interaction. In their pre-junior year, students get to choose a more concentrated line of coursework, although it is not an official concentration. Srinivasan chose to focus on database-related coursework.

Since Srinivasan was a part of the B.S.-M.S. program, his coursework during the last two years varied from other students. He accomplished in four years what most in the major do in five. Junior year was culminated by Srinivasan’s senior design project, and senior year was spent concentrating on his master’s courses.

“I think being in the program itself was quite a challenge, trying to cope with both undergraduate and graduate classes at the same time,” Srinivasan said.

Deciding to take the B.S.-M.S. program was a demanding, yet rewarding, experience, and one that he recommends to incoming students.

“The program was definitely an excellent way to add to my credibility and marketability, and it has.”

Srinivasan’s favorite part of the IST curriculum is his senior project because it recalled everything he has learned in the curriculum during his time at the University. Some of Srinivasan’s most enjoyable coursework has been the sociology courses taken for electives through the criminal justice department, which examined computer and internet crimes and forged a connection between technology and law.

While Srinivasan wishes that the major was better concentrated to focus on I.S.-related courses, he understands the benefit of having a broad range of knowledge.

“One of the features of this program is that it prepares you for a wide variety of things,” Srinivasan said. “There’s no main single concentration. It has given me the options to move in different directions as I see fit.”

Srinivasan was the president of the Drexel Cricket Club during his pre-junior and junior years, and will remain a member until his graduation. When he first came to the club, it was not doing well; there were few participants, very little funding and the team played very few games. Srinivasan, along with his friend Sameer Mehta, helped get the club back into motion. They now play tournaments every fall and spring, winning a couple last year, and play against schools such as the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Haverford College and Lehigh University.

Srinivasan is also heavily involved with Drexel University Student Technicians. He has been involved with DUST since his freshman year and is now a senior technician. Srinivasan’s duties include training new employees, designing and planning for events, and implementing organizational policies.

“That’s a job I enjoy a lot because that’s very hands-on; you get to work with speakers, cables, wires and sound boards,” Srinivasan said.

Srinivasan would like to stay in the United States for four or five more years before returning to India.

Mehta expressed confidence in Srinivasan’s talents and abilities.

“Krishna has maximized his time here at Drexel,” Mehta said. “He is gaining two degrees and yet he has been keenly involved in other activities on campus, including the Drexel Cricket Club and DUST. Despite the pressures on his time, he has rarely been flustered and this has been due to a very keenly evolved sense of time management and prioritization. I have no doubt that he will be a success in his forthcoming endeavors at Deloitte Consulting.”

Rosina Weber, an associate professor in the CoIST, has taught Srinivasan in three courses.

“He is brilliant, he is extremely dedicated, an excellent student and a very nice person as well,” Weber said.

Jojo John, a senior in the same program as Srinivasan, commends his ambition.

“Krishna’s hard work and merit at Drexel is indicative of his drive from competition,” John said. “However, what makes his competitive drive so unique is that he is his own greatest competitor. Constant self-assessment and an introspective attitude is what makes him the constantly self-improving individual he is today.”