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Who is the Fake IPL Player? Its Anupam Mukerji.

Update: 28 August 2010

The Identity of the Fake IPL Player has finally been revealed.

Anupam Mukerji revealed his identity on the Times Now news channel today.

As predicted, he turned out to be a nobody with plenty of free time.

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The mystery author of the Fake IPL Player blog is not a cricketer.

My guess is that he isn’t even present in South Africa. He is most likely an intelligent journalist but could easily be a recently “pink-slipped” IT chap with loads of free time sitting in the US. This isn’t a money-making blog as there are no Google Ads on the blog though it takes just 2 minutes to start Google Ads on Blogger.

If he isn’t in South Africa, then how does he get his “information”?  He either makes up the story using already published news articles or probably through a “source” who could be one of hundreds of small time journalists covering the IPL in South Africa. These journalists travel from city to city ,  cover many teams and have lots of access to information most of which is hardly “secret” info and available to thousands of cricket fans. The content in the blog posts (especially the dressing room stuff) is pure conjecture & guesswork built on easily available info anyways. Any cricket fan in India who saw the pre-IPL press conference with Buchanan and Ganguly, can see that former Indian captain is irritated by Buchanan. Anyone who saw KKR matches can find out that there is no unity in the team. Very similar to the Indian National team under Greg Chappell during the world cup in West Indies!!!

If the Fake IPL Player is indeed a journalist, then it is highly probable that the journalist is a Bengali (and belongs to a Calcutta based Bengali or English newspaper) and most likely he is pretty pissed at Ganguly being insulted & snubbed by Buchanan and SRK by removing him as captain. I would be furious too, as Ganguly is India’s most successful captain in history and has the respect of almost entire cricketing fraternity in India. And the lesser said about John Buchanan the better.  Just ask Shane Warne about Buchanan. McCullum hasn’t even captained a provincial New Zealand squad, leave alone international teams. Almost nobody in India likes John Buchanan I guess. If SRK has even half a cricketing brain he would immediately make Ganguly not only the sole Captain but also the Coach of Knight Riders (like Shane Warne for Rajasthan Royals).

Of course the content of the blog isn’t of the same quality as compared to the Fake Steve Jobs blog written by a Forbes journalist, but in its own way its pretty entertaining and completely harmless if the reader’s understand it is pure fiction.

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Blue-Ray beats HD DVD in the format war

Finally… after losing the VHS vs Betamax format war to Matsushita in the 70s, Sony has bounced back to win the high definition DVD war with Toshiba. Sony learned from its earlier mistake of ignoring “content” for “technology”. Everyone knows that Betamax was a better video tape format than VHS. But VHS got the nod of Hollywood! And once content flood the markets, VHS sales just sizzled. (It also got a boost from the porn industry!).

This time, Sony did the right deals with Hollywood and the last nail on HD-DVD was Time Warner going ahead with Blue Ray, leading to Wal-Mart dumping HD-DVD in favour fo Blue-ray discs in its stores. While “Content” was king in the 80s, the late 90s brought in the era of “Distribution”. You can’t sell what you can’t distribute, and consumers can’t buy what they can’t get! Its as simple as that. And when the earth’s largest retail store, Wal-Mart decides to stock only Blue-Ray, then Toshiba must wind up HD DVD asap!

Anyways, it’s good for consumers that one format has one, as it has saved billions of dollars of economic waste in stocking two formats. Soon all Laptops, XBOs, Wiis, Playstations, DVD pplayers can all have one format.

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