Can’t buy a ticket for Sachin Tendulkar’s last match, one of the biggest matches in India’s cricket history?
The Mumbai Cricket Association put about 3,500 tickets on sale through a Web site, but the site crashed – and the tickets were not available to be sold at Wankhede for the test match on Wednesday against the West Indies.
But there’s an easy way to make sure you can be part of Tendulkar’s and Team India’s history: You can watch Tendulkar’s 200th and final test match of his 24-year career for free on Willow.tv by simply sending your first Xoom money transfer of $150 or more. And by doing just that, you can also watch all of Team India’s matches on Willow.tv for free the rest of the year.
Wankhede seats only 32,000, so the demand for tickets to see the “Little Master” end his test career far exceeds the capacity of the stadium.
Now, Xoom has teamed up with Willow.tv to make it easy to be part of history and give Tendulkar your own personal sendoff.
Nothing lasts forever, not even the history-soaked career of Sachin Tendulkar, the greatest cricket player India ever produced. The so-called ‘Little Master,’ Tendulkar, the only player to reach 100 international centuries, the highest Test run scorer of all time, is playing his last game – and going out in a blaze of glory.
Tendulkar, who is 40, said he’s calling it quits after Team India’s 2nd Test against the West Indies on Nov. 13 – the 200th Test match of his long career.
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Tendulkar’s last match ends a monumentally successful career that began 24 years ago and seen the popular, right-handed batsman score a record 100 centuries in Tests and ODIs since he made his debut for Team India in 1989.
Tendulkar, who has played cricket since he was 11, said he’s been more than fortunate, because it’s all he ever wanted to do.
“All my life, I have had a dream of playing cricket for India,” he told CNN. “I have been living this dream every day for the last 24 years.”
Yuvraj Singh isn’t just a powerful, 31-year-old left-handed batsman or a tricky bowler or one of Team India’s best players, he’s much more than that. India’s cricket fans recognize him for what he is – a role model and a hero. Not only because he’s starring in cricket, but also because he battled through three cycles of chemotherapy for a cancerous tumor in his left lung.
Singh’s cancer was discovered in 2011 and since then, he has become a leading crusader for cancer awareness. Doctors have told Singh that chances of the cancer returning are very slim and Singh is lending his voice in the mission to diminish the impact of cancer on everyone. In September, he helped the launch of a mobile cancer detection unit in Bangalore. Singh also attended a cancer awareness rally in Kolkata recently with Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala.
He said he was determined to come back to cricket.
“It is the passion to come back,” Singh said. “If you have the passion, you can come back. This is the reason I am back. Hopefully, I can play a few more years for the country.”
Singh’s talents, in support of Team India, may be on display when Team India plays its first test match against the West Indies on Nov. 5. Watch all of Team India’s matches on Willow TV for the rest of the year and all you have to do is send your first Xoom money transfer of $150 or more.
It is once again cricket as usual for Team India as it takes on Australia in the seventh and final One Day International (ODI) on Nov. 2 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The last match of Team Australia’s tour of India showcases two of cricket’s global powerhouses and should shine the direction of the spotlight back on the pitch, relegating to the background the spot-fixing scandal that led to lifetime bans for two players in September by the Board of Cricket Control in India. The scandal occurred in last year’s Indian Premier League.
Fans of Team India are celebrating the 30th anniversary this year of one of the biggest upsets in Cricket ODIs, the 1983 victory by Team India over the West Indies in the final of the World Cup.
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Captained by Mahendra Singh Dhonai and led by left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh, Team India is the reigning champion in the 50-over format, but has had its hands full with Australia, which is wrapping up its 24-day tour against Team India.
Tell us what you miss most about celebrating Diwali in India and enter for a chance to win $1,000
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Earlier this year, Xoom announced that NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) can use Xoom’s money transfer service to send bank deposits directly to their NRE (Non-Resident External) and NRO (Non-Resident Ordinary) bank accounts in India. NRIs can now send bank deposits within four hours to recipients with NRE/NRO accounts, with great locked-in exchange rates. Customers can visit Xoom.com/india for more information.
Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco and can be found online at www.xoom.com.
Post a Photo to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag: #xoomindia with Xoom’s Times Square Video in the background
Xoom is celebrating India Independence with a video featuring India’s biggest superstar and Xoom brand ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The Xoom video will appear on the Nasdaq Tower and Thomson Reuters screens in the heart of Times Square in New York City. Post a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win $1000.
People can post a photo or video on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of themselves posing with the Xoom video display on the Nasdaq Tower or Thomson Reuters screens. Use the hashtag #xoomindia and qualify for a chance to win a $1000 cash prize. The photo can showcase Amitabh Bachchan’s Xoom video (or any Xoom advertisement) and posted no later than August 19, 2013, 11:59 PM (PDT). Read full terms and conditions.
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Xoom is a digital money transfer provider, focused on helping consumers send money in a secure, fast and cost-effective way using a smartphone, tablet or computer. During the 12 month period ended June 30, 2013, Xoom’s more than 915,000 active customers sent more than $4.3 billion to family and friends in 30 countries. The company is headquartered in San Francisco.
Starting September 4, Raghuram Rajan will take over as head of India's central bank.
The former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund is now tasked with stabilizing the economy and preventing any serious problems from emerging, according to the Financial Times.
The changes might affect people who send money to friends and family in India, which has been described as the second fastest growing economy in the world by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Indian Express noted.
Despite economic concerns affected many nations, Chidambaram is confident about India's outlook.
"People should be confident…self confident and take bank loan to invest in farm sector, small industries, housing etc," he said at a bank function. "You should hope for bright tomorrow, and not worry about the slow down."
Chidambaram added that an economic slowdown has affected many countries, including the fastest growing one in the world – China.
Rajan is also confident in India's economy, and he believes that his organization has the means to help.
"We do not have a magic wand to make the problems disappear instantaneously, but I have absolutely no doubt we will deal with them," he told Reuters in an interview.
An online money transfer is a great way to help loved ones, and support the Indian economy.
Recently, the All India Football Federation, or AIFF, announced that the formation of a new style of football league was proceeding as planned.
In partnership with IMG-Reliance, the tournament will be similar to the nation's current cricket Indian Premier League, according to DNA India. The goal is to help boost the popularity of football in the country, and there will be eight new clubs formed starring 176 players, including some potentially big names.
Many people send money to friends and family in India, and perhaps catching a match, which will run between January 18 and March 30, is a great way to spend an afternoon.
The AIFF is already attracting some high profile buyers for its franchises, such as Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan, according to the Times of India. One city which is expected to add a team to the new league is Kolkata, which has attracted the attention of Shah Rukh.
While the short time span isn't expected to produce continued success for Indian football like the current I-league is doing, AIFF president, Praful Patel, hopes that it can increase viewership and attract more fans, according to NDTV Sports.
"Through this tournament we are looking for the popularization of Indian football and taking the game to the masses," Patel told reporters. "I league and this tournament will go hand-in-hand."
Ideally, the players for the new league will combine Indian football stars and overseas icons. While the I-league will retain its big names, many others could make an appearance in the tournament.
Patel expects any issues with players to be sorted out relatively easily, given that this is the inaugural year for the league. He told reporters that he doesn't think there will be any issue between the governing bodies in regards to the formation.
An online money transfer might provide a quick and easy method for taking in a sporting event, or managing finances for other aspects of daily life.
On July 26, 1982, famous actor Amitabh Bachchan was seriously injured performing a stunt on the set of his film Coolie. The Indian star, known for a number of classic movies and a long career in many facets of the entertainment industry, has since attributed August 2 – the day of his near-miraculous recovery – as his "second birthday."
An online money transfer is a great way to relieve daily financial stress, and many people who send money to family and friends in India could re-watch Coolie, and remember the film that changed Bachchan's life.
Recently, the star took to Twitter to remember the occasion, and said "T 1188 -So its past the midnight hour and many birthday wishes coming in for Aug 2 .. the day I lived again after 'Coolie' accident .."
The incident occurred when Bachchan was performing a stunt, and landed awkwardly on the edge of a table, according to the Times of India. He was quickly taken to Breach Candy Hospital, where he received an emergency splenectomy. He was so close to death during the ordeal, that when Bachchan returned to health, he celebrated the occasion as a second chance at life.
During the ordeal, many of the actor's fans, supporters and family took to the streets to pray a quick recovery, NDTV Movies noted.
As a sign of thanks, on August 1 Bachchan also tweeted: "T 1188 -What should be said on such occasions. The efficiency of the doctors at Breach Candy and the prayers of millions saved me."
Not surprisingly to many, Bachchan returned to the set of Coolie after his hospital stay, and finished filming, according to NDTV Movies. Once released, the movie had instant commercial success, like so many of the great actor's other movies. The many people who send money to India might be able to appreciate Bachchan's strength, and catch one of his films. Not only did he finish Coolie, the director re-wrote the ending to reflect the hurdles Bachchan overcame while making the movie.
Finding the perfect career can be difficult. Very few people have the opportunity to go to work and do what they love – and instead of accepting that fact – many Indian citizens are doing something about it. Across the country, more people are taking their careers into their own hands and becoming entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurial success in India is nothing new, and there has been a long history of people rising from humble beginnings and forging success on their own. Today, the country is trying to encourage more citizens to try to follow this same path. An online money transfer can be a wonderful method for financing a start-up, as well as daily personal expenses, and India is offering some great programs for the entrepreneur in everyone.
Starting a brand new business
People all across India have the desire to build something, and create a unique, original company. For example, Siddhartha Ahluwalia was an engineering student and intern, and one day he decided to enlist several of his friends to start their own company, according to CNN Money. He met a lot of motivated people at the Indian Institute of Management, or IIM-A, and others' drives and ambitions inspired his own.
"IIM-A is full of energy regarding entrepreneurship," Ahluwalia told the news source. "You meet a lot of new entrepreneurs."
Due to a lack of funding, the young student took to the streets to kick-start his company. Initially, he encountered resistance. Nearly a year after, he gave it another shot – and learned that public perception about entrepreneurs had shifted, CNN Money noted.
The more success other businessmen in India had, the more doors opened for younger boot-strappers like Ahluwalia.
Many people send money to loved ones in India, and support is always needed for any business venture.
Success from the ground up
Ahluwalia isn't the only entrepreneur from India. Others have tried, and many have succeeded. One such businessman is Gulam Noon – who started in a family business in Mumbai and ended up in charge of Noon Products with connections across multiple global markets, according to financial strategy firm Grant Thornton.
It took Noon five years to go from nothing to profits of nearly 16 million pounds, and his company – a supplier of frozen, ready-to-eat Indian meals – now employs 1,700 employees. Noon's tips for entrepreneurs include being brave and honest, as well as always trying to give back., Grant Thornton stated.
Noon also added that India offers many opportunities for entrepreneurs, and that people in the country are ready for the chance to create something.