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Top Cricket From The Second Tier

April 14, 2013


With International Cricket taking a short hiatus as the IPL gets underway, those keeping an eye on events in Windhoek were treated to a cracker of a match. Namibia’s Intercontinental Cup clash with the Netherlands paid fitting tribute to the ambition and talent of both teams. A classic to-and-fro match kept secret the winner until […]

Defending the Dutch

June 5, 2012


Criticism, of course, always entails success. The Netherlands, so often whipping boys in the Clydesdale Bank 40, have finally found the form that has been lurking for a few years now. And so after another comprehensive victory yesterday, the Dutch sit 6 points clear at the top of pool A and now the dissenting voices […]

Sitting on the Fence

August 30, 2011


“The time is coming where you have to choose between what is easy, and what is right” – Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It didn’t take a rocket scientist – or a banking executive – to figure out that Australian cricket has both structural and talent issues.  A 4-1 thumping in […]

What The Matrix?

August 25, 2011


Jarrod Kimber is the Editor of Spin Cricket and also half of the double act The Two Chucks. And that is while he is not authoring best-selling books and taking the mickey out of anyone and anything over at Cricket With Balls. Jarrod agreed to share his views on the recently released Argus report that […]

‘Excessive Turn’ and Other Punchlines

July 24, 2011


It’s very easy to cry conspiracy when decisions made by a governing body go against the team you support. Despite it being more often than not wide of the mark, in Hampshire’s case it could be claimed that the 8 point deduction for a ‘poor’ (note the use of inverted commas) pitch imparted by the […]

The Final Walk of the Wizard from Oz

May 20, 2011


A couple of weeks ago, Shane Warne announced via his twitter account that this IPL season would be the last season of professional cricket for him. With that comes to an end one of the most fascinating chapters of a sportsman. His career has been plagued with scandals starting with his dealing with bookies, a […]

MS Dhoni: An Assured Level-5 Leader

April 16, 2011


I remember the day very clearly. It was the 8th of November 2008. A Saturday. It was the third day of the final Test match of the series (at Nagpur) between India and Australia. I had watched the most gripping session of Test cricket in my Melbourne home. Having commenced the day on 189 for […]

ICC: Incomprehensible, Contemptible, Clueless

April 7, 2011


The International Cricket Council (ICC) is, by its own assertion, “an international organisation with a global focus and acts at all times without prejudice, fear or favour”. If you want to giggle a bit more, there is also some spiel about wanting to build bridges between “continents, countries and communities”. But in announcing the composition […]

A Not-So-Much-A-Preview Preview of the India-Pakistan World Cup Semifinal

March 29, 2011


Right, it’s almost here. It’s only a matter of hours. The Greatest Match Ever (TGME), The Mother of All Games! And, if you believed what you saw on desi TV, the war that will prevent any future wars! There have been several well thought out previews of this game and there is almost no way […]

Sachin Tendulkar and The Clutch Conundrum

March 29, 2011


Three years ago, I spent an evening with a couple of passionate Indian sports fans in a pub in Chicago. A couple of drinks down the line, the conversation veered towards Sachin Tendulkar and that’s pretty much where it remained for the rest of the evening. While all three of us were in complete agreement […]