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The Final Walk of the Wizard from Oz

May 20, 2011 by


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 […]

ICC: Incomprehensible, Contemptible, Clueless

April 7, 2011 by


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 […]

No Entry For The Non-Player?

March 20, 2011 by


A current Indian writer once commented on his favourite cricketer, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, thus: “He was the best expert commentator I’ve ever heard: sharp, sardonic and shrewd, but I’m glad he didn’t make it a living because it left my memories of him intact. I didn’t have to watch him age into a professional […]

Eden Gardens – Whose Loss Is It Anyway?

February 4, 2011 by


As soon as the news of ICC revoking the rights of Eden Gardens as a host venue for the upcoming world cup due to delays in construction and renovation came out, many folks expressed their disappointment at “one of the greatest cricketing venues of the world” being deprived of world cup matches. For those of […]

The Imperatives of Tragedy, or why Kallis isn’t great

January 27, 2011 by


It is sometimes difficult to fathom how truly awesome Woody Allen really is. Apart from the latter day paedo-incest charges against him, the man’s range is quite extraordinary. He started off as an outstanding stand-up comedian, but his true mark, as we all know, was made in films. It’s fascinating to see how many amazing […]

Dale Steyn – The Best in My Lifetime

January 20, 2011 by


Wholeheartedly agreeing with Dileep Premachandran’s article, I recently tweeted that I think Dale Steyn is the best fast bowler that I have seen since I started sentiently watching cricket (1990-present). The best???, some asked. Yes, THE best, I said. Better than Allan Donald, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, and Wasim Akram who are the other contenders […]

Don, daylight and the rest

January 16, 2011 by


[Update: 1/26/2011 Corrections were made after some errors were pointed out by the readers. The corrections are highlighted using superscript numbers. Thank you readers.] Comparisons are inevitable. It’s an integral part of a sports aficionado’s life. That’s what makes following sports more thrilling, sometimes even draining as was the case with me. A good part of my adolescence was […]

The Year That Was

January 12, 2011 by


I know it’s a bit dilatory to come up with something related to 2010 with the first week of new year already done but I guess I had to. Call it a formality or an urge to talk on it, I’ve picked 10 individual performances which stood out to me, along with couple of special […]

The Five Test Series Dream: A Practical Look

January 6, 2011 by


Image via Wikipedia I write this hours after the third test between India and South Africa ended in an anti-climactic draw, and the series was shared 1-1. It got me and some of my friends asking a what-if question that seemingly gets asked after almost every series – what if this had been a five […]

UDRS in its first 30 months: Consequences, Criticisms and Implications

December 30, 2010 by


The Umpire Decision Review System is a complex expert-technical apparatus designed for assisting on-field Umpires in International Cricket. It involves the use of a number of specific simulations – Hawkeye (or Virtual Eye), HotSpot, Super Slo-Motion and other video replay tools within a complex system of communications protocols involving On-field Umpires, Batsmen, Fielding Captains and […]