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MS Dhoni: An Assured Level-5 Leader

April 16, 2011 by

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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 […]

Evolution of the Indian Cricket Fan in Me

April 12, 2011 by

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I ran around, got in group hugs, high-fived anyone and everyone. There was a feeling of euphoria washing over me, as if, I’d done the hardest thing that I have ever done, or will ever do. A sense of relief, a sense of accomplishment. The cool night breeze filling up my lungs further accentuated my […]

Welcome to the Greener Side

April 4, 2011 by

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The first time I realised my youth was over was in a dentist chair. It had nothing to do with the procedure, but a TV placed above it, where a news channel splashed blood-red graphics promising a special speech by the country’s military ruler. Musharraf had assumed power when I had just turned 16. When […]

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

March 29, 2011 by

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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 by

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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 […]

Prescribed Ettiquettes and Attitudes for TGME (The Greatest Match Ever)

March 26, 2011 by

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# 1: Please don’t make tiresome bullshit political analogies. Lazy bloggers, opportunistic Aman Ki Asha-ists and op-ed writers, we are looking at you. It takes the gloss away from this mighty cricket match. #2: This match will NOT defeat terrorism, nor it will root out any extremists on either side of the border. Also, keep […]

Final Countdown

March 23, 2011 by

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It might be a tragicomedy of epic proportions that India and Australia, the top 2 ranked teams in the rankings are playing each other in the QFs but who can they blame apart from themselves? While Group B was keenly contested, Group A lost much of its lustre after the Australia vs Sri Lanka game […]

With a Little Help from the Friends – II

February 16, 2011 by

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(Click here to read Part I) A scene that will never be erased from my cricketing consciousness. With his head tilted to look up and behind, running away from the pitch for quite some time, with eyes perfectly focused on the ball in its downward trajectory, India’s greatest athlete took the catch which would have […]

With a Little Help From the Friends – I

February 15, 2011 by

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I am going to let you in on a secret. Many people believe that India won the world cup due to a combination of talent, tenacity, self belief and a bit of luck. What they do not know is that to this mixture was added the magic of a few youth in the place called […]

India: The Moment is Now

February 8, 2011 by

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A 3-2 loss to South Africa in the recent ODI series should ostensibly put a dampener on Team India’s prospects in the World Cup. Coupled with injury worries, little or no match practice (and corresponding lack of match fitness) of the top order (Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir), Suresh Raina’s batting, a bowling […]