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No Entry For The Non-Player?

March 20, 2011 by

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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 […]

India-South Africa: Denouncing the Fallacies

January 8, 2011 by

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Disclaimer- This is not about why India should be top ranked but why this series result isn’t enough to take it away from them. The ranking points do indicate they are #1 but in the living rooms people may think otherwise and this post is meant to counter that. Fallacy #1 – India shouldn’t be top ranked […]

Test Cricket Under Threat

January 7, 2011 by

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No. This is not another piece about crowds, kids’ attention-spans, Twenty20 etc etc etc. Test cricket’s existence has been precarious since 1877 and it’s still with us, so it’ll survive. This threat to Test cricket is related to all the familiar villains (and there’s plenty more where those mentioned above came from), but it’s not […]

The Five Test Series Dream: A Practical Look

January 6, 2011 by

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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 […]

A Day of Cricket to Regale Grandkids With

January 4, 2011 by

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Decades from now, when I am an insufferable old codger, I’ll occasionally grab my grandkids by the elbow (like Uncle Leo from Seinfeld) and ramble on about test cricket. Today’s 3rd day of play of the Capetown test between India and South Africa is bound to come up most of those times. For today was […]

Ten Ways to Improve Test Cricket

December 30, 2010 by

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It’s 30 overs per session of Test cricket, so bowl them and count every ball beyond the scheduled 120 minutes (adjusted by the Third Umpire for unavoidable delays) as a “time no ball” that counts as a legitimate delivery, but goes down in the book as an extra to the batting side. We wouldn’t see […]

England Number One? Hardly.

December 11, 2010 by

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The ICC Cricket Rankings have been a major talking point ever since Australia began their decline two years ago. India were the first to beat them since the 2005 Ashes. Then South Africa became the first side to beat Australia in Australia since the West Indies in 1992/93. Australia bounced back with a win in […]