Buffering USA

June 11, 2011
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A few months ago, the West Indies took on Sri Lanka in a Test match in Colombo. This match was of such little commercial consequence that no major broadcaster bothered to cover it, and so the only transmission available was from the understandably ill-equipped Sri Lankan state TV. It would only be mild hyperbole to […]

The Final Walk of the Wizard from Oz

May 20, 2011
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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
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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
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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 […]

ICC: Incomprehensible, Contemptible, Clueless

April 7, 2011
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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 […]

Welcome to the Greener Side

April 4, 2011
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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
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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 […]