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 […]

Sachin Tendulkar and The Clutch Conundrum

March 29, 2011
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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
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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 […]

Ireland: What If?

March 25, 2011
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When the story of the 2011 World Cup comes to be recounted in Irish cricketing circles, one result will surely take on a legend of its very own. Defeating England by three wickets in Bengaluru was one of the moments of the entire tournament; let alone one in which Ireland were thrown their once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity […]

Final Countdown

March 23, 2011
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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 […]

No Entry For The Non-Player?

March 20, 2011
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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 […]

Of Sins Not Tragedies, or The Last You’ll Hear of Amir

February 16, 2011
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For us Pakistan fans, build-up to the World Cup, much like all recent editions of the tournament, has been flush with motivational pop songs, cathartic youtube videos, chest-thumping previews, and TV specials whose tone is more threatening than supportive. This cacophony of patriotic multimedia suggest the same general conclusion: the boys are gonna bring it […]