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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 […]

Evolution of the Indian Cricket Fan in Me

April 12, 2011 by


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


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 […]

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

March 26, 2011 by


# 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 […]

With a Little Help from the Friends – II

February 16, 2011 by


(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 […]

World Cup Fantasy Fun

February 12, 2011 by


Armchair Critics are probably the most passionate yet most ridiculed species in sports. A not so wise man once said, “Opinions are like assholes, everybody has one”. A fat obnoxious Pom’s response to anyone questioning his cricketing logic is to ask how many test wickets have they taken. So how do you prove your understanding […]

In loving memory: Mohammad Amir

February 7, 2011 by


It is restful, tragedy, because one knows that there is no more lousy hope left. You know you’re caught, caught at last like a rat with all the world on its back. And the only thing left to do is shout — not moan, or complain, but yell out at the top of your voice […]

On the IPL and Cricket in India: Don’t watch the circus

January 9, 2011 by


Of all the clichés that are abound in the IPL, the most aggravating is this notion that the IPL gives upcoming Indian talent an opportunity. IPL owners and the IPL itself are invariably falling over each other to point out how much they are contributing to developing talent for India. This is nonsense, but it […]

Alternative Cricket Almanack

December 15, 2010 by


People go through their entire lives without doing one simple good deed that benefits someone they didn’t know already. Nishant Joshi at The Alternative Cricket Almanack is already one up on those folks. Single handedly, Nishant has managed to get together a wide range of cricket writers, bloggers and fans to pen articles for his […]

Future of English Domestic Schedule

December 10, 2010 by


In the break between Test matches, my thoughts return to the English Domestic game. We haven’t yet received fixtures for 2011 although we know that the schedule will sadly be the same as 2010 – A schedule which received much criticism. Despite knowing that the season starts every year in April, the ECB essentially left […]