Browsing All posts tagged under »Sachin Tendulkar«

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 […]

MS Dhoni: An Assured Level-5 Leader

April 16, 2011 by


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


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 […]

Sachin Tendulkar and The Clutch Conundrum

March 29, 2011 by


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 […]

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 […]

India: The Moment is Now

February 8, 2011 by


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 […]

The Imperatives of Tragedy, or why Kallis isn’t great

January 27, 2011 by


It is sometimes difficult to fathom how truly awesome Woody Allen really is. Apart from the latter day paedo-incest charges against him, the man’s range is quite extraordinary. He started off as an outstanding stand-up comedian, but his true mark, as we all know, was made in films. It’s fascinating to see how many amazing […]

Dale Steyn – The Best in My Lifetime

January 20, 2011 by


Wholeheartedly agreeing with Dileep Premachandran’s article, I recently tweeted that I think Dale Steyn is the best fast bowler that I have seen since I started sentiently watching cricket (1990-present). The best???, some asked. Yes, THE best, I said. Better than Allan Donald, Curtly Ambrose, Glenn McGrath, and Wasim Akram who are the other contenders […]

Don, daylight and the rest

January 16, 2011 by


[Update: 1/26/2011 Corrections were made after some errors were pointed out by the readers. The corrections are highlighted using superscript numbers. Thank you readers.] Comparisons are inevitable. It’s an integral part of a sports aficionado’s life. That’s what makes following sports more thrilling, sometimes even draining as was the case with me. A good part of my adolescence was […]

The Year That Was

January 12, 2011 by


I know it’s a bit dilatory to come up with something related to 2010 with the first week of new year already done but I guess I had to. Call it a formality or an urge to talk on it, I’ve picked 10 individual performances which stood out to me, along with couple of special […]