3 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Champions League, International Cricket, IPL 0
T20 missing attacking captaincy

T20 cricket is designed to suit the aggressive brand of cricket, or so it has been perceived by the players and sold to the audience by its managers. Twenty overs of non-stop action in which every player brings forth his attacking instincts is what this format has become synonymous with. Batsmen aren’t shy of taking […]

4 years, 2 months ago Posted in: IPL 0
IPL-7 promises to be an exciting tournament

Will IPL-7 be an exciting tournament? The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes’. Are there any runaway favorites to win this edition? Well, No. The answer to the second question explains the first answer, for this is the first time in the IPL’s history that all teams are looking equally strong. In the past, there has […]

4 years, 4 months ago Posted in: IPL 4
How teams stack up for IPL-7

When Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully bid for Yuvraj Singh, many jaws dropped and eyes popped, for he became the most expensive player in the history of IPL auctions. It wasn’t Yuvraj’s ability that was questioned but the price paid for acquiring his services for just 14 matches—a whopping 14 crores, which is a crore a […]

4 years, 4 months ago Posted in: IPL 3

It was an early morning flight for our Ranji trophy team travelling between Jaipur and Ahmedabad sometime in the January of 2011. While on such flights, one sees more of puffy eyes and grumpy faces, and hears a bit of grumbling too, this trip was a tad different. Different from all other mundane mornings and […]

4 years, 8 months ago Posted in: Champions League, International Cricket, IPL 0
Changing Face of Batting

MS Dhoni walked in to bat after the loss of the third wicket on the first ball of the 15th over in a Champions League Twenty20 match between his team, Chennai Super Kings, and Sun Risers Hyderabad. Suresh Raina at the other end was set and going berserk. Thirty-five balls were remaining, so one expected Dhoni to start […]

5 years, 1 month ago Posted in: IPL 0
Unravelling the Narine mystery

It’s hard to remain a mystery today, what with all the footage available for replays in slow-motion and every player painstakingly scrutinised. The action has shifted from the 22 yards to the editing table. Yet Sunil Narine continues to beat technology and stay ahead of most analyses. Even though he has been scanned time and again, he […]

5 years, 1 month ago Posted in: IPL 0
How does one bowl to Gayle?

Following the incredible Chris Gayle spectacle in Bangalore earlier this week, cricketers around the world must be wondering exactly what this man did to produce such a performance – besides having pancakes, an omelette and hot chocolate for breakfast, which will now probably be declared the staple diet for T20 batsmen everywhere. Gayle made the Pune Warriors bowlers look schoolboyish, […]

5 years, 2 months ago Posted in: IPL 32
Tamil Nadu ban on Sri Lankans shocking and hypocritical

The decision by the Tamil Nadu state government to prohibit thirteen Sri Lankan players, playing in the IPL, from entering the state, isn’t just shocking but also inexplicable. While the atrocities on Tamils in Sri Lanka are well documented and the anger is justified too, it doesn’t take much to scratch the veneer and figure […]

5 years, 3 months ago Posted in: International Cricket, IPL 2
Is it the end of the road for Sehwag?

Perform or Perish, the message for Sehwag had been up front and unambiguous for a long time, more so before the start of the ongoing Test series. Unfortunately, the latter is what the fate has decided for him, at least for now. He must go, the selectors have unequivocally ordered, and justifiably so, for his […]

5 years, 5 months ago Posted in: IPL 0
How much should we read into Under-19 success stories?

August 26, 2012 was a momentous day for Indian cricket — our Under-19 team had lifted the World Cup in Australia, beating the hosts in the final. While the seniors had been whitewashed a few months ago in the same country, our boys defeated all odds to reclaim the coveted trophy. At one stroke, these youngsters became household names, […]