Archive for September, 2011
5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Champions League, Domestic Cricket, IPL 0
Winners of Losers?

Bengal was reeling at 48/3 against Madhya Pradesh when Subhomoy Das walked in to bat. It was the final match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, India’s national domestic T20 tournament. He played the knock of his life when it mattered the most and scored a crucial 49 off just 29 balls to take Bengal […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket 2
The Scourge of Age-Fudging

Ankit Bawne, named India Under-19 skipper, was dropped from the squad. The date of birth he’d provided to the BCCI and the one on his passport did not match. He said the agent goofed up while submitting details to the passport office, which may or may not be true. But instead of crucifying him, I’d […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket, International Cricket 0
India's Time To Rebuild

Two months ago, India set foot on the English soil as the No. 1 Test side and world champions in ODIs. They return, callously stripped off their ranking and their airs. After the 4-nil humiliation in the Tests, we’ve slipped to No. 3 in Tests. And not winning a single ODI has pushed our ODI […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket, International Cricket 0
Thinning Fast-Bowling Resources

So, a wretched tour to England with a 4-nil whitewash is what we needed to wake up and smell coffee and perhaps realise the absolute deficiency of fast bowlers in the country. Ironically, till a few months ago with Zaheer Khan as the spearhead of the bowling attack, our present looked secure, or so it […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: IPL 0

This year while playing the Buchi Babu tournament – an annual domestic event, on completely barren surfaces in Chennai, I realised that the contest was skewed far too heavily in the batsman’s favor. The ball swung only for a couple of overs, the bounce remained below the knee height throughout the day, even if there […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
Were We Both No.1 and The Best?

For over a decade, as a part of a meticulously planned process, Australia’s Test side travelled around the world defeating almost every team that it encountered, in their backyard. They would prepare scrupulously, plan their opponent’s fall astutely and execute the plan ruthlessly. As the team imposed its hegemony over World cricket, it realised that […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: International Cricket, IPL 0
All Is Not Bad With The IPL

Test Cricket’s evil cousin T20 may have done enough harm to it by robbing it off its supporters, even its players who seemed to have given up on both the technique and temperament needed to play it. Yet, one might want to look beyond the usual charges against this snazzier format and acknowledge the good […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket 0
The Toughest Cricket Match of My Life

In India, it seems, there are two classes of travel—“First Class”, and “For Cricketers”. And here, I talk strictly of the domestic cricketers—the poor pedigree, who scuttles from one end of the country to the other, sometimes packed in dilapidated roadways busses, or crammed between berths on good old hold-all bags on a train without […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: Decision Review System (DRS), International Cricket 0
The DRS is in a Hot Spot

Dravid’s dismissals in England, wide off the mark as they were, have stirred up the debate around the use of DRS once again. He’s been on the receiving end of this technology most often, except only once when he was given a reprieve. While BCCI’s stand on the use of the review system is not […]


5 years, 7 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0