Archive for October, 2011
5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
Long way to go for England

It’s hard to believe that the same English side that trounced India only a month ago has now shrunk to 1/10th of its might. Was that victory at home a mere fluke or were they really up against a wiser and more determined force this time? Those Indian players who struggled to put bat to […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Champions League, Domestic Cricket, IPL 0
Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy- Serving No Purpose

BCCI has been meticulous enough in planning its string of first class tournaments – while the Ranji Trophy determines the best state side; it also throws in new talent that can last five day games. The Duleep Trophy is meant to take the standard a notch higher, for the best performers in the four zones […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
Umesh Yadav--Force To Reckon With

Every time Umesh Yadav stepped out to bowl in the ongoing India-England series, the only question that did the rounds was if one had really seen the ball clocking an incredible 145kmph. The outcome of a ‘Yadav delivery’-whether it fetched a wicket or was dispatched to the fence, didn’t matter much. As long as he […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket 0
Challenger Trophy Not Challenging Anymore

What’s the sole purpose of having the Challenger Trophy? I’m assuming that it’s to test the skill set as well as the temperament of the best 36 cricketers in the country in trying/challenging conditions. But, since this tournament is held in India, isn’t it rather ambitious to expect the conditions to challenge the participants? After […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Champions League, International Cricket, IPL 0
Don't Crucify Bowlers At T20 Altar

836 runs in 78.3 overs scored in two consecutive Champions League matches in Bengaluru – daunting figures. This run-fest started with some breathtaking stroke-play like David Warner’s switch-hit sixes, but soon turned into a complete annihilation of the hapless bowlers. No matter where they bowled (lengths and lines) or how they bowled (pace, spin, etc.) […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Champions League, Domestic Cricket 0
Battered And Bruised

Battered and bruised—that’s how I’m feeling after getting a serious pounding over five days in the season opener- the Irani trophy. Yes, the match was in Jaipur—our home ground and yes, the Rest of India team wasn’t as strong a team as it could’ve possibly been, yet it did little to change the outcome of […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket, International Cricket, IPL 6
Different Rules For Different People

10 overs, 33 runs and 2 wickets – What do you make of these bowling figures? Aren’t they impressive being both economical and effective? And what if these figures came against the arch-rivals Pakistan while defending a modest score of 260 runs on a good batting surface? Doesn’t it make them even more impressive? Add […]


5 years, 9 months ago Posted in: Domestic Cricket 0
Nerves And Niggles--Preparing for Irani

Spent eight long and tiring hours under the Jaipur sun fielding on the first day of the big-big Irani Trophy – this was also the first time I took the field this new cricket season. Irani is a crucial game and one is expected to feel a wee bit edgy. I’ve been here many a […]