Archive for February, 2014
3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 0
A case for Pujara in ODI

Selection, good or bad, always leads to a debate. Why was ‘he’ picked? Why wasn’t ‘he’ picked? How long would you persist with ‘that’ player? Will ‘this’ player ever get a chance? It’s impossible for the selectors to please everyone and still continue to do their job earnestly. Team-selections ought to be about picking the […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 6
Middle Muddle Hurting India

How many times have we heard discussions and debates around India’s fast bowling and it being pedestrian? Innumerable times, right? Most such debates also end up blaming the so-called ‘pace bowlers’ the root cause of most, if not all, problems in Indian cricket. The popular criticism includes pacers not taking wickets when the ball is […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: Travel Musings 1
Belgium-- ‘PEOPLE ON LOW-FAT DIET, STRICTLY PROHIBITED’

By Aakshi and Aakash Chopra ‘PEOPLE ON LOW-FAT DIET, STRICTLY PROHIBITED’ — shouldn’t Belgian Visas come with such cautions, I wondered as I walked through the streets of Brussels, soaking in the whiff of crispy fried potatoes getting smothered in creamy white mayonnaise, of melting vanilla flavoured waffles hidden in layers of rich cream, and […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: Travel Musings 0
Switzerland--Heaven on Earth

By Aakshi and Aakash Chopra Nothing can be as quaint – Not even as dapper – chic – well-bred – and yet so luxurious – What is it that the Swiss have been hiding? Did God really paint Switzerland as a copy of a far-off Heaven — the one perceived by divine poets in love […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 12
Talent at Hand, Management Needed

It’s not often that an Indian fast bowler takes a 9-wicket haul on his Test debut on the Indian soil. Mohammad Shami’s spell on the rather docile Eden Gardens pitch against the West Indies raised a billion hopes. He got the ball to reverse-swing both ways, he was accurate and most importantly, he bowled fast. […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: Travel Musings 1
Scotland--The land of Harry Potter

By Aakshi and Aakash Chopra Was it our love for Scotland that made us fall for Rowling’s Harry Potter series? Or was it the world of wizards so beautifully set up in this fantastic backdrop that got us completely hooked on to this country? We are yet to solve this classic chick and egg brainteaser. […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: All 1
Raina's woes against bouncers...

There’s hardly a batsman in the world who’d enjoy playing well-directed bouncers at genuine pace. While most shy away from making their discomfort to such bowling public, I can assure you that almost everyone is wary of it. To be fair, the margin of error while facing a good bouncer is so little and consequences […]


3 years, 5 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 […]


3 years, 5 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 […]


3 years, 5 months ago Posted in: International Cricket 1
India cannot afford a hot and cold Ishant Sharma

What is it with the two Sharmas in the current Indian team? For the longest time Rohit continued to give us glimpses of his talent and yet not the whole of it. Off late, while he’s managed to turn a new leaf in his career, some still believe he remains an enigma of sorts. The […]