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Monday , September 10, 2012

Stop complaining about Tendulkar's retirement


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Do we ask our parents, who held our hands and taught us how to walk when we were young, to take care of themselves when they grow old? Do we tell those who were always with us like a shadow whenever we were in distress, to separate from us when we get married and have our own kids? Do we ask those who provided us the freedom to choose our own path and opportunity to excel in our lives, to retire from their professions just because we think they are not capable of doing what they used to before? If we don't think of doing any of the aforementioned things to our parents then why are we after Sachin Tendulkar, the fatherly figure of Indian cricket who carried the hopes of millions on his shoulders for more than two decade? Who gave Indian cricket an identity which it....


Wednesday, August 22, 2012

If Bairstow can, why can't Raina?


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When Kemar Roach peppered Jonny Bairstow with a barrage of short-pitched stuff and made the right-hander duck and fend quick and rising deliveries in the Test series earlier this summer, there was a perception in English cricket circles that his Test career had crashed even before it took off. Bairstow clearly had an uncomfortable time against West Indies, especially at Trent Bridge during a hostile spell from Roach with the second new ball in testing conditions, and was subsequently dropped for series against South Africa. The general belief was that Bairstow had failed to cope with Roach, so he would be a sitting duck for Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel. But having been recalled for the decider at Lord's, due to the unavailability of Ravi Bopara and the dropping of Kevin Pietersen, following an assertive 139 for England Lions against Australia, Bairstow produced fighting knocks the....


Monday , December 20, 2010

The 'Godsend' creature and India's vulnerability


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The 'Godsend' creature was approaching his chef d'oeuvre, his 50th Test hundred. And not just me but the cricket fans all over the world had their hearts in their mouth when the little champion got the touch from the middle of his bat to reach the milestone. When we all were saluting the maestro, he himself was busy thanking his dear and near ones by uttering words while looking into the deep blue sky. Though the Centurion Test will be remembered for a lot of things, Jacques Kallis' first double hundred to name one, it was Sachin Tendulkar becoming the first man in Test history to score 50 tons that will remain etched in every cricket fan's memory for a long time. There were other brilliances too on the field. South African quicks Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel bowled brilliant spells to spark Indian collapse in....


Saturday , June 12, 2010

Big test ahead for Lahm's Germany


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Philipp Lahm will face the biggest challenge of his football career when he begins Germany's World Cup campaign in their opening encounter against Australia on June 13. The Bayern Munich player was appointed as captain after their regular skipper Michael Ballack got injured while playing for Chelsea in the FA Cup final. The quick dribbling skills of 5ft7in Lahm, astuteness to assess danger and clearing it before it gets too serious and ability to enter the other half by outfoxing a number of opponents makes him one of the most complete defenders playing the game at the moment. Though there are other players - Arne Friedrich (70 caps), and Miroslav Klose (95 caps) - senior to him in the side, coach Joachim Loew would have chosen him for the consistency he has shown over the years. Lahm burst into the international scene with his man-of-the-match performance in....


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