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Tuesday , November 19, 2013

Growing up with Sachin Tendulkar


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On October 10, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar took the decision of quitting cricket after playing his 200th Test. The news was massive, sending shock waves all over, especially sending media in a tizzy. An approaching cyclone to the eastern and southern coast of India, Asaram scandal, General Election and every other news became meaningless. Finally the man, on November 16, bowed out of the game by leaving the cricket world teary-eyed. For the last one-year, I have been a critic of Sachin because it was hard to see him struggle at the crease against mediocre bowlers. That was the time when I wanted him to retire, but now it has become hard to accept that Sachin won't bat again and the feeling will take some time to sink in. My association with Sachin and cricket started during the 1992 World Cup when the elders in my....


Tuesday , November 06, 2012

The new selection panel played it safe


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With the new BCCI selection panel headed by Sandeep Patil some bold moves were expected, but on Monday the committee chose the safe path. Why they did it can be best answered by the 'few good men' in charge. Prior to the team selection a few senior members of the Indian team feared the axe and they did everything to earn some brownie points by featuring in round one of the 2012-13 Ranji Trophy. The 15-member squad picked for the first two Tests against England has no new element, but a few tweaks here and there. Gautam Gambhir should consider himself lucky to get a berth considering his poor run with the bat in the recent past. Though the left-hander did his best to impress and get back into form by playing in Ghaziabad in Delhi's opening Ranji game against Uttar Pradesh, he managed scores of 32....


Saturday , March 10, 2012

Dravid leaves a true legacy


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Hi Dravid, First of all, congratulations on a glorious 16-year career in international cricket and thanks for all those brilliant innings on the cricket field. The thing I dreaded the most, came true on Friday when you finally said goodbye to the game that you served in right earnest. Still, it is hard to digest that you won't be taking the field in Indian colours. Some degree of solace can be drawn from the fact of you will be playing this year's IPL for Rajasthan Royals as captain and mentor. This time I will follow and cheer Rajasthan, not for Shilpa Shetty but for you, Dravid. I read somewhere that left-handed batsmen are naturally elegant when they bat, but you were an exception. From a purist point of view, there are a few right-handed batsmen in the history of the game who look graceful and elegant when they bat. Gundappa....


Tuesday , February 28, 2012

Selectors cannot ignore Ranji performances


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After being down and out in the recently concluded Test series in Australia, one thing is clear for Indian cricket: change is imminent, sooner than later. The illustrious trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman are not going to stay for too much longer and the selectors must be scratching their heads to find suitable replacements. For India the transition phase is around the corner and the time has come to press the alarm button. Australia went through the same stage a year ago and now they seem to have found a firm footing. They took some bold decisions, brought in new players and gave them the faith that they were made to play on the big stage and the result is there for everyone to see. In order to unearth the right talent for the future, the Indian selectors have to take performances in the....


Saturday , February 25, 2012

The curious case of Irfan Pathan


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Nothing gives more pleasure than to witness a real talent burst into the sporting scene and take everyone by storm. Such prospects have always been at a premium, especially in Indian cricket history. Among the few to have caused such frenzied excitement when they surfaced is Irfan Pathan, whose career at the international level so far has been a roller-coaster one. When Irfan made his debut for India in Australia during the 2003-04 tour, he was considered to be the next Kapil Dev of Indian cricket. Somewhere along the way, he completely lost it. He came into the Indian team completely on his bowling credentials and no one ever doubted his skills with the bat. His bowling caught everybody's imagination - the natural inswinger being his stock delivery along with a deceptive outswinger, though not as exaggerated as Kapil's was. Irfan made his Test debut in Adelaide as....


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