Ranabir Majumdar

  • When Don Bradman saw himself in Sachin Tendulkar 10-10-2013 05:42 PM

    New Delhi: Sir Donald George Bradman and Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar have more in common than just their batting styles. Not only did they exhibit attacking and entertaining cricket, drawing spectators in record numbers, the two also stood out as icons that brought solace to their respective nations in difficult times....
  • Myth busted: Tendulkar's tons won India games 10-10-2013 05:06 PM

    New Delhi: Mumbai Indians vs Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the 2011 IPL should have been discussed for all the right reasons. There was an excellent exhibition of batting and of a fearlessness that defined the game. Sachin Tendulkar's first IPL and T20 hundred came in a trademark classy style and...
  • A ready reckoner to save cricket's soul 03-10-2011 11:53 AM

    India's disastrous tour to England brought to the fore the fact that the governance of the game had been hijacked. It was a reality that had been put on the backburner for ever so long. As long as India won, everything was acceptable, even shoddy governance. But once faced with...
  • Why Dhyan Chand doesn't need a Bharat Ratna 29-08-2011 04:06 PM

    New Delhi: August 29. National Sports Day. The day India's top sporting awards are presented by the President at Rashtrapati Bhawan. Gentle reminder: it's also hockey legend Dhyan Chand's birth anniversary. While the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna is the country's top sporting award, the Arjuna Award - instituted in 1961...
  • Baichung, thank you for the memories 24-08-2011 01:41 PM

    New Delhi: I once worked with a senior British journalist, who assumed that as a sports buff I will also be an English Premier League fan. 'What's your team?', he asked me at our first meeting, expecting to hear Liverpool as an answer. It was pretty evident he was a...
  • India's World Cup win: don't forget it in a hurry 08-08-2011 04:07 PM

    Player injuries that have ignited the club vs country debate and two back-to-back defeats in the ongoing Test series against England have almost made us forget that barely four months ago we won the 2011 Cricket World Cup and went delirious with joy. The 1983 World Cup win, played in...
  • Dhoni didn't make a mockery by bowling

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    Cricket legend Kapil Dev had strong words for MS Dhoni after the Indian skipper brought himself on to bowl on day two of the Lord's...

  • The new IPO: DU admissions hit 100 pc cut-off 15-06-2011 12:00 PM

    New Delhi: The Delhi University admission race seems like a scramble to land yourself with a share allotment in an Initial Public Offering. You know there is a base price. What you do next is to ascertain a premium you will be willing to pay to garner a certain number...
  • Singapore's Orchard Street: Great film location for Rajini? 30-05-2011 07:51 PM

    New Delhi: Picture this. Tamil super star Rajinikanth's health is getting decidedly better and he decides he's had enough of lying around in the hospital bed at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital in downtown Singapore. While he is in Singapore, why not scout the area as a location for his next...
  • A film on what makes a great team

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    There have been many individual sportspersons who have ruled the collective imagination of the masses, but no other team apart from the West Indies cricket...

  • Voterfiles: the disquet in the democracy 08-12-2010 01:23 PM

    It's the slimmest 'political' book I have ever read, but it's quite a heavyweight in the manner in which it creates a picture of India and highlights the issues that make yours and my vote count. You could finish reading it in a longish metro ride from home to work,...
  • High-voltage start to CWG eclipses troubles 03-10-2010 07:39 PM

    New Delhi: The XIX Commonwealth Games got underway here on Sunday evening with the drums and hearts of India beating as one as performers from across the nation came together to leave spectators at the iconic Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and worldwide television audiences spellbound as Prince Charles and President Pratibha...
  • Sellotape Legacy: Tale of two cities 01-10-2010 03:00 PM

    It's been a month since the commercial run started on the Gurgaon-Central Secretariat line of the Delhi Metro. For someone like me and for many others who need to travel from one part of the NCR to another everyday, the legacy of the Commonwealth Games has taken on a different...
  • Seven muddled years: the CWG 2010 timeline 24-09-2010 03:38 PM

    New Delhi: It was close to midnight or maybe even after that in New Delhi on November 13, 2003 when the phone rang and the reporter screamed from the other end 'Flash it! India win bid to host 2010 Commonwealth Games, I'll file the story in a bit'. Far away...
  • Absolute Khushwant: Of candour and malice 10-09-2010 09:06 AM

    I picked up the book and was done with it in a couple of hours. If you've read his autobiography - Truth, love and a little malice - you will too. There's nothing new in this book and most of the chapters in 'Absolute Khushwant' look like the notes he...
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  • The conflict between letter and spirit

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    The International Hockey Federation's decision to ban Shivendra Singh for two games reeks of a bias and points to an inflexibility that does not augur...

  • What an agonising wait!

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    As the players and the fans filed out of the Eden Gardens earlier than the scheduled close of play on day two, three and four,...

  • India No. 1: I'm lovin' it!

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    I was sitting at the Manesar McDonald's and digging into a meal on Sunday when a friend sms-ed me saying my predictions of India winning...

  • 10 reasons why India will square the series

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    It's a Valentine's Day special as India take on South Africa in the second Test at Kolkata on February 14. After disappointing their fans at...

  • Tiger, Terry & accountability

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    While the web was abuzz with 'Tiger' jokes, I came across a pretty smart line that for me outlined what it meant for a sportsperson...

  • Pakistan's captaincy quandary

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi has been banned. Regular skipper Mohammad Yousuf is already on his way back home with a knee injury. T20 World Cup...

  • 11 at 36, what's next Lee?

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    It's not about numbers. It can't be, for you can't measure a man's stomach for a fight. Least of all a man who goes by...

  • Broken service, broken heart

    Nothing textbook about it |  Ranabir Majumdar
    Just the other day, a colleague suggested to me to write a piece or rather an epitaph of Sania Mirza's tennis journey. After all, the...