Cricketer

  • 1983 and our love affair with cricket

    Life As It Is |  Rajesh Kumar
    There is something about cricket that makes it a more egalitarian sport than football. If football is paalada prathaman, cricket is ari paayasam, anyone can...

  • Tendulkar, the constant

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    Now that he's gone, it will hit us. At no. 4, for 24 years, on those 22 yards, he was there. But won't be now;...

  • Master of the indulgent gesture

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    After the Paralympic Games in London in 2012, a young man called Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda attracted a couple of days of headlines. His high ...

  • New Zealand Banglawashed!

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    McClenaghan banged the second ball of the 50th over short, Sohag Gazi upper-cut it for four and the Fatullah stadium erupted with joy. The famous...

  • Well fought Bangladesh

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    The final day of the second Test match between Bangladesh and New Zealand was expected to be a gripping contest. New Zealand's handy lead in...

  • A nothingness of a nothing

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    "The number of two-Test series are becoming more common, which I would rather not happen at all because they are a nothingness of a nothing"-...

  • Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar: Contrasting batsmen united by their sheer genius

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    The Ferozeshah Kotla is not among my favourite cricket grounds. An unnerving experience of being lathi-charged during an India-Pakistan match in 1999 convinced me that...

  • I'm not watching Rahul Dravid's last match from the stands, am I not a true fan?

    Sanguine Symphony |  Pragati Ratti
    Rahul Dravid is playing his last match today. At the Ferozeshah Kotla Grounds. In Delhi. I stay in NCR and I'm not going for the...

  • Bangladesh need discipline in batting against New Zealand

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    Three years ago, a strong New Zealand team came to Bangladesh to play an ODI series. During that time, the New Zealand Cricket Board asked...

  • The number 11 who averaged 100

    Mumbles Road End |  Michael Jones
    Very few batsmen have averaged over 100 in a full English season; it requires an outstanding run of form to be maintained over the whole...

  • Is Kerala losing form like Sachin Tendulkar?

    The other India |  Debraj Bhattacharya
    It is well-known that Kerala is India's Sachin Tendulkar when comes to progress in Human Development. Over the last two decades it has made giant...

  • Bangladesh need the Mashrafe Mortaza flair

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    He exploded onto the Bangladesh cricket scene like a meteor when he, as an under-17 rookie, caught the attention of coach Andy Roberts, who was...

  • Seeing is deceiving?

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    I presume you've had a chance to sample the theme song for the Champions League T20. The supremely talented Mika invites you to groove ...

  • Bangladesh media can ill-afford ignoring domestic cricket

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    After long speculations and after much chaos, the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) commenced on September 10. With not much action in the offing and Bangladesh...

  • India must revive its relationship with county cricket

    Spin, Bounce and Turn |  Jamie Alter
    Suddenly, in the space of a couple days, three Indian cricketers have been linked with county cricket deals. It is very rare in Indian cricket,...

  • Taskin Ahmed needs to be handled carefully

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    Bangladesh's pace bowling, so far, has been nothing but a painstaking story. Other than Mashrafe Mortaza, till now, Bangladesh have not been able to produce...

  • The Ashes surpasses every cricket rivalry

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    The thing about Test cricket is that it's a slow-release medicine. While sometimes it can leave a bitter after-taste, at other times it has a...

  • DRS lessons from the Ashes opener

    Reverse Swing |  Suresh Menon
    The two most important lessons from the Ashes opener in Trent Bridge are: a) there is nothing wrong with the DRS technology and b) we...

  • Farewell to the Phantom, Chris Martin

    Mumbles Road End |  Michael Jones
    Chris Martin bows out of international cricket, having held New Zealand's seam attack together for the decade following the retirement of Chris Cairns. Since making...

  • The World T20 venue must not slip away

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    The last six months have not been very pleasant for Bangladesh. Time and again chaotic incidents took place and frustrated the whole nation. Unpleasant political...

  • Indian cricket resembles an abandoned parent

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    I am saddened. The foundation of my fancy for cricket has taken a beating. It's shaken up, still jarring as I speak. Not because the...

  • The punter and the journalist

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    It took close to 14 years, since the Mohammad Azharuddin episode in 1999, for a first-of-its-kind crackdown on the betting mafia, which has had contrasting...

  • Plenty of parallels between cricket and life

    viewpoint |  Hrishikesh Kanitkar
    When you first attend cricket coaching at your local club, you see immediately that a great importance is given to being disciplined in your attitude...

  • Modern cricketers should not forget county cricket

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    Top-class cricket teams are getting skittled out for shambolic totals such as 47 and 49, as witnessed in Tests in South Africa this year. They...

  • Rohit Sharma: Lucky Number 87?

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    Before Mohali, Rohit Sharma had opened an ODI innings for India on three occasions. The matches were played against South Africa in their den, just...

  • BCCI must rope in Kapil Dev to groom fast bowlers

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    There is a perception amongst common cricket fans that India is a graveyard when it comes to producing quality pace bowlers. After Kapil Dev there...

  • At war with the wrong enemy

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    Waqar Younis told the story with relish of a one-day game in 1989 when he dismissed Kris Srikkanth twice in two balls. First an lbw...

  • Passionate Bangladeshi cricket fans will uplift BPL 2

    Perfume Ball |  Faisal Caesar
    So there will be no Pakistani players in season two of the Bangladesh Premiere League. The Pakistan Cricket Board has denied to give No-objection certificates...

  • What Is Virat Kohli thinking?

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    Virat Kohli, as a cricketer, makes you think. When he led India to the 2008 Under-19 World Cup triumph, he made those watching think of...

  • New ODI rules: A blue print for Indian cricket

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    One-day cricket is fighting hard for survival. And this truth is reflected much from the myriad rule changes undertaken by the ICC every couple of...