World Cup

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Interview: It's for experts to decide my quality, says Unmukt

    Sweet Chin Music |  Navneet Mundhra
    Unmukt Chand is the flavor of the season, having led India to their third Under-19 World Cup with an unbeaten 111 in the final against...

  • Remembering the World Cup triumph

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    For 28 years, only one generation of Indian cricket fans had known a certain joy. It was the jubilation of a surprise triumph, beating a...

  • With 2015 in mind, India need genuine allrounders

    Cricket Bytes |  E R Ramachandran
    Kris Srikkanth, the chairman of the BCCI's selection committee, was gracious enough to own up responsibility for India's failure in England and Australia on national...

  • Forget fix claims, enjoy clean cricket

    Stump Vision |  R Mohan
    The biggest turnaround for cricket in recent times was the fact that the Pakistan team began playing to win again and not to lose as...

  • My fondest memory of Rahul Dravid

    Hot Spot |  Chetan Narula
    Rahul Dravid was never my favourite cricketer. To someone who followed cricket for the dominance of Sachin Tendulkar, it was nearly frustrating to watch him...

  • Don't watch Tendulkar for the wrong reasons

    Gun Barrel |  Jaspreet Sahni
    Stop, stop right there and come out of the stadium. Switch off that TV. You have messed it all up. Your cricketing viewpoint is suffering...

  • Damn you Vinod Kambli, we are believers

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    Aakash Chopra likes to call himself the '245th Indian to represent India in Test cricket'. It is a statement of fact. But it is also...

  • Still in glory, thanks to Dhoni and his boys

    Sanguine Symphony |  Pragati Ratti
    On Saturday, April 2, 2011, a new glorious page got added to the book of Indian history, or I'd rather say, a new book itself...

  • Gaurav Kalra: MSD from a distance

    Grumble with Gaurav |  Gaurav Kalra
    In journalism fancy headline writing is a much admired skill. But in the aftermath of India's World Cup victory, the phraseology to describe Indian skipper...

  • In the newsroom: The night India won the Cup

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    As the last ball of the match soared over thousands of tiny heads blurred into one cohesive mass of colour, the silence in the news...

  • No place for MSD in this WC dream team

    Totally Devious |  Digvijay Singh Deo
    It's been an interesting World Cup. Lit up by Virender Sehwag's blazing 175 on the opening day of the tournament it soon descended into the...

  • Top 10: Excuses to skip work for Indo-Pak match

    Begging Your Pardon |  Rituparna Chatterjee
    India will clash with Pakistan on Wednesday in an epic World Cup semifinal that will be telecast live to millions of wildly cheering fans. ...

  • Oh Mohali: What a Reprieve!

    In Conversation |  Hemender Sharma
    The India -Pakistan world cup semifinal clash at Mohali could not have come at a better time for the ruling UPA government in India. It's...

  • No opinion, only stats: India vs Pakistan

    Pixelated |  Soumyadip Choudhury
    Everybody and their mother-in-law is doing a blog post on the big cricket match on Wednesday. It does take superhuman effort or an utter dislike/extreme...

  • It's all about India winning it, Isn't it?

    Sanguine Symphony |  Pragati Ratti
    On March 24 2011, the whole country was set for the big match - The India vs Australia World Cup quarter final. All the Indian...

  • Martyrs, Mohali match and me

    Storm Chaser |  Mahima Sharma
    "Wants all those pasting 'patriotic' messages on their walls to know that the day to pay homage to the real patriots was yesterday - 23rd...

  • Rajdeep Sardesai: Before Sachin, there was Viv

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    One of the great joys of journalism is that it introduces you to many wonderful people, including at times childhood heroes. As a teenager growing...

  • Victory best when opponent goes down fighting

    In Conversation |  Hemender Sharma
    Indian cricket captain M S Dhoni wants to win the world cup for Sachin Tendulkar. Some ex-international cricketers, including world cup winning Australian Captain Steve...

  • Rajdeep Sardesai: 2011 isn't 1983, yet it must be

    Newsman |  Rajdeep Sardesai
    June 25, 1983: Indian cricket's greatest moment has also been a giant shadow looming over every Indian World Cup campaign since. Every four years when...

  • Spain, Holland clash a perfect final

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    I'm feeling a bit pleased as we head into the World Cup final because more than a month ago, in my first column I named...

  • Oracles Gone 'Wild'

    A Mallu's Musings |  Achyuth Punnekat
    First it was the oracle octopus... Countered with lemurs, camels and giraffes... This is ridiculous! Cephalopods are pretty intelligent. An octopus can even ...

  • Germany vs Spain: a mouthwatering prospect

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    By the time you read this, one World Cup finalist will have been identified. As far as I see it, it is the winner of...

  • Old stars fade, new stars shine

    Unplugged |  Abhishek Nandwani
    In every edition of the World Cup, you hope to discover someone who'll make it to the first team but in World Cup 2010, many...

  • Socialism, Bloody Hell

    Treason, Stratagems & Spoils |  Supriya Nair
    I was going to dissectJohn Barnes' comment on the failure of the English team coming down to their mental incompatibility with some forms of ...

  • GER vs ARG: pity one won't play the semis

    Kick off with Karim |  Karim Bencherifa
    I have been often been asked which team looks the strongest to win the World Cup. There are no clear answers for such a question...

  • This French team is a disgrace

    Unplugged |  Abhishek Nandwani
    Before I start, I should make it very clear, I hate France and it won't be wrong to say that in first instance they never...

  • What ails African Football

    The ball in Novy's court |  Novy Kapadia
    Pele had predicted that an African nation would win the World Cup by the year 2010. But Pele is not really clairvoyant like many of...

  • Winding the clock back up

    Treason, Stratagems & Spoils |  Supriya Nair
    "I do not want a single Italian soldier to be hurt," said General Mustafa Tlass to his Lebanese guerillas in 1980s Beirut, "because I do...