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Selfishness is intrinsic to greatness
by Suresh Menon, July 6, 2016
Cricket is unique in that it is an individual sport that happens to be played in a team environment. It is too, a game where statistics usually decide selection.
Right hand, left hand
by Suresh Menon, June 13, 2016
The conventional right hander watches the approaching bowler with his left eye while the top hand, responsible for controlling and guiding the bat, is his weaker hand.
BCCI tripped up by hubris
by Suresh Menon, June 5, 2016
Is it too late for the BCCI to swallow its pride, and work out an understanding with the Court-appointed amicus curiea?
Player - coach - commentator
by Suresh Menon, May 21, 2016
Mahela Jayawardene, former Sri Lanka captain, world class batsman, and recent batting coach of England will be commentating on the England-Sri Lanka series starting at Leeds this week. Player-coach-commentator is the clichhĂd career graph of the modern international.
National Sports Ethics Commission Bill might be passed
by Suresh Menon, May 8, 2016
There is hope that the National Sports Ethics Commission Bill might be passed because of Thakurrâ?s double advantage. He is the secretary of the BCCI as well as a member of the ruling BJP. The bill calls for a 10-year jail term (apart from a life ban) for match-fixing and a fine which is five times the amount of bribery.
Day Night Test cricket is the future, but it is not without challenges.
by Suresh Menon, May 8, 2016
Day-night Test cricket is the future. In recognizing that, Indiaaâ?s cricket board has displayed both awareness and pragmatism.
A World Cup full of character and characters
by Suresh Menon, April 7, 2016
This was a marvellous tournament, full of character and characters, and with signposts to the way the game is evolving. Cricket-wise, this has been the most inclusive of World Cups, with enough in it for all age groups from seven to seventy (and beyond).
Cricketization of T20 is Kohli's contribution to the World Cup
by Suresh Menon, March 31, 2016
T20 is said to have influenced Test cricket more than the other way round. Now here is Kohli telling us that the traffic is sometimes in the opposite direction. The straight bat, the body close to the ball, the gradual build-up of an innings is as much part of the 120-ball game too.
Alfred's statement a breath of fresh air
by Suresh Menon, March 19, 2016
In the limited lexicon of the over-certain, you lose face when you praise your opposition, you lose face when you agree to coach a youngster from the other country, you lose face when you place a rival performer above your own.
The 11th hour syndrome and why there is no Plan B
by Suresh Menon, March 11, 2016
India, as someone once said, is a country that lives in the eleventh hour. Sporting India even more so. The World T20 cricket began on Tuesday, with the business end of the tournament (the Super 10) set to commence in a week. Yet, as I write this, there is no assurance that matches scheduled for Delhi will go ahead.
Keep yellow and red cards out of the first class game
by Suresh Menon, March 2, 2016
The Marylebone Cricket Club, the guardians of the game's laws, is experimenting with warnings and send-offs and cooling-off periods for players.
Kohli's next assignment is a crucial one
by Suresh Menon, March 2, 2016
Kohli has infused the Indian team with a self-confidence that, like its new-found aggression, is an extension of his own persona. Kohli speaks his mind; he is not particularly discreet. He enjoys what he is doing and communicates that enjoyment.
Cricket world will be grateful McCullum chose cricket over rugby
by Suresh Menon, March 2, 2016
Under McCullum New Zealand played a brand of attacking, happy cricket that might be the template for a format whose obituaries are being written with a depressing regularity.
T20 cricket may be at the crossroads
by Suresh Menon, March 2, 2016
For T20 to thrive it has to be an alternative to the established format. When T20 itself becomes the established format, it will go the way of revolutions which become indistinguishable from what they have replaced.
The genuinely ambidextrous bowler
by Suresh Menon, January 25, 2016
There are too many adjustments that a bowler has to make - from getting his feet, his trunk, head, eyes in alignment - to suddenly be able to do all that with the other side of the body.
You don't have to be crazy to be a scorer, but it helps.
by Suresh Menon, January 19, 2016
Today scorers might work on computers, there is software for calculations, and statistics are literally at their finger tips. But the passion is the same. As they say of goalkeepers in soccer, you don't have to be crazy to be one, but it helps.
Ashwin rediscovers the joy of bowling off spin
by Suresh Menon, December 3, 2015
Against South Africa, the new Ashwin is less hurried, less prone to experimentation, less gimmicky, more confident, more focused on laying traps than taking unthinking potshots.
Let's look at cricket from a child's eyes - Rahul Dravid
by Anonymous Writer, December 1, 2015
I would like to talk about where it all begins. Our junior game. Taking a step back from living inside the cricket circuit, if you like, I want to convey how important it is to get more youngsters in our cities to take up the game.
USA Cricket All-Stars Series: Grand entertainment for the expat community
by Tom Melville, November 21, 2015
Like Lauderhill, like every other cricket initiative in North America, grand or minuscule, the All Stars were completely ignored by the mainstream American sporting public, and when everyone had packed up their bags and returned to the four corners of the globe, no more Americans had been motivated to "take up a cricket bat along with their baseball bat" than before.
Kohli-Dhoni captaincy split - A return to an earlier fashion
by Suresh Menon, October 6, 2015
What is not a good argument against split captaincy is the typically Indian one: that it confuses the players who have to deal with different captaincy styles and temperaments and might lead to two power centres in the team.
All about the box
by Suresh Menon, September 16, 2015
No item of sporting equipment arouses such mirth; even hardened veterans of the international circuit can barely conceal a smile when a batsman is hit in the box. It is an occasion that brings out the inner schoolboy in players and spectators.
The Ashes will endure
by Suresh Menon, August 17, 2015
How relevant is the Ashes today? Players from England and Australia might see it as the biggest challenge in their careers, be moved by its history and its association with burgeoning self-worth (the Test which gave birth to the Ashes legend saw Australiaaâ?s first win in England).
BCCI should ensure that the game gains credibility
by Suresh Menon, July 28, 2015
The IPL might lose money, but that's a small price to pay to ensure that it gains some credibility. By attempting to rescue the teams, keep the players happy and satisfy a handful of individuals, the BCCI might lose both money and credibility.
Kohli will develop his full potential as Captain
by Suresh Menon, June 16, 2015
Virat Kohli, younger than Dhoni by seven years, is not yet tactically sound but has two important things going for him. A positive attitude and enormous self-belief. Not since Tiger Pataudi has an Indian captain been willing to risk defeat in the pursuit of victory like Kohli in the Adelaide Test against Australia.
New-age new-look India team under positive leader
by Suresh Menon, June 16, 2015
Increasingly it is beginning to look like India will have to play a different set of players in the subcontinent and away from it. In batting, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan might keep a more correct player like K L Rahul out of the eleven for the moment, but once the team travels, Rahul will become the first choice.
Awaiting the results of spot-fixing inquiry and Lodha Committee report
by Suresh Menon, June 2, 2015
The on-field action in the IPL is over, but the off-field activities continue. Unfortunately, off field, the IPL isn't quite as attractive. There is the business of spot fixing, for instance.
Pietersen could still make a comeback
by Suresh Menon, June 2, 2015
Now that the national elections are over, England can debate the real issue of the day: will Kevin Pietersen be allowed to play for England again? He is fit and in form. He made two first-class centuries after it was suggested by the board president that he should get runs and selection would follow.
A whole lot of 'ifs' for Chanderpaul
by Suresh Menon, May 11, 2015
If his form improves, if he scores another 46 runs, if he is picked to play for the West Indies again, and if the Australian bowlers allow him to score, Shivnarine Chanderpaul would become the highest-scoring West Indies batsman in Test cricket.
West Indies show class and character to defeat England
by Suresh Menon, May 5, 2015
There is something about watching the West Indies win a Test match that is heart-warming. It brings a cheer to those of us who grew up in the years that team was not just the best in the world, but the most exciting to watch too.
The Unquiet Ones - Triumph and tragedy of Pakistan cricket
by Suresh Menon, April 20, 2015
Izzat is a concept crucial to Pakistan's cricket and the Pakistani polity itself. 'The Unquiet Ones' is one of the most significant books to emerge from the subcontinent; as much for what it tells us as for the way it tells it. There is passion here, knowledge, and a wonderful lightness of touch.
Richie Benaud's was a significant voice in cricket
by Suresh Menon, April 20, 2015
Richie Benaud's later reputation as a television commentator might have overshadowed his enormous skill and success as a leg spinner in the highest class, a quick-scoring batsman and one of the finest captains in the game.
Where does the 50-over game go from here?
by Suresh Menon, April 12, 2015
The one-day international is still a batsmannâ?s game â? if anything, the World Cup merely reasserted that â? but one way to counter the big hitting is by claiming wickets. It is not a coincidence that the player of the World Cup was a bowler, Mitchell Starc, the one who virtually ended the final in the first over by dismissing McCullum.
World Cup needs more teams, not less.
by Suresh Menon, March 30, 2015
As a monopoly develops, however, there is even more need for a counter. More teams. More encouragement to associate members. Sri Lanka played their first World Cup in 1975. Twenty one years later they were champions.
Indian commentators need lightness of touch
by Suresh Menon, March 19, 2015
The grammar and language of one-day cricket are changing â? but you wouldnnâ?t know that from our commentators. We have world class players, officials who run the world game, a captain who is defending a title won four years ago.
Let the ODI remain a batsman's game
by Suresh Menon, March 9, 2015
Authorities must resist the call to refigure the bat, make its edges less meaty and so on. Cricket is lucky in that it has three formats at the international level, with a World Cup in two of them. Each of the formats has its own texture, its own flow, and to interfere with that is unnecessary.
Third Man: Recollections from a life in cricket - Book Review
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 9, 2015
The rich vein of stories provides the fun side of the book, the expert technical analysis of his contemporary spin bowlers the serious side and the look back at some of his ex-teammates who are no more the poignant side.
What makes a good ODI captain?
by Suresh Menon, February 16, 2015
While often the best player in a Test XI is not the captain, in ODI, the best batsman tends to be. Hence the vote of confidence in players such as Dhoni, A B de Villiers, Eoin Morgan, George Bailey, Brendon McCullum, Angelo Matthews â? the most dangerous batsmen in their respective teams.
Book Review: Guts and Glory - Makarand Waingankar
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 9, 2015
After his biography of Yuvraj Singh and his book on Mumbai cricketers, Bombay Boys: Chronicles of Cricketing Heroes, Makarand Waingankar has come out with his third book, a series of profiles of Indian cricketers from the 1960s to the present generation.
Top 6 at the World Cup
by Suresh Menon, February 5, 2015
India may not inspire confidence. But this is a team which has for years now divorced its non-performance abroad in the longer format from its intensity and confidence in the shorter ones.
BCCI's choices are modernize or go back to the dark ages
by Suresh Menon, January 27, 2015
Six weeks is a long time in cricket administration, and if Srinivasan divests himself of his Chennai Super Kings hat, uses his clout in the East and South Zones to swing the votes in West and Central, he might still be President of the BCCI in time to retain or give away the World Cup.
ICC World Cup's mid-life crisis
by Suresh Menon, January 21, 2015
Now 40, the World Cup, has the worries of a 40-year-old. At 12, he was allowed to go out on his own, but had to wear white clothes and be back home before dark. At 16, he wore coloured clothes and could stay out late under the lights.
Indians have not learnt the value of patience
by Suresh Menon, January 13, 2015
Had India won the first Test at Adelaide after a superb chase, there might have been a different story to tell. For this was not a great Australian team. To imagine that 2-0 was a good result is to settle for mediocrity when it was possible to turn around the depressing losses abroad since 2011.
The Dhoni era is over
by Suresh Menon, January 1, 2015
Skipper Dhoni often carried illogicality and discretion to the point of impenetrability. You think you had him figured out, and then he whipped off the mask to reveal other masks beneath. No one really understood Dhoni, except Dhoni himself.
Kohli has shown he is ready, willing and able.
by Suresh Menon, December 23, 2014
Kohli apart, no one has appeared capable of sustained concentration, although Murali Vijay showed in both Tests how to stick around as well as score while ignoring the occasional mistake.
Risking defeat in pursuit of victory
by Suresh Menon, December 14, 2014
India have lost their last five Tests in Australia. It is difficult to beat Australia at home â? unless India are prepared to ride the slightest advantage as Australia did so well on the final day at Adelaide.
No room for passengers
by Suresh Menon, December 8, 2014
The time has come for the Rohit Sharmas and the Varun Aarons, who played in the shadow of these big players to carry the torch forward. That is the way of sport, and it is where it imitates life most completely. The old order changes giving way to the new.
Sport is not a matter of life and death
by Suresh Menon, December 2, 2014
Sport is a life-affirming activity, and to die in action goes against the natural order of things. Through the psychological membrane that separates sport from real life it is acceptable when situations from the former pass into the latter.
Supreme Court should spell out IPL's future
by Suresh Menon, November 28, 2014
The Supreme Court does not have confidence in the BCCI to clean their own stables. This is a sentiment that is shared by the rest of the country. The Supreme Court will have to spell out the future in clear terms.
Younis' reputation will grow with time
by Suresh Menon, October 27, 2014
Despite being the most experienced as well as the rock of the side in recent years, the gentleman cricketer, as Clarke called him, has not got his due in a part of the world where statistics usually decide greatness.
Book Review - Eden Gardens: Legends and Romance
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 20, 2014
Few experiences can match being in the stands at the Eden Gardens, Calcutta (now Kolkata) in the 1970s and 80s during a Test match where close to 100,000 fanatical spectators would practically raise the roof whenever an opponent's wicket fell or an Indian batsman reached landmark.
Shastri is the ideal man for the job
by Suresh Menon, October 13, 2014
Shastri was no saint. But he was something more important - a professional who gave his best for the team. India missed out on a long-term 'Shastri Era' because of some weak men in the BCCI.
Anecdotes tell more about players than statistics
by Suresh Menon, October 8, 2014
In the reserved seats at KSCA Stadium, anecdotes flow, history is recalled, often whimsy and quirkiness reign, competing fantasies are bandied about (as when picking all-time XIs). Players, past and present drop in to say hello, journalists clarify doubts.
Other countries should take a cue from Pakistan on chucking
by Suresh Menon, October 1, 2014
Within hours of PCB taking the tough stand, former captain and off spinner Mohammed Hafeez, 33, with 36 Tests under his belt, was reported in the Champions League where he turns out for Lahore Lions. Could this be the beginning of the kind of introspection that might see one of cricketttĂ?s biggest problems solved?
How the Chepauk test was Tied
by Suresh Menon, September 23, 2014
In the tied Test, Maninder had been given out leg before to the off spinner Greg Matthews by the Karnataka umpire Vikram Raju, a gentle soul with whom I had played club cricket in the 1980s.
Picking an all-time West Indies squad ahead of the team's 500th Test
by Suresh Menon, September 15, 2014
As the once-great West Indies play their 500th Test match this week, no one who worshipped that team of incredible batsmen, fast bowlers and outstanding fielders needs any invitation to indulge in sport's greatest fantasy - the choosing of an all-time squad.
Srinivasan calls the shots - In or out of office
by Suresh Menon, September 9, 2014
The BCCI has changed its rules before, and will doubtless do so again. And, as they say about winning cricket teams, the top job will go to the man who wants it most desperately.
England and India take turns to make other look brilliant
by Suresh Menon, September 3, 2014
There are two ways of looking at India's performance in the one-day series. The more positive is that the team raised their game with determination and rare grit. The other is that Indiaaâ?s young players no longer consider Test match cricket important.
Why is Dhoni scared of change?
by Suresh Menon, August 27, 2014
There seem to be no clear lines of authority. From Dhoni's statement, one presumes that Shastri is the overseer, Fletcher the boss - and Dhoni himself the super boss.
India's pathetic showing in England
by Suresh Menon, August 19, 2014
There is nothing you cannot say about the 2014 disaster that was not said after the 2011 disaster. We blamed the openers then, the middle order, the lack of sting in the bowling, the poor preparation, the excessive focus on the IPL to the exclusion of most other things.
The odd series win at home does not compensate for the many losses abroad
by Suresh Menon, August 11, 2014
Since July 2011, India have played 16 Tests abroad, and lost 12, all but one under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni. This is a miserable record for Indiaaâ?s most successful captain.
New look Indian team holds out great promise
by Suresh Menon, July 22, 2014
The new look Indian team holds out great promise. There is an energy and self-belief that is remarkable. That India won without a major contribution from their two best batsmen, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara bodes well too.
For India, First Test syndrome laid to rest
by Suresh Menon, July 15, 2014
For the first time in years, India did not lose the first Test of an away series. But this flat track might come to haunt England should India, emboldened by their performance, come strongly at them in the rest of the series. I
For Chanderpaul, complacency was never part of the make-up
by Suresh Menon, June 23, 2014
In an age when the focus has been on the flashy player, the big hitter, the PR-soaked personality, Chanderpaul has been the exception to the rule.
Can Pujara become the next Dravid in one-day cricket?
by Suresh Menon, June 17, 2014
The Dravid role in the current team seems to be written for Cheteswar Pujara. There is the same obsession with occupation of the crease, the same focus on Test cricket, the same understanding of the importance of the anchor in the middle order.
The paymaster tells the piper what tune to play
by Suresh Menon, June 9, 2014
If in the case of Project Snow, Australia and England threatened to break away because of the perceived power of the subcontinent, now the real power of the subcontinent has ensured they stay within the fold.
Scores of 200 no longer safe in Twenty20
by Suresh Menon, June 7, 2014
One of the most depressing sights at the IPL is Steyn being treated like a journeyman by batsmen fully aware the ball will not do much, the pitch is a batting beauty, the boundaries are short and mishits can carry for six.
Book Review: Wisden Cricketers' Almanack 2014
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 7, 2014
Lawrence Booth, hitting his stride in his third edition, has aimed a double-barreled blast in his Notes by the Editor at the ICC and the manner in which it has allowed itself to be hijacked by the so-called 'Big Three' of world cricket.
Modern cricket has lost its innocence
by Suresh Menon, May 20, 2014
Modern cricket has lost its innocence. If a towel in the trousers was for long seen as the symbol that a fix was on, Lou Vincent has given us a few more signals. The colour of bat handles is one.
IPL and the changing grammar of cricket
by Suresh Menon, May 12, 2014
Part of the charm of cricket, nay, sport itself, lies in the variety of figures and the relationships that runs scored or wickets taken or goals missed can give rise to.
In Cheshire League, 10 ducks in a row
by Suresh Menon, May 5, 2014
What is the worst thing that can happen to you on a cricket field? Injury apart, for a batsman I would imagine it is being run out without facing a ball.
Pankaj: Bengal's Forgotten Cricket Legend
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 28, 2014
Pankaj playing as many as 43 Tests in an era when there was constant chopping and changing in the national squad is considered something of a miracle though much credit for this is given to Bengal strongman M. Dutta Ray who controlled cricket and football with an iron fist in that period.
BCCI should embrace cricket for the blind
by Suresh Menon, April 28, 2014
Just as the Women's Cricket Association was placed on a higher level once the BCCI took over, so will blind cricket in India. Across the border, that is the arrangement; the Pakistan Cricket Board is the governing body of its blind cricketers too.
Yuvraj has an off day of stunning proportions
by Suresh Menon, April 8, 2014
Gone was the arrogance of his batsmanship, the power of his strokeplay, the cheekiness of his shot-making. It was like listening to a Beatles melody being played at the wrong speed.
Gavaskar will have to look beyond his nose
by Suresh Menon, April 2, 2014
Gavaskar has the personality and the knowledge of the byways of BCCI politics to turn things around. But not speaking up against the Board is a habit of a lifetime he will have to overcome.
Amit Mishra ready for a permanent place in the Test team
by Suresh Menon, March 26, 2014
Wickets in T20 matches may not necessarily be the natural steps towards a permanent place in the Test team. But Mishra has made a case for taking another serious look at him, with a plea for past prejudices to be kept aside.
Book Review - My Journey to the World Cup: The Sky is the Limit
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 26, 2014
Written mainly in diary form from the age of 12 till the time he was leading India to victory in the Under-19 World Cup in Australia in 2012 as a 17-year-old, Unmukt by my reckoning holds the record for the youngest first-class cricketer to write a book.
Sangawardene - Efficiency and Style
by Suresh Menon, March 20, 2014
Somehow 'Sangawardene' sounds right, conjuring up a relationship where it is difficult to separate the two great batsmen who have been friends from their schooldays, led Sri Lanka, and made over ten thousand runs each in two forms of the game.
Graeme Smith was forthright, uncompromising, unsubtle.
by Suresh Menon, March 6, 2014
The post-Graeme Pollock South Africa, better described as post-Apartheid, produced players who were efficient rather than artistic, practical rather than flamboyant, and none symbolised this more than Smith who finishes with just under ten thousand Test runs and an average of nearly fifty.
Dhoni deserves to keep his job
by Suresh Menon, February 25, 2014
Dhoni is still only 32, and India didn't do too badly under him on the recent tours of South Africa and New Zealand. They were expected to lose four of the four Tests, and actually came close to winning at least one Test in each country. Young batsmen blossomed, only the bowling disappointed.
Self-interest is now the declared motto of ICC
by Suresh Menon, February 10, 2014
How many promises made in pursuit of votes will actually be kept is moot. Now that self-interest has been officially declared as the motto of the ICC, it might not be in India's interests in 2016 to carry out promises made in 2014. Or Australia's or England's, for that matter.
When Pietersen played in Duleep Trophy
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 6, 2014
Just as with the late Tony Greig, Pietersen's South African roots were always held against him and led to numerous conflicts. What lies ahead for England's highest run scorer combined in all three formats remains the subject of conjecture. But surely controversy will never be far behind.
Ranji win is a start of something different for Karnataka
by Suresh Menon, February 4, 2014
There was something about Karnataka that marked them out as Ranji champions early in the season. Perhaps it was the energy of their young players, the self-belief that manifested itself at the start.
Virat Kohli is settling in for the long haul
by Suresh Menon, January 27, 2014
Watching Virat Kohli make a century in the first one-dayer in New Zealand, batting seemingly on a different planet from his teammates, it was difficult not to recall the early 1990s when Sachin Tendulkar gave the same impression.
Why Cricket Cannot Progress in America
by Tom Melville, January 23, 2014
[Cricket in America] remains stubbornly subterranean; its tunnels and caverns may be continually lengthened and expanded but rarely do they break the surface into the sunlight of mainstream American sports interest.
ICC goes full circle to becoming an oligarch
by Suresh Menon, January 23, 2014
If power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely, then ironically, that is where the hope for the game lies. Too much power in too few hands is a recipe for revolution. Perhaps the cabal might even collapse under the weight of its own arithmetic.
Karnataka have waited long enough for the Ranji title
by Suresh Menon, January 16, 2014
Karnataka, led by Vinay Kumar, and in his absence by the wicketkeeper C M Gautam have played positive cricket through the season going for victories rather than merely the first innings lead which has rendered the last segment of many matches irrelevant in domestic cricket.
The need for India to claim 20 wickets
by Suresh Menon, January 6, 2014
Not having a third Test in South Africa might have worked in India's favour, after all. It might have been different had India won the first Test; they didn't because they lacked the bowling to claim 20 wickets.
The absurdity of two-Test series
by Suresh Menon, December 28, 2013
The drawn Test at the Wanderers in Johannesburg demonstrated once again the sheer absurdity of the so-called two-Test series. The objection is not only to the usage of language (can two of anything qualify as a 'series'?), but also to the lack of cricketing sense.
India start as the underdogs
by Suresh Menon, December 18, 2013
It is a pity that the two top teams in the world play just a two-match series; it serves little purpose. Chances are that the losers, cricket-wise would be India. If they win a match, there is no possibility of asserting their superiority; if they lose there is little chance of a comeback.
Foul language on the field of play
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 9, 2013
Australian captain Michael Clarke being fined 20 per cent of his match for threatening England tail-ender Jimmy Anderson on the final day of the first Ashes Test at Brisbane was caught out only because Channel 9 kept the stump microphone on for too long and Clarke's abusive language was heard by all and sundry.
Remembering Mandela and the first post-apartheid tour
by Suresh Menon, December 9, 2013
When Kapil Dev was marking his run up preparatory to bowling his first delivery in the opening Test, it would be the first time a whole race of people would be watching a Test match in South Africa from behind the bowler's arm.
Virat Kohli is natural successor to Dhoni
by Suresh Menon, November 25, 2013
Now that Sachin has retired, Kohli, just two years old in the team, becomes the most experienced specialist batsman in the side. He has played just a tenth of Tendulkar's matches.
Writing about Tendulkar
by Suresh Menon, November 14, 2013
Writing about Tendulkar is one of the more profitable beats in journalism. So when we say 'Thank You, Sachin', we speak not just of the incredible straight drive or the forehand-down-the-line swish past mid-on, but of the few lakhs he has added to all our bank accounts on the way to adding millions to his own.
300 is par score in ODIs at most venues
by Suresh Menon, November 5, 2013
Par scores have gone up over the decades because technological advances in batting have been far ahead of technical ones in bowling. A mis-hit can carry for six thanks to the quality of the bats, the â?sweet spottâ? is spread over a greater area, and to add to that is the fact that players are fitter and stronger.
An alternative list to Wisden XI and the Bradman XI
by Suresh Menon, October 28, 2013
First, there is the fun of naming the worlddâ?s best-ever. Then there is the even greater fun (and joy) of naming an alternative lot which is as good as the original.
Grateful that Sachin played in our lifetime
by Suresh Menon, October 24, 2013
Sachin is a moveable feast. Those of us who have followed him professionally will be grateful that he played in our lifetime. The late Peter Roebuck once said that whenever he felt low he only had to remind himself how privileged he was to be writing on the game when Tendulkar was playing it.
Sachin's goodbye is a reminder of our own mortality
by Suresh Menon, October 14, 2013
Last week, India woke up to the fact that Sachin Tendulkar will play just two more Tests and then quit. Physically, the timing is right. He is 40, has been a shadow of himself and has been playing international cricket continuously for 24 years.
Sachin Tendulkar was the one great unifier that brought the nation together
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 14, 2013
What life will be for them without Tendulkar is hard to imagine. What Indian cricket will be without him is even harder to envisage. But what life will be for Tendulkar without cricket is the most perplexing question of all. The nation wishes him well.
Refreshing to see a court appointed committee look into betting
by Suresh Menon, October 9, 2013
In a period when the courts in India are ensuring that the powerful who break the law are getting their comeuppance â? from former Railway Minister to a host of other senior politicians â? there is some confidence in the country that the BCCI might also be brought in line.
Indian cricket needs to tap into Anil Kumble to restore credibility of the board
by Suresh Menon, October 2, 2013
Indian cricket is wasting a crisis. Presented with an opportunity to change things, to clean the Augean stables, as it were, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the root cause for much of the damage chose to sweep things under the carpet and go back to the bad old days.
The rot in the IPL system is deep
by Suresh Menon, September 23, 2013
To believe that only a handful of players was involved in spot-fixing is naive in the extreme; just as it is naive now to presume that only of the owners saw in the tournament an opportunity to make money on the side by placing bets. Team owners cannot bet, full stop.
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 30, 2013
The Economist South Asia bureau chief in New Delhi from 2007 to 2010, James Astill bring to this thoroughly enjoyable book two great strengths - a passionate love for cricket in all forms and a delightful turn of phrase which both amuses and enlightens.
Urine-Gate: Will Pietersen, Broad and Andersen get away?
by Suresh Menon, August 30, 2013
Some cricket teams bond by playing soccer; others by indulging in 'team-building' activities that include competitions and sophisticated versions of children's games. And then some players bond by urinating on the pitch.
An evening with India's greatest spinners
by Suresh Menon, August 20, 2013
There can be few more rewarding ways to spend an evening than in the company of some of the greatest spinners in the history of the game.
Book Review - Cricket: Conflicts and Controversies by Kersi Meher-Homji
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 16, 2013
Whether it be fixing/betting, pay disputes, crowd misbehavior, bad blood between nations, squabbles among players-history keeps repeating itself. Cricket has seen it all for over 100 years.
Don't ban the DRS
by Suresh Menon, August 16, 2013
The technology is not error-free, but then nothing is in sport. And it may need a better-educated handling or greater choices for the players and umpires.
The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India
by Suresh Menon, August 9, 2013
There is an inevitability about the IPL. It is this inevitability that James Astill captures while tracing the emergence of modern India through its greatest national obsession in The Great Tamasha: Cricket, Corruption and the Turbulent Rise of Modern India.
Dar will be haunted for years by his blunders
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 7, 2013
There has been some outrage in the Australian media over Broad's refusal to 'walk' which is ironical given the old saying that the only time an Australian cricketer walks is when he cannot find a taxi.
Remembering Hemu Adhikari and Gulabrai Ramchand
by Suresh Menon, July 26, 2013
Before Tiger Pataudi emerged and claimed the title for his own, Ramchand was seen as the 'bold' Indian captain who approached a game in a positive state of mind and was not averse to taking risks.
DRS and Hotspot get more decisions right than wrong
by Suresh Menon, July 15, 2013
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 can't leave it to the players and their sense of fair play to correct an umpiring error.
Another meaningless one-day tournament
by Suresh Menon, July 9, 2013
Another meaningless one-day tournament, that is what is being played in the West Indies now, without any particular relevance or context.
A not so genuine World Test Championship
by Suresh Menon, July 2, 2013
A five-match series between the two top teams might serve the cause of Test cricket better than a three-match knockout among four teams. The ICC must decide if it wants a genuine world Test champion or a made-for-television champion.
Book Review: Sporting Times: The 175 Year Journey of Indian Sports Compiled by Boria Majumdar
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 2, 2013
Even during the glory days of Indian hockey from the 1930s to the 1960s, cricket has always been the glamour sport attracting the biggest crowds and the widest media attention. Now of course it has grown into a monster that threatens to swallow all other sports in the country which is a pity.
The team for the 2015 World Cup is here
by Suresh Menon, June 24, 2013
Sometimes, in team sport, the past can sit heavily on the present. The team that won Indiaaâ?s second World Cup contained the first player to make a double century in 50-over cricket.
Indian cricket should get the cleansing it deserves
by Suresh Menon, June 17, 2013
It may be unsporting, even politically incorrect, to say this â? but a larger cause might be served if India do not win the Champions Trophy.
BCCI's long road to dealing with conflicts
by Suresh Menon, June 11, 2013
Of the three agencies looking at corruption in Indian cricket â? the police, the media and the BCCI - two have already arrived at judgements and handed out sentences.
Prepositional jugglery of Srinivasan stepping aside and not stepping down
by Suresh Menon, June 3, 2013
Faced with the choice between doing the right thing (resigning) and the selfish thing (dragging the name of the BCCI through mud), the President kicks his heels in and stays.
Board of Compromises for Cricket in India
by Suresh Menon, May 29, 2013
As Saurabh Somani has suggested in his column in wisdenindia.com, perhaps Indian cricket survived not so much because of the integrity of its players but because of the indifference of the general public to the scandals.
Introduce foreign players into the Ranji Trophy championship
by Suresh Menon, May 21, 2013
Bowling with Dale Steyn or batting with Michael Hussey (in IPL) can be an education, and many youngsters have benefited. Perhaps the time has come to extend the concept, and introduce foreign stars into the Ranji Trophy championship.
BCCI must act on fixing
by Suresh Menon, May 21, 2013
Let us not make the same mistake we made at the turn of this century when we allowed match-fixers to get away with a slap on the wrists and then welcomed them back into the cricketing fraternity.
Sachin's 40th birthday comes with two messages
by Suresh Menon, April 29, 2013
The 40th comes with two messages. One for him, the other for us. For Sachin, the end is near however you look at it. And for us, it comes with intimations of mortality. For over two decades, Tendulkar was our version of Dorian Gray, keeping us youthful and in some permanent world where everybody is in his 20s.
Gayle - Bradman of T20 cricket
by Suresh Menon, April 26, 2013
Gayle is not just a T20 specialist â? there are a few of them about â? but an all round batsman with two triple centuries in Tests to his name.
Ponting's Plainspeak
by Suresh Menon, April 19, 2013
There is something depressing about watching two of the game's greatest batsmen struggle in a format where the journeymen players appear so comfortable.
Will Sachin go on a tour of South Africa in 2013?
by Suresh Menon, April 10, 2013
According to a report, Sachin Tendulkar told Allan Donald that he would tour South Africa later this year.
N Srinivasan sacricifices the sanctity of sport
by Suresh Menon, April 1, 2013
The president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has many interests and many conflicts of interest. He is a businessman, he owns (or at least his company owns) CSK, the most successful IPL franchise, and he operates out of Chennai.
A new India is taking shape
by Suresh Menon, March 24, 2013
With the Kohlis and Pujaras and Dhawans and Vijays coming on so well, perhaps the pressure on Tendulkar will be reduced while his experience in the dressing room among a team of youngsters would be invaluable.
A nice start for India's newest opening pair
by Suresh Menon, March 18, 2013
There was never any doubt about Vijay's ability though he averages under 20 in half the Tests he has played, all of them abroad. In India that average is 57.
Sehwag - Phenomenally gifted, too-easily satisfied batsman
by Suresh Menon, March 11, 2013
Just before he turned 30, Cricinfo asked me to answer the question: Is Sehwag a great player? It was tempting to answer 'Yes', and move on. At that stage, his record of 60 Tests, average of 53 and 15 centuries had been bettered only by Sunil Gavaskar.
Results have been utterly disappointing for New Zealand
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 11, 2013
Why a Test playing nation which gets a more than tidy sum for appearances in world tournaments held by the ICC needs money is the moot qusetion for it does suggest that there may not be everything right with the administration but then it is not a subcontinent nation, so no inconvenient questions will be asked.
Women's Cricket: Let us give Christina Willes and Mary Mitford their due
by Suresh Menon, March 4, 2013
Thanks to television commercials for the women's T20 World Championships recently, many who were not aware of it earlier now know that it was a woman who scored the first double century in limited overs cricket, about a dozen years before Sachin Tendulkar made one and that the first world cup in the sport was the women's world cup in 1973. It took the men two years to catch up.
Dhoni has a chance to redeem himself
by Suresh Menon, February 22, 2013
It is tempting to see India and Australia as two sides of the same coin. Two teams who will miss a couple of champion batsmen - Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey on the one hand and Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman on the other.
Selectors should make inspired choices, unexpected picks
by Suresh Menon, February 12, 2013
Vishwanath himself may have been the last national selector to make an inspired choice based not on record but on potential.
80 years of Indian Test cricket - The Journey from Nagpur to Nagpur
by Rudolph Fernandez, February 6, 2013
While we raise a toast to 80 memorable years and look ahead at the years to come, Nagpur may still teach us a thing or two.
BCCI's policy of intolerance and isolation
by Suresh Menon, February 5, 2013
In India, it is not cricket which is a reflection of society. It is the cricket board.
National duty comes first
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 4, 2013
There will be those who will say that if Saurashtra were playing with Jadeja and Pujara it would have been tougher for Mumbai.
On the role of history and John Bart King
by Suresh Menon, February 4, 2013
Is it absolutely necessary to know about Barton King?
The stadium that Dhoni built
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 24, 2013
Till now Ranchi has been known as the home of one of Indiaaâ?s largest mental asylums. Hopefully that will change now thanks to the stadium that Dhoni built.
Henry Williams' confession needs to be investigated
by Suresh Menon, January 22, 2013
While Armstrong's confession garnered much publicity, South African fast bowler's confession was largely ignored.
One-day game is alive and well
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 22, 2013
The new stadiums at Rajkot and Ranchi are spectacular and as the Indian captain observed they are not only player friendly in terms of facilities but also spectator friendly.
The 40 year old cricketer
by Suresh Menon, January 15, 2013
The last 40-year-old to play for India was the great all rounder Vinoo Mankad, who finished in 1959.
Sehwag was not dropped for lack of form alone
by Suresh Menon, January 7, 2013
Sehwag wasn't dropped for his current lack of form alone (although an average of 23 from his last ten matches isn't inspiring) but because selectors see no potential for the 2015 World Cup.
Dhoni bears the fury of the media
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 7, 2013
Cricket being the great leveller has now brought about the turn of the wheel where the much adored skipper is being the target of the ire of Indian cricket supporters.
Lack of fast bowling strength
by Suresh Menon, January 3, 2013
It can't be the weather, it can't be the diet, it can't be the training, it can't be the domestic system, it can't be the fitness levels, so what is it?
Sachin Tendulkar combined orthodoxy and innovation
by Suresh Menon, December 24, 2012
By quitting ODI four months short of his 40th birthday, Tendulkar has left his options open in Test cricket.
Spirit of Cricket
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 23, 2012
Some time back in the last decade of the last century two former England greats and captains upset at the manner in which international players were going at each other on the field and the reluctance of the umpires to step in and cut it out, decided to write what was till then a vague 'spirit of cricket'.
Howzat! Kerry Packer's War
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 23, 2012
Three decades after the release of the Australian TV docu-drama â?Bodylineeâ?, the small screen Down Under is once again witness to the portrayal of a real-life cricket drama, though of more recent vintage.
Where do India go from here?
by Suresh Menon, December 18, 2012
Dhoni might have saved his place in the eleven with his 99 in Nagpur, but he did little to suggest in the final Test that he would be the man to lead the team out of its current mess.
Is Zaheer Khan the Tendulkar of Indian bowling?
by Suresh Menon, December 10, 2012
Zaheer Khan turned 34 this year, young by most standards but not in professional sport.
Indian batting woefully inadequate
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 10, 2012
The Indians have not helped themselves with a lackadaisical attitude bordering on indifference.
To think curators work on their own is naieve
by Suresh Menon, December 3, 2012
Home sides always made tracks that suited their teams best - it would be foolish to do otherwise - and it was part of the game's charm that conditions differed from venue to venue; an aspect of greatness in the players remains the ability to master varying conditions.
A closely-fought series is far more attractive
by Suresh Menon, November 26, 2012
Suddenly, a series that looked to be heading in one direction has burst into life, and that is wonderful. Revenge is fine in war and love affairs, but in cricket, the closely-fought series is far more attractive.
What next for MS Dhoni?
by Suneer Chowdhary, November 26, 2012
At the outset I still believe that MS Dhoni, or any cricket captain should have the right to expect a home track that assists his team. It is hogwash to vilify a side wanting a pitch that works in his favour. Dhoni was well within his rights to wish for his choice surface and that the team exhibited an appalling on-field performance at Mumbai should not take away from this fact.
Pujara becomes the load-bearing pillar
by Suresh Menon, November 25, 2012
Before we have had a proper chance to mourn Dravid, here is Pujara. This is what makes cricket special.
Test matches all over the world get results
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 25, 2012
With Test matches all over the world getting results, that can only be great for the game.
Azhar - It is not about innocence or guilt
by Suresh Menon, November 12, 2012
Should we rejoice that Mohammad Azharuddin has been reprieved by the High Court or vent our frustration on a cricket board that made no effort to build a case that would have held up in court?
Aussie cricketers acclimatize better than the English
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 12, 2012
One of the reasons why the Australian team has been able to conquer the subcontinent is the way they have tried to understand the culture of the countries they visit.
Night Tests are the way forward
by Suresh Menon, November 6, 2012
Is it better to play to relatively bigger crowds at night or to play in the sun before the proverbial three men and a dog?
Living in the past will not guarantee Gambhir a future
by Suresh Menon, October 29, 2012
When sportsmen talk about what they have achieved rather than what they look forward to, it feels as if they are viewing their careers from the wrong end of the telescope.
C.K. Nayudu award came as a bolt from the blue
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 29, 2012
[Col. C.K. Nayudu award] in my view is Indian cricket's highest award and the biggest accolade a cricketer in India can get and one has just to go through the lists of the winners before to realise what illustrious awardees they have been.
Pietersen's return good news for Indian fans
by Suresh Menon, October 24, 2012
That Pietersen will actually be out in the middle carrying England's batting on his shoulders once again in India is good news for Indian fans.
IPL - Choice between club and country
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 15, 2012
If the IPL were to start a fortnight earlier in mid March and finish by the end of April or first week of May then all countries would be happy.
Fletcher was in a no-win situation
by Suresh Menon, October 7, 2012
Temperamentally Duncan Fletcher is a back-roomer, working best with strong captains who execute the team plan; a consultant rather than a ring master.
Anomalies in cricket
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 30, 2012
As David Richardson settles down to the job he will hopefully take the call on the absurdity of banning the runners for batsmen even while allowing a substitute for a bowler to go off for a few overs.
Fire in Babylon is an eye-opener
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 30, 2012
"What do they know of cricket who only cricket know?" - That could well be the catch-phrase for 'Fire in Babylon', an inspiring work that forced my change of heart after all these years of resentment and bitterness.
Interesting selection sub-plot to India in Super Eights
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 27, 2012
If asked to connect Virender Sehwag to World T20 tournaments, most Indian fans will be prompt in their answers - fitness issues. And probably, real and perceived controversies. So it wasnnâ?t a surprise when rumours first set in that Sehwag was to miss at least the first game of the Super Eights because of a thumb injury.
Should ICC worry about empty stands at World T20 2012?
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 25, 2012
It was Ireland taking on the West Indies at the R Premadasa in Colombo. The Ă?Everybody dance now,,,Ă? track blared from the DJJJĂ?s console but the irony of the situation was that there was no Ă?everybodyyyĂ? in the stadium.
Remembering the second tied Test
by Suresh Menon, September 24, 2012
Twenty six years ago this month, the Australian off spinner Greg Matthews hit Maninder Singh on the pad, umpire Vikram Raju's finger went up, and a Test match ended in a tie at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
World T20 qualifier needs to include Full Members
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 21, 2012
Around the time the Indian fans were celebrating the 2011 World Cup win, the ICC had thrown a bombshell, one that did not concern the Indians. Or the English. Or any of the Test-playing nations. In a bid to cut out on the meaningless matches involving the rather derogatorily termed minnow nations, they had decided to reduce the number of sides participating in the 2015 World Cup to 10.
The Zaheer Khan conundrum
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 19, 2012
The question most Indian cricket fans seem to be asking is about IndiaaaĂ?s lack of bowling teeth. It is a known problem that keeps getting put forth to every Indian cricketer who makes it to a press conference and subsequently leads to a follow-up Ă? does India need to go into matches with five bowlers.
In T20, you are only as good as your last performance
by Suresh Menon, September 17, 2012
In T20, more than in any other format of the game, you are only as good as your last performance.
Yuvraj's comeback could make the difference
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 17, 2012
Yuvraj's return gives the skipper more flexibility and Raina, Sharma and Tiwary can all roll their arms over more than usefully.
Has Rohit Sharma turned the corner?
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 17, 2012
The recent Sri Lanka series was a struggle for Rohit Sharma and there arennnĂ?t too many other polite ways of putting it. The eager strut to the batting crease often transformed into a feared walk back and by the time he was dismissed in the last game of that series, the writing was on the wall. Or so one thought anyway. That Rohit got selected to the World T20 squad was more than surprising, to the extent it spawned off many a joke in the social media at the Mumbai batsmannnĂ?s expense. Given this background, like for Yuvraj Singh, Habhajan Singh and L Balaji who were all making a comeback to the side for different reasons, these two warm-up games were expected to be crucial for Rohit. Especially with a run-scoring Manoj Tiwary waiting in the wings to snatch that middle-order position away for now. The Sri Lanka game was almost his last chance to eke out a place for himself in the starting 11. With India struggling at 46/3 in that game and Gautam Gambhir out because of his wrist injury, Rohit entered the scene with his back to the ball. What he also had was a platform quite ideal to prove his worth. Soon Yuvraj Singh was dismissed as well and in MS Dhoni, Rohit was joined by a perfect partner. His captain, who has often showed more faith in him than your average Joe, has an uncanny knack of lifting the game of those at the other end. In a 78-run stand between the two, Dhoni overcame a sluggish start to get to a half-century while Rohit got a vital 37. It might be too early to say this but it could well be the knock that changes his current disposition. Immediately following that 37, Rohit knived through the Pakistani bowling to help himself to a half-century; a 56 that came off only 40 balls. Interestingly, it was Virat Kohli at the other end, he of the no-batting-care-in-the-world fame. Much like his stand with Dhoni, Rohit took advantage of KohliiiĂ?s good form to play himself in. He took 15 balls for his first 14 runs but it was more of a case of him waiting for the most opportune moment to launch into an assertive. The sweep was leashed to a delivery from Mohammad Hafeez and a few careful nudges later, Rohit made use of the shortish length of the deliveries from Shahid Afridi in the 14th over. One went over the deep square-leg fielder, the other was cut backward of point. Now in his elements, Rohit crashed a couple of boundaries off Umar Gul and then greeted Sohail TanvirrrĂ?s re-entry into the attack with a shot that is his signature Ă? a languid loft over mid-wicket that invariably crosses the fence on the full. Unfortunately for Rohit and for Kohli, IndiaaaĂ?s bowling never managed to provide them with the support they deserved as Pakistan chased down the target with almost an over to spare. For a man so desperate for runs, the knock couldnnnĂ?t have come at a better time. And having been there, with his form at the lowest, he probably related with the plight the Indian bowling found itself in the game. When asked about whether he felt frustrated at having ended on a losing side despite his batting effort, Rohit had this to offer: It was one of those bad days with the ball. The last game the bowlers defended a low score against Sri Lanka, which wasnnnĂ?t even a par score, so I am confident they will make a comeback...Ă? Sterner tests lie ahead for Rohit given that these two were only warm-up games. But for now, the two knocks should be a source of a much more relaxed mind. He said it in as many words, Ă?These last two innings have given me a lot of confidence, were important from a personal point of view. I want to keep myself very calm and composed and keep playing like this...Ă? Whether or not he gets selected in the playing 11 will depend on the combination that MS Dhoni opts for but by working himself back to some form, he certainly has given his captain an extra option.
Reimagining the roles of Indian players
by Suresh Menon, September 10, 2012
The home series against England and Australia will be as much about youngsters making a name for themselves as about the established stars reinventing themselves in the new order.
Alastair Cook will be a performing skipper
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 9, 2012
Andrew Strauss realized that his time as an international player was up when he failed with the bat and England under his captaincy not only lost the Test series against South Africa, but with it also the number one ranking.
Remembering Lillee as he hands over charge at MRF
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 9, 2012
It has been 25 years since Australian pace legend Dennis Lillee first set foot on Chennai (then Madras) soil after being appointed head of the MRF Pace Foundation.
With Unmukt and Harmeet, BCCI must make haste slowly
by Suresh Menon, August 27, 2012
The Board of Control for Cricket in India picked a fine Under-19 side, and importantly, gave the boys enough time and tournaments to bond as a competitive team.
India will fare much better at Olympics with advanced training methods
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 20, 2012
BCCI has generously given funds to some sports from its profits but they cannot do it all the time and so other ways have to be found to raise funds.
VVS Laxman played the defining innings of an era
by Suresh Menon, August 20, 2012
VVS deserves his rest, his time with the family and our blessings as he follows his final dream â? to win the Ranji Trophy for Hyderabad.
Pietersen's inability to see beyond his nose
by Suresh Menon, August 13, 2012
It is possible that with better acting, script and choreography, Pietersen might have got away with it.
Kapil Dev seeks amnesty, received payout.
by Suresh Menon, August 6, 2012
It is amazing how often players change colours once they get into administration or the selection committee.
A big grin on the faces of West Indian cricket supporters
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 6, 2012
It is widely believed in the Caribbean that it was Gibson, who couldn't get along with Gayle and so the problems in the first place.
India can afford to carry Rohit Sharma
by Suresh Menon, July 30, 2012
Sport has a version of throwing good money after bad; sometimes you recover the investment, at other times you take a deep breath and cut your losses.
Hashim Amla aspires for greatness
by Suresh Menon, July 23, 2012
With the retirement of Rahul Dravid and the winding down of Ricky Ponting's career, Amla can claim to be the best No. 3 in the world - not that he is likely to.
Yuvraj's fighting spirit
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 23, 2012
His fighting spirit will make the prince [Yuvraj] into the undisputed king in the second half of his career and life.
The challenge of wicket keeping
by Suresh Menon, July 16, 2012
Wicketkeeper's fingers are not as celebrated as boxer's ears, but they bear testimony in a similar sense to the physical demands of sport.
New evaluation system developed by Satyam Mukherjee
by Suresh Menon, July 9, 2012
Steve Waugh is rated No.1 with Graeme Smith (No. 2), the only non-Aussie in the top five according to a new algorithm - developed by Satyam Mukherjee, a scientist at Northwestern University, Illinois.
More honest investigation by BCCI might have revealed a bigger mess
by Suresh Menon, July 2, 2012
BCCI has acted swiftly and decisively, but cannot escape the charge that the whole exercise has been a smokescreen to protect the franchises.
No will to punish associations that prepare bad pitches
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 25, 2012
Associations should get fined monetarily as well as lose points for preparing pitches unsuitable for good cricket.
The malady of match fixing in cricket
by Suresh Menon, June 25, 2012
That Mohammed Amir, a potential world-beater as left arm seamer should so early in his career fall prey to the temptation, and one which was put in his path by his national captain Salman Butt only makes the whole issue more pathetic.
Ghulam Amed - The original gentleman cricketer from India
by Suresh Menon, June 18, 2012
India's first major off spinner was 26 when he made his international debut, although he had made his first class debut at 17.
Remembering Eric Hollies and Bradman's final Test Innings.
by Suresh Menon, June 11, 2012
Eric Hollies clean bowled Don Bradman with a googly in his final Test innings to leave him stranded on an average of 99.94.
India must plan regular Under-19 cricket tours
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 11, 2012
India must also look to have regular under 19 tours too and give the youngsters the international exposure.
Player's choice - Test cricket for honor, T20 for money
by Suresh Menon, June 4, 2012
Chris Gayle has shown how much more you can make from the game with much less effort; he is the most widely-traveled T20 exponent, with home grounds in four continents.
Message for IPL - Innovate or stagnate
by Suresh Menon, May 29, 2012
The message from its fifth edition is that the IPL is, for the moment, too big to fail.
A truly wonderful gesture by BCCI
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 29, 2012
Kapil and the others have been absolute legends of the game and have contributed in other capacities to the game even after their retirement and so holding back their purse is just bad publicity for what is otherwise a wonderful gesture by the BCCI.
BCCI payments become a tool to settle scores with
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 25, 2012
Are the other vocal critics also going to be hounded down and blacklisted for expressing their views?
Chanderpaul is a load bearing pillar
by Suresh Menon, May 21, 2012
What manner of man is this who can bat for ten hours in a Test match, and be criticized for his efforts?
Expanding range of tricks in a batsman's armoury
by Suresh Menon, May 14, 2012
Watching Rahul Dravid play the forward defensive stroke in an IPL match was as incongruous as it was thrilling.
David Richardson for ICC CEO is wonderful news
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 14, 2012
David Richardson will have sympathy for the administartors even as he looks to protect the interests and welfare of the playing fraternity of which he is a life member.
West Indies team lacks charisma
by Suresh Menon, May 7, 2012
When you keep a superior all rounder like Andre Russell out of the team, it is difficult to be assertive and inspiring.
Second half of IPL will be more intense than first
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 29, 2012
Teams will try and give that bit extra so that they can finish in the last four where not only is there some terrific prize money, but also the chance to play in the Champions League later in the year.
Sachin needs to sit down with his handlers
by Suresh Menon, April 27, 2012
Only of one thing is there any guarantee Ă? that the Rajya Sabha versus Lok Sabha cricket match will now be a sellout.
Chris Gayle - A hired gunman, an IPL professional
by Suresh Menon, April 23, 2012
Viewership may be falling, television ratings down, but some 300 players have been shown an alternative way of making a livelihood. And such things cannâ?t be unlearned.
Not everyone can be an Ed Smith
by Suresh Menon, April 16, 2012
Just as it is difficult to find a cricketer with the ability to succeed beyond the game, it is hard to find a leader in another field with a genuine passion and understanding of the game.
Yuvraj's courage is awe inspiring
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 16, 2012
Yuvraj Singh's return to India after his treatment in the United States of America has warmed the cockles of the hearts of the Indian cricket lovers.
Left handed batsmen and the illusion of grace
by Suresh Menon, April 9, 2012
Too much has been made of the left-hander, and his alleged grace. A Gower was graceful because he was graceful, not because he was a left-hander.
IPL 2012 is a game-changer
by Suresh Menon, April 2, 2012
IPL has changed the lives of players, scooped some of them up from near-poverty and deposited them close to the top of the food chain.
IPL has a big test ahead of it
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 2, 2012
This year's edition of the IPL will show if the lower interest in the game has had an effect on the spectators as well as the TV viewing public.
Sachin will play for as long as he is commercially viable
by Suresh Menon, March 26, 2012
It happened to Michael Jordan, who retired and unretired, and even took up baseball while his handlers laughed all the way to the bank.
Cricket has changed in the attitude of those playing
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 21, 2012
Cricket certainly has changed if not in the actual contest between bat and ball, but in the attitude and approach of those playing today.
Great cricketers and selfishness
by Suresh Menon, March 21, 2012
The difference is between creative selfishness, which adds to the team effort and destructive selfishness that takes away from it.
A special type of player returns to the pavilion
by Suresh Menon, March 12, 2012
Dravid will be missed at number three, at first slip, and in the dressing room.
A letter from one Rahul to another
by Rahul Namjoshi, March 9, 2012
You have earned [my] respect by being on that cricket pitch for the longest period of time than any batsman has ever spent in the history of Test Cricket. You have earned it by sheer grit and determination. You have earned it by showing that success is 1% inspiration and 105% perspiration
3 most thankless cricket jobs - umpiring, wicket-keeping and selection
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 5, 2012
Three of the most thankless jobs in the game of cricket are 1] umpiring 2] wicket keeping and 3] selection, and not necessarily in that order.
Who will tell Sachin?
by Suresh Menon, March 5, 2012
Tendulkar might have overstayed his welcome in the shorter form of the game but - to get back to the question we started with â? who will tell him that?
Tri-series or Try-series
by Navroze Dhondy, March 1, 2012
What was Kohli thinking when he walked into the park? Was it premeditated?
It is victory that leads to teamwork
by , February 28, 2012
The Indian team was seen as a united, well-oiled machine with a philosophy borrowed from Dumas: One for all and all for one. We have been getting it wrong all these years.
Tendulkar's departure will be a commercial decision
by Suresh Menon, February 25, 2012
When Bradman was dismissed for zero in his last innings, there was no public demand for him to play another Test or series to ensure that he would retire with a Test average of a round 100.
Retired cricketers should also be provided with health benefits
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 19, 2012
Yuvraj's illness also brought forth the difference in how we treat those currently playing and those who are retired players.
Wait for Yuvraj's second innings
by Navroze Dhondy, February 15, 2012
Yuvraj had come a long way. Not just the crowd, but elsewhere too people were glued to television, watching a rare miracle on a cricket ground.
No last wave of the bat
by Navroze Dhondy, February 15, 2012
Their last outing on AUSTRALIAN soil was eminently forgettable, yet the Adelaide crowd stood up and applauded the Big Three
Test cricket demands effort from the viewer
by Suresh Menon, February 13, 2012
The simple is television's constituency. It explains the success of the IPL, which is a television sport, and the increasing lack of enthusiasm for Test cricket which demands effort from the viewer.
Paes shows he is made of sterner stuff
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 6, 2012
Just like it seems that the Indian tricolour instead of the bat is with Rahul Dravid when he walks out to bat, so also it appears that the tricolour is in Paes' hands instead of the tennis racquet.
Sahara makes some valid points
by Suresh Menon, February 6, 2012
Sahara has said that the money it saves by pulling out of cricket sponsorship will be funnelled into charity works. And it is tempting to say one hopes they pull out if only because that might guarantee drinking water to villages, as promised.
Fitness is the mantra of the new generation
by Suresh Menon, January 30, 2012
Increasingly in selections from the junior level, fitness must be a criterion. Especially when choosing between two players of roughly equal skill.
Cricketers and depression
by Suresh Menon, January 23, 2012
Today clinical depression is better understood, better medication has been developed to control it, and even if it is still a mystery to the lay person, the medical literature on it is extensive.
Indian fans hope for a turnaround
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 23, 2012
The Australian media is loving [India's misery] because nothing gives them greater satisfaction than in seeing the noses of the rich spoilt [their version] Indian stars being rubbed in the dust.
Indian cricket is at the crossroads
by Suresh Menon, January 17, 2012
It will be a sad day when the Tendulkars, Laxmans and Dravids bid goodbye. But sadder are the days when they carry on beyond their sell-by date.
An alternative to the DRS system
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 17, 2012
The famous journalist who was the first to go into print with the idea of having line decisions scrutinized by TV replays has come out with his own solution to the vexed DRS system.
Shed the sentiment and wield the axe
by Suresh Menon, January 9, 2012
Some veterans will have to be politely asked to hand in their resignations, others will have to be told to perform or perish and youngsters will have to be given the confidence to fill in the rather large shoes.
A welcome change in attitude
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 9, 2012
If players today are making a very good living out of the game it is thanks to the sponsors and the fan who spends money from his pocket to attend matches or get merchandise.
Middle order consistency is a factor
by Suresh Menon, January 2, 2012
To paraphrase the philosopher George Santayana, those who don't see patterns are condemned to repeating them.
Indians have to be ruthless and relentless in order to win
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 26, 2011
There is no better opportunity than now and who knows when the Australian team will be as vulnerable again.
Four most successful batsmen of Test cricket are all playing this week
by Suresh Menon, December 26, 2011
In the age of globalisation (and IPL), it would be limiting to restrict such groupings as 'Fabulous Four' to within the boundaries of a single country.
Take scheduling away from the hands of businessmen and bean counters
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 26, 2011
Cricket's strength, particularly the oldest format of Test matches, lies in its tradition and history.
India vs Australia - Batting and bowling worries for the hosts
by Partab Ramchand, December 23, 2011
Do Abhimanyu Mithun, Vinay Kumar and Umesh Yadav have the firepower to unsettle the Aussies? Do Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha have the skills to bemuse the opponents?
Out of the Blue - Rajasthan's magical year in Ranji cricket
by Suresh Menon, December 19, 2011
Aakash Chopra, the former India opening batsman has emerged as a significant member of a small group of cricketers who have played the game at the highest level and now write about it passion.
No surprises if Sehwag breaks his own record
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 18, 2011
Chances are it won't be long before someone re-writes Sehwag's record. No surprises though if Sehwag does it himself!
Future of Indian cricket is in good hands
by Partab Ramchand, December 14, 2011
There is always a cause for alarm when legendary cricketers are on the verge of retirement. There was this frightening thought as to what would happen if all the five retired in quick succession.
Who will inspire more: Australia or India?
by Suresh Menon, December 12, 2011
Will the loss to New Zealand mean the end of Ricky Ponting's career or will he now keep his place in order to lend experience to the shaky middle order?
For Viru, even an ODI 250 is possible
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 12, 2011
Nowhere is it difficult to get a century than in limited overs cricket simply because the format demands that batsmen try and ensure there are very few dot balls and the score is kept moving all the time.
Future bright for Irfan Pathan
by Partab Ramchand, December 7, 2011
He should be on the flight taking the Indian team to Australia but he is not even talking about it.
The pointlessness of sport is its greatest attraction
by Suresh Menon, December 5, 2011
Cricket's most enduring - and endearing - statistic is 99.94, the average that Don Bradman finished with.
Cricket and international relations
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 5, 2011
Cricket has historically played a disproportionately large role in the realm of international relations considering it is competed at the highest level by fewer than a dozen nations.
Annoying the opposition
by Suresh Menon, November 28, 2011
Harbhajan's recent record has been so disappointing that all Ashwin had to do was turn up for the Test series against the West Indies to book his ticket to Australia.
Congratulations to Ajit Wadekar. Kudos to Bapu Nadkarni.
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 26, 2011
That the BCCI has decided to honour Wadekar with the Col CK Nayudu award shows that the BCCI is ready to move on and recognize the contribution of these players to Indian Cricket.
Cricket suicides
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 26, 2011
In light of cricketer and journalist Peter Roebuck's suicide in Cape Town on November 12, Gulu Ezekiel traces eleven other prominent cricketers who took their own lives.
L'affaire Roebuck
by Rahul Namjoshi, November 22, 2011
I wonder how Roebuck, who in his famous article post Sydney gate, asked for Ricky PontingggĂ?s head, would write his own ending.
Basil D'Oliveira was a mighty fine utility player
by Partab Ramchand, November 21, 2011
D'Oliveira's century against Australia is his best known knock but perhaps his greatest innings in Tests came against Pakistan at Dhaka in 1969.
Nobody believes Vinod Kambli because nobody wants to
by Suresh Menon, November 21, 2011
BCCI owes it to its constituency to check out Kambli's call to convince all of us that it is indeed a hoax.
Remembering South Africa's path-breaking visit of India
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 20, 2011
South Africans were feted and welcomed with open arms in Kolkata, Gwalior and New Delhi for three One-day Internationals which the home side won 2-1.
Roebuck's writing was the touchstone for quality
by Suresh Menon, November 14, 2011
Roebuck was a conflicted man, the tormented soul barely visible beneath the joy of writing, traveling, meeting people and giving back to society through his charities.
West Indies should resolve issues with Chris Gayle
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 14, 2011
Hope Gayle comes back to help the West Indies team back to winning ways.
Book Review: Caught Out - By Brian Radford
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 10, 2011
While there are plenty of villains - Cronje, Shane Warne, Allen Stanford, Lalit Modi to name just a few - the heroes are few and include some surprising choices.
Ashwin is a stayer, not a sprinter!
by Partab Ramchand, November 10, 2011
It would be easy to say that he got some help from the Kotla surface but Ashwin is a bowler who will also excel in less amiable conditions.
India needs laws against match fixing
by Suresh Menon, November 7, 2011
Maine match banaya (I fixed matches) is surely the most depressing three words ever spoken by an Indian sportsman.
Sachin's greatest Ranji innings
by Partab Ramchand, November 5, 2011
In a way perhaps it is not surprising that Tendulkar remembers fondly and in some detail his double century for Mumbai against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy semifinal at the Wankhede stadium in April 2000.
India are still the champs at home
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 31, 2011
It has been a series where India have totally dominated England and shown that at home they are still the Champs.
India's spin quartet remembered
by Suresh Menon, October 31, 2011
How good were the original Fab Four ( Venkatraghavan being the fourth) of Indian cricket?
India has a winning team for ODIs
by Suresh Menon, October 24, 2011
The fast bowlers Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron â? capable of bowling in the 140s â? bring with them hope.
International cricket is a year-round game
by Partab Ramchand, October 22, 2011
All ten full members of the ICC are in action either playing Twenty20, Fifty50 or Test cricket.
Graeme Swann and his autobiography - The Breaks Are Off
by Suresh Menon, October 17, 2011
Graeme Swann's "The Breaks Are Off" has taken pot shots at Kevin Pietersen, while the rest of the team holds its breath wondering what fresh revelations will be made in the serialised publication in a newspaper.
Bhagwat Jha Azad's contribution to cricket
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 17, 2011
Very few know the role that the late Bhagwat Jha Azad played in getting the tax concessions for the Indian cricketers.
The Centurions
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 17, 2011
The year 1911 has turned out to be a significant one for Indian cricket as five Test cricketers will mark their birth centenaries this year.
Remembering Vijay Merchant
by Partab Ramchand, October 12, 2011
Only Don Bradman with figures of 95.14 has a better career average than Vijay Merchant's 71.22 in first class cricket.
Questions about Kumble's unquestioned integrity
by Suresh Menon, October 10, 2011
However good the intentions may be, once commerce enters the picture, questions about clash of interests will be asked.
Venkatraghavan - A story awaiting to be told
by Suresh Menon, October 3, 2011
Venkatraghavan had a sharp, cricketing mind, was tactically better aware than most, and in the ideal world would have been a long-term Indian captain.
Rahul Sharma is a blue chip investment
by Partab Ramchand, October 3, 2011
Rahul Sharma, the 24-year-old Jalandhar born leg spinner is suddenly a much talked about cricketer.
An interesting season of cricket ahead
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 3, 2011
Harbhajan is too good a cricketer to be left out for long and is only 31 years old so he has plenty of bowling left in him.
Criticising Sachin is anti-national?
by Suresh Menon, September 26, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar is being used once again. This time by political loudmouths so keen on protecting his good name that they think nothing of throwing dirt on the fair name of our democratic country.
Historic Chepauk Tied Test
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 25, 2011
The abiding memory for me of the Test match between Australia and India played 25 years ago at Chepauk, Madras was not that it ended in only the second tie in the history of Test cricket, but of the appalling heat and humidity.
Cricket Quirky Cricket - Book Review
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 22, 2011
Kersi, who has been writing on cricket for over 40 years, has some favourite themes on which he has compiled books (this is his 13th).
Dravid - The quintessential team man
by Partab Ramchand, September 19, 2011
There were many who were firmly convinced that Dravid's game was good only for Test cricket.
Baton exchange begins for Team India
by Suresh Menon, September 18, 2011
Should India soon climb back to the top spot in either form of the game, the magic moment will be traced to that magic partnership between Dravid and Kohli.
Young players would do well to emulate Dravid - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 18, 2011
Dravid has done everything that can be asked of him. He has opened the batting, he has kept wickets to allow the selectors the flexibility to add a batsman or a bowler according to the needs of the team and he has also fielded in the suicide position of forward short leg and taken a few blows there too.
Lala Amarnath - Charming in every respect
by Partab Ramchand, September 12, 2011
Lala Amarnath whose birth centenary falls on September 11 was always news. On and off the field he unwittingly made sure that he was always in the public eye.
Raina remains an enigma
by Suresh Menon, September 12, 2011
India's only centurion in all three forms of the game, he looks world class when battling the white ball. Against the red, however, he often looks pedestrian.
MCC makes a blunder
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 7, 2011
A blunder has been committed in stating that the senior Nawab of Pataudi (Iftikhar) represented England before India achieved Test status.
Australia begins their climb back
by Partab Ramchand, September 5, 2011
It may be too early to be talking of an Australian resurgence but their emphatic victory over Sri Lanka at Galle could just be the first step towards the long, hard road back to the top.
Saving Dr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni
by Suresh Menon, September 5, 2011
Dr. Mahendra Singh Dhoni â? the honorific thanks to a university in Leicester - turned 30 this year. An international sportsman at that age is the equivalent of an accountant or a candlestick maker at 50.
Ranji and Duleep Trophy are premier tournaments for selection
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 5, 2011
The Ranji Trophy and Duleep Trophy are the premier tournaments for selection and have always been so, but how many of the games are watched by selectors who are now paid to do so?
Humiliation in England most devastating in the history of Indian cricket
by Partab Ramchand, August 26, 2011
It is over half a century since I first took a keen interest in cricket Ă? enough for me to hear the live radio commentary and go through the details of the dayyyyĂ?s play in the newspapers the following morning. The first Test match I followed closely in this fashion was between India and England at Trent Bridge in 1959.
The road to rebuild
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, August 23, 2011
As far as dynasties go on to last, that was a short and sweet stay at the top for India. A quickie of sorts; a seat-warmer variety; a caretaker kind; in local parlance, a Gulzari Lal Nanda reign - in the record books for sure, but not long enough to leave any sort of impact.
England debacle might yet have done Indian cricket some good
by Suresh Menon, August 22, 2011
During a break in the Oval Test, perhaps as an antidote to the embarrassment being dished out by the current Indian team, television showed matches of the 2002 tour.
The India cap should not be taken as a right but as a responsibility
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 22, 2011
The recent working committee meeting of the BCCI understandably did not discuss the current disastrous tour of England, but decided to wait till the team finished the tour after which they would take a call on what needs to be done.
English tour exposes BCCI's skewed priorities
by Suresh Menon, August 15, 2011
"The batting did not click for us," Krishnamachari Srikkanth has pointed out with devastating honesty. "We also did not do well in bowling and fielding."
History has an uncanny knack of repeating itself
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 15, 2011
When England's Ian Bell was run out and then recalled, the closest parallel was from a Test match in 1974.
Dravid's recall is a retrograde step
by Partab Ramchand, August 8, 2011
The Indian team is performing admirably in ODIs, they are ranked No 3, they have just won the World Cup and it was basically a young team that pulled off the great feat.
BCCI should learn from Dravid's brand of professionalism
by Suresh Menon, August 8, 2011
It is a tribute to Dravid's decency that he accepted the assignment and to his professionalism that he celebrated by announcing his retirement from the shorter forms of the game.
BCCI should take a call on which player needs rest
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 7, 2011
How come nobody mentions fatigue about the oldest player in the team. He played in the IPL too so it's not as if he had been resting and then came to West Indies.
Dhoni should dig deep and lead a comeback
by Partab Ramchand, August 4, 2011
MS Dhoni has gone from the man with the Midas touch to the man who can do little right. From a popular, charismatic and winning personality he is now the loser whom everyone is pointing fingers at.
In the spirit of cricket...
by Suresh Menon, August 1, 2011
Why should sport - widely believed to mirror society - answer to a greater morality than other fields of human endeavour?
Manjrekar's suggestion that Dravid has no great talent is an insult
by Suresh Menon, July 25, 2011
Dravid overcomes more problems in the course of a single innings than many of us do in a whole year. You cannot do that without talent.
DRS Technology is not yet 100 per cent accurate
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 25, 2011
Technology is a good tool to have for enhancing the television viewing experience but there is still plenty of work to be done before it is applied to calls that can make or break cricketersssĂ? careers.
Indian pace attack has never been stronger
by Partab Ramchand, July 22, 2011
The five pacemen touring England constitute the leading quintet right now. Which means there is no place for the likes of Ashish Nehra, Irfan Pathan and RP Singh who were certainties not too long ago.
The virtues of Test cricket
by Partab Ramchand, July 18, 2011
A performance in any art form of the highest order should not be restricted in time, overs and minutes.
A World XI on the eve of the 2000th Test match
by Suresh Menon, July 18, 2011
Malcolm Marshall or Waqar Younis? W G Grace or Ranjitsinhji? These are only some of the questions a sole selector of an all-time World XI has to face on the eve of the 2000th Test match.
Bhajji scales the 400-wicket summit
by Partab Ramchand, July 11, 2011
Thirteen years after making his Test debut as a precocious 17-year-old against Australia at Bangalore Harbhajan Singh has become only the eleventh bowler to take 400 Test wickets.
Australians will dish it out but will not take any on the chin
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 11, 2011
For a country which places such great store on mental toughness and makes a virtue of abuse of the opposition the reaction to Daryl Harper's voluntary stepping away from officiating in the final Test between West Indies and India in Dominica has been hypocritical to say the least.
On the brink of 2000th Test match
by Suresh Menon, July 11, 2011
The 1000th Test match was played in Hyderabad (Pakistan) between the hosts and New Zealand. It was memorable for a century in each innings by Javed Miandad. That was just 27 years ago.
Impatience is US Cricket's plague
by Jamie Harrison, July 11, 2011
US cricket fans who have been following DreamCricket's coverage of the USA-Windies U19 series almost certainly recognize that we are being outclassed in every category by which these two national teams might be measured.
Caribbean Themes: ICC, BCCI and S**t Happens
by Chetan Narula, July 5, 2011
Let us start with the last one. It was just too bad that MS Dhoni was given out off a no-ball and that the video replay shown was the wrong one. What are the odds of that happening? Remote would be the answer when so much cricket is happening all around, year after year.
Harbhajan needs to rediscover himself
by Suresh Menon, July 4, 2011
Even allowing for the greater number and variety of international matches played, the cliche about spinners still holds: they mature late.
Cricket's tussle between bat and ball
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 4, 2011
Cricket's eternal tussle between bat and ball is extended these days into the commentary box which in the modern era is packed with ex-players.
India agrees to DRS
by Suresh Menon, June 29, 2011
In the current series in the West Indies (where there is no DRS), Indians calculate they had six decisions that went against them in the first Test.
John Waite's death marks the end of an appalling era
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 27, 2011
The death of legendary South African wicket-keeper batsman John Waite in Johannesburg on Wednesday at the age of 81 brings closer to an end an appalling era in South African sport and society.
Lessons from Sabina Park
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 26, 2011
What the Sabina Park pitch did was also show the young Indian batsmen that there is a world of a difference between Test cricket and one-day cricket.
West Indies tour has potential to be historic and pathbreaking
by Partab Ramchand, June 24, 2011
The Kingston win can be termed as a significant victory and the series could well be a historic, path breaking one if the youngsters all perform in keeping with their growing reputation.
Caribbean Themes: Excessive cricket, Raina and Bhajji
by Chetan Narula, June 21, 2011
There is a similarity between domestic cricket in India and international cricket in West Indies nowadays - barring the odd television crew, a bunch of journalists, ten other jolly men and two dogs, no one else is ever present to watch the proceedings.
Bob Crisp, Adam Parore and other adventurous cricketers
by Suresh Menon, June 20, 2011
Cricketers might occasionally flash outside the off stump or dive headlong onto the boundary boards to save a boundary, but generally they prefer to leave mountain-climbing and trekking to the experts.
India fails to go for the kill against West Indies
by Partab Ramchand, June 18, 2011
A sense of complacency and being all too easily satisfied has been one of India's lamentable traits over the years.
A vice captain for India
by Suresh Menon, June 13, 2011
Not always in Indian cricket has a vice captain automatically become captain. It is unlikely that either Harbhajan Singh or V V S Laxman, who have the job in the West Indies in the shorter and longer forms of the game respectively, will do so.
Bribery and corruption in football
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 11, 2011
The recent FIFA elections have predictably raised a storm about bribery and corruption in the organization and once again brought attention to an organization that has been beset with these allegations for some time now.
Alastair Cook on his way to becoming an all time English great
by Partab Ramchand, June 9, 2011
With all due credit to Trott the one man who gives the impression of being, in racing parlance, a stayer and not a sprinter is Cook.
The decline of West Indies cricket
by Suresh Menon, June 6, 2011
The true lover of cricket will be saddened by the decline of West Indies. Today Bangladesh is the only team below them in world rankings in both forms of the game.
Martin Crowe and Adam Parore make waves
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 6, 2011
One of the things that differentiate the men from the boys in international sport is temperament.
More than just a country vs club debate
by Suresh Menon, May 31, 2011
Only four of the eleven Indian players who won the World Cup are in the squad for the West Indies one-day series.
IPL 2011: Of Bangalore's brilliant brainwave and Mumbai's pitch travails
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 24, 2011
A written script couldnnâ?t have planned this better. The four qualifiers for the playoffs also played in the league games of the last day, without the pressure of gunning for the qualification â? that, they already had. However, it was a strain of a different kind, one to finish in the top two positions in the points table and in the end, it seemed to have got to two of the sides.
Dhoni is secure in the captain's seat at 30
by Suresh Menon, May 23, 2011
It will be interesting to see whom Dhoni himself grooms as his successor. This is not part of his job description, and in fact very few captains have even attempted it. But somehow one feels Dhoni is different.
Cricket and Beyond - A book review
by Partab Ramchand, May 21, 2011
Even when he was a rookie reporter I could see the fire in Gulu's eyes when it came to dealing with ticklish issues or major controversies.
West Indies make a comeback
by Suresh Menon, May 16, 2011
By winning the last two one-dayers, the West Indies showed they were not about to roll over and die, a feeling enhanced by their victory in the first Test.
It is not going to be easy for Alastair Cook
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 15, 2011
The appointment of Alastair Cook as captain of England's one-day squad should not come as a surprise to those who follow English cricket.
What is the yardstick for selection to the Indian team?
by Partab Ramchand, May 15, 2011
Should the IPL constitute a yardstick for selection to the Indian team? Or should it be domestic first class cricket? Or the recent World Cup?
Chris Gayle's batting is unburdened by a WICB contract
by Suresh Menon, May 10, 2011
Gayle has been batting in the IPL matches like someone who has just had a great weight lifted off his shoulders.
Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings look good to make it two finals in a row
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 9, 2011
Two-thirds of the way into the Indian Premier League and the closeness of the contest, with respect to the qualification for the playoffs, has immensely reduced. Currently, there are five teams fighting it out for a place in the newly-constructed playoffs format with a sixth, barely surviving by the skin of their teeth.
Fletcher should follow Kirsten's mantra
by Partab Ramchand, May 2, 2011
Sachin Tendulkar for one made it clear that Kirsten was a success as he allowed the team to be themselves.
BCCI - Thinking beyond self-interest
by Suresh Menon, May 2, 2011
The Board of Control for Cricket in India will not admit this, but the IPL is playing havoc with the international programmes of smaller boards like those of the West Indies and Sri Lanka.
Malinga's Test-retirement continues to raise questions of ICC
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 25, 2011
The behemoth has raised its head again. The retirement of Lasith Malinga will take away from the purest form of the game, another soldier, one who belonged to that ever-diminishing breed of high quality bowlers who could potentially change the complexion of game each time he came on for a spell.
Who will replace Gary Kirsten?
by Suresh Menon, April 25, 2011
Will India's World Cup triumph do for their coaches what it will do for their players - earn recognition as among the best in the business?
Gerry Alexander and the Indian connection
by Partab Ramchand, April 20, 2011
Among all visiting captains who have toured India Gerry Alexander who passed away a couple of days ago is remembered with affection.
Cricket diplomacy or a commercial opportunity?
by Suresh Menon, April 18, 2011
People-to-people contact implies a visit across the border. To play in Dubai or Abu Dhabi or any neutral venue would defeat the purpose.
Good times for Indian sport
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 16, 2011
It really is good times for Indian sport and all the money spent on building various infrastructure seems to be paying rich dividends now.
The biggest truths and the naked untruth - Lessons from the World Cup
by Suresh Menon, April 12, 2011
The players have it easy. All they need to do is turn up in 40-degree heat after some hours of travel, and play through a hundred overs. The media donnâ?t have it so easy. They have to sit in air-conditioned rooms and make sense of everything.
Mumbai Indians, the early top contender to enter IPL playoffs
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 12, 2011
Two games into the Indian Premier League this season and Mumbai Indians have given every indication that the format has been grasped completely after two successive attempts-turned-into-fiascos.
The grief of cricket's associate countries
by Partab Ramchand, April 8, 2011
The associates have every right to feel aggrieved about the ICC decision to restrict the 2015 World Cup to the ten Test playing nations.
India can win from anywhere
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 6, 2011
Australia was humbled, Sri Lanka mauled, New Zealand humiliated, and any fears against England, West Indies and the rest were comfortably put to rest.
Aussies look to a fresh start under Michael Clarke
by Partab Ramchand, April 5, 2011
Over the last couple of years it was apparent that the bench strength in which the Aussies had taken a lot of pride was not up to the standards of the players they replaced.
World Cup win legacy could test IPL viewership
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 4, 2011
When India won ICC World T20 in 2007, it was a format of the game that had intrigued the Indian fans. BCCIIâ?s reluctance to embrace it for three years since its birth had ensured that by the time the World T20 came around the corner, India had played only one T20I.
Will India's cricket administrators learn from the players?
by Suresh Menon, April 3, 2011
India's cricketers have shown themselves to be a hard-working professional lot who are willing to make sacrifices for the game. If they inspire the administrators to do the same, then this might be a significant turning point in world cricket.
Ponting one of the greatest to have played the game - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 3, 2011
First Ricky Ponting announced that he was stepping down from the captaincy of the Australian team and would be happy to play under the new skipper simply as a batsman and would help the new skipper in any way which he could.
WC 2011 Special: India Beat Pakistan. Now Let's Move On!
by Chetan Narula, March 31, 2011
As Misbah ul Haq skied the fifth ball of the last over from Zaheer Khan, the crowd waited a few seconds in pregnant anticipation. Then Virat Kohli duly completed the catch and India had won the semi-final, beating Pakistan by 29 runs. The players broke out in raw cheer, the 30,000 watching intently danced to glorifying rhythmic chants, while many in the press box applauded.
WC 2011 S/F Special: Indian Batting v Pakistan Bowling
by Chetan Narula, March 29, 2011
When India and Pakistan take the field in an ODI World Cup, it becomes so much more than just another cricket match. One mentions ODI specifically because the feeling is not similar in the T20 arena.
India vs Pakistan - More than just a cricket match
by Suresh Menon, March 28, 2011
Already the Mohali semifinal has been anointed with a significance beyond its status as a sporting encounter thanks to the presence of the Prime Minister of the two countries, one of whom will have to go to bed disappointed.
Yuvraj Singh - India's man of the moment.
by Partab Ramchand, March 28, 2011
Four man of the match awards in seven games is an achievement beyond any other cricketer in World Cup history and to think that these feats have been notched up by a player who sometime ago was thinking about quitting the game.
WC 2011 S/F Special: Lankan Bowling v Kiwi Batting
by Chetan Narula, March 28, 2011
When the setting for a World Cup semi-final is the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo and Sri Lanka are one of the competing teams, it doesn't really take Albert Einstein to figure out the equation. Tailor-made turning track, spin based attack and New Zealand ought to be jumping on their toes. It could well turn out that way and Lanka would then speed off to Mumbai straight from the ground itself. Confident as it may sound doing that however may not be so easy.
World Cup 2011 Special: India or Australia?
by Chetan Narula, March 23, 2011
That only one of the two will progress to the semis is but the essence of this quarter-final clash. A second aspect is that India and Australia have never clashed at this stage of the tournament previously, wherein the stakes could yet go higher.
Ireland won the hearts of cricket lovers
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 21, 2011
Even in the 2007 edition they (Ireland) were impressive and now they have done even better in this world cup chasing successfully over 300 runs twice a feat not easily achieved in international cricket.
India not favorites to win the World Cup
by Suresh Menon, March 21, 2011
India showed they are not over-dependant on Tendulkar, but it was difficult to shake off the feeling that they continue to be a one-man team.
One bad day at the office and India could be out
by Partab Ramchand, March 21, 2011
A second place finish to South Africa in group B is par for the course as far as the Indian team is concerned.
WC 2011 Special: India's tournament has to begin vs West Indies
by Chetan Narula, March 19, 2011
By the time one started writing this, Bangladesh were already out of the World Cup, having crashed to 78 all-out against South Africa. A straight forward implication is that we now know who the eight quarter-finalists are, just that the order and match-ups need to be decided.
WC 2011 Special: A Sparkling Tournament
by Chetan Narula, March 17, 2011
One-Day cricket has lived under a great shadow for some time. Thanks to Twenty20, umpteen obituaries have been written of this format and since they were all unwarranted, many ideas have been generated out of thin air, so as to improve the show.
Players who are too easily satisfied do not become world champions
by Suresh Menon, March 13, 2011
Dhoni needs to bang heads together, read the riot act, threaten, punish. He has to get his own captaincy onto a more logical track.
WC 2011 Special: Are India in the groove for South Africa?
by Chetan Narula, March 11, 2011
Four matches. Three wins, one tied game and zero losses, sitting pretty at top of the group. That is India's World Cup campaign so far. Yet at the end of their five-wicket win over the Netherlands in Delhi two days back, the loudest were groans - both from the fans and the media, alike.
Huffing and puffing India lack killer instinct
by Partab Ramchand, March 11, 2011
At about the halfway mark it must be said that the Indians do not appear to be a side that could win the World Cup.
WC 2011 Special: Interpreting India's plans for Netherlands
by Chetan Narula, March 8, 2011
When you look at India's itinerary in the World Cup, it clearly dawns that they are the most favoured hosts of three. Of course it helps when one of the BCCI's top administrators is the tournament commissioner and the resultant is a size-able gap between most of their six first-round matches.
India has an opportunity to try some changes against Netherlands
by Suresh Menon, March 7, 2011
For a reason that is not very clear, the job descriptions of the Indian players have undergone changes in recent matches.
Ireland win bragging rights until next world cup
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 6, 2011
Kevin O'Brien was the one man responsible for that. He got the fastest century in world cup history and that too against a major test playing country.
WC 2011 Special: Interpreting India's plans for Ireland
by Chetan Narula, March 5, 2011
When the fixture list for this tournament was drawn a long time ago, the India-Ireland encounter was just another of those matches where the minnows would line-up against a powerhouse team, hoping to have a good day.
WC 2011 Special: That Sensational Tie
by Chetan Narula, March 1, 2011
When Sachin Tendulkar scores 120 runs in an ODI he usually wins the Man-of-the-Match award. Seldom does it happen that the opposite number comes up with 158 of his own and steals away his thunder.
Ways to discourage fans from watching cricket
by Suresh Menon, February 28, 2011
It is a wonder that the Karnataka State Cricket Association managed to keep 7,000 tickets for the paying public.
WC 2011 Special: Interpreting India's plans for England
by Chetan Narula, February 25, 2011
Revenge jobs are never easy. There is the great chance of overdoing things and plans going awry, thus upsetting the apple-cart.
The History of World Cup Cricket - Book Review
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 24, 2011
Compact, concise and colourful, the book's strength is undoubtedly its production values which are world-class.
WC 2011 Special: Minnows and the World Cup buzz!
by Chetan Narula, February 22, 2011
The thing about big tournaments is that at any given time, there is a particular topic buzzing in the minds of the people - both playing and watching. It has been five days (almost) since the World Cup began and the debate has been the participation of the minnows, or indeed their prospective non-participation from 2015 onwards.
1971 was the landmark year for Indian cricket
by Partab Ramchand, February 22, 2011
If 1983 was a breakthrough feat as far as ODIs were concerned 1971 was a landmark year in Indian Test cricket.
1983 showed even the dragon can be slain
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 21, 2011
We (the players who are part of the 1983 win) will be as happy as the rest of India if Mahiiâ?s men do it this time.
Dhoni can stop history from repeating itself
by Suresh Menon, February 21, 2011
India probably paid the price in two matches nine years apart, for not playing to their strengths but to the opponents' weaknesses.
Curtain Raiser - Interpreting India's World Cup Plans
by Chetan Narula, February 18, 2011
The buzz has grown ever louder and has become a din - that is if you go by the resplendent opening ceremony in Dhaka. But the 2011 World Cup will make its first real presence felt on Saturday when India clash with Bangladesh in the opening game.
No clear cut winners and no outright losers
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, February 17, 2011
World Cup '11, the most democratic outing in a long while, starts off with no clear-cut winners and no outright losers. Let the vagaries commence!
Make the warm-up games full ODIs
by Suresh Menon, February 14, 2011
When England play France in a soccer friendly, they don't muck around.
Watch out for the six outsiders this World Cup
by Partab Ramchand, February 11, 2011
Only two World Cup competitions - in 1975 and 1987 â? have not been marked by major surprise results.
Different shades of greed!
by Suresh Menon, February 7, 2011
Last year Ravindra Jadeja was banned for what was crudely seen as his greed. This year it is the turn of Manish Pandey. Greed, according to the IPL is the exclusive property of the IPL.
This will be one of the most wide open World Cups!
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 7, 2011
With the World Cup only days away, the build up has begun and teams and supporters are showing the nervousness that is pretty much standard for everybody just before a massive event like this.
This is a very open World Cup!
by Partab Ramchand, February 3, 2011
On recent form and overall record it would appear that any of half a dozen teams stand an almost equal chance of winning the trophy.
Kolkata fans pay a heavy price - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, January 30, 2011
This might be the end of Dalmiya (although I doubt even that), but the Kolkata fan has had to pay a heavy price for it.
India's lower order works twice as hard!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, January 26, 2011
The final 3-2 records speaks less of the Indian fight back than it does about South African throw away.
A contrasting build-up to the World Cup!
by Chetan Narula, January 26, 2011
In masked truth, the South African sojourn was nothing more than a hyped prequel to the much awaited 2011 ODI World Cup in the sub-continent.
Conspiracy theories and made up tales
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 24, 2011
The two big selection dates in the Indian cricketing calendar have come and gone and as expected made waves.
India were not as good as the 2-3 margin suggests
by Suresh Menon, January 24, 2011
India falling at the last hurdle is not new â? but we must not read too much into the one-day defeat in South Africa.
Move over Afridi, Yusuf Pathan is here!
by Partab Ramchand, January 24, 2011
Move over Shahid Afridi! Yusuf Pathan is now the crowd favourite when it comes to sending the ball into the stratosphere.
The World Cricket League - A game of chutes and ladders
by Venu Palaparthi, January 20, 2011
USA meets Oman, Denmark, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and Italy in Division 3 of the WCL this week. For USA, this marks a return to where it all started back in 2005.
Rajasthan's long wait for Ranji Trophy comes to an end
by Partab Ramchand, January 16, 2011
It has been a long wait for Rajasthan who made their debut in the Ranji Trophy in 1935-36 playing as Rajputana.
Fielding is India's greater worry!
by Suresh Menon, January 16, 2011
Indian batsmen will have to consistently score 30 or 40 runs more than the par score to make up for the inefficiency of their fielding.
USA Cricket: Player eligibility status needs to be more transparent
by Peter Della Penna, January 11, 2011
While USA's national teams follow one set of eligibility guidelines for ICC tournaments, USACA uses a different set of guidelines for teams participating in domestic tournaments.
Cricket is not about sentiment. It is business.
by Suresh Menon, January 11, 2011
Now that the spectacle of excess (to borrow a phrase the culture critic Roland Barthes used in another context) is over, we have to ask ourselves just how much the culture of IPL has changed since the departure of Lalit Modi. Not a lot, is the answer. The message to Sourav Ganguly has been analysed threadbare; the former India captain has tended to take the focus away from the real issues.
Two Test series redefined the equations in the cricketing world
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 9, 2011
Two of Test cricket's most anticipated and much awaited series are over and it has redefined the equations in the cricketing world. England retained the Ashes with a thumping 3-1 win over the Australians and in doing so have thrown Australian cricket in a state of uncertainty.
India-South Africa series have been Even-Stevens
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, January 8, 2011
'The final frontier', they dubbed this series between Indians and Proteas. That would mean, theoretically and technically, that India had conquered the rest of the world and only the African nation remains the lone bastion standing between India and the New World Order.
Will 2011 World Cup redefine future of ODI cricket?
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 7, 2011
The format has evolved over the years with constant innovations being introduced to try to keep it fresh. Twenty years ago it was traditional five-day Test cricket that was being written off, a victim of the surge in popularity of ODIs. The first three World Cups in England (1975, â?79 and â?83) were of 60-overs duration.
Indian Cricket's ultimate charismatic figure turns 70
by Partab Ramchand, January 5, 2011
Whether as Nawab of Pataudi or as Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi his legacy as batsman and captain endures in Indian cricket. Indeed it is difficult to believe that he will be 70 on January 5.
Those who can, bat. Those who can't put the other team in!
by Suresh Menon, January 3, 2011
It takes humour, enormous self-belief and superior tactical skills to captain a team in which, going by form, you know you have no place.
India a bit more prepared than in the first Test - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 27, 2010
India's collapse in the first Test on a hard, bouncy pitch got the tongues wagging again about the inability of the batsmen to cope with bounce and pace outside the subcontinent.
Dhoni and the toss - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, December 27, 2010
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni might feel, like Guildenstern, that there are malignant forces at work.
The Ashes: The hunter becomes the hunted - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, December 21, 2010
The left arm fast bowler turned the match around so swiftly and vehemently that by draw of stumps the same day the hunter had become the hunted.
India's failed attempt at on-the-job acclimatization - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, December 20, 2010
India used the first innings of the Centurion Test as practice for the second innings, which is about as ridiculous as it can get in international sport.
The end of the road for Ponting - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, December 13, 2010
Ponting will be remembered as much for his batsmanship as for his captaincy, and will be judged not so much by his victories as by his defeats.
Australians seem to have given up - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 12, 2010
The ten days between the start of the next Test will give England the chance to try out some new players in the warm-up game as also keep all the players match ready because an injury or a sudden illness is never far away on a tour.
Fifty years after the tied Test at Brisbane - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, December 12, 2010
Fifty years on the tied Test at Brisbane between Australia and the West Indies has lost none of its special aura. If anything it has gained an iconic status.
Concerns aplenty for Australia in The Ashes
by Partab Ramchand, December 8, 2010
England are looking increasingly unbeatable and with three Tests still to be played it does seem Mission Impossible for Australia to regain the Ashes.
India should use remaining ODIs to tie up bowling
by Suresh Menon, December 6, 2010
Peaking too soon is as much of a sin as leaving it till too late or never getting started at all.
Conclusions from the 1st Ashes Test (2010-11)
by Chetan Narula, December 2, 2010
Cricket is a cruel sport. You sit on edge for months, waiting for the most anticipated Test clash of our T20 times, and after four days of thrilling blow-for-blow machismo from players of both England and Australia, all we get is a high-scoring draw.
Are there any great bowlers in cricket today?
by Suresh Menon, November 29, 2010
Watching England pile up 500-plus runs for the loss of a single wicket against Australia, it was difficult not to recall the days of Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath.
India should have tried Amit Mishra - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 27, 2010
Amit Mishra is out of the squad which has been expanded to 17 to accommodate a player with hardly any wickets even in the plate division of the Ranji Trophy and who will be a glorified net bowler at best in South Africa.
New Zealand cricket team are worthy and gritty opponents
by Partab Ramchand, November 25, 2010
A hard fought victory over worthy opponents. That should be the final verdict on the just concluded three-Test series between India and New Zealand. The visitors came over as no hopers.
Indian middle order shows character - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 22, 2010
So often in the recent past has the famed Indian middle order been written off that the mere fact it can continue to surprise and give us glimpses into its best days says something for its remarkable character.
Chris Gayle and his two triples - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, November 17, 2010
For 70 years Don Bradman stood alone as the only batsman to score two triple hundreds in Test matches. Brian Lara equaled this feat in 2004 and now there are a total of four with Virender Sehwag and Chris Gayle having made it to the list.
India must capitalize on home advantage - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 14, 2010
Rankings are not an individual hobby which can be argued for or against, but one that has a method to it. You may not agree with the method and suggest a better one, but till that time it is wiser to accept it for what it is.
Kumble can change things at Karnataka State Cricket Association - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 14, 2010
Kumble cannot be unaware of this. He belongs to the modern school of management which abhors hierarchies, a refreshing change from the feudal system which is the hallmark of our sports administration.
Bhajji bats heroically, bowls without sting
by Partab Ramchand, November 10, 2010
If at all the first Test between India and New Zealand proved anything it is that the hosts have great batting depth.
It is time for UDRS - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 8, 2010
Laxman is a mild-mannered gentleman and is unlikely to blame anyone, not even umpire Steve Davis who was on a hat-trick, having sent back two batsmen leg before despite inside edges.
New Zealand have nothing to lose - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 3, 2010
Victory has become so crucial to Indian fans that they would rather watch a one-sided win than an interesting cricket match where the fortunes swing from one team to the other over five days.
Lowest point of my career - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 31, 2010
With the New Zealand team in India to play three Tests and a five-match one-day series, it is a good time to reflect on what was the lowest point in my cricketing career.
Choosing friends carefully - The Suresh Raina episode
by Suresh Menon, October 25, 2010
Suresh Raina is not suspected of any wrongdoing, according to the report in the UK newspaper The Sunday Times which is questioning instead the reaction of the Indian board (BCCI) secretary N Srinivasan.
Indian batting holds the key at the 2011 World Cup
by Partab Ramchand, October 25, 2010
A couple of years ago a grateful Anil Kumble admitted that the bowlers task was made simpler by the batsmen giving them big totals to back them up.
Indian selectors have a sweet headache - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, October 18, 2010
This is an excellent time for a tour of South Africa (coming up in December), where despite our obvious batting strengths in the recent past we havennâ?t won a Test series.
There is plenty of talent on the bench - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 17, 2010
India's magnificent win in the two Test series confirms their status as the number one team in the world.
Ricky Ponting's Indian nightmare - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, October 14, 2010
Playing in this country has been a nightmare for the Australian captain regarded as the best batsman from 'Down Under' since Don Bradman.
Murali Vijay is carving a niche for himself - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, October 13, 2010
When opening the batting, Vijay is the country's most popular taker of singles, for it brings Sehwag into strike.
ICC's 2015 World Cup proposal could limit opportunities for USA cricket!
by Peter Della Penna, October 12, 2010
The World Cup could easily be confused for Heidi Montag, with an addiction to plastic surgery to satisfy the urge to fit in and look cool for the Full Member clique.
The Mohali Test victory of 2010 - And the victory at Brabourne in 1964!
by Partab Ramchand, October 7, 2010
Watching the pulsating proceedings on the final day of the just concluded Mohali Test my mind went back 46 years ago almost exactly to the day.
Let's be thankful that cricket has a following - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 3, 2010
We just have to be thankful that there is a following for the game and it is thus, better to have it irrespective of who they support than to comment on whether it is right or wrong.
Yuvraj and the distractions of fame - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, October 2, 2010
Whenever there is a breach in the wall of platitudes around a cricketer, it is time to sit up and take notice. Increasingly, modern players say the expected things in the expected way so everybody is happy. Yet, occasionally, a desire to make sense triumphs, as it did with Yuvraj Singh in a recent interview.
Too much of a good thing can be counter productive
by Partab Ramchand, September 28, 2010
As a veteran cricket observer who has been closely following the game for more than half a century and writing professionally on it for over 40 years I readily admit that I was glued to the TV set during many matches which were marked by maddeningly fluctuating fortunes and pulsating finishes. The cynics may say that like last year the TRP ratings were not very encouraging. All the same it must be said that the Champions League saw much of the razzle dazzle associated with T20 and those who preferred not to catch the action really missed out on something.
The India - Australia Test series is very special - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, September 27, 2010
Denis Lillee, Greg Chappell and Rod Marsh never played a Test in India. They made their debut after the 1969-70 series, and by the next tour ten years later had been lost to Kerry Packer.
Reflecting on rare treats in Champions League T20
by Suresh Menon, September 20, 2010
For cricket lovers, there was the promise of another rare celestial event. Anil Kumble bowling to Sachin Tendulkar.
Tied Test II - September 18 - 22, 1986 - A very special moment in Test cricket
by Partab Ramchand, September 20, 2010
I am not going to see another tied Test in my lifetime and that is why it will always have a special place in my cricketing memories.
The brutal power of Kieron Pollard
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 20, 2010
Adam Gilchrist also hit sixes quite effortlessly, but he did not have the brutal power that Pollard has.
Trial by media will discourage whistle blowers
by Suresh Menon, September 13, 2010
The whistle-blower in sport has to be a brave man. He puts his finger on colleagues he has played with for years, so becomes the team pariah, an outcast who cannot be trusted. Yet, if the evil of match-fixing and all its cousins including spot-fixing is to be eliminated from cricket, then players who notice things out of the ordinary must be encouraged to report them.
Graeme Swann will emerge as a great
by Partab Ramchand, September 12, 2010
Off spin has hardly ever been EnglandddddĂ?s traditional strength even though ironically they have produced arguably the greatest purveyor of this subtle art in Jim (19 for 90) Laker. The finest and most successful England bowlers have been those who hurtle them down at fearsome pace or swing the ball prodigiously. Swann however I venture to forecast will emerge as a great.
IPL4 - New Rules, New Game
by Chetan Narula, September 9, 2010
Kolkata Knight Riders' owner Shah Rukh Khan says the new player auction rules for the fourth season of the IPL in 2011, are somewhat unfair, and that all players should go into the pool. You can almost understand his pain. Three years of bragging about his team in front of the whole wide world and he has won squat so far.
Sport and morality have a special relationship
by Suresh Menon, September 7, 2010
We demand a higher moral standard from our sportsmen than from others. This is how it ought to be. The President of Pakistan might be 'Mr Ten Percent' and T20 might have seen the kind of funds transfer that cause bank servers to collapse. But sportsmen cannot use that as an excuse.
Fans want skills and temperament, not wads of notes to decide the winner
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 5, 2010
If circumstantial evidence is the key then there is hardly any doubt that the no balls (by Amir and Asif) were deliberate.
An upward swing in Praveen Kumar's fortunes
by Partab Ramchand, August 31, 2010
There is already talk of elevating Praveen Kumar into the Test team. One is sure that if this comes about, the Meerut-born Kumar, who turns 24 in a month's time, will be a success in the longer version of the game too.
We must feel angry or the cause is lost
by Suresh Menon, August 30, 2010
Cricket is paying the price for a combination of complacency and pusillanimity. After the match-fixing scandal broke a decade ago, India and Pakistan banned some players as did South Africa, who banned Hansie Cronje. But many who were banned like Wasim Akram and Ajay Jadeja continued to be associated with the game in different capacities, as television experts or coaches.
Experiments can include future hopefuls and past certainties
by Suresh Menon, August 23, 2010
The Indian team playing in the tri-series in Sri Lanka is neither as good as their No.2 world ranking suggests nor as bad as their batting collapses against New Zealand and Sri Lanka indicate.
Role of umpires in ensuring spirit of fair play
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 21, 2010
Virender Sehwag was the victim of an act of churlishness and poor sportsmanship on the part of Sri Lankan off spinner Suraj Randiv at Dambulla on Monday.
Winning at all costs!
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 21, 2010
Two incidents that show the changing face of the game that we love. You tell me whether it is for the better or worse.
A Players' Association could end complaints of overwork
by Suresh Menon, August 16, 2010
Indian players are too insecure to allow a rotation policy, the Board is too money-driven to cut back. A Players Association can throw a bridge across the two cultures.
Gavaskar's reliable partners at the top of the order
by Partab Ramchand, August 16, 2010
In nearly 100 of his 125 Tests Sunil Gavaskar opened with three partners and they all make a fascinating study in contrast. Chetan Chauhan, Anshuman Gaekwad and Kris Srikkanth could not have been more different in their approach but they all struck a bond with the supreme technician and the result was some of the most successful first wicket partnership stories in Indian cricket history.
VVS Laxman - Toughness that few can summon up
by Suresh Menon, August 9, 2010
The batting of V V S Laxman, the youngest of the so-called Fab Four, made everything worthwhile for Indian supporters.
ICC should make UDRS mandatory
by Partab Ramchand, August 9, 2010
Simultaneously watching the two contests - England vs Pakistan and India vs Sri Lanka - one can come to the conclusion that the Umpires Decision Review System certainly has a positive role to play in the smooth conduct of the game.
Toughness does not mean swearing and abusing
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 9, 2010
If anything Indian cricket has been most fortunate with, is that some of the greatest names in the game like Kumble, Tendulkar and Dravid have been such wonderful role models and are recognized as such all over the world.
West Indies continues to decline - Ricardo Inniss
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It was exceedingly painful to watch the West Indies team perform, or more appropriately, its lack of performance during the recent third test against South Africa at the "Mecca" of cricket in the West Indies, Kensington Oval, in Barbados.
Where is India's #1 Swagger?
by Suresh Menon, August 4, 2010
Somehow the current No 1 team in the world does not inspire quite as much as their predecessors.
Grit and enterprise can overcome conditions - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, August 1, 2010
There are many examples of batsmen and bowlers who have braved adverse conditions and come good. The point I would like to drive home is that cricketers should not adopt a defeatist attitude the moment they are aware that the conditions are not in their favour. A little bit of grit and enterprise can achieve a lot. Yes, when the going gets tough the tough get going.
More neutral venue cricket is what cricket needs - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, July 27, 2010
Perhaps it is a giant leap from watching Pakistan play Australia in England to assuming that South Africa playing Sri Lanka in, say, Mysore is what cricket needs.
Murali is a real magician - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 24, 2010
Muttiah Muralitharan signed off from test cricket not only by scaling bowling's impossible peak by reaching 800 wickets in test cricket but also helping his team to win the first test match.
Book Review - 11 : Triumphs, Trials and Turbulence - Sanjay Jha
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 22, 2010
In a delicious irony of timing, the book was released shortly after the whole IPL bubble burst and the nation finally woke up to what Jha (and a few others) had been prophesizing since 2008.
USA Cricket National U-15 Championship - Top performers and Tournament XI
by Peter Della Penna, July 21, 2010
After witnessing all four days of the tournament, I've decided to name the All-Tournament XI based on the performances and achievements during the tournament.
Bangladesh now have ODI wins against all leading nations
by Partab Ramchand, July 19, 2010
With the victory over England last week in Bristol, Bangladesh have beaten all the leading nations.
Muthiah Muralitharan is a one of a kind performer
by Suresh Menon, July 12, 2010
Whatever figure Murali finishes with is likely to stand forever given the diminishing interest in Test cricket, and despite his own modest assessment that someone like Harbhajan Singh might go past that figure.
England longs for a winner but the pressure was too high
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 11, 2010
It's been quite interesting to see the reception that teams that have been knocked out of the football world cup have been receiving in their countries on their return home.
Time is right for day-night Test cricket
by Partab Ramchand, July 11, 2010
With the MCC World Cricket Committee coming out strongly in favour of day-night Test matches to save cricket's traditional format it surely is no more a question of whether but when the inaugural Test under lights will be played.
John Howard saga - We need someone to break the vicious cycle
by Suresh Menon, July 5, 2010
The former Australian Prime Minister John Howard may not have been the ideal candidate for the presidency of the International Cricket Council, but that assumes there is such a thing as an ideal candidate.
Bhajji is India's Number 1 bowler in all three formats of the game
by Partab Ramchand, July 4, 2010
He's been around for so long that it is difficult to believe that Harbhajan Singh will be celebrating only his 30th birthday on Saturday.
Reason for blocking John Howard's ICC nomination is absurd
by Peter Della Penna, July 1, 2010
Cricket's worst kept secret of the last few months became official on Wednesday when John Howard's nomination to become the ICC Vice-President, and in two years time the ICC President, was rejected.
An opportunity to prove Beckenbaur wrong - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 27, 2010
Luckily it is winter time in South Africa at the moment so the English won't find the weather much different than at home and may yet produce the kind of football that they seem to do for their clubs in the English Premier League but somehow don't always do so when they play for the country.
Umpires need to be consistent when dealing with sledging
by Suresh Menon, June 27, 2010
The football World Cup might have pushed the Asia Cup into the background, but one still wonders how the Indian and Pakistani players were allowed to get away with their behaviour when players have been hauled up for far less in the past?
Mark Boucher - The finisher becomes first with 500 dismissals and 5000 runs
by Partab Ramchand, June 25, 2010
Boucher is the only one with the double of 5000 runs and 500 dismissals (478 catches and 22 stumpings) and while it is dangerous to make such predictions his record looks safe for a very long time for the next 13 players on the list of most successful wicketkeepers have all retired.
World Cricket League Division 4 Preview - The long road to Italy
by Venu Palaparthi, June 23, 2010
On paper, based on their ICC ODI rankings, the countries of the ICC Division 4 are all at the same level. Cayman Islands - 25, Argentina - 26, Italy - 27, Tanzania - 28, Nepal - 29, USA - 30. Nothing could be further from the truth. How else can you explain that USA, ranked 10th in 2007, is now ranked a lowly 30th?
WADA, control and TV revenue - BCCI's Asian Games dilemma
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 23, 2010
At the heart of the decision is the continued refusal of Indian cricketers to sign the 'whereabouts clause.' Another vital factor is the BCCI's reluctance to be a part of any event over which they neither have control over their players nor earn revenue from TV rights as in the case of multi-sports events such as the Commonwealth and Asian Games and the Olympics.
Dale Steyn - A paceman with a surgeon's touch
by Partab Ramchand, June 21, 2010
Steyn has all the qualities of a world class fast bowler. More than any other pace bowler he is capable of sending down the unplayable deliveries in the midst of a devastating spell.
Mohammed Nissar and Amar Singh - A tribute
by Suresh Menon, June 21, 2010
A tribute to the men who remain India's most potent fast bowling combination - Mohammed Nissar and Amar Singh, whose centenary year this is.
Cricket Canada gets invited to WICB Domestic T20. USA to stay at home.
by Peter Della Penna, June 15, 2010
Over the weekend, Cricket Canada posted a message on their web site announcing that they will be the international team participating in the competition.
Afridi and the revolving door of Pakistan captaincy
by Suresh Menon, June 14, 2010
Pakistan's one iconic captain Imran Khan has pointed out that since his retirement in 1992, Australia have had just three captains while Pakistan have had two dozen.
What cricket could learn from soccer - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 14, 2010
It is something that will probably never happen in Indian cricket but wouldn't it be great inspiration for the players to have somebody like Mohinder Amarnath, winner of the Man-of-the-Match in the finals in 1983, in the dressing room as they play the World Cup?
West Hills Youth Cricket League illuminates path for a future
by Jamie Harrison, June 14, 2010
The fictitious West Hills Youth Cricket League clearly does a great job introducing and then nurturing young cricketers, but it can only bring those children to a certain point.
Some lessons from Lauderhill - A historian's perspective
by Tom Melville, June 14, 2010
To use an analogy from the business world: with Lauderhill the USACA has rolled out cricket to the American public. Now it has to get the product on the shelves.
When the Indians were glorious in defeat
by Partab Ramchand, June 10, 2010
"Some defeats are more glorious than victories," said an editorial in the Indian Express in June 1967. Forty three years have passed but just mention Leeds 1967 to an old timer and his eyes will sparkle with delight.
Physical fitness and fiscal fitness go together
by Suresh Menon, June 5, 2010
Watching an India-Sri Lanka match without players from either side who together would have made a fabulous XI was strange. I mean, how about this team of players who did not make the trip to Zimbabwe - Tendulkar, Sehwag, Jayawardene, Gambhir, Sangakkara, Dhoni, Muralitharan (or Harbhajan), Zaheer Khan, Jayasuriya, Yuvaraj, Malinga?
Rohit Sharma has silenced his critics
by Partab Ramchand, June 4, 2010
Young players coming good is a most encouraging sight and in the case of Rohit who is 23 it must be said that he combines style with substance.
USA should follow the Australian model for youth cricket development
by Jamie Harrison, June 3, 2010
It would serve American cricket well if we would pattern our developmental program on the Australian model, and then display the patience required to reap its rewards in future years.
BCCI scores a victory for elitism by skipping out on the Asian Games
by Peter Della Penna, June 2, 2010
The BCCI's official excuse is that they can't send a team because of "international commitments" while the report says that India is due to host New Zealand in November.
IPL-like razzmatazz needed to make cricket attractive to Americans
by Suresh Menon, May 31, 2010
Subtlety is not a strength when you are attempting to break through a well-established system.
Centuries against weak opposition count too
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 31, 2010
It is harder in terms of skill and temperament when playing the better bowlers in the world and more satisfying when registering a century or more against them but make no mistake it is not easy to get runs against weak opposition too.
Book Review: Days Well Spent - A cricketing odyssey
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 31, 2010
Rajan Bala had a well-deserved reputation for never missing a deadline in 40 years of reporting cricket around the world, no matter what the circumstances.
Is Sachin's favorite ton really his best knock?
by Chetan Narula, May 31, 2010
A cricket career that spans twenty years and consists of ninety three tons at the highest level of the game is like a sumptuous buffet. If any one particular dish - a hundred in this case - doesn't suit your taste buds, there is always the next one to savor. There are the classic cuisines - ground out in the gruesome Test arena â? and the fast food variety ala the spectacular double ton earlier this year.
Younger cricketers need advice and mentoring
by Suresh Menon, May 25, 2010
By issuing show cause notices to the players, the Board is seeking to deflect the criticism of its own role in Indiaaâ?s poor performance at the World Cup.
England can extend their T20 form to ODIs and Tests
by Partab Ramchand, May 20, 2010
Probably the best thing about the Twenty20 World Cup was England's unexpected triumph. Somehow it didn't seem fair that they were the only one among the eight leading teams in the world not to have won an ICC Trophy.
Collingwood's England has to be taken seriously in LOIs
by Suresh Menon, May 19, 2010
Now England must consider themselves contenders for the 50-over World Cup in February next year. And that has been Collingwood's greatest prize â? his team will have to be taken seriously in the limited overs game.
Six Stages of US Youth Cricket Development
by Jamie Harrison, May 16, 2010
In this hierarchy, the role of the USYCA is to provide guidance, structure and support for Stage 1 and 2 programs, including, but not limited to, material support, networking, sharing of resources and practical advice, such as developing "best practices."
BCCI should send the Indian batsmen to the National Cricket Academy
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 16, 2010
With most of these players being rested for the Zimbabwe series there is scope for these players to go the NCA and try and improve.
Shane Bond: New Zealand's best since Richard Hadlee
by Partab Ramchand, May 15, 2010
Even in the days of Glenn McGrath, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee and Dale Steyn, Bond made waves of his own. And why not? He was genuinely quick and more to the point very accurate. Once a bowler has pace, hostility and accuracy he is a difficult proposition to come up against and thattttĂ?s what Bond proved to be.
Helmets and balance of power in cricket
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 14, 2010
Sir Garry rated India's ace opener Sunil Gavaskar as the best of his generation for taking on the battery of West Indian quicks without the benefit of a helmet.
Three reasons to be happy about India's T20 World Cup exit
by Chetan Narula, May 14, 2010
Hardly four days have passed since India's painful exit from the T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and we have heard all kinds of sinister stories on TV channels and leading newspapers of the country. Unfit players, fitter coaches, unruly skipper, pub brawls, torn t-shirts and quiet flights back home have some how ironically overshadowed that Viswanathan Anand won a world chess championship, again.
Almost-There New Zealand lacks the extra spark - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, May 11, 2010
Watching New Zealand come agonizingly close to making the semifinals of the Twenty20 World Cup and then losing out on Net Run Rate makes me wonder whether they will be able to shake off the "bridesmaid" tag they have had for so long in international cricket.
No tears will be shed for Indian cricket team - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, May 10, 2010
The plain truth is that the champions of the inaugural tournament three years ago have been overtaken tactically by teams which plan their strategy according to the players available and not vice versa.
Raina's best is yet to come
by Partab Ramchand, May 4, 2010
Sometimes just one outstanding performance can help transform a player and Indian cricket fans will no doubt be hoping that Suresh RainaaaĂ?s 60-ball 101 against South Africa on Sunday will help take the naturally aggressive and prodigiously gifted left hander to another level.
Australians will go flat out to win the ICC T20 World Cup
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 3, 2010
The Australians will as always be the danger team and since this is the one trophy not yet in their cabinet they will go flat out for it, knowing that there is a big break for them after this event.
IPL: Players have rules. Game has laws. But officialdom has neither?
by Suresh Menon, May 3, 2010
Rules apply to the players ("Thou shalt not try to better your lot" as in the case of Ravindra Jadeja), laws to the game (leg before, size of the bat etc), but neither rules nor laws nor regulations seem to apply to officialdom.
Book Review: The Game Changers - By the Fake IPL Player
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 30, 2010
When the Indian Premier League was forced to move to South Africa for its second season in 2009, it was the anonymous blog run by 'Fake IPL Player' (FIP) that grabbed nearly as many eyeballs as the cricket circus itself.
IPL scandal will not impact cricket's popularity
by Partab Ramchand, April 26, 2010
Cricket's popularity will remain undiminished. The following for the game will continue to be passionate, the crowds will still flock to the stadium, TRP ratings will continue to be high and cricket will continue to be the main subject of discussion at homes, offices, clubs and on the streets. No amount of muck thrown will stick to it at least for an extended period.
I know he is bowled, but is he out? - Suresh Menon on Cricket Quotes
by Suresh Menon, April 26, 2010
Occasionally, at press conferences, someone will lead a captain on to a quote.
IPL saga - It has happened with other sports, now it is cricket's turn!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 24, 2010
It happened with soccer, American Football, Basketball, Baseball, Organized gambling and every other arena, where the clink of the coins drowned out the din of the sports. Now, it is cricket's turn, and that's the end of it.
Sehwag is a guy that I would pay to watch!
by Partab Ramchand, April 21, 2010
Comparatively low-profile as far his personality is concerned Sehwag's feats are of the high-profile variety.
Warning: The IPL is not too big to fail - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, April 18, 2010
It may be too early for objective assessment, but it is never too early for objective system-cleansing. What does not destroy you makes you stronger.
Most IPL batsmen show horrible lack of technique - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 18, 2010
Dale Steyn, Shuan Tait and even Zaheer Khan have exposed the horrible lack of technique and skill in handling the fast short pitched delivery.
Top Test batsmen change their game when necessary - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, April 12, 2010
Murali Vijay making the highest score by an Indian in the IPL is not as much of a surprise as it is being made out to be. It is easier for a Test batsman to adapt to the lower forms of the game than it is for the reverse to happen.
IPL III is a contest marked by the battle of wits - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, April 12, 2010
As IPL III completes one month things are finally falling into place as far as the competing teams are concerned. As only to be expected in the Twenty20 format the lead has changed hands several times and the only thing that can be said with certainty is that Kinggâ?s XI Punjab are out of contention for a semifinal slot, following a thoroughly disappointing campaign.
What An Effective National Youth Cricket Organization Could Look Like
by Jamie Harrison, April 10, 2010
There are many possibilities for the form a national organization might take, and still time to come together behind a collective, yet singular, vision of how best to advance youth cricket. Please consider what is to follow as merely my offering to the conversation.
Who needs the cricket anyway? - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, April 6, 2010
Flashing lights, loud music, inane chatter by a DJ all contribute so much to the IPL experience that the cricket seems unnecessary. HereeeeĂ?s the report of a typical game as Suresh Menon sees it.
Australian cricket completes a near-perfect summer - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, April 5, 2010
The clean sweep in the two-Test series in New Zealand was the perfect way to end a near-perfect summer in which Australia won seven out of eight Tests.
IPL, Twenty20 and burnout factor - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 3, 2010
The recent column by Jacques Kallis was an interesting read because for the first time a senior player like him has said that the T20 format is the least tiring of the three formats in the game today.
Fitness of Indian cricketers a concern - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 1, 2010
Dhoni is back behind the stumps for CSK, but it has always been my contention that the team owners pressurize their star players to return even when they are not fully fit.
Penalize batsmen for playing ugly shots - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 30, 2010
The reverse sweep is the ugliest stroke in the game, despite the uncorking of several new ones by creative batsmen from around the world in the shortest form of the game.
The Future of Cricket in America - Three Lessons From the Past
by Tom Melville, March 30, 2010
I cannnnt see cricket every appealing to Americans as transplanted Indian, Caribbean, New Zealand, or any other form of cricket, no matter how much effort is put into this. The game will only grow by building it from the ground up, firmly rooted, every step of the way, in the tastes and customs Americans are comfortable with through their own sporting traditions.
In Twenty20, you have to make things happen - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, March 26, 2010
There are aspects associated with Twenty20 that are heartening even for the serious cricket follower. Indeed it can be argued that captaincy in this format is more difficult than in Test cricket or ODIs since the skipper has to make all the decisions like in the other formats but here the thinking has to be swifter. One false step and the team could well be out of the game. This is where intuitive captains have succeeded for in Twenty20 you can't wait for things to happen; you have to make things happen.
The more things change, the more they stay the same - Anand Ramachandran
by Anand Ramachandran, March 26, 2010
Modi just sold an IPL franchise for 370 million dollars. For a city that doesn't even have a cricket stadium.
Where will Kochi and Pune find their players? - By Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 25, 2010
The mass hysteria that has broken out over the obscene sums of money bid for the two new IPL franchises has managed to obscure some hard truths that lie behind the glitz which one has come to associate with this domestic cricket event.
Getting Kids Playing Cricket - Jamie Harrison
by Jamie Harrison, March 24, 2010
That's the key - we need to get cricket bats in the hands of America's youth, even if theyyyyĂ?re just inexpensive plastic bats.
Who will develop the great equalizer? - By Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 22, 2010
The IPL can be a lab for testing innovation in ball manufacturing. When Hayden walks out with his Mongoose bat, the bowlers should be allowed to bowl Ă?snakeeeĂ? balls that swing and seam and take him by surprise.
India is showing that it has winners in different fields of sport - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 21, 2010
India is showing that it has winners in different fields of sport and thus those sports are also getting the exposure that is bringing them to the attention of the masses which in turn will mean that more will be encouraged to take up the sport and bring medals to the country.
The start of the most uneasy phase in Pakistan cricket? - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, March 19, 2010
Given the great players they have produced, the general view is that overall Pakistan have under-performed. All too frequently they have flattered only to deceive, they have gone down with a whimper, they have self-destructed. The recently concluded tour of Australia which has had serious repercussions and has led to a series of unhappy and controversial events is a case in point.
The Indian fan will decide world cricket's fate - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 18, 2010
For the new generation, the temptations are irresistible. Why slog and sweat it out for the handful of places in the national or even state side when you can make a tidy packet bowling four overs or batting for a few more? The route to riches has never been easier. Given these choices, one can hardly blame the cricketers. It is the authorities who have created this money-fuelled monster that has upturned a value system going back over a century in a matter of three years.
Opening ceremonies should be banned by an act of Parliament - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 15, 2010
What does an opening ceremony do? Warm up the audience for the feature event? Show them what can be done with lots of money and a bunch of has-beens singing precisely one song each? Fake ABBA perhaps lip-synching? Why not a fake Elvis Presley lip-synching? Or a fake Bhimsen Joshi?
At Cardinal Gibbons, We Played Cricket!
by Jamie Harrison, March 14, 2010
By August, the cricket season was over and it was clear that my efforts to start a cricket academy had failed.
DreamCricket Presents The Greatest Fantasy Twenty20 Team Ever!
by Anonymous Writer, March 11, 2010
Here is my All Time Greatest Twenty20 Team! What is yours? Pick your IPL Fantasy team and win fabulous prizes!
Indian cricket will never produce another Kapil Dev - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, March 10, 2010
One can really go on and on about Kapil Dev singing his praises in never ending vein. What Indian cricket and so many players owe him is immeasurable. He always had only the good of the game and the cricketers at heart and his humble reaction at being given the latest honour is very much in keeping with a man who has always been down to earth.
Let us not distract Tendulkar from his biggest prize, the World Cup - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 10, 2010
With both the ruling Congress party in Maharashtra and the Shiv Sena endorsing awarding the Bharat Ratna to Tendulkar, we will no doubt see many more politicians adding their support to this movement. Now every Indian cricketer too is being asked his opinion on the subject. Dare even one of them disagree?
Will John Howard look beyond the bottom line? Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 8, 2010
It is a tribute to Indiaaâ?s clout in the International Cricket Council that Australia have chosen a former Prime Minister to head the body in 2012.
There are no ambiguous views about the IPL - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, March 5, 2010
One way or the other there is no denying the fact that the IPL has already left its mark on the game in unmistakable terms. In just two seasons the tournament has been praised and criticized in almost equal measure.
Will Tendulkar's record be broken this year itself? - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 4, 2010
Perhaps the biggest surprise surrounding Sachin Tendulkar's record 200 not out in the Gwalior ODI is that it was so long in coming. One suspects now that it has fallen, there will be quite a few others-perhaps even Tendulkar-who will go past the mark.
The double was a triumph of traditional cricket - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 1, 2010
Tendulkar has shown that the one-day 200 is no longer a dream. Cricket's conceit is that it does not chase records, such things are merely by-products. Yet batsmen know they can do it now. The record will be broken, but Tendulkar, like Edmund Hillary in another context, will always be remembered as the man who got there first.
Hot-headed Harbhajan Needs to Grow Up - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 26, 2010
Harbhajan has always been prickly about criticism. This shows a streak of paranoia that is unhealthy in anyone, let alone a sportsperson. It is time the off spinner shed his Ă?angry young mannnnnnĂ? persona and learned to act his age.
Lee will be remembered as a great Test fast bowler - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, February 25, 2010
His tremendous pace, boyish good looks and gregarious personality made Lee an exciting discovery and he exploded on to the scene with 46 wickets in seven Tests. With the decline of Gillespie and Kasprowicz in the early years of the new millennium Lee became a first-choice weapon for Australia between 2005 and 2008.
Crowd support in Kolkata boosts Indian self-belief - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, February 22, 2010
Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore and possibly Mumbai guarantee crowds and knowledgeable ones at that. Test cricket is about tradition, not politics. The so-called rotation policy ought to be restricted to centres outside these.
Kolkata Test is a great advertisement for unique thrills that only a test match can produce!
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 21, 2010
What an irony it is that in this day and age of 50 and 20-over thrills, it is the Tests matches that have captured the imagination. And the three-ODI series that begins in Jaipur on Sunday now appears anti-climatic.
The real reason Indians love cricket
by Anand Ramachandran, February 19, 2010
Indians love cricket. And Indians totally rule at math. These two facts are related. And the second one isn't even wholly true.
Eden Gardens Test: A Wonderful Comeback by the Number 1 Cricket Team
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 19, 2010
What the close finish has shown is how crucial it is to continue having third country umpires officiate in Test matches.
Three conclusions from India-SA Tests
by Chetan Narula, February 18, 2010
So India retain their world number one Test ranking and that status is now assured for atleast five months until they take on Sri Lanka in a yet to be finalized series some time in the middle of the year. One is pretty sure that when the last South African wicket fell, cricket pundits round the world would have torn their hair out. Especially the ones in England and Australia for whom our cricket is a bit too medievalist to be number one!
Olympic recognition of cricket - Could it benefit USA Cricket?
by Venu Palaparthi, February 17, 2010
Fast forward to 2007, when cricket was granted provisional recognition for a term of two years. On February 11th, the International Olympic Committee granted cricket 'full recognition'.
Partab Ramchand picks the greatest South African XI ever
by Partab Ramchand, February 16, 2010
With the South African team currently in India I thought it would be a good idea to come up with the greatest South African XI. Picking the all time best team is a favourite pastime among followers of the game.
India missed Rahul Dravid's big heart and cool head at #3 - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, February 15, 2010
Even the casual cricket-watcher is willing to admit that the game needs specialists. Unlike a rowing team, as Mike Brearley has pointed out, a cricket team works only by dint of differentiation. The skill set of an opening batsman is different from that of a middle order player; that of a spinner different from a fast bowler's.
Big dreams and young legs
by Dr. Linden Dodson, February 15, 2010
After the tournament Americans in Dubai were left with the impression that in New York and USA cricket there are no big dreams and young legs.
Break the law if you must - but don't get caught!
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 12, 2010
"Everybody does it" is what every crook down the centuries has whined when caught red-handed. Shahid Afridi is no different. Except that he must be one of the dumbest crooks of all time!
Dale Steyn is a smiling assassin - By Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, February 10, 2010
Indian pitches have a notorious reputation for being a graveyard for fast bowlers. And yet the best pace bowlers - as also those who specialize in seam and swing bowling - have found ways and means to overcome the conditions and bother the Indian batsmen no end.
Dale Steyn could develop into the most effective fast bowler of all time - Ian Pont
by Ian Pont, February 10, 2010
Steyn has replaced Brett Lee and Shoaib Akthar as the world's premier fast bowler during the past 12 months and continues to evolve.
USA Cricket - Where to from here?
by Rohan Chandran, February 10, 2010
The dust has settled on the U-19 World Cup, and it's about time that we started looking critically at where we are, and what we need to do.
India is a team in transition - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, February 8, 2010
Over the next year or two, the Indian team will be in transition, the famed middle order reduced to figures in record books. The current series, billed as the showdown between the two top sides in the world, has suddenly become the more interesting for giving us a sneak peak into what will be.
Federer and Tendulkar show that writing off great players is tricky business - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 8, 2010
Just like Federer was written off last year so also was Sachin Tendulkar especially after India's early exit in the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies.
India's spinners not the kingpins they once were - Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, February 5, 2010
Is Indian cricket too heading for a famine after the feast with Harbhajan the last in the line of great spin bowlers?
South Africa will challenge India's Test ranking
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 2, 2010
India were always expected to win both Test matches in Bangladesh. After all, it was a case of the world number one side taking on the side at the bottom of the list.
Shahid Afridi and his ball-chewing antics - By Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, February 1, 2010
I can think of a whole list of reasons for lowering the boom on Afridi. But one will do: For cheating. And it is no use claiming, as he has done, that everybody does it.
Jacques Kallis - A cricketer who puts substance over style
by Partab Ramchand, January 28, 2010
Only four cricketers besides Kallis - Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Brian Lara and Ricky Ponting - have notched up over 10,000 runs in both Tests and ODIs but none of them is anywhere near Kallis' haul of wickets.
Virender Sehwag speaks like he bats
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 28, 2010
If Bangladesh begin to believe that just because the match went into the fifth afternoon they are improving, then that will be a big mistake.
IPL team owners were within their rights to not select Pakistani players - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, January 25, 2010
Even if it was an orchestrated move by the franchisees (whether in response to signals they were getting from the Indian government or not), they were entirely within their rights to act as they did.
Great Test Matches XXXI - England vs Australia, Lord's 1972
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 23, 2010
Bob Massie remains one of cricket's greatest enigmas 35 years after his extraordinary bowling exploits on debut at Lord's. The 1972 Ashes series was one of the most fiercely fought, ending tied at 2-2 but England keeping the Ashes.
Ranji Final will be remembered for the spirit of the two young teams - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, January 19, 2010
Except for the detail that Karnataka failed to win the title, the Ranji Trophy final was probably the best the team was involved in.
Past Indian greats should not be judged by figures alone
by Partab Ramchand, January 13, 2010
A disturbing trend I have noticed is that today's generation of cricket lovers seem content to know about contemporary players. Their knowledge of the past greats is very limited.
Australia making a strong bid to regain Number 1 ranking - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 13, 2010
Sydney seems to be Australia's lucky ground for they win games from impossible situations at this ground. Their latest win over Pakistan was a stunning one especially after conceding a lead of over 200 runs.
Ranji final is a game of might-have-beens - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, January 13, 2010
Whoever wins the Ranji Trophy this week, it will remain a game of might-have-beens.
Great Test Matches XXX: India v England, The Oval, 1971
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 12, 2010
It all began in December 1970 with the removal of the Nawab of Pataudi as captain after nearly a decade and his replacement by BombayyyĂ?s left-hand batsman Ajit Wadekar. The tour to the West Indies early in 1971 was his first in charge and for the first time, India emerged triumphant.
Indian Cricket Predictions for 2010
by Partab Ramchand, January 7, 2010
With the Indian team having performed admirably in the year just gone by it is tempting to graze at the crystal ball and find out how they will fare in 2010.
Karnataka owes Sunil Joshi a lot
by Suresh Menon, January 3, 2010
Sunil Joshi's 15 Tests fetched him 41 wickets and 69 one day internationals a haul of 69 wickets. Not startling perhaps, but then he was never given the confidence that comes from security.
Should going to the cricket game be an ordeal?
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 31, 2009
The only question remaining after Sunday's disgrace at the Feroze Shah Kotla is how many members will constitute the inevitable Delhi and Districts Cricket Association enquiry committee.
The pitch fiasco is a direct slap in the face of the spectator
by Suresh Menon, December 28, 2009
Watching the batsmen hopping on the Kotla pitch from the comfort of an armchair in Bangalore, it was difficult not to feel concerned. Yet it was also difficult to shake away a nagging thought at the back of the mind â? was the wicket really that bad? If it was, why wait till the 24th over before calling off the match? The last time such a thing happened in India, 12 years ago, the match was called off in the third over.
Swearing and abusing is not the same as playing hard - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 27, 2009
Cricket is at its best when players show their skills with bat and ball and not with their distasteful limited vocabulary.
Three reasons why Pakistan can beat Australia
by Chetan Narula, December 24, 2009
Being an Indian cricket fan can be such a conundrum at times. It pretty much betrays the mercurial cricket team from across the Western border. You can't really cheer for them whenever you want, obviously. So it is indeed important to cherish these somewhat opportune moments - when an Indian pretty much wishes that Pakistan register a Test series win in Australia. For this merry season, there is more than one firm reason to believe so.
Gayle's pugnacious approach has stood out
by Partab Ramchand, December 21, 2009
For someone who has said that he would not be sad if Test cricket died out Chris Gayle is doing a lot to keep it alive. The 30-year-old West Indian captain has, during the first decade of the new millennium, been one of the hardest strikers of the ball and has been the architect of some of the most amazing knocks in both Tests and limited overs cricket.
It is incumbent upon selectors to protect their bowlers
by Suresh Menon, December 21, 2009
Curators - who have also had a salary hike - have so far excelled in preparing flat, batting tracks for the one-dayers, arguing perhaps that the shorter game is a batsman's game, and spectators come to watch fours and sixes and not batsmen struggling to put bat to bowl. The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Bowlers hasn't quite established itself enough to negotiate with the authorities around the world. It is difficult to visualize a change in attitude, and therefore it is incumbent upon the selectors to protect the bowlers. They will have to work out a system of rotation, especially for the medium pacers.
Great Test Matches XXIX: India v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1971
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 20, 2009
Gavaskar had announced himself on the world stage with 65 and 67 not out on his Test debut. But that was just a taste of things to come. The next three Tests saw him reeling off four more centuries, including 124 and 220 in the fifth and final Test at Port of Spain. That Test ended in a draw and meant India had won the series 1-0 with Gavaskar compiling 774 runs, still a world record for a debut series. And just four months later came victory at the Oval. It was a memorable year indeed for Indian cricket.
On Ponting's Pontifications - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, December 15, 2009
The last time a Test match was drawn in South Africa was three years ago; since then 17 Tests have produced results.
Use of technology as an aid for umpiring decisions is a good move - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 13, 2009
Didn't we all sitting in front of our TV screens exclaim when a decision went against our favourite player and ask why when slow motion TV replays are showing the error is it not possible to rectify it?
Remembering and missing John Arlott and Berry Sarbadhikari
by Partab Ramchand, December 13, 2009
As a cricket fan growing up in the 60s I was lucky enough to learn the nuances of the game through the radio commentators over BBC, ABC and AIR.
Three conclusions from 2009 India-Sri Lanka Test Series
by Chetan Narula, December 8, 2009
So India won the Test series 2-0 against Sri Lanka and they went top of the ICC Test Rankings. That's 124 points for you, two ahead of South Africa. Sri Lanka find themselves in fourth spot as they pushed Australia to number three. These are but conclusions for the computers in the ICC offices.
Murali Vijay - Rahul Dravid of the next generation?
by Suresh Menon, December 7, 2009
If Murali Vijay has not yet sent Gautam Gambhir's sister a thank you card, he should do so now, for it was her wedding and Gambhir's insistence on attending it that gave the Tamil Nadu opener a chance to cement a place in the Indian team. He didn't make a century that was his for the asking, and in the blinding light of Virender Sehwag's effort, all supporting acts were relegated to the shadows anyway. But more than the runs he made, it was the manner of making them that suggested - dare we say it? - he might be the Rahul Dravid of the next generation.
Going around, you will not find a Cricketing Paradise as this
by Partab Ramchand, December 6, 2009
As a bit of an old timer, I was thrilled to see Test cricket return to the venerable Brabourne stadium. As young cricket fans being initiated into the game, the majestic venue in Mumbai (then Bombay) held a special aura for us. We had read so much of its history, heard so many of the stories associated with the great matches played at the stadium - right from the time it played host to its first game in December 1937 - that for us young cricket fans it was the ground that inspired dreams.
Sreesanth loses his anger without losing focus - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 30, 2009
When a sportsman overcomes his demons and emerges triumphant after a long lay off, he deserves commendation for the fantastic physical and mental effort required.
Sreesanth runs in and bowls hard - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 27, 2009
Sreesanth's success should spur him on to reclaim his place in the team and start bowling teams out.
Cricket - Cutting across generations
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 25, 2009
Two batting records, one by a pre-teen and another by a 60-plus grandfather have proved cricket cuts across all generations.
Shouldn't cricket be an equal contest between bat and ball?
by Partab Ramchand, November 22, 2009
Kumar Sangakkara comes across as a charismatic personality who is as erudite off the field as he is astute on it. But then that is something one can expect from someone who is training to be a lawyer in between cricket tours.
Tales of Longevity - Wilfred Rhodes to Sachin Tendulkar
by Suresh Menon, November 21, 2009
When tales of longevity in cricket are discussed, it is impossible to ignore Nayudu, although his international career lasted only four years and seven Tests.
Ahmedabad pitch was unfit for Test cricket
by Renin Wilben, November 20, 2009
In the end, India managed to save the Ahmedabad Test pretty easily on the final day, thanks to solid efforts from Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar coupled by good contributions from nightwatchman Amit Mishra and VVS Laxman. However, while the Test ended in a stalemate, the game of cricket ended up on the losing side.
Unintelligent acceptance of our heroes works against them
by Suresh Menon, November 16, 2009
Such has been the Indian media's response to the 20th anniversary of Sachin Tendulkar's international debut that someone is soon bound to make the suggestion that November 15 be celebrated as a national holiday. About the only person who doesn't seem to be going overboard is Tendulkar himself - he manages to bring to his repeated answers to the same overdone questions a freshness that is amazing. The greatest batsman in the game is also its greatest actor.
Indians will do well not to underestimate the Lankans - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 15, 2009
It won't be easy and the Indians after losing to a virtual second string Australian team need to do something special to win back the fans they lost losing the series to the Aussies.
Three conclusions from India v Australia 2009
by Chetan Narula, November 13, 2009
Probably the only people who had a problem with the wash-out that was the seventh ODI would be the cricket fans living in Mumbai. That is the first thought that comes to mind when pondering about where yet another series leaves us. It is but reflective of the times in which cricket is played today.
Non-stop cricket is taking its toll
by Partab Ramchand, November 10, 2009
If anything, since then the workload has increased, thanks mainly to the popularity of Twenty20 cricket. We have had two World Cup competitions, any number of domestic tournaments, two editions of the IPL, the Champions League and so on. All this is in addition to the growing number of Tests and ODIs and little wonder that the player injury list is becoming much more frequent. The time has clearly come for administrators to take a call on this mushrooming problem but with bagfuls of money coming in will they do so?
A 20-20 view of Sachin's career
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 10, 2009
With Sachin Tendulkar completing 20 years in international cricket on November 15, Gulu Ezekiel looks back at 20 of the masterrrĂ?s greatest knocks.
India gets a wake up call - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, November 9, 2009
History has shown that victory often makes the Indian team complacent, with a fawning media aiding the authorities to push all weaknesses under the carpet.
No chance of India-Pakistan bilateral contest in near-term
by Partab Ramchand, November 4, 2009
Even the most cautious gambler can safely bet on no early resumption of India â? Pakistan bilateral contests.
The bowling versions of clock-watching employees
by Suresh Menon, November 2, 2009
It will take a brave selection committee to ask India’s two top bowlers, Harbhajan Singh and Ishant Sharma to keep out of Twenty20. But it must be done. After all, no player is likely to volunteer to give up the most lucrative form of the game.
Good umpires and curators make good cricket matches - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 30, 2009
The importance of having a good cricket wicket to have a good game of cricket was emphasised by the Champions League matches in Hyderabad as well as the one day game between India and Australia in Nagpur.
Is this really Ponting and his Australian team?
by Suresh Menon, October 26, 2009
Fans have much to look forward to in this series. Top class cricket by the two best one-day teams in the world and the mask-whipping ceremony that might take place anywhere, any time without any warning, making the whole thing so exciting.
The Champions League had much going for it
by Partab Ramchand, October 26, 2009
Anyone who raises doubts whether the Champions League was a successful tournament should just read what Peter Roebuck has written. The hard-to-please former Somerset captain, and currently a highly regarded columnist, has gushed about the just concluded competition terming it as "thoroughly enjoyable" and hailing it as "the most compelling event of its sort staged in recent years. Long may it last".
Entertainment Guaranteed! -Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, October 24, 2009
Make no mistake, it will be a closely-contested series and India may find it difficult to get the bearings right .The question whether Australia has made transition will be answered with a fair amount after this series. At the moment , one thing is guaranteed that is entertainment.
History Repeats Itself
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 21, 2009
History has a funny way of repeating itself when it comes to cricket. For a game that has been played competitively for three centuries, nothing really is new.
Sreesanth must decide whether he wants to be recognized as a bowler or entertainer
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 20, 2009
The BCCI has done its duty and it's now up to Sreesanth if he wants to be recognised as a top bowler or as an entertainer with nothing to show in the score books.
The Champions League needs a Best of the Rest team
by Suresh Menon, October 13, 2009
What the Champions League needs is a Ă?Best of the RestttĂ? team. Part of the reason for the falling viewership has been the lack of home heroes to support. No Tendulkar, no Harbhajan, no Yuvraj translates into no fanatical interest in a tournament that pits the almost best Twenty20 club teams from around the world against one another.
Daniel Vettori - A constant performer and a reassuring presence for New Zealand
by Partab Ramchand, October 12, 2009
New Zealand has never had a particularly purple patch in international cricket symbolized by their standings in the ICC rankings which has consistently placed them in the bottom half. But while their fortunes may be mixed Vettori has been one of the few constant performers and a reassuring presence.
Too many tournaments!
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 11, 2009
The Champions League begins three days after the end of the Champions Trophy; next yearrâ?s World T20 begins five days after the end of IPL Season III.
Instant cricket meets instant verdict
by Suresh Menon, October 5, 2009
Are our television commentators excessively harsh? Television commentators rush to judgment all too quickly Ă? perhaps that is the nature of the medium, where instant cricket meets instant verdict. And suddenly everybody from the chaiwallah to the politician is talking about a playerrrĂ?s struggle and offering opinions culled from the commentary.
Has Dhoni run out of luck
by Partab Ramchand, October 5, 2009
The inquests have begun and not unexpectedly there has been the usual over reaction. It was not that the Indian team lost three successive matches and went down to Bangladesh as it happened during the disastrous World Cup campaign in the Caribbean in 2007. In reality, India lost to Pakistan, the match against Australia was a no-result and they defeated the West Indies.
Strauss and Vettori restore faith in sportsmanship - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 4, 2009
What Strauss and Vettori have done in the ICC Champions Trophy is to restore faith in sportsmanship and that a team can win even without being nasty and bending the rules of the game.
Much maligned ODI comes back to life
by Partab Ramchand, September 29, 2009
Besides living up to its reputation as the second most important event in the ICC calendar the sixth edition of the Champions Trophy currently being held in South Africa carried the added responsibility of warding off the growing challenge from Twenty20 cricket which over the last couple of years has caught the public fancy in a big way.
The run out not a part of the Indian planning
by Suresh Menon, September 28, 2009
The late Bob Woolmer taught South African fielders to receive the ball beside the wicket so their hands had a shorter distance to travel. This works when the throws are accurate. No coach will advice the receiver to act as a buffer between the thrower and the stumps. A slight adjustment here could go a long way in improving Indiaaâ?s record of run outs.
The Future of Cricket: The Rise of Twenty20 By John Buchanan - A Book Review
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 25, 2009
Former Australian team coach John BuchanannnĂ?s book had hit the headlines for his comments on some of IndiaaaĂ?s icon cricketers. But what is really striking is the timing of the release of the book. Buchanan was sacked as coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL franchise after they finished last in the second season in South Africa earlier this year ... considering the chaos the team slipped into thanks to his Ă?visionnnĂ?, it is a fair bet no franchise would even dream of aspiring to emulate Buchanan and his mad-hatter schemes.
BCCI has more going for it than against it - Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 21, 2009
If there is good communication between players and the administrators then the need for a players' association will not be felt. That has been the case with the BCCI for several years now.
Simplifying the post-match interview - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, September 21, 2009
While alternatives to the toss before a cricket match are being discussed worldwide, another ritual - this at the end of the match - has not got the attention it deserves.
It is not the format that needs fixing but how television covers the sport
by Suresh Menon, September 16, 2009
In the 1990s when the match-fixing scandal hit the headlines, one of the reasons for its spread was said to be the many pointless matches in pointless tournaments. Since human nature is the same, the temptation to win alternate matches to keep a series alive might be just as strong. But the ICC has sensible rules in place now, and if the format inspires such corruption, then it might be a good idea to do away with it altogether anyway.
Of Tendulkar's best innings and Sanga's frustrations - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 15, 2009
It is not too easy to remember the last occasion when an Indian had last played such a sublime innings on a pitch which was anything but that. No wonder then, Sachin Tendulkar himself has termed it as one of the best knocks in his career, but to me, it was one that was probably the best in his fifty-overs career.
Sort of a cricket person - a tribute to Raj Singh Dungarpur
by Partab Ramchand, September 14, 2009
I found him to be polite and erudite and he always had the good of Indian cricket at heart. He was always accessible to the media and readily gave his views on issues concerning the game. An eventful three-year term ended with Indian cricket enjoying a new prosperity, its standing in the ICC at an all time high and the resumption of bilateral cricket tours with Pakistan. All this was clearly a tribute to Raj SinghhhhĂ?s knowledge, charm and diplomacy.
Three conclusions from the 2009 Compaq Cup
by Chetan Narula, September 14, 2009
Besides the obvious pointers about India not fielding anywhere upto acceptable standards, Sri Lanka badly needing to sort out their batting problems, and New Zealand needing to sort out everything except their bowling, there were but three definitive conclusions to be drawn from this rather short tri-series.
Leave them kids alone!
by Venu Palaparthi, September 14, 2009
On July 23rd, the Board of Directors of Northern California's oldest and largest cricket league, the Northern California Cricket Association (NCCA), unanimously passed a proposal to restrict its players from playing in matches organized by other leagues or associations in the North West Region.
Great Test Matches: England v Australia, Sydney, 1971
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 12, 2009
The Sydney Ashes Test match of February 1971 was one of the most action- packed of all time with plenty of drama on and off the field culminating in England winning back the Ashes after 15 years. Ray Illingworth thus became the first English captain to reclaim the Ashes on Australian soil since Douglas Jardine in 1932-33.
A recipe for chaos
by Suresh Menon, September 7, 2009
Batsmen (and bowlers) going through a revolving gate as teams go in and then come out and then repeating that process is a recipe for chaos.
Tillakaratne Dilshan - Touching greatness through application
by Partab Ramchand, September 5, 2009
A cricketer with a modest record suddenly touches greatness or at least becomes a most talked about player thanks to a change in approach or style. This is verily the story of Tillakaratne Dilshan.
In Sri Lanka differentiation takes a new meaning
by Suresh Menon, August 31, 2009
Sri Lanka have reason to celebrate. They are the second best cricket team in the world, and home to some of the most creative and original players in the modern game. As the game moves towards a depressing homogenization, thanks to globalization and access to the methods and formulae of rivals, it is the unusual that stands out, and Sri Lanka have the double joy of having their unusual players being successful as well.
300 years of USA Cricket and 100 years of ICC
by Venu Palaparthi, August 29, 2009
What was I, a mere blip in the USA sporting radar, doing there talking about cricket amidst people who, in my mind, are superheroes and Gods?
The Champions Trophy has served its purpose
by Suresh Menon, August 24, 2009
Despite the spin given to it ("preparation for the World Cup" is one theme, "something to look forward to between World Cups" is another), it has not succeeded in capturing the imagination of the spectators. The previous tournament in India left the fans unmoved, and that should have been warning enough.
Tendulkar : The best of them all - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 24, 2009
In all these years of playing for India, there hasn't been even one instance of Tendulkar losing his cool and swearing or behaving in a manner that has further aggravated the situation. There may have been the odd grimace when he has got a bad decision but nothing beyond that. His demeanour on the field and off it has been impeccable and exemplary and this despite the expectations of many more followers than those who follow Woods and Federer. It is not easy and I speak from some experience. ThattttĂ?s why in this era of Woods, Federer and Tendulkar, the little champion is the best of them all.
So do we burn the Aussie bails now? Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 23, 2009
Not as thrilling as the 2005 edition, not as monotonous as the 2007-08 version, but the Ashes of 2009 would have a niche carved out of their own, by the time the dust settles down. In the end, it would be fair to say that the teams were evenly matched, with the Australian line-up out-batting their English counterparts, but the hosts bowling what could be termed as the spells of the series when it really came to the crunch.
Indian spin bowling will never die
by Partab Ramchand, August 19, 2009
It is clear that Indian spin bowling will never die, the link will never be broken and this is one lacuna that will never be felt in Indian cricket.
Musings from the 2009 Ashes Series - Part IV
by Chetan Narula, August 18, 2009
Finally, England played like, well, the English. It was a collapse waiting to happen ever since Andrew Strauss went out to bat in the first innings at Cardiff. Time and again you would feel that this is the day that the hosts will be all out for something less than a hundred but every time the visitor's attack flattered to deceive and let them out of jail.
A tale of the wall and the fall
by Mikhail Vaswani, August 18, 2009
'On the turf all men are equal,' and for now Rohit finds himself displaced off it, but comebacks are a necessity in this sport and one hopes that like Dravid, Rohit earns a recall as well and soon. One holds no hostilty to Dravid's inclusion, but does remain skeptical of Rohit's exclusion, because if youth is the way forward, then at this point youth and age will disagree. While Dravid's presence in the middle after two years makes for a feeling of anticipation around the country, then Rohit's domestic run this season will make for a most intersting piece of statstic.
The selectors have acted with uncommon common sense
by Suresh Menon, August 17, 2009
It is a mistake to assume that a man who has nothing to prove to the world has nothing to prove to himself. The old fashioned cricketer plays against himself all the time, setting targets beyond those that the opposition sets. Cricket is a game of confidence, and if the team does well in Sri Lanka and South Africa, that will be of lasting value. And in picking the player most likely to restore sanity in Indiaaâ?s middle order, the selectors have acted with uncommon common sense.
Six years on, Irfan Pathan still fights for his place
by Mikhail Vaswani, August 14, 2009
Six years of international cricket and Irfan at 25 is sadly by far a veteran of Indian cricket. From being a long curly haired buoyant lad to an unsung campaigner with a receding hairline, the progression hasnnnnnĂ?t been smooth, despite the consistent turbulence in his inconsistent career.
Great Test Matches: India v Australia, Madras (now Chennai), 1969
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 13, 2009
The visit of Bill Lawry's formidable Australian team to India late in 1969 produced one of the most engrossing and controversial series of all. Though the tourists won 3-1, it was much closer than the scoreline indicates.
The ICC has certainly upheld its mission statement
by Partab Ramchand, August 12, 2009
Few will disagree with the observation made by the CEO of the International Cricket Council, Haroon Lorgat, that cricket has emerged stronger and more diverse than ever before as it coped with substantial challenges over the century gone by. Speaking at the two-day ICC History Conference to commemorate 100 years of the world bodyyyyĂ?s existence Lorgat made it clear that the sport was resilient, strong and still developing.
Records will happen because that's the natural order of life
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 9, 2009
There is a bar set by the previous generation that the new one has to vault and set up another higher one for the next generation and for that to happen the previous generation has to know about it. So make no mistake, all record makers know the previous record even though they may not admit it and yes don't take anything away from them for not admitting it. They are still record makers and deserve the highest accolades.
All in the service of the game
by Suresh Menon, August 9, 2009
The Fanatics ? Australian supporters who follow their team around the world rather like EnglandddddĂ?s Barmy Army Ă? have confessed with some pride that they set off the fire alarm in EnglandddddĂ?s hotel on the morning of the opening day of the Headingley Test. This unscheduled 4 a.m. wake-up call dragged the players out in their pyjamas and left them waiting in the streets for twenty minutes. A few hours later, England were dismissed for 102.
Test cricket needs quality at a consistent rate
by Mikhail Vaswani, August 7, 2009
Mikhail Vaswani expands on "an obvious reaction stemming out from BangladeshhhhĂ?s tryst with Test cricket. A history that prompts only one question Ă? it has taken so much for one Test series win, but when is Bangladesh likely to win their next Test series?"
For real excitement, you just can't beat a well fought-out Test
by Partab Ramchand, August 5, 2009
The thrills, twists and turns, many notable performances and the generally high standard of play have underscored that, when it comes to real excitement, you just cannnnnĂ?t beat a well fought out Test match in which the suspense is prolonged. It is clear that the excitement associated with the shorter versions of the game is largely superficial.
The sad demise of Windies cricket
by Renin Wilben, August 4, 2009
The crowds are certainly receding with each new blockade the team hits. And the way things stand there is only one way West Indies cricket is heading. The coffins are already out Ă? R.I.P.
'The World Twenty20 win had hid all the weaknesses in the team and the cricket board'
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 4, 2009
From the highs of a pseudo-World Cup triumph in a month to the despairs of five losses out of the six games in the series, and counting, in the next, the Pakistani team seems to have plummeted like the NASDAQ in those days of the sub-prime crisis at its peak. And if one could add, almost inexplicably have the fortunes swung around for the worse.
Musings from the 2009 Ashes Series - Part III
by Chetan Narula, August 4, 2009
This summer it has been a bit odd in the British Isles. The rain didn't come down as expected when April set in, so much so that they were a few who thought that the BCCI made a mistake taking the IPL-2 to the showers in South Africa. Then the T20 World Cup too passed through without more than a drop on the horizon. As half the summer went by, there was only one question on many minds: where is that English rain and why hasn't it wrecked a cricket match yet?
BCCI vs WADA is a heart vs head issue
by Suresh Menon, August 3, 2009
Ultimately BCCI versus WADA is a heart versus head issue.
Food for thought for supporters of Twenty20 @ 2020
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 3, 2009
A twist or two in the tale may derail the campaign Ă? led mainly by Australian cricketers Ă? to push for cricket to be included in the 2020 Olympics. Food for thought for Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and others and their Ă?20/20 at 202000000Ă? campaign.
The inimitable Sir Gary Sobers
by Lloyd Jodah, August 2, 2009
In the 1960's the people of the West Indies were beginning to step into the waters of Independence, with an anxious and uncertain future, but the West Indies Cricket Team was already confidently sailing the high seas, unofficial World Champions in 1965 with Gary Sobers at the helm.
Ponting - The Performing Captain
by Mikhail Vaswani, August 2, 2009
If consistency is the name of the game, then let's give it to a captain who has batted his way to becoming Australia's undisputed numero uno for the highest amount of Test runs.
Musings from the 2009 Ashes Series - Part II
by Chetan Narula, July 27, 2009
Cricket is a cruel, cruel game indeed. At Cardiff, Australia came within one wicket of taking the lead in the series and just three days later, at Lord's they were chasing the game after the first session of play itself. Ultimately, losing the Test, one is not so sure how this particular Aussie team will take to the loss.
No country is truly comfortable against fast, short bowling - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 26, 2009
At Cardiff in the first Test England just about scraped home with a draw after it's time wasting tactics brought about a howl of protest from the Australians. A few days later at Lords where England have a poor record against the old enemy, they went on to win by a handsome margin of 115 runs and that too with more than two sessions to spare.
Successful, but not creative
by Suresh Menon, July 24, 2009
Winning alone is not enough, piling on the runs do not make the great player. A well-made 25 is sometimes rated above a pedestrian century. And that is why there will be an asterisk over Pontinggâ?s name in the list of captains. â?Successful, but not creativeeâ?, it will explain. Thattâ?s cricket.
The UDRS will be hailed as a welcome development
by Partab Ramchand, July 22, 2009
The authorities have certainly seen the pros and cons of the Umpires Decision Review system (UDRS) over the last year that it has been tried out as an experimental measure and have concluded that it is worth trying it out on a permanent basis.
Ponting will be tested
by Amit Masram, July 21, 2009
At the moment the plate looks full for skipper Ponting .With Lee looking least to be risked against Northamptonshire, Stuart Clarke is the only realistic choice if Ponting takes the bold decision to leave out Mitchell Johnson .Whereas Shane Watson will be seen as a batting all rounder , which does not aid Australians to make a strong statement of intent towards taking 20 English wickets . If he decides to go with five specialist bowlers , who will be left out ? Testing time ahead for Ricky Ponting !
A diametrically different reading of history: A book review
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 20, 2009
Gulu Ezekiel reviews a book that presents the "indider's" view to the history of Indo-Pakistani cricketing ties in the past 60 years: "Shadows Across the Playing Field: 60 Years of India-Pakistan Cricket." By Shashi Tharoor and Shaharyar Khan. Roli Books. 189 pages; illustrated; Rs. 295.
It was a good toss to lose, as they say
by Suresh Menon, July 19, 2009
It is politically correct to support Test cricket even if your heart is with the other formats. Increasingly, players are likely to make the choice Flintoff has made. In his case, the decision might not have been a purely financial one.
Musings from Pakistan's tour of Sri Lanka - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 15, 2009
Veiled under the hype and hoopla surrounding the Ashes, the Pakistan-Sri Lanka series may have been one-way traffic so far, in terms of the results, but the games havennnnĂ?t been short of any excitement.
Players have the power to clear the air
by Partab Ramchand, July 14, 2009
In an interesting Ă? and should I add encouraging Ă? development on the eve of the Ashes series Cricket Australia instructed their players to cut out sledging, something that their players have been past masters at.
Perhaps the clock should be stopped in cricket as well
by Suresh Menon, July 13, 2009
Musings from the 2009 Ashes Series - Part I
by Chetan Narula, July 13, 2009
A see-saw battle which culminated in a gripping finale made sure that the first ever Test at Cardiff left its imprint on the series, one which now promises to be equally sumptuous as the 2005 one. Two batsmen, certified number ten and eleven batted for around forty minutes to thwart the Aussies from taking a lead going to Lord's and in essence, their partnership best describes what has been the story of this match. Grit and determination, which England lacked in their first innings and much of their second innings while Australia showcased how things ought to be done!
The beauty of sport is the ifs and buts that come with it.
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 9, 2009
Roger Federerrr?s 15th win in a major was a hard fought one. Andy Roddick, who in the past has been swept aside by Federer played an inspired match and was unlucky to lose out after a match lasting 4 hours and twenty minutes.
Indian cricket has two eras BG and AG - A tribute to Sunil Gavaksar
by Partab Ramchand, July 8, 2009
Sunil Gavaskar turns 60 on Friday and while it is an occasion to wish the master technician a very happy birthday it will also be relevant to remember his immeasurable contribution to Indian cricket. Simply put if the history of mankind is divided into two eras - BC and AD - Indian cricket can be divided into two eras - BG and AG.
How can an American learn cricket? By watching The Ashes
by Peter Della Penna, July 8, 2009
This is taken from a series of journals written upon reflection in 2006, a year after the author spent a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia starting in July of 2005. "My arrival in Australia truly began when I saw a sign hanging over the baggage claim at the airport in Brisbane: Ă?Welcome to the Lucky Country."
The Ashes and India-Pakistan - Cricket's greatest rivalries
by Suresh Menon, July 7, 2009
What makes for memorable rivalries? The competition itself, obviously, but that is not the most significant. Competition over a long period is critical too, as is a shared history.
Great Test Matches XXVI : England v Australia, The Oval, 1968
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 7, 2009
'Dolly' was born a 'Cape Coloured' in South Africa at the height of the evil apartheid system that denied people of colour even the most basic of human rights. His prodigious talent in local non-white cricket came to the notice of John Arlott who helped him come to England in his 30s. He made his Test debut in 1966.
Battle for the urn begins!
by Chetan Narula, July 6, 2009
When it comes to pure enthralling good old Test cricket, there is nothing in this world that comes even remotely close to the spectacle that is the Ashes.Never mind sitting miles away, you can feel the tension in the air, that is if you are a true cricket aficionado. And coming from some one who has been brought up on a fervent buffet of sub-continental cricket, riddled with Indo-Pak delicacies, it is hard not to understand why two major cricketing nations in the world treat this five-match series with utmost respect and passion.
A heavy metal fan who loves listening to Mozart
by Suresh Menon, July 2, 2009
Will Twenty20 attract diehard Test fans or will it be the other way around Ă? and this is the argument of the authorities Ă? with fans of the shorter game being attracted to the longer one? Actually, it doesnnnĂ?t matter. Once the 50-over game withers away it will be good for both Twenty20 and Test cricket, since these two formats have nothing in common. You can be a heavy metal fan who loves listening to Mozart.
Getting over the nasha is the key to consistency
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 29, 2009
Many a team has lost matches because players have tried to finish games with sixes rather than get the fours that can be attractive too but obviously don't get the crowd up on its feet as much as a lofted shot does. Afridi's success in the second half of the ICC Twenty20 is a sparkling example of what sensible - and not senseless - batting can achieve for the team. Hope some of the Indians were watching.
Indian fans make philosophers of their cricketers
by Suresh Menon, June 23, 2009
Dhoni has spoken about defeat revealing character more readily than victory does. But it cannot be easy. Somehow when you are in the dumps, the good times seem illusory. They also harden the resolve to make the most of the good times. The passion of the fans has made millionaires of our cricketers. It has also made philosophers of them.
India v West Indies, a contest between two equally matched sides
by Partab Ramchand, June 23, 2009
It is not easy to brush off a poor showing and come back right away with a bang particularly when you are still on foreign territory. Though the lightning tour consists of only four ODIs spread over ten days it has assumed significance for Indian cricket because of the developments in England.
Great Test Matches XXV: England v West Indies, Port of Spain, 1968
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 23, 2009
Sobers is undoubtedly the greatest all-rounder of all time. But like many cricket greats before and after him, SobersssĂ? one weak spot was captaincy. Perhaps his lowest point came at Port of Spain, Trinidad in the fourth Test match against England in March 1968. With the first three Test matches ending inconclusively, SobersssĂ? gambling instincts got the better of him and his needless declaration on the final day saw England scrambling home with just three minutes left in the game.
Tour of West Indies and Cricket 24/7 - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, June 18, 2009
If one ever allowed the thought to enter one's mind, that the 'tour' to the land of the beaches and rum was a serious affair, then the Indian selectors have put enough spanners in the works.
You cannot insult the game by not respecting it
by Suresh Menon, June 17, 2009
Whatever the format, you cannot insult the game by not respecting it. Australia discovered this early, and so too did England, nearly. And now, India. That's the only simple lesson to be drawn from this. Over-analysis is futile.
India has to work out the short ball
by Ian Pont, June 15, 2009
India's weakness right now is short, fast bowling and the lack of a fresh plan if things go wrong.
Should Dhoni be worried?
by Chetan Narula, June 15, 2009
When a billion strong cricket-crazy-community back home plus a few hundred thousands more living in London believed that Team India could win the T20 World Cup again by merely turning up, therein lay a problem. Gone was the spring in their steps, the boldness of two years ago as this was a team on the road for eight months, a bit jaded, and yet a bit too confident that they would be victorious.
West Indian crowds are unmatched for sense of humor
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 12, 2009
It is good to know that the standoff between Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Indian media is over. Whether this is a temporary truce or a permanent one will be seen over a period of time.
Of IPL hang-overs and Dhoni's PDA (Public Display of Anger)
by Suneer Chowdhary, June 8, 2009
I am still reeling from the IPL hang-over, despite more than half a month elapsing since the Deccan Chargers lifted the trophy. And no, this isn't about eulogising the tournament, in fact, it is far from it.
Great Test Matches XXIV: England v India, Headingley, 1967
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 8, 2009
The 1967 Indian tour of England was a disaster from start to finish. It wasn't without its silver lining, not the least of which was its captain's leadership and personal performance in the first test at Headingley. 'Pataudi Inspires Remarkable Recovery' read the headline in The Cricketer magazine. No wonder the English media now dubbed 'Tiger' the 'Nawab of Headingley'.
Mediocre teams get their excuses in first
by Suresh Menon, June 8, 2009
In sport, great teams make no excuses; good teams attempt to analyse defeats. There is a third category - mediocre teams which are under-confident to begin with. They make their excuses before a match or a tournament.
This is a very open World Cup
by Partab Ramchand, June 4, 2009
As defending champions plus having the advantage of playing at home Kapil Dev’s men could not handle the intense pressure and failed to retain the World Cup in 1987. The question now is whether Dhoni's squad can measure up to the high expectations even if they are not playing at home.
The sorry saga of A.S. - Andrew Symonds, After Sydney
by Peter Della Penna, June 4, 2009
Another chapter was added to the woeful tale of Andrew Symonds on Thursday when the mercurial allrounder was jettisoned out of Australia's ICC World Twenty20 squad, and presumably out of international cricket for good, for a team rules violation.
USA deserves its wild card entry to World Cup T20 Qualifier
by Venu Palaparthi, June 2, 2009
A debate has raged recently over USA's wild card entry into Twenty20 World Cup Qualifiers to be held in Dubai in October 2009. USA was chosen as the eighth nation to round off the top six associates with ODI status and the host country UAE, which is currently ranked 17th.
If India win, Twenty20 will get an even greater boost.
by Suresh Menon, June 1, 2009
Seldom has the money, the marketing, the talent all come together like it has in India's case as they prepare to defend their title.
Young blood will carry South Africa to World Twenty20 title
by Peter Della Penna, June 1, 2009
With the second ICC World Twenty20 less than a week away, everyone is wondering who will have the best chance of knocking off defending champion India.
Cricketers now know Twenty20 is serious stuff
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 30, 2009
IPL has made players understand that this format is the future and so needs to be taken seriously not just for India but for the franchise also. Those who have not come to terms with it are those who will be left looking from the outside rather than playing from the inside.
Cricket is a heck of a lot more watchable than ever before
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 29, 2009
Test cricket will still remain the pinnacle for the players themselves to judge how good they are and for history to evaluate them but as far as the modern spectators are concerned they are only interested in the now and not in the history books.
Gilchrist infuses self-belief in Deccan Chargers
by Suresh Menon, May 26, 2009
In the end, IPL 2 was a successful tournament, and that matters to a young format, a young championship and one that might now be taken around the world. What South Africa demonstrated was that the possibilities are endless, geographically speaking.
Modi understands the congruence of television and sport
by Partab Ramchand, May 26, 2009
More than any other cricket official Modi has understood the congruence of television and sport.
The hubris of Modi
by Peter Della Penna, May 24, 2009
At the moment, the IPL can't fully be considered as top flight because the best players are not fully able to participate for the duration of the tournament, if they participate at all.
Moments that won and lost IPL 2009 finals - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 24, 2009
There could have been a better script, with R.P.Singh conceding all but one of those runs in the final over, and the game going into the Super-Over play-off in order to break the deadlock.
Test cricket needs a leg up!
by Chetan Narula, May 19, 2009
Is Chris Gayle now bored with the usual routine of his team falling apart against strong oppositions, primarily away from home? Back in the Caribbean, they still have a semblance of a shot at getting something out of a rubber, like against England in March. But when away, visiting these very opposition states, they just tend to fold up, even without a fight. It becomes a bit easier to understand why some one like Gayle would talk about it giving it all up and sounding too bored with the game, especially the one played in whites.
Captains of the game
by Suresh Menon, May 18, 2009
Watching Shane Warne carry his team in the IPL it becomes clear why many consider him one of the finest players never to have led Australia.
The umpire's decision is final
by Partab Ramchand, May 18, 2009
As one who has enthusiastically backed the umpires’ referral system I was glad to read that the ICC has made it permanent.
From Arun Lal to Warne - Why captaincy is denied to the deserving
by Suresh Menon, May 18, 2009
Watching Shane Warne carry his team in the IPL it becomes clear why many consider him one of the finest players never to have led Australia.
Umpire referral system is a welcome development
by Partab Ramchand, May 18, 2009
As one who has enthusiastically backed the umpires' referral system I was glad to read that the ICC has made it permanent. This summer's Ashes series will be one of the last in which the umpire's decision will be final.
Stats don't lie, Tests will survive
by Peter Della Penna, May 18, 2009
Many fans and former players of the game have been getting uneasy over the past two years with the advent of the IPL and the Twenty20 boom because they feel it is taking attention away from Test cricket. Big attendances and even bigger contracts indicate that Twenty20 is a major vehicle that will drive the future of the game. But is that really something to worry about if you are a test aficionado.
Nurturing cricket naturally in America
by Jamie Harrison, May 18, 2009
Only through a detailed, well-managed program to nurture youth cricket can we establish the sport in America, and USACA must take control of this project if it is to have a chance of success.
Two peas in a pod; Gayle and Harker - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 17, 2009
There is a rather deep connection between the shenanigans of Chris Gayle and the practical and almost to say, pleadings of David Harker; both of which does not forebode a very pleasant outcome in the near future.
Reviews need to be in place before The Ashes
by Peter Della Penna, May 16, 2009
The Ashes is currently the only continuous five-match series. Iconic series such as the Frank Worrell Trophy, the Wisden Trophy and India-Pakistan clashes have suffered due to the proliferation of limited-overs cricket.
The fielder continues to use old techniques to meet new challenges
by Suresh Menon, May 16, 2009
Great fielding is about getting rid of the ball in the most efficient way possible. In the short game, being able to use either hand would discourage batsmen from taking singles near the circle, and give the fielder a wider arc of control in the outfield.
Cricket in China can only augur well - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 14, 2009
The Chinese, and it is a known fact, pick things up pretty quickly. Yet, expecting them to beat some of the other cricket playing countries in their own game looks as plausible as BCCI recognising the Indian Cricket League in the near future.
Reviews need to be in place before The Ashes
by Peter Della Penna, May 14, 2009
The ICC made itself look very wise on Tuesday by announcing that its cricket committee has recommended to permanently use the Umpire Decision Review System. However, the decision to delay its implementation until after The Ashes is quite foolish.
Why every IPL player owes Zimbabwe a debt of gratitude!
by Peter Della Penna, May 12, 2009
Why every IPL player owes Zimbabwe a debt of gratitude: Zimbabwe's victory over Australia in the inaugural World Twenty20 was the tipping point in a cricket revolution.
Test cricket's undying charm
by Partab Ramchand, May 11, 2009
Down in the dumps one day, up in the clouds the next – and vice versa. That's what makes the West Indies the most unpredictable side in the game and that's what makes Test cricket so engrossing.
An English summer...well begun!
by Chetan Narula, May 11, 2009
Consider this: the first day of the English summer, one that also encompasses an Ashes series, England ended up at 289 for 7. Not the best of starts considering that they are playing the West Indies, but then that was the very factor that saved them in the end. For the Windies haven't really taken to the notion that catches win matches and dropped as many as six through the first day of play.
The Future of Youth Cricket in America
by Jamie Harrison, May 11, 2009
As the director of what might be the only American high school cricket program outside of New York, I can testify to the addictive nature of the game.

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This edition of the Indian Premier League, like the previous one, has been one big surprise. The points table, for one, has managed to somersault, yet, only three points separate the first and the seventh-placed team, at the half way stage.
The hits of IPL so far - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, May 4, 2009
This edition of the Indian Premier League, like the previous one, has been one big surprise. The points table, for one, has managed to somersault, yet, only three points separate the first and the seventh-placed team, at the half way stage.
Why the all rounder species is regressing? - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, May 2, 2009
If the New Zealand all rounder Jacob Oram is to be believed, however, the all rounder is set to regress, ridding himself of his extra skill in order to prolong his career.
Club v Country : The Cricketer's Dilemma - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 2, 2009
For over 50 years, the world of football's major headache has been the club v. country struggle.
Advice to cricketers - Raina please note - Don't rely on the scoreboard
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 2, 2009
Suresh Raina went by the scoreboard at the ground which had him on 100 when in fact the commentators and official scorers had him on 98.
Flop Shows! - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, May 2, 2009
The Indian Premier League season two is being hailed as a screaming hit to any one who will listen and while the jury is still out on that one claim, there is reason to see who all have given cause to be termed failures in every sense of the word.
Bangalore's batting blues and confounding captaincy - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 26, 2009
Vijay Mallya's decision to go ahead with the wholesale changes that he made from the previous season's Indian Premier League was on expected lines
IPL as a platform for domestic talent works. And works well.
by Ian Pont, April 26, 2009
Critics miss the point of the IPL on this level. By looking only at the funds, the fireworks and the famous faces, those who don't understand the IPL just don't get it, at all.
Once a great bowler always a great bowler.
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 24, 2009
The late great England off-spinner, Jim Laker when asked what his idea of heaven was, replied that it would be watching Ray Lindwall bowl from one end and Bishan Bedi from the other.
IPL II gathers momentum
by Partab Ramchand, April 24, 2009
A week into IPL II and the doomsday predictions have it that the TRP ratings are down and the second edition of the happening tournament has failed to generate the kind of interest it did last year.
No normal sport in abnormal society!
by Suresh Menon, April 20, 2009
From the moment the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked in Lahore, Pakistan's chances of hosting the World Cup dropped to virtually zero.
Great Test Matches XXIII: Australia v India, Brisbane, 1968
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 20, 2009
"Indian cricket must be possessing riches if it could afford to overlook a performer so abundantly gifted as Jaisimha." - Bill O'Reilly
Opening salvos in the IPL
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 20, 2009
Amidst not-so-much fanfare - when compared with the new home of cricket, India - the second edition of Indian Premier League has finally got underway and if there is one individual who wouldn't have stopped grinning whenever the lack of a camera glare would have allowed him to, it has to be Lalit Modi.
Gary Kirsten is a refreshing change from the autocratic Chappell
by Partab Ramchand, April 16, 2009
Harbhajan Singh is convinced that India has the team that can beat anyone anywhere and has set his sights on a Test century. VVS Laxman says it was a truly professional performance that sealed the series triumph in New Zealand. Virender Sehwag has hailed Gautam Gambhir has the best Indian opening batsman since Sunil Gavaskar. Gambhir in turn says that such a tribute coming from his favourite player means a lot to him. Sachin Tendulkar has in the meanwhile showered praise on Gary Kirsten to make sure the coach gets his share of the credit for the team's run of successes.
Bhajji, Zaheer shared bowling honours, Review of India's test tour of NZ
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 12, 2009
Continuing from the previous piece where the batsmen were reviewed, this piece reviews the Indian bowlers and the wicket-keepers on the trip to New Zealand.
Great Test Matches XXII: England v South Africa, Trent Bridge, 1965
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 11, 2009
Graeme Pollock's glittering career was cut short after just 23 Tests when South Africa were banned from international cricket from 1970 to 1991 due to their pernicious apartheid policy.
A bird in hand, Dhoni leaves the second in the bush.
by Suresh Menon, April 8, 2009
Yet, going into the final Test 0-1 down, the hosts really had to take a chance. They didn't. India were not challenged, and that must remain the epitaph of the tour for New Zealand.
Dhoni can walk on water - Column by Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, April 7, 2009
He can do no wrong. He can walk on water or climb Mount Everest without oxygen. That is Mahendra Singh Dhoni for you. The cynics might still say he is lucky and that he has too many things in his favour. But then don't all successful captains have more than their share of good fortune?
Give Indian coaches a chance
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 6, 2009
The Indian Premier League is a domestic tournament of the BCCI but if one looks around at the support staff, it looks like an Australian tournament.
Indian batsmen made the difference, Review of India's test tour of NZ
by Suneer Chowdhary, April 6, 2009
New Zealand had promised much more than what they finally delivered in the series against India, as the final score-line in the test series represents.
Captaincy by committee
by Suresh Menon, March 28, 2009
Captaincy by committee has never worked in cricket; all it has done is allowed the nominated captain to spread the blame when a decision has gone wrong. "It was a team decision," is cricket's biggest cop out. "I got it wrong," is not a confession that is often heard from a captain.
South Africa should make a practical venue for IPL - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, March 24, 2009
It is finally official. The star-studded, multi-billion dollar tournament by the name of Indian Premier League...
IPL - The stakes are high
by Suresh Menon, March 23, 2009
India is a country that lives in the eleventh hour, and many believe that the IPL will remain here and that all talk of taking it to England and South Africa is mere brinkmanship.
Endulkar Not! - Column by Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, March 22, 2009
Every time Sachin Tendulkar is among the runs or gets a hundred my mind always goes back to the headline that appeared in a leading national daily three years ago and I allow myself a wry smile. It seemed unbelievable but no one could doubt that it was very much there in black and white and in almost blasphemously large type on the front page.
BCCI losing its moral high ground - Column by Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 18, 2009
Using its financial clout to browbeat and intimidate the rest of the cricket world into toeing its line will sooner of later backfire on Indian cricket.
West Indies Vs England: A Review - Column by Renin Wilben
by Renin Wilben, March 17, 2009
The five-Test match series between West Indies and England was a complete run fest but ironically the most gripping moments of the series came when the sides collapsed while batting – England in the opening Test and West Indies in the last. The major difference though was that West Indies managed to stave off defeat and thus claim their first series victory in five years.
India must guard against the first two days of the series - Test series preview - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, March 17, 2009
That, coupled with the barrage of Indians - the test match specialists - who have suddenly landed in New Zealand has meant that there is a certain amount of unprepared-quantity amongst the tourists
Let's talk about the Ashes! - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, March 16, 2009
The problem with English cricket is that they talk too much about the Ashes. Yet they just end up winning it once in ten attempts. The din about the 'little urn' reaches a crescendo after every series win and even in defeat, the English still keep on mumbling about their chances against the Aussies. And with just about four months to go for the next clash to begin, every one who salutes the Union Jack is already thinking only 'Ashes'.
India has a chance to right the balance - Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 16, 2009
It is no coincidence that India have not won a series in New Zealand in 40 years. It is not sheer pace which has traditionally defeated Indian batsmen so much as seam movement.
Great Test Matches XXI: India v New Zealand, Bombay, 1965 - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 16, 2009
India and New Zealand were not particularly famed for playing attractive cricket in the 1960s. But at Bombay's Brabourne Stadium in March 1965 they played out a fascinating Test of topsy-turvy fortunes which eventually ended in a tense draw.g
India has the core of the World Cup cricket team
by Suresh Menon, March 9, 2009
Barring burn-out and injury (or a horrendous loss of form), this is the core of the World Cup team.
Contrasting Debuts! - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, March 8, 2009
In recent testing times, the Australians needed good players to come up and quick, especially ones who are not just at the peak of their prowess having played domestic cricket for an eternity, but those who can provide them with the next decade of resplendent cricket that will be a justified continuation of their now past glory days. And it so happens that the two batsmen who made their debut last week in the first test against South Africa, in the return series, might just restore this jagged Aussie side to the top of the perch.
Show must go on - Column by Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 8, 2009
The Indian Premier League is a domestic tournament. Let us get that clear right at the start. It may have overseas players participating in it but it is still a domestic event of the BCCI in the latest format of the sport; the T20.
Kiwi'd by India - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, March 8, 2009
The touring Indian cricketers have settled down nicely in New Zealand after an uncertain start and though these are still early days one can already see them make enough progress to win both the ODI and Test series. That certainly would constitute feathers in the caps of MS Dhoni and his men - not to forget coach Gary Kirsten- given the fact that the Indian record in Kiwiland is quite unenviable.
Of Tendulkar's century, quick Kingsmead and run-feasts - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, March 8, 2009
As much a feast as it may sound, even the cricketing aficionados would be at loss to choose between following all the three concurrent series; especially on days when one follows the other at an alarming alacrity!
New Zealand needs to tame Sehwag -Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, March 4, 2009
Vettori would be busy in thinking about the ploy to tie Sehwag and make early inroads in the Indian batting line up for the next game, as that would then make the inexperienced and off colour middle order to face the music
A modest alternative to referrals
by Kishore Sharma, March 3, 2009
My modest proposal therefore is to employ technology to get rid of an umpire's responsibilities to account for no-balls and the number of balls bowled.
Time for Double Century in ODI's - Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, March 2, 2009
Some time soon - perhaps as early as in the ongoing India-New Zealand series - one-day cricket's first double century may be recorded. We have seen what Twenty20 does to batsmen. Brendon McCullum has a 150 in that format. Give him another half a dozen overs and see what he can do.
India in NZ - ODIs should be well fought - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, March 1, 2009
At best of times, such is the frenetic pace of this format of the game, that it allows for only thinkers with the aptitude of a chess player to over-turn a match.
Value for money! - Part II - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, February 28, 2009
The world is amazed at the wealth that has been displayed at the second players' auction in Goa for the IPL's second season. Yes, the world is reeling under a financial crisis and there is not enough liquidity in the market, but do people really think that would have anything to do with the BCCI and its ventures? Or, the businessmen who own airlines and oilfields, and a Formula One team! Some of them make movies too. So, no, especially when more than just a game of cricket is at stake! For them, it is also about business and that needs sound investment.
A spark for Pakistan cricket! - Chetan Narula column
by Chetan Narula, February 26, 2009
A triple century is always special. Besides the obvious weight of runs scored, it speaks volumes of the player's caliber to string together such an innings, especially when he has batted almost three days to get there. Unless of course he is Virender Sehwag who generally takes half that time to do so!
Great Test Matches XX: India v Australia, Bombay, 1964 - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 24, 2009
For 45 years the record stood-the highest fourth innings winning total by India on home soil (until it was eclipsed in the recent Test against England at Chennai). And it came against the mighty Australians led by Bobby Simpson at Bombay's famed Brabourne Stadium in October 1964.
A Bonanza for the Cricket Fan - 8 Top Teams Kick into Action
by Partab Ramchand, February 23, 2009
There is certainly a lot happening around the cricketing world right now to keep the follower of the game engaged full time.
Stanford Deal - ECB lost self-respect. Not just money.
by Suresh Menon, February 23, 2009
The ECB gambled, and lost. Not money so much as self-respect. And that's the pity.
India in NZ - Very little to choose from in T20s: Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, February 23, 2009
The two T20 matches that India take on New Zealand in form a part of what could be described as a semblance of India's first ever bilateral T20 series.
Great Test Matches XIX - England v West Indies, Lord's 1963
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 20, 2009
This was the cricket match that had it all-except for a result. But despite ending in a draw, the second Test at Lord's in June 1963 had all the ingredients of a classic encounter-ferocious fast bowling, dazzling batting, raw courage and with the last delivery of the match to be bowled, the possibility of all four verdicts-win, loss, draw or tie.
Ponting, Proteas and pressure: Australia-South Africa Preview - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, February 16, 2009
The first test match between Australia and South Africa may be a good week or so away, but the two chief personnel - the skippers - have already traded their customary first salvos. Rather surprisingly, the lyrics seem to have been scripted by the same lyricist, as both the skippers claim that the pressure would be on the other; for a varied set of reasons of course!
Is it time for Neutral Groundsmen? - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, February 16, 2009
As far as is known, John Donne was no cricketer. Yet what he said in another context nearly four centuries ago applies to the game today. To adapt what he said, no game is an island entire of itself... the game's death anywhere diminishes the sport... send not to know for whom the bell tolls..
India's tour of NZ - Dhoni's Real Test
by Partab Ramchand, February 16, 2009
The Indian team is on a roll and MS Dhoni in particular can do no wrong. But the true test of his leadership qualities lies just ahead and an accurate analysis of the Indian team can probably be obtained following the results in New Zealand.
Don't blame IPL for England's loss - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, February 9, 2009
Gooch has said that the IPL auction, which has made some England players incredibly richer, was a distraction and led to the horrendous showing in Sabina Park.
Value for money! - Part I - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, February 8, 2009
The world is amazed at the wealth that has been displayed at the second players' auction in Goa for the IPL's second season. Yes, the world is reeling under a financial crisis and there is not enough liquidity in the market, but do people really think that would have anything to do with the BCCI and its ventures? Or, the businessmen who own airlines and oilfields, and a Formula One team! Some of them make movies too. So, no, especially when more than just a game of cricket is at stake! For them, it is also about business and that needs sound investment.
Wheels coming off the Aussie team - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, February 7, 2009
They say that success breeds success. Or nothing succeeds like success. However, it seems lot worse to be unsuccessful in cricket, after breeding successful champions for decades on end
Guilty by television - Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, February 4, 2009
In sport, it is very rare for a wrong-doer to be unaware of doing wrong. Diego Maradona was fully aware that the goal he scored against England in the World Cup was off the only part of his body that could not have legitimately pushed the ball in. Yet he laughed it off saying that it was the "hand of god" which had scored.
Return to the Nineties! - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, February 4, 2009
Without a semblance of doubt, the nineties were the worst phase for Indian cricket. It was a time when the selectors really didn't know where the team was headed, the captain couldn't really answer the simplest of questions put to him and entry to the team was a revolving door, with umpteen players coming in and going out without any fingers pointed. It is a matter of fact that Mohd. Azhar holds the record for being the Indian captain under whom maximum players made their India debut.
A satisfying, odds-defying victory for India - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, February 1, 2009
Not quite the wafer-thin margin that one associates with a thriller, but it had all the makings of one till before the penultimate over of the match began.
Great Test Matches XVIII: England v Australia, Old Trafford, 1961: Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 30, 2009
Australia held the Ashes when they toured England in 1961 under the captaincy of the colourful Richie Benaud. The team was short on experience but had a few promising players who found themselves at the start of wonderful careers-opener Bill Lawry and fast bowler Graham McKenzie both made their debuts in the series.
An intriguing fixture list - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, January 30, 2009
Fixture lists are big debatable issues in the world of football. Only recently, Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez made a rant over their title rivals' Manchester United's fixtures over the next eight weeks and got a great deal of off-the-field talk going on. When the stakes are so high, playing games with a gap of two-three days becomes a real headache and it is only advantageous then if the matches against the weaker teams are all bunched up together by the computer. Suddenly, a similar list is gaining importance in world cricket too. Especially with three teams in the mix for the race to the finish line, the fixtures list becomes an important parameter especially this year.
Cricket's Super-Six: Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, January 26, 2009
When Fred Trueman was asked about the bowler who would overtake his then world Test record haul of 307 wickets, he said, "Whoever he is, he will be a bloody tired man." Trueman sent down just over 15,000 deliveries in a 13-year career.
Best man for the job: Column by Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, January 26, 2009
Virender Sehwag has worked wonders for Indian cricket but his latest service to the game in this country is perhaps his best.
Balance of power: Column by Sunil Gavaskar
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 26, 2009
England have landed in the West Indies after upsetting a few passengers who did not know when they booked the flight that there would be an unscheduled stop in St Kitts to allow the England cricket team to disembark.
Inspiration - The medicine for Bangladesh cricket
by Chetan Narula, January 25, 2009
In the recent Hollywood movie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, actor Brad Pitt plays the lead character with the same name and what is indeed curious is the fact that Benjamin's life story travels back in time. He is born old, wrinkly and he dies a baby. Watching the movie and seeing Bangladesh cricket traverse its path from the day they were granted Test status, one gets a feeling that this is indeed their story too.
A shining silver lining - Srinivas Kanchibhotla Column
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, January 22, 2009
Cricket had plenty to cheer about in the year, with riveting series, record run chases, rise of old and new superstars, end of reigns, all this, amidst record viewerships and attendances.
India XI 2011: Youth Only - A Partab Ramchan Column
by Partab Ramchand, January 19, 2009
Successive selection committees headed by Dilip Vengsarkar and Kris Srikkanth have made it clear that the focus is going to be on youth and the ultimate goal is to build a winning team for the 2011 World Cup to be held in the sub continent.
Great Test Matches: Australia v West Indies, Brisbane, 1960
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 19, 2009
The tied Test match at Brisbane was the perfect way to start the 1960-61 series between Australia and the West Indies. Surely one heart-stopper was enough for a series!
Image is not everything: A Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, January 19, 2009
In his recent book, Aakash Chopra says with remarkable honesty, "For players like me there aren't too many comebacks." You can score over a thousand runs in a season, be part of a team that wins the national championship, claim more wickets than most or be the hero of the zonal championships, yet once dropped from the national team that’s it.
Mumbai crowned Ranji Champs for 38th time
by Rahul Namjoshi, January 18, 2009
Mumbai were crowned the Domestic Kings for the 38th time. It's now up to the selectors to disprove whether some good performances in the domestic season are more equal than others.
Conclusions from Aus-SA Test series 2008-09: Part I
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Conclusions from Aus-SA Test series 2008-09: Part II
by Chetan Narula, January 16, 2009
Basically, a lot of factors have been blamed for the sudden demise of Australian supremacy from international cricket. Now, some of them are somewhat true and some of them are completely absurd. What is strange is that in both the cases, they are related in one way or the other to Indian cricket and that is what stokes the fire that it has been the losses to India that have really inflicted a psychological damage on the minds of the Aussies.
Captain and Coach - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, January 15, 2009
Alone among international sports, cricket believes that the captain is king. Davis Cup tennis has non-playing captains, soccer (to a large degree) has playing non-captains, and individual sport has non-captaining players. T
Pietersen and Moores - Tension in the dressing room
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 11, 2009
In any case, it was only a matter of time before Pietersen was going to be given the push because the establishment has never been too sure of him.
Cricket's Toynbee effect - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, January 11, 2009
Australia have ruled for nearly a decade and a half. That is a long stretch in sports. It is unlikely that whoever takes over - whether it is South Africa or India - by the end of the new year, will have such a clear run for so long.
The Pietersen fiasco and potential repercussions - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, January 10, 2009
It has been barely a couple of days since the Kevin Pietersen saga culminated into the former skipper’s purported resignation from the captain's role and the conspiracy theories have reared their heads up. Thankfully, this has happened at a time...
Conclusions from Aus-SA Test series 2008-09: Part I
by Chetan Narula, January 10, 2009
Something has happened that hadn't transpired in a long, long time. In fact, the elder cricket fans all round the world had forgotten what it felt like for such a thing to happen. The relatively younger ones have probably never really witnessed anything akin to this. One is not talking about a holocaust but just the little matter of Australia losing their first home Test series in almost sixteen years. Well, many ought to believe that is more than a mild tremor for the world of cricket, and indeed such a jolt surely throws up a few pointers!
A to Z of Cricket in 2008 - Part-V - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, January 1, 2009
Continuing from where I left off, this is the concluding part of the A to Z of cricket in 2008.
A wish list for 2009 - Chetan Narula
by Chetan Narula, December 31, 2008
2008 has been a good year for cricket as a whole. Maybe the Aussies won't agree, for things haven't gone too well for them in the latter half, but they have the whole of next year to set their house in order. And even they can't complain much, for Pakistan have the most to grumble about; much of the last twelve months they would indeed like to see erased from their cricketing history, if there was indeed anything to erase in the first place. Elsewhere two new powers arose in world cricket, giving the schedule of 2009 a look resembling the last lap of a race as India and South Africa scurry towards the finish line that is the number one spot.
Great Test Matches XVI-Pakistan v West Indies, Kingston, 1958 - Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 30, 2008
Pakistan's first visit to the West Indies in 1958 produced some fascinating cricket and batting records that survive to this day.
Indian cricket fans - Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, December 30, 2008
Watching the Australia-South Africa series has been an education in how much India have lost in recent years as a cricketing nation.
A significant year for the Indian team - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, December 29, 2008
The results might have been mixed but there is no denying the fact that the positives far outweighed the negatives when it came to the Indian cricket team's performance in 2008.
2009: Year of India Cricket - Sunil Gavaskar column
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 29, 2008
What a year it has been for Indian cricket. It all started at the Sydney Cricket Ground where Australia took on India in the second Test of the series.
A to Z of Cricket in 2008 - Part-IV - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, December 28, 2008
The A to Z of cricket in 2008
Few conclusions from India-England Test series 2008 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, December 27, 2008
The last two matches played by India this year may not have taken place and no one would have complained, such were the circumstances. But they did happen and that left us with some pointers.
Political bonhomie essential for cricketing ties
by Partab Ramchand, December 23, 2008
It is naive to argue that sports can strengthen political relationships between two nations. On the contrary political bonhomie must precede sports and games.
Great Test Matches XV - England v Australia, Old Trafford, 1956
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 23, 2008
Great Test Matches XV - England v Australia, Old Trafford, 1956
A to Z of Cricket in 2008 - Part-III - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, December 22, 2008
The A to Z of cricket in 2008...
Australian Cricket Supremacy - Beginning of the end?
by Suresh Menon, December 22, 2008
Is this the beginning of the end of the world's number one team (or maybe even the middle portion of the end, after the 0-2 defeat against India)? Is this beginning of the beginning for South Africa, otherwise known as the underachievers and chokers of world cricket?
Team India: No Worries - Column by Partab Ramchand
by Partab Ramchand, December 18, 2008
The notable victory in the Chennai Test against England has underlined the fact that there is nothing really to worry about as far as the Indian team is concerned.
A Tale of Two Test Matches - Column by Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 18, 2008
Watching Sachin Tendulkar and co. effortlessly guide India home against England in the first Test at Chennai on Monday brought back memories of a similar feat 32 years ago.
Lala Amarnath: First India Centurion - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 15, 2008
It was 75 years ago today (Jan. 15) that the first Test match was played on Indian soil. And what a way for Indian cricket to celebrate the occasion with the grand victory at Chennai, setting a record for the highest winning total at home.
Victory! - Column by Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, December 15, 2008
Four years ago, the debate in India centred on whether Sachin Tendulkar was finished as an international batsman. Now the debate has shifted gears, and the discussion has settled on another Tendulkar subject: will he score 50 Test match centuries? That's nine centuries away and the batsman is 35, but it is his 41st century that has started the speculation, and I daresay, some serious betting.
Battle at the Summit: Aus v SA Preview - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, December 15, 2008
Bangladesh captain Mohd. Ashraful has had a pretty difficult year. He has led his team to Australia and South Africa in a span of three months, and goes without saying, lost against both. But it was one of his remarks at the end of November that is a pointer to the obvious wind of change blowing through world cricket. He remarked that South Africa was the toughest opposition in the recent times that they have played in recent times. Mind you, not Australia!
A to Z of Cricket in 2008 - Part-II - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, December 12, 2008
The year 2008 in review, continuing from where we left off last.
No praise can be too high for England - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 12, 2008
No praise can be too high for the brave decision of the England team to resume their tour of India after the traumatic happenings in Mumbai. The England and Wales Cricket Board also deserves credit for allowing the players to take their own decision, without putting any pressure on them.
Ode to a champion
by Rahul Namjoshi, December 11, 2008
Anand had finished last in the Master's tournament at Bilbao, just a month before the World Championship. Whether this was done in order to prevent Kramnik from the direction in which Anand was likely to approach the match is an open question.
SA potent enough to upset Australia
by Renin Wilben, December 11, 2008
The forthcoming Test series against Australia will be South Africa's best chance of upsetting the Aussies in their own den.
NZ-WI: An engrossing battle on the cards
by Renin Wilben, December 11, 2008
The New Zealanders are returning from an expected 2-0 Test series defeat in Australia while West Indies were blanked 3-0 by an ever mercurial Pakistan in a one-day tournament. The two sides would be looking to get into some sort of winning momentum and this series is possibly the best chance for both.
India and England get back to action
by Renin Wilben, December 11, 2008
After all the concerns over security in the last couple of weeks following the dreaded Mumbai attacks, the India-England Test series is all set to get underway at Chennai on Thursday.
Great Test Matches XIV:England v Australia, Sydney, 1954 - Gulu Exekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 11, 2008
For one remarkable series, Frank 'Typhoon' Tyson bowled as fast any man before or since in the history of Test cricket. Though his career was brief, ending at the age of 30 due to fitness problems-he appeared in just 17 Test matches-his express bowling in Australia in 1954-55 has acquired legendary status.
Cricket Diplomacy - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, December 7, 2008
Sport is both pointless and the most profound activity we can be engaged in. If war is diplomacy by other means, so is sport. And that is why the return of the England team to India must be seen in perspective.
Great Test Matches XIII :Pakistan v England, The Oval, 1954
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 5, 2008
The Oval ground in London has a special place in the hearts of Asian cricket followers. It was here in 1954 that Pakistan became the first nation to win a Test match on their maiden tour to England. They stunned the cricket world by winning the fourth and final Test by 24 runs, drawing the series 1-1.
A to Z of Cricket in 2008 - Part-I - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, December 5, 2008
With the cricketing calendar of 2008 drawing to a close, it is worthwhile to give the year passed by a second glance. In this piece, and the subsequent ones that follow, I review the year gone by…an A to Z of cricket in 2008.
Sourav Ganguly: The Royal Bengal Tiger
by Partab Ramchand, December 4, 2008
You may not like someone on a personal level but you have to give him credit where it is due. Shane Warne has failed in his attempt to run down Sourav Ganguly,s captaincy in his book "Shane Warne's century" while admitting that "he might not be my cup of tea as a bloke."
Ten Conclusions from the India-England ODI series 2008 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, December 2, 2008
The series is over, for good, be it five matches or seven. These are pensive times for cricket, actually for human life in that regard, but we have a series that has been decided. Cricket has been played and it has thrown up some interesting points, so here we go.
Too many weak teams a cause of concern
by Renin Wilben, December 2, 2008
How many cricket lovers bothered to watch the recently concluded ODI series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe which the former won 5-0? In all probability, the answer will be very few. And it is not only because Zimbabwe are a weak side. They always were but of late their players have become unrecognizable.
Fix all the 'leaks' - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 30, 2008
It was good to see the reaction of the Indian media to the leak by a selector about the meeting in Kanpur. They were pretty unanimous in condemning the selector who for whatever reason gave a scoop to a paper about the reaction of Mahendar Singh Dhoni, the Indian skipper about the team that was chosen.
Selection Drama - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, November 30, 2008
Every time the proceedings of the selection committee meetings are leaked to the media, someone suggests that they ought to be telecast live to pre-empt controversy. Although Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was being sarcastic when he said that the meetings might as well be telecast live since secrecy was observed only in the breach, the debate is gaining momentum. The only team selection meeting telecast live has been the IPL auction; it was fun but got boring quickly enough.
Great Test Matches XII : South Africa v. New Zealand, Johannesburg 1953
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 28, 2008
The Johannesburg Test match of December 1953 produced drama and pathos rarely equaled before or since in a sporting event. The result of the match was rarely in doubt from the second day onwards. South Africa were in the ascendant and would win the series 4-0 against New Zealand who had yet to taste victory in the Test arena after nearly 25 years of trying.
The likely repercussions of Mumbai terror attack
by Renin Wilben, November 28, 2008
Following the latest deadly terror attacks in Mumbai, the England cricket team has decided to leave for home citing security concerns. And though it is disappointing as India were on the verge of whitewashing the Englishmen, it was without doubt the right decision. Having watched the happenings in Mumbai, playing cricket would be the last thing on the minds of the cricketers. The English cricketers would have been in a state of shock as they were put up at the Taj hotel, which was attacked by assailants, when they arrived in India.
Player of the month: Yuvraj Singh
by Renin Wilben, November 28, 2008
Like last time, this time too Zaheer Khan was in the race. But yet again, he was beaten to the top by another southpaw. If it was Gautam Gambhir last time, Yuvraj Singh snatched it away from him this time. Virender Sehwag too was in contention smashing four typical half-centuries in five games. But, the left handed Yuvraj, who was under fire following his lacklustre showing in Australia and Sri Lanka, responded with two breathtaking centuries in the first two ODIs against England and sealed the crown in his favour.
Batting second proved decisive for India
by Renin Wilben, November 27, 2008
India put up another clinical performance at Cuttack to go 5-0 up in the seven-match ODI series against England. There were a number of factors that facilitated India's victory; one of them being MS Dhoni's decision to field first after winning the toss. He termed the dew factor as the rationale behind his choice and after the game he stood vindicated. As both captains agreed at the post match press conference, the dew played a big role in the match when England bowled.
`Mighty Matt': 100th test - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, November 27, 2008
It is easy to shrug off Matthew Hayden's latest achievement on playing his 100th Test. After all wasn't a cricketer of his exalted status bound to reach the prestigious landmark? However during the initial stages of his career it did not look like the strongly-built left-handed Australian opening batsman would last so long.
New Zealand need a miracle to prevent one-sided Adelaide Test - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, November 25, 2008
Even as Team India's endeavour to prove that the series win against Australia was no flash in the pan, and in turn England's ODI whitewash against South Africa was, Australia huffed and puffed to a first test win against their neighbours, New Zealand.
Zaheer Khan: The spearhead of the Indian attack - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, November 24, 2008
Not for the first time, a fantastic bowling performance was ignored and the Man of the Match was given to Virender Sehwag in Bangalore when it should have gone to Zaheer Khan. One-day cricket is a batsmanĘźs game, yet for that very reason the bowler who bowls the decisive spell should be honoured. Not that it would have made a difference to Zaheer Khan, who, at 30 is not only the spearhead of the Indian attack, but the fountainhead of its fast bowling wisdom.
The bizarre use of Duckworth/Lewis
by Renin Wilben, November 24, 2008
While all the debate during the rain-affected Bangalore ODI revolved around the unfair division of the powerplays between India and England, knowingly or unknowingly another dangerous precedent was being set. Digest this if you can. India scored 166/4 in 22 overs. England replied with 178 in the same number of overs and yet ended up on the losing side. How? Well thanks to the Duckworth/Lewis method in place for rain-ruined games.
India were better under pressure
by Renin Wilben, November 23, 2008
In the rain-marred day-night encounter at Bangalore, India were once again the better side and as a result clinched the 7-match series 4-0. Yet again England put up a resistance but it wasn't good enough. And in the end, India won comfortably as England's chances went up in smoke.
Yosuf Pathan: The new rising star - The Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, November 22, 2008
Is Yusuf Pathan the new rising star on the Indian cricket horizon? Is he the answer to the ODI squad’s prayers for a quality utility cricketer?
Great Test Matches XI : West Indies v. England, Lord's 1950
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 21, 2008
ICL: Highlights of the season gone by - Part 1
by S. Martin, November 21, 2008
The second edition of the Indian Cricket League has finally come to a close with the Lahore Badshahs trouncing arch-rivals and defending champions Hyderabad Heroes to claim the coveted ICL 20-20 Indian Championship crown.
An Open Letter to ICL's Mr. Subhash Chandra - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, November 20, 2008
Dear Sir,

Subject: ICL - A travesty of cricket

So, the Lahore Badshahs won the ICL. Does anybody really care? Maybe, the players do, for the fat paychecks that they will be getting. The Hyderabad Heroes care because they lost those fat paychecks. You, being the owner will care because you have got to see that those paychecks don't bounce, and that there is always more moolah coming in for later payments. Your ICL administrators care, otherwise their teary-eyed act on television will resemble just another soap opera. And the commentators you hired might care, for it will get them those paychecks as well.

Yusuf can play a crucial role in ODIs - Column by Renin Wilben
by Renin Wilben, November 19, 2008
Yusuf Pathan, who made a blitzkrieg half-century on his 26th birthday in the Indore ODI against England, proved that his form in the IPL was not a flash in the pan. More importantly, he showed that he is capable of delivering what is expected of him. Post the growing popularity of Twenty20, many cricketers are being branded as T20 specialists. And there was an imminent danger that Yusuf too could end up falling in that category. But the knock at Indore, that included some massive hits, should put a stop to all such thoughts at least for the moment.
Love (of $) makes the world go round in Indian cricket
by Suresh Menon, November 18, 2008
India might have started well in the England series, but soon it will be time to set this aside, change hats as it were, and wear the Twenty20 garb. Whether switching the mindset is as easy as changing clothes is something we will have to wait and see. Some players will go from playing a one-day international to a Twenty20 tournament to Test cricket in about ten days.
Great Test Matches X - England v South Africa, Durban, 1948 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 18, 2008
Imagine getting the winning run off the final ball of a Test match—and that too thanks to a leg bye!
The Guru who destroyed our cricket - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 18, 2008
When Australia were nine wickets down in the second innings at Nagpur, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the skipper of the Indian team, asked Sourav Ganguly to take the reins of the captaincy.
Revered captain Ganguly - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, November 18, 2008
The most successful Indian leader. The man who changed the image of the Indian captain. The greatest left-handed batsman in the history of Indian cricket. What will be Sourav Ganguly’s most enduring legacy to the game in this country?
Kiwis need Ponting to repeat India-dose to think of win! Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, November 18, 2008
The Border-Gavaskar trophy has been squandered, a new day has dawned, but the Aussies cannot stop yapping, and exploring and trying to discover newer excuses for their series loss.
Winds of Change Sweep Indian Cricket
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, November 16, 2008
Change is in the air all over the world, right from American politics, down to market-place economics; and cricket is not far behind. The question with the good teams is never about whether they would be able to pick up their game and continue along their winning ways, but when. And till then, as that Alanis Morissette song says "it is fun watching the stoic squirm".
England will feel deflated -Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, November 15, 2008
India have defeated a confident England with a overwhelming margin , with Yuvraj Singh single handedly sending the English attack on a leather hunt as England surrendered to a 158 runs defeat .One just gets the feeling that Pieterson’s move to put India in just helped do what they have been good at , put total on the board and defend .
Joseph O'Neill's Chuck Ramkissoon is USA Cricketer of the Year
by Venu Palaparthi, November 13, 2008
A review of Netherland - Joseph O'Neill's powerful novel about life (and cricket) in New York.
Border Gavaskar Trophy 2008: Few conclusions from the 3rd & 4th Tests
by Chetan Narula, November 13, 2008
The biggest series of the year is over and India are deserved winners. Though the score could not have been any more emphatic, there is a possibility that Australian cricket will take this defeat quite hard and there will be some huge shake-ups before their home series begin. But before that, we have a few conclusions of our own.
Cricket's Great All-Rounders - Book Review by Gulu Ezekiel
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 12, 2008
Kersi Meher-Homji has been the voice of Indian cricket in Australia since the ‘70s when he moved Down Under from Bombay. Old-timers will be familiar with his dispatches in the late and much lamented Sportsweek magazine.
Bowling attack made all the difference -Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, November 11, 2008
The biggest difference between the two sides has been the bowling attack. While Ishant and Zaheer made inroads into the Australian top order,Brett Lee was off colour and Johnson bowled well in patches .In the spin department,Krezja astonished with his 12 wickets debut and raised questions as to why was he not picked in the first place, for the previous games.
Not Easy being Numero Uno - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, November 11, 2008
The number one team in the world has obligations to the sport. It sets the standard by which the sport is judged. Teams lower down the ladder look up to it for guidance. Above all, there is the constant need to be the best in the game not just in terms of results, the ends, but also in terms of how it got there, the means. One of cricketĘźs enduring conceits is that it does not matter who wins or loses, of greater import is how the game is played. And the number one team has the obligation to showcase the game at its best.
Great Test Matches IX: England v Australia, Leeds, 1948 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 11, 2008
The legend of Don Bradman's 'Invincibles'-arguably the greatest team of all time-was born on the triumphant 1948 tour of England.
The 'low-downs' of the Border-Gavaskar series - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, November 10, 2008
Australia had come to India in total cognizance of the fact that the Indians would be favorites to lay their hands on the Border-Gavaskar trophy. It was a hard-fought one, but in the end, it wouldn't be too far off the mark to use the cliche that the best team did go on to clinch it. This piece reviews the not-so-great moments of the four test match series that ended today with a 2-0 scoreline for India.
Great Test Matches Part IV: India v Australia, Perth 1977 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, November 10, 2008
Cricket history would look back at India's tour of Australia in the season 1977-78 as the moment when the first seeds of a great rivalry were probably sown. What we see today out there on the grounds, may all very well be down to this ripper of a five match rubber that ensued when the Indians came calling on their third tour Down Under.
Stanford 20/20 for 20 - A Super Duper Victory and Beyond
by John Aaron, November 3, 2008
In the end, it was about the money, but something else happened at the Stanford Cricket Ground yesterday. In what some critics may describe as an anti-climactic conclusion to the Stanford Super Series 20/20 for 20 million US dollars winner-take-all contest. With a surprising total of only 99 runs posted, the England XI did not offer much in the way of a challenge to the Stanford Superstars.
Verbal abuse has no place in the game - Sunil Gavaskar column
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 3, 2008
Adam Gilchrist’s yet to be released book has predictably drawn reactions, especially his comments about Tendulkar. The timing was inappropriate, for at the moment with Tendulkar residing at the peak having climbed the mountain of most runs in test cricket, any adverse comment about him was going to invite flak and it did. Or maybe that was the intention; getting some free publicity for the book. Gilly is lucky that he had a column immediately after all the hullabaloo to try and explain his side of the story and what he actually meant and what was reported.
Dhoni looks the part - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, November 3, 2008
You only have to imagine Vizzy carrying C K Nayudu on his shoulders around a cricket stadium or Ajit Wadekar carrying Tiger Pataudi or Sunil Gavaskar carrying Bishan Bedi or Sourav Ganguly carrying Rahul Dravid to realise what an incredible sight it was to see Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the captain-designate giving a lift to Anil Kumble, the man he takes over from. If no man is a hero to his valet, no Indian captain has been a hero to his successor, and this unique tribute was testimony both to Kumble's place in the team and the new captain's youthful spontaneity.
Gambhir-Sehwag offer long-term solution to opening conundrum - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, November 3, 2008
There is something to be said about left-hand/right-hand opening combinations, particularly when one looks at the number of such successful pairings. From Allan Rae and Jeff Stollemyer to Bill Lawry and Bob Simpson, Majid Khan and Sadiq Mohammed to Trevor Goddard and Eddie Barlow, Geoff Boycott and John Edrich to Gordon Greenidge and Roy Fredericks, right till the new millennium when Graeme Smith and Herschelle Gibbs have made themselves the only opening pair to string together three 300-plus opening partnerships.
Great Test Matches Part III: India v Australia, Delhi 1969 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, November 2, 2008
Australia undertook their fourth tour of India in November 1969, embarking on a five test series against India and a further trip to Sri Lanka after that. The last two seasons had seen them do quite well in international cricket, with wins against India and West Indies at home, as also a draw in between with England and thus retaining the Ashes. It wasn't as if they were the strongest team in world cricket at the moment, instead it was a fairly balanced side with their chief strength being their batting line-up: skipper Bill Lawry, Keith Stackpole, Ian Chappell, Doug Walters, Ian Redpath and Paul Sheahan, ably supported by the pace of Graham McKenzie and Alan Connolly and spin of Ashley Mallett and John Gleeson.
The lows and the woes of Stanford T20 - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, November 1, 2008
If the discussion revolves around cricket and the country of India is not the cynosure of the world eyes, then it must be definitely worth giving the eye-balls to. Allen Stanford is one such breaking news that is fast catching fire in the world of cricket, and one may be forgiven for saying that the manner in which the entire drama is unfolding, it is a cause for a lot of heart-burn around.
Cornered Aussies can be dangerous - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, October 28, 2008
There are no more dangerous opponents than the Australians when cornered and the Indians would do well to remember this when they take on the tourists in the third Test at New Delhi in about a week’s time. The Aussies will no doubt use the extended break to give their morale a boost and plan their strategies. They will no doubt be heartened by the fact that they are down but not out and they can still win the series.
Beware: Cornered Ausssies - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, October 28, 2008
There are no more dangerous opponents than the Australians when cornered and the Indians would do well to remember this when they take on the tourists in the third Test at New Delhi in about a week's time. The Aussies will no doubt use the extended break to give their morale a boost and plan their strategies.
Test cricket needs close finishes - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, October 28, 2008
At a time when Test cricketĘźs fortunes are at a low ebb, with the threat from the various Twenty20 tournaments around the world, it is necessary for the two most attractive sides in the world to play out close finishes and exciting sessions to help traditional fans retain their faith as well as to attract a new set which cannot look beyond a 20-over match. One-sided matches turn away even the faithful.
Worthy successors for Anil Kumble - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, October 28, 2008
Amit Mishra is 26 and has played one Test and three ODIs. Twenty-year-old Piyush Chawla has played two Tests and 21 ODIs while Pragyan Ojha who is 22 has represented the country in five ODIs. Two leg spinners and a left arm spinner along with the established off spinner gives enough indication that the future of Indian spin bowling is in good hands and the rich tradition will continue its gloriously unbroken run.
Ten conclusions from Border Gavaskar Trophy 2008: Second Test
by Chetan Narula, October 28, 2008
Huge, massive, colossal, humongous would only be a few words recounting the 320 run win at Mohali. But that is just one side of the coin for Dhoni's team, rather Kumble's team, no wait, Team India. For on the other side, there are still a couple of points that need to be sorted out before the third Test begins. As concerns the Kangaroos, there is no upside to their coin, they actually need to mint their way out of this mess.
Don't read too much into Gilchrist's comments - Renin Wilben column
by Renin Wilben, October 26, 2008
There has been a lot of furore since Adam Gilchrist's alleged remarks in his soon to be released autobiography over Sachin Tendulkar have been out. Gilchrist claimed that the little master was not honest during the controversial Sydney Test hearing. But one should not give too much leverage to the issue as it would do nothing but help the sales of the books. What the former Aussie stumper has written is his side of the story and he has every right to express his view. Indians do not need to overreact because by doing so we are giving undue importance to something very futile for us. And if we know Sachin well he himself would not bother to react to these allegations.
Great Test Matches VIII: England v Australia, Lord's, 1934 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 26, 2008
England have not won a Test match at Lord's against Australia for over 70 years. In the 2005 series they were thrashed by 239 runs in the first Test before storming back to win back the Ashes.
Where do Aussies go from here? - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, October 25, 2008
Down 0-1, blighted by an injury or two, shrouded with a couple of players going through a rare loss of form, and it does not augur too well for a team that is a three-time defending World Cup Champion, and the unofficial holder of the test throne as well. One expected India to do well in this Border-Gavaskar trophy, and at best, for Australia to stave off the challenge and make the hosts fight every inch to get to the position of strength.
Empty stadiums a depressing situation - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, October 24, 2008
To play a Test match before an audience of the proverbial two men and a dog, as India and Australia are doing in Mohali can be pretty depressing.
Ganguly stands tall in the middle of a relatively non-sporting race - Boria Majumdar column
by Boria Majumdar, October 22, 2008
With 'sport' central to national lives and emerging into sustained symbols of national unities across the world, players are some of the most written about and sought after men and women.
Indians returning fire with fire - Sunil Gavaskar column
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 22, 2008
It's been quite an interesting few days, not so much for what has happened on the field but more so at the exchange of words that has taken place between those connected with the game. It's not just the Indians returning fire on the Aussies but also making a statement against the media. Ever since the commercialisation of the game began, one of the factors that changed was that players who hardly ever spoke on record to the media were now duty bound to offer their priceless views to the media after a days play.
Indians returning fire with fire - Sunil Gavaskar column
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 22, 2008
It's been quite an interesting few days, not so much for what has happened on the field but more so at the exchange of words that has taken place between those connected with the game. It's not just the Indians returning fire on the Aussies but also making a statement against the media. Ever since the commercialisation of the game began, one of the factors that changed was that players who hardly ever spoke on record to the media were now duty bound to offer their priceless views to the media after a days play.

by , October 22, 2008
It's been quite an interesting few days, not so much for what has happened on the field but more so at the exchange of words that has taken place between those connected with the game. It's not just the Indians returning fire on the Aussies but also making a statement against the media. Ever since the commercialisation of the game began, one of the factors that changed was that players who hardly ever spoke on record to the media were now duty bound to offer their priceless views to the media after a days play.
What makes the not-so-fussy Hussey tick? - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, October 19, 2008
And that he can hold the bat, and his own, in almost all conditions around the world. He has already hit a century in a tour game, and another in the first test, and followed it up with a fifty in the second match under trying conditions.
Ten conclusions from the Border Gavaskar Trophy 2008: First Test
by Chetan Narula, October 16, 2008
So, the first test is over, with the score reading 0-0, and none seems the richer. It was all about enduring those hours in the first game, as both the hosts and the visitors were content on winning sessions, nobody really going for the kill, but they still managed to somehow set up an intriguing draw. And thus we look at the ramifications of the same.
Actions on the field and not needless mind games win test matches - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, October 16, 2008
You can always overdo the mind games. Just go through what the Indian and Australian players are saying and one is convinced that some of them don't really believe what they are uttering. It all boils down to one-upmanship or trying to gain a psychological advantage. When overdone though there is very little chance of scoring a valid point off the field.
Absorbing first test sets up an evenly balanced series - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, October 16, 2008
The Bangalore Test was cricket's version of the irresistible force meeting the immovable object, but in reverse. It was the story of the easily overcome force meeting the alarmingly fragile object. The Australian bowling was pedestrian and the Indian middle order was brittle making for an even match where the quality of the cricket was not very high, but the quality of the contest was quite absorbing.
Judge Kumble after Mohali - Renin Wilben column
by Renin Wilben, October 16, 2008
On the eve of the Mohali Test all the focus is on Indian skipper Anil Kumble whose recent form and fitness is a big worry. It seems as though most observers in Indian cricket, and there are a billion of them, are calling for the skipper's head. While it is expected considering the leggie's recent struggles, it would be nice to see the Indians backing him instead of humiliating him.
Ponting would still be thinking about "ifs"
by Amit Masram, October 15, 2008
India have lots of positive to take from the match and for most part of the contest, it was test match cricket at its best with all three results likely at start of day five.Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan bowled exceedingly well under testing conditions and troubled all batsman alike with in dipper .Anil Kumble has had a ordinary test going wicket less and lacked resourcefulness, while Dhoni will look to siege the initiative to prove his batting credentials in Mohali.From a Australian standpoint , Lee and Johnson employed a lot of variation in pace which yielded results for them.
India-Australia 1st Test, a good appetizer for starters - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, October 13, 2008
The attritional play on display throughout the first test between India and Australia made for some very interesting test cricket. The match may have ended in a stalemate, but both the teams would have plenty to think about in the not-so-plenty time before the start of the next rubber at Mohali.
Great Test Matches Part II: India v Australia, Mumbai 1964 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, October 11, 2008
In the autumn of 1964, Australia arrived in India on a three-test tour, devoid of any other first class or practice matches. The tourists were led by Bob Simpson and had, over the years, seen the retirement of Benuad, Lindwall, Harvey and Davidson, but this didn't have much of a side effect on the team. This can be gauged from the fact that they had just beaten the English in England, to win the coveted Ashes series 1-0. And before coming to India, they had drawn with Pakistan in Pakistan. They were ready for the Indian challenge, no doubt.
Underestimate the Aussies at your own peril - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, October 6, 2008
The changing of guard is a fascinating spectacle, whether at the Buckingham Palace or on the sports field. Australia arrive in India having completed the first half of the operation - the old guard is nearly gone - but with the more difficult half, the new guard replacing it satisfactorily, incomplete. For India, the old guard is looking at its watches, at calendars, at the record books as if to suggest that there is time yet.
Great Test Matches VI: South Africa v England, Johannesburg 1905
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 6, 2008
South Africa's early years in Test cricket were difficult ones. They lost 10 of the 11 since their debut against England in 1889, the third nation after England and Australia to gain international status. Questions were being asked as to whether their elevation was justified or not. South Africa had shown some improvement on their tour to England in 1904 though they failed to win a Test. England had made four previous visits to South Africa before this 1905-06 tour, playing eight Test matches and winning all with ease.
It's a pity that umpire referrals will not be used in the India-Australia series
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 6, 2008
The second season of the Indian Premier League is to start in April 2009, a good seven months away, so it is hard to understand the need for the Deccan Chargers to announce that VVS Laxman was stripped of the captaincy and it was going to be Adam Gilchrist who will now lead the Chargers. India is due to play the world champs Australia in a Test series in a few days time and this kind of demoralizing news was certainly not what was wanted.
Musings from the BP XI-Australia match - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, October 5, 2008
There was no Tendulkar in this tour game. Just a couple of youngsters, touted to be the Tendulkars - or any such great cricketers of the future. Yet, it has been ten years since an Australian side looked as listless as they did in the 1998 game against Mumbai, when the little master had mesmerised the tourists with some dazzling stroke-play and helped his first class team race to a ten wicket win
Professionalising selection committee must be the first step - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, October 3, 2008
Krishnamachari Srikkanth heads the first selection committee in India that will be paid for its work. This may well be an important step towards ‘professionalising’ the entire cricket set up. “We do an honorary job out of sheer love for the game, therefore we cannot be held responsible for what we do” has been the (unspoken) excuse that has been the hallmark of selection committees and office-bearers in the past. It is as if we ought to be grateful to the same faces who hold official posts for decades. It is time for a CEO who can be held accountable by shareholders.
Great Test Matches V: Australia v England at the Oval, 1902 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 3, 2008
Some individual performances stand out so vividly in the context of a Test match that they get named after the player concerned. Cricket lovers will recall 'Laker's Match' (1956), 'Mankad's Match' (1952) and 'Massie's Match' (1972). But long before these great games there was 'Jessop's Match' at the Oval in 1902.
Ganguly's inclusion a fair decision - Renin Wilben column
by Renin Wilben, October 3, 2008
The BCCI selection committee's decision to include Sourav Ganguly for the first two Tests against Australia has shocked many. But considering that fact that Ganguly has had only one bad series in Sri Lanka since making a successful comeback, the decision seems a fair one. After all, even Dravid, Tendulkar and Laxman had a bad time in Sri Lanka and if they retained their spots there was no reason why Sourav shouldn't have. But whether there has been a compromise formula signed between BCCI and Sourav or not, it is crystal clear that it is perform or perish time for the ex-Indian skipper now. And so must be the case with the other seniors too.
Srikkanth brings the right ingredients to the job - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, October 3, 2008
They were colleagues during the World Cup triumph in England in 1983 and again during the victory in the World Championship of Cricket in Australia some 19 months later. They represented the country in a number of Tests together in the 80s and early 90s and in fact bowed out of Test cricket at the same time – Perth 1992. And now, most interestingly, Kris Srikkanth has succeeded Dilip Vengsarkar as chairman of the selection committee. Incidentally, it was Srikkanth who also succeeded Vengsarkar as Indian captain in 1989 after being his deputy on the tour of the West Indies earlier that year.
Ten questions for the BCCI - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, October 3, 2008
The month of September didn't witness too much action on the field, but there has been plenty off it. The BCCI has played out to be the perfect stage, hosting such an emphatic display of yet another comedy of errors. The whole saga of moving on from the debacle in Sri Lanka has given birth to a host of questions, all reeking of confusion in the ranks of the Board ahead of the most important Test series in some time for Indian cricket. Of course, no answers are forthcoming, as always!
ICL - Indian 'Comeback' League?
by S. Martin, September 29, 2008
October 10 will mark the return of the Indian Cricket League - an initiative that was termed as a 'rebel league' for no fault of its own.
Great Test Matches Part I: India vs Australia, Kolkata, 1956 - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, September 27, 2008
Saying that Sir Don Bradman wasn't part of a really great Test match against India wouldn't actually be blasphemy. That's because a game of cricket would be deemed great - from a neutral perspective that is - if both the sides are at equal pegging with each other. And it so happens that when the great Don played India, he merely butchered them in 1947-48, like he did every one else!
Hospitable Indians and calm before the storm - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 27, 2008
For all his worth as a good batsman, amazing fielder and a shrewd, tough-as-nails skipper of Australia, and a below-par coach of first South Australia and then India, Greg Chappell's credentials as a double 'o' seven-like spy should hardly hold ground.
The wall is showing signs of dilapidation
by Amit Masram, September 22, 2008
The Aussies will surely target him as he still assumes greater significance but having played international cricket for a dozen years, Rahul knows how to handle it. He has fond memories of the epic match against the Australians at the Eden Gardens, where his partnership with Laxman turned the series on its head. In the offing is interesting phase as Dravid readies to rekindle his old form.
The effects of the Tendulkar injury - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 21, 2008
The inevitable has occurred. Sachin Tendulkar's elbow, which has been the 'bone' of contention for some time now, seems to have played up again and the little champion has decided to give the Irani Trophy match a skip. His absence from the Rest of India squad that takes on the Ranji Trophy Champions, Delhi, would definitely be felt by his team, as they take on a relatively stronger looking Delhi side. Rather surprisingly, Tendulkar had declared himself to be fully fit earlier, however, Paul Close, the NCA’s physiotherapist has signalled otherwise, which means that the otherwise frail-looking batting line-up of the RoI squad has been denigrated further.
New selection committee must bring transparency to thankless job - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 21, 2008
No other national sports federation's Annual General Meeting attracts the media attention in India that the AGM of the Board of Control for Cricket in India does. For weeks before the meeting, there are articles and calculated leaks to the media, as to who the flavour of the month is, and who the 'karela' is.
Suresh Menon's Book Review: The Troublesome Test Tussle by Kishin Wadhwaney
by Suresh Menon, September 21, 2008
Kishin Wadhwaney is not the first name that jumps to mind when cricket writing is discussed. Yet this 80-year-old former sports editor of Indian Express is one of few Indians who can boast of an 'oueuvre'. He has written 18 books on the game, which is more than the combined score of K N Prabhu, N S Ramaswami, Rajan Bala and R Mohan - journalists whose works are largely in newspaper files. Wadhwaney is honest enough to admit that he is no stylist; nor does he project himself as an original thinker. But as a professional he had one quality that placed him above most of his contemporaries - a nose for news. That, and the gift of being in the right place at the right time.
Great Test Matches Part IV: Australia v England, Old Trafford, 1902 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 21, 2008
The legend of Victor Trumper, whom many Australian cricket lovers swear was the greatest batsman of all time, was born on the opening day of the fourth Test at Old Trafford in July 1902. The first two Test matches were drawn and Australia had won the third at Sheffield earlier in the month by 143 runs. Trumper had managed just one half-century in the previous three Tests.
What now, New York? When winning the toss is not enough.
by John Aaron, September 19, 2008
As cricket in 2008 limps across the finish line here in New York, it's a good time to begin reflecting on the season. It may have been a season of discontent for some, or a moment(s) of jubilation for others. Whichever side of the fence you happen to find yourself, it is still an opportune time to gather a perspective of sorts, which may help going forward.
Ganguly's Best... - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, September 18, 2008
This is one comeback that Sourav Ganguly will find hard to make, even by his standards. But then again, he is not one to take things lying low, so expect to see him turning up for Bengal in the Ranji matches and try his level best to regain his place in the side. Till then, let us remember what we are going to miss.
Great Test Matches Part III: Australia v England, The SCG, 1894 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 18, 2008
The creation of the 'Ashes' in 1882 gave Anglo-Australian cricket a boost and something tangible for the original two cricket nations to play for. But it would be another 13 years, following the ninth visit of an England side Down Under since 1876-77 before Test cricket really captured the imagination of the public. The 1894-95 series was pivotal in that sense.
Home advantage could be decisive - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, September 18, 2008
It would be easy to take a quick glance at the Australian touring squad bound for India and install India immediately as favourites. On paper the side that came here four years ago looks much more formidable. It isn't easy to replace players like Damien Martyn, Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie, Shane Warne, Justin Langer and Adam Gilchrist and they formed the nucleus of a team that broke the final frontier and won a Test series in India for the first time in 35 years.
Yuvraj needs to reinvent himself - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, September 15, 2008
In a couple of months, Yuvraj Singh will be 27 years old. For a cricketer, that is a good age to be. Batsmen are at the peak of their powers, fast bowlers have learnt most of what they are likely to learn; spinners rejoice in the knowledge that their peak is still a season or two away. Sportsmen, once they reach their peak must now concentrate on postponing the downhill slide for as long as possible.
India hold the advantage - Renin Wilben column
by Renin Wilben, September 15, 2008
Australia recently announced their team for the much awaited tour of India starting next month. And on paper it looks like one of weakest Aussie squads that will land in India.
Bangladesh Cricket needs a miracle - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 15, 2008
For starters, if one discounts the farce by the name of Zimbabwean Cricket, Bangladesh looks to be the next in line for the wooden spoon. In fact, the current scenario gives the impression to an on-looking cricket follower, that if their test status was to be scrapped and they were made to play the other Associate nations, they would struggle to establish their supremacy. And one is alluding to the limited overs version of the game here

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India's pace bowling department is as good as ever - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, September 11, 2008
As one who has witnessed at close quarters the farce that was the Indian opening bowling in the sixties and early seventies, I marvel at the strength and variety of our pace attack these days. There is virtually an embarrassment of riches and some forty years ago, one would never have thought that the day would come when that phrase could be used to describe the Indian fast bowling scenario.
Unraveling the Mendis mystery! - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, September 11, 2008
So, Rohit Sharma says playing Ajantha Mendis will be easier now. Well, an average of 14.40 however means that he didn't read him that easily the first time, and one can only wonder what will change in the time that pans out until they next meet, probably in the IPL.
Yuvraj needs to get his act right - Renin Wilben Column
by Renin Wilben, September 11, 2008
With Sourav Ganguly not being selected in the Irani Trophy squad, his international career seems all but over. At the same time, the selectors have also sent a strong message to Yuvraj Singh - it's about time he gets his act together.
Kumble deserves a long stint - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, September 9, 2008
Captaincy changes in Indian cricket are usually preceded by whispers, planned indiscretions, and stories planted in the media. And in one historic case, the captain of the flight bringing the Indian team home announcing the news to his passengers (when Gavaskar replaced Venkatraghavan). Neither Sachin Tendulkar nor Saurav Ganguly was spared this public embarrassment, and the only reason Rahul Dravid escaped it was because he jumped before being pushed following a row with the chairman of the selectors Dilip Vengsarkar in England. And now it is building up again.

by , September 9, 2008
In this day and age of a vice called the 'excess of cricket'; it is difficult to imagine a month so shorn of international cricket. Withdrawal symptoms may have already infested many of the fans as they look elsewhere to fill that void
Irani Trophy couldn't have been better timed - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 9, 2008
In this day and age of a vice called the 'excess of cricket'; it is difficult to imagine a month so shorn of international cricket. Withdrawal symptoms may have already infested many of the fans as they look elsewhere to fill that void.
Thankless spectators gear up for professional setup - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, September 5, 2008
Accountability has always been an interesting subject for discussion and in what is seen as a move towards professionalizing the selection set-up in India, the BCCI has proposed several changes to the existing system. The most important recommendation is to scrap the existing honorary set-up, and pay each selector Rs 25 lakhs per annum.
Great Test Matches Part II: Australia v England, The Oval, 1882 - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 5, 2008
The 'Ashes' - a tiny urn in a velvet pouch containing the burnt remains of a bail—are permanently on display at Lord’s. The match that inspired the prize in contests between England and Australia was the shocking defeat of the mighty English team at the hands of Australia at the Oval in August 1882.
BCCI not good with PR. But no double speak either - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 5, 2008
Perhaps the BCCI is yet to learn about good PR but at least there is no doublespeak and double standards like with the other whingers and thank God for that.
Raina's revival augurs well for Indian cricket - Renin Wilben Column
by Renin Wilben, September 4, 2008
One of the major plusses for India from the recently concluded India-Sri Lanka series has been the form of young Suresh Raina and his adept handling of Ajantha Mendis.
Hick: A talent that did not blossom - Renin Wilben Column
by Renin Wilben, September 4, 2008
When Graeme Hick retires at the end of this county season, it will bring an end to a glorious domestic career but an unfulfilled international one.
Symonds-incident may open many other such cans - A Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, September 2, 2008
For me, the issue is much graver. It is about the levels of stress that an international cricketer has to go through in this day and age, due to a host of reasons. Overkill of cricket is the most obvious one, and so has been an average cricketer's life spent, living out of a suitcase for months together. With not a lot of counselling, the physical fatigue easily gives rise to its mental counterpart, leading to incidents like these.
India's chronic problem: Giving up too easily - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, September 2, 2008
Occasionally, international players hold up a mirror to Indian cricket; sometimes we like what we see and at other times we react self-righteously. When they say that India have the finest batting line-up in the world, we draw ourselves up to our full height, flick an imaginary speck of dust off our collar and nod knowingly. At other times, we write angry letters to newspapers and call the players all kinds of names.
Is Ganguly living on borrowed time? - Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, August 31, 2008
Since making that sensational debut against England and delighting the cricket lovers all over the world, with his flawless offside stroke play, is it time? .Is Ganguly living on borrowed time? Or this series is an aberration to what has been an astounding comeback, after being left in oblivion.
Ten questions from India's Sri Lanka tour - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, August 31, 2008
Cricket throws up a lot of questions. And answers are never that forthcoming. Maybe that is what adds to the charm of the game; maybe that is why millions across this country, or the whole world for that matter, are hooked to it. Maybe they are just too perplexed by the vagaries of the game that involves chasing leather the whole day.
Great Test Matches - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 28, 2008
Test cricket was born in Melbourne on March 15, 1877 when an XI of Australians-in actuality consisting only of players from Melbourne and Sydney-defeated an XI of Englishmen in a four-day match.
The Don and his India connection - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 28, 2008
Don Bradman never played a match in India. Yet after his beloved Australia where he was revered as a national hero, it was in India that he had the most dedicated fan following. Right through his life Bradman responded to every single letter sent to him from around the world and he revealed in a TV interview on his 87th birthday that after Australia, he received the most from India. "Indians are mad about the game," he told a close friend. "Their unbridled passion is infectious." It is estimated that Bradman signed his name more often than any person in history. He never refused an autograph request and wrote thousands of letters. But he stopped this practice after his 90th birthday due to poor health.
Early Promise of Kevin Pieterson - Amit Masram Column
by Amit Masram, August 27, 2008
Though still early days, its good to see a captain inspiring trust and confidence in Flintoff and Harmirson, as they remain crucial if England have to upstage the Australian Ashes pursuit. He has been able to bring the best out of Flintoff and Harmirson with bat and ball.An astute skipper often has an uncanny ability to sneak into player's mind and speak in their own language.
An Indian tribute to the Don - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, August 26, 2008
On the occasion of his birth centenary it is interesting to recall Don Bradman's India connection. On the face of it, this was rather limited. He played just one Test series against the Indians in 1947-48 taking his customary toll by aggregating 715 runs in the five Tests at an average of 178.75, with three hundreds and a double hundred. He hit a century in each innings the only time he accomplished the feat during his 52-Test career. It was also against the touring Indian side that he notched up his 100th hundred in first class cricket playing for the Australian XI at Sydney, an experience he described as "my most exhilarating moment on the field".
Right time to bury the Champions Trophy - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, August 26, 2008
Now is a good time to bury the Champions Trophy tournament. It serves no purpose, and (to quote Wisden four years ago) merely "veers between being the second most important in world cricket and a ludicrous waste of time". To have a World Cup and this so-called 'Mini World Cup' played within five months of each other, as it has happened at least twice, makes no sense. It is difficult not to sympathise with Pakistan for losing a chance to host an international tournament, but perhaps this is an opportunity to end the meaningless exercise.
Team India needs a new wicket-keeper - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 25, 2008
Adam Gilchrist was a definite trend-setter. So much so that many of the teams had blinded themselves into believing that anyone who had donned wicket-keeping gloves at whatever level of cricket that they played in, but batted more than reasonably well at the first class level could assume the mantle that Gilchrist had.
India finds out that cricket is not everything - Gulu Ezekiel Column
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 23, 2008
A couple of hours earlier, there had been the shock bronze medal for wrestler Sushil Kumar that both surprised and delighted Indian sports fans. Would our boxers now get us at least one more medal and help India come away from the Olympics with more than two for the first time in over 100 years?
S Badrinath gets his chance and he doesn't fail - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 23, 2008
Subramaniam Badrinath is not one for controversy but for performance and from what little has been seen of him at the domestic level as also the Indian Premier League, he is thankfully no 'show boater' either.
India must sort things out at the top - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, August 22, 2008
It is not easy to defeat Sri Lanka in the emerald isle in either Tests or ODIs. The Indians have discovered that in the past and on the current tour after losing the Test series they are struggling to hold their own in the shorter version of the game. Faced with a modest target of 147 the Sri Lankans romped home by eight wickets in the first ODI at Dambulla. Faced with an equally modest target of 143 the Indians made heavy weather in the second match at the same venue a couple of days later and huffed and puffed their way to a three-wicket victory. It was a most unconvincing performance and the Indians will have to raise their game a couple of notches if they hope to upset the Sri Lankans in the series.
South Africa: The new cricketing superpower - Chetan Narula column
by Chetan Narula, August 19, 2008
Nine times out of ten, a small round light at the end of a tunnel signifies an oncoming train. Ask Navjot Singh Sidhu and he will nod his head in amazing delight. The rise of South Africa in world cricket is akin to a powerful train one stop short of the Grand Central Station of the ICC Test Championship; that is the world number one spot.
Passing of an era - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, August 19, 2008
Three decades ago a tour of Pakistan spelt the end of the then Fabulous Four of Indian cricket. The famed Indian quartet of spinners, Bishan Bedi, Erapally Prasanna, Bhagwat Chandrasekhar and Srinivas Venkatraghavan ceased to be a force in international cricket, although their careers went on for a bit longer. Zaheer Abbas mainly, and other Pakistani batsmen helped to push over the edge one of the finest combinations of spinners the game had ever seen. Only weeks earlier they had nearly helped India win in Australia, a series they ultimately lost 2-3.
Sri Lanka looks like the marginal favourites - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 16, 2008
The seniors have taken the long flight back home with browed creases, the white flannels have been replaced by the blues, but whether that would be enough to drive away the blues that Team India - or at least the fans - could be facing currently in Sri Lanka, is the more-than-million dollar question on everyone’s lips.
Transition to youth is the way forward - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, August 15, 2008
The loss in the Test series in Sri Lanka is bad enough but what is even more disturbing is the form – or the lack of it – displayed by the Fab Four – though one should cease calling them that going by recent performances. Perhaps one should say Fab Five for besides Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman another senior man who is now increasingly under the microscopic eye is Anil Kumble.
S(pinn)ing is King
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, August 15, 2008
There is something strangely, and somewhat sadistically, pleasing about watching solid batsmen squirm against spin. Obviously, handicapped of the ability to menace and intimidate, spin relies purely on its wits, thinking constantly on its feet (Well, fingers, to be precise). And the battle immediately becomes one between brains and brawns, having all the makings of the classic David-Goliath story.
Time for tough decisions - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, August 13, 2008
On the day that India abjectly surrendered a Test series in Sri Lanka, an Indian won the country's first-ever individual gold at the Olympics. The shooter Abhinav Bhindra might have tempered the anger and disappointment following the cricket defeat, but the question will have to be asked sooner or later: Is it the end of the road for a generation which carried the team on its shoulders with performances most players can only dream about?
ECB - A clear case of confused priorities
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 11, 2008
The clear shifting of power in the cricketing world from a country that has been the traditional custodian of the game, to a nation that was considered a part of the third world till about a decade and a half ago seems to not have gone down too well with the former. And this has looked very evident in the way the ECB has reacted to anything possibly worth giving a second glance to in the past one month or so. For now, the pendulum has firmly swung towards the subcontinental giant which has shot into cricketing prominence primarily due to the kind of crowd support that this sport has incorporated over a period of the last twenty five years or so.
Collingwood's resignation unsurprising - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 8, 2008
English cricket has been thrown into turmoil with the simultaneous resignations of the Test and one-day captainship by Michael Vaughan and Paul Collingwood. Vaughan retired in tears after the series defeat against South Africa, and also asked not to be considered for the final Test at The Oval, thereby giving some breathing space to his successor Pietersen, but has said that he wants to resurrect his career as a batsman now. He is hoping that playing without the responsibility of captaincy will help prolong his Test career, and since he is only 33 years old, which is young by English standards, he should have a few more runs ahead of him.
Reviewing the review system - Suneer Chowdary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, August 6, 2008
When Shoaib Malik was declared out LBW in the first match of the 'Mini World Cup' in the 2002 version of the same, he had created history. A dubious one, one may add, as he became the first ever batsman to be given the marching orders by the third umpire for any such kind of a decision in international cricket. This edition of the Champions trophy had seen the ICC trial the usage of technology - the pitch mat - to assist the on-field umpire in deciding whether the ball had pitched in line with the stumps, or outside it.
Champion Dravid surpasses Gavaskar in hallmark fashion - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, August 5, 2008
In that gentle, serene manner that has been the hallmark of his career, Rahul Dravid took his aggregate past Sunil GavaskarĘźs in the Galle Test. In fact so gently and so serenely that it was barely noticed. We were told, breathlessly, that Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag became the first pair of Indian openers to make two half-centuries in the same Test abroad. Interesting trivia, of course, but hardly in the same league as a contemporary giant overtaking a legend of the game.
Famed Middle-order only missing link in resilent Team India - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, August 5, 2008
It speaks volumes of the resilience of the Indian team that they were able to convert a defeat by an innings and 239 runs into a victory by 170 runs in the very next Test and within a week. They really seemed down and out after losing the first Test at Colombo, and especially by such a shocking margin. It isn't easy to come back strongly after having to endure the third heaviest defeat in the country's cricketing history. About the only comparison one can think of occurred nearly half a century ago when the Indians lost to Australia by an innings and 127 runs with a day to spare and roared back within a week defeating their formidable opponents by 119 runs. That victory is still known as the 'Miracle at Kanpur', and while the Galle victory can hardly be called a miracle it is still a highly commendable feat.
Team India's new nemesis: Spin - Suneer Chowdhary column
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 31, 2008
Whatever happened to the greatest batting line-up against spin in the world? Or should one be questioning, what has been happening to a collection of batsmen who have been born and bred on pitches that play akin to the one that one saw at the SSC for the first test match against Sri Lanka. Capitulation on foreign pitches has been Team India's bane for some time now, but the meek surrender on the SSC wicket saw the continuation of a trend that fits into a pattern that has emerged during the last few years.
Murali's best: Top Ten-Wicket Hauls - Chetan Narula Column
by Chetan Narula, July 31, 2008
Before the India-Sri Lanka series got underway, all the talk was about how Ajantha Mendis had taken the cricketing world by storm. But as Rahul Dravid cautioned, the real challenge came in from the end opposite to the one where the debutant was bowling from. Muttiah Muralitharan, conspicuously quiet before the series, suddenly sprung to life after the proverbial lull before the storm.
It's high time for introspection - Partab Ramchand column
by Partab Ramchand, July 28, 2008
These are worrying times for the Indian Test team. When you are beaten by the third heaviest margin in your history in a little over three days of playing time; when a couple of spin bowlers run amok to shape the rout and when a lustrous batting line up with the top six accounting for more than 40,000 runs and over 100 centuries between them is bowled out twice for totals of 223 and 138 in 118 overs, there is more than enough cause for concern. Add to all this, the fact that two bowlers who between them have taken nearly 900 wickets are this time able to take just two wickets conceding almost 300 runs and the agonizing picture for the Indians is complete.
Have we seen the last of the cricket's 'walkers'? - Suresh Menon column
by Suresh Menon, July 27, 2008
Anil Kumble has said that it is too early to review the review system in cricket, but it has already had one unhappy consequence. That dwindling breed known as the 'walker' might finally have become extinct. The last of the great walkers, Rahul Dravid, stood his ground when he knew he was out in the second innings; so did Sachin Tendulkar. Nothing legally wrong with that, of course. The Australians walk "only when their cars break down", and there is no need for Indians to swing the other way and walk when the bowler is merely clearing his throat. And yet, and yet…
Pattinson may be better than his debut suggests - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 25, 2008
Pattinson is just the latest of the lot and cricket being the great leveler that it is, he may well turn out to be better than his debut Test suggests.
Will England ever become world champions?
by Chetan Narula, July 25, 2008
The English invented the game of cricket. Which of the three forms, then, are they currently dominating in world cricket?
Spinners hold all the keys
by Partab Ramchand, July 23, 2008
The Ajantha Mendis factor weighs heavily on the minds of the Indian think tank, notwithstanding their efforts to divert attention from Sri Lanka's new spin sensation - or mystery bowler as he is being termed. Talking to reporters on Monday senior batsman and former captain Rahul Dravid said that while the Indians respected Mendis they were not obsessed by him. "They have got a couple of other bowlers with over 1000 Test wickets between them", he said, obviously referring to Chaminda Vaas and Muthiah Muralitharan.
SL-Ind Preview: Can India beat the Lions in their own den?
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 21, 2008
While the absence of Sanath Jayasuriya – due to one of his iterative retirements – may just be the fillip that the touring Indians need, they would, by no means start as favourites in the three match Test series against the hosts Sri Lanka. In fact, if history is any indicator, they may just be the underdogs in this duel, despite the strong and the much vaunted batting line-up that they possess. Strong it is, especially when you consider that a certain Yuvraj Singh does not make it to the squad and has to sit out.
Restraint of Trade - A harsh reality
by Suresh Menon, July 20, 2008
'Restraint of trade' is a phrase that sends more shivers down the spine (if one can be found) of the International Cricket Council than 'bodyline', 'match-fixing' or 'Lalit Modi'. It is a phrase made famous in 1978 by Justice Christopher Slade who ruled in favour of Tony Greig and Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket against the English cricket board chairman, Doug Insole, and the suspensions his organisation had imposed.
Money spelling the end of the international cricket?
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 19, 2008
The new ICC Chief Executive from South Africa Haroon Lorgat appears to be an honourable man. He also appears somewhat naĂŻve. When I read his comment on the latest fallout from the IPL - "My folks always told me to be careful because money is the root of all evil" - it brought a wan smile to my face. It also reminded me of the words from a '70s pop song: "Money may be the root of all evil, but it also solves a lot of our problems!"
The Lankan Example: Opening the floodgates?
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 17, 2008
Mr. Haroon Lorgat, the ICC CEO, has a definite point when he talks about the future of international cricket with a little fear, in the face of the ever increasing pressure from the affluent Indian Premier League (IPL). His demeanour and the sign-off from the interview spoke about the creation of a separate window for the IPL, and that there seems to be no other solution for the same.
Patriotism and Sport - Suresh Menon Column
by Suresh Menon, July 14, 2008
When Sunil Gavaskar refused to tour the West Indies (fatigue was a reason but there was a story that it was because of his politically incorrect writings about the players and spectators there), there was a national outcry.
Yuvraj's time is now - Partab Ramchand Column
by Partab Ramchand, July 14, 2008
It would be easy to shrug off - or maybe even laugh at - Hanif Mohammed's assertion that Yuvraj Singh reminded him of Gary Sobers. After all can any left-hander be compared to Sobers except perhaps Brian Lara? But while Lara rivaled Sobers in both style and substance, even Yuvraj will admit that he has fallen considerably short in the latter category.
Dhoni's decision received with maturity - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 11, 2008
Dhoni's decision has got the backing of the Selection Committee who have called it a mature one and it marks a change in attitude over the years. Way back in the 70s if a player made himself unavailable to play for the country, he was looked down as a traitor of sorts and got pilloried by everybody.
SA-England: A fascinating battle in prospect - Suneer Chowdhary Column
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 11, 2008
This is the seventh England-South Africa Test series after South Africa's re-admission into the international fold in 1991, and the two countries have dished out some memorable matches and equally forgettable incidents!
Bold and sensible moves punctuate team selection for Lanka tour
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Bold and sensible moves punctuate team selection for Lanka tour
by Partab Ramchand, July 9, 2008
Less is more
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, July 9, 2008
Every year, the ICC releases its calendar, packed with tests, ODIs (and with the current success of the very limited version of the game, the short-changing ones too), much like the Meteorological department, throwing a gauntlet to the average sports fan, challenging him how far and how long he can keep with the table of contents.
Greater glory of the game? Not quite.
by Suresh Menon, July 8, 2008
Cherchez la femme, cry the French when a crime is committed: look for the woman. Perhaps in the context of the International Cricket Council, it is more appropriate to use the phrase made famous by the journalists' source 'Deep Throat' in All the President's Men: Follow the money.
Oops, they (ICC) did it again!
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 8, 2008
True love of the game? The crowds suggest otherwise.
by Suneer Chowdhary, July 5, 2008
The resurgence of Raina
by Partab Ramchand, July 3, 2008
Money against Morality: The Zimbabwe Dilemma
by Suresh Menon, June 30, 2008
In sport as in politics, money power trumps moral power. The US has money power but lacks moral power; Nelson Mandela has moral power, but has been using it sparingly. Eight years ago, he asked Robert Mugabe to retire. Then nothing. Till last week, when he spoke about the "tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe. Not much, you might think.
A view from the Mecca:: How 25th June, 1983 changed it all
by Boria Majumdar, June 29, 2008
Walking out of the St John's Wood underground station, one is soon faced with the excitement of having reached cricket's hallowed fortress-the Lords Cricket Ground, one that changed Indian and world cricket forever on that fateful afternoon of 25 June 1983.
Reliving history has been a pleasure
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 27, 2008
One anniversary and a host of ironies
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 27, 2008
Team India and the merits of minnows: Lessons from history
by Suneer Chowdhary, June 26, 2008
Time to play the Race card?
by Suresh Menon, June 23, 2008
A trip down nostalgia lane: 25th Anniversary of the World Cup
by Partab Ramchand, June 22, 2008
The current celebrations in connection with the 25th year of the World Cup triumph in England are enough to send the middle aged cricket fan on a nostalgic trip.
Is the Kanpur pitch worse than a Jo'burg or a WACA?
by Suneer Chowdhary, June 19, 2008
After all, not for nothing is Sunil Gavaskar's inning of 96 on a treacherous turner in Bangalore against Pakistan, termed as one of the best ever in Tests, in terms of technique, temperament and concentration.
Goodbye ODIs. It was good knowing you. - Suresh Menon
by Suresh Menon, June 17, 2008
It is entirely possible that the 2011 World Cup in India might be the last one in the ‘traditional’ ODI format. 2015 is seven years from now; and by then the ODI might have died, mourned by some, but to the greater relief of the many.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul - The West Indies Sheet Anchor
by Partab Ramchand, June 17, 2008
Chanderpaul realizes that even with Chris Gayle and Ramnaresh Sarwan around the team depends on him for playing the sheet anchor role to perfection. He is the rock around whom the West Indian innings is built.
Allen Stanford showers gifts on ECB. Like Santa Claus on Christman Duty.
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 17, 2008
Last week Antigua and St. Croix based Texan oil billionaire Sir Allen Stanford arrived like Santa Claus on early Christmas duty. But instead of a reindeer-borne sled, he landed on the hallowed turf of Lord's in his private helicopter (a privilege denied even to the Queen of England) to dole out his goodies to the waiting hungry hordes of English cricket.
DLF IPL hangover is a pleasant one
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 14, 2008
The DLF Indian Premier League is over but the discussion about it is still going on despite there being a Tri Series between India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. There is also a Test series on between Australia and the West Indies and a Test series played between England and New Zealand which was won easily by hosts, England.
Time for IPL to bury the hatchet with ICL
by Suresh Menon, June 9, 2008
It is time the Board buried the hatchet. It can afford to be magnanimous after making a small fortune on the IPL. If the ban is lifted, teams can throw the net wider in the coming seasons, and by the standard argument, attract more youngsters.
Lessons from IPL - Sunil Gavaskar Column
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 9, 2008
The IPL has been great but as always being ahead of the game will be crucial as it moves on to the next year.
Cricket - Now at a PC near you (live and pirated)
by Boria Majumdar, June 9, 2008
While people continue to suffer what is now fondly being described across the country as post IPL blues, cricket fans in Toronto, Canada already have access to all matches of the IPL in case they wish to revisit the manic spectacle that had gripped the nation and its growing diaspora for over a month and a half.
Cut out the Humbug Please
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 8, 2008
So the IPL is finally over, a domestic tournament that stretched for almost as long as the 2007 World Cup that was roundly condemned for its inordinate length.
Yusuf Pathan and Pragyan Ojha to play for India
by Partab Ramchand, June 3, 2008
The rest of the team really picked themselves and it clear now that it is curtains for Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly as far as the ODI format is concerned. With the IPL having brought to the fore outstanding young talent the time has come to invest in youth and build a winning team in time for the 2011 World Cup.
IPL - Hit and Run Cricket
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, June 3, 2008
At this point of time, it is impossible to predict the full impact of IPL (or, for that matter, any of the proposed organized T20 leagues) on the game of cricket. It would take some more time for the din of the clanking coins to settle down and the voice of reason and sanity to be heard. And by the time the next act would roll into town, and setup shop, one thing is certain - the game is never going to be the same again - for better or worse.
Instant gratification is over. How about some serious analysis?
by Suresh Menon, June 2, 2008
How much of the Board's reported profit of 3.5 billion will be ploughed back into the game, to ease the path of the players and make watching it a pleasurable exercise in our wholly inadequate stadiums remains to be seen. To see the IPL success only in dollar terms is short sighted. We need to examine the fallout in greater detail.
Rajasthan Royals are Indian Paisa-vasooli League Champs
by Vijay Jeedigunta, June 2, 2008
The Royals proved that willow hitting leather, not the leather wallet, is what great cricket is made of. In support of that argument, the three franchises that cost over $ 100 million did not make it to the final 4.
Icon led teams fail to perform at IPL
by Partab Ramchand, June 1, 2008
Teams led by Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman not making it to the semifinals of the Indian Premier League? Whoever would have thought along these lines on April 18, the day the mega event commenced?
IPL's sleight of hand
by Suresh Menon, May 27, 2008
If playing together brings naturally opposed forces together, it is only fair to assume that playing separately would force apart members of a larger team. Yet, when such a thing was demonstrated forcibly by India player Harbhajan Singh slapping India player Sreeshanth, the PR men (who said there are no spinners in India? They are all employed by the IPL) put a positive spin to it saying that the story was a fine example of how the cricket board showed it would tolerate no bad behaviour.
IPL Egos Rapidly Getting Out of Control
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 24, 2008
The IPL bubble like the internet bubble of the early 2000s appears set to burst under the burden of the egos of the owners and the out-of-control greed and lack of self-regulation.
Don't bad-mouth India if you like our money.
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 20, 2008
What was worse was after that display of histrionics, the same guy says that it was ok as Harbhajan is like an elder brother and he has the right to do it and also adding that it is part of the game. Since when has physical assault become part of the game?
Tests will be tests. And T20s will be T20s.
by Suresh Menon, May 20, 2008
In the second half of the tournament, bowlers have begun to come into their own. There have been hat-tricks, and except for Sanath Jayasuriya's murderous century, nothing has matched Brendon McCullum's 158 in the opening match.
IPL - Predicting the unpredictable
by Lalit Dhingra, May 19, 2008
The fever of IPL is on, and the excitement is no less than the World Cup. If city-based teams in USA can play World Series, so can us in India. It is now a new revolution and to a certain extent it has changed the face of Cricket in India.
IPL mein drama hain, comedy hain, masala hain
by Partab Ramchand, May 14, 2008
Anil Kumble bowling to Ganguly, Brett Lee bowling to Hayden, McGrath bowling to Gilchrist, Muralitharan sending down his assorted bag of tricks to Kumar Sangakkara. These are the contests that dreams are made of and one must be thankful to the IPL for making such dreams unfold before our eyes day after day.
Lessons from the IPL
by Suresh Menon, May 10, 2008
These were the expectations of the cricket lover, reasonable ones given that the IPL was seen as a modern, no-nonsense, unsentimental set-up with none of the baggage of the cricket board of which it was a part, although the same faces were involved.
It is still anybody's IPL.
by Partab Ramchand, May 9, 2008
As for the competition proper it’s generally been up and down for the eight teams. No team has established a clear superiority and with so much cricket still to be played the chances of even the two teams lying at the bottom at the moment, Bangalore’s Royal Challengers and Deccan Chargers cannot be totally ruled out.
IPL - The Biggest Cricket Carnival
by Lalit Dhingra, May 6, 2008
One thing very clear now is that "the white flanneled gentlemen" days are over. The realization has to sink in that the "Rock Star" image has taken over the Cricket Arena. More than 100 international cricketers have landed in India to participate in the biggest cricket carnival in the form of Indian Premier League (IPL).
Shoaib - Can two wrongs make a right?
by Suresh Menon, May 5, 2008
Shoaib Akhtar’s problems are not over, of course. The ban has not been lifted, merely suspended. He has been sued for three million dollars for saying in an interview that his Board President asked him for a commission for signing up with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
The cricket pitch is not a boxing ring
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 5, 2008
It was good to read that the Indian skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni thinks that sledging is a waste of time and energy and if he can convey that message to his team then it will be a big step in backing his board as it takes the lead in trying to eradicate the verbal offensive disease from the game.
Slapgate - Chickens come home to roost
by Partab Ramchand, May 2, 2008
So Harbhajan Singh has been slapped with a suspension and Sreesanth let off with a warning. That’s the curtain call to this disgraceful episode and the game will go on, right?
Bhajji's slap episode - IPL judgement is a mere slap on the wrist!
by Suresh Menon, May 1, 2008
The IPL judgement is a superficial one, a mere slap on the wrist. The Board cannot be seen to be soft. A ban from playing international cricket in keeping with the Code of Conduct is called for. Harbhajan has become an embarrassment.
Asking for trouble
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 1, 2008
Well, the organisers have got what they wanted—a soap opera of a situation with melodrama and violence thrown in. Will all this bitterness now seep into the Indian dressing room the next time the national team takes the field?
T20 is for the masses. Test cricket is for purists.
by Boria Majumdar, April 26, 2008
Anyone who watched Symonds blast his way to a 45 ball century against the Rajasthan Royals or Shane Warne fashion a heroic last over win hitting Symonds for consecutive sixes in that very contest against the Deccan Chargers will agree that the quality of cricket on display was the very best this format can offer.
Cricketer's association FICA to meet in Texas.
by Partab Ramchand, April 26, 2008
Are the players then ready for a coup? How serious they are about the takeover and how the ICC reacts to their growing discomfiture are aspects that the cricketing world will watch with bated breath. For a change, all eyes next month will not be on Lord’s or Dubai but on the unlikely venue of Texas.
Impossible is nothing
by Rahul Namjoshi, April 24, 2008
Nehra got Patel to edge one to the ‘raunchy’ keeper. Tony Cozier later apologized saying that the name was pronounced as Ronki. The stadium went quiet. As Patel walked to the dugout, there was a huge roar from the crowd. Anyone passing Chepauk would believe that SRT had come to bat.
SET Max moves away from the Mandira Bedi formula
by Boria Majumdar, April 23, 2008
There’s little doubt that Set Max has pleasantly surprised us all with its coverage of IPL in its inaugural week of coverage. While most expected them to go back to the Mandira formula, a tried and tested success story, they have done exactly the opposite.
Oversell and overkill are close cousins
by Suresh Menon, April 22, 2008
Surely it must have irritated somebody that Shah Rukh Khan was making a silly ass of himself or that Preity Zinta was overdoing the cute stuff?
IPL takes cricket beyond the boundary
by Partab Ramchand, April 20, 2008
Modi himself has been taken by surprise over the huge success of the IPL as a business venture. But he is convinced that all this is for the betterment of cricket. ``Money is good for the game,’’ he says.
IPL marks a new chapter in cricket
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 19, 2008
IPL is the latest chapter in cricket and the world is watching it.
Greame Smith shows he is not a whiner
by Suresh Menon, April 14, 2008
Yet, by showing magnanimity in defeat and taking the rough and the smooth with rare professionalism, Smith made a point.
White noise
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 12, 2008
no doubt that Lara's record would have exhausted its shelf life. It is indeed ironic that of all the people who were touted to make triple centuries - the Tendulkars, the Dravids, whose technique and temperament are far more pronounced than Sehwag's, it is the latter who keeps contradicting the conventional wisdom with his rapid assaults.
Home Cooked - Spin is the only option!
by Partab Ramchand, April 7, 2008
Way back in July 1907 England, batting first, were bowled out for 76 by South Africa in a Test match at Leeds and yet went on to win a low scoring game by 53 runs.
Warm up game for IPL? IND-SA 2nd Test
by Suresh Menon, April 7, 2008
Why rack your brains over such delicate perceptions and trained appreciation of a nuanced game when a hoick over midwicket requires no varied analysis or reveals no subtexts.
Is Virender Sehwag a great Indian batsman?
by Suresh Menon, April 2, 2008
How many Indian batsmen can you call ‘great’? And what are the criteria? You can answer the first question through the second or the other way around. The answer would still be deeply unsatisfactory. You can break it down to: record, ability to dominate, Atlas-like power to carry the team on the shoulders, longevity, ability to turn a match with one magical innings, the habit of stringing together such magical innings…. and you would still grope for that ‘X’ factor, the elusive quality that makes for greatness.
Will Motera pitch work for Indian spin duo?
by Partab Ramchand, April 2, 2008
When a team that is clearly the underdog is able to force an honourable draw it is some sort of moral victory. This is the case with South Africa who entered the first Test at Chennai with no realistic hope of upsetting an Indian squad riding on a high after their impressive showing in Australia and boasting of a formidable record at home. It was taken for granted that their batting under helpful conditions would be able to get the better of the Indian attack but they clearly did not have the bowlers to trouble the lustrous Indian batting line up.
Sehwag sizzler rocks Chennai
by NT Shiv Kumar, March 30, 2008
Cricket pundits would say great batting is all about picking length early, staying balanced and playing late. To them, Sehwag is an infidel. Openers are expected to abridge backlift, play with soft hands and minimize risk. Sehwag does just the opposite of the three golden rules.
Cricket is not an 'item number'
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 29, 2008
There is plenty of action and excitement in 20/20 cricket. Let us not divert the focus from the cricketers themselves and get too caught up in all this glamour business. There is surely a time and place for ‘item numbers’.
Three types of sledging
by Suresh Menon, March 24, 2008
Strict silence might be a harsh price to pay - but till the players themselves learn to regulate behaviour, as is done in golf, the ICC can do little. Those who sledge will justify it till the cows come home; others will come with a caveat to allow certain kinds of sledging.
Coaching India is a challenge and a privilege - Gary Kirsten
by Partab Ramchand, March 23, 2008
When he was given the job a few months ago Kirsten made it clear that he wanted the Indian cricketers to play less as individuals and more together as a team.
A Worrisome Trend
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 22, 2008
The news that England batsman Marcus Trescothick has brought down the curtain on his international career due to bouts of depression when away from home is part of a worrisome trend.
Gayle under the microscope
by Orin Davidson, March 22, 2008
By not accepting that the matter was closed following the ICC’s and WICB’s pronouncements, Gayle is opening himself to criticism for what he and his team members have been accused of for a long time now – that its all about the money and little national pride where they are concerned.
What's wrong with having two Indians at ICC?
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 22, 2008
As soon as Mr. Bindra's name was announced, there were a flurry of articles in England and Australia that giving him the job would put too much power in India's hands, as Mr. Pawar was going to be President of the ICC in 2010.
South Africa's transformation policy gives merit the go by
by Partab Ramchand, March 18, 2008
Last month South African cricket was mired in controversy when CSA president Norman Arendse refused to approve the squad originally chosen for the tour of Bangladesh which included only four black players before Peterson replaced Paul Harris who had to undergo surgery.
Cash or country?
by Suresh Menon, March 17, 2008
New Zealand next tour England, where they begin with a match on April 27 and play three first class games before the first Test at Lord’s on May 15. This time, however, skipper Daniel Vettori thinks the preparation is too elaborate. If he (and four of his teammates) had their way, the tour would begin on May 5 or even later. Anyway, says Vettori, “We go on most tours and have no warm up games.”
ODIs - Turning of the tide
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 17, 2008
Greg Chappell, currently grooming the Indian next-in-commands, might be smiling ear to ear, for it is not often, in India, that the board, the selectors, the administrators, and the players, all get it right, when it comes to serious change.
Harbhajan joins the list of Australian 'hate figures'
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 14, 2008
Hadlee has recounted in his autobiography how he was the target of abuse from kids as young as five or six, “no doubt egged on by their parents.
An undeserved end for Sanath Jayasuriya
by Orin Davidson, March 14, 2008
Brian Lara, Shane Warne, Glen McGrath and Shawn Pollock have all moved on smoothly from international competition, but from all appearances another great Sanath Jayasuriya is set for a bitter departure.
Muralitharan is not a chucker
by Anonymous Writer, March 13, 2008
Muralitharan is the greatest legal spin bowler ever to walk the face of this good earth.
Tales from Down Under - Tests
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 11, 2008
As a fitting irony to the proceedings in Sydney, Symmonds, the man caught in the maelstrom of controversies, his score reads 163*, in which he matched the street cat in terms of the number of lives, India lost the crucial test by around 130 runs, a chasm that is entirely Symmonds' creation, given that his first life was gifted when at 30.
India tamed the lions in their own den
by Sunil Gavaskar, March 11, 2008
Ever since Harbhajan was cleared of the charge of racism by Justice Hansen, an Australian newspaper has targeted him and everything Indian. Nobody has been spared, not even Sachin Tendulkar, for without saying it in so many words the paper accused him of lying to save his teammate in the charge of racism brought against the off-spinner.
Make hay while the sun shines
by Suresh Menon, March 11, 2008
Even Sachin Tendulkar, our most celebrated player and one of the highest-earning in the history of the game, has been through phases when the corporates have kept away, when talk of his retiring has driven the moneybags in the direction of younger players. This does something to your mind.
You Had To Be There To See Trinidad Rise!
by John Aaron, March 8, 2008
“Who Will Rise?” Trinidad & Tobago answered the question with a resounding “We Will!” nine-wicket victory over a hapless Jamaica XI in the lackluster and disappointing final, following the exciting semi-final featuring Jamaica and Guyana, the previous day.
Dhoni Stands Vindicated
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 7, 2008
We are looking at the greatest one-year period in Indian cricket since that glorious summer of 1971 when India won away for the first time in the West Indies and England.
A tribute to Gilchrist
by Partab Ramchand, March 7, 2008
Wisden Cricketer of the Year 2002. Wisden Australia Cricketer of the Year 2002/03. The Allan Border medal in 2003. One-Day International Player of the Year 2003 and 2004. Such prestigious awards sat lightly on Gilchrist who clearly enjoyed the game and loved transmitting that joy to the spectators.
India unearth ABC down under - Agility, Bench Strength, Cerebral Approach
by NT Shiv Kumar, March 6, 2008
Same time last year, Indian cricket was in shambles- just two hours of mindless batting against a mercurial Bangladesh saw them getting tossed out of the Caribbean coasts. Twelve months down the road, it’s the Indian Tsunami hitting the Aussie Gold coast!
Two cheers for BCCI
by Rahul Namjoshi, March 5, 2008
On a relative basis, the junior team selectors have got more than the players of the winning team who were given cash prize of INR 1.5 MM each.
Aussie media is up to more monkey business
by Suresh Menon, March 3, 2008
Enough is enough. If - and that’s a big If - there is proof that Harbhajan Singh made monkey gestures during the Sydney final, he should be banned.
India's firepower will be put to test
by Partab Ramchand, March 1, 2008
India have taken part in the tri series five times and qualified for the final thrice losing each time 2-0 to the Australians.
India should focus on tactics and strategy
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 1, 2008
If they can keep their focus on the cricket, the Indians have a great chance of winning the tri-series title at their fourth attempt.
Hyderabad looks like a sure bet for IPL victory
by Suresh Menon, February 25, 2008
After Hyderabad, I fancy the chances of Mohali and Bangalore in that order. You want logical reasons? When was logic ever a part of Twenty20?
Symonds - Powerful and consistent
by Orin Davidson, February 25, 2008
Symonds though, is made of stronger mettle and even at 32 years he does not mind having to wait that long to own his Baggy Green cap and be recognized as an established Australian player.
IPL will encourage youngsters to slog
by Boria Majumdar, February 23, 2008
If anything, T20 will encourage players under-22 (four under 22 players will have to be part of every team) to slog or restrict from ball one and will train them into 20-20 specialists who can hardly ever aspire to win India Test matches or even fifty over contests.
Dhoni is assertive but needs more balance
by Partab Ramchand, February 22, 2008
It’s difficult not to agree with Gavaskar’s viewpoint but obviously the Indian captain feels differently. It’s time Dhoni learnt that there is nothing wrong in saying that he made a mistake.
IPL's Pros and Cons
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 22, 2008
It was ironical to hear IPL co-founder IS Bindra waxing eloquent about the excitement in the auction room being greater than anything he has witnessed on a cricket field. Meanwhile, half a world away in Napier, England and New Zealand were fighting out perhaps the greatest one-day match in cricket history.
BCCI must get credit where it is due
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 22, 2008
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the man most in demand at the auction and the limited-overs skipper of the Indian team is from Jharkhand which is not a cricketing place in the old fashioned sense of the term.
IPL to impact test cricket in a big way
by Suresh Menon, February 18, 2008
The thought of the market deciding what form of the game should survive is at once scary and abhorrent. No sport can be about making money alone.
Beating Them at Their Own Game
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 16, 2008
For a cricket fan in his 40’s like this columnist, the most remarkable aspect of the birth of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the virtual stampede of players around the world to come to India and cash in on the venture.
Yuvraj can no longer take his place for granted
by Partab Ramchand, February 14, 2008
Right now though Yuvraj has to turn his sagging career around - and he had better hurry.
The Prince and the Pauper
by Rahul Namjoshi, February 12, 2008
In Mark Twain’s world, the prince returned to his throne after experiencing the hardships of poverty. Yuvraj Singh shall return as well.
Focus on the middle order
by Suresh Menon, February 12, 2008
The selectors have got it right by naming the 15, but the tour committee is struggling with the playing eleven.
Ishant Sharma is raw, pacy, talented
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 10, 2008
Even though Ishant picked up just one wicket in his Test debut in Bangladesh, the selectors fortunately did not consign him to the list of one-Test wonders.
Shaun Pollock is among South Africa's greatest cricketers ever
by Partab Ramchand, February 8, 2008
Of course given his pedigree it would have been a major surprise if Pollock had not been an outstanding cricketer. Peter Pollock is his father and Graeme Pollock his paternal uncle. With that sort of cricket flowing in his genes it was always on the cards that Shaun would not be an ordinary cricketer.
Tiger Woods and Sachin Tendulkar are in the same league
by Sunil Gavaskar, February 7, 2008
Only a year ago there were many former players who were asking for Tendulkar’s head, especially after India’s dismal performance in the ICC World Cup. To say that most if not all of them are not even fit to tie his boot laces is to put it mildly.
USACA - A time to build bridges
by Venu Palaparthi, February 6, 2008
The USACA must accept MSCL as a member league, a decision that would increase its membership adding additional revenue to its coffers. The USACA must also immediately accept the newly elected Regional Administration and aid the region in development of cricket in the North East.
Law 42 exists, and must be used
by Suresh Menon, February 4, 2008
Law 42 exists, and must be used. The umpires must reclaim the authority they have allowed to pass to television commentators and match referees.
Humbug and hypocrisy
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 3, 2008
Judge Hansen could only act on the evidence put before him and on that basis with no recording available of Harbhajan’s offensive words, he had no option but to lift the racism charge that Procter initially laid on him.
With great power comes great responsibility
by Rahul Namjoshi, February 3, 2008
“With great power comes great responsibility” and believe me I am not talking about Peter Parker’s (Spiderman’s) uncle when I say these words. Because one advice that Parker’s uncle gave him was to stick to his principles. It applies to the young turks of Indian cricket as well. Responsibility was the lacking weapon in an otherwise full fledged Armada.
Sledging - Three sides of the same coin
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, January 31, 2008
So the Australian response was to stand behind McGrath and warn Sarwan to not make personal insults as McGrath was too touchy and sensitive about it AND IT MIGHT HURT HIS FEELINGS. For an independent observer, it is quite obvious what/who started it all. Had McGrath not inquired about a certain taste, touch and texture of his captain's inner parts, Sarwan would not had passed on the question to McGrath's wife and shirk his responsibility.
More glorious than a victorious tour
by Partab Ramchand, January 31, 2008
Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly had their moments while VVS Laxman as perhaps only to be expected improved his average against Australia even further. Sehwag coming good was perhaps the best news on the batting front.
Stanford T20 - Living it and loving it
by Vaneisa Baksh, January 29, 2008
One of the interesting aspects of this tournament is that four of the teams have been retained by Allen Stanford, the tournament’s creator and financier, on professional contracts. The teams to benefit from this so far are Antigua and Barbuda, St. Lucia, Anguilla and Nevis. Home team, Antigua and Barbuda, under coach Eldine Baptiste, a former West Indies bowling all-rounder, was the first of the Stanford Pro teams.
Sentence was delivered before the verdict.
by Rahul Namjoshi, January 29, 2008
It puts Mike Procter in an unenviable position. The ICC is saying that his verdict was wrong. His position as a match referee was already made redundant by asking Ranjan Madugalle to come in before the Perth test.
Boria Majumdar - Let us have a fifth test
by Boria Majumdar, January 28, 2008
With no five for or no hundred to show for the Indians at the WACA, the Perth victory rightfully deserves its place in the hallowed echelons of Indian cricket as perhaps the best example of teamwork by an Indian cricket team overseas.
Three formats of cricket can co-exist
by Suresh Menon, January 28, 2008
Test cricket’s variations are infinite, and that will keep it going long after Twenty20 has been destroyed by greedy officials.
Richly deserved honor for Tendulkar
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 26, 2008
Sunil Gavaskar, the young Sachin was told by Gavaskar that he would personally throttle him if he failed to score 40 Test centuries.
Gavaskar asks - How about a Bentley for Anil Kumble?
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 26, 2008
The India-South African series starts in March and that’s when Anil Kumble will be back in action after the Adelaide Test and that will be a fitting time to honour one of India’s greatest sons.
Destiny’s step children
by Rahul Namjoshi, January 23, 2008
If one looks at the number of winning test innings that Tendulkar has played against Australia, one can remember two. One at the second innings in Chennai and the other innings at Mumbai. Now if one looks at Laxman and Dravid, the test matches that India has won against Australia have almost always had the Laxman-Dravid symphony.
Dropping of Dravid and Saurav not logical
by Boria Majumdar, January 22, 2008
Plain cricket logic, more than anything else, asks for the inclusion of Dravid and Saurav.
Australians out-thought at Perth
by Suresh Menon, January 21, 2008
Either Dravid or Laxman might have been a useful number three - the player around whom the batting revolves in one-day cricket. Think Ponting or Sangakkara or Kallis. But it is unlikely that either of them will be around for the 2011 World Cup, and the time to start preparing is now.
Dhoni says no to old age home, prefers young legs
by NT Shiv Kumar, January 21, 2008
The selectors (and Dhoni) deserve all kudos for retiring the tired legs from the ODI’s- Dravid and Dada have been awesome but its time to move on.
Perth - A triumph for teamwork
by Partab Ramchand, January 21, 2008
So finally Stuart Clarke was made to eat humble pie. The Australian pace bowler when asked about his prediction at the start of the season said without battling an eyelid ``2-0, 4-0’’ meaning that Australia would win both the Test matches against Sri Lanka and all four Test matches against India.
I am sixteen. Going on seventeen.
by Rahul Namjoshi, January 21, 2008
India have had a good away record over the last 4-5 years in tests and no body can call us ‘tigers at home’ any more. But where’s the consistency? Will Perth be used as a starting point of greater things in life? We shall see.
Sportsmanship in full throttle at Perth
by Boria Majumdar, January 20, 2008
With Perth having done both, spicing up the series and also restoring cricket its much deserved respect, the entire cricketing world will now look at Adelaide in anticipation of what should be a great contest on the field rather than off it.
India's finest cricket victory in 40 years
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 19, 2008
Gavaskar did not say so in so many words—Anil Kumble spelled it out later—but Perth was extra special considering all the turmoil surrounding the tour following the acrimonious preceding Test at Sydney.
It takes snow to go sledging!
by Partab Ramchand, January 15, 2008
Malcolm Speed deserves credit for calling in chief match referee Ranjan Madugalle to oversee the proceedings at Perth. Madugalle is a highly respected official and it may be recalled that he was asked to give a ruling on the controversial Oval Test in 2006 between Pakistan and England.
Kumble stands tall.
by Suresh Menon, January 15, 2008
We are not yet halfway through the tour, but for me Anil Kumble is already man of the series for his dignity and grace under pressure.
Australian media has shown its true colors
by Boria Majumdar, January 13, 2008
With two days to go for the Perth Test, there’s little doubt that such reportage will continue to inflame passions and add fuel to the fire. It will ensure that the growing acrimony between the two teams, which had peaked in Sydney, continues to simmer and isn’t allowed to cool down.
Aussies play 'hard but fair', the fair dinkum way!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 12, 2008
If Harbhajan Singh is indeed guilty, he deserves his ban and all the grandstanding by the Indian board, players, fans and media is misguided at best and downright ugly at worst.
Sunil Gavaskar asks "Where's the proof?"
by Sunil Gavaskar, January 11, 2008
Ponting claimed he didn’t hear anything nor did Gilchrist, so it all boiled down to the word of Hayden and Clarke and don’t forget Clarke had stood his ground after being caught at first slip and claiming that debatable catch of Ganguly.
What can ICC learn from Sydney?
by Boria Majumdar, January 11, 2008
As James Sutherland has said, it is a professional sport and we need to remind him and the Australian players defending Bucknor that the same yardsticks of professionalism need to be applied to all facets of the game.
I am not anti-India - Malcolm Speed
by Boria Majumdar, January 9, 2008
“Of course I am not anti-India. I treat India like any other country and am acting in the best interests of the game.” Rational analyses of his actions prove there’s little reason to disbelieve him.
BCCI - The long tail that wags the ICC dog
by Boria Majumdar, January 8, 2008
While Malcolm Speed was able to successfully do damage control on this occasion, days aren’t far off when even damage control would prove impossible.
India needs to focus on winning on the field
by Rahul Namjoshi, January 8, 2008
The second test is lost and India are down 2-0. We have all been through the umpiring, Australian gamesmanship, the Bhajji ban. But the point is how long are we going to continue harping on all these points, pertinent as they may be.
Some good days and some bad days
by Venu Bolisetty, January 8, 2008
It is days like these that make me wonder why I pay, support and watch this sport that is run by organizations and played by professionals who cause so much indignation. It is then that I recall the image of Andrew Flintoff consoling Brett Lee, the image of Mahela Jayawerdene asking his batsmen to continue in the dark so that Australia could be crowned the champions of ICC Cricket World Cup and the image of Sachin Tendulkar walking out to quiet the rowdy crowd in Calcutta.
Aussies are successful, but unable to enjoy the game!
by Partab Ramchand, January 7, 2008
Aussies have always insisted that they play the game ``hard and fair’’ but there was always a very thin line. They have crossed it and their explanations are no longer tenable.
Aussies did not display spirit of game. Indians showed no spirit at all.
by Suresh Menon, January 7, 2008
Australia may not have displayed the spirit of the game, but sadly for the hardworking captain, the Indian batsmen did not display spirit in the second innings. And that, in the long run, is a more serious problem.
Punish the erring umpire!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 4, 2008
What I find completely baffling was a batsman being recalled after the third umpire informed the on-field umpire of his error, as happened to Kevin Pietersen against India last summer. But when a batsman is wrongly given not out, the third umpire stays mum!
VVS Laxman fights back!
by Boria Majumdar, January 3, 2008
In 2001 Laxman was instrumental in stopping them from reaching Test win number 17, here he might well prove to be their nemesis at 15!
India has a long, hard road to traverse.
by Partab Ramchand, January 1, 2008
A more positive attitude is what is required and Sehwag is just the man to provide it. After all didn’t Ian Chappell say that the Aussies still fear Sehwag following his swashbuckling exploits four years ago?
Best and worst of 2007
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 1, 2008
The award for most patient cricketer of the year goes to…Anil Kumble who got his first Test century in his 118th match and one Test later led out India for the first time at the age of 37.
Experience is a two-edged sword
by Suresh Menon, January 1, 2008
What works on a featherbed in Bangalore will not work on the faster, bouncier tracks of Australia.
Dravid will overcome
by Boria Majumdar, December 30, 2007
For some like Sachin Tendulkar greatness comes naturally. For others like Dravid, who have it in them to aspire to greatness, it is a peak, which when scaled has a fairy tale quality to it.
Dravid will provide solidity at number 3
by Boria Majumdar, December 29, 2007
In fact it was Dravid who had made way for Laxman at number 3. This made for rotation at the top of the order and solidity later on. Come 2 January 2008, Sehwag can well inject the momentum India needs in the first few overs while Dravid can provide solidity at number three.
USA says Baseball with Cuba is OK. Cricket is not.
by Venu Palaparthi, December 27, 2007
Stanford Twenty20 is requesting that the denial from the United States Government be reconsidered.
Kumble is “Extremely Extremely, Extremely, Tough!"
by Boria Majumdar, December 26, 2007
It is not without reason that David Studham, the much respected MCC librarian here at the MCG, is already planning to frame photos of each of Kumble's five wickets for the photo gallery of the Melbourne Cricket Club.
Harbhajan should emulate Prasanna
by Suresh Menon, December 25, 2007
He is 27; at that age Prasanna was emerging as one of the greatest of his kind. It would be a shame if Harbhajan were to remain satisfied with his current record, and not explore the limits of the possible.
A vacancy for Yuvraj Singh
by Partab Ramchand, December 25, 2007
Dravid in fact opened with Jaffer in the opening tour game against Victoria and as wickets fell at the other end he stood firm in his trademark fashion to be unbeaten with 38 off 147 balls before the truncated match badly affected by rain drew to its premature close. He played down the threat of bouncy tracks in Australia.
Onus is on 'Fab Four'
by Partab Ramchand, December 21, 2007
Kumble is fully aware of the strength of India’s batting especially the famed middle order quartet which has scored over 32,000 runs with a staggering 87 hundreds.
India look Under-prepared
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 21, 2007
There is no doubt that the BCCI is guilty of greed in pushing the team into the first Test with just one warm-up game behind them.
Shoaib Akhtar - Charisma and belligerence
by Suresh Menon, December 18, 2007
Throughout his career, Shoaib has been a fascinating combination of charisma and belligerence. Almost every India-Pakistan encounter began with Shoaib telling the world what he would do to Tendulkar.
Brian Lara - Wrong man for the ICL job!
by Vaneisa Baksh, December 18, 2007
Lara once wrote that playing too much One-Day cricket (50 overs) affected a batsman’s ability to construct the kind of innings required by Test matches.
Sehwag is potential match-winner
by Partab Ramchand, December 16, 2007
Yes, it’s true that Sehwag has been through lean times, enough for his career average to fall from 55 to a shade below 50. This is because of two contests in which the runs simply dried up – against England at home in 2005-06 and in South Africa a year later.
Sehwag should open
by Sunil Gavaskar, December 15, 2007
The sheer positivity that Karthik brings to the team is worth its weight in gold. He may find himself out of the playing eleven to accommodate Sehwag but that will not dampen him and he will still be out there giving his 100% to the team effort.
Opener Dravid crucial for India’s game plan
by NT Shiv Kumar, December 14, 2007
Dravid will do the biggest favor to his best friend Anil Kumble by walking alongside Jaffer at MCG on the Boxing Day and doing what he did at Lahore in 2006.
Blast from the past
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, December 14, 2007
If only the Indians can stretch their winning streak to Down Under and overcome the final frontier in their another decades long search for a series win, that would surely shut some wagging tongues and restless fingers, and finally accord the credit where it is due.<
Sehwag's last chance
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 14, 2007
Considering the embarrassment of batting riches, at least for the first two Test matches it is doubtful Sehwag will get a chance to play.
Why ICL might succeed in USA?
by Venu Palaparthi, December 14, 2007
ICL has suggested it will up the ante by taking the modified version of the game to North America, where there are a large number of students and workers from many of the cricket -playing nations like India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
A cricketer reborn!
by Partab Ramchand, December 12, 2007
The Melbourne Test against Australia later this month will be Ganguly’s 100th. Not bad for a player whose career was thought to be over after 80-odd Tests. His career average hovering around the 40 mark is now over 43.
BCCI is flush with money but flush toilets are too costly for them!
by Boria Majumdar, December 11, 2007
Even our unparalleled financial might will prove incapable of controlling the venom of the international media always ready to jump on to the slightest of lapses at major international sporting events.
BCCI Stuck in a Rut
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 10, 2007
One had hoped that the launch of the breakaway Indian Cricket League would serve as a wake-up call for the moribund Board of Control for Cricket in India.
Ganguly is playing better than God!
by Suresh Menon, December 10, 2007
Many years ago, I had written that Ganguly had the potential to become the finest left handed batsman ever produced by India. He was young then, just starting out, and thanked me for saying so. Now he holds that title as if by right.
Jaffer is good for Mumbai and good for India.
by Partab Ramchand, December 6, 2007
Jaffer’s average till the unhappy first phase of his career was 20. It is now approaching 40. A first class career average of virtually 50 underlines his approach to batting, his insatiable appetite for runs, his impeccable technique and his wristy strokeplay. Jaffer can only go from strength to strength and that is good news for the Indian team.
To Write or Not to Write?
by Suresh Menon, December 4, 2007
Chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar is dragging the dignity of his office through muck with rare determination.
Mastering their craft
by Vaneisa Baksh, December 2, 2007
Recently in Trinidad, around fifty people gathered to have Sir Everton Weekes sign copies of his book, Mastering the Craft, and to share cocktails with the legendary cricketer.
20/20 Opens up a Pandora’s Box
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 1, 2007
Zee TV head honcho Subhas Chandra has got his retaliation in first by launching his Indian Cricket League on Friday, well ahead of arch-rival BCCI’s Indian Premier League.
Kumble’s captaincy is refreshingly innovative
by Partab Ramchand, November 26, 2007
Before Anil Kumble only six of the 29 captains who had led India in a Test match had won their first game as skipper.
Excuses, excuses!
by Suresh Menon, November 26, 2007
If only Pakistan had scored more runs, taken more wickets and held all their catches while saving all the boundaries, who knows, the Delhi Test might have ended differently.
BCCI taming the selectors
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 24, 2007
The BCCI's decision not to allow the Chairman of the Selectors to interact with the media after a Selection Committee meeting was inevitable after the recent happenings.
The other side of a win
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, November 23, 2007
20 years seems to be to cutoff point as far as Indians' record-breaking spree is concerned.
BCCI needs one voice
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 23, 2007
Ten years ago in my capacity as a TV journalist I asked Raj Singh Dungarpur, then the BCCI president, why the Board did not have a media manager/spokesman.
Frequency breeds boredom
by Suresh Menon, November 20, 2007
England doesn’t play Australia every year in a Test series – Asians are fond of calling the Pakistan-India encounters the Ashes of Asia – but we think nothing of subjecting our players, fans and viewers to the same set of pre-match bravado (usually led by Shoaib Akhtar’s vision of what he is going to do to the leading Indian batsmen), media analyses and post-match consolations (“it wasn’t India or Pakistan who won; cricket won” etc). A sameness is creeping upon the meetings, a predictability, a sense of déjŕ vu.
Pakistan needs more firepower in tests
by Partab Ramchand, November 19, 2007
The Australians are not the only ones who play mind games on the eve of an important contest. The fad has been picked up by other teams if the utterances by Shoaib Malik are any indication. Speaking after the final ODI at Jaipur the Pakistan captain said that the victory had lifted team morale.
Dhoni Makes Smooth Transition
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 17, 2007
Captaincy seems to be fitting wicket-keeper MS Dhoni like a glove. He has made a smooth transition from rookie to captain of the ODI and T-20 side and deserves full credit for winning the first home series against Pakistan in 24 years.
The ICL-IPL Saga
by Suresh Menon, November 13, 2007
Not surprisingly, the Ricky Pontings of the world lined up with the IPL while former greats and future no-hopes went with the ICL which told us at regular intervals the names of players to sign up.
Dhoni's turn as test captain will come
by Partab Ramchand, November 10, 2007
Kumble’s credentials to lead the country are based on his being a fairly successful captain of Karnataka, his long and distinguished service to Indian cricket as the country’s most successful bowler and his image as a thinking cricketer. In fact Kumble was vice captain to Sachin Tendulkar way back in 1996.
Of cricket streams and noise
by Venu M Bolisetty, November 10, 2007
Sometime after 2001 die-hard cricket lovers in California, started streaming cricket over the internet much to the delight of many cricket fans stranded abroad. They aptly named themselves Willow TV, no credit for guessing their motivation behind that name.
A well-deserved honor for Kumble
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 10, 2007
Kumble is a rare blend of intelligence and integrity. Even if it is for a brief stint, Indian cricket will be safe in the hands of the oldest man to be appointed captain.
Seniors under pressure.
by Suresh Menon, November 4, 2007
Not for the first time in an India-Pakistan series, it will be the senior players who will be under trial. In recent years, many stalwarts - Javed Miandad, Asif Iqbal, Saqlain Mushtaq, Sunil Gavaskar, Gundappa Vishwanath and Erapally Prasanna - played their final game against the neighbours. Gavaskar alone went out on a high, after making a brilliant 96 in the Bangalore Test two decades ago.
India has no home advantage!
by Partab Ramchand, November 3, 2007
On paper the teams look evenly matched and the rankings and recent results confirm this. But in encounters between India and Pakistan it is sometimes the mental strength that counts for more than cricketing ability.
BCCI needs a Cricket Operations Officer
by Sunil Gavaskar, November 2, 2007
Not only do the officials of Cricket Australia travel a few months before to the country they are due to tour, but a representative of the Players Association also goes along to ensure that the players’ interests are kept paramount.
Indo-Pak cricket without the madness
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 2, 2007
Still, India should start as favourites. Pakistan’s trauma at their early exit in the 2007 World Cup has been much harsher than India’s and the retirement of Inzamam-ul-Haq leaves a big hole in their batting. The 2-3 reverse at home at the hands of South Africa must have also dented their confidence.
The Nice Guy That Got Dropped First
by Suresh Menon, October 30, 2007
Even Sanjay Manjrekar - not his best friend - says Dravid has been India’s most unselfish player in the past decade.
Smart money is on Tendulkar
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 26, 2007
If Tendulkar’s appointment does come through, it will be the first time India will have different captains for different versions of the game.
Murali Kartik is here to stay!
by Partab Ramchand, October 26, 2007
Murali Kartik is not one to be overawed by the opposition. He has bowled to some of the leading batsmen in the world, attacking players all capable of making mincemeat of the best of bowling.
Eager for a comeback? Prove yourself at the Challenger Trophy
by Partab Ramchand, October 23, 2007
The team to play Pakistan in the five match ODI series is to be picked during the tournament and the players should make the most of the opportunities that come their way.
Finding Neverland
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, October 23, 2007
As long as the golden rule of the board remains 'quantity trumps quality any day', as long as the crowds get carried by inconsequential victories, as long as the players are paraded from one venue to another like show ponies, not much could be gleaned from a 4-1, that masquerades as a 4-3, series loss.
An apology to Andrew Symonds
by Suresh Menon, October 22, 2007
It need not have been an ‘official’ apology even, just a friendly one, to remind Symonds that those making the rude gestures do not represent the country, and are merely misguided individuals.
Twenty20 suits India
by Boria Majumdar, October 22, 2007
What has been the bane of Indian cricket for years-that our cricket is replete with instances of individual brilliance than team efforts, is now proving of value in the new format.
Bullies and boors
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 20, 2007
Cricket is still a beautiful game and has some truly great players and followed by a fanatical following. Let not a few bullies and boors and reluctant officials make it into an ugly brawl that turns the fan away.
Healthy Competition for Places on Indian XI
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 20, 2007
No sooner had Dravid given up the top post, he was removed from the playing XI after a string of five successive failures in the just-concluded series.
Enough is enough!
by Venu Bolisetty, October 20, 2007
I don't recall any racist incident that involved Andrew Symmonds in all his years of play.
Aussie Approach - 'Never Satisfied. Forever raising the bar.'
by Partab Ramchand, October 18, 2007
The comparison with what happened 24 years ago is startling but to be candid one could almost see it coming.
Let's counter professionalism with something similar.
by Suresh Menon, October 16, 2007
The Sreeshanths and the Harbhajans have shown that they can meet boorishness with boorishness; now they will have to prove India can counter professionalism with something similar. And if India return from Australia unbeaten, there will be a welcome to bring tears to Symond’s eyes.
Australians always use media as part of their armory
by Boria Majumdar, October 16, 2007
The fact that the Indians are already the subjects of relentless criticism with the tour two months away says much about the Australian media's role in a high profile sport like cricket.
Australians get their revenge
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 12, 2007
Stung by their defeat at the hands of the eventual world champions in the semifinals of the Twenty-20 World Cup, world Fifty-50 holders Australia came to India with the stated intention of gaining revenge.
If only.......[Kiwis could fly!]
by Venu Bolisetty, October 11, 2007
Three consecutive tournaments in the last Twelve months have seen the Black caps progress to semifinals and little have they made of those chances. Every semi-final brought fresh hope but every match was a Sisyphean challenge.
The Brilliant Mr. Tendulkar
by Partab Ramchand, October 11, 2007
And yet after 77 matches Sachin Tendulkar did not have a single century against his name. This aberration stood out like a sore thumb. At the Premadasa stadium in Colombo on September 9 1994 during a Singer Cup match he finally broke through that barrier scoring 110 from 130 balls against an Australian attack that included Craig McDermott, Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.
Sachin, Saurav and Rahul - From wanted to unwanted
by Suresh Menon, October 9, 2007
When Dilip Vengsarkar, chairman of selectors, was a player, he made a famous statement: “I was never confident of playing two successive matches”. So poorly did the selectors treat him. Now, ironically, he is handing out similar treatment to the senior players. The pressure on India’s most experienced trio is palpable.
Gavaskar to Sreesanth: Only wickets matter!
by Sunil Gavaskar, October 5, 2007
Sreesanth is an intelligent young man, and he will no doubt have noticed at the function that those who were honoured were for the wickets they took or the runs they scored, and that is the only thing that matters in the end and stays in the scorebooks forever.
Mark Boucher gets closer to the 400 mark
by Partab Ramchand, October 5, 2007
Boucher is the only player to make six dismissals thrice in an innings in a Test.
Sreesanth needs to be reined in
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 4, 2007
Sreesanth is a hugely talented bowler as he showed in South Africa late last year and again this year in England and South Africa. But when he loses his top, he loses his focus too and India can ill afford that.
West Zone's stranglehold on Indian cricket
by Suresh Menon, October 2, 2007
And it means only one thing - the next Test captain of India will be Sachin Tendulkar.
India rediscovers its small towns
by Boria Majumdar, September 30, 2007
Is this Indian team profoundly different from Indian teams of the immediate past? Yes and No.
Test matches will benefit from Twenty20's success
by Boria Majumdar, September 28, 2007
In the ultimate analysis the victory in the Twenty20 world cup has once again fuelled the Indian dream to have a crack at world domination.
Twenty20 Ripple Effect
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 28, 2007
There are plenty of skilled young players who have had to live in the shadow of their more famous contemporaries.
Aussies will look to win the series
by Partab Ramchand, September 27, 2007
There is no respite for the players what with the tight international schedules.
Hail the weaklings
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, September 27, 2007
Though it makes good business sense to market sport in untapped segments (read US, China and Latin America) by pitting cricket against their native national sports, in terms of the play time, the excitement and the fireworks, it remains a fair question as to how much the regular cricketing world can take this brand of hit out or get out cricket, the current success of the championship notwithstanding.
Two Heroes and a Disappointment
by Suresh Menon, September 25, 2007
Dhoni attacked, keeping an extra fielder within the circle even when it wasn’t necessary. By having a slip, he took an early wicket (only four catches have been taken at slip in the whole tournament).
Aussie Muscles Flexed by Indian Nerves
by NT Shiv Kumar, September 23, 2007
Should India end up winning this Twenty20 World Cup, it will be one heck of a huge endorsement to Greg’s ‘young legs’ philosophy, so sadly ambushed by the murky world of advertising revenues and the ‘seniors mafia’!
Dhoni Should Become Test Captain
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 23, 2007
What has brought the crowds to Twenty20 is not only the prospect of seeing some big hitting, but also to be able to be part of what is a truly entertaining evening.
Yes! I am a Twenty20 Convert.
by Partab Ramchand, September 22, 2007
Like many other cricket followers I was slow in embracing the newest and shortest version of the game.
Choke De South Africa!
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 22, 2007
Despite the euphoria over India’s victory on Thursday, one cannot but feel sorry for the manner of South Africa’s exit from the T-20 World Cup, particularly since it is being played on their own turf.
Dhoni is on the money!
by Suresh Menon, September 18, 2007
When a young vice captain could have been named under Dravid and groomed to take over, the Board chose not to do so.
Batsman vs Captain
by Partab Ramchand, September 16, 2007
``I enjoyed the captaincy, I loved it, but it can get tough after a while and some of the enjoyment can go away, so I thought it was the right time to step aside.’’
Indian Cricket's Freaky Friday
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 15, 2007
In the morning Rahul Dravid’s stunning resignation from the captaincy shook Indian cricket to its core. Less than 24 hours later the amazing tie against Pakistan in the T/20 World Cup—and subsequent 3-0 victory via the bowl-out—went some way in restoring faith in Indian cricket.
Soccer style bowl-out in cricket and Chak de India!
by NT Shiv Kumar, September 14, 2007
Today’s contest was a grand throwback to the Sharjah thrillers of the 80’s and early 90’s –fluctuating fortunes, rabble-rousing cheering, high voltage action but an unusual climax.
Less technology please!
by Boria Majumdar, September 11, 2007
Compounding fan misery, technology has made decision making inconsistent seriously impacting upon the games fortunes.
Resurgence of the English
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, September 11, 2007
If the Indians out-performed the English on every day in the test series (aided by a little luck in the first one), the English paid back in kind on every day in the ODI series, looking like winning every game and sweeping the series altogether.
Twenty20 - Cricket on stanozolol
by Suresh Menon, September 10, 2007
Twenty20 is cricket on stanozolol, speeding up everything including the time taken for a new batsman to reach the wicket.
Youngsters propel England forward
by Partab Ramchand, September 10, 2007
For India, there is no need to press panic buttons but there is urgent need for improvement in fielding, catching and running between wickets.
Twenty20 - Sehwag's American rendezvous
by Venu Palaparthi, September 10, 2007
During his exile, he has played a bit for his employer (ONGC) and he also played competitive cricket here in USA - in the LA Open Twenty20 where his team made the finals. This American Twenty20 competition assumes greater significance when assessing chances of Sehwag's comeback.
India has some home work left to do
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 10, 2007
The Twenty20 World Cup gives Sehwag, Pathan, as well as Harbhajan Singh, the chance to get back to their peak form and regain their place in the side for the 50-over format and Test matches.
Youngsters impress on both sides
by Sunil Gavaskar, September 8, 2007
The youngsters from India that have impressed are Piyush Chawla, who has shown a big heart and plenty of gumption. Gautam Gambhir too displayed great character when brought back in the side.
Wright or Chappell?
by Partab Ramchand, September 6, 2007
Wright remained affable, accessible and communicative. Chappell had isolated the players who feared approaching him.
Catching a cold
by Suresh Menon, September 4, 2007
The only thing the Indians are catching is a cold in the head.
Strength of mind carries England home
by Krish Srikkanth, September 1, 2007
The host's mental resilience was to the fore. Two young batsmen carried the team from the brink of disaster but they had the advantage of not having any reputation to defend.
Our servants can field for us!
by Suresh Menon, August 28, 2007
In the early days of Indian cricket, the Maharajahs thought nothing of actually having their servants fielding for them. Not even a Test captain - the Maharajkumar of Vizianagaram - was above this.
BCCI should be more magnanimous
by Boria Majumdar, August 28, 2007
Indian domestic cricket, already a sick industry, faces little prospective damage from a rival competition.
Fielding lets Team India down
by Krish Srikkanth, August 28, 2007
The wicket at Edgbaston has always been a tough one to predict. The strip slows down a bit towards the second innings and history clearly points that chasing is not the best option here.
7 + 4 or 6 + 5!
by Partab Ramchand, August 26, 2007
Under normal circumstances it is always better to go for the seven plus four theory particularly with the Indian team having a couple of utility players among the batsmen who can turn their arm over, bowl 10 to 12 overs between them and perhaps even pick up a wicket or two.
Gundappa Vishwanath deserves to be President of KSCA
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 25, 2007
If Gundappa Vishwanath doesn’t become the president of the KSCA and his opponent who has never probably held a bat in his life wins, then that will be a good indication of what those who run grassroots cricket want.
Beyond a boundary - The ICL Saga
by Suresh Menon, August 21, 2007
How many players can you ban? And what happens when the national team players swing one way or the other?
Chak De India is good. But why blame cricket?
by Boria Majumdar, August 20, 2007
The one thing Chak De may have done without are the constant jibes at cricket. The film inadvertently blames cricket for the dire state of Indian hockey.
India vs England: Scorcher of an ODI Series
by Partab Ramchand, August 19, 2007
For the hosts it has been a bit of a roller coaster ride of late. They surprised Australia `Down Under’ but then it was the turn of the West Indies to surprise them a few months ago.
Cricket Returns Home
by Marcus Bethel, August 17, 2007
With the 2007 cricket season in progress, provisions have been set in place for bigger things for the Brooklyn cricket League, an establishment that has been around since 1936.
Spare a thought for the true men in White!
by Venu Bolisetty, August 15, 2007
The challenge system that I propose is simple and it borrows from tennis and (American) football. Each team gets three challenges to overturn the decision that has been made by the on field umpire. If a batsman feels that he has hit the ball when given out LBW, he could challenge the umpire's ruling.
Every (under)dog has its day!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, August 15, 2007
First - the things that need to be looked at, to look past everything and savor the sweetness of success. Take Zaheer, R.P.Singh, Sreesanth and even Kumble out of the team, and have England come play in India, and beat India at home. That is exactly how the English might be feeling about the current series loss - disappointed, but not dejected.
Kumble will play a key role
by Sunil Gavaskar, August 10, 2007
The Oval pitch will get drier and help spinners, and though there are some ignoramuses who are questioning Kumble’s position in the team and saying that he is only getting tail-enders out, he will have a role to play if India are hoping to win the game and the series.
India's Twenty20 Prospects
by Partab Ramchand, August 9, 2007
Dhoni’'s team can land in South Africa with that much less pressure on them. They are in group D along with Pakistan and Scotland so their passage to the next round can be taken.
Team India: Stay positive and series is yours
by Krish Srikkanth, August 8, 2007
It is imperative for Team India to keep the momentum going. A closer look at history reveals that India almost immediately hand over the advantage after taking the lead in an away Test series. The latest example was the tour to South Africa where the cricket became suddenly unimaginative after the win in Johannesburg.
Time to crack the whip
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 6, 2007
Sreesanth's bowling on the fourth evening, with India desperate to get a wicket or two before the close, was pantomime theatre at its tragic-comic best (or worst!).
Sledgers and Pranksters! Ain't misbehaving?
by Partab Ramchand, August 2, 2007
Expressions can still be registered within the realms of decency. A line has to be drawn somewhere and it is now obvious that the line drawn by the ICC should be even more taut and without loopholes.
Vaughan is most elegant
by Venu Bolisetty, August 1, 2007
When watching Vaughan in full flow it's hard to imagine a more elegant batsman. He has all the strokes in the book. His straight-drives require the least of effort. His late-cut of traditional leg-spinners between first slip and gully, is full of temerity and elegance.
Too much load on the Wall?
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 29, 2007
So far in England Dravid has looked burdened at the crease. Could it be the lack of a full-time coach is beginning to vex him? Both Ravi Shastri in Bangladesh and Chandu Borde on the current tour have been stop-gap measures.
A two-match series for India
by Krish Srikkanth, July 27, 2007
Team India can forget the Test and look at it as a two-match series from now. It helps to have a poor memory in cricket.
Dhoni and Panesar show willingness to adapt
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 27, 2007
Monty Panesar's accuracy means that there aren’t too many scoreable deliveries from him, so England can use him as a ‘shock’ bowler as well as ‘stock’ bowler.
Tigers at Home. Lambs Abroad.
by Partab Ramchand, July 25, 2007
The moment Pietersen showed the willingness to get after him, step out and lift him boldly, adventurously and gloriously to the boundary and beyond Kumble’s bowling went to pieces.
India's Test Debut - Match Reports and Original Scorecards (Part III)
by Boria Majumdar, July 22, 2007
The Indians played their first tour match against T.G. Trott's XI at Pelsham Farm, Pearmarsh near Rye on 29 April 1932.
Pity the poor spectator
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 21, 2007
Two years ago, the MCC dug up the square and re-laid it in order to improve the drainage. It cost $3 million, but boy, was it worth it.
India's Test Debut - A Tour of Lord's (Part II)
by Boria Majumdar, July 21, 2007
The first glass panel at the Lord's exhibition on India's cricket history contains a ball that had hit a bird in 1936. The bowler, India's Cambridge Blue, Jehangir Khan.
Yuvraj or Laxman? Selectors’ Dilemma.
by Partab Ramchand, July 20, 2007
An embarrassment of riches can sometimes prove to be a dilemma and that is what the Indian team management is likely to face during the Test series against England.
India's Test Debut - A Photo Essay (Part I)
by Boria Majumdar, July 18, 2007
Part 1 of the Photo Essay of India's first test 75 years ago compiled by Dreamcricket USA.
WIPA Players Want Clean Slate
by Marcus Bethel, July 17, 2007
In labeling the players “incompetent” while on recent tour in England, newly appointed CEO Bruce Aanensen has not only deepened the divide between the players and the representative Board, which, has shown in recent times to be less than competent.
Team Analysis
by Partab Ramchand, July 15, 2007
The Indian batting is strong but the bowling is suspect. That is the gist of the arguments while analyzing the touring squad to England.
A fascinating contest ahead
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 14, 2007
The India-England series is shaping up to be a fascinating contest. England under Michael Vaughan have shown themselves to be near-invincible at home and it will be a real feather in Rahul Dravid’s cap if he can become the first Indian captain to lead his side to victory since Kapil Dev in 1986.
West Indies in England, Wimbledon and More
by Sunil Gavaskar, July 13, 2007
If you were a genuine sports lover, didn’t you have a smile on your face last weekend? On the Saturday, West Indies played one of their best one-day games in recent years and went on to win the third and final one-dayer against England and with it won the series in style. Then the next day, Roger Federer showed just why he is the king of grass by beating Rafael Nadal in a thrilling five setter to win the All England Tennis title for the fifth year in a row and join the immortral Bjorn Borg, who had done it in the late 70s.
Is India ready for Twenty20 World Cup?
by Partab Ramchand, July 9, 2007
About thirty years ago in the formative years of one day cricket Indian players had yet to come to terms with the intricacies of the game. Slow on the uptake and firmly rooted in the Test match scheme of things India’s representatives took a long time to get adjusted to the demands of limited overs cricket which was soon gaining in popularity.
A 1900 AD fictional essay about cricket in 2000 AD
by Venu Palaparthi, July 6, 2007
Among all the rare cricket books that Dreamcricket.com has in its possession, this one titled “A cricketer on cricket” published in the year 1900 is among the most fascinating. Especially so, because it gives the reader a glimpse of the cricketer’s mind in 1900 AD.
Memories of Dileep Sardesai
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 6, 2007
The recent passing away of Dilip Sardesai brings back memories of the first opportunity I had to watch first-class cricket 35 years ago, in January 1972.
Indian Cricket Controversies Part 5 -
by Boria Majumdar, July 6, 2007
he final round of the Vizzy-Patiala rivalry was played out between 1933-1936. Though Vizzy was in the ascendancy in 1933, Patiala, had not resigned to the situation.
Texan billionaire pumps millions into cricket
by Marcus Bethel, July 5, 2007
If Twenty20 cricket is the channel through which West Indies cricket will plot its revival course, then definitely Sir Allen Stanford is the captain who will take this battered ship home as he pledges the fuel and the flag ship necessary for the voyage.
India wins the Future Cup
by Partab Ramchand, July 3, 2007
How much should one read into the 2-1 verdict that the Indians gained over the South Africans? How meritorious is it? Should it be rated as a commendable effort or one that should not be ranked very high? These are the questions that have surfaced following the three matches at Belfast.
Double standards?
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 30, 2007
Will the BCCI cancel the tour of England on security grounds after the bomb scare in London on Friday? The question is rhetorical, really. The thought would never have crossed their minds, despite the Indian team being currently in Belfast.
Tribute to Eknath Solkar and more
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 29, 2007
The Mumbai Cricket Association must take the lead in convincing the BCCI to have a trophy named after 'Ekki,' for he was a Mumbai player who did yeoman service to them as well.
MCC to visit USA in 2009
by Venu Palaparthi, June 26, 2007
Writing about the anticipated tour of MCC to USA in 2009,Daily Telegraph reported on 8th June - “Like the cavalry riding to the rescue in the final scene of a western, our own dear Marylebone Cricket Club are poised to save American cricket.”
Test #1836 Records : Chanderpaul is lone man standing among the falling West Indians
by Vijay Jeedigunta, June 26, 2007
Statistical Highlights of the fourth and final test of the 2007 series between England and West Indies played at Chester-le-Street
Indian Cricket Controversies Part 4 - Cricket as status symbol
by Boria Majumdar, June 23, 2007
The Patiala-Vizzy rivalry, one of the most intriguing in the history of Indian cricket, climaxed with the sending back of Lala Amarnath from the tour of England in 1936. It also gave India the Ranji Trophy, India's national cricket championship. It was, quite simply, sensational stuff, packed with intrigue and rivalry, pride and guile, twists and turns, and a dramatic finale.
Score : WIPA – 5 WICB – 0
by Marcus Bethel, June 22, 2007
It is the fifth straight time that the West Indies Players association has won against the Board over contract negotiations.
Tour of Ireland
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 22, 2007
No one is going to underestimate the minor ODI nations any more after the shocks of the World Cup. And one of the biggest shocks of all time was Ireland stunning Pakistan. So Saturday’s game in Belfast may not be a walk in the park for the former world champions.
by Partab Ramchand, June 22, 2007
As one who saw his first Test match in January 1961 I think I qualify to be an old timer. Fortunately for me I have seen cricket when it was truly a gentleman’s game, when the bowler applauded if a batsman made a superb stroke, when fielders generously applauded if a batsman crossed a significant landmark, when the batsman walked away on being given out without a glare at the umpire or a murmur of protest and when the bowler’s appeal was not rude or arrogant but a quiet, almost unobtrusive, `howzat’
Junior Cricket Takes Root in USA
by Venu Palaparthi, June 20, 2007
For most part of American cricket history, cricket has been sustained by waves of immigrants, except maybe for a brief time when schools in Philadelphia and parts of New England promoted the virtues of cricket and where American-born took to the sport.
West versus Indies: A team against itself
by Marcus Bethel, June 17, 2007
Citing Chris Gayle as in-disciplined, the board instead called for acting captain Daren Ganga to fill the role.
Windies at Old Trafford
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 17, 2007
If they can turn one back on England and win, it may well spark a revival of self-belief among the West Indies players, who seem bereft of that at the moment.
75 Years of Indian Test Cricket
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 17, 2007
The very first day at Lord’s in 1932 was one of domination by the touring Indians. English cricket followers were stunned to see their star-studded team dismissed for a mere 259.
India without Viru and Bhajji
by Partab Ramchand, June 17, 2007
The absence of Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh is going to have a major impact on the Indian team in England.
Statistical Highlights of Test # 1835 - Old Trafford
by Vijay Jeedigunta, June 17, 2007
An amazing return catch by England’s latest bowling sensation Monty Panesar to dismiss debutant Sammy proved out to be the turning point of the West Indies chase for a record total for a win in the third test match played at Old Trafford.
by Vijay Jeedigunta, June 14, 2007
A Cricket Quiz with a connection
Season of hope?
by NT Shiv Kumar, June 14, 2007
The upcoming season heralds an inflection point in Indian cricket, atleast in the ODI scheme of things- talented youngsters like Gambhir, Uthappa, Rohit Sharma, Manoj Tewary, Piyush Chawla, RP Singh, Sreesanth should make a significant impact to create a new core group that can replace the old guards and propel India forward.
Disney's (and ESPN's) flirtation with cricket.
by Venu Palaparthi, June 13, 2007
Cricinfo's purchase by Disney owned ESPN is a continuation of Disney's curious love affair with cricket.
BCCI’s mysterious, murky ways
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 10, 2007
Yes, Ford has got the nod. But it appears there will be even more drama to follow. The BCCI, it seems, just never learns.
Coaching Criteria
by Partab Ramchand, June 10, 2007
To put it simply, the man with the best credentials, the right experience and qualifications should be the coach. Everything including nationality should be secondary. An aspiring candidate should not be rejected simply because he is an Indian or a foreigner. It is wrong to reject an Indian just because he is an Indian just as it is wrong to reject a foreigner just because he is a foreigner.
Closure for opening woes
by Partab Ramchand, June 4, 2007
India’s opening blues since the retirement of Sunil Gavaskar have been well documented.
Nothing More to Prove?
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 3, 2007
After nearly two decades of international cricket, Sachin Tendulkar continues to be the centre of fierce debate in Indian cricket circles. He no longer though retains the exalted status that he enjoyed till the early years of the millennium.

A spate of injuries and periodic stretches of lean scores have taken the sheen off the cricketer who rose to the status of a demi-god after his dazzling batting against Australia in Sharjah in 1998.
Indian Cricket Controversies Part 3 -
by Boria Majumdar, June 3, 2007
That De Mello had done much to develop cricket in India was beyond doubt. He had contributed to the building of stadiums and clubs, had organized a series of tours and above all was instrumental in the Board's establishment in December 1928. In regaining his lost position, he used all these achievements to good effect.
Priceless Dravid, Prize-less Matches
by Sunil Gavaskar, June 1, 2007
Rahul’s misfortune is that he gets compared to his immediate predecessor Sourav Ganguly, who was a much more in-your-face kind of captain, and while there is nothing wrong in that in the modern world of cricket, Dravid’s style is a lot more respectful of the opponent and the traditions of the game. In the irreverent world in which we live, that kind of attitude is not necessarily admirable, but to old-timers, the respect that Dravid gets is something that has a ‘feel good’ factor to it.
Sweat More Earn More
by Partab Ramchand, May 28, 2007
The cartoon aptly captures the morbid attitude of the BCCI whose greed seems to know no bounds. All sorts of tours and one day matches are being arranged anywhere and everywhere in the world with utter disregard for players’ fitness and the quality of the game. Money is the only factor that governs the BCCI, the burgeoning bank balance is the only thing it can see.
Who will be cricket's first martyr?
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 26, 2007
It is almost suicidal to play cricket in the month of May in Asia, particularly in Bangladesh as this is the monsoon season. That means not only is rain inevitable--the third ODI and over two days of the first Test were washed out--but also the humidity levels are unbearable.
Cricket and the real origin of Google!
by Venu Palaparthi, May 22, 2007
In 2006, Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary helpfully added the verb, "google" to mean "the use of Google." But let us not forget that the definitive Oxford English Dictionary had described google as "the act of delivering a googly" as early as 1907.
Whatmore - The frontrunner
by Partab Ramchand, May 21, 2007
Whatmore’s coaching credentials are impressive. He had successful stints at Sri Lanka, Lancashire, and Bangladesh.
Whatmore - The answer to 'What next?'
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 21, 2007
It appears certain now that India’s new coach following the resignation of Greg Chappell in March is to be fellow-Australian Davenell Whatmore.
Indian cricket controversies Part 2 - Amarnath- De Mello affair
by Boria Majumdar, May 21, 2007
If asked to rank the controversies that have plagued Indian cricket over the years, the Amarnath- De Mello affair would certainly rank number 2, a notch below match fixing.
International players must play domestic matches
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 18, 2007
It is crucial that the international players are available to play in the domestic season, so that it gets enhanced and brings forth new talent for the Indian team.
Sehwag needs a break
by Partab Ramchand, May 16, 2007
Why is Sehwag letting the team down with a series of irresponsible strokes, low scores and tame dismissals?
Best and Worst of World Cup 2007
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 11, 2007
Gulu's compilation of best and worst shots, best and worst innings, etc.
Australia - Cricket's Dynasty
by Venu Palaparthi, May 10, 2007
Did we need a 47-day tournament to confirm what we knew all along?
The fall and fall of Irfan Pathan!
by Partab Ramchand, May 7, 2007
There is little doubt that the team needs Pathan the bowler much more than Pathan the batsman.
Indian cricket controversies Part 1 - Rajputana XI's Tour of England
by Boria Majumdar, May 7, 2007
In June of 1938, the Rajputana cricket XI, cancelled their remaining fixtures in England and left for India abruptly.
by Vijay Jeedigunta, May 6, 2007
Supratim Sengupta and ULMM Haniffa emeged as winners of the QUIZTION OF THE DAY CONTEST. Dreamcricket will be contacting them soon to award the prizes.
Pots of cash but no silverware
by Sunil Gavaskar, May 4, 2007
With the next World Cup in the subcontinent, there is an urgent need for many of the associations to look hard and seriously at the infrastructure.
Move over World Cup! Here comes Twenty20!
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 4, 2007
Yes, the 2011 World Cup will no doubt be a financial success in Asia. But according to my English friend, the way forward is now the 20/20 format.
The Pigeon flies off in style
by Partab Ramchand, May 2, 2007
McGrath is one of the greatest fast bowlers in the game’s history.
A spectacle of shame
by Boria Majumdar, May 2, 2007
With the murder mystery still unsolved, the world cup will continue to be in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Farewell to the King
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, May 2, 2007
The tournament was just a demonstration of the deep chasm in the cricketing attitudes between the Australians and the rest of the world.
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 28, 2007
Vijay's conlcuding QUIZTION OF THE DAY
One way ticket to history!
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 28, 2007
Australia, as things stand today, is too comfortably perched at the top!
Lanka have popular support
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 27, 2007
Popular sentiment is surely behind Sri Lanka but that is not enough to give them victory.
It is Art vs Science in World Cup Finals
by NT Shiv Kumar, April 27, 2007
The weight of expectation and the burden of ‘law of averages’ (ready to strike any moment) are as real as Hayden’s muscles.
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 27, 2007
Vijay's Penultimate Quiztion of his QUIZTION OF THE DAY series
Double date. (But only two showed up!)
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 26, 2007
An anti-climatic semifinal clash at a paradoxical World Cup.
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 26, 2007
Kiwis grounded, Proteas Choked
by NT Shiv Kumar, April 26, 2007
The two semi-finals were billed as cracker jackers, each distinctly different, one no less exciting than the other but, alas, both ended up as damp squibs
'Sri Lanka if the ball turns!'
by Boria Majumdar, April 25, 2007
Boria Majumdar speaks to Ian Bishop.
Proteas get crushed by Aussies...... QUIZTION #44
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 25, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the second semifinal match between Australia and South Africa along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY
Lara: Greatest left-handed batsman ever
by Partab Ramchand, April 24, 2007
If one considers Gary Sobers as the all rounder supreme Lara is arguably the greatest ever left-handed batsman.
Captain Fantastic Jayawardene takes his team to finals... QUIZTION #43
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 24, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup 1st semi0final match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 43
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 23, 2007
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 22, 2007
Vijay's World Cup Quiztion of the Day
Not the best way to go!!!
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 22, 2007
Chaminda Vaas, Muttiah Muralitharan and Lasith Malinga were deliberately not picked for the Super 8 match against Australia.
Australia takes Chappell-Hadlee revenge on Kiwis.... QUIZTION #40
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 21, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the World Cup match beween Australia and New Zealand along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY
West Indies wins their first Super Eights match..... QUIZTION #39
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 20, 2007
Vijay's analysis about the World Cup match betwen West Indies and Bangladesh along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY.
Spring cleaning in world cricket
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 20, 2007
The shake-up in world cricket has begun even before the World Cup has ended.
Lord of the Rings - The Departed Part II
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 20, 2007
The world will remember Lara's prodigious scores and his prodigal ways.
Ireland bows out of World Cup... QUIZTION #38
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 19, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the World Cup match between Ireland and Sri Lanka along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY
Coaching changes
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 19, 2007
Whoever wins the World Cup, there will be a huge turnover of coaches of the different teams.
South Africa storms into the Semi-finals.... QUIZTION #37
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 18, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between England and South Africa along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY
England shown the door by Hall
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 18, 2007
It was Ntini’s replacement, Andrew Hall, whose tight stump-to-stump line left few England batsmen at ease.
An incredible fortnight
by Sunil Gavaskar, April 18, 2007
In Kumble’s company, Harbhajan Singh learnt some of the ‘aggro’ that modern bowlers prefer.
Ommission of Vaas and Murali kills the Contest between Australia and Sri Lanka...... QUIZTION #36
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 17, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the World cup match between Australia and Sri Lanka along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY
Irish Fairy Tales Continue........ QUIZTION #35
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 16, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between Ireland and Bangladesh along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY.
Ravi Shastri strikes the right chords
by Partab Ramchand, April 16, 2007
There is no doubting Shastri’s cricketing acumen.
New Zeland & Sri Lanka qualify for Semis : QUIZTION #34
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 15, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between New Zealand and South Africa along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY.
South Africa scripting a dangerous tale
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 15, 2007
Will Tuesday bring South Africa's fans more despair they have lived through all the World Cups thus far, or will there be elation?
Demolition Derby Act by Australia crushes Ireland QUIZTION #33
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 14, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between Australia and Ireland along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 33
Credibility of the cricket press
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 14, 2007
Electronic media is guilty of overhyping ahead of the world cup and of whipping up hysterical elements when it all came crashing down.
New Zealand meets its Waterloo against Sri Lanka QUIZTION #32
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 13, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the World Cup match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 32.
West Indies loses fourth Super 8 game in a row : QUIZTION #30
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 11, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between South Africa and West indies along with his QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 30
England records an unimpressive win against Bangladesh : QUIZTION #31
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 11, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup match between England and Bangladesh along with the QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 31
New Zealand continues their unbeaten run of World Cup Wins : QUIZTION #29
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 10, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the World Cup match between Ireland and New Zeland along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 29.
Turning the script inside out
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 9, 2007
South Africa is increasingly becoming a team with an edge of unpredictability about them.
Chappell should not be associated with Indian cricket
by Partab Ramchand, April 9, 2007
It's a poor general who blames his troops for failure in battle.
Normalcy returns to Cricket as Aussies defeat England: QUIZTION #28
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 9, 2007
Vijay's analysis of the World Cup match between Australia and Enagland along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 28.
Banglades Shocks World #1 in ODIs : QUIZTION - 27
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 8, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the game between South Africa and Bangladesh along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 27.
Who will reach the last four? - QUIZTION - 26
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 7, 2007
Vijay's analysis and predictions on remaining Super 8 games along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 26
Catches win Matches, but Coaches lose Matches - QUIZTION 25
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 6, 2007
Vijay's analysis on the role of Coaches in Cricket along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY-25
England suffers Tremors, not so New Zealand!
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 6, 2007
With England's top order failed miserably at 133 for six, getting as close to victory versus Sri Lanka was already a stuff of dreams.
Dying for cricket!
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 6, 2007
Ramparvesh Rai of Adalpur village, suffered a fatal heart attack as soon as Bangladesh sealed their victory in Port-of-Spain on March 17.
Sri Lanka keep their nerves in a thriller : QUIZTION-24
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 5, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup Super 8 match between England and Sri Lanka along with the QUIZTION OF THE DAY -24.
Kallis Steers South Africa to a Win against Ireland : QUIZTION -23
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 4, 2007
Match analysis of the game between South Africa and Ireland along with QUIZTION OF THE DAY - 23
A breeze for some, a gusty wind for others
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, April 4, 2007
Brian Lara could draw some cheer from the placard that read ‘Australia took two days to beat us’.
Chappell is gone. LBW to Tendulkar!
by NT Shiv Kumar, April 4, 2007
This googly from Tendulkar was better than the one he trapped Shane Warne with, in the historic 2001 Kolkotta thriller.
Cricket beckons USA baseball coaches
by Venu Palaparthi, April 4, 2007
Everyone from Tony Cozier to Jonty Rhodes, from John Buchanan to Nasim Ashraf are now clamoring for baseball coaches to help their sides improve their fielding skills.
Tendulkar has to take a quick decision
by Partab Ramchand, April 2, 2007
The debate has started in real earnest. Should Sachin Tendulkar call it a day? In ODI's if not tests?
Jayasuriya equals Sachin's record for most ODIs
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 2, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup Super 8 match between West Indies and Sri Lanka along with the QUIZTION OF THE DAY -21.
Bangladesh brought down to earth by Kiwis
by Vijay Jeedigunta, April 2, 2007
Vijay's analysis on World Cup Super 8 match between Bangladesh and New Zealand along with the QUIZTION OF THE DAY-22.
I volunteer therefore I am
by Anonymous Writer, April 1, 2007
Of Ziploc bags filled with water and nuts at $6TT. [A volunteer shares his experiences - told in Windies street language.]
Egos and in-fighting
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 30, 2007
Handing captaincy back to Tendulkar or even Ganguly would be a highly retrograde step.
Luck of the Irish deserts Ireland
by Vijay Jeedigunta, March 30, 2007
Vijay summarizes the Ireland England game and follows up with his daily Quiz - 19th in a series.
They came, they saw, they collapsed!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 28, 2007
From the start, the match was Indians' to lose.
Kiwi Passion and English Lime
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, March 27, 2007
New Zealand will prove formidable foes in the Super 8’s stage.
Changes must start from top!
by Partab Ramchand, March 26, 2007
Unfair comparisons are bound to be heard thick and fast.
When Rank and Hate collide
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, March 25, 2007
For Australia it was sweet revenge as they now go into the Super 8’s with two valuable points.
Myth and reality
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 24, 2007
Millions of dollars of hotel and airline bookings as well as TV ads have gone down the drain now.
Australia Peaking?
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, March 21, 2007
Australia cantered along to decisive and much expected victories.
SA are confident
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, March 21, 2007
South Africa will look to take the battle to the former number one. Australia has more than a point or two to grind and grit their teeth about.
Quiz Question # 9: Carry forward points system
by Vijay Jeedigunta, March 20, 2007
Vijay provides a quick recap and talks of the carry-forward points and its inventor in his quiz.
New Zealand edge out resurgent England
by Sreelata S. Yellamrazu , March 18, 2007
One just gets the feeling that Fleming will just crack up the stage one more notch.
Get the calculators out
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 18, 2007
It usually gets to the situation where not only has India have to win at any cost. With mandatory margins and the requisite run rates!
Quiztion of the Day # 5 - Gibbs Performance
by Vijay Jeedigunta, March 17, 2007
Vijay, our Stats Pundit, has a new quiz question, this time based on Herschelle Gibbs' superb six sixes in yesterday's match.
Openers provide the sparkle in lustrous line-up
by Partab Ramchand, March 16, 2007
If the Indian batting line up is arguably the most lustrous in the world much of it is due to the excellent starts.
Banglas not to be taken lightly
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 16, 2007
Bangladesh can take a lot of credit from their narrow win over New Zealand in the warm-up match.
Will India win the World Cup?
by Samyukt S Kumar, March 15, 2007
Seven year our Samyukt, our youngest columnist, predicts that India could win the World Cup!
Dreamcricket launches the World Cup Quiz-a-thon
by Vijay Jeedigunta, March 15, 2007
As has become a norm, Vijay's World Cup Quiz is getting a lot of attention in the blog-world. Winner gets a 7-DVD set. (Highlights from 7 world cups - 1975, 1979, 1983, 1992, 1996, 1999, 2003!)
Trophy or Sponsors' Plaything?
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 9, 2007
The way the ICC has been tossing their precious World Cup trophy all over the Indian countryside does little credit to them.
India needs 7 batsmen
by Partab Ramchand, March 7, 2007
Yes, there is nothing like a match winning all rounder but then in the present Indian team there is no one that fits the bill.
Kumble's decision is timely
by Partab Ramchand, March 1, 2007
Kumble, obviously past his best, is calling it a day when the figures are still respectable.
Cornered Kangaroos are dangerous!
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 23, 2007
Ponting became the first Australian captain in nearly 20 years to surrender the Ashes in 2005. Will he become the first to surrender the World Cup after nearly a decade?
Level playing field in West Indies
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, February 23, 2007
New Zealand is one team whose entire batting order appears to have struck form on the way to slamming their neighbours.
A dose of self-control
by Partab Ramchand, February 20, 2007
Lop sided coverage of India can do more harm than good.
Games On!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, February 20, 2007
At the end of the day, the only 2 sides that can sit back, relax and wait for the rollcall, are the Proteas and, in an amusing twist of fate, the English.
Australia conquered
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, February 19, 2007
Even those who would dearly love to watch Australia stumble are stunned with the speed of their fall.
Can the Aussies three-peat in World Cup 2007?
by Vijay's Blog, February 17, 2007
Just to compund the problems that Australia has in front of them, all the other contenders seem to be peaking at the right time.
Runs and smiles for India at Vizag
by NT Shiv Kumar, February 17, 2007
Indian batsmen gorged themselves well on a delicious run feast served by the SL bowlers on a batting beauty, to make it a no-contest.
Not in the fitness of things
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 16, 2007
Ponting, Symonds, Lee, Clarke, Oram, Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh...the list of injured cricketers keeps on growing.
Unpredictable or consistent?
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, February 14, 2007
The trio of Ganguly, Tendulkar and Dravid seem sufficient to see India through the early stages of the World Cup. Beyond that, things remain unpredictable.
Captain steadies the ship in Goa
by NT Shiv Kumar, February 14, 2007
Dravid chose the right occasion to amplify the key attributes required for this WC campaign – staying and finishing the game.
The Indian team for 2007
by Partab Ramchand, February 13, 2007
The selectors have followed a conservative line of thinking by going in for the tried and tested.
Collingwood: The Answer to England's Calling
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, February 10, 2007
Collingwood alone is not enough to effect the turnaround. But he could well be the catalyst.
Rising from the Ashes!
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 9, 2007
You would not have believed it even a week ago. But the English cricket team-the laughing stock of ODI cricket, no less-have just done cricket fans around the world a big favour.
Is it fair to Tendulkar?
by Partab Ramchand, February 7, 2007
Talented individuals and great players may garner all the attention but then isn’t cricket in the ultimate reckoning a team game?
Nick of time
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 3, 2007
The slump in form that began in the West Indies in May 2005 and continued in 2006 has hopefully been finally arrested.
Another series win for SA
by Vijay's Blogs, February 3, 2007
Kallis and Prince architect another series win. In his blog, Vijay writes about the statistical highlights of Pakistan in South Africa 2006-07 (3rd Test) at Cape Town.
Trial and error
by Partab Ramchand, February 1, 2007
Filling the borderline places in the Indian squad is more important than winning matches in the near term.
Batsmen and Robin
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 30, 2007
Robin Uthappa has come across as a compact player, both in technique and in flourish.
Ntini's Record - Pak vs South Africa 2nd Test
by Vijay's Blogs, January 28, 2007
Makhaya Ntini is only the 21st player in history to have reached the 300 wicket milestone in test cricket.
Comeback for Pak. Injury and exit for Akhtar.
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 24, 2007
In a scenario that is becoming rather familiar, Akhtar walked off the field with a strained hamstring to take no further part in the game.
Sourav Ganguly: The Renaissance Man?
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 21, 2007
Of the over 600 runs scored, as many as 16 towering sixes and 66 boundaries raced through the Vadodara Cricket Academy grounds in Nagpur.
Pakistan in South Africa 2006-07 - 1st Test at Centurion Park
by Vijay Jeedigunta's Blog, January 21, 2007
Vijay looks at the statistical highlights of the 1st Test at Centurion Park
In touching distance of a shovel and spade
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 19, 2007
England enjoyed the first half-century opening partnership for the first time on the long tour to Australia. If that does not sound tragic enough, do not know what is!
A riveting series!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 19, 2007
The ODI series against the West Indies starting on Sunday will be the last occasion Indian fans will have an opportunity to see Brian Lara in action, at least in ODIs.
It all comes down to one thing.
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 16, 2007
What is hard to forgive is Gibbs stating that his comments should never have been aired.
Vijay's Blogs: Series Victories for Australia and South Africa
by Vijay Jeedigunta, January 14, 2007
The New Year did not change the fortunes of England and India as they both lost the final match of their test series without giving any fight whatsoever.
Players and ploys!
by Sreelata Yellamrazu, January 13, 2007
Master moves and strategies certainly make a fight of the most insipid of battles. There were a few on show during Pakistan’s first Test against South Africa in Centurion.
Selectors prefer Uthappa on their plate!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 12, 2007
Sehwag played in 95 ODIs since the 2003 World Cup in which he has just two centuries at the measly average of 29.
What's in a number?
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, January 9, 2007
The Indians did not capitulate, they were just subjected to the same abject humiliation as before.
South Africa renders a Masterstroke!!!
by Sreelata S Yellamrazu, January 8, 2007
The Indian innings just seemed to lack a strategy and paid a very heavy price. From shot selections to ridiculous run outs, the drama was only typical.
India in South Africa
by Sreelata S Yellamrazu, January 8, 2007
Sehwag's inclusion in the side questions the parameters of minimum qualification to retain a position in the eleven.
Cricket Burnout or Burnt Out!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 5, 2007
David Shepherd's recently expressed fears about "umpire burnout" following the near-on-field by English umpire Mark Benson during the Durban Test got me thinking about the huge amount of international cricket being played.
Ashes Countdown Quiz - Winners and Answers
by Vijay Jeedigunta, January 1, 2007
1st Prize : Sreeram Iyer
2nd Prize : ULMM Haniffa
3rd Prize : Thomas Marshall
Congratulations to the winners!
Another letdown! Another loss!
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 30, 2006
Is it too much to ask the famed Indian batting to bat out a day— or even less— to draw a Test match?
Indian cricket & it's over-the-top hysteria
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 24, 2006
The amount of abuse captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell have had to endure over the last six months has been astonishing.
Vijay's Blog: Three tests that followed the same pattern
by Vijay Jeedigunta, December 22, 2006
Shane Warne’s retirement announcement has overshadowed all cricketing news of the past week.
Vijay's Blogs: Controversial run-out mars Kiwi Victory
by Vijay Jeedigunta, December 13, 2006
The first test match at Christchurch between Sri Lanka and New Zealand ended predictably with a win for New Zealand, but not before another controversial run out took place that involved New Zealand wicket keeper Brendon McCullum.
Vijay's Blogs: Ashes 2006 - Australia's Amazing Victory at Adelaide
by Vijay Jeedigunta, December 9, 2006
For a while, the second test match at Adelaide looked as if it’s following the same course as did the 2nd test at Edgbaston of 2005 Ashes. But the main difference was...
Indian cricket and it's minorites
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 7, 2006
"Is it the first time there are four Muslims in the team?" was the question. To which my answer was: "Please check the score-card of the very first Test match played by India at Lord's in 1932".
Vijay's Blogs: Mohammad Yousuf , New King of a Calendar Year
by Vijay Jeedigunta, December 6, 2006
With his twin hundreds of the Karachi test, Mohammad Yousuf now becomes the sixth Pakistani and 30th player in test cricket to hit a century in each innings of a test match providing 42nd such instance.
Roll out the 'green' carpet!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, December 4, 2006
Until there is a concerted effort of working at this perennial problem against pace, by digging up the existing pitches completely and laying them with hard concrete, history would have a merry time repeating itself over and over again.
A thrilling Twenty20 Debut for India
by NT Shiv Kumar, December 3, 2006
When Ajit Agarkar bowls a wicket maiden first up in a biff and blast format of the game, you safely bet the stars are at last lining up.
He's Back!
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 1, 2006
The Delhi and Uttar Pradesh squads were at the nets in the morning on the eve of their Ranji Trophy Super League clash and there were at least four players from both sides who must have had butterflies in their stomachs, knowing they were in the reckoning.
No relief yet for India’s batting miseries
by NT Shiv Kumar, November 30, 2006
Not even a temporary change of leadership could reverse the fortunes for the beleaguered Indian team that continued its run of mindless batting, to gift-wrap yet another emphatic win and the ODI series to the proteas.
Preparing for Mission Impossible
by Partab Ramchand, November 30, 2006
When youth fails, fall back on experience. That’s the maxim the selectors have followed in picking the Indian team for the three Test series in South Africa.
Suit up and SHUT UP!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, November 29, 2006
It is as though everybody forgot what their primary responsibilities are in the first place. Sportsmen are expected to opine about the events.
Cricket in Parliament
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 24, 2006
Cricket in India is paying the price for its mega-popularity, and not for the first or last time either.
Flat-track bullies flattened at Durban!
by NT Shiv Kumar, November 22, 2006
India’s much vaunted batting lineup scaled new depths of mediocrity at the Kingsmead today.
Howzaat - Ashes Countdown Quiz # 1
by Vijay Jeedigunta, November 19, 2006
Ashes Countdown Quiz # 1: The Ashes Superlatives. $250 in prizes to be won! Test your cricket knowledge.
Tough Times for India!
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 18, 2006
Sachin Tendulkar is not exaggerating when he says these are bad times for Indian cricket.
Indians face uphill task
by Partab Ramchand, November 18, 2006
The deficit record started with the historic path breaking tour of 1992-93 when the Indians were beaten in the one-day series by five matches to two.
Dreamcricket Salutes Polly Umrigar
by Vijay Jeedigunta with Venu Palaparthi's input, November 9, 2006
Polly Umrigar's glorious innings on earth comes to an end. Palm trees at the edge of heaven: Watch out for the "Palm Tree Hitter!"
Garlands to the ground staff!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, November 6, 2006
The purist's mind which stills yearns for fair treatment of the leather against the willow, rejoices at the rare sight of the ball continuously and menacingly dominate the bat, just as it did in the just concluded Champion's trophy.
Preview of Finals - Same teams as World Cup 1975
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 4, 2006
West Indies will surely take heart from their win over the Aussies in their first match in this tournament.
West Indies on the up as India slips
by Vijay Jeedigunta, November 4, 2006
West Indies can now claim to be the only team that can give Australia a solid fight.
Gayle force Wind(ie)s slam doors on SA
by NT Shiv Kumar, November 3, 2006
Gayle and Chanderpaul were brutal on SA seamers whose listless performance today would have comforted their Indian counterparts.
Aussies within sight of the elusive trophy
by Vijay Jeedigunta, November 1, 2006
The Kangaroos crushed their opponents despite gritty performances by Oram and Vettori.
Selectors fall back on experience
by Partab Ramchand, October 31, 2006
Given that the Indian team have just experienced their most disastrous home campaign in the limited overs game one would have thought that the new selection committee would freely wield the axe.
RK's Blog - Yet another game. Yet another defeat.
by Ranjith Radhakrishnan, October 30, 2006
Let's chuck the batting order, let's chuck the team composition, chuck captaincy out of the window…let's get our minds right!
Gulu's Blog - Sound effects
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 30, 2006
Steve Waugh’s ‘mental disintegration’ ploy appears to be having a delayed effect on the Indians by wearing them down in the Ponting era.
Cheer up and get to work
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 29, 2006
Sunday evenings can get even the die hard workaholics spin into a spell of emptiness – imagine what it can do to the Indian cricket maniacs when India loses out scripting its own obituary.
West Indies roars while India wobbles
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 26, 2006
On present form it will be a major surprise if India can pull it off against Australia at Mohali on Sunday.
India's batting engine stalls again
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 26, 2006
The Indian top order perhaps think that batting needs to be done with only the top portion of the body.
Kiwis waddle into the semis
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 25, 2006
Stephen Fleming leads his team into the semi finals and becomes the captain with most caps in ODI’s.
Gulu's Blog: Bowlers have upper hand
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 24, 2006
South Africa flopped while chasing New Zealand’s 195 at Mumbai. And now the same team prevented Sri Lanka from scoring 220 to win at Jaipur.
South Africa’s Seamers Stifle Sri Lanka
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 24, 2006
Shaun Pollock chose this day to personally bury the ghosts of the famous WC 2003 encounter between the two teams.
Sri Lanka's win opens up Group B
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 21, 2006
Murali's smile said it all – glue or no glue, kiwis had no clue reading me. Jacob Oram will be the first to accept that!
England's loss today - A sign of things to come?
by Vijay Jeedigunta, October 21, 2006
For the second time in a row, England failed to last their complete quota of 50 overs.
BCCI flexes its muscles again
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 20, 2006
The BCCI is playing a dangerous game of brinkmanship with the ICC as it bids to capture the global telecast rights for all major tournaments till 2015.
by Partab Ramchand, October 20, 2006
To be fair to the team management they took cognizance of the unhappy events and for the next game against East Africa dropped a medium pacer and brought in Bishen Bedi to partner the captain. The result? India had their first World Cup victory a runaway ten-wicket win and Bedi's figures were a remarkable 12-8-6-1.
'Taylor-Made' Windies 'Mortify' the Aussies
by Venu Palaparthi, October 18, 2006
Runako Morton and Jerome Taylor justify their inclusion in the team with superlative performances.
Razzaq's Ripper dents Sri Lanka
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 17, 2006
For all that Pakistan has gone thru over the last 2 weeks, this triumph should herald a resurgence of their self-belief and cohesiveness that make them invincible when they start firing.
Gulu's Blog: Drugs, drama and fireworks! None on the pitch!
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 16, 2006
Just 10 days into the Champions Trophy and there has been action and drama galore, not all on the field of play.
Bowlers swing it for India
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 15, 2006
Not often enough do the captains get credit for the positives but on this day, Dravid deserves kudos for showing faith on Pathan and asking him to open the bowling.
Sri Lankan juggernaut rolls on!
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 14, 2006
The legendary Windies keeper Jeff Dujon summed it all up when he stated at the end of the match that West Indies played school boy cricket today and seemed to have lost it all in their heads.
Cricket and religion
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 13, 2006
Turbanator's recent run in with the Sikh religious authorities is just another example of cricket’s links with organized religion.
Shiv's Blog: Revving up!
by NT Shiv Kumar, October 13, 2006
The key for India is Dravid getting back to his scoring ways and Pathan getting those early wickets with the new ball.
Gulu's Blog: Gibbs and the 'hard arsed' Delhi Police.
by Gulu Ezekiel Blogs, October 10, 2006
Has a single convicted match-fixer spent a single day in jail? So what is Gibbs Sr. scared about? Is it a case of guilty conscience? We will soon find out.
Frontfoot Podcast and Howzaaat Quiz
by Dreamcricket Frontfoot, October 8, 2006
The prize for this week's Howzaaat quiz is The Ashes 2005 - 3 DVD set. Other features - ICC Champions Trophy, Younis Khan controversy and a preview of Dreamcricket Fantasy competition.
India must play seven batsmen and four bowlers
by Partab Ramchand, October 8, 2006
On the face of it there is no reason why India should not do well in the Champions Trophy perhaps even go all the way and win it outright for the first time.
Gulu's Blog: Cricket and honour go hand in hand for Pak
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 6, 2006
We hear that Younis Khan's shocking refusal is about honour.
The Champions Trophy
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 6, 2006
The timing of the Champions Trophy-one month before the Ashes and six months before the World Cup-can certainly be faulted. But there is no doubt that it has created a buzz in India
Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: Sachin back with a bang. Saurav falters.
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 3, 2006
Now as Ganguly cuts a pathetic figure in Indian domestic cricket and till recently in English county cricket as well, Tendulkar has come back with a bang from yet another injury.
Frontfoot Podcast: Episode 6
by Dreamcricket, October 3, 2006
In Episode 6 of Frontfoot, we talk about The Challengers Trophy, the Darrell Hair verdict, Craig McDermott, NJ league winners and Erapalli Prasanna's award.
Vijay Blogs: The Colonel becomes the Chief of Staff
by Vijay Jeedigunta, September 29, 2006
Vengsarkar will have his work cut out for him while choosing the teams for the Indian tour of South Africa and getting the right mix for the ICC World Cup 2007.
Umpire's word is not final!
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 28, 2006
We have a dangerous situation where the umpire's verdict is no longer final as it has been for around 350 years. Cricket will never be the same again.
Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: Challenger Trophy
by , September 27, 2006
The timing of the Challenger Trophy, to be staged at Chennai from Oct. 1-4 is somewhat odd in that the team for next month's Champions Trophy has already been picked.
Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: DLF Review!
by , September 24, 2006
Not even at full strength, Australia easily beat West Indies in the final of the DLF Cup ODI tri-series at Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, winning by 127 runs. Even without Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist, Australia lost only one match with one washed out.
Deja-vu all over again!
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 22, 2006
Once again, it was the big batting stars that fizzled out just when they needed to stand up and be counted.
Vijay's Blog - What next for Team India?
by DC Blogs, September 22, 2006
Sehwag’s scores in the tournament were 9, 8, 1 & 10. Dravid: 26, 6, 0 & 7. Dhoni: 2, 18 & 23. Yuvraj two ducks out of two.
Blog by Gulu Ezekiel: Are the Windies Back?
by , September 18, 2006
With the Champions Trophy and the World Cup the next two big events on the cricket calendar, it looks like the West Indies are peaking at the right time.
India's God waves his magic willow
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 16, 2006
Countless cricket fans and Sachin worshippers breathe easy as SRT returns to form.
Vijay's Blog: Flintoff to captain England
by Vijay Jeedigunta, September 14, 2006
Michael Vaughan and Simon Jones are excluded from the squad owing to injuries.
Is it Ball Manipulation or Ball Tampering?
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 11, 2006
Former India Test opening bowler Atul Wassan has admitted during a TV show that he and other Indian bowlers had tampered with the ball during their playing careers.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: DLF Cup
by , September 11, 2006
The DLF tri-series beginning in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday is shaping up as a vital tune-up for the three teams, India, the West Indies and Australia ahead of the Champions Trophy in India next month.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: Do we want More?
by , September 5, 2006
Chairman of selectors Kiran More went out with a whimper more than a bang at the end of his four-year term.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: 360 Review for Chappell
by , September 2, 2006
Greg Chappell completed one year as coach of the Indian team in August. He took over in Sri Lanka last year where India were beaten by the hosts in the final of the ODI tri-series.
Tendulkar to write for Kraken
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 1, 2006
After 17 years of representing the country, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar is ready to tell his own story, in his own words.
12th Man Bradman
by , September 1, 2006
Even after Bradman was out for 36 caught and bowled by Verity, there was not a slightest hint of what was in store when play resumed.
Verity and Bradman
by Vijay Jeedigunta, September 1, 2006
Even after Bradman was out for 36 caught and bowled by Verity, there was not a slightest hint of what was in store when play resumed.
Wasim Raja - A Raja among men
by Vijay Jeedigunta, August 25, 2006
Pakistan’s Gary Sobers Wasim Raja was loved by cricket fans across the world for his breathtaking stroke play.
Hair(cuts) and E-mail (Leaks)
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 25, 2006
Hair wants to cut a deal. And ICC leaks the e-mail. Gentlemen playing cricket?
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: We have Seen it All!
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 21, 2006
Cricket is going through perhaps its worst period of turmoil in history. First the Colombo tri-series jinx, now Pakistan in hot water again.
Asian Connection
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 20, 2006
The sterling performances by Monty Panesar and Sajid Mahmood have brought the spotlight on to the role of the Asian community in English cricket.
Vijay Jeedigunta Blog - Forfeited Test? Unheard of....
by Dreamcricket Blogs, August 20, 2006
With Pakistan forfeiting the 4th test at The Oval, a new chapter has been written in the history of test cricket.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: South Africa pull-out!
by Dreamcricket. Blogs, August 17, 2006
South Africa pulling out of the Unitech tri-nation tournament in Sri Lanka after Monday's bomb blast in Colombo has reduced it to a bi-nation tournament involving India and Sri Lanka.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: Tri(al)-series
by Dreamcricket Blogs, August 14, 2006
The Tri-series allows team think-tanks to make some experiments before they decide on their line-up for the mega-event.
Sri Lanka gets rid of the 'chokers' tag
by Vijay Jeedigunta, August 13, 2006
In four of the last five tests that the Sri Lankans played, they performed in a manner which was not seen in their 25 year test history.
Gulu Ezekiel Blog: Oh no Deano!
by Dreamcricket Blogs, August 10, 2006
Gulu remembers previous on-air blunders!
Gulu Ezekiel's Blog - BCCI visits an optometrist. Sees 20/20.
by Dreamcricket Blogs, August 7, 2006
BCCI is now mentally prepared to sit back and enjoy 20/20.
Ganguly mishooks a Dalmiya full toss
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 4, 2006
Will Dalmiya truly 'forgive' Ganguly? And will BCCI reward Ganguly for turning against Dalmiya?
Gulu Ezekiel's Blog: Wright is right
by Dreamcricket Blogs, July 31, 2006
Attacking Wright for his views on this is like shooting the messenger!
The World Cup 2007 Road Show
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 28, 2006
India got a look into the cultures of the nine West Indian island nations that will be hosting World Cup matches next March and April.
Tendulkar is back but Manjrekar takes cheap shots
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 21, 2006
No one should be treated as a holy cow, Tendulkar included. But criticism needs to be rational, not motivated and mean.
Lara: Hands tied. Foot in mouth!
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 7, 2006
Lara claims his "hands are tied." In his own words, he has "maneuvered" and "manipulated things" to get his wishes. But this may be the last straw.
How the West was won
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, July 5, 2006
It took a monumental effort from the colossus of a captain, who simply refused to be taken anything away from him, while he stood as the lone guard standing his post valiantly against everything that was thrown at him.
Final opporunity for India
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 30, 2006
India have not won a major series outside of Asia for 20 years and it shows.
Soccer beats cricket on the Indian TV pitch.
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 24, 2006
Will the fall in Indian TV audiences add to WICB's financial woes?
Doctrove and his blunders
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 15, 2006
Billy Doctrove has a 'rap sheet' of blunders as long as his arm.
Lara plays spoilsport in Antigua
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 10, 2006
How can one explain Lara getting away with cricket’'s equivalent of blue murder in snatching the ball away from umpire Rauf and acting like a bully on the field?
Indian diaspora in West Indies
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 5, 2006
Chanderpaul, Sarwan, Ramdhin, Mohammed and Ganga are keeping up a glorious tradition started by left arm spinner Sonny Ramadhin in 1950.
Time for reversal
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, June 5, 2006
With the World Cup 2007 only a few months away, it should be a great boost to the morale and confidence of the Windies to put up the performances day after day like how they just did.
No wall is invincible!
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 27, 2006
Rahul Dravid's post-match comments that the team had yet to get used to the conditions is really an indictment of modern touring schedules.
Appealing the third umpire
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 20, 2006
Starting with the Champions Trophy in India in October, each team will be allowed three appeals to the third umpire per innings, including for lbw decisions.
Bucknor on third umpire
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 14, 2006
For once, Indian cricketers must be nodding their heads in agreement with Jamaican umpireSteve Bucknor who has rocked the cricket world with his startling views about TV replays.
ICC's scheduling woes. And its foes.
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 29, 2006
Coming on the eve of the Ashes series in Australia and less than six months before the World Cup in the West Indies, this could well be the last Champions Trophy to be staged.
Dhoni here to stay
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 23, 2006
Mahendra Singh Dhoni certainly deserves his moment of fame as the current top ODI batsman in the world.
For old times' sake
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 20, 2006
In Abu Dabhi, old rivals share the honors in the first-ever tournament and promise to revive and relive the old memories.
The roar of the Bangla Tigers
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 15, 2006
Bangladesh can look back on the first Test at Fatullah with a sense of pride.
India switches gears ahead of World Cup
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 8, 2006
If Rahul Dravid can give India its first World Cup win since 1983, then all the defeats in Test matches will be forgiven.
Let the good times roll
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 8, 2006
Ever since Chappell's takeover, the specialist slots have made way to players who can don more than one hat at a time.
The legend and his injuries
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 31, 2006
Four months ago, it looked like the tennis elbow ailment would be the most serious of the setbacks. And now comes yet another surgery, this time on the shoulder.
Under pressure!
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 26, 2006
India's batsmen have a way of making mediocre off spinners look like world-beaters.
The curse of success
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 22, 2006
As long as Indian cricket seems to see-saw between the fortunes of the one day side and the test team, conventional wisdom dictates that it is better to at least be a master in one than try be a jack in every one, as the next World Cup draws nearer.
Pity the poor bowlers in ODIs.
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 19, 2006
After J'burg, one-day cricket will surely never be the same again. Pity the poor bowlers, reduced to cannon-fodder!
Start 'em young!
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 11, 2006
Piyush Chawla makes his debut at the age of 17 years and 75 days.
Ganguly hits the dead-end.
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 7, 2006
History, inspite of all these blips, would still remember Sourav as the new face of the Indian team. Cricket fans all over the country would definitely bestow the man the credit that he so greatly and richly deserves - the dividing line - 'Before Sourav' and 'After Sourav'.
Made in India!
by Gulu Ezekiel & Venu Palaparthi, March 4, 2006
From Ranji to Nasser Hussain, 16 Indian-born cricketers have represented England in Test cricket. That is not counting Monty Singh who was born in England.
India vs England - Let the fun begin.
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 24, 2006
India is always ready to lap up cricket, but this series promises to be more interesting than the frenzy surrounding India vs Pakistan.
English tours are never without some drama
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 19, 2006
From food poisoning to assassinations, player indiscipline to removing shirts, England's tours of India are never without a touch of controversy.
Win some. Lose...nah...win some more!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, February 17, 2006
History has shown India, first in 1983 and again in 1985, that it does not need a pace battery to ram the opposition hard, and subject them to adject surrender.
People in glass houses.....
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 11, 2006
Those that have commented about the Indians' 'unsporting' appeal should review their own past.
A sizzling start that fizzled out for the Indians
by Gulu Ezekiel, February 3, 2006
Among other things, the Indian team sorely lacks a bowling coach.
You win. I win.
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, February 1, 2006
Traditionally, most of our foreign tours start on a sour note. If batting first, we capitulate quite easily. If bowling first, we concede a mountain of runs, playing catch-up for most of the time. There always is an exception to this observation - it does not apply whenever Pakistan is involved.
The bark and bite of India are not without reason!
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 28, 2006
The headlines warning of a split between BCCI and ICC are somewhat alarmist.
Grass is greener in Faisalabad
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 20, 2006
Pakistan authorities try to get some grass to grow on the Faisalabad pitch in a matter of four days!
Cricketers and their off-field incidents.
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 7, 2006
Sanath's fall in the bathroom is not the first freak injury that has befallen a cricketer. Here are glimpses of others.
A successful yet forgettable year for India
by Gulu Ezekiel, January 1, 2006
For India, a splendid report card is blurred by politics and a weaker than usual opposition.
Getting ready for Pakistan.
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 24, 2005
There are unlikely to be too many surprises in the touring side which will be announced on Saturday.
Ganguly - The saga continues
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 17, 2005
If ever a man was hoist by his own petard, it is Sourav Ganguly.
Dhoni is on the money in tests too.
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 9, 2005
The Chennai test, billed as the Ganguly's comeback test, was a forgettable one. The 'all-rounder' scored 5 and the only wicket he produced was that of Laxman.
More Power to Pawar.
by Gulu Ezekiel, December 3, 2005
Much of Dalmiya's goodwill has steadily eroded by his machinations and refusal to give up the reins of power in the BCCI.
The all-rounder makes a comeback!
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 25, 2005
It has been four years since Ganguly claimed a wicket in Test matches. But Dada wanted to come back in "any role" - and the selectors got creative.
South Africa is the real litmus test
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 18, 2005
The outcome of the SA-India series could have long-term implications for Indian cricket. It should make for a gripping battle.
A rest stop for the Marauder
by Venu Palaparthi, November 11, 2005
Sri Lankan selectors recommend a rest stop for the Sanath Speedway. Everyone hopes it is not an exit!
When it rains, it pours!
by Gulu Ezekiel, November 5, 2005
Suddenly, nothing can go wrong for the Indian side which last won an ODI series at home vs Zimbabwe (a narrow 3-2 win back in 2002).
Dravid's use of the Pathan-missile
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 31, 2005
The unusual move yields rich dividends for India and for Irfan.
India vs. Sri Lanka is a contest on different levels
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 23, 2005
Tom Moody versus Greg Chappell. Tendulkar versus Muralitharan. Atapattu versus Dravid. Ganguly versus everybody.
Here today, gone tomorrow?
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 15, 2005
Is Rahul Dravid here to stay? Or are the selectors using him as if he were a spare tire?
Elbow doubt or elbowed out?
by Venu Palaparthi, October 14, 2005
Like the supermodel whose last name rhymes with Loss, Ganguly too needs some rest and rehab before he can regain his cap.
The Not-So-Super Series.
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 8, 2005
Although the Super Series is on a shaky pitch so far, the ICC deserves some credit for at least giving it a try.
Remembering Lord Brabourne
by Gulu Ezekiel, October 8, 2005
The death in England on September 23rd of the 7th Lord Brabourne, ends another link between Britain and India.
From the huddle to the muddle.
by Venu Palaparthi, September 27, 2005
As Sanjay Manjrekar predicted, BCCI has decided to proceed ‘along the road riddled with compromises.’
It's time for Capt. Dravid.
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 24, 2005
A number of factors have effectively taken the gloss off India’s 2-0 thumping of Zimbabwe.
Ashes 2005 - The greatest ever series.
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 17, 2005
When India beat Australia in 2001, that series was called the 'greatest ever series.' That crown must now belong to the Ashes 2005.
From the Ashes
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, September 17, 2005
It is quite a treat to watch the current English team which has enough firepower to back up the brashness, to justify the cockiness with loud actions.
Truly urn'ed it!
by Venu Palaparthi, September 16, 2005
For many in England, Ashes series was “one of the great moments of national exhilaration and excitement.”
Substitute fielders are as old as cricket itself.
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 12, 2005
The controversy over the use of substitute fielders by England in the Ashes series is nothing new.
Resurgent England and beleaguered Ponting!
by Gulu Ezekiel, September 7, 2005
In one month’s time Ponting will be leading his world champion side against the Rest of the World in the first ICC Super Series! It could not have come at a worse time.
Chapell needs BCCI's continued backing.
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 30, 2005
Its early days still for Greg Chappell. But Indian cricket’s version of ‘reality bites’ has already snapped its jaws shut on the fuming coach.
Small town cricketers win big.
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 27, 2005
Just like Bunty and Babli in a recent Bollywood box-office hit, cricketers from the hinterland are aspiring for greater fame. And they are beating all odds to achieve it.
Test playing nations in a state of flux.
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 20, 2005
Each team has its own unique problems but what is common to all are the tensions brought about by recent defeats.
Where does India go from here?
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 11, 2005
India's defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka in the final of the Indian Oil Cup in Colombo has ironically made the task of the selectors that much easier.
10,000 runs for the Matara Marauder
by Venu Palaparthi, August 11, 2005
If you like your batsmen trustworthy and solid in technique, then this short, bald, and extremely humble 36 year old is not for you.
Afro-Asian Cup is bogus!
by Gulu Ezekiel, August 6, 2005
The whole concept of the Afro-Asian Cup ODI series strikes me as bogus, a waste of time and worst of all, a political stunt.
'Expect no favours from the Lankans'
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 29, 2005
Sri Lanka have built up a formidable reputation in ODI tournaments at home and must start as hot favourites for the three-nation Indian Oil Cup which begins on Saturday.
Selectors have done a splendid job.
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 24, 2005
Getting a spot in the national side is a hugely coveted honour in India. Venugopal Rao, J P Yadav and Suresh Raina truly deserve to be on the Indian team.
Cricket debuts at Asian Games '06. Are Olympics next?
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 9, 2005
When was cricket part of the Olympic Games? The answer of course is Paris in 1900.
Ashes to ashes!
by Venu Palaparthi, July 8, 2005
Everything that has risen must fall and everything that has fallen must rebound. It is the natural law. So it is with cricket!
Irfan Pathan's County Stint
by Venu Palaparthi, July 6, 2005
Irfan Pathan, who returned to India after an impressive County season in Middlesex, called his stint “a rewarding yet tough experience.”
Aussies going the way of the Windies?
by Gulu Ezekiel, July 2, 2005
All good things must come to an end. Just ask Tiger Woods or Michael Schumacher. Or the West Indian cricket team of the 80s.

Kevin Pietersen - England's great hope for the Ashes.
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 27, 2005
Kevin Pietersen is currently one of the hottest players around after his spectacular success in the one-day series in his birthplace of South Africa.
Maim them if you cannot beat them.
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 20, 2005
During India's 1976 tour of West Indies, Clive Lloyd and Clyde Walcott plot to maim Indian batsmen. Their infamous tactics win the series for West Indies.
Inzy makes winning look easy!
by Venu Palaparthi, June 10, 2005
Lord Inzy powered Pakistan to their first West Indies test win in 17 years. He showed the world what a difference his presence makes.
Dressing room feuds - what happens here stays here.
by Gulu Ezekiel, June 4, 2005
Put a bunch of competitive and often hot-headed young men together for weeks and the cracks can begin to show when they are under pressure.
One Day Internationals - New and Improved!
by Venu Palaparthi, June 2, 2005
Evolution or revolution? Never since Kerry Packer's World Series have such drastic changes been proposed. And they look good to me!
Finally, West Indies tastes victory!
by Venu Palaparthi, May 30, 2005
At 30, Chanderpaul has finally tasted first blood after victory proved elusive for over a year.
20 years of non-stop service!
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 28, 2005
Tendulkar's elbow has been at it day in and day out for 20 years. It needs some rest and recuperation.
Yeh hi hai right choice...
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 21, 2005
It is easy to be cynical about the appointment of Chappell as the new coach. However, it is a decision that should be universally welcomed.
World XI takes on the Aussies!
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 16, 2005
No team can afford to take the Aussies lightly. That is the lesson of the last decade.
Watch out for Ga'y'le Force Winds!
by Venu Palaparthi with Gulu Ezekiel's contribution!, May 6, 2005
Gayle was once called 'laid back to the point of being horizontal.' Not any more!
Is it becoming too easy to score triple centuries?
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 6, 2005
Gulu Ezekiel examines the factors behind the spate of triple centuries being scored in test cricket.
A successor to John Wright!
by Gulu Ezekiel, May 1, 2005
The list of candidates for coach of the Indian cricket team beating a path to the doors of the BCCI is rapidly beginning to read like a who’s-who of Australian cricket.
"Such in"difference!
by Vijay Srinivasan, May 1, 2005
Sachin’s performances have been like sex for long time married couples…zero electricity!
Sir Vivian Isaac Alexander Richards - A true CHAMP!
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 27, 2005
Scourge of bowlers around the world for nearly 20 years, Sir Viv Richards was back in the Capital where he scored his maiden Test century.
Writing off Ganguly?
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 26, 2005
What a difference 12 months can make in the life of a cricketer. Just ask Sourav Ganguly and Inzamam-ul-Haq.
It is progress...dammit!
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, April 17, 2005
What once looked as the glorious moments in Indian cricket, when the entire machinery was working as a well-oiled unit, appears to be jaded, tired and completely broken down.
This man - Sarwan!
by Venu Palaparthi, April 15, 2005
Ntini's 7 wickets for 37 runs overshadowed every other achievement during the test except one – Ramnaresh Sarwan’s 107 not out!
Super 100: India v Pakistan Top 10!
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 14, 2005
To mark the 100th One day International between India and Pakistan to be played at Kanpur on Friday, Gulu Ezekiel looks back at 10 great individual performances.
Indian captain leads from the front!
by Venu Palaparthi, April 9, 2005
On Thursday, the Indian captain scored 91 from 104 balls and remained unbeaten. Wait a minute! Why are you so surprised about this? Women play cricket too, you know!?
At last, some relief for Dravid!
by Gulu Ezekiel, April 9, 2005
The spectacular rise of Mahendra Singh Dhoni may not be all that much of a surprise to those who have been following his exploits over the last couple of years...
Dhoni is on the money!
by Venu Palaparthi, April 6, 2005
Let us get this out of the way – Dhoni did not have it easy! One could argue that nobody has it easy in Team India anymore (Ganguly jokes apart).
Ganging up on Ganguly!
by Venu Palaparthi, March 31, 2005
Ganguly’s captaincy is under fire for India’s loss in the Bangalore test. Ganguly probably was expecting the blowtorches anyway.
The ghosts of Chinnaswamy
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, March 29, 2005
Spin, chase, series victory, last day, Chinnaswamy, Pakistan and the number 4 - these few phrases would continue to haunt the Indian team in days to come, as much as these phrases - last ball, six, Chetan sharma, Miandad, Sharjah and Pakistan did during much of the late 80s and most of the 90s in the one day arena.
'Inzi, unique among modern cricketers'
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 25, 2005
Inzamam-ul-Haq is unique among modern cricketers and the world of cricket is richer for such characters.
Three times and you are not out. The story of doosra!
by Venu Palaparthi, March 22, 2005
When asked by McGrath why he was so fat, Eddo Brandes famously replied...
Will we ever see quality cricket in USA?
by Venu Palaparthi, March 20, 2005
One thing is clear - when it comes to hosting international cricket USA is not...
Indians have a fight on their hands
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 18, 2005
We are just about midway through the series and already it is plainly obvious...
Ganguly's gamble paid off
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 12, 2005
New revolution of Indian cricket : no more dependence on spin
Indo-Pak series: A great contest ahead
by Gulu Ezekiel, March 7, 2005
An India - Pakistan cricket series is more than about just cricket, so much more.
Reverse-swingers do it with tampered balls!!
by Venu Palaparthi, March 7, 2005
Law 42.3b: It is unfair for anyone to interfere with any of the seams or...
That match. That day.
by Srinivas Kanchibhotla, December 17, 2004
From among the pandemonium we could make out that Maindad was running with his bat pumping up in the air and the non-striker trying to embrace him while running too. Kapil's was a face of disbelief. Chetan's was a face of humilation. Ours' was a face of shock!
Cricket anyone? U.S. team makes history
by Ranajit Dam (Courtesy CNS), April 19, 2004
Baseball may be America's obsession, but the U.S. cricket team made history when it won an international championship against major league cricket nations.

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