THE FALL AT BARBADOS – TENDULKAR LEFT HEARTBROKEN

Although the target set was a paltry 120, the signs from previous day were ominous. West Indies had skittled out for 140 in their second innings- their lowest ever score versus India. The bowl was flying thick and fast. There was noticeable movement in the air, on and off the pitch. There were still patches…

Say Sorry to Sammy, but Tell Him This

“Why is Radha so fair, why was I born dark?”,lamented Krishna. Or did he? Perhaps he was just play-acting, or better enough, complaining to Yashoda, his mother, about being taunted at by his friends and gopis. (Radha kyun gori,mein kyun kala) Indians think nothing about teasing even their most loved God with jibes over colour!…

Aye ,Aye Captain; Bye,Bye Captain

  Balakot was a debacle, Yet no one was blamed, Kashmir ,a catastrophe, No scapegoat got claimed. (4)   Global waters are choppy , Mr. Handsome gets retained, Pakistan sensed some change, Poor Saifi has been framed.(8) Not after the World Cup, Where the team was tamed, Just Ahead of Mullah’s march, New captains have…

36 Not Out : Sunny’s Satyagraha on a Sunny Day over Reasons Vague and Unknown

  Satyagraha reveals curious aspects of its practitioners’ personalities. It can result into mashing and mixing of one’s personal whims with political aims, and vice versa. Gandhi experimented with abstinence in a bid to become worthy of political freedom. He pushed Indians to face lathis to melt rigid British hearts. Abrupt withdrawal of the Non-cooperation…

Zip it , Jadu- Manjrekar has Every Right to Criticise

  This is the ‘age of verbal diarrhoea’. How can Sanjay Manjrekar be ridiculed for suffering from this ailment which has assumed universal proportions  ?  Judging , offending , peddling fake news and false narratives is global pastime . Even Jadu was knighted for his regurgitations on twitter , not for his three domestic triple…

There Cannot Not Have Been A Plan – Only Dhoni Was Aware Of It

  Brand Dhoni must be saved . Bizarre theories and explanations have been in circulation since Sunday night’s Indian capitulation . A narrative has now taken root – MSD batted pathetically as part of some plan , the details of which only he is aware of  . Conspiracy theories and their shades vary as per…

Bedi & Bouncers : The Sahiwal Surrender & The Kingston Capitulation

Bishan Singh Bedi runs a mutual admiration club with Sunil Gavaskar . He named his first born Gavasinder Singh ,while the latter often refers to him as the greatest slow left arm bowler .  This shields Bedi from some warranted criticism over his twin moments of shame as the captain of the Indian cricket team….

Laws vs Cricketing Spirit- Whose Spirit is it Anyway ?

    Cricket is played as per codified laws .What is written down in black ink on white paper must not leave much scope for interpretation. Yet cricket always seems to be plagued with controversies ,more often than not, related to the conventions followed in the sport.The spirit of fair play  is invoked far more…

On Pujara,Cheteshwar (Poem)

An easier calling,a simpler name, A shorter hike to taller peaks, Some flashes of  moody arrogance, Moments of madness off the pitch, More Teflon, lesser concrete somewhat, Less Wally, more starry could have been, Battalions of such pretenders do exist, The sheet anchor is always on the beat !         (8) Patiently he blocks, makes ’em…

Three Stumps and Two Bails

2024 PC could not wait for Sundays.The backyard throw-downs helped to initiate his son, Arjun, into the world of cricket.It was too early, but the boy did show promise.The ‘forward press’ as he played every ball would have made Virat proud.And he kept the ball on the ground.On the ground,always,ball after ball after ball.He batted…

The Curious Case of Shreyas Iyer

  Shreyas Iyer had been a standout performer of the last IPL season(2015). He had scored 439 runs in 14 matches at an average of 34.His fearless ,yet aesthetically-pleasing style of  batsmanship made it clear why his coach Praveen Amre and his colleagues saw shades of Virender Sehwag in him.If anything,Shreyas was a bit more…