Cricket, Personal Stories

RIP Richie Benaud


It's no secret that Richie Benaud was my first cricket idol. In fact, probably the last idol I ever had of any kind. For as I grew older, I stopped having idols altogether. Richie, thus, remains my first and only idol. I took up legspin because of the tales of his exploits, read in great… Continue reading RIP Richie Benaud

Cricket, CWC15, Opinions

I told you so!


Now that #CWC15 is done and dusted and Australia have regained the trophy they lost briefly and the normal order of things has been restored, the experts have started talking about the changes they'd like to see. In posts dating back a few months, I had suggested changes that should be made to improve the… Continue reading I told you so!

Cricket, CWC15, Opinions

#CWC15 – QF 2: IND vs BAN


A memorable match for Bangladesh, for many reasons, such as their first knockout game at the World Cup ( ever ) and the robbery under the lights that put their lights out. The second reason will be big news in Bangladesh for a while yet. ( If you drive down to Buffalo, NY, you'll still… Continue reading #CWC15 – QF 2: IND vs BAN

Cricket, CWC15, Opinions

#CWC15 QF 1: SAF vs SL


This is the World Cup that started with a bang, with plenty of excitement, some strong showings, and surprises. It then tapered off into a sludge of matches of little or no import. About the only thing left was to see whether Ireland could pip the West Indies and Pakistan to a quarter final spot.… Continue reading #CWC15 QF 1: SAF vs SL

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#CWC15 – Cliches


This is a World Cup that I have watched after a long time. Watched, as opposed to, followed via ESPNCricinfo.com typed out commentary. I miss my old commentators. On radio, I grew up with Anand Setalvad, Dicky Rutnagur and the like. Setalvad's voice changed as he built up the excitement. "Bedi bowls, from between the umpire… Continue reading #CWC15 – Cliches

Cricket, CWC15

#CWC15 – Week 2


What a week! We saw teams trying hard to lose, it seems but failing to do so, we saw a humdinger of a match between the hosts. First let's the world cup record out of the way. Yes , Chris Gayle got 215. Yes, he got it against Zimbabwe in the death overs. Yes, Zimbabwe… Continue reading #CWC15 – Week 2

Cricket, CWC15

#CWC15 – Ind v SA


Any dry throats and thumping hearbeats at the start of the game became dryer and thumpier as Rohit left early. With that, the game was afoot, as Holmes used to say, or so we are told by Conan Doyle. This was the other marquee matchup in Pool B, ranking in importance second only to the Ind… Continue reading #CWC15 – Ind v SA

Cricket, Humour

NEVER TRUST A CRICKETER


< A little comic relief before the India vs South Africa match at #WC2015. This was sent to me by a lovely lady who shall remain nameless. Exceptions may be made in the case of those willing to send me a US$10 and a SASE.> Come all ye fair young maidens and harken unto me,… Continue reading NEVER TRUST A CRICKETER

Cricket, CWC15

WC2015 – Eng vs NZ


What an absolute disaster! For England. To be fair to England, I did not expect them to win, for I do not expect them to do well in this World Cup. Of course, history tells us that the last time England made it to the final was in 1992, in Australia and of course England… Continue reading WC2015 – Eng vs NZ

Cricket, Opinions

The Summer Game


<This article first appeared in sloword.wordpress.com. Given the abject surrender by England yesterday, I thought it may be pertinent to read what I had written almost a year ago. You can read the original here> I read this article by Jonathan Agnew and was struck by it's smarmy tone. As an apology for Peter Moores's… Continue reading The Summer Game