Last Word, Miscellany, Opinions

My ( final) Thoughts on Elections 2016


Thank the American God it's over. What we have now is One Nation Under God. It says so, right there, see? United States. United. Capital U. How can it be anything but united? Small u. Four years ago, I wrote an article about the US Elections. I said racism had a major part to play.… Continue reading My ( final) Thoughts on Elections 2016

Cricket, Opinions

Legspin and England


I've just been reading about the England vs Pakistan series and the exciting sight of a leg spinner on each side. Yes, an English leg spinner! A sight as rare as a Posh Spice smile. Of all the countries that play cricket only three really understand it. All three have had legendary legspinners. Australia has truly… Continue reading Legspin and England

Cricket, Opinions

India in SriLanka 2015


2-1 to India and an overseas series win after a long time. Does it partially take away the horror of the 4-0 England trip and the equally horrible Australian trip? The England trip I was lenient about. There were loads of injuries to key players and it's England where India hasn't done particularly well. (… Continue reading India in SriLanka 2015

Cricket, Opinions

#Ashes2015 – The Final Report


So that's it then. The Great White Hype is over. This must rank as the worst Ashes series over. With both teams vying for underwhelming batting performances the not particularly brilliant bowling looked much better than it actually was. This series will, in my mind, will be seen in history as a landmark of sorts.… Continue reading #Ashes2015 – The Final Report

Cricket, Opinions

#Ashes2015 – The Summer of 60


  Back in the day, growing up in India at the tail end of the Great Spin Quartet, I had to endure the ignominy of the Summer of 42. A classic tale of loss, heartache and the end of a dream. The Summer of '42 was a major hit film and on 24th of June,… Continue reading #Ashes2015 – The Summer of 60

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#Ashes2015 – Midpoint Analyses


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Cricket, Opinions

Prosper, Race and Chucking


Prosper Utseya, the Zimbabwean pie-chucker offspinner, has laid a claim of racial discrimination against Zimbabwe Cricket. This news was reported on Cricinfo. Strangely, it has been ignored completely by every Cricinfo reader. The article has no comments at all, which is strange , given how readers there are quick to comment on everything.  There is… Continue reading Prosper, Race and Chucking

Cricket, Opinions

Oh, England!


What an entertaining past few months we've seen in England! I'd love to have been a fly on the wall, a fly capable of listening to and understanding the doublespeak and management gobbledygook spouted. The imagination boggles at the way the ECB conducts itself; hiring Moores after the last debacle. Then getting newspapers and Twitterers… Continue reading Oh, England!

Cricket, Opinions

The Bendy Arm Brigade


I was reading about Sunil Narine's in/out story about his trouble with the arm that bends more than it should and I remembered this post that I wrote for Dipesh - at CricketWise, just as the #CWC15 The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 was starting. http://cricketwise.blogspot.in/2015/02/the-menace-of-bendy-arm-brigade.html That arm in that picture is quite bent....

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!