Last Word, Memoirs, Personal Stories

Tarun and Kavita


When Tarun announced he was getting married, we were living in Lake Gardens, in the flat made famous by The Cantankerous Cat. This was the ground floor apartment where we dealt with Nosy Neighbours, Peeping Toms and performed Midnight Cooking Rituals to the consternation of our neighbours. Yes, that one. Tarun was in school with… Continue reading Tarun and Kavita

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, Personal Stories

Bats, batsman, batting


Folks keep coming over to read this on a regular basis. They come here because they’re searching for the answer to the question:
“Can I use mustard oil to season a cricket bat”. The answer is very simple. Please, do yourself a favour and don’t even think about it. Your bat will thank you.
This is a personal recollection of my career, a very poor career, as an amateur cricketer. I hope this helps.
There are other things to read such as some groundbreaking, earth shattering ways to improve cricket. Check the “Opinions” option in the menu at left.
Thank you.

Leggie Lefty

My two older, much, much older, brothers were already established stars in school cricket when I got my first cricket bat. A Gunn and Moore Nonjar, size 3, I believe. I was about 4 years old. And they took ownership of the seasoning process the minute it came home. Lacking the approved linseed oil as well as patience, they seized upon mustard oil, easily available from the kitchen as the means to

View original post 699 more words

Opinions, Personal Stories

How to bat


Your way through this blog. It's really very simple. Check the offside menu (if right handed) or leg side menu (if left handed). All posts are categorized as either: Opinions: Where I talk about radical new ideas for improving the game, selling it in new markets, provide personally viewpoints on players, rules, administrators and other… Continue reading How to bat

Cricket, Personal Stories

A spell at last


3 or 4 years later, <after this story> I was in Canada, far removed from cricket. A chance remark by a friend at dinner found me searching out a cricket club in Canada. Their first question "Do you keep wickets?" "No, I don't , but I bat a bit and bowl a bit." They were… Continue reading A spell at last

Cricket, Personal Stories

Forward Defensive


< This is a continuation of an earlier post written many, many months ago. Why has it taken so long to get to this one? Well, TheLastWord outranks me in the office and he was off writing about trips to Nepal and France. This gave no one else a word in edgeways. They say I… Continue reading Forward Defensive

Cricket, Opinions, Personal Stories

Dedicated to Cricket


Hello, You may know by now that I used to blog at https://sloword.wordpress.com SloWord really had no place for cricket in that blog, which has become a more general purpose blog that shares nostalgic stories, essays, travelogues and poetry. The Slo-Man wrote a satirical post here https://sloword.wordpress.com/2014/10/09/sad-news/ announcing the separation of the cricket posts from… Continue reading Dedicated to Cricket

Cricket, Personal Stories

Bats, batsman, batting


< For those who've found this post by searching for "mustard oil on cricket bat" or similar search terms, my advice is DON"T. My two older, much, much older, brothers were already established stars in school cricket when I got my first cricket bat. A Gunn and Moore Nonjar, size 3, I believe. I was… Continue reading Bats, batsman, batting