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

Cricket, Opinions

#Ashes2015 – Midpoint Analyses


//embed.gettyimages.com/embed/480253192?et=V9evebmWTl95e8gG2iWddQ&viewMoreLink=off&sig=DrXuUr-zrTpk2eKKe4vOjRNkXnbs2LJkyLIwOJ3iMtg= View image | gettyimages.com It's a brave man or a cricket journalist who would dare to offer any predictions at all on the #Ashes2015 at this,  the so-called midpoint of this edition of the age-old rivalry. I'm neither. I'm just a watcher eating rye. With marmalade. The first Test went to England emphatically. Everywhere… Continue reading #Ashes2015 – Midpoint Analyses

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, 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, Humour, Opinions

The Escaped Goat


And on a great island sat James. For he was the head, the chief. And this James coveted the riches of the kingdom of BCCI. For James's kingdom had once been rich in heroes. Jeff, with his slingshot thunderbolts, and the menacing Dennis had smote many in the field of battle. Shane the Wily had… Continue reading The Escaped Goat