The moment has passed. That ship sailed a long time ago.
These are some of the most spirit crushing words. There is the finality of the grave in them. Whatever it is that you fancied yourself at, you will not to be able to make the cut and have to shift focus to staying alive, making a living doing something else.
You get the drift. Pravin Vijay Tambe does not. And, thank Rahul Dravid that he does not either. Read more
Salman Khan had just hit the screens with Baaghi. He beckoned. Sachin Tendulkar was in town to play. No contest. Of course, Salman lost this battle for a fan’s affection in January 1991. Read more
Although their fans and media always stoke the rivalry, India and Pakistan players always show a healthy respect to each other. With most of them speaking the same language, sledging is almost unknown despite the intense pressure they play their games under. They at best rib each other on the field in a language both sets of players understand. Read more
A confidential order from who-can’t-be-refused is just a click away from being sent to Nagpur, the venue for the last Test. This is how it reads: Should England survive Kolkata too, slip in some burglars into the England nets in the guise of net bowlers to steal all their bats. Read more
The lament about how Test cricket is on a rapid decline and that it will be dumped very soon is something we hear on a daily basis. Cricket bosses point to declining spectators for the five-day matches and worry that young fans are keener to watch one-day and Twenty20 matches. Read more
Turning tracks have been the running theme of England’s tour of India thus far. And by the looks of it, most of their batsmen don’t just have technical problems facing up to India’s spinners on slow pitches, they have so far struggled to mentally tune themselves to stay patient. Read more
For the next one month, spin will be the most used and debated term as India look to tame England in a four-Test series at home. Since skipper MS Dhoni gave a call for preparing turning tracks at home, there seems to be an anxiety to hit the visiting batsmen on dry surfaces that crack and throw up puffs of dust at least in the first half of the five-day encounter, if not on the opening day itself. Read more
Unlike his usual uneventful run, there is a flurry of activity and much excitement in the current domestic season, which will hit top gear when the Ranji Trophy tournament kicks off on Friday. Normally shunned by our India players, who are either busy turning out for the country or enjoying a break before plunging into action afresh, many of them are this time are hoping to iron out their flaws before the England Test series kicks off mid November. Read more
We are in the middle of a Twenty20 run. The World T20 has just concluded in Sri Lanka and the Champions League Twenty20 tournament featuring the leading clubs is currently on in South Africa. Read more
Over a year ago, there was hue and cry over the International Cricket Council’s decision to trim the One-day World Cup from 14 to ten teams to reduce the meaningless matches. Read more