It was a very early rise to a Sunday. Its cause was inevitable and deepened with a traditional rivalry that goes down the history books of cricket. At stake was a single entry ticket to gaze at the greatest spectacle of cricket between two fierce cricketing teams. But the long journey back home was fruitless with shattered hopes and extreme anguish.
Monday, December 24, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Test Cricket is not about those yawning times when you push yourself back to the armchair and doze off to sleep, but only to be woken up by a fall of wicket. Neither is it about demolishing victories or embarrassing losses. It is a test of mental strength, character, temperament, toiling hours of concentration and extreme craftsmanship of skill. That is why it is called as test cricket. South Africa did not lose nor did they win, but did more than just that: they battled for survival.
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Raw talented cricketers are a rare breed amongst a growing garland of professional cricketers. They lie beneath the soil; eagerly trying to protrude out, but more often than not they go unnoticed or stamped upon. They don’t carry a bagful of wickets nor do they have the backing of hefty runs, but they are prodiges of highly specialized skills and technique.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Yet another selection takes place and yet again S.Badrinath , who is the most deserving of the lot to feature, misses out. This has now become a routine irrespective of change in selection panels. Badri has seen a generation of players like Yuvraj, Pujara, Kohli, Murali Vijay, Raina, Abinav Mukund, Rahane come and go past him and make the selection cut. People keep asking why the spot after Ganguly’s retirement is a huge void. Just look at those names above and only 2 of them-Pujara and Kohli look like settled for long time test career. The rest 5 of them are cats on wall business.
Friday, October 5, 2012
I had always believed that modern era of batsmanship was of two kinds: one in the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and the other kind in the likes of Rahul Dravid, Steve Waugh. But then I saw this new guy. This guy’s batting showcased pure arrogance; you bowl short then he will hook it instead of ducking it; he had the textbook covered, but still he would play shots that cannot be taught; he intimidates bowlers; this guy would sabotage even the best of the best. Only then I realized I had seen a third kind; somewhere close to the likes of Sir Viv Richards. That guy was born as Kevin Pietersen.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Any person establishes his mark through his accomplishments leaving behind an image for himself and to be called more than just by their names. We have seen almost everything from heroes to superstars to icons to role models and plenty more. In India, Sachin Tendulkar is someone who just cannot be singled out by any one of those names instead is a super set of all those. He is like an undiscovered chemical compound with a mixture of fame, power, authority, glory, money, critiques, controversies, laurels, tributes, victories, losses. But still today Sachin Tendulkar is an athlete running in a track event in shape of a circular paradox chasing behind his realistic controversies which he wants to shred but is being pulled behind by biased and selfish criticism that just keeps following him.
Monday, September 3, 2012
For any youngster making his debut in international cricket, the task is very simple. You either pocket in some runs or scalp wickets and make an early impact of a promising future or see yourself tear apart and see yourself grow old dying for another opportunity. But such a scenario was never presented to one young lad. This young boy was drawn in the playing eleven for his prodigal start and a stunning debut first class season just at the age of 16. As he took guard before the bowling stalwarts from Pakistan namely Imran Khan, Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis(who also was making his debut), sudden death was inevitable but still this boy survived for 28 minutes and accepted death with grace by telling himself ”Welcome to Test Cricket”.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The cricket during this English Summer was totally enthralling and the top two test playing nations never disappointed as the test series lived up to its billing, great expectations and most importantly the hype. England had to have a bitter taste of their first home series defeat after quite some time but the scorecard 0-2 does not present the full picture. South Africa seized the opportunity of their lifetime and finally grabbed it with both hands and still remain undefeated in an away series for the past six years.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
An Indo-Pak rivalry is like a spicy dish full of intense chilly which is served real hot and one can sense the intense steam fading in thin air with the appetizing smell whizzing past our noses and a dish whose delicious taste cannot be left untasted. It is a dish that is simply mouthwatering, and at the end of it all it is the one that brings tears poring down from our eyes making us jump out loud "WOW!!!".
Monday, July 16, 2012
“Once I step over that white line I become a bowler. I think there are times when I can bowl as quick as anybody in the world, but I just want to take wickets and I want to scare the shit out of people. I remember hitting him (James Anderson) on the head; I remember good things like that.”- Dale Steyn. “I don’t think the South Africans see me as a target any more than anyone else. I feel completely British”- Jonathan Trott. WARNING ALERT: The mind games have already begun. Let us see what these guys have in their lockers for the big game coming up on 19th this month at The Oval.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
England will be very happy to finish their difficult winter in a positive note by gaining their first win of the winter in which their true potential and the knack to tackle the art of spin bowling in sub-continent was tested over a period of 5 tests. But I would never agree to call it as a disastrous winter for England because they were only defeated and not outplayed in the end. Overall, it was a difficult winter for England where they did feel the cold, but did well not to freeze.
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Cricket is an enthralling contest between bat and ball. The action spices up to the maximum level at its death overs. As the match unfolds and reckons the arrival of the death overs, there is jam packed noise around, intensity zooms in, viewers are glued to their TV sets, batsmen ready to strike at any provocation, every ball anticipated with a thrill and followed up with a suspense, and the bowler gears up before his run up, all set to decide the battle’s fate.
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
“2012 Union Budget will be remembered as the day when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar created history by completing100 international centuries in cricket.” .“It hasn’t yet sunk in yet, but I have definitely lost around 50 kilos.”
A whole nation of 1.2 billion people elevated in joy and expressed their happiness by hitting out to the streets and celebrated with fireworks when Sachin glanced a single past square-leg to host the flag at an everest that cannot be scaled by anyone else. The flag stands in middle of two others: one being hosted by Sir Donald Bradman which states 99.94 and the other one by Muttiah Muralitharan which states 1334 international wickets.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Today, the cricketing world bid adieu to one of the all time legends- Rahul Dravid. Cricket today witnessed one of its saddest hours when the legend announced his retirement from international and domestic cricket. Legends are not to be forgotten rather cherished immaterial of how they entered the 22 yard pitch to take guard or how they exited for one last time. It is an emotional moment in our lives ,we Indians in particular, as we pay our last tributes to a selfless and truly a wholesome cricketer for his glorious service to the game of cricket.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This one man might be out of the administrator board but he never falls behind to appear in front of the news stories or conspiracies rather. Lalit Modi has (or) appears to have taken the centre stage in bringing out new conspiracies which either is a theory involving Lalit Modi himself ,as a mastermind, or new baseless rumors without truth and facts in order to shaken or terrorize the belief of the cricket lovers in the game itself.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Before I even start this piece I would like to bring into notice that eleven years ago on this day, the 25th of February, the cricketing legend of the legends SIR DONALD BRADMAN waved us all a goodbye. So, I thought this would be the perfect timing to bring in his reaction of all the fuss that is being going on about "MANKADING".
It all started when Ashwin "MANKADED" Thirimanne in the 40th over. He was given out and silently Ashwin handed the ball to the umpire. Then followed the so called "gracious" act of Tendulkar which forced stand-in captain Sehwag to revoke the dismissal and continue with the game.
People have started questioning the spirit of cricket here. But hardly it has got nothing to do when the rules are stated down clearly. If you believe that sportsmanship should edge over MANKADING here then why not give not out when a batsman is down in the middle of the pitch unable to complete his run but is being run-out? Why not give it out when the balls have struck the bails but still it has not fallen?
Everything that could find a reason for being out in that case was exactly in place. Ashwin warned Thirimanne before and if he still wanted to do it then the only possible option is to teach him a lesson and it is by giving him out and not a second warning. He was still getting out of the crease even after his decision was revoked. Why should the umpires consult the captain when he is the decision maker? Why put the captain in such a dubious position? Why should the non-striker get such an undue advantage?
When Vinoo Mankad dismissed Bill Brown in the second test at Sydney during the Australian tour in 1947, Sir Donald Bradman was in full support saying that rules are not to be mended for sportsmanship sake. When the DON himself is in support why all the talks to make the "smart bowler" look like a villain?
You question the spirit of cricket, then raise it only when it is necessary. Otherwise, as in this case, let the scorecard read:
BATSMAN : L.Thirimanne
DISMISSAL : MANKADED
BOWLER : R.Ashwin
RUNS SCORED : 44
BALLS FACED : 45
Sunday, February 12, 2012
I was just surfing through the English cricket history and I happen to come across this little piece.Very very interesting though and a must read
The Rules of Cricket as Explained to a foreign visitor
You have two sides, one out in the field and one in.
Each man that's in the side that's in, goes out, and when he's out, he comes in and the next man goes in until he's out.
When they are all out the side that's out comes in and the side that's been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out.
Sometimes you get men still in and not out.
When both sides have been in and out including the not-outs, that's the end of the game.
Monday, January 30, 2012
To be honest I never thought about the title myself. It was one of the topics for a debate competition. It was more a broader topic though "Ageing makes the wine good, does it hold good with Sportsmen?". I just thought I could narrow it down to cricketers as today it stands out as a burning issue for the Indian Cricket.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Indian Cricket is now undergoing one of its worst phases ever. The current situation of the Indian cricket team is bizarre. The public is wild and are pouring down ideas and suggestions through the media and social networking sites. Some seem relatively valuable others are nothing but just spams. Today every media has a contract with an ex-cricketer and that has become an integral part or a protocol in order to host a cricket show.