Duncan, who? – A request for the definitive Duncan Fletcher piece

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In the latest instance of the excellent Cricket Sadist Hour podcast, the two most important voices covering Aussie cricket today vent freely about the sudden and yet understandable move to replace the coach of Australia’s cricket team mere days before the Ashes. The whole conversation is a must-listen and details very well how varied the… Read more »

A champion’s trophy – Birmingham, India and an unforgettable Sunday in June

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“God is not coming to save us,” Dhoni told his team in the huddle. It might as well have been a message to millions of cricket fans who set aside a large portion of a June Sunday to watch the Champions trophy final from Birmingham between India and England. Following sports as a hardcore fan… Read more »

The New York Times and their blog India Ink troll India and Indians

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Say you were a sportswriter who had issues with basketball. Say you wrote about most sports and called yourself a sports fan but were extremely queasy about the sport of basketball (for reasons related to your time as a high school athlete). Would you expect to be hired as the editor-in-chief of a basketball magazine… Read more »

A conversation with Dave Prager – Author of Delirious Delhi: Inside India’s Incredible Capital

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Dave Prager is an American who spent 18 months in New Delhi, India on an advertising job, loved it enough to talk about it a lot. He has talked about his time in India 140 characters at a time here . He has blogged about it here. And most recently he has written a 400+… Read more »

L Sivaramakrishnan – Mediocre, devoid of insight and powerful

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Several posts and articles have expressed several different concerns about the elevation of BCCI-employed commentator and India Cements employee L Sivaramakrishnan (Siva) to the ICC cricket committee as one of two player representatives. For a primer on what the cricket committee does, do check this out. Like most things that happen behind-the-scenes in the sport… Read more »

2013 Chennai Super Kings – Exhilarating and logic defying

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During the second “strategic” timeout of the chasing team’s innings in the games at the M.A.Chidambaram stadium the song below is blared for the entirety of the 150 seconds. The lines at the 1:00 minute mark of the song say “Aadama Jeyichom ada” and roughly translate to We win without even showing up. For the… Read more »

The Sachin desert storm – 15 years later

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[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07BMrivOzUE?rel=0&w=420&h=315] Fifteen years ago on this date, Sachin Tendulkar played the most memorable limited overs knock of all time. I am not saying it was the best innings or the greatest knock ever. It wasn’t even a match-winning knock. But it was a surreal batting performance interrupted by a freak dust and sand storm…. Read more »

The Senate immigration bill & its impact on H-1B and F-1 visa holders

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Sweeping immigration reform is a huge priority of American politicians currently in power. I have traced the process of this reform thru its different stages in the last three months here, here and here. This post is an update for April 2013 and is a deep dive into the Senate’s proposal which is expected to… Read more »