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 »

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 »

A full-throated cheer for the IPL

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They call it a tradition unlike any other. It is one of the most revered events in sports and brings a twinkle to the eyes of connoisseurs worldwide. It is a four-day event held at the same time in the same place every year. It lasts longer than most test matches. It is held at… Read more »

Why I will watch IPL6

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Kartikeya Date wrote a piece titled ‘Why I won’t watch IPL6’. Like most things he writes, the piece is analytical, scathing and brutally honest. I agree with a lot of what Kartikeya says in this piece and about the IPL and T-20 cricket. I just disagree with him on his conclusion here. I think an… Read more »

I am a CSK fan and I think their home games this year are a sham

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Chennai is my home town. Virtually everything I learned about cricket as a kid in the 80’s was from being around knowledgeable Chennaites. I have an almost familial attachment to the city and the sport. In the Indian Premier League (IPL) I hence root for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). While the ties between the… Read more »

Kai Po Che – Finally a worthy cricket movie

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A few days back, prolific tweeter and hard-core cricket fan Mahek Vyas tweeted about the shocking paucity of cricket movies in Hindi considering how big and wide cricket’s influence is. Outside of Lagaan, there has not been a well-made and memorable Hindi movie where cricket played a central role. It was a thought that resonated… Read more »

Cricket’s next great commentator – Matthew Hayden

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The elusive search for a cricketer-turned-commentator who doesn’t spout clich├ęs and actually talks in an entertaining and informative manner is over. Two days are no sample size to make a decision on but the search for that good ex-cricketer turned commentator has gone on for so long and has been so wrong in the past… Read more »