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 »

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 »

IPL6 – GMR using Delhi Daredevils as a pawn in corporate game?

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The IPL confirmed recently that the Delhi Daredevils (DD) would play two of their eight home games in Raipur. Franchises do play a game or two away from the home stadium in their home city. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have played and will play games at Dharamshala while the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will play… 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 »