Nirmal Shekar and credibility

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“Writing is thinking. It is not about putting fancy words together, but more to do with the clarity of thought. I have been, by nature, a truth-seeker. And this helps. My passion has always been to scratch the surface, dig deep and see sport (and people who play sport) for what it is.” -Nirmal Shekar,… Read more »

Harsha Bhogle is India’s Thomas Friedman

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“Thank God it’s Friday! Harsha’s column must be up.” : No one, ever. Friday after Friday, Harsha Bhogle occupies premium space on the world’s premier cricket website. It is a position of great influence and enormous visibility. It is one of the few dashboards with which historically static and stoic national and global bodies can… Read more »

Six thoughts after Dwayne Bravo’s last ball six at the Eden Gardens

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[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpH61mPTXKQ] Here, dedicated to Dwayne Bravo’s stunning last ball six are six thoughts on the absurd, ridiculous theater that is the Chennai Super Kings : a) Spare a thought for Sunil Narine who dominated an instance of cricket’s unfairest format in a manner that seemed unfair and impossible. Not since Mohammed Azharuddin has a cricketer… Read more »

Shocked and in awe – Chennai Super Kings edition

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Dwayne Smith of the Mumbai Indians just scored fourteen runs of the last three balls of the game to help his team pull off an incredible, odds-defying victory. It was the cricketing equivalent of a Hail Mary finish. I watched the entire game live and shell-shocked does not even begin to describe how I felt… Read more »

Ensuring Ashwin doesn’t burnout

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Over the last 12 months, Ravichandran Ashwin has bowled 589 overs for his national team and 79 overs for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). He has played in 38 matches for India and 22 matches for CSK. In all, he has been on the field for 80 days. Add to this, the travel involved –… Read more »

IPL Analytics Part II – Run totals from past seasons

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Nothing says cricket like an Australian retread joking with a California girl on a Chennai summer day! IPL 2012 is officially underway. I hope to provide an interesting statistical analytics perspective thru the tournament. In Part I of my IPL Analytics series, I looked at the possible impact in the IPL on teams when they… Read more »

‘Wisdom of crowds’ predictions for IPL 2012

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Non-scientific study on how fan predictions prior to tournament correlate with eventual events. Please spare a few seconds to vote on my ‘Wisdom of crowds’ IPL 2012 predictions poll below. Please forward poll link to friends and foes! – Voting closes at 8 PM IST on 4’th April. [polldaddy poll=6103461]

IPL Analytics Part I – Impact of back-to-backs

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Any time he is praised, the most successful active NFL head coach reverts to milquetoast quotes that downplay his role in his team’s success. One of his staples is “players win games”. To me, this is very profound. American media especially ESPN constantly idolize coaches comparing them to leaders and fathers rather than paid professionals…. Read more »