Bonus points in ODI tournaments: A mismatch between intention and usage

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In late 2001, the International Cricket Council (ICC) decided that a system to provide bonus points in certain multi-nation One Day International (ODI) tournaments would be a good thing. The idea was that encouraging teams to chase down targets in fewer than 50 overs or to bowl out teams cheaply, would promote attacking cricket and… Read more »

Srikanth and Sardesai vs. Simmons – An apples to oranges comparison!

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Most Indians who emigrate to the US have to constantly deal with questions from their self and from friends and family on why they choose to do so. It is a complex question that requires thought and nuance and the answers vary from individual to individual. For every day that one’s grateful for traffic-free commutes… Read more »

Just like the 90’s , Just like when it all began!

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Just over fifteen years to this date, Sachin Tendulkar made his most memorable One Day International (ODI) hundred yet. The venue and city were so nondescript that neither Sachin nor the Indian team would ever visit the town again. The scenario though would be one that’d play out on television screens across India many times… Read more »

WTF BCCI ???

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The highly profitable, completely autonomous and all-powerful Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced yesterday that all Ranji Trophy games would be played at neutral venues. I can confirm with sources both anonymous and real that this was no Valentine’s Day prank or fake tweet gone viral! This is for real. I try… Read more »

Ashwin’s tweet and those seven deliveries!

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Minutes after one of the great individual all round performances in recent test history, Ashwin Ravichandran tweeted to the world “Can anyone tell what differently cud have been done??instead of saying cud have run the 2…moment I completed 1 the throw was over my head.” Active athletes, coaches, politicians  and performers rarely tweet what they… Read more »

Challenging Mr. Bhogle – Episode I

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What spirit?   In his Cricinfo piece dated September 23’rd 2011, Harsha Bhogle eulogizes Jacques Kallis. Kallis, you see, took an opposing team’s fielder at his word and decided to walk back to the pavilion without waiting for the third umpire’s decision. Kallis, you see, did not wait for modern day technology to validate the… Read more »