Mar 04

Shahid Afridi – Unpredictability Made Beautiful

To paraphrase a beautiful quote by the late Henri Nouwen “The real enemies of our life are the ‘oughts’ and the ‘ifs.’ They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now” While this ordained Catholic priest for the Archdiocese of …

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Feb 26

Virat Kohli – Mechanistic and Magnificent

The ball was alternating between keeping mischievously low and spitefully rearing in an unruly manner to make undesirable contact with the splice of the bat. Such variable bounce buoyed the spirits of the Bangladeshi bowlers and planted seeds of myriad doubts in the minds of the Indian openers. Facing a formidable target of 280 courtesy …

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Feb 06

KEVIN PIETERSEN – CRICKET’S MOST LOVED HERETIC

The irascible Kevin Pietersen once remarked – “An Achilles, if it doesn’t heal right, there could be a danger of not playing again.”  Now his mercurialcareer has been abruptly terminated by an insidious Achilles taking the shape of a cricketing Board. The England and Wales Cricket Board in an inexplicable move that has left umpteen …

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Nov 16

SACHIN – A Story of Humility Before Heroics and Character Over Hype

In the wee hours of August 26th 2013, exuberant after winning the sacred urn, a few English cricketers decided that their gleeful victory celebrations warranted an element of obnoxiousness. They proceeded to give undiminished vent to this bent of mind by relieving themselves on the pitch at the KIA Oval. A forced apology followed the …

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Nov 08

KRRISH 3 – (K)ATASTROPHE

Mutilate a few characters from X-Men; plagiarise a part of an ending from the latest Superman release; put Robocop to unbridled shame and Presto – you are left with an unpalatable concoction titled KRRISH3! Deficient in intent, demoralising in content and deplorable in execution, India’s indigenous Superhero elicits more derision rather than entice demand. The …

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Nov 04

Virat Kohli – Balancing the Real with the Unreal

To quote Jorge Luis Borges – “We accept reality so readily – perhaps because we sense that nothing is real”. The incontrovertible reality is that Virat Kohli is in the form of his life. The accompanying irrefutable truth, nay a lockstep as would be agreed to by even the most sybaritic of his admirers is …

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Aug 10

Victor Hugo, Chris Rogers and Chester le Street

The French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Hugo bestowed upon the world an epochal quote when he remarked that “no one can stop an idea whose time has come”. On an intriguing second day of the 4th Ashes Test at the picturesque Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground in the staid town of Chester Le Street, …

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Jul 18

Being Jonathan Trott – Simple, Straight and Steady

Jonathan Trott embodies a rare element of fastidiousness that is uniquely his. A fastidiousness, the presence of which doubles up as a more than formidable compromise against a complete absence of flair and flamboyance.  This meticulousness ably aided by an enviable degree of concentration has transformed Trott into a monotonous wrecking machine that is the …

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Jul 13

Stuart Broad, ‘SMORC’ and the Spirit of the Game

Professor Gary Becker, a Nobel Laureate and an Economist at the University of Chicago pioneered and posited a simple model highlighting the primary drivers behind the trait of ‘dishonesty’. Imaginatively termed the Simple Model Of Rational Crime – ‘SMORC’ for short, this relatively straightforward model of dishonesty postulates that prior to indulging in any behaviour …

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Jul 07

Combed Out

These days I seem to have unconsciously developed an ability to conjure up dreams which at the least could be described as ‘strange’. I thought of using the word ‘weird’ instead of strange, but upon little deliberation concluded that the latter word would serve the purpose just fine without distorting the context or doing injustice …

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