May 22

Thou Art IPL

Thou Art IPL   Thou art IPL, the very agonizing death of cricket The Faustian fiend who in bargains proceeds to revel; Offering nothing genuine between the wickets Alas! In you every cricketer desires to unabashedly bejewel   2.Thou art IPL, the remorseless butcher of the genuine A throwback to the times of Bacchanalian greed …

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May 17

An Open Letter To Lou Vincent

Mr.Lou Vincent, When you made your sparkling Test debut against Australia on the 30th of November 2001, I happened to see the match live on television. I thought that your stroke play was dazzling. Since I am entirely bereft of the gift of prescience, I had no knowledge that in due course the dazzle would …

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May 16

Gentleman’s Game or a Middleman’s Playground?

“XXX”; “Murky”; “Sleazy”; “Sexual Favours”……No this is not a concise review of an online pornographic release. Yet these are not words that one usually attaches to a game of cricket either – normally. But we are not living in placid or normal times. The former New Zealand international Lou Vincent’s damning confessions before the Anti …

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Apr 25

The Atonality of Virender Sehwag

Watching Virender Sehwag bat is more akin to getting to grips with the atonality of a rebellious Igor Stravinsky, than being soothed by the mellifluous temperateness of a sedate Chopin. Yet there are few batsmen in the world who can bestow upon their audience Proustean bursts of ‘moments bienheureux’. Possessing a style of batting that …

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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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