Oct 20

“Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki” and Haruki Murakami – When the Atypical becomes Typical

“The oblique paradox of propaganda is that the lie in the throat becomes, by repetition, the truth in the heart.” John Grierson Haruki Murakami’s latest and most eagerly anticipated offering “Colorless Tsuruku Tazaki and His Years Of Piligrimage”, is a hollow disappointment, a meek concoction of reluctant whorls and a flawed attempt at replicating expected …

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Aug 15

Rahane the Cure for Kohli’s Woes?

The contrast between the two teams preparing to take the field at the Oval this Friday could not have been starker – buoyant hosts (in spite of a fast bowling spearhead nursing a bruised nose) taking on a battered bunch of visitors boasting performances that would warm the cockles of their opponents’ hearts. What started …

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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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