Apr 10

RICHIE BENAUD – THE VOICE OF REASON

Minimalist in his eloquence, and magnificent in his stillness, Richard “Richie” Benaud redefined the world of cricketing entertainment. Unassuming and unpretentious, he was to the sporting media what Donald Judd was to art. His demise marks not only the end of the proverbial epochal era, but also the passing of clarity – a clarity that …

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Mar 29

Gold, Green and a Silver to Boot – Australia’s Appetite For Destruction

Following a shambolic Ashes debacle in 2013, Matt Prior did not mince any words in assessing his team’s failure to turn up during the series. Bemoaning a spineless display by England, Prior opined that, England had finished ‘third’ in a two horse race. The Australian version of cricket has always been characterized by the laudable …

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Mar 26

THE SYDNEY SEND-OFF

THE SYDNEY SEND-OFF   March 1st 1992, Brisbane: The 12th match of the 1992 World Cup was turning out to be a real cliff hanger due to the impudent intervention of rain. Even if this was the pre-Duckworth Lewis era, the absurdity of the calculations left no one in doubt. A mere 15 minutes of rain …

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Mar 24

Rain God Redux – The Protea Curse

The Proteas need to desperately assuage the Rain God of their presumed innocence. The Maker of Storms seems to be nursing a wrath that is singularly peculiar, and unerringly directed towards a successive bunch of hard working and talented South African cricketers. If in the year 1992, the visage of McMillan morosely facing up to …

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Feb 22

Dreamy Eyes and Daring Deeds

Twitter trolls and Facebook fanatics alike had a field day, when riding high upon the back of (yet) another World Cup victory against a diminished arch-rival Pakistan, Dhoni’s men upset the apple cart by routing the much vaunted Proteas of AB De Villiers. While Shikhar Dhawan’s flamboyance contrived with a miracle bowling effort to stun …

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Dec 13

THE ADELAIDE CHUTZPAH

The word ‘Chutzpah’ is derived from the Yiddish language and denotes the quality of audacity, for good or for bad. India and Australia epitomized this audacity in incredible measure in the nail biting test match concluded today at the Adelaide Oval. Michael Clarke, to the best of my knowledge is bereft of the gift of …

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Dec 12

LINGAA – RAJINI REDUX

Humaniform Robots have served their time well. However the time has come for the mechanical marvels to step aside and for flesh and blood to step up and hold its own. Exit Chitti (till an equally admirable ramped up version is conceived), Enter LINGAA! A legion of loyal and impatient fans have been waiting with …

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Nov 27

Philip Joel Hughes – In Memoriam

  “Do you know what my favourite part of the game is? The opportunity to play” – Mike Singletary Philip Joel Hughes was given an opportunity to play, and play he did! He played the life affirming sport that he not merely loved but lived. He played, insouciant to the inherent perils, inevitable praises and …

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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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