Category Archive: The Straight Drive

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Jun 11

Agony and Ecstasy at the Kinrara – An Asia Cup Finals in Malaysia

The beat of the drums reached a frenzied crescendo as the Indian Captain Harmanpreet Kaur trotted in to bowl the last ball of the 2018 Asia Cup Women’s Cricket Finals. Jahanara Alam, who an hour and a half earlier had distinguished herself with the ball for Bangladesh waited, watching the trajectory of the ball. For …

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Apr 22

Imperfect – Sanjay Manjrekar

Imperfect

Overwhelmed and bogged down by a relentless barrage of opinions, reports, suggestions and claims flooding my social media time line – involving two unscrupulous and insensible Australian cricketers one of whom was plainly caught trying to produce some shocks out of his jocks – I decided to divert my attention to less tumultuous stuff and …

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Mar 27

VIRAT KOHLI – THE NOSTRADAMUS OF CHASES

  Some sportsmen are blessed with an uncanny sense of prescience that allows them to express themselves in resplendent fashion on the global stage. Every time Usain Bolt crouches down like a starved tiger eyeing its prey, one can almost sense that the finishing line is just an extension of a destiny that has been …

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Mar 20

VIRAT KOHLI – THE MONOPOLISTIC SUPPLIER OF A BILLION DEMANDS

Al Capone once said, “I am like any other man.  All I do is supply a demand”. Virat Kohli seems to echo the sentiments of this legendary and notorious persona, albeit in situations that are more circumspect and sober. The stylish Indian Number 3 has of late morphed into a universally acknowledged monopolistic supplier of …

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Dec 27

Driving Ambition by Andrew Strauss – Timed to Perfection

“You must have confused me with myself” – Michael Palmer in The Promises of Glass Writing an autobiography must be an enervating task, as any task which involves holding a mirror to one’s conscience undoubtedly is. However in “Driving Ambition”, as Andrew Strauss successfully demonstrates, an act of voluntarily revealing an original face clothed in …

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Nov 15

KANE WILLIAMSON – BATTING’S PRECISION ENGINEER

Once in a way, there materializes a cricketer who has this unique potential and extraordinary ability, which makes people just sit up and take notice. One such cricketer is the Kiwi batsman, Kane Williamson. The beauty of Williamson’s batting lies in its fundamental simplicity. A style of batting that is in sheer contrast to the rampaging …

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Oct 20

VIRUNOMICS – THE ATONALITY OF A WEAPON OF MASS DESTRUCTION

The beauty of cricket lies in its simplicity. Nothing lends more credence to this fact than the joyous art of batting. One just needs to look back wistfully at the languid stroke making of Mark Waugh or the lazy elegance of David Gower to grasp the fundamentally simplistic grace that is batting. But no one …

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May 22

Markonomics – An exercise in exelcis

Mark Waugh was a medley of infinite grace and glorious talent. He was also the purveyor of the image of a preternaturally disinterested cricketer. Whether gently dispatching clueless bowlers to all corners of the ground, or miraculously catching disbelieving batsmen out of the game, he lent a curious impression of having found himself in the …

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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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