Category: The Straight Drive

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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DILSCOOP – No Method to the Madness

On the 26th of January 2013, Australia took on Sri Lanka in the first game of the T20 Series. The hosts batting first had been restricted to a score of 136, modest by T20 standards. During the visitors’ run chase with the scoreboard reading 10/0, a sequence of events occurred, which caused a collective disbelief …

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MAHATMA GANDHI & THE INDIAN CRICKET TEAM – INVALUABLE LESSONS

Mahatma Gandhi has been undoubtedly recognized across the globe as perhaps the greatest apostle of peace. Bestowed with the title of “The Father of the Nation”, the Mahatma abdicated and abhorred violence of any and every sort. Taking recourse to an unparalleled display of doggedness, determination and dedication, Gandhi or ‘Gandhiji’ as he was reverently …

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