Category: The Straight Drive

Even the Gods Must be Crazy about an absorbing game of cricket!!!

Cricketers of our time by E.W.Swanton – One for Times Immemorial

E.W.Swanton, an undisputed doyen amongst the chroniclers of the pristine game of cricket, in this masterpiece, pays tribute to 75 of the most ebullient, enlightened and entertaining players, and 9 of the best chroniclers to have graced this game. This phalanx of English, Australian and Caribbean stars reads like a veritable who’s who of the cricketing …

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Controversially Yours by Shoaib Akthar – An aberration of an autobiography

“Controversially Yours” arguably has to be the most wayward delivery bowled by Shoaib Akthar in his career till date! Irreverent, irascible and for the most part injudicious, this is an autobiography that in the end analysis, leaves a lot to be desired. One singularly glaring feature of this autobiography is the extraordinary self-praise and gloating …

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Rahul Sharad Dravid – Class, Calibre, and Composure

When the resilient Rahul Sharad Dravid retired after playing his first, last and only international T20 cricket match, he finished with a strike rate of an enviable 147.61. Whilst such a strike rate might not have raised many an eyebrows if the willow thrashing the ball were to have been wielded by a Chris Gayle …

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The Rule of “Five” – Mumbai Indians, BCCI and the famous five

Two absorbing Champions League semi-final contests have ensured that for the second successive year the Trophy would have its base in India. Whilst the Royal Challengers Bangalore overcame a blistering David Warner to give the New South Wales team the ‘Blues’ courtesy the usual monstrosity of Chris Gayle, the Mumbai Indians overpowered a fighting Somerset …

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The Green top that was not

  Any unsuspecting viewer treated to the spectacle of the Irani Trophy final currently being played at the picturesque Sawai Man Singh Stadium could well be forgiven for assuming that the game was being played in a different planet altogether from the one in which a shambolic Indian cricket team emerged after being rollicked by …

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