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Himanshu Shekhar

IPL’s raison d'etre

If one is ready to ignore the obscene amount of money it brings, the liquor it spills in its lounges or scantily clad women to cheer the audiences present, or be it the ownership row which just seems to be getting murkier, this ‘silly’ twenty over game has come up with some matches that are way beyond what a cricket writer would call a ‘thrilling tie’, ‘cliffhanger’, ‘nail biter’ or nerve ‘wrecking end’.

IPL’s raison d'etre

One may also accuse me of being carried away with the current form in IPL. And in no way am I doubting the capabilities of the aforesaid cricketers, but the message for youngsters watching only T20 cricket is simple: You have a choice in selecting role models, the Tendulkars, Dravids or Pollards; this writer has no doubt it should be the first two.

Shoaib Malik: The serial liar

It’s about time our political class, which minces no time in ridiculing media, now appreciatse the role which the fourth estate has played in seeking justice for Ayesha. <br/>

Who will marry Ayesha?

Marriages, I have often heard, are personal choices and are made in heaven. Practical experience forces me to see how hollow that statement is.

No longer the &lt;i&gt;Idiot-Box&lt;/i&gt;

That night, I had settled for white rum. Dry and smooth. It may sound very girlish, but believe me there is nothing that tastes better than rum on the rocks. A close second would be Bollinger champagne- rich, food-friendly and impressive, FYI.

And the Eden romance continued …

It looked as if the memories of that epic innings which turned around one of Test cricket’s greatest ever game were still afresh. Watching Laxman bat in 2010 against South Africa at Eden Gardens on third day’s morning, my thoughts often strayed to the spring of 2001.

Abhimanyu Mithun: W.T.F

Abhimanyu Mithun…W.T.F. He is not even ten weeks old in first class circuit. That was my immediate reaction after I heard that the wise men of Indian selection panel have included Wridhiman Saha and rookie pacer Abhimanyu Mithun for a series which is being touted as World Championship of Test cricket. For a battle which is being projected as the cricketing battle of the year that will reincarnate interest in Tests, I think that the decision could have been looked into a bit more deeply.<br/&

Fear of that short lived thrill…

If Melbourne witnessed a profound half century by Umar, Sydney re-iterated the fact that Pakistan had in its embryo, cricket’s next Tendulkar. <br/>

Fear of that short lived thrill…

If Melbourne witnessed a profound half century by Umar, Sydney re-iterated the fact that Pakistan had in its embryo, cricket’s next Tendulkar.

The only grudge I had with 2009

Watching the duel between Murali and Sehwag was no less a thrill from the Madison Square Garden fight between Joe Frazier and George Foreman. No doubt Sehwag overpowered him with ease and busted the theory that Murali can spin on glass.

Remembering Shepherd – The Bloke

Shep is no more. Last week he took the long walk back to some unknown place from where he can never watch cricket matches on planet earth. David Shepherd – the burly built umpire lost the battle against cancer at the age of 68.

Remembering Shepherd – The Bloke

Last week he took the long walk back to some unknown place from where he can never watch cricket matches on planet earth. David Shepherd – the burly built umpire lost the battle against cancer at the age of 68.

Shakib Al Hasan: Let this ‘Son’ not set

Tendulkar, Ponting and Lara are unlikely icons among villagers in the remote countryside of Magura, in one of the poorest district of Bangladesh- Jessore.

Shakib Al Hasan: Let this ‘Son’ not set

Often I wondered what if Chris Gardner had not even thought of quitting his failed bone scanner salesman job fearing his short termed homelessness, but his unending ambition conquered and thus we saw the birth of a crazy entrepreneur, who ruled world business.

England showed how you can win despite odds

"At 12 minutes to six on a soft late summer evening with glorious sunshine, England regained the Ashes that they had surrendered so abjectly in Australia three winters ago. It had been a hard slog"

England showed how you can win despite odds?

"At 12 minutes to six on a soft late summer evening with glorious sunshine, England regained the Ashes that they had surrendered so abjectly in Australia three winters ago. It had been a hard slog" - Mike Selvey wrote in his column in the Guardian after England surprised cricket fans by managing to betray statistics and lift the cup.

What happened to the BJP I knew?

But today I am feeling different, confused and am forced to ask the question: Is this the same BJP which I once vouched for?

Fix the Raju within!

I still remember that day. It was January 11, 2009. It was this day of January in 1966,when India’s second Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri died in Tashkent after suffering a cardiac arrest. Shastri – a man known for his honesty and simplicity.

Defeat is an orphan!

It often becomes painful when you are supposed to write the obituary of a man you loved and admired the most. Ask those who wrote Nehru’s obituary. But as a cricket writer, I can say that it’s more painful to write a match report when the team you fancy, loses without giving a fight. I and my fellow sports writers in media are feeling the same at the moment.

Defeat is an orphan!

It often becomes painful when you are supposed to write the obituary of a man you loved and admired the most. Ask those who wrote Nehru’s obituary. But as a cricket writer, I can say that it’s more painful to write a match report when the team you fancy, loses without giving a fight. I and my fellow sports writers in media are feeling the same at the moment.

K P – The Signature style

Why do you build me up buttercup, baby just to let me down and mess me around. ----Westlife

K P – The Signature style

These lines from Westlife best describe the Kevin Pietersen phenomenon in world cricket today. It’s not the form which is keeping KP in news off late, but it is his off field remarks and actions which are being scrutinized and debated all across UK and in the cricketing fraternity to an extent that it threatens English cricket’s, arguably, brightest talent ever. Though, some may argue in favour of Ian Botham for that eulogy.

Anything But…Benaud

“Richie Benaud possibly next to Sir Don Bradman has been one of the greatest cricketing personalities as, player, researcher, writer, critic, author, organiser, adviser and student of the game." --- Harold de Andrado

Anything But…Benaud

“Richie Benaud possibly next to Sir Don Bradman has been one of the greatest cricketing personalities as, player, researcher, writer, critic, author, organiser, adviser and student of the game." --- Harold de Andrado

In the land of Nitish

Nothing the greatest can conceive That every marble block doth not confine Within itself: and only its design The hand that follows intellect can achieve.