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IPL’s raison d'etre

IPL’s raison d'etre

Last Updated: Thursday, April 15, 2010, 19:04

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 13, 2010, 18:42

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

Last Updated: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 16:19

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?

Last Updated: Thursday, April 08, 2010, 00:28

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 <i>Idiot-Box</i>

Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010, 18:16

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 …

Last Updated: Monday, February 22, 2010, 16:08

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

Last Updated: Saturday, January 30, 2010, 00:25

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…

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 17:15

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…

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 17:00

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, December 29, 2009, 20:15

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

Last Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 17:30

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 Updated: Monday, November 09, 2009, 17:11

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

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 13, 2009, 18:31

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