Category Archives: Cricket


English Sonata & Dilemma

The spectacular scenery of the English countryside is as quaint as its wonderful ‘innovation’ — the willow game. Generations of cricket aspirants, and professionals, from the world over, have reached the shores of England, and played the game in the English circuit with enthus...more


Whither Kenya Cricket?

First, the flashback. It’s a paradox that is part of life itself. Of difference too — a virtual duality of both design and presence. Long thought to be minnows, Kenya delivered a superb KO punch, which would have made Muhammed Ali proud — not just in terms of its inspired per...more


Taylor: Mark of Class

Mark Taylor, who played his last Test match in January 1999, exemplified the game’s most basic motif — selflessness in the light of having almost reached the highest level of individual achievement, like no other leader in contemporary sport. Flashback. The genteel manner i...more


The Srinath-Prasad Symphony & Beyond

When Javagal Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad took over India’s pace bowling responsibilities, in England, twenty years ago, the scene was euphoric, also ecstatic. The Karnataka duo happened to team up, true to their home-bred, natural wont, to unleash what was, arguably, India’s fin...more


Soft & Tough As Gough

Darren Gough won the Vodafone England Cricketer of the Year award, 15 years ago... When Darren Gough arrived on the English cricket horizon like a breath of fresh air, the otherwise reticent, and tight-lipped Poms lost no time in heralding the onset of the Gough Era. Critics too joined the bandwa...more


A Test Team For All Seasons

It’s too difficult a task to select one’s own ‘best-ever’ India Test side. First, you tend to have your own favourite players — call it personal bias, or what you may. Besides, the fact remains that any selection, at the individualistic level, is wrought with â€...more


Up & Down Calypso

To state that the once-mighty West Indies Test, and one-day, side is in the doldrums, or the abyss of its existence, unless a miracle of a turnaround happens, would be an understatement. It’s a poignant story, or clipped commentary, on how things have changed — more so, when the county...more


Slogasm!

Cricket is a game of mystical charm. Of the psyche and soma. Of a balance of the human organism — a harmony of art and evolution. Of changing patterns, where only the fittest survive, following which they pave the way for new stars to blossom forth and drape the game with their high-fidelity ...more


‘Golf’ the Drive Right

Edward Wilson is inarguably the world’s most celebrated biologist. He has more to his genius than his passionate vocation — his subject of amplified wisdom. His refined premise into a synthesis of all ways of knowing has a powerful base, all right — a plea that calls for the fun...more


Lions’ Saga: Down Memory Lane

The year: 1969. The match: Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, versus England. The atmosphere at Colombo was electric. What’s more, with John Snow in full flow, the emerald isle’s early batsmen, from whom much was expected, were soon cooling their heels in the pavilion. Enter, 22-year-old Anura Ten...more