सन सत्तासी में सलीम मलिक का जलवा-ए-ईडन

कल शाम ठाकुर साहब के संग महफिल लगी थी । नौकरी, राजनीति और मौसम से सरकते-घिसटते हुए बातचीत अंततोगत्वा क्रिकेट तक पहुंची । आईपीएल  के सस्ते होहल्ले से दूर हमारी चर्चा के केंद्र में थी मध्यकालीन क्रिकेट । (मेरे हिसाब से प्राचीन काल प्रथम एक-दिवसीय विश्वकप, अर्थात प्रूडेंशियल कप 1975 तक का; 1975 से 1999…

AZHAR IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN, INDIA IN DOLDRUMS AGAINST PROTEAS

Out of the eighteen fours he struck in his innings, two against Paul Adams were badly miscued. Azharuddin had intended to hit them between the midwicket and the mid-on, but they crossed the fence between the third man and the deep backward point. From each stroke that he blasted that day on the Eden, emanated…

The Mandela Test: Durban 1950

Australia at one stage were tottering at 4/95 in their second innings, while chasing a target of 336. But Neil Harvey, the usually flamboyant, but that day a picture of patience and doggedness, partnered with two lower order batsmen to take the Ozzies to a memorable victory by 5 wickets, with only half-an hour to…

SPIN DOCTORS AT WORK – How to Steal Some Credit for Shaz & Kohli?

ACT ONE The gang of four is up at one in the night of the Adelaidebacle. The fielding coach, Shridhar, is shocked to receive a message from Kohli at this ungodly hour, because the captain had not touched alcohol in seven years, and goes to bed early after face-chatting with his wife. Shridhar- The skip…

SYDNEY: A Test of Character

Confirmed modern greatness is mean and self-centred. Since Steve Smith cannot now afford to openly rub sandpaper on the ball, he has taken to rubbing his spikes on the crease. Wiping away a newbie’s guard marks, and creating roughs on the pitch for spinners in full visibility of the TV cameras must also define the…

How has the Indian Team Responded After their Lowest Test Innings Totals?

36 runs was the lowest that the BCCI XI had ever fallen for. But considering that this had happened in the first test itself of a four-match series in Australia, coupled with the fact that the best batsman and the captain of the side was proceeding  on Paternity Leave, the Adelaide humiliation notwithstanding, apprehensions of…

King Kohli : Whither the Conversion Rate in ODIs?

Virat Kohli is never out of form, be it in any format of the game. Not only is he a consistent run-getter, he is also a past master at converting his minor successes into major ones, It is this trick, this sense of responsibility, of not throwing his wicket away once he is set, that…

NO EXHIBITION OF INTENT – SUSPICIOUS SCORING PATTERNS IN ODI CRICKET

  When Nayan Mongia and Manoj Prabhakar showed their middle fingers  to the cricket establishment  by playing much too slowly in the final overs of the Kanpur ODI in 1994, the match referee Subba Rao penalized India by subtracting two points from their tri-series tally (decision later reversed by ICC on technical grounds). Unhappy BCCI…

THE FALL AT BARBADOS – TENDULKAR LEFT HEARTBROKEN

Although the target set was a paltry 120, the signs from previous day were ominous. West Indies had skittled out for 140 in their second innings- their lowest ever score versus India. The bowl was flying thick and fast. There was noticeable movement in the air, on and off the pitch. There were still patches…

Say Sorry to Sammy, but Tell Him This

“Why is Radha so fair, why was I born dark?”,lamented Krishna. Or did he? Perhaps he was just play-acting, or better enough, complaining to Yashoda, his mother, about being taunted at by his friends and gopis. (Radha kyun gori,mein kyun kala) Indians think nothing about teasing even their most loved God with jibes over colour!…