ए कोल्ली, रण कब बनाएगो? टिप्स लेगो के? ( क्रिकेट बकैती)

इंग्लैंड से एक टेस्ट छोडकर भाग आए, आईपीएल पूरा होग्या, विश्वकप में पाकिस्तान से पिट लिए, दीवाली निकल गयी, कोच बदल गया, आधी कप्तानी छिन गई, आराम की खातिर एक टेस्ट छोड़ दिया- इतना कुछ हो लिया पर विराट कोल्ली, तुझसे रन कोणी बन रे । थारा बल्ला नू जो साँप सूंग कर गियो छो,…

Hello Mr. Virat Kohli, How Much is Your Carbon Footprint?

I am a big fan of Virat Kohli. Not particularly of his cricketing skills or his attitude though, but of his eagerness to play a social activist. If he plays his game the right way, he might end up as India’s Thunberg, although Tendulkar’s peak level and popularity might still elude him. Then again, Woko…

पाकिस्तानी क्रिकेटरों की साफ़गोई का कायल होता जा रहा हूँ (व्यंग्य)

विश्व कप में बारह बार हारने के बाद पाकिस्तान को अंततः भारत पर जीत नसीब हुई । छियान्वे से हरे वकार युनूस के घावों पर अब जाकर कुछ मलहम लगा । कसम से जडेजा ने तब इसे बड़ा कस के कूटा था ।  तीस साल बाद मिली इस दुर्लभ खुशी में भी वकार को सबसे…

WHY I REFUSE TO TWEET IN SUPPORT OF SHAMI

I refuse to tweet or put out a message in support of Shami. That is because I love Mohammad Shami, the Indian fast-bowler, a lot. I love that strong lad, built like a bull, for the jump in his stride, right before he delivers. His deliveries have that abrupt extra bounce that just grows on…

THE DECLINE & FALL OF Numbers 3-4-5 : Pujara, Kohli & Rahane

In Australia, Pujara took more blows on his body than the numbers of boundaries he managed to hit. Against the English in Indian conditions, he kept getting out to Leach. At Southampton in the WTC final, Pujara just hung around, content to hold the bat and give the impression that he was there. There were…

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…