The Castrating Shadow of Saint Garta

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There is a lot of literature on what is literature that I ignore buying for my anti-library. What I enjoy is the user manuals: the novelists talking about the novel, talking about the history of the novel. The novel is a passage towards truth. Some areas are dark, others semi or well-lit, there are novels that are breezy and those that are … [Read more...]

On Greg Chappell’s deliberately-defective timing

Sachin Tendulkar of India hits out during the second Test match between England and India at Trent Bridge on July 30, 2011 in Nottingham, England

A few selective leaks have come out of Greg Chappell’s new book called Fierce Focus and are doing the rounds in the international sports media. What Chappell has said is not a startling insight into the secret world of Sachin Tendulkar as the lead paragraph of the Herald Sun story proclaims. Allow me to show how it is, in fact, another glimpse … [Read more...]

The Joker’s New York Redemption

Djokovic before the 2011 Wimbledon final

For years the cheeky impersonator, Novak Djokovic is finally discovering the joy of being oneself. Remember the exuberant 20-year-old who came to the Big Apple in 2007 and had everyone at Arthur Ashe in splits with his impersonations of some of tennis’ biggest stars. His ingenious acts starred Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, and Andy Roddick. … [Read more...]

Brutally hammered India must make radical changes

Stuart Broad was relentless against India

The aftermath of the Test series in England must lead to India questioning the ethos of its cricket. The basic building blocks from where players emerge. In the practice nets a couple of decades ago the batsman was given the last few minutes to open his shoulders and hit out. That fun time has become the serious business and the tour of England has … [Read more...]

Spoilt By The Cricket World Cup

Gary Kirsten with MS Dhoni and Sachin Tendulkar

The hangover of that historic Saturday in Mumbai refuses to leave the bloodstream so soon. There has been little time to ponder over it and to enjoy its aftertaste. Cricket albeit has moved ahead with such nauseating speed that in less than a fortnight since that spontaneous eruption of joy on the streets of the country a different buzz is trying … [Read more...]

Dhoni’s Audacity Won The Cup

Yuvraj Singh (L) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni after winning the 2011 World Cup in Mumbai.

It wasn’t a hundred. Though it was by far the innings of the tournament considering the odds stacked up against its possibility and the fear of falling at the last hurdle if it didn’t come off as its background. What Indian captain MS Dhoni showed late on Saturday evening at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai was courage under fire. To be nervous … [Read more...]

On That Day In Sydney

Tendulkar accepts the generous applause.

In a few months from now this blog would celebrate its second birthday and I may miss the occasion so I am having an early party to mark a different milestone. This is the hundredth post of the blog and I pause for a moment to think of all the effort that has gone in reaching here and then I think of one of my favourite subjects or rather the … [Read more...]

Yuvraj Singh, Take A Bow

Yuvraj Singh, India's man of the moment.

Nairobi, the seventh of October 2000, a still under 19-years-old boy walked out to the crease in the 19th over of India’s quarter-final innings against Australia in the ICC KnockOut tournament. The score was 90 for three and Tendulkar, Ganguly and Dravid were back in the pavilion. It was the first time Yuvraj Singh came out to bat in an … [Read more...]

India Hold The Aces If They Keep Their Nerve

Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni at a practice session.

A knockout game comes with its own pressure and the recent past is the reservoir from where a team draws its strength to seize the contest. The big day though can throw surprises and even best laid plans can come to nothing. And the history of the World Cup is a testimony that tells us to embrace form and draw belief from it but not to get … [Read more...]

The Nagpur Nightmare Can Haunt India

Sachin Tendulkar during his magnificient hundred against South Africa in Nagpur.

In the build-up to India’s most-crucial Group stage clash, captain MS Dhoni in his pre-match talk a day before stressed on the importance of a start from the trio at the top that could then allow the explosive middle-order to play its A-game. “If we have slightly longer partnerships at the top, the explosive power of our middle and lower-middle … [Read more...]