This was written more than a year ago and buried under my drafts and in other people’s emails. So, thought of posting anyway. On Shehan Karunatilaka’s Chinaman. As Rohit Brijnath often asks, why do you watch sport? Howdo you explain the joy when a gifted athlete puts his bat to a ball and drives it… Continue reading In The Name Of A Legend
As far as open letters go, you are better off ignoring this and reading Sidvee here. Dear Rahul, I love you. From the outset, let me proclaim this unabashed, unending and deepest love for you as a person and a sportsman that may be bordering on embarrassment. But this is hardly the day for such… Continue reading The No. 3
As Hussey and Clarke were killing the Indian bowling attack (or what was left of it) at the SCG on Day 3, three Australians on Bay 17: “I want to see Sachin get the 100th century as the rest of the team crumbles around him.” A typical 90s deja vu. These Australians love their cricket… Continue reading A Bittersweet Sydney Memory
This was supposed to be one of the thousand post-world cup blog posts but then by the time I realized the din has subsided and decided to write, the cauldron was already empty. Everything that needs to be said has already been said by people far more knowledgeable and in much more articulate write-ups.… Continue reading Our Own World Cup
Staying with Slumdog Millionaire, the movie starts with a multiple choice question. One of the options is – “It is written. It’s destiny”. What happened at M.A Chidambaram stadium, Chepauk, Madras turned out to be quite like it. The cricket fans of Madras are often referred to as the most sportive and the most intelligent… Continue reading Where The Spirit Stays Alive…
There was a time when the excitement of a cricket match was natural. People drove around on the roads of Bombay with the Indian flag draped around them, their cars etc. This was even before a victory. It was around 2003 and it was the World Cup. It must have either been India vs Pak… Continue reading Thoughts on IPL
CNN-IBN kicked off a debate. Are there personalities that are worthy of being awarded the Bharat Ratna? India’s highest award has eluded an Indian’s grasp for the past seven years. One of the names that cropped up was Sachin Tendulkar. Is Sachin worthy of Bharat Ratna? Though the awards, in the past have been conferred… Continue reading Sachin for Bharat Ratna??