1. The Wankhede Pitch Is a Disgrace to the Game and the Nation

    “Just learnt from a player that it is a very good batting pitch at Wankhede for last test...u know why right? : ),” tweeted Sanjay Manjrekar ahead of the Mumbai Test...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 3 years ago 411 reads 3 comments

  2. Jacques Kallis: A Colossal Giant of the Game

    Greatness in sport is a strange thing. It has no cut out definition. But it can come from anywhere – from the streets of Karachi or the hills of Kandy. Nor is it predictable to a pattern...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 3 years ago 415 reads 2 comments

  3. Peter Roebuck: a Heartened Tribute

    Like most, I woke up to the beep on my mobile on Sunday to learn of the death of Peter Roebuck. I was devastated. I sank to the floor on my bathroom and ran cold water over my burning cheeks...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 3 years ago 260 reads 2 comments

  4. The Oval Preview: Perspective India

    This is a published article in The CouchExpert India scored over 500 runs in the first-innings at the Oval in their last two Tests here...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 3 years ago 205 reads 1 comments

  5. Cricket Post-World Cup Retirements: Players' Own Business

    World cup brings with it many things. Inevitably each edition plays host one last time to a group of great cricketers performing on cricket’s biggest stage in the hope of going out on a high...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about over 3 years ago 188 reads 2 comments

  6. 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup: Blogs and Tweets over Stale Commentary

    It is almost incredible that the world of cricket media fails to see beyond what’s with the experts. Numerous debates on the future of television coverage have raged the TV ...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about over 3 years ago 243 reads 7 comments

  7. South Africa Cricket Captaincy Debate: Graeme Smith Will Go When He Has To

    This is a published article in Couchexpert Much has been written about the captaincy of Graeme Smith in the Newlands Test...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about over 3 years ago 406 reads 0 comments

  8. IPL Auctions 2011: The Right Decision by Anil Kumble

    This is a published article in Couchexpert A sportsman’s shelf life is only so much. The travel and time away from family does take its toll, but as all sportsmen will tell ...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about over 3 years ago 326 reads 11 comments

  9. India vs. South Africa Third Test Preview: More Than Just Cricket

    This is a published article in Couchexpert Cricketers come in all sorts. Some restless who can’t sleep a wink before the Test, some carefree, some free spirited, some ...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about over 3 years ago 537 reads 10 comments

  10. Champions Trophy Review and the Future of One-Day Cricket

    Since the disaster of the 2007 ICC World Cup in the West Indies from all conceivable angles and the subsequent rise of T20 cricket, one-day cricket has become the most abused topic with experts and fans alike...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 5 years ago 262 reads 16 comments

  11. IPL2 Theme Song: It Wasn't Me!

    With Champions League only days away, it is quite remarkable how no noise has been made about security and other arrangements.  News channels and sports shows have concentrated on the 12 teams participating and their chances...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 5 years ago 219 reads 10 comments

  12. Putting the Cricketer Under Microscope

    The cricketers' best years are lived spending more time with teammates than with family. It is the moments after each victory, celebrating with teammates in the dressing room, that seduces cricketers to keep repeating them...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 5 years ago 234 reads 44 comments

  13. Remembering Jack Kramer: Tennis' Most Significant Figure

    It is almost two weeks since Jack Kramer, founder of the ATP, died from soft tissue cancer at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 88. I am surprised not to see numerous articles written about him already here on B/R...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about almost 6 years ago 846 reads 36 comments

  14. Cricket: A Male Bastion in the Commentators' Box

    In tennis, Andrea Leand is as revered in the commentary box as a Vijay Amritraj. Pam Shriver's call on the action is given as much attention as John McEnroe's...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 841 reads 26 comments

  15. Cricket's Cursed Names

    There are some peculiar cricket names that are generally mispronounced. Mostly, they happen to be those from the Indian sub-continent. Let’s take a small tour of cricketing names from around the world...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 502 reads 25 comments

  16. How Prudent Are Cricket Laws?: An Examination of the Brendon McCullum Incident

    The lap shot is very common in cricket these days. Also common is the anticipating wicket-keeper moving toward leg-slip in hope of catching the ball. But the law says it isn't allowed...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 530 reads 27 comments

  17. The Story of America's Mixed Doubles Champions

    Mixed doubles is like the unwanted child to a wealthy parent. The parent doesn’t want to spend any more time than necessary on the child. A quick hug and off you go; hence, the super tiebreak and decision-making point on deuce in mixed doubles...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 210 reads 24 comments

  18. Yanina Wickmayer: A Bolt from the Blue

    Young talent is always exciting. Young sportspersons are like double-edged swords: On the one hand they know no fear, on the other you don’t know how they will react to instant stardom...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 608 reads 27 comments

  19. Shane Warne: A Phenomenal Leader

    Over the two editions of IPL, I have greatly admired Shane Warne the Captain. His captaincy has been wonderfully spontaneous, aggressive and articulate. His ability to assess situations and think ahead of the game has put him in a league apart...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 214 reads 38 comments

  20. Decoding the Federer Serve: Is Roger Readable?

    Even whilst I write this, Roger Federer is giving his US Open first-round opponent Devin Britton a master clinic in tennis during the first set. More so in serving...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 745 reads 29 comments

  21. Mr. Energizer: The Value of Rafael Nadal's "Never Say Die" Approach

    Rafael Nadal is my favorite tennis player on tour. I adore him for many reasons, but one reason that stands for me towering over anything else is the immense love he has in just playing the game—forget the result...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 1,455 reads 8 comments

  22. Cricket Adopts Cycling's "Domestique" Strategy

    Are set-pieces only a thing of football (soccer) and hockey (field)? Are target hitters only shooters, archers and baseline tennis players? How far are the strategies in one sport or one genre ...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 244 reads 16 comments

  23. Cricket's Great Upsets

    Sport is fun for its unpredictability. Underdogs can topple World Champions on their day and in this piece I take a look at one of the great upsets in cricket—Netherlands beating England on the opening day of World T20 at Lord's this year...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 260 reads 21 comments

  24. Cricket In Dire Need Of Home and Away Uniforms

    The phenomenal success of T20 cricket has ensured that the sport is being taken to places where it has never been before and is also bringing newer audience to the game...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 602 reads 9 comments

  25. Warne Versus Tendulkar

    “Hi Sachin! Good day mate!” “Good day Warney.” “It’s a pity that the rain hasn’t stopped mate. Otherwise, I woulda gotcha again!” “I’m in good nick Warney...

    Goutham Chakravarthi Written by Goutham Chakravarthi about 5 years ago 52 reads 8 comments