1. Lords' Tons Have No Muscle: Vengsarkar Loses to Don Deshmukh, Politics Rules!

    Kirti Azaad, Bishen Bedi, Atul Wassan and several other ex-cricketers have expressed anguish that Dilip Vengsarkar, that brilliant batsman who could for a time lay claim to the Lords' ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about 3 years ago 371 reads 13 comments

  2. Indo-Pak Cricket: Should Sachin, Dhoni, Afridi and Gul Be Politicans' Pawns?

    The media is talking about the invitation from Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistan PM, to the Indian cricket team. It is said that he has invited the team to play 3 ODIs in Pakistan...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 449 reads 16 comments

  3. Super Saturdays from Anna Hazare and M S Dhoni, and the 3 C's of India

    I guess it would be safe to bet that most Indians didn't know of Anna Hazare as they came out to celebrate India's victory at Wankhede on that Super Saturday of Indian sports. A day that also saw Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi get to the No...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 318 reads 7 comments

  4. CWC 2011: Dhoni's Real Win and Fake Cup, Afridi's Large Heart and Sree's Luck

    It would seem that the ICC and the BCCI are not on talking terms. They goofed up on the trophy, and brought into public lexicon new terms like perpetual trophy, replica trophy ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 1,174 reads 16 comments

  5. Cricket World Cup 2011: Mumbai, Sangakara, Murali, Poonam Pandey and a Final

    Kumar Sangakara and his boys have been in Mumbai for the last few days. They have found, among other things, a brown wicket. It was green last month, they say. But they are fine with it, they understand...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 16,656 reads 16 comments

  6. Cricket World Cup 2011: Afridi to Wagah, Dhoni to Wankhede

    Mr. Yousuf Raza Gilani, the Pakistan PM, didn't prove to be lucky for his cricket team. Watching the India-Pakistan semifinal yesterday with Dr...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 884 reads 9 comments

  7. Cricket World Cup 2011: Of Shahid Afridi, Rehman Malik and Match Fixing

    They have been saying this for a week now. Round the clock, on news channels, in the cities and villages of Pakistan and India, in the newspapers on both sides of the border...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 2,036 reads 14 comments

  8. Cricket World Cup 2011: Death in 100 Overs

    It all begins today, about four hours from now. It's West Indies against Pakistan. West Indies wanted this game, didn't want to stack themselves up against the Aussies and thus ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 513 reads 22 comments

  9. Cricket World Cup 2011: Ricky Ponting, TVs and Clutter-Breaking Ideas

    This must be the most advertiser-friendly cricket World Cup ever. Every nanosecond, every square centimeter seems to have a sponsor. Sponsored ground space, sponsored screens, players' attire, etc...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 362 reads 3 comments

  10. Cricket World Cup 2011: Is Shahid Afridi the New Imran Khan?

    Yesterday evening in Colombo, it looked as if another minnow might shame the ICC. Canada seemed to be inching towards victory—working hard, sweating and winning little battles against the Pakistanis...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 1,769 reads 16 comments

  11. Oranje Hope For The Minnows, As Dutch Run England Close. And Its Not Soccer!

    Most Indians like me will find the name tough to pronounce. Ryan is fine, but ten Doeschate? A real tongue twister for most of us, even as it was a very popular name all of last ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 217 reads 17 comments

  12. Veeru Plays His Favourite Stroke, But Tendulkar Sachin Keeps His 200—For Now

    They searched high and low. Looked up to the gods, made frequent bowling changes, altered field placements feverishly the way a sometimes nervous Nasser Hussain used to. But the answers weren't forthcoming...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 343 reads 7 comments

  13. Indian Cricket World Cup 2011: Do We Have a Paul the Predictor?

    Has the ICC found a Paul for this World Cup? Do they have an aquarium that they can play the World Cup in, like the soccer World Cup in South Africa? Can they quickly ask the Bangladeshis ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 731 reads 13 comments

  14. VVS Laxman: India's 2nd Innings Man

    If you are an Indian cricket fan and you see god in Sachin every time he strides to the batting crease, you are not at fault—the man is a legend and continues to build on it...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 3 years ago 391 reads 9 comments

  15. Pak Cricket: An Open and Butt Case?

    So, we have a Pak whistle blower, finally. Zulqarnain Haider, of 24 years, one test and four ODIs vintage, has also, as it were, blown the whistle on his international career...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 4 years ago 246 reads 0 comments

  16. Good Lords! England Secedes From Pakistan!

    It's official. England has finally announced its secession from Pakistan. Lords, which was Pakistan's home utill just a few months back when they hosted Australia, is suddenly, in one fell swoop, a foreign land...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 4 years ago 110 reads 4 comments

  17. 8,30,000 Pounds for Three No Balls! Get Rich Quick!

    8, 30, 000 British Pounds. That's what Mazhar Majeed, the Pakistani Agent Cum Bookie Cum Match Fixer claims to have earned from spot-fixing during the recent Lords' Test between Pakistan and England...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 4 years ago 97 reads 0 comments

  18. Veeru, The New Coaching Manual

    Wisden's leading cricketer, 2008. Repeat in 2009, with a strike rate of 108.9 at an average of 70 in test matches. Rewind to about ten years ago when he first surfaced in international cricket as a middle order bat who bowled occasional off spin...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 4 years ago 83 reads 0 comments

  19. Test Cricket Under Trial, Appeal Pending

    In my last piece I wrote about Tendulkar and how his might just be the last of 20-year careers. I hope I haven't put my foot in my mouth just the way Fred Trueman did when he became the first man ever to take 300 Test Wickets...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 5 years ago 80 reads 4 comments

  20. The 20-20 Era and a 20-Year Career: Take a Bow, Sachin Tendulkar!

    There have been a few players who have played 20 or close to 20 years of international cricket: men like Graham Gooch, for instance. Or, Mohinder Amarnath...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 5 years ago 152 reads 4 comments

  21. 21 Consecutive Maiden Overs: What Would Kieron Pollard Say?

    Imagine Bapu Nadkarni bowling to Kieron Pollard. Bapu Nadkarni, Indian left-arm spinner of the '60s, returned figures of 32-27-5-0 in a test match against England at Madras in 1964...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about almost 5 years ago 2,328 reads 14 comments

  22. Dope Testing, Ashes, and Match Fixing: A Week is a Long Time in Cricket

    What a week its been. The oldest cricketing rivalry has found a new script, a new controversy has been discussed as much as Flintoff's impending retirement, and then as much as cricket may try, ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about 5 years ago 60 reads 2 comments

  23. Cricket Without The Stiff Upper Lip: T20 Is The Way To Go

    Long before an ECB marketing manager made it official, we have all played twenty20 cricket. Most of us played it because our batters couldn't go beyond twenty overs, nor did our bowlers have the capability or the stamina...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about 5 years ago 245 reads 2 comments

  24. Kolkata Knight Riders: Can't Bat, Can't Bowl, Can't Field, CAN TALK

    Multiple captains. Gifts to players after every game, win or lose. Big statements in the media, stoking unnecessary controversies, and a mystery writer talking about the team not being a team in the true sense of the word...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 5 years ago 726 reads 3 comments

  25. Cricket is the Meal Ticket: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

    "Nothing succeeds like success," they used to say. Well, in India, nothing succeeds like cricket. Along with Cinema and Politics, it is among the top three entertainment sources available ...

    Rajshekhar Malaviya Written by Rajshekhar Malaviya about over 5 years ago 146 reads 4 comments