Cricket loses Roebuck

November 14, 2011 by

Peter Roebuck, one of my favorite cricket writers (as you’d know if you’ve read the various articles linked to on this blog), died after police talked to him in South Africa two nights ago. I assumed he had done something ghastly bad, and had committed suicide, and that was confirmed the next day (the suicide part; what he did hasn’t quite surfaced yet). I have no doubt there are some skeletons in his closet, but regardless of what else is revealed about him, it doesn’t take away from the fact that he was one of the best cricket journalists around. There are many highly flawed individuals around who yet excel in one area or another, and Peter was one of them. I will miss his writing dearly. RIP, Peter.

I leave you with this fine tribute written by Gaurav Kalra.

Question

April 3, 2011 by

In this video, at 1:10, there’s a batsman (possibly a South African) breaking the wicket with his bat. Does anybody know who that is, and what this incident was? Was he just celebrating a victory?

The World Cup is here

March 14, 2011 by

ESPN bought out CricInfo, but I’ve never seen cricket on ESPN.com’s frontpage. That is, until the Cricket World Cup began last month. A friend of mine pointed me to this great read that was their top story.

This means war

September 29, 2010 by

Last week’s Ask Steven on Cricinfo had this interesting tidbit.

“Good Lord! This means war!” What event in 1939 apparently convinced an MCC member that the Second World War had begun? asked Mike Jones from Chelmsford

The story goes that one day in September 1939, some members in the Long Room at Lord’s spotted a workman removing the bust of WG Grace that used to be on display there, intending to put it into safe storage. According to the member you’ve quoted, that could only mean one thing: the Second World War had started.

All-time World XI

September 29, 2010 by

Cricinfo is going to be picking an all-time world XI for Test cricket. And they’re asking you to submit your picks. Go here.

Here’s the team I picked:
World XI

Go pick your team and come share it here.

BTW, surprisingly, Ponting is not listed among the middle-order batsmen. I didn’t have room to pick him in my team anyways, but I’m very surprised at such a glaring omission. I’m sure they will realize it and fix it soon enough.

Test Cricket

August 12, 2010 by

One of my favorite cricket writers, Peter Roebuck, just wrote this insightful article: The enduring charm of Test cricket. A must-read for his wonderful writing skills, if not the obvious (to all but the cricket authorities) conclusion.

UDRS Interrupted

August 11, 2010 by

I’ve been a proponent of UDRS since before it existed. And now that it’s here, I’m saddened to see many struggle to use it wisely, and yet others reject it outright. So, here’s my memo to all the cricket captains in the world.

Do not overthink UDRS. Do not try to exploit it; do not try to avoid it out of fear or your own inability to come to terms with it. Use it for what it is: a way to overturn ghastly decisions, not marginal ones. This means that most LBW decisions do not qualify for a review. Only when one is certain that a decision was wrong should the review system be used. Our current technology may still fail to reprieve you. Live with it. That’s why you have two reviews available per innings; the chances of technology failing you twice in one innings are significantly lower than once. On the other hand though, don’t just use those reviews because the innings is about to end anyways. It’s okay to have unused reviews when the inning ends. If all of you follow these modest guidelines, nearly all really bad decisions will be eliminated. And that is all that everybody wants. I repeat, we’re not trying to change the marginal decisions that could’ve gone one way or the other.

There was an outcry among the Indians during The Sydney Test. It all seems a bit rich now that they’re rebuffing UDRS. And why’re they doing so? Because the technology didn’t work in their favor the last time they were visiting Sri Lanka, which was a couple of years ago. The Indian think-tank has failed to comprehend that the system is not here to benefit anybody, but to justly reward whoever played better. UDRS did not outshow the Indians; the Sri Lankans outplayed them. It made for better cricket. As would have the Sydney test, had the UDRS been in use then. Thankfully, UDRS is not upto the whims of the Indians, and is here to stay. Sometimes I think Sehwag is the only guy in this team with a proper head on his shoulders (and not just because, unlike the rest of his team, he wants UDRS). Hopefully, he can convince the rest of his mates.

Tendulkar and sweeping are not the best of mates

August 8, 2010 by

That is all.

3 (superstitious) Idiots: Sourav, Aamir, Sachin

March 7, 2010 by

In addition to cricket, I am also a big fan of Aamir Khan, an innovative and phenomenal Bollywood actor/director/producer, and the only one, IMO, who’s maintained some sort of standard in Bollywood. I don’t really watch Bollywood movies (except for the rare, supposedly good ones — which are mostly Aamir Khan movies) but yesterday I had the chance to see his latest movie, 3 Idiots (which is quite good BTW). Aamir obviously cares about education (remember Taare Zameen Par?) and a lot of the message of that movie, he sincerely believes. Since this is a cricket blog, I won’t get anymore into it. But, while looking it up online, I found that before the movie premiered, Aamir travelled to many places in India under disguise. One of those places was Kolkata, where he went to Sourav Ganguly’s home under disguise to try and meet him and get his autograph, but was turned away.

He had set it up to meet him in the evening regardless.

Now Aamir is a huge cricket fan (remember Lagaan?), and so the topic of cricket (and inevitably Tendulkar) obviously came up. And kindly presented me the opportunity to blog about Aamir here.🙂

I’ll refrain from extolling Aamir here (at least, not any further), but if you want to know more about him, head over to his blog. If you want to see videos from his trip across India, go here.

Celebrity Cricket

February 22, 2010 by

Ran into this video (don’t ask me how) of Daniel Radcliffe professing his love of cricket. He seems mature beyond his years. Or have I just gotten that old now?

Here’s a link to the video.