Archive for the ‘Articles’ Category

The World Cup is here

March 14, 2011

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.

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Test Cricket

August 12, 2010

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.

The Little Master

November 7, 2009

Peter Roebuck pays homage to Tendulkar’s on-going 20-year career in this excellent article: 20 not out.

As much as the loss in the last game against Australia was disappointing, it was a supreme pleasure to watch Tendulkar’s 175. He’s on the wrong side of the equation as far as age is concerned, and won’t be at the crease for too long. Cherish his last few days, and try not to miss a game he’s playing in.

I am saddened just thinking of his impending retirement (which could very well be a couple of years away). Let’s hope he pulls a Jack Hobbs or Sanath Jayasuriya.

Vermeulen set fire to Zimbabwe Cricket Academy

September 13, 2009

Apparently, that is old news. Very old, in fact: it happened in 2006. How did I not hear of it? Peter Roebuck reports on the extraordinary personality of Vermeulen. Absorbing story.

Warfare on the field

June 6, 2009

I ran across this little post on the Esquire magazine’s website.
Cricket: International Warfare on a Ball Field

I always find it fascinating to see the “outsider’s” opinion of my favorite sport.

Obama in white clothes

November 12, 2008

Peter Roebuck weighs in on Dhoni. Great stuff (from both).

Post-series analysis to follow soon.

Finally, it’s happening…

July 22, 2008

I had first written about it nearly three years ago. It’s been a while, but finally it’s happening. Read all about it here.

Cricket is evolving. And not a day too soon.

Cricket v Baseball

November 27, 2006

Check out this great article from Mike Marqusee, a US-born cricket tragic who’s now a Brit and loves both the games dearly.

Sticks and balls

Clash of the Titan-Wannabes

November 14, 2005

Die Proteas*
The South Africans’ loss-less streak of 19 games is known to most cricket followers by now. The prospect of seeing two fast-rising teams go head-to-head is mouth-watering. Given that the Proteas are missing some first-choice players and are playing in foreign conditions, my money would be on India to win this series.
*Commentary will be available in Afrikaans somewhere, I presume. Confused? Look up “die” in Afrikaans.

Guilty until proven innocent
The innocent have nothing to fear. We’ve all head this before. If Gibbs and Boje are truly innocent, why then are they afraid to tour India? Their guilt is clear to my eye. Peter Roebuck (another one of my favorite cricket writers) dissects the issue in this fine article. UCB, by siding with these frauds, is debasing itself.

Promising, not proven
The rising, young Indian stars are promising, but not yet proven. There’s a lot of inexperience at the international level among Raina, Gambhir, Dhoni, RP Singh, Sreesanth, Kartik and Yadav. Playing in home conditions, however, will be helpful. They’re used to these conditions. The real test will come when they head overseas.

Dew diligence
Nothing like dew to dampen the prospects (except rain). It is a widely-held opinion that the evening dew aids batting and hampers fielding. That’s a shame given that 4 of the 5 games are day-night affairs. Can anybody shed some light on this issue? Is dew a problem at all grounds in India? Is it just during this season or throughout the year? I am just wondering what could be done to mitigate its effect (other than not holding D/N games).

After-thoughts
Looking at the tour itinerary (Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai), it seems the Poms had a point when they were complaining of being assigned remote venues.

A couple of years back, pitches at a lot of the Indian grounds were relaid, with the assistance of some New Zealanders, in the hope of making them faster. From what we’ve seen in the previous series against Sri Lanka, that hasn’t materialized (assuming a few of the venues used in that series were the ones that received the newer pitches). Most of them were slow with low or uneven bounce. Does anybody have an (official) status update on this? Are we still waiting for the pitches to get faster?

The Gentle Giant

November 7, 2005

Inzy remains one of the elite batsmen in contemporary cricket, and one of my favorites.  His stoic demeanor, intimidating presence, unphased temperament and languid grace make him a fascinating sight on a cricket pitch.  Mike Selvey pays his homage to this last of the breed non-conformist in this humorous piece.

The king of taking it easy