By Rituraj Borkakoty
Every now and then, a Dream Team breathes in the heart of every cricketing romantic. For, a fan can be a slave to his love of the game. And he could even bring down the man-made barriers to evoke the spirit of Imagine. After all, fans are the sort of people who could even stir John Lennon’s soul.
Continue reading Can’t imagine a Dream Team without Don
By Tirtho Banerjee
Back in the early-80s, in Varanasi to be precise, cricket ran in my veins. I lived the passion every single moment. After returning from school, I used to eagerly wait for the clock to strike 4pm, and with spring in my steps, I would stride towards the Sigra Stadium to indulge in the sport. It was during one of those practice sessions that a local hard-hitter, who would swat every ball he touched for a towering six, asked me: “Chotu (kid), have you seen Abdul Qadir bowl?” I hesitatingly nodded a shaky ‘No’. “Go, watch him,” was his terse advice.
Continue reading How Qadir put more wrist in my bowling
By James Jose
Indian cricket and Bollywood, and perhaps even politics, have a lot in common. There is a plot, oodles of drama, suspense and a happy ending, of course. In short, they follow a similar trajectory. They are strange bed fellows, minus the song and dance.
Continue reading Why Kohli is backing Shastri for coach
By Rituraj Borkakoty
In her own words, Heena Sidhu’s love for guns began in her childhood days. It would have been a surprise if she hadn’t fallen for it having grown up in a family that was passionate about guns and shooting. But a teenage Heena never knew shooting could also be a sport because she always saw cricket on television.
Continue reading Gunning for glory, one shot at a time
By Vicky Kapur
A scoreline of 212/6 vs 336/5 doesn’t even begin to do justice to the hype created for an India-Pakistan encounter on the cricketing field. And this was during the ICC Cricket World Cup, the quadrennial contest for cricket’s most celebrated title. What a washout! It was pegged as the clash of the Cup and even rain gods relented (save for the fact that Pakistan’s innings was truncated by 10 overs and the target was revised down by 35-odd runs). But even ardent admirers of Pakistan cricket will concede that the 11 Men in Green on the ground were no real match for the Clinical 11 from India.
Continue reading How India Vs Pak pushed cricket on the back foot
By Purva Grover
Men, as I was made to believe, can live contentedly, with just a few pair of trousers, two shirts (white and blue), and a single pair of shoes. Of course, new-age men may boast drawers full of many pair of socks as well to match up with the well-paired trousers-shirts combo. The man I married is not new-age; we’re both ageing and I’d like to think with grace. Of course, I expected his wardrobe to be skeletal as well. I was right, but only partly.
Continue reading Can you ever have enough World Cup jerseys? No.
By Sukayna Kazmi
“How did that happen?” That is the first question I’m asked when people find out that I’m half-Indian, half-Pakistani (well, my father is from India, and mother from Pakistan). For some, it’s hard to digest that love can blossom between people from rival countries. Even though India and Pakistan have a history of political conflicts, the two communities mingle quite happily in the UAE.
Continue reading Indo-Pak match: What it means for one from both sides