Monday, August 6


Its amazing, the kind of things that capture the public imagination. Who would have thought some extremely dull sounding sweets for children would become the crux, the symbol and the persistent undercurrent of a Test match, and indeed a series? I mean, they were jelly beans for chrissake. They did not win one team the match nor lose it for the other. The irritated and upset one bowler, but they were not pivotal. And they were definitely not insulting. Heck, not even too much in bad taste- at least one can assume that considering how many the England players were consuming.
The evidence of this match makes it a bad blooded series? Come on! There’s been far worse, and far dirtier stuff. One sane voice I have read is, surprisingly, from Mr Bell.

And while Sreesanth has disgraced himself in more ways than one, a call to ban him on the evidence of the beamer is really a bit much. Athers can be quite insightful, but also sometimes a bit stuffy. In this case, I think- without putting too fine a point on it- you can really stuff it. How do you call for all bowlers to be banned after sending down beamers – “whether intentional or not” ? Whats with all the molly coddling players these days? They can hear anything remotely nasty, can take sweets lying on the pitch without getting upset, get shaken by a beamer? I admit it was one heck of a nasty delivery, but take a look at Viv Richards and Sunny Gavaskar playing the bowlers they did with a cap on, and taker a moment to go on about this.

ps- its been 3.5 months here. sheesh.

Sunday, April 22

theme not to be

Marlon Samuels you bloody clown. You just called time on one of the greatest careers of all time. You foolish, foolish man.
Adios, Brian Charles.

Friday, April 20


Er, who is supposed to open with Jaffer in the Tests? Karthik? Is this long term? Huh?

ODI squad
: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid (capt), Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Manoj Tiwary, Dinesh Mongia, Piyush Chawla, Sreesanth, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh.

Test squad: Wasim Jaffer, Dinesh Karthik, Rahul Dravid (capt), VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Anil Kumble, Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh, Ramesh Powar, Rajesh Pawar, Munaf Patel.

Tuesday, April 10

Pop cricket

Off it, they are cricket's Paris Hilton and Britney Spears. One, pure monied trash, influential for no other reason than having too much of it, the other straight-up trailer trash, cricket's true basket case. They are tabloid fodder, stumbling from one front page to another: religion, player factionalism, spats, coaching intrigues, politicking, doping and even possible murder.

yes, am back (from some travel).

Saturday, March 24

Max? Min.

I am amazed, dejected, infuriated, pissed off, stunned and defeated by Max's coverage of the World Cup. It is well and truly appalling.

Friday, March 23


The sickness slowly rises like mental bile. My head aches, seemingly weighed down by bricks. The inarticulate nature of my thoughts seem understandable and inadequate at the same time. Thoughts swirl around with no purpose or direction. Most of me does not want to believe that a coach has been murdered, for reason as yet unknown but also reasons I am not even sure I want to know.
I won’t be na├»ve enough to think that this is a shock relative to world sport, but that’s almost pointless to say, anyway. Actually, I don’t even know what to write. I’m more than a little sickened.
May his soul be in peace.

Wednesday, March 21

foul play

The initial reports - about the inconclusive nature of the autopsy, and, apparently that the Jamaican police has stated it could well be poisoning- are in. I, not surprisingly, refuse to believe this till its official.
But the sinking feeling has definitely made an appearance.