Archive for the ‘Cricket’ Category

“Out of the box” thinking in cricket and politics

Thursday, July 17th, 2014 No Comments
M.S. Dhoni is faced with a selection dilemma as he leads his team into the second Test at Lords against England. The five bowler strategy failed at Trent Bridge because the pitch did not assist Stuart Binny’s medium pace while Jadeja failed to produce wickets. Thankfully for India, Binny justified his existence by playing a match-saving knock in the second innings of the first Test. Now the question facing Dhoni and his think tank is whether they should dump the ...

Sports in dire need of a real “Game Changer”

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 No Comments
In the aftermath of the recent anti-corruption surge, an important bill that is in the works, the Sports Development Bill, is simply not getting the attention it deserves. This bill has everything to do with corruption and the unholy nexus between politics and big business. Interestingly this time around, the crusader who is on a war-footing to fix sports administration in the country is Union Minister of Sports, Ajay Maken. His opposition is the who-is-who of the country’s business and ...

Dumping Ponting is Not The Answer

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 1 Comment
Some former players and pundits have written off Ricky Ponting and called for a look to the future minus the star batsman. I think the critics are wrong.  Despite currently being out of form, without a doubt Ricky Ponting still remains Australia's best batsmen. Australia's biggest problem seems to be the complete lack of good, solid, capable players! Its as a simple as that. Australia's problems start right at the top of the order. Phil Hughes was a terrible replacement for ...

Aussie Selectors Panic

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010 No Comments
The Australian cricket team has dominated world cricket for the last decade and a half. This domination has slowly but surely come to an end. In fact, it has hastened over the last couple of years, particularly in Test cricket.  There is no greater proof of Australia's decline in Test cricket than the panic-stricken "chop and change" approach of the selectors for the first three tests. After the first two Tests, it appears that Australia's biggest challenge right now is its ...

IPL: Time to clean up cricket administration across India

Sunday, April 18th, 2010 No Comments
The recent controversy that has arisen over the Kochi franchise has brought to light a number of issues. The IPL has become a billion+ industry in a short span of 2-3 years. The promoters led by Lalit Modi have been subject to very little oversight let alone any degree of scrutiny whatsoever. So the ruckus over the Kochi franchise is a blessing in disguise. The coming together of big business, Bollywood and cricket with no formal mechanism for checks and balances has ...

Mohammed Azharuddin: Tainted Star to Muslim Mascot

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009 No Comments
Life is about to come a full circle for former Indian cricket captain, Mohammed Azharuddin, as efforts are underway to revoke the lifetime ban imposed on him by the BCCI. After attempting for years to get his ban revoked, Azhar seems to have found the route to redemption in politics. In the caste ridden politics of Uttar Pradesh, Azhar turned out to be at "the right place at the right time". Joining the Congress was a master stroke far better than ...

Dravid Dropped: Right Move, Poor PR

Friday, October 16th, 2009 1 Comment
There seems to be plenty of press about Rahul Dravid being dropped from the ODI side for the home series against Australia. "He got a raw deal", "this is weird", "It makes no sense" etc.  seems to be the common sentiment and understandably so.  Rahul Dravid was brought back to the ODI team after the young turks in the Indian team where found wanting when it came to negotiating the short pitched delivery.  Dravid played the series against Sri Lanka ...

Cricket: Rotation is the best policy

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 No Comments
India failed to qualify for the semi-finals in two major back to back tournaments -- the World T20 and the ICC World Championship. While the first had a lot to do with fitness (and fatigue following the IPL), the second was mostly due to poor performance, particularly by the bowlers. With a year long cricket season having become pretty much the norm, its impossible for players to perform continuously over a long period without succumbing to injuries or by simply ...

Rahul Dravid's Return: It's all about form

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009 No Comments
There has been plenty of analysis and theories about Rahul Dravid's returnto the ODI team. Shouldn't the selectors look to the future? What if he fails? Is this his ODI farewell? etc. As cricket gets more and more commercial and players end up with a near 12-month cricketing calendar it is next to impossible for any player to perform consistently over an extended period of time (not to mention challenges posed by frequent injuries).  It is just too demanding and hard ...

End of Deodhar Trophy?

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009 No Comments
The BCCI canceled the Deodhar Trophy for 2009-10 season because of a tight schedule. Its an interesting move and a sure sign that with the rise of T20 cricket something has to give. The big question is whether this is an isolated instance or a sign of trend that the 50 over game is slowly making way for the more trendy and fast paced T20.