Losing is hard #AusvInd

For anyone committed to playing a sport, losing is hard.

It’s got to be even harder for those making a living out of playing the sport. And losing as an Indian cricketer in Australia must be a pretty special experience.

The constant media scrutiny. The Australian crowds. The well-meaning Indian supporter with advice about your front foot technique. The allegations of match-fixing. Personal attacks on family and friends.

Surely, these guys are mentally exhausted even before they step out onto the field to play the next match. Read More …

Warriors : Thoughts on the film #wakethelion

“The eye that leaves the village sees further”

First things first. This is not a cricket film like Death of a Gentleman.

This is a film about a bunch of incredibly brave men who took up playing cricket in their Maasai warrior clothing to spread their message. A message that they took from their remote village in Kenya all the way to London to Lords, the traditional home of cricket, which welcomed them with open arms.

This is a film about how these men slowly wore away at the deeply entrenched thinking of their elders to bring about peaceful change in their community.

This is a film about the power of sport and the global platform it can provide.

This is a film about the difference men can make in the fight for womens’ rights.

This is a film that should inspire men all over the world. Read More …

Age-cricket and the law

I came across this article on the internet today. It piqued my interest both as a cricketer and a lawyer.

The case is that of a young cricketer, Sagar Chhabria, who had challenged the BCCI’s process for verification of age before the Mumbai High Court. The Court rejected his birth certificate and his passport as proof of his date of birth and held that the BCCI’s process for verification of age was conclusive and binding.

By way of background, the BCCI’s process is the Tanner-Whitehouse Test which is used to measure bone density. Apparently this has been in place since 2012. A report from another similar case from September 2015, says that the Tanner-Whitehouse test apparently has an accuracy of plus/minus six months.

Sagar’s Tanner-Whitehouse test said he was 16 years and 6 months old and therefore ineligible to play in the under-16 category.

Let me tell you another story. Read More …

Freedom Series, Mohali test : In defence of spinners’ wickets

“An army may be likened to water, for just as flowing water avoids the heights and hastens to the lowlands, so an army avoids strength and strikes weakness.” – Sun Tzu

One does not have to have read the ‘Art of War’ to know that historically South Africans haven’t been the best players of spin. So, before the start of the test series, the Indian team made no bones about asking test match curators for pitches that turn.

Mohali was a wicket designed to strike at a weakness against spin.

There’s been a lot of chat on social media about this pitch not being “test match quality”. I simply cannot understand this. Not one ball spat at the batsman or really disturbed the surface of the wicket. The ball didn’t bounce alarmingly high or low. The turn was slow. The pitch was not turning square. The batsmen who applied themselves scored runs.  Read More …