Sportsmanship: The spirit of any sport

Watching PV Sindhu embrace Marin after losing out on an Olympic gold medal may have reminded you of Kipling’s words inscribed at the entrance to Wimbledon’s Centre Court. Here was a 21 year old who already had all the wisdom in the world – dignity in defeat and respect for her opponent.

So let’s forget all the problems with cricket for a second – sledging, match-fixing, spot-fixing, Mankading etc etc. Let us instead look at three of most famous pictures of sportsmanship in cricket and feel good about sport. Here are three instances of cricketers who met with the imposters, triumph and disaster, and treated them just the same. Read More …

No pressure, no diamonds #AusvInd

Visualise this.

You are batting beautifully. Hitting the ball right in the sweet spot. Finding gaps in the field. The fielders are fumbling. The bowlers have resorted to sledging. You respond by smashing them even harder. The fielding captain is looking to the heavens for inspiration.

The run chase is under control. All is well with the world. You are already planning your post-match celebrations.

It’s been a massive partnership.Finally, a wicket goes down. Might be a tired shot or a loose one. Never mind, plenty of wickets left in the bank. Read More …

India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 1st test, Galle : We are Insane!

Insanity : Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein

Those who watch Indian cricket are insane.

First, we are driven mad by our inability to rid ourselves of the disease which goes by the name of Rohit Sharma. If our jobs rewarded talent rather than performance, we would all be CEOs, no?

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India’s tour of Sri Lanka, 1st test, Galle : We are Insane!

Insanity : Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results – Albert Einstein

Those who watch Indian cricket are insane.

First, we are driven mad by our inability to rid ourselves of the disease which goes by the name of Rohit Sharma. If our jobs rewarded talent rather than performance, we would all be CEOs, no?

Read More …

Death of a Gentleman : Film review

Starring: Ed Cowan, Lalit Modi, N Srinivasan, Giles Clarke

Directors: Jarrod Kimber, Sam Collins


Arrogance. Entitlement. Corruption. Greed.

Watched a pre-screening of “Death of a Gentleman” on Thursday 23 July at the BFI Southbank.

The movie starts with our heroes (Kimber and Collins) in Australia, making polite enquiries into whether test cricket will survive the advent of T20.  Things get murkier as they dig deeper. Through a series of interviews with top cricket administrators in Australia, India, England and Dubai the movie packages the major events of the last four years into 90 minutes (2011- 2014).  Read More …