Mustafizur needs to walk the straight and narrow

So Bangladesh thrashed a full strength Indian side in the first ODI to take another step towards qualification for the Champion’s Trophy in 2017. A debutante took 5 wickets bowling some wicked cutters – Mustafizur Rahman. Full marks to Bangladesh but Mustafizur only got half his match fees.

I’ve looked around on the internet to see what the fuss was about. Ignoring the dramatic title, this footage sums it up nicely – watch this video and come back.  Read More …

Learning to play straight, in the Gully: A Comprehensive Guide to Gully Cricket in India

So there have been a few questions on how this blog came to be named. “One tip, one hand” was one of the fundamental rules of the cricket we played in the streets as kids. This post seeks to capture some of the facets of the game we fondly called “gully cricket” (‘gully’ in this context meaning ‘side-street’, not cricket exclusively played in the fielding position). To confuse things further, while the name gully cricket indicates that this was cricket played in the streets, apart from the streets there were a variety of locations – parks, construction sites and empty parking lots.

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