Lessons Learnt From T20 Finale

With my family not being a cricket fan, I hardly get a chance to watch matches on television. The same was the case on Sunday, when India was battling it out against Sri Lanka, and so I was all set with my laptop to watch the score updates online. But as luck might have it, my parents were invited for evening tea, and with my brother preparing for his Monday test, I had the house and the television set all to me.

A Leap For India

Hockey fans all over India celebrated late in the evening as India held Germany to a 3-3 draw in the final group match of the Hero Hockey World League Final on Monday. A match that kept the spectators on their toes with anxiety—India’s brilliant performance stunned the world number 1 even as they settled for a draw.

A Tribute To Rahul Dravid

Jammy. Mr Dependable. The Wall. I think you have guessed who I am talking about, if not then please just hit yourself hard on your head and buy a General Knowledge book. Jokes apart, I am referring to the most sound and the most handsome cricket player that the Indian team has ever seen—Rahul Dravid.

Fall Of The Champions

When the Indian team set foot on the lush Super Sport Park, Centurion for the third and the last ODI of the series, everybody knew that either a victory or the predicted showers will be the visitor team’s saving grace. As luck would have it, the inclement weather did not give a chance to the Indian team to chase the mammoth target of 302 runs set by the Proteas as the game was called off due to incessant rains. With that the ODI series on the South African turf winded with a clean sweep of 2-0 for the host nation, leaving the Indian team disappointed and with some room for reflection.

The Bharat Ratna Debate

Sachin Tendulkar’s glorious career came to a picture perfect end when he was awarded with the much deserving Bharat Ratna. The Master Blaster has to his credit an array of records which include amassing the highest number of runs in both one day internationals and tests, and also scoring the highest number of centuries in both the formats of the game.

Sachiiiiin, Sa-chin!

So far I had refrained myself from writing about Sachin because, frankly, there is nothing more to write about him than what has already been written. And, I was afraid that with my limited writing skills, I wouldn’t be able to do justice to the great man, nor be able to express my feelings efficiently. Still, I make a lame attempt.

As Felt By A Sachinist

Cricket united a country of billions. I remember being a kid on a holiday somewhere. We were in a hotel’s parking and we were going for lunch when I spotted a group of people huddled around a transistor listening to the match going on at the time. I walked over and asked, “Bhaiya, score kya hai? Sachin ne kitne maare?” (What’s score? How many runs did Sachin make?)

The Legend’s Last

So Sachin Tendulkar played his last match on Friday. He scored 74 runs, despite his fans’ hopes for him to score his 101st test century. Nevertheless, he came as a promising young talent, played and became a legend and left the grounds as “God of Cricket”.

Indian Sports Organizations Needs More Transparency

The game of badminton has been enjoying a lot of fanfare and support in India for the past few years. With the inspirational incline of Saina Nehwal in women’s single on the world stage, one usually keeps an eye on the happenings around the sport. While Gopichand Badminton Academy making sure that India enjoys a good base when it comes to sending Indian players for world events, the Badminton Association of India (BAI) has made a mockery of itself, thanks to its recent quarrel with the badminton player, Jwala Gutta.

Spare A Thought For Death Bowler

There was an eerie silence last Saturday in the stadium of Mohali when Ishant Sharma finished the 48th over of the Australian innings. The game had changed its course and the match that looked well settled in India’s lap suddenly jumped in favour of Australia. But, what transpired in that over was appalling to say the least.

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