Derek Underwood: The spinner who struck terror in Indian batters

When a spin bowler is named ‘Deadly’ by his teammates, there must be good reason behind it. Derek Underwood, still the highest wicket-taker among England’s spinners, passed away on Monday, 15 April—this was him. News of Underwood’s demise at 78, bang in the middle of the IPL, did not get enough newsprint real estate. However, anyone … Read more

Young India shines with the old in rousing team effort

It’s quite tempting to draw parallels between India’s emphatic 4-1 Test series win against England’s Bazballers and them rallying to tame Australia in their backyard in the 2020-21 series. Both saw an under-strength Indian squad rising to the occasion against quality opposition, though getting the better of the Aussies at Melbourne and breaching the fortress … Read more

Idyllic Dharamsala ready to host a ‘landmarks’ Test

The return of Jasprit Bumrah after a break in Ranchi could be the best thing that the hosts could have wished for, given the conditions, but the extra buzz around Ravi Ashwin — as he braces for his 100th Test appearance — is unmistakeable. It’s a series that the master off-spinner is unlikely to forget … Read more

Onus on Rohit Sharma, a captain under siege, to bounce back

I’m not sure if Badrinath’s strong words have reached Sharma. But such is the general context in which he faces the onerous task of pulling things back and levelling the series, as the second and final Test starts in Cape Town on Wednesday, 3 January. Sharma’s captaincy during the South African innings—where he allowed things … Read more

Satya Nadella Was Asked After India’s World Cup Loss. His Response

Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is a cricket fan. He was among the millions of cricket fans glued to their screens on Wednesday, witnessing India’s commanding 70-run victory over New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final. However, India lost to Australia in the finals and this broke the hearts of millions … Read more

When Virender Sehwag turns troll

‘’Dear sehwag, if you are a TRUE SPORTS MAN, u would never post this… SHAME ON U….,’’ another wrote. A third added, “This is not professional at all and not expected from you, this will create unnecessary hatred.”  Sehwag also took a dig at Sri Lanka, saying: “Pakistan ki khaas baat hai ki jis team … Read more

Virat Kohli proves again that form is temporary, class is permanent

I have been thoroughly enjoying the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and I am highly impressed with some of the performances on show.   As a batter, it has been magnificent to see and I’m not sure fans around the world could have asked for anything better.  Some of the pitches have been really good … Read more

Kapil’s Dev 175 was iconic, but is Maxwell’s 201 more heroic?

The morning after, the debate on the greatest innings in limited overs cricket still rages in right earnest: Has Glenn Maxwell’s 201 not-out against Afghanistan just overtaken Kapil Dev’s iconic 175 not-out in the 1983 World Cup against Zimbabwe, in terms of quality and impact?  Comparisons, as they say, are odious — but neither can … Read more