“El Classico” in modern times

In modern days, nothing excites more than a sporting rivalry that hinges on the edge with more than sporting skills and expertise. A ‘classico’ involves lot of passion and honour at stake on the trapeze of too much war-like rivalry that engulfs not just the players in question, but the entire nation. This years India vs Australia cricket series Down Under promises more than cricket – it symbolises the retention of supremacy of India vs the never-say-die building of a new Australian team. The first things that strikes us is the ugly banter, strong sledging and the arrogance of a … Continue reading “El Classico” in modern times

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Sachin and wealth

Let me discuss something very weird and to an extent funny – firstly, this has nothing to do with Sachin Tendulkar’s personal wealth – everybody knows that he is one of the richest sportsman in India and deservedly he has earned all that by performing over so many years. Today wanted to explore whether Sachin’s performance has any linkage to the unpredictable and ever volatile India stock market. Sounds funny ? I am sure it does and some of the statistics shown here would suggest that there might be a direct linkage between his centuries and the rise and fall … Continue reading Sachin and wealth

The donkeys and the monkeys

In the cricketing world, a controversy has been again created by Nasser Hussain by describing some of the Indian fielders as donkeys on the field. I am not sure whether he really meant the same – most probably not. But what I liked was how the Indian cricket team reacted – basically, they did not react at all. I think that is an example of maturity, unlike what we are normally used to see from countries like Australia or England. But let’s do a role reversal, even if it is hypothetical. If Ravi Shastri or any other Indian described the … Continue reading The donkeys and the monkeys

The evolution of football … from a layman’s eyes

The hangover from the Argentina – Venezuela match still lingers in Kolkata. Even though the match did not rise to great heights (as I had anticipated) and the teams played at perhaps best 30%-40% of their normal pace, still the class was evident from the likes of Messi, Higuain, Di Maria which definitely points a finger to the ever-increasing difference in the football standards between our clubs / country with a nation who currently ranks 9th in the FIFA rankings. But this match has allowed my mind to go back to history and analyse the evolution of the game. By … Continue reading The evolution of football … from a layman’s eyes

The fact of undiminished passion

Here is a country that ranks in the 150’s in the world, here is a city where people crib about lack of amenities, here are tourists who highlight about the great divide between the have’s and the have-not’s, here is a weather equivalent to natural sauna which prevents people to venture outdoors, here are the localites who struggle for employment – Yet, here is that city where the law of undiminished passion reigns. This is the city of Kolkata or erstwhile Calcutta ! In a country where sports means either mediocre (read ‘poor’) performance or only cricket, I sometimes wonder … Continue reading The fact of undiminished passion

My last walk in England

It is the last walk on a sunny afternoon … though it is summer, the chill in the air was still being felt by many. Sweat, hard work, success and failures – all has been a part of my life. All these qualities are there in any human being; I do not consider myself extra-ordinary, even though some of the people do think that I am a class apart from my seniors, peers as well as the juniors across the world. But I do not feel the same – as I only believe that talent is just a beginning, it … Continue reading My last walk in England

Evolution – for good or bad ?

I hereby attempt to compare the changing face of two popular sports (at least for many Indians) – Cricket and Soccer. I tend to compare the current state of matters in the respective World Cups with the versions that I watched in the late 80’s and try to conclude whether the evolution of the game has become exciting for the new generation or has taken a step back. First comes Cricket, of course – how can go for anything else being an Indian :-) The current rules and regulations have made the game ‘exciting’ for a generation who did not … Continue reading Evolution – for good or bad ?

The case of Darrel and Daryl

Very recently, there was a controversy surrounding the Indian cricket team and Daryl Harper, an umpire from Australia – which eventually ‘forced’ Daryl Harper to step-down from his scheduled last test match in his career. Who was correct in this case is not my topic of debate. Only thing that I can say is that with technology / video footage, people can analyse the value of correct umpiring and parallelly, a team as a single entity do have the right to express their opinion. If ICC stops that freedom, then they should also stop anyone from criticising the wrongs – … Continue reading The case of Darrel and Daryl

The case of the missing pace

This is the real case of the missing pace – a very common phenomenon in India. I am not sure whether the BCCI have filed a FIR at the police station; but going by so many of these cases in recent years in Indian cricket, it is high time a FIR is filed immediately or a JPC is set up to investigate why this phenomenon is so self-repeating like corruption in India. It’s not rocket science nor a brilliant invention that would provoke an ‘Eureka’ that in cricket (whether the classical test cricket or the shortened version of one-day cricket … Continue reading The case of the missing pace

Why T20 will further revive Test Cricket ?

It is very often apprehended by the orthodox followers of cricket that the popularity of T20 cricket (or rather entertainment) will ultimately kill the traditional game of test cricket, the gentlemen’s game. However, I do feel the opposite here – this will actually enhance the excitement of test cricket making it more popular to the masses that tend to follow test cricket, the techniques of the game rather than the slogs and defensive bowling associated with the limited versions of cricket. What the one-day internationals and now the T20 version of the game has basically done with respect to the … Continue reading Why T20 will further revive Test Cricket ?