In the movie Die Hard 4, Bruce Willis and a young hacker arrive at the hacker's friend (Frederick "Warlock" Kaludis)'s (another hacker) house to find the location of the villain who is trying to steal the entire financial wealth of the country and download the data into his laptop. "Warlock" helps them to find the... Continue Reading →
IPL Cricket – Non Stop Nonsense. Not just the Commentary.
I am a fan of IPL Cricket. It's an intense competition, played in summer, in a country which has harshest summers. Add to this, is the bio-bubble, the players are asked to stay in for two months which will drive most of us to insanity. It provides clean entertainment to people who would be otherwise... Continue Reading →
Ones into twos – Fifty Years of Gavaskar’s Test Debut.
It was Gavaskar De real Master Just like a wall We couldn't out Gavaskar at all, not at all. You know the West Indies couldn't out Gavaskar at all. I was in high school when I read 'Sunny Days' an autobiography of Sunil Gavaskar. A friend of mine got hold of a copy which was... Continue Reading →
India Down Under. 51 Days and Counting – it is still a draw.
19-01-201. Chennai 7:57 AM - Brisbane 12.27 PM In all the years of watching Cricket, I have not seen a performance by India as exhilarating as the current India's tour of Australia. Yes we followed India's first major victory outside her shores in 1971 when they won Test Series in West Indies and England. And... Continue Reading →
That Man Dhoni..
The challenge for writing a blog about modern cricketers is, you will not have any nostalgia to share. One, their sagas are still fresh in everyone's memory and two, every moment of their life is captured in 24X7 video coverage, you may not have anything left to write about. Let me explain. On a cold... Continue Reading →
Good Luck India.
Many years ago, 1983 to be precise, India faced the mighty West Indies in the opening match of World Cup One Cricket Tournament. They beat the odds and won the game. Few weeks later, they made history when they faced West Indies in the final and beat them again. Almost four decades later, few hours... Continue Reading →
Did You Give Us Captaincy?
We all have our favourite who is a better sportsman fights. Gavaskar or Viswanath? Sachin or Dravid? Schumacher or Hamilton? Borg or McEnroe? Sampras or Agassi or for that matter Fedex or Nadal? When we are young, we try to find reasons to justify our favourites in all possible ways. And one such argument put... Continue Reading →
Pretty Windy Isn’t It? – Spirit of the Game.
W G Grace, perhaps, was the best known Cricketer before Sir Donald Bradman decided to play the game in the backyard of his home in Adelaide as a kid. He (WG) was a great player and more importantly a popular one. He was also known for his reluctance to leave the crease when given out.... Continue Reading →
Cook Leaves Rice Behind.
Mike Grundy, my mentor and my boss for many years and I were taking an early-morning flight many years ago. Those days, the airlines (Jet and Air India mostly) would keep a newspaper in the front pocket of each seat. Mike grabbed it, saw the name 'The Hindu' and asked me, if it was a... Continue Reading →
Happy Birthday – Kapil Dev
Mohan Ram and I met Kapil Dev, the legendary cricketer the other day. I am exaggerating a bit here. Saying 'hello' and getting smiled at in return would not constitute a meeting. We saw Kapil Dev in person would be more apt. (Mohan Ram ended up taking a selfie though). Cricket fans who watched the... Continue Reading →