In your previous email, I found this bit most interesting: … given the paucity of land, the low quality of life, and the sheer logistical nightmare of carrying a cricket kit in those crowded local trains in Bombay makes it so counterintuitive to understand the success of Bombay cricket. On the
I think Sairaj Bahutule will make many people’s list of a big hope whose international career never took off. The Challenger Trophy performance resonates for it was a high-profile event in Indian cricket at that time and TV coverage helped immensely. But even beyond that Challenger Trophy, Bahutule was so consistent year after year
In one of your previous e-mails, you had asked: “… who are the cricketers you thought were the next big thing but whose careers never really took off? And what about vice versa? For instance, after watching Sehwag play just one ball against Shoaib in Chandigarh, I was absolutely convinced that he wouldn’t
Oct 24, 2018 Now that you have mentioned it (and I guess it was only a matter of time), might as well discuss the “proper Mumbai khadoos batsman” that Prithvi Shaw refers to. I know that you have followed Rohit Sharma’s career from his first-class days and have invested a
A team made for the vagaries of a 5-test series hasn’t played one since…A team made for the vagaries of a 5-test series hasn’t played one since…
When I started the email thread on the epic scale of a 5 test series, I did so with some sense of guilt too for I am not sure if a 5-test series is necessarily healthy for cricket at a time when the big three corner the calendar disproportionately to
I am glad I didn’t have to endure jaundice during the 2001 India-Australia series – because that would have meant missing my second year finals in engineering college. But not watching each ball of an epic series is also a blessing. It keeps your interest alive for years to come.
Who would have thought vote bank politics was also good for the game, eh?Who would have thought vote bank politics was also good for the game, eh?
I suppose this is the first time I hear someone happily recounting a bout of jaundice. Well, you couldn’t have timed it better….or could you have? How about 2001? As an aside, is the ’01 India-Australia series one of the rare exceptions of an absolute epic for the ages without
In the wake of a 4-1 drubbing of the “best touring Indian team in the recent past”, the cabal has been in a bit of a funk so apologies for the slight delay in the release of this pod. The cricketing world has moved on to the Asia Cup, but
I am glad India didn’t play too many 5-Test series in the ’90sI am glad India didn’t play too many 5-Test series in the ’90s
Hey Mahesh The 2005 Ashes is mostly responsible for me feeling let down every time a five-Test series turns lop-sided. I felt so sad the day that series finished – not because England won, which, like most England wins in any sport, was cause for irritation – but because a
There is something about adding the definitive 5th match….There is something about adding the definitive 5th match….
Dear Sidvee, I thoroughly enjoyed the India-England series despite the rather skewed scoreline at the end of it. There is something about adding the definitive 5th match that gives an epic scale to a Test series. I have this strange feeling of going into unfamiliar territory in following a Test