Ravichandran Ashwin is probably the last of the street cricketers India will have in some time. Most famous street cricketer of our generation is MS Dhoni in my opinion. The problem is, Ashwin is too smart to be just a street cricketer. He has an excellent international record built largely at home and a poor away record but it has been just 4 tests abroad and people have understood his utility diminishes considerably. If you’re wondering what betting sites offer the best cricket odds take a look on over at and see if you’d like to sign up to any …Read More
I have no memory of cricket without Sachin Tendulkar.
I have watched highlights, and read the fervent praise of past batting masters, but they remain only as homage. It is Sachin who has been this generation’s living embodiment of the ascent to cricket’s pinnacle – from precocious upstart, to middle order warrior, to icon.
The greatest batsman ever to have played the game? It’s a label fraught with argument. How to ally the differences in playing conditions and bowling opposition over time. How to gauge greatness. And most of all, whether it matters.
There is no one to compare him …Read More
It’s approaching a week since Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from one day internationals. When the news broke out last Sunday, social media went into over drive over the news. Most of them understandable, but quite a few of them I felt were a bit of an over –reaction. Do folks who said “that’s it, will not watch one day internationals any more” really mean it? Possibly they do, but I won’t understand the reasoning. My reaction to the news itself was fairly simple “463 and out. Too many memories to recollect”. In fact I had to check …Read More
“One of the joys of growing up was to debate the various aspects of Tendulkar….There are so many aspects to his batsmanship, his career and his larger-than-life persona. He is a wonderful case study from many standpoints”
writes Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in his latest blog post here (in case you are one of the three people who have not yet read those articles he has linked in the first para of that post, please do yourself a favour and read them first).
I used to indulge in those debates. But all that stopped one fine evening, a few years back, …Read More