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The Helicopter that never took off

The Mahabharata had a character called Abhimanyu-son of the warrior prince Arjuna. Abhimanyu was known for his prowess in slicing through army formations, but had an Achilles heel that let him down in the war. He did not quite know to end his way through, out of an army formation. He basically did not finish well if we could say so, keeping the context on cricket. Talk about finishing well, the 90’s generation would auto

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Facing Australia in the Semis will be India’s biggest test this WC

The raging river is flowing towards the big dam. Will the dam break or will the dam block the river and change the course of all the water down into an abyss? India are that raging river, and they have assumed that form after largely being a drought ridden piece of barren land in the last one year. Australia is that strong dam that has been a constant source of fear for all rivers. When

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India vs Bangladesh: Will it turn out to be David vs Goliath?

We always love it when David challenges Goliath. Those stories in cricket are cricketing dots in a timeline view of the entire cricket we watch.  When the fable was narrated, we’d picture a sad looking David, getting inspired to knock off the complacent Goliath. Bangladesh, have yet to get out of that skin of David after playing around 27-28 years of international cricket. They are like those 100-meter sprinters who choke in a marathon race.

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Predictions for the semi-finals of the World Cup

Just when you near the end of your holiday, does it dawn on you that your holiday is about to end? I guess that’s how most of the cricket fans must be feeling. We’ve flirted a month long with emotions of hope, anxiety, abuse, banter and chirpiness. The romance associated with David defeating Goliath lasted a few fleeting moments and did not quite extend to the knockouts as none of the associates managed to reach

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Stats, Facts and Form, all stack against West Indies against India

Back in the days of yore, there used to be a concept of a farmer working on his landlord’s field for years, in return for the due loan that the farmer was paying from his forefathers. The BCCI is that landlord, and the Caribbean unit-WICB is the farmer. These sides meet at the WACA, with 65 million dollars that the WICB owes the BCCI, for a volte-face that the Caribbean cricketers did when the sides

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India will beat UAE without even breaking a sweat

As India take on UAE, on the 28th of February, the question is fairly simple. Would India treat this game like any other game, or would UAE make India slip on a banana peel? Given the way UAE have performed in the tournament so far, with spirited performances against Ireland and Zimbabwe, it probably would be a contest that wont be decided in the first half of the game. UAE has shown spunk so far, in

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India’s bowling and South Africa’s batting hold key to crucial encounter

The world cup is a funny beast. It has this little item number called ‘contrasts’ that makes cricket a little interesting. As both these sides get into an important Pool B contest, history and recent form could come a cropper if the script for the game suddenly moves to the ‘Contrast’ setting. While South Africa are known for their ruthless and tigerish resolve in the qualifying stages before a knockout in World Cups, they seem to

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India vs Pakistan – Match Preview

Super Sunday Unfolds As India head into super sunday, to play Pakistan, they have most probably gone inside a bubble to escape all the media pressure that accompanies an India Pakistan game. Under MS Dhoni, India have usually kept their nerve for such contests, trying to isolate themselves from the adrenalin rush and frenzy that accompanies a contest between these two nations. Pakistan on the other hand, have little spotlight on them, more so because

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Go Granny Go: How I enjoy watching World Cup Cricket with Nani

Feb 22nd 1992– It was just the day after my 9th birthday and I was quite on cloud 9. I had devoured the contents of that week’s ‘The Sportsar’ World Cup Edition, I had a good birthday and that cute Gujrati girl in my class consented to sit next to me in our hindi class. Quite a charmed life it was! As Feb 21st gave way to the 22nd, the little suburb of Adayar in Chennai had more

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