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Yuvraj – The Real Champion will be missed in WC 2015

Its not unknown that Cricket is beyond just being a game in India. It is treated as a religion and millions of emotions are attached with it. We Indians are very passionate about our cricketing heroes and we have a lot of expectations from them. While the hooligan ones throw stones at their houses when they play bad, the fans make temples in their names, when they do well. A few names go beyond being

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R.I.P Phil Hughes: You will beat in our hearts forever

The world of cricket and sports in general has become very quiet now. Fans, fellow sportsmen and everyone who understands the eccentricity that life brings in, is in mourning. You are gone buddy, leaving behind some very nice memories, some untold stories and quite a few unaccomplished achievements. I will be honest with you; I hadn’t heard much about you till that cursed ball hit you into induced coma. Like millions of others, since then

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Robert Craddock, You invited the wrath of this Tendulkar Fan, Now face

The year was 1998, yes the golden era of the legend you just abused. The man had scored nine centuries in that period alone. Infact your captain then ‘Steve Waugh’ had said ‘I have scored just one in my entire career, this kid has hit nine in a year’. In the final months of 1998, India was playing a tri nations tournament in Sharjah featuring Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. In one of the matches, Henry

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What makes Bhuvneshwar Kumar special

As I was profusely engrossed in typing an email (something we intently do as a major part of our daily office hours), a notification on my mobile screen took my attention. The notification read “Bhuvneshwar Kumar wins ICC people’s choice award”. I reflected for a while. I was one of the many who had written him off after seeing him bowl once in a domestic match at Delhi. I had then said “he ain’t going

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Critics, Do you still not get eyeballs without bashing Sachin Tendulkar?

So Sachin Tendulkar is coming out with his autobiography #Playingitmyway. For fans like me who have been die-hard followers, this is a moment to get up close and personal with his life. A life which was always cricket first and everything later. A life which was not even touched by a drop of controversy, ever, except one created by Mike Denness, “the Menace” when he alleged ball tampering on the master. A life which is

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Why Will The ISL Dent Indian Football Further

We all know what Indian football is about. A ranking beyond 100 globally, some players who struggle playing in the second grade global leagues and occasional wins in the Nehru cup against teams like Bangladesh and Nepal. No, am not deriding anything and do not mean to demean players who put in number of hours grinding to beat others, am just stating the facts. Now, there is another new kid on the block called Indian

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The Kohli We Know Could Bring RCB Back

A line-up, which boasts of Chris Gayle, AB De Villiers, Virat Kohli and a few others struggling to win 3 out of 9 matches, is a sore to the eyes. We all want the likes of Gayle and Kohli fire on all cylinders but while Gayle has sometimes shown some fire, though very rarely, the India vice-captain and RCB skipper has almost failed disastrously in the IPL this year. His last five scores 4, 0, 35,

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The Sun Shall Shine On The Sunrisers This time

So the Indian Premier League is back. No matter how much you criticise it, how much you write against it, how much you bemoan it, IPL time and again has shown its not just about existing in the cricketing eco-system but is about throwing everything else on the backseat when its around. Once again, there would be no nationalities and no nations against each other. There would be only clubs battling it out during sparkling

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Are We Doing Enough To Protect Our Heroes?

Everytime this IPL, I see Yousuf Pathan and Yuvraj Singh stride out to bat, I sense they are feeling heavy in the head, in a mind dominated with self-doubt than swagger. They quite seem to know that 22 yard strip and the 13 men on the field are waiting for them to cave in and fail yet again. It must feel like a Damocles sword hanging above their neck, with every passing failure in contribution.

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IPL 7 – Who Will You Vote For?

As the action begins in the UAE I have been keeping busy with the general elections and in all this political frenzy I haven’t felt the buzz of the tournament. Plus all the drama with N Srinivasan and the franchisee conflict of interest drama has also taken away some of the enthusiasm. But I am looking at some of the players using this as a make or break. Specially the Golden trio of Indian cricket

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