Eleven = One

Change is now a constant in the Indian cricket team’s dressing room—and we are not talking about the tangle over the players’ uniform for the forthcoming World Cup carnival. There is a certain change in the mindset of the top cricketers. Team India is gradually evolving out of the star …

Catch The Last Quatrain

The script can’t get any better. Four veterans, heroes of their time, coming together for one final attempt to fill that one missing link in their glittering showcase—the World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble, who between them probably graced more student lockers in the ’90s …

Men in Blue look good for semifinals

Rahul Dravid hit the nail on its head when he said the World Cup competition would first be about securing a semifinal slot and then about the knockout. After months of floundering around, Team India has started to look again like a strong contender for a berth in the last …

Intensity: The hallmark of a champion

It was most interesting to hear Adam Gilchrist, Australia’s charismatic wicket-keeper batsman hold forth after his team enjoyed a close shave against New Zealand in Perth. The Black Caps went within nine runs of beating Australia after the home side had piled up a mammoth 344-run total in a one-day …

The not-so-silly Billy Goat

Once upon a time, there was a shepherd who owned a hundred sheep. He used to take them all grazing to a nearby forest every day. There was tasty grass, many delicious shrubs and plenty of dry leaves in the dense forest and the goats were able to graze for …

Laxman and Kaif: Indian cricket’s forgotten men?

The buzz is growing as the deadline for the selection of the Indian team for the World Cup approaches. A number of questions are doing the rounds.Would Virender Sehwag be back despite Chairman of Selectors Dilip Vengsarkar’s tough stance against him? Has Robin Uthappa clinched a spot with his cavalier …