A 22-yard gash and the road ahead

Team India slipped back home in the dark of Wednesday night, jetlagged and emotionally dead on arrival. But edgy. They can’t have not been aware of the tide of anger and dismay their first-round exit has sparked across the country. From enraged TV experts to railway minister Laloo Prasad Yadav, …

Dreams die first

It is amazing how a bunch of 11 men can manipulate a whole nation’s emotions from hope to despair, expectation to disappointment and anxiety to anger – all in the span of a few hours. A nation – full of fickle and forgiving fans – sat through Friday evening, with …

Greg staying strong: Woolmer killing

It is one the saddest days in all my life as a sports journalist. I was shattered in 2000 when international captains like Hansie Cronje and Mohammed Azharuddin were named as central figures in match-fixing scandals. I did not believe cricket could sink any lower. Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer’s killing …

India must dismiss lefties fast

What do Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal and Saqibul Hasan have in common with Bermuda’s David Hemp and Dean Minors? They are all left-handed batsmen who have been thorns in the Indian bowling attack’s side at the ICC World Cup 2007 at the Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.Sanath Jayasuriya, Upul …