Cross bat capers: T20 arrives on world stage

The clock has struck Twenty20—and yes, it did it twice. Just as fans primed their jaded nerves for the frothy pleasures on view in South Africa (where the first T20 World Cup kicked off midweek), the BCCI dramatically uncorked its own genie-in-a-bottle back in India. The Indian Premier League, the …

Dravid charts his own course

DURBAN – For the second day running, the ICC World Twenty20 moved to the penumbra with two other developments taking centrestage. Bangladesh beat the West Indies on Thursday and Sri Lanka made a whopping 260 in 20 overs against Kenya on Friday but the grand announcement of a Professional Cricket …

Licking fingers in anticipation

There is an indescribable joy that a sports writer experiences when watching the twists and turns of a cricket Test match and expressing them for the reader. The high-voltage drama of one-day internationals offers the sports writer a different test. And now Twenty20 has come to stay at the international …

Meeting a mature lad

“I didn’t expect to see you here,” Indian vice-captain Yuvraj Singh told me at the Durban hotel on Tuesday when some players were meeting the media in the run up to the ICC World Twenty20 being played in South Africa. I didn’t have the heart to tell Yuvraj that a …

Licking fingers in anticipation

There is an indescribable joy that a sports writer experiences when watching the twists and turns of a cricket Test match and expressing them for the reader. The high-voltage drama of one-day internationals offers the sports writer a different test. And now Twenty20 has come to stay at the international …

Natural guts, raw and taut

Anna Chakvetadze confessed to being sick of having to play Sania Mirza often but it is the Indian who is scratching her head in search of a route past the Russian. Her straight set loss in the third round of the US Open in New York – her fourth defeat …

Nothing official about it!

By G RajaramanThe world’s watching, fascinated by the developments in India’s domestic cricket. Not because the Board of Control for Cricket in India, intent on selling international cricket, has come up with innovative ideas to revitalise the game at home so that Team India would get more competitive. But because …