Cricket without a boundary

Like every kid, a cleaner on a bus ferrying passengers on overnight trips between Cuddapah and Hyderabad and a welder’s son in Medak nursed dreams of playing cricket but they would not have reckoned with rubbing shoulders with, let alone spending seven weeks in the company of, legends like Adam …

Urge to make a point can be self-consuming

Enigmas that are tough to explain – and perhaps that is why they are enigmas in the first place. And I have taken upon myself the task of unraveling the enigma that VVS Laxman’s batting in over-limit cricket. His less than impressive record in one-day cricket – and now in …

Few partnerships leave Deccan Charger gasping

The image of a regal chariot was finally taking shape in my mind as Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi and Herschelle Gibbs went after the Delhi Daredevils bowlers at the Ferozshah Kotla but disappeared quickly as Deccan Chargers’ crashed to a 12-run defeat on Thursday.With their wonderful hitting, the top three …

An old Hyderabad problem!

The serene Charminar has stood for a good 417 years, silently witnessing the evolution of Hyderabad as a veritable melting pot of cultures. The beautiful monument came up in 1591 to mark the conquest of man over disease. The IPL franchise from Hyderabad does not looking like conquering much, leaving …

Hyderabad team needs attitudinal change

The spoken language in Hyderabad has a distinct twang of its own. It is a curious mix of Urdu and Hindi and I call the dialect Deccani. Words like nakko and kaiku – no and why respectively – spice conversations featuring Hyderabadis. And, when tempers are frayed, you would also …

Laxman can manage resources better

The busy thoroughfare from Narayanguda in Hyderabad to Secunderabad railway station via Chikkadpally, RTC X Roads and Musheerabad springs to mind quickly when I sit down to reflect on the Deccan Chargers story in the DLF IPL cricket tournament so far. What does a snaking artery that connects the twin-cities …

Eden mayhem revives many memories

For some reason, the mayhem in Eden Gardens on Sunday revived a lot of nightmare memories that had been consigned to the sub-conscious. The 1996 World Cup semifinal that India lost to Sri Lanka on a dicey pitch came springing back when one saw the pathetic track that had been …