India capitulates, not heeding Sunny advise

The world’s most prolific opening batsman -–Sunil Gavaskar, if he needs to be named -– was clear about what theIndian team needed to do to save the third Test match againstAustralia. It was a simple formula, designed to ensure that Indiawould salvage a draw, unmindful of the tall target that …

When will India get its act right?

When you hear that a match was won and lost with three wickets and two deliveries to spare, it conjures a wicked image of a close match. That was not quite the case when the West Indies beat India in the ICC Champions Trophy game in Ahmedabad on Thursday.The gap …

Morespeak does not add up at all

Chairman of Selectors Kiran More has stirred the hornet’s nest by speaking up against the present system of team selection. It does look like he is somewhat frustrated at being unable to convince the Board’s mandarins to bend the rules just that bit and let him stay in office for …

The Hair Affair

It has been raging for more than a week and l���affaire Darrell Hair has only got messier, without showing any signs of ending in a hurry. But like the other controversies before this one, cricket will emerge tougher for the experience and may yet make some changes to ensure that …

Will selectors play Ganguly?

When India’s cricket selectors named Sourav Ganguly among 30 probables for the ICC Champions Trophy on Wednesday, they reminded me of a Telugu adage that I had long forgotten. It tells us that if a man were to sit under a palm tree and refresh himself with a glass of …

Mongia’s sudden return to Team India baffles

The little big man Sachin Tendulkar’s return to the one-day squad has to be welcomed — even if former India cricketer and now TV commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has marked it with an observation that did much more than merely stir a hornet’s nest. Punjab batsman Dinesh Mongia’s recall to Team …

Crowe’s voice joins many in the wilderness

It would be tempting to say that former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe set the cat among the pigeons with his no-nonsense thoughts on chucking at the Colin Cowdrey Lecture on the Spirit of Cricket at Lord’s last week. Yet, many a cricketing heavyweight has expressed similar thoughts before but …