Name: Rajaraman

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    Colourful #memories of an India conquest of the ICC World Twenty20 a decade ago

    September 24th, 2017

    India’s victory in ICC World Twenty20 2007 meant that I had to scrap plans to visit Kruger since I had to write the Cover Story for Outlook magazine — and ended up writing non-stop for a day and a half to meet deadlines!

    Ten years ago, I had no idea of what I was setting myself up for when I accepted an offer from Yahoo! and its associates to travel to South Africa for the inaugural ICC World Twenty20. A votary of the conventional cricket, there was some skepticism at the back of my mind and I allowed myself to be talked into the assignment.

    A journalist friend of mine from Bangladesh, asked me what I would do at T20. It is for P3 reporters, he taunted. But I had made my commitment to watch the cricket for whatever it was worth and enjoy the opportunity of watching the game. Perhaps, pegging expectations low helped and I have a feast that I am unlikely to forget in a hurry.

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    Honesty, courage thread binds updated @Abhinav_Bindra book #AShotAtHistory

    August 14th, 2017

    It is unusual, you will agree, to read the final three chapters of a book first – even if it is revised and updated. You want to be able to get into the right frame of mind before you reach the new climax but Abhinav Bindra’s gentle nudge led me to the new chapters in his book A Shot At History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold and Beyond.

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    No back-foot strokes, just reform BCCI

    June 30th, 2017

    Missing the woods for the trees appears to be fast acquiring the status of favourite pastime in Indian cricket circles. For instance, the machinations of officials and officers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) were overlooked and skipper Virat Kohli was popularly seen as the only one responsible for Head Coach Anil Kumble’s exit from the Indian dressing room.

    Curiously, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) appears to have been sucked in the dangerous pastime of missing the woods for the trees. Brought in nearly five months ago to administer change in BCCI portals, it has not made any headway in that direction. Instead, it has spent time and energy in lesser issues. Only on Sunday, did it finally assume a stern countenance.

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