The most striking feature of the IPL auction is all teams will be smiling while boarding flights out of Bangalore, happy their carefully constructed strategies were successful, writes Amrit Mathur.
Behind the headlines of player announcements are some issues that remain unexplained. First, the core matter of why have retentions. Popular wisdom suggests this is critical for continuity, building a fan base and for avoiding confusion about which player is where.
This shift, from cricket to a cricketer, is understandable. Sachin is no ordinary player, his retirement is a huge moment and as a giant moves on the world is entitled to take one last, long look. More so, because the match is at the Wankhede and Sachin is Mumbai’s favourite son. Amrit Mathur writes.
Sachin faces his greatest test this season, starting with the Champions League T20. Approaching a record 25th season in competitive cricket, he faces the stiffest challenge of his spectacular career. Amrit Mathur writes.
It’s not often that Sachin Tendulkar comments on cricket. This is why his observations on team selection and the yardstick for assessing players are significant.
Lord’s, the home of cricket and arguably the best ground in the world, is special even in normal times because of its tradition and history. But when it is an occasion such as the Ashes and England one up in the series, the atmosphere is magical.
Dropped from the India team earlier this season, Virender Sehwag dropped out of sight after the T20 tournament. Amrit mathur
a Delhi Daredevils official writes.
The irony is both delicious and extraordinary. Just as Indian cricket is mired in a messy crisis, dragged down by controversy and conflict, the cricket team is surging ahead confidently, seemingly unstoppable in the Champions Trophy. Amrit Mathur
Recent revelations have left cricket shaken and stirred. Ordinary fans, the key stakeholders, are outraged by the brazen deception and cheating; purists are distressed by the naked greed of players and the serious threat to traditions.
The disgust and outrage over spot-fixing is justified because corruption destroys the foundation of sport and fair play. The outrage and anger in part is because cricket is so precious to us. And in a country as diverse as ours, cricket is fantastic glue.
Despite the rich skills of foreign players that light up the T20 league, it is a domestic tournament the BCCI floated six seasons ago with the noble intent of promoting young Indian talent, writes Amrit Mathur.
Cricket is uncertain and T20 a bigger lottery where anything can happen, a match decided by an inside edge or a fumble at fine leg. Amrit Mathur
Rajasthan Royals’ surge in this edition has surprised many. Their business strategy and management style is similar to that of a low-cost airline which focuses on efficiency and financial prudence, and is ruthless on frills and inessential expense, writes Amrit Mathur.
Stung by six successive Stung by six successive defeats, Delhi urgently need a stroke of luck, and moment of inspiration, to extract themselves from the hole they presently occupy in the league table. Amrit Mathur writes.
As the Delhi Daredevils take on the Rajasthan Royals, the two teams are led by players who share the same cricket DNA.
Like Australia, the concept of individual cricketers submitting to a superior, supreme team culture works in India too. But here the system operates silently through complex, mysterious and more subtle moves. Amrit Mathur
Soon after he was sacked, Virender Sehwag turned up at Jamia to witness a university game and was greeted with cheers. They were accepted with a casual wave by a smiling Sehwag but the sympathy was firmly rejected. Amrit Mathur
With Sachin among runs again, one can almost hear a collective sigh of relief across India. At Chennai, the master was on top of his game - composed in defence, decisive in attack. Amrit Mathur reports.
Player auctions, like T20 itself, was considered a simple rush where teams went for marquee names, seduced into paying top dollar based on past reputations and track record. Amrit Mathur reports.
If Indian cricket was a patient undergoing an MRI check, chances are the scan would reveal serious cracks. India just about crossed the line at the Kotla, but that cannot hide the serious issues that confront its cricket. Amrit Mathur