There may be genuine misgivings about the technology used for the Umpires’ Decision Referral System, but it still baffles me why India should say no to its use in the Test series against South Africa. Pradeep Magazine writes.
It is hard to be neither a pessimist nor an optimist and pretend to be an observer of unfolding events, without letting your emotions come into play. The theatre of dramatic events that sports is, and the multi-layered responses it evokes from its ensemble cast, lends the action in the middle a life of its own.
The craft at which he (VVS Laxman) excels, and that is his primary vocation, is of countering the speed and spin of a leather ball hurled at him by guiding it to various parts of a cricket field with no hint or trace of violence, writes Pradeep Magazine
As I reflect on the India-South Africa Test series that enthralled all those who enjoy the subtle, nuanced skills for which the game of cricket is known, many doubts have been removed, though some questions still remain. Pradeep Magazine
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India should put its fast-bowling squad in order to retain its place as the world’s top cricket-playing nation. Pradeep Magazine
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American philosopher George Santayana's oft quoted lines "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," come to mind after once again watching cricketers being auctioned like cattle. Pradeep Magazine
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After getting mentally drained watching the stirring Test series, the one-day contest now on in South Africa, in comparison, appears almost pointless.
kicks off its World Cup countdown with the only Indian captain who knows what it takes to claim the crown.
It is not a comforting thought to find a person, despite all his foibles, being blocked midstream from doing what a majority of us believed was the right course to pursue.
Virender Sehwag, the man who lets his bat do the talking, opens up on his views on the World Cups gone by and why he does not want India to be termed favourites in this edition. Pradeep Magazine reports.
The World Cup is at a touching distance and, understandably so, is increasingly becoming the only sports news of the day. Pradeep Magazine
A world-view, induced by commercial interests, that treats human resource like a robotic instrument, would want us to believe that India is already a champion team and the World Cup is just a formality to be gone through to confirm that fact. Pradeep Magazine
Recollection of the past and reconstructing moments as they may have exactly happened can be a difficult task. An India-Bangladesh World Cup opener evokes nightmarish memories for an Indian fan, of a similar encounter four years ago, on the same grand stage, which produced a result that shattered the Indian dream even before it had acquired concrete shape.
Though the contenders have not been tested much, my initial impression is that it will be very hard for a team other than one from the sub-continent, to win the World Cup. Pradeep Magazine
The racy, pulsating and befittingly inconclusive India-England encounter would have done a World Cup final proud. Pradeep Magazine