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HindustanTimes Tue,23 Sep 2014

Pradeep Magazine

Duncan comes to the Indian tea party

In a country where the guru-shishya parampara is considered sacred and has the sanction of the scriptures, a mundane thing as the appointment of a cricket coach is bound to arouse more than routine curiosity, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Badshahs may gloat but it’s Preity jaded

The most extraordinary aspect of the Indian Premier League this year has been the absence of any controversy so far which could add spice to an event in need of some fizz. Pradeep Magazine writes.

BCCI secy put personal interest above country

No one should have a problem with the selectors for not picking three key players, including the captain, to play for their country because their tired limbs needed rest. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Does the Board even care who's in the team?

The inevitable consequence of the greed of those responsible for governing cricket in India is increasingly threatening international cricket. The profits that the IPL has generated for the Board and the rich and powerful corporates who have filled their coffers are at the root cause of this club versus country debate. Pradeep Magazine writes.

For Raina, it is time to prove his worth at the top level

Chubby-faced Suresh Raina is that new-age sportsman who has seen the transition period of Indian cricket up close and whose destiny as a player could be closely linked with the direction in which cricket heads in future. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Not quite Caribbean cricket

An overall decline in standards of play and the board at war with its players have reduced the series in the Caribbean islands to a mockery of sorts. Pradeep Magazine writes.

There’s little merit in Indian board refusing to use DRS

Cricket umpiring has a long, bitter and contentious history. Visiting teams would never trust home umpires and would always complain of bias in favour of the hosts, writes Pradeep Magazine.

But for Rahul Dravid, India could've been humiliated

It is an age-old predicament every sportsman confronts in the twilight of his career. When does he choose the moment to give up his most cherished possession, something he has lived for and enjoyed doing the most? Pradeep Magazine writes.

Indian board just can't get no satisfaction

The Indian board giving pragmatism preference over cussedness on the Decision Review System (DRS) has to be partially welcomed. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Guilt that weighs heavy

Like the state of the country and the mood of its people, which swings wildly from ecstasy to despair, the story of Indian sport is no different, writes Pradeep Magazine.

Sacrificing integrity for personal gain

It is often said that if sportspersons play a prominent role in administration, there will be greater accountability and transparency in the running of sports federations in the country. Pradeep Magazine writes.

India, masters of their destiny now

I dare say that Chandrasekhar's stirring spell of 6 for 38 in the Oval Test of 1971, that gave India its first ever victory over England, is the most exhilarating memory I have of cricket. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Is Dhoni missing his Midas touch?

The eternal question — does destiny influence our actions or do our actions determine our destiny — springs to mind whenever I think of MS Dhoni and his spectacular career as captain of the Indian team. Pradeep Magazine writes.

Scourge of IPL is reason for India's injury woes

India's imminent fall from the top, judging by their swift capitulation in the first two Tests, has and will spawn many interpretations. Pradeep Magazine writes. Money a temptation to hide injuries?

The reinvention of Sourav Ganguly as the dada of gyan

The image that flashes in the mind when one thinks of Sourav Ganguly is that of a bare-chested young man with shirt in hand being twirled around more in celebration than anger at the sanitised Lord’s balcony, an act which the Brits would consider blasphemous.  Pradeep Magazine writes. 
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