I was in India for two weeks in January on a personal visit. Just ahead of my trip, I received an email asking if I would appear before the Justice Mudgal committee.
Today Lalit Modi is raging. This is the old Modi. Ready to go to war. His targets, those who have re-ignited the ire, are the BCCI, England Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Cricket Australia (CA).
Normally, you would expect India to grind it out against some real South African talent, tall and strong and bowling quick, in the nets ahead of their tour opener on December 5.
A shattered windscreen and people running for cover is a sight out of a war zone. Not from the peaceful Wanderers.
For all his life, he has been Sachin the player, Sachin the superstar. When he gets on to the other side of the fence, he will understand the game from an entirely different perspective, writes Javagal Srinath
There could not have been a more fitting farewell or a more special award for Sachin Tendulkar than being conferred with the Bharat Ratna.
With Sachin Tendulkar, no matter the size and quantum of his contracts, what he cherishes most is holding his bat aloft while acknowledging the cheers of his teammates and fans after scoring a hundred, writes Javagal Srinath.
Anand’s stamina will be severely tested by the young Carlsen in this eagerly anticipated final match.
Perform or perish, the message for Sehwag had been unambiguous for a long time, more so before the start of the ongoing Test series. The latter is what has been decided for him, at least for now. He must go, the selectors have unequivocally ordered, and justifiably so, for his Test records in the recent past haven’t been impressive. Aakash Chopra
Watching Dhoni captain India over the last couple of years, a psychologist would probably describe his performance as schizophrenic. Ian Chappell
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The best news Australia have received while touring India is the report of England's monumental first innings batting collapse in New Zealand and Graeme Swann's elbow operation, writes Ian Chappell.
The drastic decision to suspend four crucial players — Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson, and Usman Khawaja has left the cricketing world at odds. Even as Cricket Australia firmly defends its disciplinary action, many greats consider it to be too severe.
Now that Australia's management team has streamlined the selection process comes the difficult part - playing the third Test match.
Rain has certainly not helped Australia. If there was some play in Mohali, maybe the talking point would have been different. As it turned out, lack of action on the field meant action against the four Australian players continued to be the main topic of discussion.