Pradeep Magazine

Before I come to the point, a bit of a preamble is required. Even at the best of times, the relationship between those who perform and those who write and pass judgments on them is tenuous. And at the worst of times, it is tense and edgy. Over the years, both have generally learnt to live with each other and not cross the line between being downright rude and extra respectful, writes Pradeep Magazine.

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Captain MS Dhoni: An unconventional mind with a magnanimous heart

It all began in 2007 when the seniors of the team had decided to keep away from T20, the mini version of the game, which was yet to be taken as a serious threat to its longer version. A dynamic young unconventional explorer of the game, MS Dhoni, was handed over the reins of Indian cricket team for the inaugural ICC World T20 and the rest is history.

MS Dhoni has authored many audacious moves on the field,where field placements or bowling changes appeared whims of an undecipherable mind till they resulted in grand success, the biggest of them being two World Cups, the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ICC ODI World Cup (in pic) in 2011.(Reuters)
MS Dhoni has authored many audacious moves on the field,where field placements or bowling changes appeared whims of an undecipherable mind till they resulted in grand success, the biggest of them being two World Cups, the ICC World T20 in 2007 and the ICC ODI World Cup (in pic) in 2011.(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 09, 2017 11:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Virender Sehwag has a new career on social media: Entertainer with a cause

Virendra Sehwag is social media’s new funny man. Here’s how his earthy charm and pointed jibes have earned him a brand new set of fans!

Virender Sehwag is social media’s new funny man. Read on to know how his earthy charm and pointed jibes have earned him a brand new set of fans!(Sanjeev Verma)
Virender Sehwag is social media’s new funny man. Read on to know how his earthy charm and pointed jibes have earned him a brand new set of fans!(Sanjeev Verma)
Updated on May 08, 2017 07:07 AM IST

Anurag Thakur’s sack a warning for all; no lover of Indian cricket will be sad

Good governance means putting in place systems that don’t rely on individuals and their coterie to run amok and do what they like. Anurag Thakur’s axe as BCCI president will send a strong message to other sports administrators crazy for power

Anurag Thakur has been sacked by the Supreme Court as BCCI president for defying the proposals made by the RM Lodha panel(AFP)
Anurag Thakur has been sacked by the Supreme Court as BCCI president for defying the proposals made by the RM Lodha panel(AFP)
Updated on Jan 02, 2017 08:59 PM IST

Virat Kohli vs Joe Root: Nothing official about it, so why this silly debate?

The team chosen for the year 2016 by the ICC is by no means the final World XI and can be disputed without expressing outrage of the kind TV channels would like to incite to gain TRP ratings. This just goes to show how touchy we as a nation can be when it comes to judging who the best player/best team is, especially when India is in contention

(AFP)
(AFP)
Updated on Dec 26, 2016 04:34 PM IST

BCCI’s defiance, Supreme Court’s reluctance could lead to chaotic situation

What should worry the followers of the game is that the BCCI, even after the appointment of administrators, is likely to create all sorts of problems and continue to defy the Supreme Court order on execution of the Lodha panel reforms

BCCI pesident Anurag Thakur has been charged with perjury by the Supreme Court. The top court is mulling to appoint a panel of administrators ti run the BCCI and implement the Lodha panel reforms.(PTI)
BCCI pesident Anurag Thakur has been charged with perjury by the Supreme Court. The top court is mulling to appoint a panel of administrators ti run the BCCI and implement the Lodha panel reforms.(PTI)
Published on Dec 19, 2016 06:13 PM IST

India vs England: No doctored wickets; series win augurs well for Kohli’s team

Alastair Cook’s England team will be the first to admit they were beaten fair and square by a Virat Kohli’s young team which was far superior to them and had better spinners and batsmen for the conditions on offer.

Skipper Virat Kohli was named the man of the match.(REUTERS)
Skipper Virat Kohli was named the man of the match.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 12, 2016 09:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Jayant Yadav makes a mark, despite spotlight on Virat Kohli

In an age where players announce their arrival in a flash while excelling in the IPL and getting noticed while bowling four overs or hitting a few sixes, Jayant Yadav is a throwback to an earlier era.

Jayant Yadav underlined his potential as an all-rounder with his maiden hundred in only his third Test.(AP)
Jayant Yadav underlined his potential as an all-rounder with his maiden hundred in only his third Test.(AP)
Published on Dec 11, 2016 02:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Virat Kohli has the final say, makes debate on pitch redundant in Wankhede Test

Watching India bat on Friday and in the first session of the third day on Saturday, it did appear that the spin we had seen from the Indians had more to do with the superior quality of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja than any devil in the wicket. It had also something to do with the superior footwork of the centurion Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara and when wickets were falling, with Virat Kohli’s tremendous ability to negotiate the turning ball.

India captain Virat Kohli scored his 15th Test century on Day 3 of the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.(PTI)
India captain Virat Kohli scored his 15th Test century on Day 3 of the fourth Test against England at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Saturday.(PTI)
Published on Dec 10, 2016 04:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Spin test for England as well as Virat Kohli and his men in Mumbai

The Wankhede wicket for the fourth India vs England Test was turning sharply and bouncing as well on Day 2. The conditions were such that you would have expected Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja to run through the England side. However, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid can be a perfect combination on tracks like these.

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after taking an England wicket during Day 2 of the fourth Test at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Ashwin took six wickets while spin partner Ravindra Jadeja took four English scalps in the first innings.(PTI)
Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates after taking an England wicket during Day 2 of the fourth Test at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. Ashwin took six wickets while spin partner Ravindra Jadeja took four English scalps in the first innings.(PTI)
Published on Dec 09, 2016 04:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ravichandran Ashwin leads India’s fightback after Keaton Jennings’ maiden ton

Ravichandran Ashwin was the star on Day 1 of the Mumbai Test as England squandered a solid platform that was set up by Keaton Jennings’ century on debut.

Mumbai: Indian spinner R Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow(not in pic) on the first day of the fourth Test match against England in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar(PTI12_8_2016_000147B)(PTI)
Mumbai: Indian spinner R Ashwin celebrates the wicket of Jonny Bairstow(not in pic) on the first day of the fourth Test match against England in Mumbai on Thursday. PTI Photo by Santosh Hirlekar(PTI12_8_2016_000147B)(PTI)
Published on Dec 08, 2016 07:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Despite Vizag defeat, don’t write off England just yet

Though India beat England in Vizag to take a 1-0 lead, there are enough pointers from the two Tests played so far that this five-match series is far from over.

Fast bowler Stuart Broad’s injury has dampened England cricket team’s spirits.(AFP)
Fast bowler Stuart Broad’s injury has dampened England cricket team’s spirits.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 21, 2016 04:24 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

India vs England: Virat Kohli’s focus is like a monk who meditates on his breath

Virat Kohli, unlike many other batsmen, has such a voracious appetite for runs, that it does not matter which format he is playing in. The second innings essay in the first Test against the England cricket team at Rajkot was by any yardstick a phenomenal exhibition of a batsman at the top of his craft.

In the Vizag Test against the England cricket team, Virat Kohli may have scored a century in the first innings, but the knock he will cherish is the one he played in the second innings on Sunday.(REUTERS)
In the Vizag Test against the England cricket team, Virat Kohli may have scored a century in the first innings, but the knock he will cherish is the one he played in the second innings on Sunday.(REUTERS)
Updated on Nov 20, 2016 06:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Vizag Test: Virat Kohli and India need to work on how to use DRS, not waste it

It was after a long gap and much persuasion that India finally said yes to the DRS, in the ongoing India vs England series. One of the reasons, apart from the technology having improved over the years, was the realization that the DRS does more good than harm and eliminates the howlers that umpires do tend to commit once in a while.

The moment Jonny Bairstow swept Ravichandran Ashwin to fine-leg, the off-spinner was so convinced that the ball had gone off the batsman’s pads and not the bat, that he immediately asked for a review. There was no consultation with those close to the wicket and the replays showed that the batsman had gloved the ball.(Reuters)
The moment Jonny Bairstow swept Ravichandran Ashwin to fine-leg, the off-spinner was so convinced that the ball had gone off the batsman’s pads and not the bat, that he immediately asked for a review. There was no consultation with those close to the wicket and the replays showed that the batsman had gloved the ball.(Reuters)
Updated on Nov 19, 2016 07:01 PM IST
By, New Delhi

India vs England: Alastair Cook’s dismissal opened floodgates for India

Though Ravichandran Ashwin did the trick for Team India, the most striking blow was struck by Mohammad Shami when he dismissed Alastair Cook with a stunning delivery.

India's Mohammad Shami celebrates after dismissing England skipper Alastair Cook on Friday.(AFP)
India's Mohammad Shami celebrates after dismissing England skipper Alastair Cook on Friday.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 18, 2016 07:59 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

From toss to Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara show: All’s right for India in Vizag

On a wicket, which we are told will turn and turn as the match progresses, winning the toss was of vital significance. Virat Kohli won that crucial first round without a ball being bowled. Kohli (151 nout out) then combined with Cheteshwar Pujara (119) to put India in a commanding position after Day 1’s play in Visakhapatnam

After the openers went out cheaply, India skipper Virat Kohli (left) and Cheteshwar Pujara got together to build a 226-run partnership that put India not just on a path of recovery but that of dominance in Visakhapatnam.(AFP)
After the openers went out cheaply, India skipper Virat Kohli (left) and Cheteshwar Pujara got together to build a 226-run partnership that put India not just on a path of recovery but that of dominance in Visakhapatnam.(AFP)
Updated on Nov 17, 2016 05:22 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

BCCI defiance on Lodha reforms making Supreme Court appear a helpless spectator

What we are witnessing is something unprecedented: a sports body, run under the registrar of societies act, like thousands in the country, telling the chief justice of the Supreme Court that though I respect your authority and the right to pass a judgment, I am sorry, I can’t implement your order.

A fle photo of Chairman of the Supreme Court Committee on Reforms in Cricket Justice (retd.) R M Lodha.(PTI Photo)
A fle photo of Chairman of the Supreme Court Committee on Reforms in Cricket Justice (retd.) R M Lodha.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 06, 2016 10:32 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

For Test cricket’s sake, it’s time to break the home-advantage cycle

England’s swift surrender on an excruciatingly slow but viciously spinning track against Bangladesh, holds promise of an Indian dominance against them in the Test series that begins this month.

Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim, left, celebrates with his teammates Imrul Kayes, center, and Mominul Haque after their victory over England.(AP Photo)
Bangladesh's captain Mushfiqur Rahim, left, celebrates with his teammates Imrul Kayes, center, and Mominul Haque after their victory over England.(AP Photo)
Published on Oct 31, 2016 03:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Travel, food woes, bad hosts: Ranji neutral venues create more complications

The massive exercise of playing at neutral venues, which could be a logistical nightmare, it seems, has not been properly thought-out and executed.

Apart from this being a logistical nightmare which should have been planned better, the larger point here remains. And that is the need to do away with the home and away matches.(PTI)
Apart from this being a logistical nightmare which should have been planned better, the larger point here remains. And that is the need to do away with the home and away matches.(PTI)
Published on Oct 24, 2016 03:26 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Time for ‘Captain Cool’ Dhoni to hand over the baton to Virat Kohli

There can be no greater acceptance and adulation of a person than when people start wearing his masks and actors impersonate him on cinema screens.

Indian ODI captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli during net practice on the eve of their second ODI against New Zealand at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Indian ODI captain MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli during net practice on the eve of their second ODI against New Zealand at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.(Mohd Zakir/HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 22, 2016 10:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Better late than never: India warms up to the Decision Referral System

The Indian cricket establishment, it seems, has finally woken up to the need of accepting the Umpire Decision Referral System (DRS).

India’s first experience with the DRS was in Sri Lanka, way back in 2008, where they failed to get the favour of majority of the referrals they made.(AFP Photo)
India’s first experience with the DRS was in Sri Lanka, way back in 2008, where they failed to get the favour of majority of the referrals they made.(AFP Photo)
Updated on Oct 17, 2016 10:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

In celebrating India’s series win, spare a thought for Cheteshwar Pujara

In India’s frenetic scramble for some quick runs, Pujara scored a 148-ball hundred at a strike rate of 68. Not bad by any yardstick and at no stage of the innings did it appear that he was not playing in the “interest” of the team.

Pujara scored 101 off 148 balls for his eighth Test century.(AFP)
Pujara scored 101 off 148 balls for his eighth Test century.(AFP)
Updated on Oct 11, 2016 05:23 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Even if judicial overreach, Lodha reforms welcome

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Published on Oct 11, 2016 06:18 AM IST

Even if BCCI feels it is judicial overreach, Lodha report welcome

BCCI’s unprecedented defiance of the Supreme Court order seems to be a clever ploy to project itself as a victim of judicial overreach.

It sounds strange that many of those who welcomed the Justice Lodha panel’s recommendations as a step in the right direction, are now saying that the judiciary should step back a bit.(PTI)
It sounds strange that many of those who welcomed the Justice Lodha panel’s recommendations as a step in the right direction, are now saying that the judiciary should step back a bit.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 10, 2016 07:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Ashwin’s routine act and the certainty of a victory sum up Day 3 for India

Right from the moment India built a huge first innings score, a defeat seemed imminent for the New Zealanders.

India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates after the wicket of New Zealand's Ross Taylor.(REUTERS)
India's Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates with teammates after the wicket of New Zealand's Ross Taylor.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 10, 2016 04:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Indore Test: Ice-cool Rahane matches fiery Kohli as India march ahead of NZ

If Kohli lets his aggressive attitude reflect in the expansive strokes he plays, Rahane, though no less rounded a batsman, appears limited in comparison, though he is not shy of flirting with risks for the sake of his team.

Rahane and Kohli’s partnership of 365 is now India’s highest for the fourth wicket.(PTI)
Rahane and Kohli’s partnership of 365 is now India’s highest for the fourth wicket.(PTI)
Updated on Oct 09, 2016 04:35 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

India vs NZ: Virat Kohli greets full house in Indore with majestic century

The crowd, as the day wore on, got to see what most cricket fans have raved about all over the world. And that is Virat Kohli at his flowing best.

Virat Kohli was at his flowing best, busy playing strokes of exquisite timing, without a hint of being in any haste or being troubled by bouts of impatience.(REUTERS)
Virat Kohli was at his flowing best, busy playing strokes of exquisite timing, without a hint of being in any haste or being troubled by bouts of impatience.(REUTERS)
Updated on Oct 08, 2016 05:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Fair is foul and foul is fair: The BCCI mantra to save itself

Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil Dev have been put in the forefront to defend the Board’s stand on the few recommendations they don’t want to implement.

On Tuesdya, the BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that the reputation of the Board has been ruined by the freezing of its bank accounts.(PTI)
On Tuesdya, the BCCI president Anurag Thakur said that the reputation of the Board has been ruined by the freezing of its bank accounts.(PTI)
Published on Oct 05, 2016 04:14 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Board being hypocritical in this home-away game

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Published on Oct 04, 2016 06:05 AM IST

‘Home-and-away’ strategy towards pitches reveals BCCI’s hypocrisy

India’s overdrive in making wickets that blatantly favour their spinners was on display in the Test series against South Africa at home.

indian cricketer Virat Kohli ducks a rising delivery on the third day of the second cricket test match.(AP Photo)
indian cricketer Virat Kohli ducks a rising delivery on the third day of the second cricket test match.(AP Photo)
Published on Oct 03, 2016 09:21 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

India do the expected against the Kiwis at Eden Gardens to become top Test side

Since India are playing 11 more Test matches at home, they are now in a position to cement their place at the top and stay there for some time.

Indian players celebrate the fall of a wicket on the fourth day of the second Test match against New Zealand.(PTI Photo)
Indian players celebrate the fall of a wicket on the fourth day of the second Test match against New Zealand.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 03, 2016 05:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
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