India Insight

Documentary captures Indian cricket’s lesser-known faces

October 28, 2013

Prithvi Shaw is 14 and looks like any other schoolboy at first glance. But those who have seen him wield a cricket bat call him India’s next Sachin Tendulkar. They say he’s as natural and as powerful in his stroke play as the world’s most famous batsman was at that age. Shaw started playing when he was three, going up against people more than twice his age.

Piecing together the ‘Great Tamasha’ of Indian cricket

August 23, 2013

The Great Tamasha” is a book about cricket, but it is also a tale about the rapid rise of modern India and the corruption that plagues it. A series of scandals in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the glitzy Twenty20 tournament run by the country’s cricket board, got James Astill hooked to the game in India. What followed was the 40-year-old journalist’s first book – an account of India’s rich cricketing tradition, politics, religion and the emergence of the cash-rich IPL.

Elsewhere in India: Maria Sharapova wins hearts, minds of cameramen

November 11, 2012

Here’s some more news that we found in the Indian press over the weekend and would like to share with you. Rather than present stories of great national importance, we would like to highlight some of the items that you are less likely to see in world news reports. Any opinions that the author might express are surely beneath contempt, and are not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters.

Time to look beyond Rohit Sharma

August 8, 2012

Indian cricket has always been blamed for persisting with players on account of reputation — and in some cases experience. But the way Rohit Sharma, who currently lacks both, was handed game after game on the recently concluded tour of Sri Lanka shows a new trend emerging — one that of selecting players on the basis of “unrealised potential”.

Mark of Boucher

July 14, 2012

In cricket, and in life, a perfect end is a rarity.

Even Don Bradman was bereft of it. Yet a not-so-perfect ending cannot deny a few sportsmen their legitimate place in the sun. South Africa’s wicket-keeper Mark Boucher is one such cricketer.

Sachin Tendulkar: from Wankhede to parliament

April 27, 2012

So it’s just a matter of time, according to media reports, before Sachin Tendulkar swaps his India jersey for starched white and walks into the Rajya Sabha.

In Dada, Yuvraj finds a way to use his unutilised hair gel

April 24, 2012

Yuvraj Singh has finally found a way to make sure the hair gel lying unused in his cupboard is not completely wasted.

Sari-clad cheerleaders add Indian touch to IPL franchise

March 27, 2012

The upcoming session of the Indian Premier League (IPL), India’s glamour-packed cricket tournament, will see a sartorial anomaly come to life — cheerleaders wrapped in saris.

Congratulate Virender Sehwag

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2011

Virender Sehwag has registered the highest individual score (219 runs) in 50-over cricket, blasting seven sixes and 25 fours during his 149-ball stay to light up Indore’s Holkar Cricket Stadium.

“Controversially Yours”: More marketing than malice

September 24, 2011

Never far from controversy in his playing days, Shoaib Akhtar has kicked up quite a storm in India with his autobiography “Controversially Yours”, questioning the integrity of most players he came across.