India Insight

Shastri, Gavaskar paid to preach BCCI gospel?

August 6, 2011

Going by this Mumbai Mirror report, the world’s richest cricket board has two of the most silver-tongued player-turned-commentators on its payroll to spread its agenda.

Of Tendulkar, Bharat Ratna and populism

July 29, 2011

It’s rare for politicians to be of one mind in the world’s biggest and arguably the noisiest democracy.

from Left field:

ICC name best test team of all time. Right or wrong?

July 18, 2011

The ICC has unveiled the best test team of all time as voted for by fans on the governing body's website. The ICC offered a shortlist to choose from.

India to embrace DRS after Sabina Park experience?

June 24, 2011

Australian umpire Daryl Harper might have done what months of persuasion could not — to make the Indian cricket board see logic in the Decision Review System (DRS).

An Indian cricket coach for team India?

April 14, 2011

India's players celebrate with their trophy after India won the ICC Cricket World Cup final match against Sri Lanka in Mumbai April 2, 2011. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

The Indian cricket team has not had a full-time local coach in over a decade since John Wright took over possibly the second most challenging job in world cricket in 2000. Barring the Greg Chappell debacle, the two other foreign coaches the team has employed have delivered.

Doesn’t anyone love the underdog anymore?

April 7, 2011

It is said that everyone loves the underdog. You can’t fault Ireland if they disagree.

Afridi’s remarks create ripples off cricket pitch

April 5, 2011

Maverick Pakistan cricket captain Shahid Afridi is best known for his “boom boom” batting and for scoring the fastest hundred in the 50-over version of the game.

from Photographers' Blog:

Editing thousands of cricket pictures a day

By Altaf Bhat
April 4, 2011

Sports and Action photography is all about timing. It’s about reacting. It’s about being in the right place at the right time and it’s about execution.

Will Singh add Pakistan to his list of triumphs?

March 28, 2011

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has long wanted to secure what his dozen predecessors have failed to achieve: lasting peace with arch rival Pakistan. But, if the WikiLeaks cables are to be believed, Singh probably remains isolated in pursuing his dream.

from Afghan Journal:

Standing on the warfront: when sport divides India and Pakistan

March 27, 2011


In the run-up to Wednesday's cricket match between India and Pakistan, passions are running high on both sides of the border and in the diaspora which is following their teams' progress in the game's biggest tournament.