India Insight

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.

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.

IPL Kochi on its way out?

October 18, 2010

A policeman stands guard at one of the entrances to a cricket stadium during a match in the IPL tournament in Kolkata April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Parth Sanyal/Files
It’s intriguing arithmetic. After adding two new franchises to its stable, the Indian Premier League now runs the serious risk of going into its fourth edition with seven cricket teams, one less than the original eight.

India’s ‘Watergate’ rocks ruling Congress coalition

April 30, 2010

The Congress-led government, under scrutiny in the wake of allegations of financial irregularities in a multi-billion cricketing tournament, has now come under fire from the opposition over accusations it tapped phones of senior leaders.

Will democratisation help clean up gentleman’s game?

April 22, 2010

It started with a Twitter post and promptly snowballed into accusations of funding irregularities, corruption and misuse of power. Almost hard to believe it’s cricket that is being discussed here.