Glenn Donald McGrath: The Metronome

rAmAyaNa & mahAbhArata is the answer to the quiz question, “Which are the two longest epics from India?”. rAmAyaNa is a (mostly) straightforward story of the God-King shrI rAma. mahAbhArata is an extremely complex story of our land, bhArata. rAmAyaNa & mahAbhArata differ from each other in one other aspect. vAlmiki, the former thief-turned-Adi kavi*, was […]

Some Statistics That Really Nonplus Me

Zimbabwe won a test series in Pakistan before India did. Sri Lanka are yet to even win a test match in India but have won a test series in Pakistan not once, not twice, thrice if we include their victory in the 2001 Asian Test Championship. Pakistan have beaten West Indies in 18 tests & lost 16 but […]

Trinidad & Tobago vs Combined Islands

An engrossing & enthralling contest ended in a stalemate in the picturesque Antigua Recreation Ground. The teams flew into Piarco to resume the 2nd leg of the quarterfinal tie to pick the opponent of the formidable Barbados in the semifinal. The weather was mostly dry with occasional bouts of rain from day 3 onwards. The pitch […]

The forgotten story of almost champions Sevilla 2006-07

A lot can happen in a minute goes the aphorism. In Vijay Deenanath Chauhan style, 9 years, 4 months, 11 days ago, a lot happened in less than a minute. 18 seconds to be precise. Four braces from four strikers ensured that the two matches ended 2-2 leaving the two warring giants of Spain level on […]

Il Fenomeno

He didn’t come to France to compete with the players of his generation, but to seek a place amongst the best of the two millennia—this one and the coming. If Romário, his predecessor, was subtlety, Ronaldo is exuberance. If Romário’s habitat was the penalty area, Ronaldo’s home would need to measure half the size of the […]

Squandered genius of the Buck-toothed magician from the big river of south

The defender hits the long ball, partly because of the proximity of the opposing player, towards the penalty area. One centrehalf heads it out. Our man stretches his leg, desperately, to control the ball with his back to the goal. He fails to reach it but fortunately his mate from Fuentealbilla, future MotM award winner […]

Roger Federer: The ‘.gif’t that keeps on giving

After going more than 15 years without missing one, the grand old man of tennis misses 2 in a year. Apparently even Roger Federer cannot escape the aging process. If Federer cannot, no one else can. Fedweener The Tweener Obvious place to start. Better to call the tweener Fedweener. The most famous of those eponymous […]