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 […]

युधिष्ठिरः – The son of यमः & Lessons for Narendra Modi

yudhishthira is one of mahabhArata’s wisest men. The extent of his knowledge and understanding of shruti, smriti & shAstrA is clearly elucidated in the famous yaksha prashna during the pANDavA brothers’ 13 year exile. He was already a very popular king and yet after the war he goes to dEvavrata, his grandsire, to seek his […]

Combined Islands vs Trinidad & Tobago

The Caribbean All Time XI test championships begin with the quarterfinal clash between Combined Islands and Trinidad & Tobago. Since Combined Islands are seeded fifth they play the second “leg” away in Port of Spain. The picturesque Antigua Recreation Ground is the venue for the 1st leg. The pitch is dry with a bit of […]

Combined Islands All Time XI

The Combined Islands (Leeward Islands, Windward Islands) has historically sent the fewest test cricketers. It has however produced a few test cricketers of exceptional quality. 1. Devon Smith A weak choice but there are hardly any openers of note from the Islands. 2. Stuart Williams Another weak choice but there really are no other batsmen […]

Trinidad & Tobago All Time XI

Trinidad & Tobago usually “portmanteaued” as Trinbago. My most favourite batsman is the Prince of Trinidad. A sweetly timed Brian Lara cover drive is a source of endless pleasure to yours truly. 1. Jeff Stollmeyer Lost his best years to the war but ended with an average of 42.33. Formed a formidable opening partnership with […]