Back, yet again, from another ‘Filhaal’ retirement

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Having seen Mohammad Yousuf back in the news, this is the train of thought that went through my mind: “He’s been out for nearly 18 months, but still feels he has plenty to offer to the Pakistan cricket team…I’ve been out for nearly 9 months, but I still feel that I have ‘plenty’ to offer to the cricket blogosphere”. Yes, ...

Back, yet again, from another ‘Filhaal’ retirement

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Having seen Mohammad Yousuf back in the news, this is the train of thought that went through my mind: “He’s been out for nearly 18 months, but still feels he has plenty to offer to the Pakistan cricket team…I’ve been out for nearly 9 months, but I still feel that I have ‘plenty’ to offer to the cricket blogosphere”. Yes, ...

Spirit of Cricket at stake? Really?

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I only got to know of the “Ian Bell run-out incident” itself when I got onto the Cricinfo mobile site. Yes, the incident is unfortunate and did bring back memories of a match in 2006, when Baz McCullum took off the bails when Murali completed his run and then went to congratulate his batting partner, Sangakkara, on having reached his century. He ...

Spirit of Cricket at stake? Really?

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I only got to know of the ”Ian Bell run-out incident“ itself when I got onto the Cricinfo mobile site. Yes, the incident is unfortunate and did bring back memories of a match in 2006, when Baz McCullum took off the bails when Murali completed his run and then went to congratulate his batting partner, Sangakkara, on having reached his century. He ...

50p challenge – Swanny & Murali

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I have an admission to make which will keep the marketers away… I normally don’t post the nonsense which people usually ask me to do so on my “esteemed” blog via e-mail. Just hit the delete button and move on with life. However, this video, which was sent by a James Fick from Rubicon, the official drinks sponsor of the ...

50p challenge – Swanny & Murali

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I have an admission to make which will keep the marketers away… I normally don’t post the nonsense which people usually ask me to do so on my “esteemed” blog via e-mail. Just hit the delete button and move on with life. However, this video, which was sent by a James Fick from Rubicon, the official drinks sponsor of the ...

Random thoughts on the IPL so far…

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1. Pulse questions The IPL website guys keep coming up with some hilarious questions to ask on their website. As an example, for some reason, Robin Jackman seems to have accumulated a cult following during this year’s IPL. It might be because of his genial way of commentating. One of the questions asked during a match, when he was commentating, ...

Random thoughts on the IPL so far…

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1. Pulse questions The IPL website guys keep coming up with some hilarious questions to ask on their website. As an example, for some reason, Robin Jackman seems to have accumulated a cult following during this year’s IPL. It might be because of his genial way of commentating. One of the questions asked during a match, when he was commentating, ...

The True King of Comebacks

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The return of Sourav Ganguly to the IPL … Let me tell you one thing… Sourav Ganguly is the KING of comebacks! You have someone like Ajit Agarkar, who has made so many damn comebacks to competitive cricket that everyone keeps calling him the King of comebacks. But this guy, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, when he makes a comeback, he makes ...

The True King of Comebacks

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The return of Sourav Ganguly to the IPL … Let me tell you one thing… Sourav Ganguly is the KING of comebacks! You have someone like Ajit Agarkar, who has made so many damn comebacks to competitive cricket that everyone keeps calling him the King of comebacks. But this guy, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly, when he makes a comeback, he makes ...

Now we know why India don’t like the UDRS

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I had the good fortune, today, to catch the discussion before the match between Sri Lanka and Canada on Star Cricket. The host was the ever-smiling Harsha Bhogle, and with him were an interesting set of characters. One was Navjot Sidhu. I don’t think I have to tell anyone as to who he is. I don’t know much about Sidhu ...

Now we know why India don’t like the UDRS

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I had the good fortune, today, to catch the discussion before the match between Sri Lanka and Canada on Star Cricket. The host was the ever-smiling Harsha Bhogle, and with him were an interesting set of characters. One was Navjot Sidhu. I don’t think I have to tell anyone as to who he is. I don’t know much about Sidhu ...

Consistency the key for Sri Lanka at the World Cup

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Before I spam you with the first post on this blog after Bradman was dismissed for a duck by Eric Hollies,  I would, firstly, like to thank Subash Jayaraman, who has been very patient with me and gone through the torture that comes with working with me i.e. constantly reminding me to send in a World Cup preview for Sri ...

Consistency the key for Sri Lanka at the World Cup

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Before I spam you with the first post on this blog after Bradman was dismissed for a duck by Eric Hollies,  I would, firstly, like to thank Subash Jayaraman, who has been very patient with me and gone through the torture that comes with working with me i.e. constantly reminding me to send in a World Cup preview for Sri ...

Glory, glory hallelujah!

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Well, I don’t think I have to tell you that Sri Lanka just took the ODI series against Australia with one match to play. Yes, you heard that right, with ONE FRIGGIN’ MATCH TO PLAY. It’s still sinking in for me. Why? Because, even though our batsmen have not struggled too much in Australia, it’s been our bowlers who have ...

Glory, glory hallelujah!

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Well, I don’t think I have to tell you that Sri Lanka just took the ODI series against Australia with one match to play. Yes, you heard that right, with ONE FRIGGIN’ MATCH TO PLAY. It’s still sinking in for me. Why? Because, even though our batsmen have not struggled too much in Australia, it’s been our bowlers who have ...

Sri Lanka….FRIGGIN BASH THE AUSSIES!!!

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Yes, the post title aptly describes my feelings after watching 90% of the match (I was called back to office just a couple of balls before Thisara Perera finished off the game). It isn’t often that you see Sri Lanka beating Australia in any form of the game, anywhere, let alone in Australia. Moreover, the fact that it was pretty ...

Sri Lanka….FRIGGIN BASH THE AUSSIES!!!

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Yes, the post title aptly describes my feelings after watching 90% of the match (I was called back to office just a couple of balls before Thisara Perera finished off the game). It isn’t often that you see Sri Lanka beating Australia in any form of the game, anywhere, let alone in Australia. Moreover, the fact that it was pretty ...

Fire in my belly!

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OK, I’ll be really honest here. There’s going to be nothing in this post about any fire or water in my belly. The reason I put that as the title was only because that was the first phrase that came to my mind. Anyways, it’s been nearly 4 months since I’ve put up a proper post on this oft-neglected blog, ...

Fire in my belly!

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OK, I’ll be really honest here. There’s going to be nothing in this post about any fire or water in my belly. The reason I put that as the title was only because that was the first phrase that came to my mind. Anyways, it’s been nearly 4 months since I’ve put up a proper post on this oft-neglected blog, ...