Cricket takes time, and older players are one of the few social groups that are no longer time-poor. Many love the game but ended their club careers because they didn’t want to take up a place that might be filled by a young player. Age-group cricket relieves that burden, and offers a team full of peers to play with. For them it’s a place to belong again.
One of those rare moments in the history of the game when man’s best friend accompanied him on to the ground and ended up demolishing the opponents.
In 2004, Dinesh Chandimal stood on a hill and watched in horror his house being flooded and then being washed away. He resolved to fight for his family and take care of them. He did that through his cricket.
The first ball he faced in English club cricket was bowled by Eddo Brandes, pro at that season’s eventual champions Haslingden. “I had him absolutely plumb lbw,” recalls Brandes, but the presence of a couple of thousand spectators dissuaded the umpire from pooping the party, and Richards went on to score 87, one fewer than Rishton’s margin of victory. “I saw him in a hotel foyer at the World Cup later that year and he admitted he was stone dead,” laughs Brandes.
No, traditional cricket is not supposed to be played in whites. Not unless there is a very specific window of traditionalism. Arunabha Sengupta looks at the way the cricket dress has evolved through the years.
Madhavrao Scindia: He was smart, handsome and an astute politician. He loved cricket and went on to become president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India. He had a wish—to open the batting with Sunil Gavaskar and have a partnership of 50 runs……The duo put on 50 runs and then, fortunately for the opponents, a meeting in Delhi required the maharaja to depart urgently. It was a true royal departure; the match was halted as everyone bid him adieu.
Some in the leadership in the team are of the view that Saha is the best pure wicketkeeper in the world right now. “If team coach and captain are saying this then it is a big morale boost, because it is not an easy job keeping wicket,” Saha said.