Cricket

Gopal Bose – The Test Opener India Deserved but Never Had

Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'Rf8e7xEMT01-LS9T-LJKdQ',sig:'zvIFugBL8PyzjM_JV__1gyLRkDnkFKuWpgXIoIx9a8A=',w:'422px',h:'594px',items:'625344882',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })}); “Make sure you speak to Gopal when you go to Kolkata. The insight he can give you on Indian cricket, very few can.”  This was the advice Dilip Doshi, former Indian spin great gave me the day I spent in Bombay with him discussing his career and [...]

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Guest Column by Kersi Meher-Homji: Parsis were pioneers of Cricket in India

   

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The Importance of being Aiden Markram

  185 days, 1000 runs, 2 centuries, average 55.55.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'mUm18bRHTnRY2mX27vFgtw',sig:'2D-TFiheSoCjvsmjODZ3tatn99zXuS2dJYMGIjHRALI=',w:'594px',h:'396px',items:'940085044',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   Aiden Markram’s first day in Test cricket started just as it does for any debutant on the big stage, excitement and apprehension competing for ascendance as he walked out to bat against Bangladesh. But once he took [...]

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A ‘Black Bradman’ emerges out of a fledging cricketing nation: The Story of George Headley

The Man from Panama   Born in Panama of a mother from Jamaica and a father from Barbados who was involved in the building of the Panama Canal, and early schooled in Cuba, George Headley would never have become a cricketer if he hadn’t picked up Spanish.   When his parents moved to Cuba with [...]

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CW Specials: My Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Final Episode: The Waugh family – Kersi Meher-Homji

    I remember the exact date although it happened 34 years ago.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'-2fpdIN6T7ZEuDDDscBzkw',sig:'z1xPIgV4OhiZ5lBMtPVUdlyubFAIX8PJlxzmfDCCQPA=',w:'594px',h:'517px',items:'986273',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   My admiration for the Waugh family started in an Indian restaurant in George Street, Sydney, on 19 November 1984. That was the day New South Wales (NSW) had humbled the mighty West [...]

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CW Specials: My Close Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Part VIII: Kersi Meher-Homji

  PETER POLLOCK   Before bribery and corruption in cricket came out in the open it was easy to enter the players’ Dressing Room. During the tour of the Rest of the World led by Garry Sobers in 1971-72, I often sat in the SCG Dressing Room chatting with Sunil Gavaskar, Bishan Bedi and Farokh [...]

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CW Specials: My Close Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Part VII: Kersi Meher-Homji

JIM LAKER   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'An6u7uYVRVBnwsTinv_t3Q',sig:'dde0xXI7ntMDCD4CWu-IDjzXfnC32oU_WjW2rY8I9Sk=',w:'434px',h:'594px',items:'3319538',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   It was the fifth and final Ashes Test in January 1983 in Sydney with Australia leading 2-1. I could not believe my eyes, nor my luck when I saw the legendary English off-spinner Jim Laker sitting on my left just outside the Press-box. [...]

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CW Specials: My Close Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Part VI: Kersi Meher-Homji

RICHIE BENAUD   After Keith Miller another cricketing superman I was close and personal with was Richie Benaud, He was an all-time great all-round cricketer; a crafty leg-spinner who captured 248 wickets in 63 Tests, an attacking lower-order batsman who hit one of the fastest Test centuries, a brilliant gully fielder with amazing reflexes and [...]

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CW Specials: My Close Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Part V: Kersi Meher-Homji

KEITH MILLER   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'V5b8JsSkSHhllHIyN-t8Vw',sig:'rCHgMcFwyRMtO6xkQJO8ACGzsy3OKwfCSqYBIvHILTM=',w:'396px',h:'594px',items:'833511630',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   I have the good fortune to know this Australian cricket icon personally. Ask any knowledgeable cricket lover to name 10 greatest all-rounders, 15 fast bowlers, 10 six-hitters, five handsomest cricketers and 10 most interesting characters of the game. And only one name will [...]

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CW Specials: My Close Encounters with Cricketing Greats – Part IV: Kersi Meher-Homji

ERNIE TOSHACK   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'eEkkh-AIRy9R6oPdm0l9Ew',sig:'6a0YXVCHOS5TU0aY8GCGCTQrG4mOZL-3uti4heeQcrA=',w:'442px',h:'594px',items:'585382321',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   In 1994 I was researching on India’s inaugural Test in Brisbane in November-December 1947 and was impressed by a bowler’s figures of 2.3-1-2-5 and 17-6-29-6. Wow, 11 wickets for 31 runs in 19.3 overs as India tumbled for 58 and 98.   No, [...]

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