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From Bradman to Kohli – A Book Review

  It took 71-years and eleven tours down under before Virat Kohli finally ended the wait for Godot, triumphantly holding aloft the victor’s trophy, heralding a new year, and a fresh beginning for his country. India had won a Test series down under for the first time. The wait for prolific Cricket writer, historian and [...]

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A Story of Two Railway Canteens (For Kerry O’Keefe and Mark Waugh)

  Last week social media erupted with justified indignation and angst at Kerry O’Keefe’s ill-advised attempt at levity in suggesting that Indian opener Mayank Agarwal’s 1000 runs scored in a month in the previous Ranji season had been made against a Railway Canteen XI.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'8jI3Cz8xR6lpnYaEc5ouxw',sig:'xXTMRCoh-XKFGpbt3hs1hxqGdP0znV0bOFsBCAIm9RM=',w:'594px',h:'430px',items:'585028012',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   Agarwal [...]

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Life Begins at 32 – The Story of Clarrie Grimmett and Yasir Shah

  In February 1925, one of the greatest leg spin bowlers in the history of the sport made his debut for his adopted country Australia at the age of 33. His name was Clarrie Grimmett.   Embed from Getty Imageswindow.gie=window.gie||function(c){(gie.q=gie.q||[]).push(c)};gie(function(){gie.widgets.load({id:'zV_gJIjTQGlN2cyvOWvFwA',sig:'uHzgu4o-MoM3jTMEkktxTLKsS1TLlzR3POUH1eVl2eM=',w:'431px',h:'594px',items:'637441538',caption: true ,tld:'com',is360: false })});   It had been an incredibly long journey for Grimmett from [...]

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CW Specials: Three wicket-keepers in a Test XI – is this a record? – Kersi Meher-Homji

A wicket-keeper in a team is like a pianist in an orchestra. There is room for only one.   A cricket team usually has five to six specialist batsmen, an all-rounder, two to three quickies and one or two spinners. But only one wicket-keeper. My heart goes out for the wicket-keepers. You may be the [...]

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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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