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Paisa vasool when Yuvi is on song

The cricket board may have its hands full in September.

No better 2020 Olympic host than Tokyo

Tokyo will host the 2020 Olympics. The decision makes perfect sense. No one has a crystal ball that can see seven years into the future in these contentious times.

Give Tendulkar some leeway


We have not seen the last of Sachin Tendulkar in Test cricket yet. But the end cannot be far away.

Watershed moment mocks cricket

What is it with the English weather that doing the moonlight spray in public view is considered a passable offence, either in expressing dissent as in the real Monty Panesar, at the nightclub or celebration as with the Ashes-winning team at The Oval?

Go ahead, pick your Dream XIs

Picking dream XIs can be the trickiest task. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, not always the diplomat, would, however, like to leave it well alone. And who can blame him for that? This is not an exercise a current player would like to indulge in, perhaps not only for fear of stepping on the toes of his contemporaries as much as the difficulty of comparing players across eras.

Aussies reduced to Ashes by aggressive England

The history of the Great Australian Choke is getting bigger by the day. The fourth Ashes defeat in five series and a dismal seventh defeat in eight Tests leave Aussie cricket reputation in absolute tatters. How the mighty have fallen.

Jadeja is a thinking bowler


No one is jumping on to the nearest rooftop to crow over the whitewash result in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.

BCCI charade blight on the game

Indian cricket is in a parlous state again thanks to BCCI’s unique ability to forego all principles and depend only on personalities to drive it.

Bradman kin, Rahman may sing together

A.R. Rahman

Two great names could come together on a Sydney stage soon. A Bradman may join A.R. Rahman to make history on August 24 at the All Phones Arena. Greta Bradman, granddaughter of the legendary Australian batsman, is herself on the road to stardom as an accomplished soprano.

Dark portent seen in awful Ashes Aussies


The last Australian captain to lose six Tests in a row resigned in a flood of tears, publicly on television. Michael Clarke is made of sterner stuff.

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I want to begin with a little story that was told to me by a leading executive at Aptech. He was exercising in a gym with a lot of younger people.

Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.