My Writing

Cricket and Other Sports

Is Batter Better?

This article was first published on Wisden India in 2015. It is being re posted in light of ESPN Cricinfo officially adopting the term 'batter'. When I heard that Star would be broadcasting the women’s series between India and New Zealand, I was ecstatic! I thoroughly...

Who will watch the watchers?

Who will watch the watchers?

Menon’s call alone doesn’t make him a bad umpire, just like Shreyas Iyer’s inability to read Mohammed Shami’s knuckle ball didn’t make him a bad batter. These are professionals doing their jobs, and they can make mistakes. If they make too many, they lose their jobs. Quality umpiring comes from competition.

Shikha Pandey’s pilgrimage

Shikha Pandey’s pilgrimage

Shikha Pandey made that pilgrimage this week. As a child, she used to wake up early in the morning to watch the Test cricket that was played there. As a teenager, she probably fantasised over the spells she’s seen bowled there. Curtly Ambrose, his incredible  display, taking 7 for 1. Ishant Sharma, in the famous ‘ek aur karega’ match. Irfan Pathan’s match and ball-swinging heroics. 

As an adult, she’s now played there. 

How Kookaburra balls came to rule the world

This article was first published in The Cricket Monthly. * August 17, 1920. A leather-bound projectile with a cork core speeds towards a batter. There is nothing extraordinary about the object, or indeed the action of the man who releases it. But a sport is about to...