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Five Thoughts on First ODI


KEEP CALM AND YOUNIS KHAN There was a time before this Younis Khan existed. There was a time when his only international 100 was against Hong Kong, and he would get out far too early in his innings, hopping and flapping. There was a time when he was bad enough that our hostel-wing cricket team had christened him Penis Khan. ... Read More »

Felipão and Nostalgia

By: Raimundo Colombo - CC BY 2.0

Sports fans are, by definition, the epitomes of nostalgia. They get addicted at an early age, and within days are bemoaning the changes and evolution of the sport they love. Their weeks and moods are dependent on watching and following – what Bill Russell called – “grown men playing a child’s game.” They crave for an idealized past that never ... Read More »

The Past and Present of English Football


In the post-Sky world of English football everything pre-1992 has been declared regressive. It is a time when, supposedly, partisanship and lawlessness ruled the landscape. The recent incidents of racism (or racist language if you prefer), and the subsequent defenses of it, have been shown these are the sort of practices English football should not attempt to revive. The intelligentsia’s ... Read More »