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Five Thoughts on the First T20

Mohd. Sami's Cricinfo page. (True story)

Bakwas Batsmen: It is a little known fact that Karl Marx had escaped to England largely to pursue his love for cricket. The man wrote a book called Das Kapitan on the art of captaincy, which was published as Das Kapital due to a typo. You and I both know that that dense tome can be interpreted to come up with anything, and so ... 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 »

Why haven’t we seen the Moneyball-ification of cricket?

moneyball

I was reading this great piece on Grantland on the “Kobe assist”, and this part, comparing basketball to baseball, and why the latter lends itself to statistical analysis, struck me: Baseball analytics had its epiphany in part because Bill James and others realized that baseball was only barely a team sport, and really could be reduced to a discrete sequence ... Read More »

The Past and Present of English Football

Fellaini

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 »

The End of Ricky P. Bush

Eyes

And so it happens. George W Bush has finally left. And as he bows out, as he turns away from the mics and walks off the stage, there is a sense of empathy. Perhaps even pity. He cut a sad figure didn’t he, near the end? You had wished that it would end for him, but you could finally, wistfully, ... Read More »