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Ten reasons why IPL IV failed to capture hearts, minds and wallets

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It was to be bigger,better, grander.

However, it has not worked out that way—for IPL 2011.

Television viewer’s interest plummeted, ticket sales tapered off and there was a jaded, sleazy feeling to the largest sporting extravaganza on the Indian sub-continent.

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Players whine about BCCI power (Humour)

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Who’s afraid of  Barrack Obama?

Certainly not international cricketers.

Why should they care about the most powerful man in the world, when they have to deal with the BCCI? Proximity bites.

The Indian cricket board is not popular with current players cutting across national borders.

You would think otherwise. Without the IPL, foreign players are at the mercy of their respective cricketing boards.

The lousy ingrates.

Cricketers believe that the BCCI has an undue influence on the ICC’s decision-making.

Grow up, chaps. Money makes the world go round—clockwise and counter-clockwise.

They whinge yet 32% promise to retire prematurely from national commitments  to take part in the IPL and sundry T20 tournaments.

Aren’t you chewing off the hand that feeds?

Red wine for the whiners, please!

Note: You didn’t get this from the grapevine.

Quote of the day:
You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do. – Henry Ford

Shahid Afridi asked to seek remedial therapy by PCB (Satire)

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In another blow to Shahid Afridi’s hopes of returning to the Pakistani cricket team, the team management made public a team psychiatrist’s report on the dashing all-rounder.

Mr. Gind Mames, a consulting psychotherapist, said that the former Pakistani ODI skipper is overly influenced by sports persons who have retired from their sport only to return in another attempt to regain youthful glory.

“Afridi is a huge fan of Michael Jordan, Michael Schumacher, Bjorn Borg, Imran Khan,George Foreman and Martina Navratilova, among others.” said Mr. Mames.

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Rob Steen: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

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“…precious few have ever had a) any concept of how to go about it or, b) any awareness that, no matter how hard you try, you cannot dictate how you are remembered.”

Rob Steen writing about Shane Warne’s legacy.

What he really meant:

“Time tells a tale on you.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“It’s a leg-acy.”


Sanjay Manjrekar: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

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What he said:

“Fans scream ‘Dilscoop’, and I think, ‘Thank god for the helmet’.”

Sanjay Manjrekar makes it clear that cricketers had it harder in his day, without the protection of a helmet.

What he really meant:

“Dilscoop—without protective gear—is akin to suicide.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Ice-cream, anyone?”


Bishan Singh Bedi: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

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What he said:

“When the players have been bought like slaves at an auction, they just can’t have rights.”

Bishan Singh Bedi minces no words in taking the BCCI to task for its hypocritical stance on the ‘club versus country’ debate.

What he really meant:

“The IPL is no EPL.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“The BCCI functions democratically and IPL franchisees are democracies.”


Club Over Country:Insular Indians wake up to dangers of IPL

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Let’s go ahead and admit it.

India, as a cricketing nation, is insular.

In the great ‘club versus country’ debate, Indian fans did not blink an eye when Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard figuratively gave the West Indian Cricket Board (WICB) the finger and plonked themselves at the IPL in the furnace-like heat of an Indian summer.

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Harsha Bhogle: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

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What he said:

“They are trying to be half-hour players; but for that, you’ll need to first be a good four-day player!”

Harsha Bhogle believes that T20 players have to be good at the longer formats first.

What he really meant:

“Longer version players can always adapt to the shorter version of the game. Vice-versa not quite!”

What he definitely didn’t:

“Half-an-hour of T20 and IPL will keep the selectors at bay.”



Ravi Shastri: What he said, really meant and definitely did not

Ravi Shastri, former Indian cricketer. 4 Test ...

What he said:

“Your last game was a good tight game against … Whom did you beat?”

Ravi Shastri makes it obvious that he lost the plot but not the words.

What he really meant

“It’s all coming back to me now….But just in case, it doesn’t , can you tell me?”

“Too many IPL games, how do I make it apparent to the viewers?” (stage whisper)

“Aw, come on, you really think I care?” (sotto-voce)

What he definitely didn’t:

“These tight games, they’re so exciting, I can’t recall the teams or the players. At least, I recall yours.”

“I know—I like hearing the sound of my own voice.”





Club over country: Sachin Tendulkar only cricketer to pass polygraph test (Satire)

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The “club over country” debate took a controversial fresh turn when the ICC and the BCCI released details of polygraph tests administered to a select bunch of international cricketers participating in the IPL.

Heeding complaints from fans and under intense media pressure and scrutiny, the BCCI roped in the country’s premier investigative agency ,the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) , to conduct a series of lie detector tests on certain high-profile players.

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