Sachin Tendulkar and Shane Warne have launched a Legends T20 Cricket League to be held in the USA in August-September.
Shah Rukh Khan has gone a step further and extended the Kolkata Knight Riders brand by buying Caribbean T20 team Trinidad & Tobago. Mark Wahlberg and Gerard Butler are other actor-owners of Barbados Tridents and Jamaica Tallawahs respectively.
This confluence of acting and cricketing giants to promote the sport overseas is welcome.
The more the merrier.
Ageing superstars and retired cricketers have much more in common than their age. They enjoy a hold on their fans way past their expiry date.
The Legends T20 League will test this theory. More power to them.
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.
Browsing cricketing articles can be a source of joy, especially when the writer knows what he’s talking about.
Aakash Chopra is one among few ex-cricketers who dons his thinking cap before typing words into his posts.
In his recent article “Reinventing The ODI,” the ex-India opener tackles the future of the 50-over format.
Ricky Ponting finally gave in.
Hordes of critics baying for his blood would not be denied.
The World Cup loss to India, in the quarters, was the final straw.
Much as Ricky Ponting would have liked to take the terminal blow on his chin—like a man—he would be first to admit that multiple body blows over the past few months had left him with more than just a bloody, broken finger.
It made him vulnerable—never a happy state of affairs for an Australian captain.
When I think of Yuvraj Singh, I recall his unbeaten 84 in just his second one-dayer against the mighty Australians facing quality fast-bowling in the form of Glenn McGrath, Jason Gillespie and Brett Lee.
His knock powered India to an unlikely win. A star was born.
Sachin Tendulkar scores yet another century.
What’s the big deal?
Oh, it’s his 50th one. Is this the best of the lot?
Not by a long shot.
1> No team has won the title more than once but then we are only in the 3rd edition of the IPL. The final between CSK and Mumbai Indians ensured that there would be a fresh champion once more.
2> The 3rd and 4th place match was a replay of last year’s final with Royal Challengers Bangalore having some semblance of sweet revenge for last year’s loss to the Chargers, though Kumble might not agree! Bangalore now go onto the T20 Champions Trophy! Just to remind you that none of the IPL teams featured in the semi-finals of last year’s T20 Champions tournament.