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What he said, really meant and definitely didn’t: Tillakaratne Dilshan


What he said:

“Next season I’ll need a bullet-proof chest pad as Gayle is hitting them like a rocket.”

Tillakaratne Dilshan on Chris Gayle’s blazing form for Royal Challengers Bangalore and how he’s enjoying the close-up view.

What he really meant:

“The way Gayle’s playing, I’m safer in the pod.”

What he definitely didn’t:

“If I get the bullet-proof chest guard, I’m touring Pakistan.”

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What they said, meant and definitely didn’t: A B De Villiers


What he said:

“I really can’t pin-point anything that we are doing wrong except for bad fielding, bad bowling and bad batting.”

A.B. De Villiers on the problems with the Royal Challengers Bangalore team.

What he meant:

“We’re not playing cricket, really!”

What he definitely didn’t:“It was a team dare. Can we play worse than the television experts comment? I guess, we did.”

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Five Sizzling Questions Facing Indian Tennis


Sania Mirza at Cincinnati in July, 2007

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The Wall Street Journal—at the start of the 2011 Australian Open—published an article titled Five Sizzling Tennis Questions.

The questions were:

 Are Rafael Nadal‘s injuries behind him?

What about Roger?

Who are the other challengers on the men’s side?

Is this the year of the Woz?

Is the women’s ranking system legitimate?

The answers to four of the questions are still up in the air.

Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open victory has given doubters more than a hint as to who’s not hanging to the coat-tails of the big guns—Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Using the article as inspiration, I arrived at five burning questions for Indian tennis:


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Anil Kumble bids farewell to IPL, continues as chief mentor to RCB


Anil Kumble of India in action

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Anil Kumble will not be on sale in IPL 4.

The former India captain and leg-spinner has withdrawn his name from the list of players for the Jan 8-9 auction.

The move, by itself, is not a surprise;its timing and suddenness has aroused speculation.

Jumbo is a busy man. He has a lot on his plate. He was recently elected President of Karnataka State Cricket Board. He is also a  businessman and a keen wildlife photographer.

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Gods of Clay!


2010 French Open OddsRafa & Roger were chatting the whole way off t...

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King Of The Red Clay

With the French Open looming large on the horizon , the 23rd of May, 2010 to be precise, I thought I’d pen a few words on the  French Open , tennis and my favorites for the title of King of the Red Clay at Roland Garros.

Quote of the day:
If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me. – Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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IPL Musings – II


Shane Warne.

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Now that IPL 3 is finished & done and Chennai Super Kings rule supreme with their name engraved on the (hideous) trophy, a few more thoughts on the IPL and the final:

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.

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