Sunday, December 25, 2011

Michael Clarke needs to rethink leadership strategy.

Whatever happens at the MCG tomorrow, one thing is clear. Their batsmen would have gone through a litmus test which will decide which way the series will go. With or without India’s top pace bowlers on show, Australia’s green openers and creaky middle order will have to make a statement in Melbourne that drastically changes their opponents’ minds, and those of neutral viewers if only temporarily, about the vulnerability of their so called unpredictable batting line up.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

India’s tour of Australia: A Preview

On Boxing Day, the Melbourne Cricket Ground will host its traditional Boxing Day Test. A year ago, the MCG Boxing Day Test was the game in which England officially thwarted Australia’s advances on the Ashes, and their convincing innings victory allowed them to retain the Ashes for the first time since the 80’s. With Australia managing to avoid plunging to (many more) such depths since that landmark Test, the Australian public will very well look to the upcoming four Test series against a confident (and at times cocky) Indian outfit as a chance to win back some lost confidence as well as reputation.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Remembering Munich.

    They were some of the finest in the land. None were older than 28 and as many as four were 22 or younger. 53 years ago, Old Trafford's finest went up in flames.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Case of the Dinho: Why the Brazilian Should Stick to Europe

That Ronaldo de Assís Moreira, aka Ronaldinho Gaucho, aka Ronaldinho is a great player is under a cloud. Just four years ago, he was rubbing shoulders with Diego Maradona as probably the greatest exponent of the game in living memory. Indeed, his complete control of the ball at his feet, the ability to swerve it one way, then the other, all the time keeping his marker guessing just what is going to happen next, is a sight to behold. For a brief moment it seemed as though the buck toothed genius was back. The moment was fleeting.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Birmingham City – Manchester United: United’s Game Review

    That Birmingham City got away with a 1-1 draw is perhaps as much a reflection of the spirit Alex McLeish has instilled in his side, as it is of the quality the FA possesses in terms of referees. Indeed, it is not often in the Premier League that one gets to see a game that is not marred by some sort of refereeing controversy. While refereeing blunders are not uncommon in football the world over, the Premier League somewhat specializes in refs who claim all the back page headlines more often than not.

Against the Best: Statistical Analysis of the Best Batsmen against the Best Bowlers of the Tendulkar Era

    With the recent batting success of Jacques Kallis there have been many cries to elevate Kallis to the post of the vice-'best-modern-day-batsman', ahead of India's Sachin Tendulkar, and just behind West Indian legend, Brian Lara.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

To 4-3-3 or Not to 4-3-3? That is the Question…

    … To rephrase the great Will Shakespeare. It's a question that another great Brit is probably grappling with.