Vivo’s IPL acquisition: China, changing the face of sports business

If you have worked long enough in the sports industry, the word China will always catch your attention. Previously, it was because of the premium Chinese athletes who would astonish you with skills beyond belief and normally top the medal tally in most sporting events. Nowadays, the word China makes you twitch a bit in... Continue Reading →


Sir Ravindra Jadeja’s Excalibur: It cuts. It cuts deep

November 5, 2009 brings back bittersweet memories for every Indian cricket fan. In a cliff-hanger against the mighty Australians, Sachin Tendulkar produced a modern age classic. Chasing 351 runs to win, Tendulkar scripted an epic knock of 175. But India fell short. India fell heartbreakingly short. India lost the game by mere three runs. The superhero's... Continue Reading →

Rahul Dravid – a flop mentor but the one that Team India needs

2013 - Play-offs 2014 - Group stage 2015 - Play-offs 2016 - Group stage That's Rahul Dravid's CV as a coach/mentor. Add a Champions League final loss and a defeat in the World Cup U-19 final to that. The problem with Dravid, the mentor, is that his teams don't win trophies. In fact, when the... Continue Reading →


MS Dhoni and his race to the finish

As Jaspreet Bumrah walked away after the 19th over, Virat Kohli ran up to Hardik Pandya. Kohli left after a couple of pats on his back. Suresh Raina arrived. After a brief neck massage, Ashish Nehra was in his ears. By the time Pandya reached MS Dhoni, everyone had a twitchy bum. They knew what... Continue Reading →


Virat Kohli vs Sachin Tendulkar – the greatness debate

India loves Virat Kohli. India loves Sachin Tendulkar. And India loves to argue So, it's time we declare the house open for the engrossing - "Is Kohli better than Tendulkar?" - debate. I never understood how two players playing different roles can be compared. I never found a common yardstick because the variables - conditions,... Continue Reading →


Indian cricket : Time to reboot the ‘process’!

When Rahul Dravid was appointed as the batting consultant before the Test series in England, every Indian fan, including yours truly, was overjoyed. Suddenly, the atmosphere was electrifying and you got a feeling that BCCI has finally played a blinder in hiring a 'cool' customer. And after 28 years, the victory at Lord's was sweetly... Continue Reading →


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