What is the greatest sight in any sport? Is it the spectacle? The passion for an individual or team? Maybe it’s the skill that mesmerises us. So, what is it for me? I’ll attempt to answer that through two stories. Over the weekend, I found myself watching a video of Muhammad Ali’s 1974 fight against … Continue reading When is a sport most thrilling?
When I was a schoolboy, Dhobi Talao in South Mumbai seemed like Ali Baba’s cave. I would gaze longingly at the cricket bats in the shop windows of the city’s sports goods hub, drawn there by my love for the game and the ache brought on by my lack of talent. The world seemed to … Continue reading The cricket store that’s a shrine to the game
Would I be a little over the top – or worse, jingoistic – if I say Sachin Tendulkar's century in Chennai was one of the strongest replies to the terror attacks in Mumbai? But first, let me take you back two decades, to February 1988. I was a schoolboy at the nets at Mumbai’s … Continue reading Cricket meets life
Aboard IC 809 to Delhi, August 8: Guess who was with us on the flight – Mahendra Singh Dhoni. The India one-day cricket captain was in Mumbai for a team selection meeting and was returning home. My colleague, a cricket-hater with a cricket-mad son, went wide-eyed, saying: “I don’t … Continue reading Dhoni-spotting