THE MODERN HAZARE, The Telegraph [Wednesday, February 16th, 2011]

In the winter of 1947-8, the Indian cricket team visited Australia to play four Test matches. Australia, led by Don Bradman, were by some distance the finest team in world cricket. India, on the other hand, were greenhorns, having only played ten Test matches, without winning any of them. To make matters worse, some of [...]

 
 
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  THREE CHEERS FOR TEST CRICKET, The Telegraph [Saturday, August 14th, 2010]

At close of play on the fourth day of the last Test of the recent India-Sri Lanka series, I rang up the legendary slow bowler Bishan Singh Bedi. The match was intriguingly poised. India needed a little over two hundred runs to win, and had seven wickets in hand. One of the overnight batsmen was [...]

 
 
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  THE INDIAN MOTHER’S DREAM SON-IN-LAW, The Hindu [Sunday, January 18th, 2009]

Although I have been a cricket-nut since childhood, and have written several hundred columns on the sport, I count only one Test cricketer—Bishan Singh Bedi—as a friend, and have a passing acquaintance with only a few others. The two letters I have written to cricketers were both addressed to residents of my home town, Bangalore. [...]

 
 
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  HOMAGE TO KUMBLE, The Hindu [Sunday, January 18th, 2009]

Although I have been a cricket-nut since childhood, and have written several hundred columns on the sport, I count only one Test cricketer—Bishan Singh Bedi—as a friend, and have a passing acquaintance with only a few others. The two letters I have written to cricketers were both addressed to residents of my home town, Bangalore. [...]

 
 
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  THE BOMBAY-KARNATAK CONNECTION, The Hindu [Sunday, May 8th, 2005]

The state of Karnataka is made up of three sections, each previously part of another political regime. There is ‘Old Mysore’, the districts in the south which once belonged to the princely state of that name. There is the ‘Hyderabad-Karnatak’, the collective name for the arid northern districts (Bijapur, Raichur, Gulbarga, etc.) that once formed [...]

 
 
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