R. Ashwin – The Bowling Mafia

As a kid when I went over the scorecard of the cricket matches that did not involve India, I could easily predict the bowler who would have taken most of the wickets. For Pakistan – either Wasim bhai or Waqar; For Australia – most probably McGrath; For Sri Lanka –…

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Silence in the Chaos – Cricket in Pakistan

It is 2011. Two years after international cricket is banned in Pakistan. Right across the Punjab University Law College (PULC), Sheikh continues to run his ancestral ‘kebab’ shop. A small kid is helping him out with the chores at the shop. Shahid, a 7 year old, is serving water and…

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India v Pakistan – The Poignant Affair

On a very hot afternoon in Jaisalmer in late March 2011 , ‘Jawan’ Lakhbir Singh was struggling hard to tune into the All India Radio. An encounter/ shoot out had an all-together different meaning today. It was not different in the second class compartment of a local train in Mumbai…

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The Unpredictables

If we play a game where you give me a word and I have to come up with an answer that best describes the word, phrases like ‘enigma’ , ‘abrupt’ , ‘unannounced’, ‘unpredictable’ will just have one answer – Pakistan Cricket Team. Their performance over the years has managed to…

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