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Tiger, pigeon, pup and monkey — cricketers nicknamed after animals

Big Bird Joel Garner with Sunny Gavaskar By Kersi Meher-Homji  From 19th century till recent times, cricketers have had nicknames, from odd to contrasting to bang on target. And what a range — from Tiger O’Reilly, Tiger Pataudi, Slasher Mackay, Phantom Lawry, Chappelli, Sunny Gavaskar, Tangles Walker and Henry Lawson to Afghan Mark Waugh, Dizzy […]

A Truly Professional World XI

Vijay Merchant Keith Miller Kersi Meher-Homji employs tools of the trade to select one Are today’s cricketers professional enough? After employing tools of the trade, I’ve come up with a genuine Professional World XI where surnames of Test cricketers represent different professions; Engineer, Contractor, Bishop, Butler, Turner, Miller, Archer, Smith and Merchant as you holler […]

When music and cricket make a loving couple

     By Kersi Meher-Homji Music and cricket make an odd couple. How many musicians play cricket and how many cricketers sing professionally? Did you know that India’s mystery spinner BS Chandrasekhar hummed songs of legendary Indian singers K.L. Saigal and Mukesh when bowling in 1970s and 80s? Australia’s former Test fast bowler Brett Lee […]

Strongest Indian cricket team playing in Heaven

Dilip Sardesai By Kersi Meher-Homji  With no cricket being played in these Covid-kalichaudas days, what can a cricket writer do? Select Best World XIs, Best World Cup XIs, Best ODI XIs…? But that’s been done to death. Done to death? That gives me an idea. Why not select a Best Indian Test XI from immortal […]

Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi : The nawab of cricket

Kersi Meher-Homji remembers interviewing the legend Although it happened 23 years ago I remember it as if it was yesterday. I mean my one-on-one interview with the Nawab of Pataudi junior. In Sydney to open a photographic exhibition Encountering India on 16 May 1997, the Nawab and his charming actress wife Sharmila Tagore were greeted […]

India is coming, India is coming

By Kersi Meher-Homji Forget Covid-19. Forget everything unpleasant. The Indian cricket team will be touring Australia in December – January. Yipee! Do you remember the summer of 2018-19 when the team under Virat Kohli defeated Australia for the first time ever in Australia? Will they do it again with Steve Smith and David Warner back […]

Well done Aussie girls for winning the World Cup

By Kersi Meher-Homji A champion is a champion and Australian women cricketers proved it on Sunday. In the Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, they defeated India by 85 runs to hold the Trophy for the fifth time. Watched by a record crowd of 86000, openers Alyssa Healy (75 runs off only 39 balls smashing […]

India to meet Australia in Women’s World Cup Final on Sunday

By Kersi Meher-Homji What a coincidence! The first match in the current Women’s T20 World Cup) was between India and Australia on 21st February. The Final is between the same countries this Sunday. The semi-final match between India and England at the Sydney Cricket Ground yesterday was abandoned due to heavy rainfall. India proceeded to […]

Indian women cricketers on top but their male counterparts have disappointed so far

By Kersi Meher-Homji Do you remember the old song: Why can’t women be more like men? It was more funny than chauvinistic. After India’s women cricketers performing magnificently in Australia in the Twenty20 World Cup and Indian male cricketers losing the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington, I feel like saying: Why can’t Indian […]

India makes it to Women’s T20 World Cup semi-final with a thrilling last-ball win

By Kersi Meher-Homji What a thriller, what a climax! I am referring to the Women’s World Cup match between India and New Zealand in Melbourne yesterday. The result was in doubt till the final ball. New Zealand batter Hayle Jensen had to hit the last ball of the match for a four to secure a […]

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