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India’s recent journey from zero to hero and back to zero

By Kersi Meher-Homji Indian cricket lovers were down in the dumps on 19th December last year when Virat Kohli’s men were dismissed for 36 all out and lost the Adelaide Test by 8 wickets. But they fought back under Ajinkya Rahane winning the Melbourne Test, heroically drawing the Sydney Test and miraculously winning the Brisbane […]

The miracles of Kolkata and Adelaide Tests in the new millennium

By Kersi Meher-Homji Cricket lovers in India, Australia and all over the world are still talking about the magical Brisbane Test last week which an injury-ridden India won by 3 wickets in the final pulsating minutes. May I remind readers that India had recorded similar unexpected victories over Australia; at Kolkata and Adelaide in the […]

Oh what a feeling, a magical Test triumph

By Kersi Meher-Homji I have witnessed many Test victories in my 60 years of match reporting, but the Brisbane see-sawing Test which ended yesterday when India won in the final over as the greatest. I am tempted to write, grammatically incorrect but emotionally accurate, “greatestest”! Call it magical, marvelous or magnificent, it was fantastic. I […]

India’s 71-year Test – The journey to triumph in Australia – book review

Book Review by Kersi Meher-Homji India’s 71-year Test – The journey to triumph in Australia by R Kaushik. Foreword by Ravi Shastri. Churchill Press, Australia, 2020. 196 pages. Price: A$ 60.00. The coffee-table book is a magnificent presentation with eye-catching colour pictures, brilliant match reports and player profiles, memorable scoreboard photos and comprehensive statistics. The […]

Injured Indians save an excitingly electrifying Test to stay level

By Kersi Meher-Homji One usually associates a drawn cricket match as boring. But the Sydney Test ending yesterday was far from it. I would describe it as electrifyingly exciting. I, along with all spectators at the Sydney Cricket Ground, were spell-bound by the heroics of Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandra Ashwin. Needing a near impossible 407 […]

Remembering the ‘Monkeygate’ Sydney Test

By Kersi Meher-Homji I have never missed a Sydney Test since 1970. I cannot wait to watch the current one about to start on Thursday. They have produced drama, controversies and brilliant batting especially by maestro Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. The “monkeygate bollyline” Sydney Test involving Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds in January 2008 […]

Play cricket in your bckyard and support National Backyard Cricket Day

This January, Batting for Change will be calling on Australian families and cricket fans to play a game of backyard cricket and raise much-needed funds to support education projects in Australia and in cricket-playing nations overseas. The fun and games are all part of National Backyard Cricket Day, launching on Sunday 31 January 2021.   […]

Bye ‘King’ Kohli, welcome ‘Raja’ Rahane

 By Kersi Meher-Homji What a transformation! All out for 36 runs one day, a convincing winner by 8 wickets a week later. India’s stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane scored a splendid century—the only one in this topsy-turvy Test series so far – hit the winning run and was adjudged Man of the Match. At the presentation […]

India thrashed in a Day and Nightmare Adelaide Test

 By Kersi Meher-Homji Is this real or am I having a nightmare? I kept asking myself as India with master batsmen Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane was bundled out for 36 in the second innings of the Adelaide day-night pink ball Test disaster. I would any day prefer COVID-19 to INDIA-36 all out! […]

Where there is King Kohli, can miracles be far behind?

 By Kersi Meher-Homji I can hardly wait. Can you? The first ever day-night pink ball Test between India and Australia starts on Thursday. As the Australian team is weakened by the absence of experienced opening batsman David Warne with no in-form opener in sight, the Indian XI is almost at full strength with only Rohit […]

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