Chucking 101: The Essential Guide to Understanding Chucking in Cricket

Sunil Narine was recently reported for a suspect action bowling action making him the 4th high profile off-spinner to come under the scanner in recent weeks after Saeed Ajmal, Mohammed Hafeez, and Senanayake.

The tweet we sent out on the subject elicited two responses that pretty much capture all facts and fallacies related to chucking in cricket.


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Breaking the IPTL Code

Recent studies have shown that 9 out of 10 people in Bangalore are confusing Mahesh Bhupathi’s new tennis league IPTL with ITPL, the name by goes the Information Technology Park Limited in Whitefield, Bangalore.

But people from other cities don’t have it any easier. There’s enough in IPTL to confuse you irrespective of where you come from. As this 3-minute YouTube video explaining the rules of IPTL perfectly displays.


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The Fall and Fall of CLT20

Guess what’s nose-diving faster than the BCCI’s public image. The CLT20. For the still uninitiated, it’s the thing that Indians know as ‘that IPL-type tournament played by international IPL teams in which the only ones I know are the IPL teams…and… I really don’t care’. It stands for Champions League T20, btw.

How much of a ‘Champion’s’ League it is can be gauged by the fact that a 4th placed team in an 8-team league can also qualify for it. Bravo!

Here’s a brief story of its title sponsors. In just 5 years, the title sponsorship of CLT20 has gone from Airtel to Nokia to Karbonn to Oppo.

‘Oppo, who?’



If that’s not enough, the list of official sponsors for this year includes marquee brand names such as Cycle Pure Agarbathies, Gixxer, Wall Care White Cement Based Putty, and Killer Jeans. Wow, this tournament is rocking!

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There’s something about Kabaddi

Back in 2010, my co-founder Madhukar Jha aka Maddy had posted this on his Facebook page. He had just finished watching an India vs Iran women’s Kabaddi match on DD Sports, an edge-of-the-seat thriller with brawls, taunts, jeers, skill, and tension, topped off with a nail biting finish that saw India pip Iran in the tie-breaker.

Prophetic words on Kabaddi

Prophetic words on Kabaddi

“Full paisa vasool,” he’d said. From the 1 ‘like’ that the post got, we can assume not many shared that opinion back then.

But that was four years ago. Four years before Pro Kabaddi. Four years before this ancient Indian sport packaged in 21st century bling would grab the country by its unmentionables in a way previously reserved only for Bollywood blockbusters or slam-bang cricket formats. And, after a first-hand experience of a live Kabaddi match yesterday, I totally get Why!

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