articles by Abhilasha Khaitan

First Cricket News

Romancing the game: Real cricket lovers show us how

The optimism is infectious and remarkable for a book about cricket in the modern era.

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Why silence is now Mahendra Singh Dhoni's enemy

Dhoni has become irrevocably linked to this scandal. The only way for him to recover some dignity is through accepting the situation and behaving in a way that behooves his position.

Life

Here is Forbes India's 30 Under 30: The new kids on the block

30 examples of gumption and ingenuity from India

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Sachin Tendulkar: A question of legacy

Experts have long pondered the tedious question of how history will remember Sachin Tendulkar. The answer lies simply in the generations of cricketers he has influenced, inspired.

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Cricket without sledging: Might as well play checkers in your living room

Just as cricket threatens to get interesting and fun again, the moralising begins.

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Why the Tendulkar haters need to just shut up

What I find particularly perilous is the cult following such truculence, even vitriol, gathers among the young and impressionable. It becomes cool to be cruel, as social media platforms have often revealed. And the cycle of despising greatness gets perpetuated.

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Sachin farewell: After the frenzy, get ready for the nothingness

The bigger fear is not about missing Tendulkar: It is not missing him.

Sports

For greats like Tendulkar, legacy is such a burden

It is disturbing when a superstar seems comfortable performing a supporting act. But if his role, although diminished, continues to be significant to the team, should anxiety over legacy be of any consequence?

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Sachin Tendulkar’s exit and a circus composed of cheap acts

The internal machinations of the Indian cricket board have ceased to astound—yes, we are becoming detached. Sachin Tendulkar, however, still matters.

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Tendulkar's 200th test: Why you can never plot the perfect ending

The last couple of years in Sachin Tendulkar’s career were coloured by the milestone-seeking frenzy around it.

Life

66 yrs after Independence, glass is still half empty for women

India’s independence from the Raj has little to do with the freedom of its women.

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When will it be fun to beat Australia again?

England’s stranglehold on the ongoing Ashes series has disappointed those of us who were waiting for an exciting contest.

Sports

Why mocking Marion Bartoli is still acceptable in world tennis

Women’s tennis has become a game played by beautiful people. How does it become a beautiful game, independent of the looks of its players?

Sports

For Australia’s sake, Clarke needs to put on Dhoni’s hat

You couldn’t snatch that power from Dhoni even while he was sleeping. Clarke’s mistake has been giving it away.

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Champions Trophy 2013: We need Dhoni more than he needs us

The Indian cricket captain has appeared unfazed even as he found himself embroiled in the most high-involvement scandal to hit the sport

Business

Why latest sexual harassment charge won't dent Phaneesh Murthy's career

After his first brush with scandal at Infosys, Phaneesh Murthy found his way back to the CEO Club. Will it be any different this time?

IPL

Less shock, more sense: The fix cricket really needs

This is just the kind of setback that the IPL did not need but I don’t believe that it had a hand in creating it. Graft is deeply-rooted in sport, not just cricket, and needs a much-wider cleansing process than blaming it on the IPL.

IPL

After Virat's rage, Dravid’s calm is like a balm

You learn very quickly that in sport as in life you cannot put a price on likeability while anger and aggression can get old fast.

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Carry on, Tendulkar. 40 is just a number

By persisting in the face of ageist barriers, he is setting yet another benchmark for the sport and those who play it.

Life

Mommy and Daddy make even play seem like hard work

Sure, we have pushy moms who want their kids to excel in studies. But playtime? Is it now more about play, or one more competitive rat-race?