Articles by Malay Desai
Jul 19, 2017
Pro Kabaddi League season 2 flashback: With ‘dream team’ U Mumba’s win, the tournament grew in statureChampions U Mumba celebrated by taking the trophy across Mumbai in a local train, and while the open jeep ride thereafter lacked the buzz of Dhoni’s ride in 2007, the fans knew Anup Kumar had been no lesser a captain.
Jul 18, 2017
Pro Kabaddi League Season 1 Flashback: As Jaipur Pink Panthers emerged winners, India rediscovered its old sportJaipur Pink Panthers won the inaugural Pro Kabaddi League, but the highlight was the birth of new stars and India rediscovering one of its oldest sports
May 26, 2017
Sachin: A Billion Dreams should be as much about Tendulkar's fans as it is about himThis film is not about Sachin Tendulkar alone, it’s about us too. It will, hopefully, remind us where we were when he bowled that last over in the Hero Cup semi-final or during the 2011 World Cup final.
May 24, 2017
Pro Kabaddi League auctions 2017: From U Mumba's astute buys to UP's cash splurge, how the teams faredWhile the Pro Kabaddi franchisees had to keep up with mathematics and rules such as preferred picks and dynamic pricing, you do not have to. Here’s a low-down on who fared how, listed in order of auction performance…
May 23, 2017
IPL 2017: Late-night matches, alternate careers for umpires and other things we learned this seasonIPL in its first decade was like an infant — it shat its pants in public, embarrassed parents and guardians, threw tantrums and was rapped by higher powers for misbehaviour.
May 03, 2017
IPL 2017: Spilled catches, uppity shots, rare yorkers — this season needs a dose of the 'old-school'Players across teams, toppers to wooden spoon contenders, have dropped regulation catches in this season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Apr 07, 2017
IPL 2017: Steve Smith is way better than MS Dhoni now and should end up greater tooLet’s face it, Smith is, in more departments than just finishing off games, ahead of Dhoni and at the rate at which he is going, is poised for greater glory.
Apr 05, 2017
IPL 2017: Celebrating a decade of the million-dollar baby's pangs, and looking at the party aheadIndia's million-dollar baby — the Indian Premier League (IPL) — turns 10 this year, and in its far from ordinary growing pangs, they saw it all – sex, drugs, jail – the whole hog.
Jan 02, 2017
BCCI president sacked: A tribute to Anurag Thakur's short innings at the creaseAnurag Thakur’s premature expulsion is a landmark for Indian cricket as he is hoped to be the last administrator from an era which had stalwarts such as N Srinivasan and Sharad Pawar.
Dec 26, 2016
South Africa vs Sri Lanka: Commanding Proteas seek fitting end to fine 2016, against stuttering IslandersThe last time an Asian team achieved a Test series win in South Africa was… never.