The worst match-fixing scandal in the history of cricket took place on Dalmiya’s watch, and his first reaction was that it was not true.
We truly witnessed perfection when Sunil Gavaskar spoke about Sangakkara.
I have always been a fan of Shastri since his playing days.
He has not only broken his contract, he has broken a sacred bond with those of us who truly love Indian cricket and he does not give a damn.
We – the true cricket lovers of India – demand the immediate resignation of Dhoni, Fletcher and Srinivasan. If any of them has even one naya paisa of shame, they will resign immediately.
Bhuvneshwar, Rahane, Vijay, Jadeja, Sharma – good, solid Indian names, and they emerged as heroes – now, when Kohli and Dhawan click in the next three Tests, watch out.
He must now play the innings of your life, and use the hook shot, as you finally did against Marshall in Delhi those many, many years ago – go for it, Gavaskar sahib – go for it.
Can you imagine, can you imagine, if the South African series and the Kiwi series had been at least three Tests? Or even five? Can you imagine the sheer hope of it?
In the history of Indian Test cricket, no Indian captain has such a poor record overseas across four consecutive Test series.
The Don’s final innings in Test cricket was against the best of the rest -England – and he went out on a duck – but against the best.
Khushwant Singh said he moved across the field like an ‘elegant camel’ – he was a heart-throb; he starred in a film with Parveen Babi; and he and Pataudi were the two most riveting cricket players I have ever watched.
We lost him somewhere along the way – we lost him, when we needed him most – when he needed us most.
And yet he plays along – trying, somehow, to maintain some little dignity amongst the crass glitter.
Gandhiji foresaw an India where politics could be a curse, and non-violence a dream – but he never gave up... he never gave up...
While it was Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid who have saved India in the past, will Kohli rise to the challenge in the upcoming series?