Tom Alter
Tom Alter
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articles by Tom Alter

First Cricket News

I come to praise Jagmohan Dalmiya, not to bury him

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.

First Cricket News

Kumar Sangakkara, Sunil Gavaskar and a moment of perfection in Colombo

We truly witnessed perfection when Sunil Gavaskar spoke about Sangakkara.

First Cricket News

Why Kumar Sangakkara is grace personified

He approaches cricket as it should be approached – as a game, a challenge, an art... a passion.

First Cricket News

Mahendra Singh Dhoni should be banned from representing India ever again

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.

Blogs

Ind vs Eng: Dhoni, Fletcher and Srinivasan leave right now

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.

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Thoughts from India's win at Lord's: Doomed Shaz, Super Waz, heroic India

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.

First Cricket News

Gavaskar no saint but he should have taken charge 20 years ago

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.

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For young India, Virat Kohli is 'the man'

In every era of Indian cricket, there has been ‘the man’ – the one the team turns too, the one the lovers of cricket just cannot avoid watching.

First Cricket News

India vs New Zealand: Who says Test cricket is dull?

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?

First Cricket News

Facts that figure as the Dhoni era in Tests rambles on

In the history of Indian Test cricket, no Indian captain has such a poor record overseas across four consecutive Test series.

Blogs

To the very end, Tendulkar should remain himself

From the very beginning, Sachin coming out to bat has been what cricket is all about.

First Cricket News

Sachin should say he wants to play 200th Test vs SA, not WI

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.

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Salim Durrani and cricket's lost, forgotten 'noor'

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.

IPL

In deep trouble now, Sreesanth should bowl straight and tell the truth

We lost him somewhere along the way – we lost him, when we needed him most – when he needed us most.

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From the archive: Gavaskar, my hero, now adorns a sideshow

And yet he plays along – trying, somehow, to maintain some little dignity amongst the crass glitter.

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A testing time: Gandhiji's murder; free India's first tour

Gandhiji foresaw an India where politics could be a curse, and non-violence a dream – but he never gave up... he never gave up...

First Cricket News

Rahul Dravid: our John Wayne, our Gregory Peck

He was ‘Matrix’ once, black-cape flowing in the wind. He is Gregory Peck now, steely-eyed and almost expressionless, as he brings justice to his sport and his team.

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After Gavaskar and Dravid, can Kohli be 'the Man' for India?

While it was Gavaskar, Tendulkar and Dravid who have saved India in the past, will Kohli rise to the challenge in the upcoming series?

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Let's hope Sachin wins our hearts again

If he is really serious about playing on for India – the greatest honour any cricketer can dream of – then he needs to play cricket – one-day, Ranji – cricket. No ads, no politics, no hairstyles.