Bikash Singh

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Bikash still thinks cricket's a gentleman's game. And that our batsmen run away with most of the prizes.

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  • Who Is Your Favourite Player?

    All right, the International Cricket Council has given us the opportunity, for the first time, to vote for our favourite players. India's Sachin Tendulkar, Australia's Michael Hussey, Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene, England's Andrew Strauss and South African AB de Villiers are five players selected on the basis of some innovative parameters for this year's ICC People's Choice Award.

    The parameters by which a five-member ICC selection panel included these cricketing greats for the new award included innovation, dynamism, strength in decision-making, performing well under pressure and also executing a plan to distinction.

    Sachin Tendulkar: After serving India for more than 21 years, the Master Blaster is playing some of his finest knocks to the surprise of many. Sachin Tendulkar holds almost every batting record in cricket and still is hungry for more. The Little Master, in 169 Tests, has managed 13,837 runs with 48 centuries and 56 half-centuries. In 442 One-Day Internationals, Sachin

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  • Do You Hear The Alarm Bells, BCCI?

    Injury is not an Indian phenomena, it is a world-wide thing. Yes, Indian players are over-worked as they don't get rest at all but some of them who play non-stop will need to take time off regularly to prolong their careers - Sanjay Manjrekar

    Did anybody say anything about burnout, overworked players or cramped schedules? Well, the Board of Control for Cricket in India is neither listening nor bothered until the money is coming and the sponsors remain happy. After the unwelcome result against New Zealand in the opening match of the tri-series, a concerned Indian team management decided to raise the issue to their masters on reducing the burden. With the World Cup not so far away and Champions League, Australia in India, New Zealand in India and India in South Africa in the middle, the workload issue needs to be carefully deliberated.

    One may argue about these chosen ones being professionals and all that, but you cannot discount that fact that they are only human beings and need

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  • The Very Very Special Laxman

    Initially, it was tough to play with that feeling of insecurity. It's unfortunate. Sometimes, I think of how many runs I would probably have scored if had been given a free hand. But after 4-5 years of international cricket, I started dealing with it much better and now these things don't bother me - VVS Laxman

    Vangipurappu Venkata Sai Laxman has been the main pillar of Indian cricket's 'fab four'. Doesn't it feel hard to imagine an Indian camp without Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS? We are still searching for 'the one' to fill in Sourav Ganguly's shoes since his retirement in October 2008.

    Last week my colleague Anirban Choudhury in his piece, For the Love of Dravid, poured his love about a few men in Indian team we hate to see fall. I could not agree to the fact less. VVS is one name frequently undermined and constantly under unsuitable pressure of proving himself over and over again. But you know what, he loves being in those situation - more importantly excels and forces

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  • Does Age Matter? Not in Sachin’s Case

    I think everyone should just stop talking about the age factor - Sachin Tendulkar

    Going by the above quote, maestro Sachin Tendulkar seems to be clearly agitated by the questions thrown at him every time he is out for sessions with media. I just fail to understand the importance of such questions, linking age with performance, each time Sachin comes up with a special knock. With 48 centuries and 55 half-centuries in Tests and 46 tons and 93 fifties in One-Day Internationals, I don't think the term 'to prove' should be used with him.

    At 37, the veteran right-hander looks miles fitter than the Yuvraj Singhs and the others around him. You can count the amount of seriousness that goes in for such athleticism and hunger for more. Just be happy for the proud moments Tendlya has gifted us and leave alone the 300 wish. It will come when it will come.

    Say what you like, none of the world's sportsmen of the modern era face the same pressures of life in the fishbowl than does Tendulkar. Idol to a

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  • Playing Second Fiddle

    It's just not sports, sexual harassment is a harsh everyday reality for any woman in India -  Mary Kom

    Sports film-maker Sunil Yash Kalra is coming up with a documentary film based on the struggle and hard work by Indian women cricketers Anjum Chopra, Jhulan Goswami and Mithali Raj. The short film will focus on their determination to glory with the limited space that they have.

    This is my tribute to Indian women cricketers. I just wanted to show an aspect of the cricketers which has never been shown before. The documentary shows that these girls, despite the omnipresent disparity in the team, play for pride not for plight, asserted Sunil Yash Kalra.

    Until someone like Shah Rukh Khan comes up with a 'Chak De India'-like blockbuster, Indian women athletes are restricted to struggle in a male monopoly, playing second fiddle. We woke up to the existence of the 'Indian women's hockey team' (after Chak de) only after the high-profile sex scandal. One major factor for such treatment meted out

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  • Cry for an All-rounder

    Irfan was the person whom we had earmarked but probably he lacked on the bowling side - Gary Kirsten

    So, here's the news first. An all-rounder spot in the Indian side is vacant, a team that's preparing hard to erase all memories of its shoddy performance in 2007's World Cup - you can send in your CV. Speaking of which, did you know that Team India does not have a specialist all-rounder in either the ODI or the Test team? Do we need it? Of course! Besides Irfan Pathan's sweet little cameo, I can hardly recall any other name even being tried as a specialist all-rounder in recent times.

    With the World Cup just six months away, coach Gary Kirsten stressed on the fact that the team is in urgent need of an all-rounder. In the last two years, India toyed with Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli, Abhishek Nayar among others to fill the slot. Players in Yusuf and Kohli did prove handy with the bat but were less than useful with the leather. Nayar went for a couple of tours - only to warm the benches.

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  • Why Not Use Technology in Sports?

    At high levels of umpiring, you get things right about 92 per cent of the time. But the eight per cent is also now important at the high level the game is played these days - Kumar Sangakkara.

    Kumar Sangakkara was rightfully unhappy after India decided not to use the 'controversial' Umpire Decision Review System (UDRS) for the three-Test series in Sri Lanka. (India triumphed only once out of 21 referrals while Sri Lanka got 11 right in 27 reviews during the 2008 Test series). The International Cricket Council (ICC) has already announced that the review system would be implemented at next year's World Cup to minimize umpiring errors, provided an agreement be reached with broadcaster ESPN STAR Sports.

    Since its introduction, the UDRS has evoked mixed response from the exponents of the game. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said it was still premature. "It's still not a 100 per cent correct system. Let's wait and see until the ICC comes up with a foolproof plan," Dhoni added. Cricket's

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  • It’s Time to Introspect, Yuvi

    Yuvraj Singh has a serious career-defining decision to take - Harsha Bhogle.

    Injuries, loss of form, stripped of Kings XI Punjab captaincy and the-slump-because-of-the-plump notwithstanding, Yuvraj Singh has some serious thinking (practising?) to do if he desires to be 'The Man' in at least the Indian Test line-up. His One-day and Twenty20 place cannot be questioned but the Test call-up is something that bothers me.

    "I am personally not prepared to comment on whether Yuvraj should be picked or not; the real question for me is, are the selectors playing to the gallery and/or to special interests, or do they have a definite plan in mind?", said a furious Prem Panicker, aka Boss, when asked about Yuvi's inclusion.

    That he is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball cannot be negated but his inability to play spin bowling remains a fact and Yuvraj has done little, almost nothing, to put a lid on the box. He was touted to fill Sourav Ganguly's shoes in the Test team but his inconsistent

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