• Dear Dhoni…

    You have blamed yourself for Chennai losing to Mumbai last night.

    Now, your wicket-keeping and captaincy weren’t up to the mark in England as well, but we didn’t hear any apology or you stepping up then to take the heat.

    Just wondering if playing in the yellow jersey prompted this frank admission ...

  • Akhtar

    Akhtar: Shooting from the hip.

    Shoaib Akhtar is not finished yet. Cricket's perennial problem child, the Rawalpindi Express has launched his autobiography today. Titled Controversially Yours, he takes digs at Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid, and also brazenly admits to ball-tampering.

    The erstwhile fastest bowler in the world can lay claim to be the only one to dismiss Dravid and Tendulkar with consecutive deliveries — both blazing yorkers — at Eden Gardens in 1999. But despite the two Indians winning several personal contests against him since then, Shoaib still chose to berate them in his book.

    He's not the first cricketer to do so. Herschelle Gibbs and Adam Gilchrist recently had been critical of Tendulkar in their books — a technique which instantly stirs up emotions and pumps up sales.

    Akhtar claims Dravid and Tendulkar were not match-winners:

    "....Vivian Richards, Ricky Ponting, Brian Lara and the likes of them are great batsmen who dominated with the bat and were truly

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  • The Champions League Twenty20 TrophyThe Champions League Twenty20 Trophy

    The Champions League Twenty20 Trophy

    India’s World Cup win in April feels like it happened a decade ago. A week later started the IPL, and then the Caribbean tour. And less than a week after the long, nightmarish tour of England, we now have the third edition of the Champions League Twenty20 (CL T20) – a tournament, which, to be polite, hasn’t caught on with Indian spectators.

    Nothing could highlight this better than the pulling out of Bharti Airtel from its five-year deal worth $40 million of being CLT20’s title sponsor last month. They’ve been replaced by another telecom behemoth Vodafone. Broadcasters ESPN-Star are buoyant and expect over $20 million in ad revenue.

    While the corporate may still be tempted to buy advertising spots on the ESPN-Star Network, putting bums on seats – especially for matches involving non-IPL teams – continues to be a challenge. And that’s probably why the tournament organisers introduced a qualifying round from which three teams would progress to the

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