• (During the course of the third Test between India and the West Indies at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai we'll post live updates, analysis, reader comments and reactions. Please hit F5 periodically for new posts.)

    4:35 pm: West Indies 267/2 - End of Day 1

    After being outplayed in the first two Tests, West Indies have made a strong comeback on Day 1 in Mumbai. The pitch has played out like a batting beauty and all four Windies batsmen have managed half centuries.

    Meanwhile, South Africa's loss to Australia yesterday has brought about some changes in the ICC Test rankings. India have moved up to the Number 2 position. The Proteas had been ranked in second position but the 1-1 series result against the lower ranked Australia meant it lost one ratings point and fell below India.

    Reliance ICC Test Championship (as of 22 November)

    3:45 pm: West Indies batting lineup isn't doing all that bad in the absence of Chanderpaul. Kirk Edwards has now made his way to his half century.

    Read More »from Day 1 at the Wankhede
  • Questions flood the mind after Kambli’s latest comments. How seriously should we take him?Questions flood the mind after Kambli’s latest comments. How seriously should we take him?

    Questions flood the mind after Kambli’s latest comments. How seriously should we take him?

    There are two visuals on my screen. Both of them have Vinod Kambli in tears.

    In the first, he’s walking off the park. Fifteen years ago, that image helped us register that our World Cup dream had come to a painful end. In the other, he’s telling us why the dream may have ended. But that's the problem: it was 15 years ago.

    "I would never betray my country, betray my team. Today my heart feels lighter because ... that 1996 match... I would never forget it in my life... because after that match, my career was finished off... shit...," Kambli told a news channel in broken sentences before hiding his teary face from the camera. What incentive did he have to air his case, however weak, on national television?

    Kambli suggests that Mohammad Azharuddin's infamous decision to field in the World Cup semifinal was not what the team (according to Kambli) had agreed on, and therefore something was amiss.


    Read More »from Why Vinod? And Why Now?
  • Caption Challenge – 5

    Our caption contest is back. Like our previous contests, all you have to do is come up with the funniest caption you can for the above picture.

    What did Mamata didi say to Sachin Tendulkar at the Eden Test match presentation ceremony that got him to giggle like that? We’ll republish the funniest caption we receive on our blog.

    Update - We received an amazing response to this caption contest with over 1300 replies on this page and a couple hundred more on our Facebook Page. After wading through them all, here's our selection of some of the funniest captions for what Mamata said to Sachin. Read and Enjoy!

    Akshay Patil: “Agar koyi umpire out de to bolo Mamata sarkar gira degi !!!”

    Ranjit: “When I asked Maoists what do you want & who is behind you, they are saying Boost is the secret of our energy.....tu ne ye kya kiya Sachin.....?”

    Imperishable Light: “Will you be my Item Boy for Aamaar Bangla -Shonaar Bangla”

    Anand: “Please take tips from Laxman as to how not to get out at Eden Gardens

    Read More »from Caption Challenge – 5


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