Wordle, A Gentle Obsession - By Mukul Kesavan

Wordle, A Gentle Obsession - By Mukul Kesavan

Sunday January 30, 2022

Is Wordle is the purest pastime in the English-speaking world? It is. Let me count the ways. One, this 5 by 6 grid of thirty squares is free. Two, you don't need an app to play it, Safari or Chrome will do. In a cluttered online world, where the sinu

Opinion: The Reason Why Djokovic Is Both Unequalled And Unloved

Opinion: The Reason Why Djokovic Is Both Unequalled And Unloved

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday January 15, 2022

It's hard for a sporting public to sustain a faith in an athlete's innocence when he is caught out breaking rules and then lying about these violations.

Opinion: Kohli Exposes Sourav Ganguly With Captain-Like Skills

Opinion: Kohli Exposes Sourav Ganguly With Captain-Like Skills

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday December 16, 2021

Too often in Indian cricket has discretion been embraced as the better part of valour. Kohli spoke up for Shami when the BCCI wouldn't. Now he has spoken up for himself. We are in his debt.

Opinion: Ashwin & Eoin - Haunted By The Spirit Of Cricket

Opinion: Ashwin & Eoin - Haunted By The Spirit Of Cricket

Mukul Kesavan | Friday October 01, 2021

A spectre is haunting cricket, the spectre of its holy spirit. Its most recent victims are Eoin Morgan, England's white ball captain, and his supporters, chief amongst them Tim Southee, Shane Warne and Jimmy Neesham.

Opinion: When Kohli Resigned From The Captaincy...

Opinion: When Kohli Resigned From The Captaincy...

Mukul Kesavan | Saturday September 18, 2021

Virat Kohli has resigned as captain from the wrong cricket code. On no account should he give up the captaincy of India's T20 team.

Opinion: The Ascension Of Jasprit Bumrah - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: The Ascension Of Jasprit Bumrah - by Mukul Kesavan

Wednesday September 08, 2021

The chorus of admiration Bumrah received was not the praise that greets a fine cricketing performance; this was more than that.

Opinion: Kohli's Fast-Bowling Fantasy - Over And Over, The Same Mistake

Opinion: Kohli's Fast-Bowling Fantasy - Over And Over, The Same Mistake

Mukul Kesavan | Friday August 27, 2021

During the match, Kohli should be given a designated area with a giant monitor where a KohliCam livestreams him reacting to the match in exactly the same way as he would in the middle.

Opinion: Why Ashwin Must Be Played In The Third Test

Opinion: Why Ashwin Must Be Played In The Third Test

Mukul Kesavan | Friday August 20, 2021

It's a cricketing tragedy that Kohli, who hasn't earned his keep as a Test batsman for two years now, should keep Ashwin, the Dagar of the long game, from bowling for India.

Opinion: Bumrah, Bumrah, Bumrah And That Lord's Masterpiece

Opinion: Bumrah, Bumrah, Bumrah And That Lord's Masterpiece

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday August 17, 2021

Pity poor Aamir Khan - no one will watch Lagaan again. I have the last day of the Test on video. I'll never record over it.

The Racism Of The Euro Final - Bo Jo Is Guilty

The Racism Of The Euro Final - Bo Jo Is Guilty

Mukul Kesavan | Tuesday July 13, 2021

One question about English football has been comprehensively answered. Why does the English team take the knee to insist Black Lives Matter? Because racist English fans and dog-whistling English politicians pick on black football players.

Opinion: Team India And Captain Kohli - The Road Ahead

Opinion: Team India And Captain Kohli - The Road Ahead

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday June 24, 2021

Kohli's competitiveness registers as a constant state of combative excitement. This works best when India is in the game or winning.

Opinion: The Absolutely Justifiable Renaming Of Stadium After PM Modi

Opinion: The Absolutely Justifiable Renaming Of Stadium After PM Modi

Mukul Kesavan | Friday February 26, 2021

To make room for Narendra Modi, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was taken off the marquee and given the important supporting role of naming the sports enclave in which the stadium is set. There is a nice metaphor in that: Sardar Patel as the setting for the solitaire that is Modi, the Loh Purush as warm-up act for Non-Stick Narendra.

Opinion: Captains Courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna

Opinion: Captains Courageous, like Tendulkar, vs Rihanna

Mukul Kesavan | Thursday February 04, 2021

The one downside to all this heroism is that the Test series starting tomorrow will be an anti-climax. After routing Rihanna in single combat, what price Joe Root?

Opinion: A Butterfly In Brisbane And India's Magic - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: A Butterfly In Brisbane And India's Magic - by Mukul Kesavan

Wednesday January 20, 2021

The newspapers have been full of the rousing backstories of India's novices: their journeys out of poverty, their personal tragedies, their sacrifices. We should be careful not to patronize their purely cricketing achievement by sentimentalizing it, but it's hard not to be moved by the human dramas that came together in this crescendo of a contest. Deprivation out of ...

Opinion: The Importance Of Being Shubman Gill - by Mukul Kesavan

Opinion: The Importance Of Being Shubman Gill - by Mukul Kesavan

Thursday December 31, 2020

Is Shubman Gill for real? After his cameos in the Melbourne Test, I called clued-up cricketing friends for a reality check. Was he, in fact, the best desi prospect since Tendulkar? Or even, touch wood, the most highly finished debutant in whites since Sunil Gavaskar took guard at the Queen's Park Oval half a century ago? Or was I dreaming?

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