PUMA Cricket News Archive

July 2012

  • Monsoon in India – Cricket on the Back Foot?

    Monsoon in India – Cricket on the Back Foot?

    July 30, 2012

    It’s that time of the year when several mothers across Indian homes are surprised to see their sons’ ragged ‘MRF’ and ‘Rbk’ bats lying at home on weekday evenings. The cricketers-on-a-break would be outdoors though, but playing a different ball game. Football – with rocks as goal posts, invisible bylines and perhaps even fake Rooney t-shirts becomes the new flavour. Come July-August, and the long-term relationship between gully cricket players and their preferred game literally runs into rough weather.

  • United States of Cricket

    United States of Cricket

    July 12, 2012

    For a country that prides itself in sporting traditions that are unique just to itself, it cannot warm up to any other globally popular sport, least of all cricket. That said, the United States being a hotch-potch of natives from across the world and home away from home for millions of our cricket-crazy subcontinent, it wasn’t a bad idea to introduce a cricket league there.

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin

    We Need to Talk About Kevin

    July 06, 2012

    It didn’t quite seem unusual when England cricketer Kevin Pietersen left his IPL squad Delhi Daredevils early for national duty, but when news broke soon after that he had announced his retirement from limited overs cricket, i.e. both ODIs and T20s, most cricket fans were in genuine shock. Pietersen, for the record, is one of England’s most prolific all-rounders and is just 31.

  • The Convenient Purist

    The Convenient Purist

    July 06, 2012

    They saw it as nothing else but blasphemy – after all it was the country that was home to test cricket that was conceiving its latest offspring, Twenty20 cricket. Its approach seemed to be perfect for victims of attention deficit disorders and its rules slightly demented for those into long sessions of play, but the purists had no option but to see it flourish – first in Australia, then South Africa, then like wildfire through the Indian sub-continent. Cut to 2012, roughly a decade and a few T20 World Cups later, many purists have jumped the fence, while many are conveniently seeking the format’s joys while not budging from their I-only-watch-test-cricket stance.

  • Advantage West Indies

    Advantage West Indies

    July 06, 2012

    In almost every fantasy war game, there are core characters of a team capable of destroying an opponent team. There is the frail magician, a keen-eyed archer, a sturdy warrior, and of course a hero – You. Each character with its own specialty, strengths and weaknesses could well be utilised to advance to any level, without a cheat code. Moreover, they gain experience points, their finesse increases with new stages and so does your belief in them. The West Indies cricket team at this moment seems to be at level one of the above scenario. 

  • Here’s to the Davids

    Here’s to the Davids

    July 06, 2012

    ‘We expect to win,’ said Hashim Amla as his South African squad landed in Zimbabwe earlier this month for a tri series against the home team and Bangladesh. It may be seen as one of the most predictable, non-news statements by a visiting captain and the result of the series too might be that. Surely no one with enough cricketing logic expects any upsets and if the ‘minnow’ word is going to be reiterated, the question is why have this series at all?

June 2012

  • The ‘Fan’tastic 4

    The ‘Fan’tastic 4

    June 04, 2012

    How closely did you watch IPL 5?
    The summer carnival has just ended but we’re not making any insightful analyses, nor pointing out the biggest winners and duds as all your back pages of newspapers are doing. We’re rather asking you, the cricket fan how closely you followed the mega tournament, not only on field but off the field as well! PS: For best results, do not Google and as for theoutcomes of this quiz, take them with a sack of salt!

  • Gilchrist Walks Off!

    Gilchrist Walks Off!

    June 04, 2012

    Life begins at retirement, or so they say. But unlike other professions that leave long-standing servicemen with creaky knees a monetary promise to get by the rest of their lives, cricket is kinder. It sends the retiree with relief, photo-finish memories and in most cases, a content feeling. Adam Gilchrist, undoubtedly the greatest wicket-keeper-batsman the game has seen and one of the top opening batsmen, is finally hanging up his keeping gloves, after the ‘retirement postponement scheme’ of the IPL this year.

May 2012

  • Indo-Pak cricket – The Warm-Up Has Begun!

    Indo-Pak cricket – The Warm-Up Has Begun!

    May 23, 2012

    Last week at Chennai, the BCCI agreed to have a team from Pakistan participate in the Champions League T20 tournament to be held later this year. While the Board’s Working Committee would have considered economics and politics before announcing this, we’re seeing this as India’s first concrete step in years to resume modern cricket’s fiercest rivalry.