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Abey Kuruvilla

Kuruvilla and press conferences, old truly is gold

Abey Kuruvilla
Abey Kuruvilla announces his retirement at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in 2000

Abey Kuruvilla has a great sense of humour. So much so that he does not mind the fact that he is remembered more for his height than his considerable achievements with the ball.

Young readers today may not quite understand what the fuss is all about. After all, India’s fast bowling stocks have never been better. 

Today, India’s quick bowlers are as fast anyone else, as skilled as the best in the business, as fit as the strongest and generally just lethal. What’s more, there are so many of them in harness that it doesn’t seem to matter if one or two are injured at any given point of time. But it was not always so.

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Victor Trumper's grave

Waverly XI: Trumper’s team from beyond the grave

A haunting image has done the rounds today, in these most difficult of times of the COVID-19 crisis. It is of the cruise ship Ruby Princess, off the coast of New South Wales. The ship, which is now thought to be one of the major sources of Corona Virus cases in Australia, is pictured out at sea in the background, while in the foreground is a cemetery, and seeing that, memories of Waverly Cemetery came rushing back.

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Asanka Gurusinha

Gurusinha in Melbourne: Christmas lunch with a forgotten hero

Five years ago, when India were in Australia, I was intrigued by the manner in which so many cricketers from around the world had made that country their second home. One such was Asanka Gurusinha, one of the stars of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup win.

Even though he was overshadowed by many of his team-mates, Gurusinha’s contribution through that tournament cannot be underestimated. When I sought an appointment to meet him in Melbourne, the only time that worked for both of us was lunch on Christmas day.

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Soweto Cricket Oval

Soweto Oval: More than a cricket club

Back in 2013, when India toured South Africa, I had the chance to go back to a club that had so much significance for so many South Africans. This is what I wrote:

In the Gezina neighbourhood of Pretoria, on Sunday, a Catholic priest and his assistant were attacked. When the two were on the ground, as blows rained down on them, the attackers taunted the fallen: Where is your Mandela now? The story prompted the Star newspaper to put that question on their pithy flyers. Everywhere in Soweto, the most famous black township in South Africa, and probably the world, the same question was on the lips as Madiba received his sendoff in the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

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Sadiki Bolt

Beast Blake in Bombay and Prince Bolt of Kingston

When Usain Bolt isn't in Kingston it's a pleasure to meet Sadiki Bolt. Oh, and Johan Blake was in Bombay.

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Cricket’s Prince Charles, our Brian

In the early 2000s I got my first mobile phone. Thanks to a well-placed uncle I was given a choice of number. The first two digits were fixed but I could take anything I wanted for the last three. I chose 375. Then the highest Test score, registered by a wiry West Indian left-hand bat.

I have a dictaphone you have a rum!

At the time no batsman was top of the mind and more inspirational than Brian Charles Lara. The young whippersnapper killed fast bowling with rasping cuts and audacious pulls, but he was equally good against spin.

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Duck, Rahul and Mayank

When KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were just teenagers hitting the ball for fun, long before they became world beaters.

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