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Venkataraman Ganesan

(Venkataraman Ganesan is a Chartered Accountant by intent and a lawyer by accident. He has a maniacal penchant for books, more books, still more books and lot more books, when he is not watching cricket that is! He loves his Scotch and scribbles for fun. He blogs at www.the-venkyloquist.com)

Shahid Afridi — the unpredictable sledgehammer

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March 5, 2014, 4:30 pm

Afridi's unpredictability is what makes him such a special cricketer.

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ECB gives whimsical reasons for Pietersen's axing

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February 6, 2014, 5:18 pm

Pietersen has regaled the cricketing world with an approach that can only be categorised as inimitable.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s life — a long lesson in humility Sachin Retirement Articles

Sachin Tendulkar’s life — a long lesson in humility

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November 17, 2013, 11:34 am

In the wee hours of August 26, 2013, exuberant after winning the sacred urn, a few English cricketers decided that their gleeful victory celebrations warranted an element of obnoxiousness. They proceeded to give undiminished vent to this bent of mind by relieving themselves on the pitch at The Oval. A forced apology followed the understandable uproar and chagrin.

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Virat Kohli – cricket’s most consummate executioner

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November 6, 2013, 9:23 am

The incontrovertible reality is that Virat Kohli is in the form of his life. The accompanying irrefutable truth, nay a lockstep as would be agreed to by even the most sybaritic of his admirers is that such form is perfectly unreal.

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Ashes 2013: Chris Rogers’s patience finally gets him his first Test hundred

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August 11, 2013, 9:25 am

The French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Hugo bestowed upon the world an epochal quote when he remarked that "no one can stop an idea whose time has come".

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Jonathan Trott: A quiet battler respected and revered by compatriots and competitors alike

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July 19, 2013, 1:58 pm

Jonathan Trott embodies a rare element of fastidiousness that is uniquely his; fastidiousness, the presence of which doubles up as a more than formidable compromise against a complete absence of flair and flamboyance.  This meticulousness ably aided by an enviable degree of concentration has transformed Trott into a monotonous wrecking machine that is the scourge of many a hapless bowling attack, irrespective of playing conditions.

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The assortment of injury risks posed by the Tillakaratne Dilshan-patented “Dilscoop”

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January 28, 2013, 8:18 am

In the event the offending delivery were to escape the any part of the willow and were to wedge its way into the gap between the grill and the upper half of the helmet, there is every possibility that it might make unwelcome contact with the bridge of the batsman’s nose.

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Why Team India is full of Munnabhais following Gandhian principles!

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December 21, 2012, 1:51 pm

A classic and practical exhibition of this facet is provided for the world’s viewing by none other than the Indian cricket team. An attempt has been made in the following paragraphs to confirm the above-mentioned statement.

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Mark Boucher – the latest in a long list of victims of freak injuries on a cricket field

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July 11, 2012, 10:36 am

By Venkatraman Ganesan   Mark Boucher became an unsuspecting victim of a freak injury. Boucher is certainly not the first cricketer to have experienced the trauma of a ludicrous injury. The history of the cricket has been marred with unsettling accounts of inglorious physical mishaps and incredulous accidents plaguing its protagonists.

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Paradise Lost: The civil war that is destroying the rich legacy of WI cricket

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June 4, 2012, 11:10 am

By Venkatraman Ganesan   The passionate Colin Croft’s lament regarding the current precipitous state of West Indian cricket, as expressed in a cricket weekly – 'The Cricket Paper’, while eliciting dollops of sympathy, does not go a long way in assuaging the reader dreaming about a change in fortunes for the men from the Caribbean. In fact, if the talented Lord Relator were to pen a calypso to symbolise the shambles that is West Indian cricket of late, it would read much like an improvised ode than a groovy tune!

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How commentators over the ages would describe a Sachin Tendulkar cover drive!

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May 27, 2012, 10:07 am

By Venkataraman Ganesan   In an era where quality of cricket commentary ranges from the mesmerising to the macabre (mostly the latter). In the following lines, I employ the hypothetical setting of Tendulkar executing a cover drive and then don the pseudo mantle of various living and dead commentators to describe the shot.

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All about autographs: Viv Richards, Geoff Boycott & a Rolls Royce moment!

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May 26, 2012, 10:18 am

By Venkataraman Ganesan   The practice of offering and obtaining autographs supposedly has its roots in the Greek tradition. The word autograph refers to a document transcribed in its entirety by the author. Thus the practice of collecting autographs from achievers is one that has been followed from times immemorial.

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Is it right to accuse Chanderpaul of being a self-centred player?

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May 19, 2012, 11:22 am

By Venkatraman Ganeshan   The erudite and extremely readable George Dobell, in an insightful piece, has gone on to describe Shivnarine Chanderpaul as not only a dogged batsman, but also as one possessing a selfish gene. 

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Sachin Tendulkar – India’s preserver, protector & performer par excellence

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March 25, 2012, 10:06 am

By Venkataraman Ganesan   The raising of the Adidas blade acknowledging the applause of an appreciative crowd and awe-inspired teammates alike coupled with the looking up to the heavens to thank the Gods that might be, and, probably a benevolent departed father, demonstrated the culmination of a nerve-racking year.

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Dravid’s exit leaves India to cope with loss of a crisis management expert

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March 10, 2012, 10:31 am

By Venkataraman Ganesan   On an overcast August day in the year 2002 at Headingly, Leeds, Sourav Ganguly won the toss and, much to the bewilderment of experts and laymen alike, choose to bat. The skeptics seemed to be justified in their dissent with such a move when the explosive Virender Sehwag perished after notching up eight measly runs. 

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West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Jan 2, 2015 (14:00 IST)   at Cape Town

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Jan 3, 2015 (03:30 IST)   at Wellington

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Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Australia won by 4 wkts

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014  at Centurion

South Africa won by an innings and 220 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

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