POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 03, 2014 AT 22:56 IST ,  Edited At: Jul 03, 2014 22:56 IST

Maria Sharapova may have been knocked out of Wimbledon, but she would certainly have been bemused at finding #whoismariasharapova trending worldwide on Twitter.

Clearly the five-time Grand Slam champion had no idea what a storm her casual remark about not knowing who Sachin Tendulkar is would cause.

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Jul 03, 2014 AT 22:56 IST, Edited At: Jul 03, 2014 22:56 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON May 23, 2013 AT 15:07 IST ,  Edited At: May 23, 2013 15:07 IST

If you want to read only one piece on IPL today, make it a point to read this one by Mukul Kesavan, writing in the Telegraph: Much ado about nothing

The uproar about the IPL following the ‘revelations’ about S. Sreesanth and his erring teammates threatens to become farcical...

N. Srinivasan, the BCCI president, is a special target for dead-ender venom. Everything he does is designated nefarious. The fact that he is in charge of the BCCI and the owner of an IPL franchise is deemed a wicked conflict of interest. When Srikkanth wore two hats, one as the chief selector of the national team and the other as brand ambassador for the Chennai Super Kings, the franchise owned by Srinivasan, journalists sang the conflict-of-interest ditty like a theme song. Srinivasan’s decision to make Dhoni a vice-president of India Cements Ltd, a company he happens to own, apparently compounds this conflict-of-interest problem. This carping has got to the stage where not even a man’s business is his own business, if you see what I mean.

If men are known by the company they keep, Mr Srinivasan is in very good company; Anil Kumble has had exactly the same problem with sanctimonious critics. India’s greatest bowler, its most pugnacious captain, a man who has a traffic landmark in Bangalore named after him, had his integrity called into question merely because he started up a player management company at the same time as he became president of the Karnataka State Cricket Association.

Read the full article at the Telegraph: Much ado about nothing

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POSTED BY Buzz ON May 23, 2013 AT 15:07 IST, Edited At: May 23, 2013 15:07 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 18, 2012 AT 17:14 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 18, 2012 17:14 IST

I would like to announce my retirement from international cricket with immediate effect. I have always kept my country's success and need ahead of my personal aspirations. And while I would love contributing to the team's success, especially against England and Australia, I think this is the right time to give the youngsters a chance in home conditions ahead of international assignments.

It was a tough decision to take, I have always listened to my inner conscience. I have always done that right through my career. There was a lot of debate in the last four days. I felt this is the right time to move on.

Till last night I was unable to make up my mind, but in the end I listened to my inner voice and arrived at my decision to retire. I informed the chairman of selectors this morning that I would not continue playing for India. I also spoke to many of my team-mates, they were surprised that I was retiring before the series. It was all very emotional.


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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Aug 18, 2012 AT 17:14 IST, Edited At: Aug 18, 2012 17:14 IST
POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 27, 2012 AT 23:59 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 27, 2012 23:59 IST

'I'd made a pact with myself that I won't cry in any of the functions over the last two-three weeks. I think it is being tested to the limit today,' Dravid started off by saying. He could well have been speaking for those present or those watching and listening to him.


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POSTED BY Sundeep Dougal ON Mar 27, 2012 AT 23:59 IST, Edited At: Mar 27, 2012 23:59 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 16, 2012 AT 20:34 IST ,  Edited At: Mar 16, 2012 20:34 IST

Yes, yes, we know and totally agree with what Mukul Kesavan wrote last December:

The real cricketing illiterates are the people who believe that adding ODI centuries to Test centuries and arriving at a hundred gives you a heroic landmark. It doesn’t. This isn’t just a meaningless statistic, it’s a pernicious one because it equalizes two different orders of achievement.

...why are we going on like idiots about this non-event, this half-wit’s holy grail? Why can’t we be content to celebrate Tendulkar’s real achievement? Fifty-one Test hundreds… say that slowly because no one will ever score more. And if you must celebrate his 48 ODI centuries, do, but as a distinct and separate achievement. There’s no such thing as an international hundred. If you do want to join his Test centuries to some other figure to bulk out his numbers, add them to his 27 first class hundreds: at least those were made in the same four-innings format of the game.

So celebrate his 49th ODI hundred today and let others add 51 Test hundreds to it and allow others to think of it as some kind of a 100, when the real celebration should perhaps await his 50th ODI ton. As the man himself said, he feels 50 Kgs lighter already.

Meanwhile, let's just raise a toast and smile along with the Amul girl...

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Mar 16, 2012 AT 20:34 IST, Edited At: Mar 16, 2012 20:34 IST
     
 
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