Harsha's Blogs

  • Excellence is not an act, it is a habit
    February 24, 2015 Read More
  • TOP 8 TEAMS AT WORLD CUP 2015: Pakistan
    February 13, 2015

    Pakistan runs the risk of being defined by who isn’t playing rather than who actually is and even by the standards of tumult in their cricket, and indeed in the country, this is extraordinary. The ability of Pakistan cricket to throw up talents that light up the game has always seemed to be independent of […]

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  • TOP 8 TEAMS AT WORLD CUP 2015: India
    February 13, 2015

    India is defending champions but not favourites. They could be both if the World Cup were to stay on in India. But that is not to be. And now the surfaces and the composition rob India of its teeth, take away its strength. The world isn’t waiting to see what the champions come up with; […]

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  • TOP 8 TEAMS AT WORLD CUP 2015: Sri Lanka
    February 12, 2015

    For a team that plays finals of world events almost like it were a habit, not enough people talk up Sri Lanka. If I was a Sri Lankan fan I would be a touch annoyed because on paper, they cover almost all flanks. Everyone I have been talking to recently says you need experience at […]

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  • TOP 8 TEAMS AT WORLD CUP 2015: New Zealand
    February 12, 2015

    Everyone I know is putting New Zealand amongst his favourites. They are part of a short list admittedly and they are third out of three (because, pre-tournament, it is tough to look beyond South Africa and Australia) but that they are there is a story in itself. They have never been before and while they […]

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  • TOP 8 TEAMS AT WORLD CUP 2015: Big guns Gayle, Samuels must fire for the West Indies
    February 12, 2015

    If emotion, and the ability to provide joy, were the only factors that mattered, almost everyone in the world would have the West Indies as their second team at the World Cup. Their glory days are long gone; their lean times are over two generations long but you so want them to do well. Maybe […]

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  • Top 8 Teams At World Cup 2015 : England
    February 11, 2015

    Not for the first time do England enter a World Cup with a team that looks more capable than the performances it delivers. There are good players strewn everywhere in this side and it is almost a shock to see how diffident they let themselves appear. Let us examine that further. In what I believe […]

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  • Top 8 Teams At World Cup 2015 : South Africa
    February 10, 2015

    South Africa have two opponents to overcome. It has always been that way. The opponent on the field has often been vanquished. Indeed, over the years, South Africa have always been the team to fear. But that other terrifying opponent has been impossible to overcome. Try as they might, pledge as they do, strain every […]

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  • Top 8 Teams At World Cup 2015 : Australia
    February 9, 2015

    There is little doubt in anyone’s mind, least of all in those that take the field for them, that Australia begins the World Cup as favourites. They bat strongly at the start and they finish strongly at the end. In between there are some busy players and the middle order is dotted with some others […]

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  • A Bowling Dilemna for Sunrisers Hyderabad!
    April 14, 2014

    The first thing that strikes you about the Sunrisers Hyderabad this year is the number of options they have given themselves. Nobody made better use of their resources than they did last year where often the question was whom to pick rather than whom to leave out. It is the latter question that will occupy […]

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  • Mumbai Indians fans might be a bit tense
    April 14, 2014

    Fans of Mumbai Indians will be a bit tense this year; anyone would if the highlight is the players who have been allowed to go rather than those that have come in. Among their key strengths in a stunningly successful campaign were Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik and Mitchell Johnson. They have all gone, as has […]

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  • My thoughts on Chennai Super Kings this year
    April 14, 2014

    Chennai Super Kings will look different this year. A predominantly Indian top order with Vijay, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni has been shaken a little. Indeed, the Indian component has moved to the bottom of the order and they will have to make do with a largely Indian bowling line-up. If the Indian seamers can deliver, Dhoni […]

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  • Three Pros Three Cons
    March 24, 2014

    To be honest I didn’t expect India to be as dominant as they have been at this stage. A couple of factors have gone in their favour. The tracks have taken spin but not the slow, dead kind. There has been a bit of bounce and these are wickets the spinners would crave to bowl […]

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  • Why I Think Pakistan Are Joint Favourites
    March 18, 2014

    I must confess at the start that no team has fascinated me more in all the years I have covered cricket than Pakistan has. Part of it is probably because I have got to know some of the players but also part of it is to see how a nation that seems to be in […]

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  • The Line-Up I think gives India its best chance
    March 15, 2014

    For India to have a realistic chance of winning the world t20, the batsmen will have to have a great tournament and the bowling will have to play to its strength. It is easy to sit in a hotel room and create scenarios but having given it some thought, this is what I think represents […]

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  • The World T20: West Indies
    March 13, 2014

    The West Indies were very popular winners of the ICC World T20 in Sri Lanka and the fact that they did it on the relatively slower pitches there tells a story. A few years earlier they wouldn’t have been in contention but T20 has revived West Indies cricket like nothing else could have. Now, can […]

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  • Impact Rather Than Average
    March 11, 2014

    Sometimes you can assess players by their statistics and over a career it is often a reasonable indicator of how good they actually are; especially in the longer formats where the better players tend to generate better looking numbers! But in the shorter form, even the 50 over odis, you need to factor in the […]

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  • The other side to playing cricket
    February 24, 2014

    While I have always enjoyed seeing talent bloom, aspects of the India under 19 cricket team dismayed me greatly. I came here hoping to see a lot of Vijay Zol and Kuldeep Yadav, was hoping to be surprised by a batsman here, a new ball bowler there and looked forward to putting away a couple […]

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  • Local culture or Global village? At the U19 World Cup
    February 18, 2014

    It’s been fun being an old fashioned cricket enthusiast and watching the under 19s play. I was quite eager to see whether the newer, closer world we live in, with greater emphasis on shorter cricket, would make the next generation more homogeneous. It hasn’t happened. On the first day young Justin Dill of South Africa […]

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  • What happened to talking cricket?
    February 14, 2014

    I got into cricket because I loved nothing better than the sound of bat hitting ball, the challenge of a catch considered uncatchable, the deception of the spinner and his joy when he got the last laugh. I loved the smell of a bat and the little blister on the inside of the front finger. […]

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  • The First blog
    January 20, 2014

    I’ve always wanted to have a blog. it just seemed cool but i was too lazy and unwilling to understand the technology. it seemed such a free, unrestricted way of writing, so different from the great discipline of live television where timing is everything. it is peculiar. i am more the blog writing, grunge dressing, […]

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