India-England Chepauk memories

India-England Chepauk memories

Previous Test matches between England and India in Chennai have produced some memorable anecdotes, both on and off the field, writes Kanishkaa Balachandran. For cricket starved fans in Chennai, the fifth Test against England at the MA Chidambaram Stadium was something to look forward to. There was a huge scare that the timing of Cyclone Vardah would shift the Test...

What’s in a hockey world cup tourney without Pakistan?

What’s in a hockey world cup tourney without Pakistan?

When Sweden failed to qualify for the 2014 football World Cup in Brazil, their skipper Zlatan Ibrahimovic famously said: “One thing is for sure, a World Cup without me is nothing to watch.” While Ibrahimovic is a self-indulgent and slightly delusional player, the words would not seem out of place if the Pakistan U21 hockey team said them, writes Taha...

Parthiv Patel always believed he’d be back in the Indian Test squad

Parthiv Patel always believed he’d be back in the Indian Test squad

Kanishkaa Balachandran recalls the vicissitudes in the keeper-batsman's career On Tuesday, Parthiv Patel was playing a Ranji Trophy match for Gujarat in Hubli when he got a call from the national selectors to join the Indian team for the third Test in Mohali against England. The wicketkeeper-batsman was a late inclusion after the regular keeper, Wriddhiman Saha, had to pull...

Amazing similarities between Kohli and Root

Amazing similarities between Kohli and Root

Kanishkaa Balachandran takes stock of the remarkable five year journey of two star batsmen In June 2011, three years after his first international match for India, Virat Kohli made his Test debut. A year and a half later, in Nagpur, Joe Root faced his first ball as a Test batsman. The Visakhapatnam Test that concluded yesterday (November 21) was coincidentally...

First and fabulous: Bangladesh’s first Test win against England

Bangladesh are learning “how to win”

Kanishkaa Balachandran In February 2014, this writer and two other journalists went to meet Mehedi Hasan outside the dressing room in Abu Dhabi. It was the Under-19 World Cup and Mehedi, all of 16, was one of the youngest players in that tournament, and quite certainly, the youngest captain. Bangladesh had just suffered a monumental collapse, losing a game to...

Queen of Katwe: A feel-good sports biopic that also portrays the harshness of poverty in urban Africa

Queen of Katwe: A feel-good sports biopic that also portrays the harshness of poverty in urban Africa

Kanishkaa Balachandran The opening scene in Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala (1991) begins in Kampala, Uganda. Set in 1972, it’s the story of an Indian family being ousted (as were hoards of others) from the country by the ruthless dictator Idi Amin, and their new lives as immigrants in America. Queen of Katwe, Nair’s latest release, too begins in Kampala, but...

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