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  • Dileep Premachandran
  • TURF TALES

    by Dileep Premachandran
India, Pakistan and our sense of shame

India, Pakistan and our sense of shame

Our sportspersons persevere and achieve despite sick attitudes and a lack of understanding of the nature of sport read more

Oh for another India-Pakistan Test!

For reasons beyond cricket, the south Asian neighbours haven’t faced off since 2007; the players, and read more

How about a little respect for the Bindras and the Dipas?

To ridicule the athletes and their endeavours of blood, sweat and endless toil is as pathetic as read more

Inner demons holding up Pujara’s progress

The India Test No. 3 must rediscover the self-belief that was the bedrock of his initial read more

Sir Garry Sobers, the champion among champions

The hero of heroes who played most of his cricket with a ghost for company turns a sprightly 80

Mohammed Shahid, an artiste and an entertainer

To the sultan of the turf, hockey was more about the applause of the fans than the desire to express himself

Set two-facedness aside, let Amir get on with it

The young Pakistani paceman has taken responsibility for his actions and served time; enough of picking on him

Conflict of interest reduced to a cheap catchphrase

Universally acknowledged as exemplary men, India’s legends deserve better than innuendos and exploratory pot-shots

Shastri-Kumble choice shows how far Indian cricket has come

Foreign coaches like John Wright and Gary Kirsten were necessary because of the dubious quality of homegrown choices

Time to get the Eden roar going across India

With Test match attendances dwindling across the country for a decade, the move to give six new centres five-day games should be welcomed

Taunton 1999 - the fork in the road that led to Kohli

ODI cricket gets little attention these days from traditionalists and newbies alike, but the tapestry of cricket owes much to that middle child

Inchmore’s loins, King Viv and Kohli

More than three decades on from the start of the Blackwash, Kohli’s batting is reminiscent of the master intimidator

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