IPL has served up some fairly engrossing T20 cricket, but now one wonders if much of what's happening out there is fiction.
Speak to any Royals player - seniors such as Rahul Dravid and Shane Watson, or newcomers such as Menaria and Samson - and they will gush about the team culture.
Incidentally, there's some overlap between the Duleep and the India A series against West Indies A too, but at least all the players are playing days' cricket at the same time - not ideal, but not as iffy as playing T20s instead!
A man playing his 200th Test match would make for a very historic occasion indeed. You, of course, have to be Tendulkar to stand a chance of pulling off such an achievement.
The argument is a simple one. Expand the game by all means, but first make sure that the handful of top nations are in good shape.
The head seems screwed on right, and the bat does come down and follow through smoothly. On the anniversary of the "most brilliant time" of his life, here's hoping Chand will keep scoring runs, reward or not.
Sarah Elliott recently scored 104 against England in the Women's Ashes Test. What many don't know is that she was breast-feeding her baby who was 9 months during lunch and tea breaks.
Apart from Monty Panesar dealing with bouncers in his own inimitable way, the big story in recent times has been that of grown men using silicone (not silicon, by the way) to counter their Hot Spot problems
To be or not to be a trivia question, that is the question Parveez Rasool is now faced with.
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