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    ...“I did not perform well enough and I have to do much better,” he said. Few words but enough to reveal what was a moment of reckoning for Rohit, who will be captaining India in the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka starting Sunday. Talent, however, alone didn’t get Rohit where he now belongs. Hard work played a huge role. For someone who started out as an off spinner, to make a name as one of the world’s best in the limited overs format isn’t simply the result of being talented. In trying to decode a typical Rohit Sharma-innings, one has to acknowledge that there are two distinct parts to it: pre-interval and post-interval to use a film analogy. The story begins with a calm and composed Rohit trying to settle down at the crease and assess conditions to lay the foundation for a big score. The second half, however, is all mayhem. All of a sudden Rohit is transformed into a gladiator. His 264 against Sri Lanka in Kolkata (2014) in an ODI, still the highest score in the format, was a perfect demonstration of his class. ...

    TOI on Dec. 8, 2017, 11:34 p.m.

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    ...Sonar Kella was on reel. The recent school molestation incident in the heart of Kolkata is real. In a school that is a preferred choice for many parents in the city and the state. As the father of a four-year-old, a series of questions need immediate answers. First, as parents do we have to sensitise children from the age of three or four about what is acceptable and what is not? While this is one incident that has come to light, there must be hundreds of similar incidents taking place in India, which go unreported or unheard of. Parents, fearing social ostracism or anticipating trouble going forward, are often forced to hush things up. Getting a kid admitted to a good school is one of the early challenges of parenthood and young parents, having already spent lakhs in doing so, feel apprehensive about raising contentious issues. Is the compulsory installation of CCTVs the answer? Also, can CCTVs ever be placed in washrooms? Will they not lead to other forms of sexual perversion? ...

    TOI on Dec. 7, 2017, 2 a.m.

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    ...“He has enormous talent. The day he is at peace with his mind you will see him win title after title. He can be in the league of the legendary Lin Dan,” he said. I followed up this conversation with a visit to his academy in Hyderabad. Srikanth was there. He was part of a group that also included PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal and Sai Praneeth, but seemed to be in a world of his own. My mind went back to Rio and that quarterfinal he had played against Lin Dan. Srikanth had stretched the champion and his aggressive smash hit the net at 17-18 in the decider to win it for Dan. Srikanth lost. “I will come back stronger,” he had said in Rio. And it wasn’t just another statement made for journalists. He repeated it after the world championships in Glasgow in August. “My time will come,” he had said. He was not interested in the interview and his indifference showed. This is not to suggest he was disrespectful. ...

    TOI on Oct. 23, 2017, 11:43 p.m.

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    ...In fact, the effort could be perfectly summed up by the Glen Maxwell dismissal. Yuzvendra Chahal too seemed amused and embarrassed. It was as if he was expecting the Big Show to do something as reckless and when proved right, all he could do was offer a wry smile. Maxwell, time and again, has done the same. He has failed to put a price on his wicket and given it away just when things seemed to settle down for Australia. And post Maxwell’s wicket, there was no stopping the in-form Indians. While India were in control at midway stage, what happened thereafter was farcical. The cut-off for a 5-over match to start, for some strange reason, was kept at 10.18pm. It meant that the match would surely get over by 10.45pm at the latest. If the idea is to give the crowd their money’s worth by playing a 5-over game at least, then why not push the deadline by another 45 minutes and play a 15-over game instead? ...

    TOI on Oct. 9, 2017, 1:24 a.m.

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    ...Going after a section of the BCCI officials, who stand disqualified if the reforms are implemented, Vinod Rai-led COA has even suggested that the actions of some of these men, like N Srinivasan and Niranjan Shah, are subversive and disruptive and they have vested interests in stalling the reforms process. The COA, criticised in the media and by Justice RM Lodha for not pushing the BCCI enough, has stated in no uncertain terms that they made every attempt to make the BCCI members see reason and implement the judicial order. Arguing that members may well have implemented the recommendations had they not been influenced by “disqualified officials with vested interests”, the COA members have urged the court to deal with the situation with an iron fist. ...

    TOI on July 13, 2017, 12:37 a.m.

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    ...And the start of the campaign was a near disaster losing to India in Birmingham. People had started to write off Pakistan. For a country that plays no cricket on home soil, it was all but expected. A lucky win against South Africa through Duckworth-Lewis and all of a sudden Pakistan had a chance to make the semi-finals if they beat Sri Lanka. In a match that could’ve gone either way, Pakistan held nerve to make the last four as the least probable of the four semi-finalists. Could they have made it if Thisara Perera didn’t drop that sitter will be a question forever debated in cricket circles. Such things happen and Pakistan, a resurgent Pakistan at that, was up against title favourites England at Cardiff. England had done everything right in the tournament so far. ...

    TOI on June 20, 2017, 12:40 a.m.

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    ...As defending champions, India go into the tournament as one of the favourites and given the quality of players at Virat’s disposal it’s impossible to contest this tag. It’s a quality cricket team with some serious talent and if India’s record at ICC events is anything to go by, Indian fans have every reason to be hopeful. Speaking of the 15, chances of any real surprises in the team is out of the question. It’s a settled unit with as many as 14 of the players picking themselves. To open the batting in the absence of KL Rahul, out with a shoulder injury, India will bank on the tried and tested Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan combination. ...

    TOI on May 8, 2017, 1:08 a.m.

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    ...In this entire debate over withdrawal there is one constituency that is surprisingly silent, even absent. And that is the most important constituency: the players themselves. No one has spoken about the players. Do they want to play or withdraw? What does Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni feel on the matter? Withdrawing from all ICC events between now and 2023 will effectively mean that BCCI office bearers would have ensured Virat never plays another World Cup. And India never gets to defend its crown won in 2013. While it is known that MSD is very keen to don India colours in the 2019 World Cup in England, he too will not have an opportunity to do so if BCCI office bearers decide on terminating the Members Participation Agreement and pull out of the world cricket calendar. Does BCCI have the moral right to decide on behalf of the players? ...

    TOI on May 4, 2017, 2 a.m.