Samir Chopra

A personal view of a cultural passion

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Ricky Ponting shares high-fives with Harbhajan Singh

Once upon a Bedi welcome

Bishan Bedi welcoming the visiting Pakistanis at the airport in 1979 is an image for the ages

A cricket ball at Green Point at Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland

The absent cricket ball

A cricket ball at home would make daydreaming a little easier; its concrete, tangible presence would make intangible visions easier to construct

The fireworks start as West Indies get their hands on the prize

My Caribbean friend

How tales of West Indies cricket helped forge an enduring friendship between an Indian professor and a Jamaican security guard

Sandeep Patil bats in the semi-final of the 1983 World Cup

Sandeep Patil: the Bombay Hammer

He only played international cricket for about half a decade, but his brutal, attacking style left its mark on the game in India

Sachin Tendulkar cuts on his way to his maiden Test century

Tendulkar, an expat's solace

Just when an Indian who moved to the US felt his connection with cricket grow weaker, a 16-year-old batting prodigy made everything all right

The Adelaide Oval from a nearby hotel

A day at Adelaide Oval

Australia v South Africa was so enticing that one spectator played hooky to be at the first day of the 2001 Test