Samir Chopra

A personal view of a cultural passion

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A general view of the field during the Napier ODI

Set the fielders free

Artificial constraints, such as fielding restrictions, make ODIs and T20s feel contrived. The duration of the contest ought to be the only limitation

Ian Botham and Mike Brearley enjoy the victory at Headingley

The Tendulkar-Brearley conundrum

The stereotype of the hero-worshipping Indian fan ignores evidence that seemingly skewed fandom is also present in supposedly more rational settings

Pakistan in Sri Lanka 2012

Mahela and Misbah got it wrong

Mahela Jayawardene is a good batsman and comes across as a thoughtful, astute cricketer in most of his public pronouncements