Sidharth Monga

JULY 05, 2014

Old address, new home for Usman Afzaal

Usman Afzaal's new restaurant Slumdog, located bang opposite Trent Bridge, is all set to witness a Test match for the first time
Usman Afzaal's restaurant Slumdog is located bang opposite Trent Bridge © PA Photos
JULY 01, 2014

A background score to idle afternoons

Musings about cricket in England, randomly thought, reread and rewatched on the nine-and-half-hour flight from Mumbai to London
DECEMBER 17, 2013

Walking through history at Tolstoy Farm

Once a crucible for Mahatma Gandhi's philosophies of community living and civil disobedience, Tolstoy Farm is now a desolate place a few kilometres away from the suburb of Lenasia
DECEMBER 11, 2013

A tent against the torrent

With a state-of-the-art drainage system, a 12-foot-high tent protecting the pitch and groundsmen working hard day and night, Supersport Park in Centurion has all the resources at its disposal to negotiate a rain threat
DECEMBER 06, 2013

A night of celebrating Mandela

Taking in the scenes outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton in Johannesburg, on the night he died
MARCH 07, 2012

Ian v Greg at the Chappell backyard

The Chappell brothers' has to be the ideal childhood, one every lover of cricket would commit heinous crimes to enjoy
FEBRUARY 23, 2012

Here lie Trumper and Fingleton

Waverley Cemetery in the Bronte suburb in Sydney is a picturesque and peaceful resting place
FEBRUARY 14, 2012

Tales of the Don

Neil Dansie was one of the last men to see Don Bradman get out from 22 yards away
FEBRUARY 06, 2012

The cricketers' chef

It is the high point of India's ugly tour of Australia four years ago. The teams have landed in Perth. Before the Test, they go for their respective group dinners. Turns out they are both looking to eat at Gogo's Madras Curry.
DECEMBER 23, 2011

Going easy on the kids

With trepidation I headed to the "Test Series Christmas" celebration on Southbank in Melbourne only because the official press conferences were supposed to happen there.
DECEMBER 22, 2011

Memories of cricket in Australia

Long flights can sometimes be good, especially when you have spent the last couple of days thinking of foreign exchange, malfunctioning credit cards, lost keys, and generally lived through Murphy's Law
JANUARY 10, 2011

Shah Rukh Khan saves the day

Many will understand my irritation when I saw Shah Rukh Khan had found his way into international cricket too, blowing kisses even as the cricket game was being played
JANUARY 07, 2011

Moses Mabhida Stadium ready for cricketing spectacle

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is fast becoming as synonymous with Durban as the city's beaches and the Golden Mile
DECEMBER 24, 2010

The case of the missing Test cap

Has anybody seen Graeme Smith’s Test cap
DECEMBER 22, 2010

The story of a groundsman

Wilson Ngobese is an unassuming 50-year-old who looks much younger than he is
DECEMBER 14, 2010

Soaking in Wanderers and SuperSport Park

My oldest memory of South Africa is from the mid-nineties - not that I came here then – and cold winter nights in India
JULY 24, 2010

Nuwan Pradeep: Sri Lanka's latest maverick

Sri Lanka’s knack of picking unorthodox cricketers out of nowhere continues
JULY 23, 2010

'It was like Michael Jackson coming'

P Sara Oval, the venue for the third Test of this series, is the only ground in Asia where Don Bradman played
JULY 19, 2010

Galle's spirited groundstaff

When yet another shower lashed the Galle International Stadium at 2.15pm, even though the Indian bowlers would have been relieved, it was a cruel heartbreak for the groundsmen who had worked hard to get the ground ready - despite heavy showers at
JULY 15, 2010

Football on a cricket tour

I have seen three diverse games of football since arriving in Sri Lanka, and it has barely been five days