Samir Chopra

A personal view of a cultural passion

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Ian Chappell hooks Tony Greig

It's better from behind the stumps

It used to be routine in the old days but is confined to replays now. The absence negatively affects our experience as viewers of sport on TV

Matthew Hayden chases after a ball

A Hayden moment

At times the TV does no justice to stunning pieces of work on the cricket field. At times you need to have played the game yourself - however casually - to appreciate these gems

Morne Morkel had a couple of decisions reversed in his favour on review

The theatre of the DRS

The relief at the howler overturned; the vindication of the accurate umpire - the dramas of the review system are many, and many of them are entertaining

Mechanics in Ahmedabad listen to the India-Pakistan World Cup match on the radio

Turn down the telly, turn up the radio

There was a time when cricket fans felt TV commentary wasn't descriptive enough. Now its verbosity makes us turn back to the radio

Hamid Hassan remained unbeaten on 15 from 39 deliveries

Throw open the gates to the Associates

Keeping them in the World Cup will inspire their countrymen to dream bigger and also prevent the game from being monopolised by a small club

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