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Do you think cricket is cooler than football?
It's not the beautiful game, but perhaps it is one that kicks more ass?
Does football have a Chris Gayle?
Ever heard of Jose Mourinho? He's everything Gayle is, and has better hair
They have players who throw tantrums, those who wear bling, those who strut, those who shine on the big stage, those who are loved for talking nonsense on Twitter, but not one player who does all of that
Chris Gayle is one of the reasons cricket is in the state it is in today
Does cricket have a Maradona?
Of course. Viv is Maradona minus the cocaine
No, and it should be a criminal offence to call Tendulkar god when Maradona has touched us with his genius
No, and that's probably why it has survived this long
Cricket has three formats. Football has just one. You think:
We thought the three could co-exist, but looks like we were wrong
That's because cricket is comfortable with the idea of change and progress
Cricket has an identity crisis
Would you rather be caught in a stadium watching an IPL match or an EPL match?
What do you mean caught? With pride I go to an IPL game, in my overpriced club jersey, vuvuzela in hand, having left my dignity at security
What do you mean caught? With pride I go to an EPL game, in my overpriced club jersey, vuvuzela in hand, and armed with mace in case the rowdier fans decide to attack me
Oh IPL, it's all your fault
Is the Super Over Eliminator more thrilling than a penalty shootout?
Have you ever seen anyone not sit on the edge of their seat during a penalty shootout? The beauty of a shootout lies in how easy it is to score from that position in any other situation
Naturally. A Super Over is preceded by a tie, which is far more exciting in cricket than football. And as a decider a Super Over also better represents the sport
What is so wrong about a draw? Why are we so bent on obtaining results?
Is it cooler to be called an opener or a striker?
It's a huge problem that our openers all think they are strikers. They have unlearnt the art of grafting
Opener sounds like something you need for a bottle, not a sport
If you're Sehwag, you are both
Can five-day viewing be more awesome than 90 minutes?
Yes, because the pleasure lasts for more than 2000 minutes
Of course it is! And if we had realised it sooner, the game would still have a chance
Only if it's five days of dribbling, long passes, crosses, headers and shots into the goalpost
"Joga Bonito" or "The gentleman's game"?
Joga Bonito: no hoicks, slogs, or running on the field like Ganguly
Both are lovely phrases that can be used in the eulogy that I am writing
The gentlemen's game encompasses the idea of playing beautifully
Are England cooler as cricket's world champions or football's?
England as prats on a pedalo: it brings cricket to page one
England as seen in terms of Rooney and Terry's off-field misdemeanours: makes European football look so attractive in comparison
England as the No. 1 Test side: nothing spells doom like serial incompetents being crowned champions despite a sorry record in the toughest conditions
Would you rather be red-carded or fined by a match referee?
Punishments are only an indicator of how the game has degenerated over the years
Fined by a match referee, since there's less public humiliation in that
Red-carded, because it shows what extent you would go to for your team
Would you rather be slapped by Harbhajan Singh or head-butted by Zinedine Zidane?
If Harbhajan slaps me, then surely I have what it takes to get under the skin of a champion
Neither; there's enough trauma in my life without these two inflicting injuries on me
Head-butted by Zizou, of course! That's as close as I can get to kissing him
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Eden Gardens turns on the magic again
A pitch with bounce, plenty of runs, a capacity crowd and a last-over finish all made it a day to remember
'Why did I bother buying day 5 tickets?'
No day five contest at Newlands after Kagiso Rabada took a ten-for to wrap up the series win for South Africa
The chants of Virat-Virat are here to stay
A see-saw day at the Wankhede, including a Kohli century and a boisterous crowd made it a memorable occasion
Smith and Guptill light up Sydney
Two memorable centuries, including the highest individual score at the ground, plenty of boundaries and a decent atmosphere at the SCG's first international of the home summer
The Dubai sauna gives a suffocating welcome
The heat and the one-sided encounter were downers but this Pakistan was happy that at least his team won
MP batsman Harpreet aggrieved by case of mistaken identity
Samuels ponders Kolpak deal after omission from West Indies ODIs
Philander primed for Test return
Waiting to bat was the most challenging - Renshaw
Australia showed good application - Bangar
Why we need needle
We all enjoy watching a little pettiness, bad blood and low-grade squabbling between players, let's admit it
Why the wrong technique is sometimes right
Orthodoxy is all well and good, but sometimes you need to dump it in the interests of the spirit of play
Fickle finger of Tim Paine's fate
Multiple surgeries and a loss of form and confidence pushed him into the shadows, but he will return for Tasmania this week
'I don't talk nonsense'
Mohammad Hafeez tries to make sense of his nickname, and reveals the one thing he would like to get better at
From Gower to Root
England cricket has changed leaders over the years, but our photographer has remained the same
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