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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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The heat and the one-sided encounter were downers but this Pakistan was happy that at least his team won
A triumphant Lord's return
Pakistan thrilled one and all in their first Test at Lord's since 2010, giving their fans the experience of a lifetime
A match that transcended the ordinary
A fan hears "the sound that will live on in my memory for the rest of my life" during the India-Bangladesh game
An 800-km train journey to watch two special wins
A long journey, queues and ticketing troubles could not take away from the great show that Afghanistan and Scotland put on in Nagpur
PSL's final rumble among dhols and Africa djembes
The quality of cricket was high, the noise levels in the ground were high. The only downer was the struggle to get into the stadium
Supreme Court aims to get to the bottom of Thakur-ICC letter issue
Younis puts illness behind with vintage ton
McLaren leaves Hampshire for Lancashire
Vandersay's six-for headlines Sri Lanka A's series win
USA shelves Taylor middle-order experiment
The Cricket Monthly October issue
American football's in UK. Where's cricket in USA?
NFL has taken a long-term approach to expanding its base. Cricket's globalisation plans are still to click
Can Bangladesh replicate ODI success in Tests?
They have won seven out of 93 Tests. Can Shakib and Co redress that?
Why declaration bowling isn't always a mad thing
The mutually agreed target in the Middlesex-Yorkshire Championship game didn't feel unsporting because the captains wanted a contest
When I bowled my son out
Former Essex fast bowler
on playing against his son and England international Reece
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