Samir Chopra


What Cozier meant to me
What Cozier meant to me

When you thought of West Indies cricket in the 1980s, his name was up there with those of Lloyd, Roberts, Marshall, Holding and the rest

Lessons from three T20 games
Lessons from three T20 games

Context trumps ranking; wickets matter; and it's still a contest between batsman and bowler

Once upon a cricket pavilion
Once upon a cricket pavilion

When a place of refuge and sanctity in the game was used for torture

FFS: a Scotsman's Ashes lament
FFS: a Scotsman's Ashes lament

The shared pain of watching the Edgbaston Test of 2005

The women in my cricket-watching life
The women in my cricket-watching life

Cricket fans may be predominantly male, but there are plenty of women about as well

Just win overseas, India
Just win overseas, India

Why the team's fans have developed an appetite for the kind of results their team has historically been unable to deliver

Why I didn't watch the All-Stars
Why I didn't watch the All-Stars

Overpriced tickets and mediocre cricket: fans in the US deserve better. How about proper international matches?

Set the fielders free
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

The fastest bowler I've faced
The fastest bowler I've faced

A tale of Brian Close-like courage and brotherly approval

It's better from behind the stumps
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

Cricket on the high seas with Sobers and Co
Cricket on the high seas with Sobers and Co

A nautical encounter with the Caribbean heroes of the 1960-61 tied Test

A Hayden moment
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

The theatre of the DRS
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

Turn down the telly, turn up 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

When being an India fan doesn't mean being filled with despair
When being an India fan doesn't mean being filled with despair

Three painful partnerships, but only one has a happy ending

Throw open the gates to the Associates
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

India v Pakistan, but it's muted this time
India v Pakistan, but it's muted this time

The build-up to the World Cup clash seems restrained with fans from both sides not feeling particularly bullish about their team's chances

Once upon a Bedi welcome
Once upon a Bedi welcome

Bishan Bedi welcoming the visiting Pakistanis at the airport in 1979 is an image for the ages

Memo to Virat Kohli
Memo to Virat Kohli

India's new captain needs to realise talking is sweet but winning sweeter

Grieving for a stranger
Grieving for a stranger

Not having known Phillip Hughes does not make the pain of losing him hurt less