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Mihir speaks up for Indian women’s cricket

Posted October 26, 2017

Mihir was one of the speakers at The Indian Forum on British Media’s event on 18th October at the House of Commons:  Indian Women’s Cricket–Past/Present/Future hosted by Mr. Virendra Sharma, MP.

See his contribution (on YouTube) to Indian women’s cricket – past/present/future 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Researching great Indian cricketers

Posted October 17, 2017

Mihir has just returned from a literary festival in India. While there he took the opportunity to do some research for his next book on Indian cricket.  He travelled to Najafgarh, just outside Delhi to meet Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach. These are pictures taken at his coaching centre where Sehwag learnt the game.

Mihir interviewing Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach.

Mihir went to Najafgarh, just outside Delhi to meet Amar Nath Sharma, Virender Sehwag’s coach.

The ins and outs of cricketer Steven Finn’s life

Posted August 31, 2017

Financial Times

The Hampstead home of the England bowler is where he relaxes to focus on future glory

At Home with the FT Steven Finn 

Steven Finn, the Middlesex and England fast bowler, has had the sort of rollercoaster career that would have tempted many cricketers to give up in despair. He always seems to be on the brink of becoming England’s number one fast bowler, then has a slump in form or injury and is fighting to regain his place. In 2010, he took 5 for 87 during his first Test at Lord’s and was compared to Glen McGrath, the great Australian bowler. Yet in the seven years since, he has been in and out of the team. On the 2013/14 tour of Australia he was the only player in the squad not to play a Test and was sent home, with the coach Ashley Giles saying: “Steve is not selectable at the moment.” The next year, he was selected to play in a Test at Edgbaston, also against Australia. He took 6 for 79, won the man of the match award and set up the victory that turned the series. England went on to regain the Ashes, the most fabled competition in cricket.

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Stumped by debt, cricket eyes new league

Posted June 26, 2016

 

The clubs, including Yorkshire and Durham, are saddled with millions of pounds of debts. One option under consideration is to form a new league for the short form of cricket known as Twenty20.

A breakaway league would need to be approved by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the national governing body of cricket. Executives examining the idea would seek the right to negotiate their own television deals.

For more than a century, the grounds of some of the country’s cricket clubs have hosted some of the most memorable and gripping matches.

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Former England captain David Gower on how to save Test cricket – At Home

Posted January 9, 2016

 Financial Times

Batsman turned TV presenter says India has too much power over the game and urges the governing body to ‘grow a muscle’

David Gower had warned me it might be difficult to find his new London flat, just off Portobello Road, as it is part of a development in north Kensington to convert Victorian townhouses into residential blocks. Nevertheless, it is a surprise to get halfway down his road and find the rest of the street blocked by construction work.

Yet the real shock comes when the 58-year-old former England cricket captain, and now the main cricket presenter on Sky Television, shows me into his three-bedroom flat. Then the huge contrast between Gower on a cricket field and Gower in his new home becomes obvious.

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