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Did I ask Arnab Goswami to shut down Republic TV?

by Gaurav Sethi


He thinks so. But did I? Watch after 51 minutes. (I also speak after 47 minutes and a bit in the beginning). From March 12, 2020.

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IPL vs Corona Virus

by Gaurav Sethi

On March 12, 2020, the South African team was touring India. The Dharamsala ODI was called off because of rain; here's a conversation on whether the IPL should go on or not. Much has changed since. (Gaurav Sethi in conversation with Shivani Gupta, on Republic TV.

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Bored in the big city.

by Gaurav Sethi

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Black Lives Matter.

by Gaurav Sethi

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Intimacy in the time of social distancing

by Gaurav Sethi

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Barber shops to open #challenges

by Gaurav Sethi

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Unmasked

by Gaurav Sethi

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If only I had updated my FB status

by Gaurav Sethi

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How Anushka sledged Kohli after smashing him into the stratosphere.

by Gaurav Sethi

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After months of no cricket, competitive or otherwise, Virat Kohli was bound to be rusty. At best of times, Kohli doesn’t take to bowling, whether in the nets or in the middle. But here he was, pitted against his wife, and there was no way he couldn’t bowl. He was up to it. After doing a few routine stretches and warm ups, he grabbed the ball. While Anushka’s batting stance was far from conventional, Kohli decided to do a throw down.

You could say, he asked for it. Keeping wickets was an unidentified man in their full-time employment. Kohli’s thrown down was above waist-height, Anushka gave it a mighty heave failing to make contact. Kohli grinned, muttering some unsolicited advice.

Next ball, another free-hit. Another mighty heave, this time, Anushka watched the ball, hit the ball – and smashed it out of sight.

Grinning some more, Kohli decided to switch from throw-downs to his round arm action. Another freebee.

This time, Anushka put on her best act, smashing it so hard, she lost control of the bat – and hurled it towards Kohli, almost hitting him with it. Kohli had a laughing fit, rolling over on the ground.

He started to sledge Anushka, asking her if she’d like to do a zoom call with Rohit or Ishant on hitting the ball – after all they were both Sharmas and would understand what she was going through.

What seemed like an innocuous sledge, had Anushka fuming. She snapped at Kohli in his favourite Hindi swear words.

Next ball, Anushka focused so hard, she watched it right out of Kohli’s hand, seeing the slower one early, waiting for it, going back, hitting it on the half volley, right over Kohli’s head, somewhere far, far away.

Totally pumped up, she went up to Kohli, pulled him by the collar and asked him to get on to a zoom call with Ishant Sharma for some bowling tips – as there were hardly any Kohlis who knew how to play cricket.

(However plausible this may sound, this is largely a work of fiction)

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Should Sanjay Manjrekar be given a farewell match as commentator?

by Gaurav Sethi

Once Sanjay Manjrekar was omitted from the BCCI’s panel of commentators, there was no cricket left to commentate on. While Manjrekar took his omission far more gracefully than Ravindra Jadeja took his criticism as a “bits and pieces cricketer”, there’s no saying how this will end.

Manjrekar has been outspoken in his comment; often something that hasn’t gone down too well with watchers of the game – be it his take on Jadeja or Cheteshwar Pujara, he has minced no words.

But when it comes to his relentless praise of Rohit Sharma through the years, he’s spared no garnish.

Now the preoccupation with Rohit’s talent and unfulfilled promise has not been Manjrekar’s alone – commentators, many of them former cricketers, have spent so much time Rohiting away, it’s surprising Star Sports failed to start a channel for this sole purpose. What would they call it – Star Talent of course.

This could have led to Talent scouts, Talent hunts and a remake of the Hollywood film, The Talented Mr Ripley (rechristened as The Talented Mr Rohit).

Once upon a time, I was a huge fan of Sanjay Manjrekar’s – there I said it. Yes, I even said so on air. On NDTV, on a show titled The evolution of cricket commentary – from close to six years back but yes, I said it. After 30 minutes into the show when asked about our favourite commentator, I mention how commentators work in pairs and how Manjrekar-Chappell were one such pair, with an almost father-son rapport.



Today, when cricket and all sport appeared to have been given a farewell, we must ask ourselves, doesn’t Sanjay deserve a farewell match? Hell, even Ashish Nehra got one. Sachin got two.

Or would the BCCI rather have him go into exile and spawn another ICL and draw Ambati Rayudu back into it again? 

There’s much time for thought. I suggest a white ball game where Rohit Sharma will captain, open the batting and speak to Sanjay after the match. It is all he would have dreamed of.

Another thing, Ian Chappell should be invited as well. And if it’s TRPs that Star is after, maybe they seat Sourav, Sachin and Greg Chappell together as well.

After all, they pulled off Bhajji and Hayden, didn’t they? And there will be so much lost time to make up for – who knows, maybe they cage Manjrekar through his stints, promoting the match as Sanjay WildKar. Pujara can make an ODI comeback, what more could Manjrekar ask for? An elephant in the room perhaps.

Next: Should I be given a welcome match on Manjrekar's farewell match?

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