Thursday, May 26, 2005

The real fourth umpire

During my years in New York I waited up at night, hitting the reload button to see if this man had written anything new, because anything he wrote was absolutely riveting. His commentary sang to me, and I loved how he went after cricket administrators on days when there were no matches. So problematic was his website for the BCCI that they did not allow them press passes, if I remember correctly. The man's name is Prem Paniker, and here's his blog: Fourth Umpire - not to be confused with Doordarshan's pre-match program where Srikanth murders Hindi and a recent probable Indian coach (okay, Mohinder Amarnath) sings patriotic songs.

It's still young, but it has a shape already. Check it out. He's in New York now, and as sharp as ever about what the game's up to.

6 comments:

Soultan of Swing said...

yeah i think i too belong to that legion of prem panicker followers who kept looking out for his columns everyday :)!
faisal sharif was also good, but seems to have disappeared from rediff..

Rahul said...

That's because he's now at the Indian Express.

akr said...

oh-k. am off there right now. thanks for the tip, I look forward to this.
[and found Cricket uncut a few days ago, why don't you guys link to it?:)]

Rahul said...

We guys have been inconsistent about posting there. But as soon as we write there regularly, it'll be linked to. Just have to get it off the ground.

Jabberwock said...

Thanks for the link, Rahul. Have long been a fan of PP's cricket writing. Especially loved a piece he did about Sachin's 241 at Sydney last year.

akr said...

hmm, that I can see(re:consistency). But it seems a very promising venture, does that Uncut blog. Well, at least for the likes of me.