From Gabba to Centurion, the coming of age of the Indian fast bowler

To appreciate the current Test team’s consistent success, you had to have lived a life where the rare overseas win was a new dawn to celebrate before the inevitable, and prolonged, eclipse.

I was on a Zoom call and, what is worse, I was presenting—which meant I couldn’t pretend to listen while doing what I wanted to.

From 26 December on, I had invented pretexts to avoid calls; on the couple of occasions when they were absolutely essential, I scheduled them for the early morning hours, pleading for other engagements in the second half. And then this.

I rushed the last 10 minutes, gave staccato responses to a couple of questions; I used the “That is a nuanced question, mail me and I will respond in detail with examples” trick to bail …


Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker has been a journalist for over 30 years. From daily newspapers to weekly magazines and digital news portals—he was one of the seven journalists who were part of the start-up team—he has written and edited features extensively across mediums and publications. Since quitting his job at Yahoo in 2014, he has been working as a freelance writer and editor, as well as teaching narrative journalism.