On Mithali Raj’s walk off into the sunset and Virender Sehwag’s spiritual successor

One of the most influential players in the women's game was allowed to depart with nothing more than a pro forma press release, while Rishabh Pant showed he is as untamed and destructive as Viru was in his pomp.

A day after the previous edition of this newsletter was published, one of the very few Indian cricketers I respect walked off, with characteristic lack of fuss, into the sporting sunset.

It is not just that she accomplished so much. Or that she—and another of my cricketing heroes, Jhulan Goswami—played nursemaid and den mother to at least two generations of emerging talents.

It is all that, of course, but it is more—it is the sort of person, the sort of human being Mithali Dorai Raj is. The charisma, the grace on and off the field, the easy assurance and, above …


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 Rediff.com 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.