Welcome to Deep Backward Point
by Devanshu Mehta
Welcome to my blog about cricket.
Who am I?
As a kid growing up in Chicago, my first experience with cricket was when my father and his friends would get together to play on Sundays. There would be elaborate suiting-up and a little play, and then we’d all go out for Indian food.
That was before Gavaskar came to town. The first cricket match I ever saw was an exhibition match between the visiting Indian team and a local team outside Chicago in the early ’80s. My father instilled in me a sense of awe about Gavaskar. We got to meet him. Within 24 hours I had gone from never hearing his name to having discovered a new hero.
And then we moved to India. And cricket became my first love. This was the era of Gavaskar’s wide-brimmed hat, Vengsarkar at Lords, mustache-chewing Kris, and India coming off a World Cup winning high.
And then? Then came Tendulkar, after which it was a short 20-year hop, skip and a jump to becoming the best Indian team in history.
Yes, but that doesn’t tell me if I’ll like your blog
Ok. Here are my cricket quirks:
- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. That’s all.
- Test cricket is better than Twenty20.
- Twenty20 is better than One Day cricket.
- Cricket was my first mathematics teacher: keeping a running count of the required run-rate was enough to get me through about 8th grade.
- Which brings me to statistics. I love cricket statistics.
- I read old scorecards and player statistics as if they were great works of fiction. I love how a scorecard tells a story, how I can picture what happened. There’s no footage of Kapil at Turnbridge Wells, but anyone who has seen that scorecard can see that innings in their mind’s eye.
- I watched every match played at Vadodara (Moti bagh and IPCL stadiums) in the time I lived there. India won every time. Except when New Zealand played The Netherlands.
What will I blog about?
My hope is to give context on players, teams and quirks of history through statistics and historical perspective. I’m not an expert player or analyst. What I am is tenacious.
I will be posting long-form on this blog about once a week. During the week, I will add pointers to interesting things I find around the web.
If you read my blog, I hope you’ll encourage me with comments and likes along the way.
OK, why is it called Deep Backward Point?
Because when I have a point, it’s fairly deep and mostly backwards.