Deep Backward Point

Blog against the machine.

The Long Game

Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willing to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!

— Mel Gibson as William Wallace in Braveheart

Shut up, William Wallace. You never played a Test series. You, Mr. Wallace, are playing Twenty20. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing a Test series. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is playing the long game. Read the rest of this entry »


Deep Backward Point at 6 Months

The blog completes 6 months this week. Thank you all for reading. Six months is a long time– if the blog were an infant, at six months she would start sitting up, teething and perhaps solid food. She would also demonstrate the beginnings of real-person-like behavior. I think that accurately describes my blog.

The blog is at 121 posts, which is a much faster pace than I had originally anticipated. I also post a lot less articles with a statistical bent than I had originally planned.


First of all, a big thanks to anyone who read anything here. A really big thanks to the large number of people who have sent traffic my way:

The Most Popular Posts:

Here are the most popular posts of the first 6 months:

  1. How Lalit Modi and the BCCI (Almost) Killed Willow TV
  2. Los Angeles Gangs Take Up Cricket
  3. #ShankarFacts: The Secret Life of Adrian Shankar
  4. The 2nd-Most Awesome Thing Ever Said About Javed Miandad
  5. The Day I Was Dhoni
  6. How to Read the Redacted ICC Pakistan Spot-Fixing Report
  7. The History of One Day Cricket: Part I
I am glad that many of the most popular posts are also ones I enjoyed writing the most.

What I Got Right

Here are the posts I am most proud of:

What I Got Wrong

I oversold the Willow story. When barely a dozen people read your blog a day, you don’t take yourself too seriously. My reporting was accurate, but I sensationalized the headline. Never again.

Also, the first half of this is the worst piece I wrote: The Case Against Minnows in the World Cup. Let’s never mention it again.


If it isn’t clear yet, Twitter has turned out to be a huge part of Deep Backward Point– much bigger than I had originally imagined. The conversations, links, re-tweets and rebuttals are the fuel that fire the columns on this site. If you read this blog, and don’t follow me on Twitter, you’re missing part of the story.