I’m not a journalist, a statistician or an athelete. The last time I played the gentleman’s game was with a group of fellow fourth-graders in a parking lot. The ball rolled underneath a pickup truck to allow my partner and I, chasing 37, to run the six we needed to win. My opinions on the game should be viewed accordingly. I write about cricket because I love it, but am not fortunate enough to be living in any of the Test-playing nations (even though I’m from one) and if I keep blathering to the people around me about a sport they have no knowledge of and little interest in, I run the risk of being drugged or hit over the head to make me shut up. It’s just better this way.

‘reina’ is a pseudonym (if you were wondering, as I’m sure you were.) I just got tired of being mistaken for a man, which used to happen online (and elsewhere) with monotonous regularity when I went by my real name, which is unfortunately both unusual and apparently gender-neutral.

I’m Indian, but, being not over-burdened with patriotic sentiment, perhaps on account of having lived my entire life outside the country of my birth, I don’t always support my national side. I also think that too many of my compatriots are far too fanatical, over-reverent and scarily humourless about the game and the players. I understand it, to a point, but I won’t subscribe to it. Especially since the flip side of the mad hero-worship is really, really ugly.

What I don’t know about the game far outweighs what I do, although that ratio gets better every day. (I’ve only been a cricket tragic for a few years, and there’s a lot to learn if you want to pursue it seriously.)

This blog will contain strong language. Sorry about that. But if you’re under age, excessively ladylike, or easily offended, you should really be reading something else anyway, no?

I really don’t expect many people to read this. If you happen to be one of them, thanks for stopping by and giving it a look, I really do appreciate it, and I hope that at the very least, you didn’t find it a waste of your time.


  1. #1 by Rishabh on 27/01/2010 - 7:40 am

    You’ve got a pretty engaging style of writing!
    Your archives show only Jan 2010… that mean you’re a new entry to the cricket blogosphere?

    • #2 by reina on 27/01/2010 - 8:08 am

      Thank you, Rishabh!

      To answer your question, yes I am. I had started a blog before, but didn’t really commit to it because I had far too much going on at the time, so I eventually just deleted it. Hopefully this one will be different!

    • #3 by cricvideos on 11/08/2011 - 8:42 am


      I have recently started up a Cricket Sites:


      Would you be interested in a link exchange?


  2. #4 by Rishabh on 28/01/2010 - 1:25 am

    Yeah, having the time/energy to blog is an issue… I started my blog as a place for my comic strip, but gave that up and didn’t know what to do with it. It’s now a cricket blog 😛

  3. #5 by reina on 20/02/2010 - 3:10 pm

    No, what you are is a Grade A idiot. You do not get to comment on my blog. Don’t flatter yourself by assuming you know jack shit about either my feelings towards my country or what I might be ‘trying to convey.’ Take your brain dead ‘terriost’ bullshit elsewhere.

    (This in reply to a post from some douchebag named Rizwan Khan reading: “Hey Reina,
    In short ur trying to convery that ur ashamed to be an Indian and a traitor! My name is Khan and I am a terriost!” Anyone want to make similar comments, I’m going to save you some time: don’t bother. They won’t make it past my filters. Morons.)

  4. #6 by Rishabh on 20/02/2010 - 3:23 pm

    I guess there will be no Alex’s on your blog either then!

    Congrats on making Page 2, btw.

    • #7 by reina on 20/02/2010 - 3:45 pm


      No comment on Alex, but I have a zero-tolerance policy for people like the fucktard I’ve quoted below. That will be all the attention I give him and his ilk, too: everything else of that nature will be ignored/deleted.

  5. #8 by Bilal on 20/02/2010 - 5:10 pm

    Wandered over from reading your peice on Cricinfo’s page 2. Liking your writing style – good to see something of a different angle on the great game!

  6. #9 by Kag_Philly on 20/02/2010 - 6:57 pm

    Hi Reina:

    You do have an engaging writing style – I will look forward to more of your postings.

    I think you should write regularly for Cricinfo – you are way better than many of their columnists and of course you will have a much wider readership.

  7. #10 by S D on 20/02/2010 - 8:17 pm

    like this blog. I’m from Nepal and I’ve been supporting the Blackcaps since I was ummm dunno when. I hear U too like them. That’s the reason U ROCK BABY.

  8. #11 by reina on 22/02/2010 - 9:05 pm

    @ Bilal, Kag_P and SD – thank you for the compliments, and I’m glad you like the site. Cheers.

  9. #12 by M on 25/07/2010 - 5:18 pm

    I din know gals watched crickeeet ! hmmm..

  10. #13 by Anmol on 30/07/2010 - 2:29 pm

    Added your link at http://www.cricschedule.com/links.php

    http://www.cricketschedule.com – Cricket Schedule

    Could you blogroll this site.

    P.S. I love your straight forward writing.


  11. #14 by David K on 06/08/2010 - 12:46 pm

    Hi… just found your blog. Looking forward to reading more. Very witty!

    Cheers from San Francisco.


  12. #15 by Sesha on 19/11/2010 - 5:45 am

    Nice writing and interesting thoughts, lass. Keep it up.

    In case you are trying to fix the gender to the name, i’m a man (last time I checked) from Sri Lanka. And like you, i’m not a fanatical supporter of ‘our’ team, although I get a kick when they win.

  13. #16 by Bhadra on 01/12/2010 - 10:11 am

    This blog is really cool. I am quite ashamed to admit that I was one of the people led here by the search “Tim Southee SO HOT OMG”! But I really love reading this. It’s so different from other cricket blogs that focus exclusively on cricket. I’m Indian as well btw, and I do support them.

  14. #17 by BL on 19/05/2012 - 12:47 pm

    “I like your style, dude [sic].”

  15. #18 by Latest Cricket News (@blogcricket) on 29/09/2012 - 2:08 pm

    i was wondering would you be interested in exchanging link with my cricket blog.

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