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A subtle sense of "otherness" has always followed the international career of a multi-talented cricketer who remains strangely under-appreciated.
Four live games on Saturday, four again on Sunday. And did I watch them all? Of course I did.
TV ratings for the Olympics have steadily fallen, especially among the young – as a crisis of relevance and the issues around hosting become too big to ignore.
Top players don't often make top managers, so Ingerlanders shouldn't look to Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard next.
The success of players such as Ajinkya Rahane and Thangarasu Natarajan, shows the transformative power of the IPL.
With that square jaw, those cheekbones and piercing stare the former midfielder could be a 1930s Hollywood heart-throb.
With 20 wins from 22 games, Gerrard has swept away the team's culture of mediocrity.
Dubbed Nijinsky, after the champion racehorse, by Manchester City team-mates and fans, the unparalleled footballer was a modest man with an immodest gift.
Spurs have started tumbling again and worst of all, I fear that thanks to José, we are unlikely to celebrate St Gooner’s Day this season.
During lockdown, virtual darts matches and classic rugby league games on YouTube became an antidote to daily news bulletins. And I even started running.
Plus as the stadiums stood silent, lots of well-loved commentary clichés have kept us amusingly distracted.