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Clayton Murzello

Clayton Murzello

He is the Group Sports Editor at Mid-day. He has been a cricket writer since 1988 and covered the cricket World Cups of 1996 and 2003 apart from a host of international series in England, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka, UAE, and Bangladesh. Twitter: @ClaytonMurzello

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Chal meri Luna!

Chal meri Luna!

Farokh Engineer and BS Chandrasekhar’s 1972-73 mopeds going viral last week provided good reason to elaborate on that unique end-of-series prize as well other rewards cricketers received in the 1970s, 1980s... [Read More]

11 April,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Clayton Murzello
Double trouble

Double trouble

Tonight’s Mumbai Indians Vs Delhi Capitals game once again throws up critical questions: Can Hardik Pandya duck the public humiliation; will Rohit Sharma call for an end to the booing; can the captain turn the tables by improving his team’s start? Disappointments and egos aside, franchise cricket’s die-hard loyalty is put to test ... [Read More]

07 April,2024 06:04 AM IST | Mumbai | Clayton Murzello
This won’t go out of fashion!

This won’t go out of fashion!

Ex-KKR player David Wiese bringing up coach Chandu Pandit’s ‘militant type’ reputation could also have something to do with the Mumbai man’s emphasis on turning up appropriately as a team... [Read More]

04 April,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Clayton Murzello
Bangalore in a win, win, win situation

Bangalore in a win, win, win situation

This week marks 50 years of Karnataka’s maiden Ranji title in 1974. This golden jubilee and RCB’s recent WPL triumph open up the possibility of a grand year if the franchise’s men’s team win the IPL... [Read More]

28 March,2024 06:52 AM IST | Mumbai | Clayton Murzello
Cricket great Kallicharran is 75 today

Cricket great Kallicharran is 75 today

A tribute to USA-based former West Indies cricket captain and batting great Alvin Kallicharran on his landmark birthday... [Read More]

21 March,2024 06:47 AM IST | Mumbai | Clayton Murzello
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IN PHOTOS: Congress marks 139th Foundation day; ceremony held at AICC HQs

IN PHOTOS: Congress marks 139th Foundation day; ceremony held at AICC HQs

The Indian National Congress marked its 139th Foundation Day on Thursday. On the occasion Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge unfurled the party flag at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) Headquarters in Delhi.... [Read More]

28 December,2023 01:43 PM IST
In Photos: One more person infected with Nipah virus in Kerala

In Photos: One more person infected with Nipah virus in Kerala

A 39-year-old man tested positive for the Nipah virus, which was transmitted to him through direct contact with an infected person who died on August 30, State Health Minister Veena George said (Pics/PTI)... [Read More]

15 September,2023 02:29 PM IST
IN PHOTOS: Lake levels in reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai at 73.99 pc

IN PHOTOS: Lake levels in reservoirs that supply water to Mumbai at 73.99 pc

The collective water stock in the seven reservoirs that supply drinking water to Mumbai is now 73.99 per cent, as per the data shared by BMC  ... [Read More]

30 July,2023 04:15 PM IST
Birthday special: A look back at top 5 impactful performances of Amit Sadh

Birthday special: A look back at top 5 impactful performances of Amit Sadh

Actor Amit Sadh who began his acting journey with the Television teen drama, `Kyun Hota Hai Pyaarrr` in 2002, has cemented his place as a prominent actor in Bollywood today. The actor who made his Bollywood debut in 2013 with `Kai Po Che` is celebrating his 39th birthday on June 5, which is today. As the actor turns a year older today, let`s take a look back at the five best performances of Amit Sadh that we all loved. ... [Read More]

05 June,2023 04:41 PM IST
Vicky Kaushal, Katrina, Isabelle, Ileana, Sharvari & Sunny return from Maldives

Vicky Kaushal, Katrina, Isabelle, Ileana, Sharvari & Sunny return from Maldives

39th birthday was extra special for actor Katrina Kaif as it was her first birthday after marriage to Vicky Kaushal. The lovebirds, who tied the knot at Six Senses Fort Barwara in Rajasthan on December 9, 2021, celebrated Kat`s birthday in the Maldives. Ileana d`Cruz, Mini Mathur, Isabelle Kaif, Sunny Kaushal were at part of the celebration (All photos/Yogen Shah... [Read More]

20 July,2022 12:19 PM IST | Mumbai
Inside Katrina Kaif's beach birthday in Maldives with Vicky Kaushal, and others

Inside Katrina Kaif's beach birthday in Maldives with Vicky Kaushal, and others

For nearly two decades now, actor Katrina Kaif has been a prominent part of the entertainment industry.  The `Singh is Kinng` actor gathers a lot of appreciation from the netizens as well as from her co-workers for her fitness and amazing dance moves. The actor turned 39 on Saturday and ringed in her birthday in the Maldives surrounded by her closed ones. She was accompanied by her husband Vicky Kaushal, brother-in-law Sunny Kaushal, sister Isabella Kaif, Ileana D`Cruz, Angira Dhar, Anand Tiwari, and others (All Photos/ Official Social Media Accounts)... [Read More]

17 July,2022 12:06 PM IST
Fast bowling phenomenon Dale Steyn turns 39; check out some of his best pics

Fast bowling phenomenon Dale Steyn turns 39; check out some of his best pics

Legendary South African fast bowler Dale Steyn celebrates his birthday on the 27th of June. The cricketing world was truly blessed to see Steyn in full flight as he destroyed many batting line-ups throughout his career in varied conditions. Steyn continues to be an idol for many a budding fast bowler and his iconic bowling style as well as celebration will continue to be etched in the minds of fans for years to come. Picture Courtesy/ Official Instagram account of Dale Steyn... [Read More]

27 June,2022 01:00 PM IST | Mumbai
Happy Birthday Kapil Dev: Reliving the victorious 1983 world cup moment

Happy Birthday Kapil Dev: Reliving the victorious 1983 world cup moment

The India team, led by Kapil Dev created history on June 25, 1983. In the 1983 World Cup Indian cricket team had set a benchmark for future cricketers under the captaincy of Kapil Dev. It`s been 39 since the victory and the iconic former captain has turned 64 today. On this occasion we look back and relive the iconic day in 1983... [Read More]

25 June,2022 02:51 PM IST
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Sidharth Malhotra Was All Smile As He Celebrated His 39th Birthday With Fans

Sidharth Malhotra Was All Smile As He Celebrated His 39th Birthday With Fans

Heartthrob of B-town Sidharth Malhotra was seen celebrating his 39th birthday with fans. His special day was marked by a heartwarming celebration as his fans came to make it unforgettable. Sidharth who is widely loved for his movie `Shershaah` cut cakes with his fans. The actor received a shower of gifts and hugs, which made his birthday a truly special and memorable occasion.... [Read More]

17 January,2024 12:15 PM IST
Karishma's Birthday Bash: Jasmin Bhasin, Sunny Leone, and other celebs attend

Karishma's Birthday Bash: Jasmin Bhasin, Sunny Leone, and other celebs attend

Karishma Tanna hosted her star-studded birthday bash on Sunday, December 17, which was attended by many celebrities. The actress` actual birthday is on December 21. The diva celebrated her pre-birthday bash with husband, Varun Bangera. It was a star-studded affair as several celebrities from Bollywood and television turned up at the bash looking their best. A-list celebrities like Jasmin Bhasin, Sunny Leone and others were spotted at the event in their glamorous avatars! Take a peek inside Karishma Tanna`s birthday bash in this video... [Read More]

19 December,2023 07:51 PM IST | Mumbai
Pro-Khalistan slogans raised inside Golden Temple

Pro-Khalistan slogans raised inside Golden Temple

The 39th anniversary of Operation Blue Star was observed at the Golden Temple, Amritsar on June 6. Several people were seen wearing black turbans to mark the anniversary. Security across Amritsar was tightened in view of the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. Notably, Operation Blue Star was carried out by the Indian Army in June 1984. Its aim was to capture Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale and his supporters hiding in the Golden Temple. On the operation’s 39th anniversary, police forces in civil clothes were deployed inside the Sikh shrine’s premises. Pro-Khalistan slogans were openly raised by people inside the Gurudwara’s premises. People were also carrying Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale’s posters. DCP (Law & Order) Amritsar said that the deployment was made to avoid any untoward situation. Guru Granth Sahib damaged during Operation Blue Star was taken out for public display.... [Read More]

06 June,2023 05:18 PM IST | Mumbai
Delhi Wakes Up To Thick Smog AQI 396

Delhi Wakes Up To Thick Smog AQI 396

Air quality in Delhi and its neighboring regions reached severe levels again on Thursday, engulfing the national capital in thick smog. At 8 am, the national capital`s Air Quality Index (AQI) was recorded at 364 (`Very Poor`) while at 7 am, it was 408 (`Severe`)... [Read More]

03 November,2022 11:49 PM IST
Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello | Episode 10

Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello | Episode 10

Former India captain and coach talks about Sanjay Kohli, who injured a teammate to make his way into the Podar College team for an important final against Jhunjunwala College in 1979. Listen to this and much more in the latest episode of Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello.... [Read More]

28 May,2022 02:18 PM IST | Mumbai
Mid-Day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello | Episode 10

Mid-Day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello | Episode 10

Ravi Shastri turns back the clock to the time he was ignored for an age-group tournament despite smashing the bowlers in the trials. Listen to this and much more in the latest episode of Mid-Day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello.... [Read More]

27 May,2022 03:29 PM IST | Mumbai
Covid-19: Mumbai logs 139 cases, highest since February 23

Covid-19: Mumbai logs 139 cases, highest since February 23

Mumbai on Thursday reported 139 new Coronavirus cases, the highest daily count since February 23. No death linked to the infection was reported in the financial capital.... [Read More]

13 May,2022 09:59 PM IST | Mumbai
Teaser: The Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello

Teaser: The Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello

Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello - A series of candid conversations with some of Mumbai’s most loved cricketers, coaches, selectors and well-wishers. Tune in for the podcast on Aug 29 only on https://www.mid-day.com/podcast/... [Read More]

27 August,2021 10:08 AM IST | Mumbai
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Episode 27 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Mumbai Cricket Association secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

Episode 27 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Mumbai Cricket Association secretary Prof Ratnakar Shetty.

A keen interest in cricket saw a young Prof Shetty handle junior cricket affairs in city cricket, which  earned him a post in the Mumbai Cricket Association managing committee in 1990.By 1996, he was the association’s secretary, graduating soon to holding key positions in the BCCI. A sought-after and trusted administrator among present and former players, Shetty has gone down as one of the pillars of cricket administration in this country. Mumbai cricket is at the heart of his interests and he spells out why in this podcast.... [Read More]

23 March,2024 08:38 AM IST | Mumbai
Episode 26 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India and Mumbai wicketkeeper Dr CT Patankar

Episode 26 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India and Mumbai wicketkeeper Dr CT Patankar

From a young Ruia College student, itching to be a cricketer, Dr CT Patankar rose to be an India stumper, who impressed no less a personality than India’s first Test captain CK Nayudu, in the 1950s. Despite being a fine wicketkeeper and sound batsman who could adjust to different situations, Patankar, the oldest living Mumbai-based Test player at 93, played only one Test and 10 Ranji games for Mumbai. He took things in his stride and moved to Maharashtra in 1966-67. At the age of 50, Patankar decided to do his PhD in Materials Management. In 1998, Patankar accompanied the Indian team on their Test and one-day tour to Zimbabwe.... [Read More]

27 February,2024 05:46 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 25 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Maharashtra and Junior India batsman Milind Gunjal

Episode 25 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Maharashtra and Junior India batsman Milind Gunjal

Starting off as a leg-spinner and lower-order batsman in Pune, Milind Gunjal rose to become a key batsman for his state’s Ranji team, Tata Sports Club and PJ Hindu Gymkhana on the Mumbai club scene. He rubbed shoulders with the best names in Mumbai cricket and came close to being picked for India’s 1986 tour of England. He revisits his up and down first-class cricket journey which culminated with Maharashtra reaching the Ranji Trophy final against victors Punjab in 1992-93.... [Read More]

13 January,2024 07:29 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 24 : Mid-day's Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India batsman Pravin Amre

Episode 24 : Mid-day's Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India batsman Pravin Amre

Runs by the tons at the junior level caused the Mumbai Ranji Trophy selectors to pick Pravin Amre as a teenager in 1986-87 for a knockout match. While he didn’t set Bangalore on fire in a lost game v Karnataka, he decided to shift to Railways on the advice of his coach Ramakant Achrekar. His new team provided no bed of roses, but he scored enough runs to be picked for India in 1991-92. The following year he got a Test debut ton against SA at Durban. A Mumbai return was part of his destiny and after ending his FC career with Goa, Amre took to coaching. Success as Mumbai coach decorates his cricketing CV, but donning the Mumbai coach’s cap seems unlikely. In this podcast, Amre opens up on his struggles, highs and lows. His story is nothing short of inspirational.... [Read More]

27 October,2023 08:13 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 23 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India and Mumbai left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni

Episode 23 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former India and Mumbai left-arm spinner Nilesh Kulkarni

Hailing from Dombivli, Nilesh Kulkarni worked his way up the ranks to represent Mumbai at the junior level before going on to become the Ranji Trophy team’s go-to spin bowler, playing under the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Sanjay Manjrekar. He played a big role in several Ranji Trophy triumphs for Mumbai, but the 1996-97 one, whose final was played under floodlights in Gwalior, will remain special. As will the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Marvan Atapattu off his very first ball in Test cricket in 1997. Kulkarni dwells on his beginnings, his Test career and how he was mentored by English fast bowling great Frank Tyson through a bowling scheme in the early 1990s. He also talks about how he made his post-cricket career meaningful by opening a management institute.... [Read More]

01 September,2023 07:48 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 21 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former and India wicketkeeper Kiran More

Episode 21 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former and India wicketkeeper Kiran More

India`s ex-wicketkeeper, Kiran More played domestic cricket for Baroda, but he came to Mumbai to be part of the inter-office and club cricket circuit. He talks about how inter-office matches were like wars between teams and attributes his India selection to the experience of `keeping to Mumbai stalwart Padmakar Shivalkar in the Tata Sports Club side. More also dwells on his rivalry with friend and Mumbai stalwart Chandrakant Pandit, for a spot in the Indian team.... [Read More]

15 June,2023 06:34 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 20 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Mumbai and India ODI batsman Jatin Paranjape

Episode 20 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Mumbai and India ODI batsman Jatin Paranjape

Mumbai’s ex-batsman Jatin Paranjape turns back the clock to how he was introduced to the tough yet exciting world of Mumbai’s club cricket by being part of the Dadar Union Sporting Club, before graduating to U-19 cricket for India and a Mumbai Ranji Trophy call-up. An ankle injury proved a spanner in the works a few games into his India ODI career in 1998, but doors opened in the corporate field before becoming a national selector, followed by a post in a BCCI committee to pick the current national selection committee.... [Read More]

13 May,2023 12:22 PM IST | Mumbai
Episode 19 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Indian first-class cricketer Suresh Shastri

Episode 19 : Mid-day’s Mumbai Cricket Podcast with Clayton Murzello ft. former Indian first-class cricketer Suresh Shastri

Ex-Rajasthan’s Mumbai-based spinner Suresh Shastri reveals that he was one of the first to emerge from the famous Ramakant Achrekar cricket stable and how he progressed every step of the way in the hard world of Mumbai and domestic cricket, playing with the best names on the circuit; his journey encompassing several games against touring teams in the 1970s.... [Read More]

07 April,2023 04:16 PM IST | Mumbai
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