Prem Panicker

Prem Panicker -- senior editor and a member of the founding team at Rediff.com and former editor-in-chief Yahoo India. You can e-mail the author at prem.panicker@gmail.com

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They sit there, stoic, implacable, defiant

They sit there, stoic, implacable, defiant

Rediff.com2 Jan 2020

It is a sight that both warms and breaks the heart. The women of Shaheen Bagh seem oblivious of the cold, these women and their children, the latter ranging in age from 19 days to early teens, who have been occupying the road for over two weeks now. Some of them have not gone home for days, but their faces are clear, unlined by fatigue, their eyes bright and fierce as those of the falcon, shaheen, the area is named for.

'There is a uniqueness about Kohli'

'There is a uniqueness about Kohli'

Rediff.com13 Nov 2017

What does Gideon Haigh, widely considered the finest cricket writer of our time, think of the man currently acclaimed as the finest cricketer on the planet?

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

RIP Gauri. We will not let you down

Rediff.com7 Sep 2017

'That is what Gauri was, in her essence -- the principle of free, open, forthright words, made flesh.' 'And that is what was gunned down -- her words, and with them our freedom to fashion our own opinions, to frame our own thoughts, to articulate them without fear of reprisal.'

VOTE: Your favourite Bollywood Sports Biopic

VOTE: Your favourite Bollywood Sports Biopic

Rediff.com29 May 2017

MS Dhoni or Sachin A Billion Dreams? Dangal or Mary Kom?

VOTE for the BEST Bollywood lawyer!

VOTE for the BEST Bollywood lawyer!

Rediff.com7 Feb 2017

Before Akshay Kumar takes centrestage in the courtroom this Friday, here's looking at filmi lawyers before him.

Fan, Sarbjit: 2016's Top 10 FLOPS, so far

Fan, Sarbjit: 2016's Top 10 FLOPS, so far

Rediff.com27 Jun 2016

Here's looking at the films that failed at the box office in the first half of 2016.

Box Office: Te3n flops

Box Office: Te3n flops

Rediff.com13 Jun 2016

The hits and misses of the week.

Box Office: Housefull 3 gets a good opening

Box Office: Housefull 3 gets a good opening

Rediff.com6 Jun 2016

The hits and misses of the week.

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

Rediff.com6 Jun 2016

'Every Ali obituary I read made the point that he 'transcended his sport' -- a reference to the many battles he fought with America even as he fought in America.' 'What the obituaries leave out is that Ali equally transcended the boundaries of geography and of information -- as witness the Chennai teen who assimilated that most mobile of fighters through still images shorn of context.'

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

The Muhammad Ali tribute you MUST read!

Rediff.com6 Jun 2016

'Every Ali obituary I read made the point that he 'transcended his sport' -- a reference to the many battles he fought with America even as he fought in America.' 'What the obituaries leave out is that Ali equally transcended the boundaries of geography and of information -- as witness the Chennai teen who assimilated that most mobile of fighters through still images shorn of context.'

Box Office: Waiting, Phobia, Veerappan all flop

Box Office: Waiting, Phobia, Veerappan all flop

Rediff.com30 May 2016

The hits and misses of the week.

It's time to fix the IPL!

It's time to fix the IPL!

Rediff.com30 May 2016

The IPL has produced more controversies in its short lifespan than any other sporting league in history.

It's time to fix the IPL!

It's time to fix the IPL!

Rediff.com30 May 2016

The IPL has produced more controversies in its short lifespan than any other sporting league in history.

Box Office: Aishwarya's Sarbjit fails to draw audience

Box Office: Aishwarya's Sarbjit fails to draw audience

Rediff.com23 May 2016

The hits and misses of the week.

Box Office: Azhar gets average opening

Box Office: Azhar gets average opening

Rediff.com16 May 2016

The hits and misses of the week.

Review: Azhar is a bland, badly-set souffl of Bollywood tropes without a soul

Review: Azhar is a bland, badly-set souffl of Bollywood tropes without a soul

Rediff.com13 May 2016

Who was Mohammad Azharuddin? More crucially, *what* was he? Those are precisely the questions that, as the end credits roll after 132 minutes of run-time, remain unanswered, feels Prem Panicker.

What Harsha Bhogle has to say on his IPL ouster

What Harsha Bhogle has to say on his IPL ouster

Rediff.com12 Apr 2016

I remain the teller of the story, not the story itself, says Harsha Bhogle.

Why the hell was Harsha Bhogle axed?!

Why the hell was Harsha Bhogle axed?!

Rediff.com11 Apr 2016

'The BCCI is -- and always has been, across successive dispensations -- allergic to criticism.' 'It has used the 'control' it enshrines in its name to destroy anyone who has dared to point fingers at its functioning,' says Prem Panicker, the distinguished cricket writer.

Without me, would Virat go wild with the bat?

Without me, would Virat go wild with the bat?

Rediff.com7 Apr 2016

'My type exists in heaps -- millions really -- cheering, cussing and calculating from the comforts of our living room as if the television screen can magically convey our woe or wisdom to the player.' 'Except without our frantic cheering, irrational logic and infectious gusto, the sport would have half its appeal.' Sukanya Verma on what it is like to be the Indian Cricket Fan.

Without me, would Virat go wild with the bat?

Without me, would Virat go wild with the bat?

Rediff.com7 Apr 2016

'My type exists in heaps -- millions really -- cheering, cussing and calculating from the comforts of our living room as if the television screen can magically convey our woe or wisdom to the player.' 'Except without our frantic cheering, irrational logic and infectious gusto, the sport would have half its appeal.' Sukanya Verma on what it is like to be the Indian Cricket Fan.

Why the Windies are world champs

Why the Windies are world champs

Rediff.com5 Apr 2016

Darren Sammy did not smile

Darren Sammy did not smile

Rediff.com4 Apr 2016

'He spoke to the fact that his West Indies -- a team that brings joy wherever it goes, the one team that plays with a carefree spirit in these days of carefully calibrated professionalism -- played this tournament enveloped in a world of hurt,' says Prem Panicker, the legendary cricket writer, reviewing the World T20 final.

ICC president Kamal resigns over World Cup presentation fiasco

ICC president Kamal resigns over World Cup presentation fiasco

Rediff.com1 Apr 2015

International Cricket Council will surely be involved in a simmering row as their president Mustafa Kamal has resigned.

BCCI must address issue of player burn-out, says Raju

BCCI must address issue of player burn-out, says Raju

Rediff.com31 Mar 2015

Former national selector Venkatapathy Raju said the Board of Control for Cricket in India must address the issue of player burn-out and should have a back-up team of bowlers.

Haddin slammed for sledging Kiwi batsmen in World Cup final

Haddin slammed for sledging Kiwi batsmen in World Cup final

Rediff.com30 Mar 2015

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin has been slammed on social media for sledging a couple of New Zealand batsmen while sending them back to the pavilion following their dismissal during their World Cup win over Brendon McCullum's men on Sunday.

ICC chief Srinivasan hails 2015 World Cup as most popular ever

ICC chief Srinivasan hails 2015 World Cup as most popular ever

Rediff.com30 Mar 2015

International Cricket Council chairman Narayanswami Srinivasan said the event's success has proved that the One-Day International format is in good health.

Gracious New Zealand to hold back retirement announcements

Gracious New Zealand to hold back retirement announcements

Rediff.com29 Mar 2015

Some New Zealand players may have decided to call time on their One-day or international careers but there will be no immediate announcements to allow Australia to bask in their World Cup triumph, skipper Brendon McCullum said on Sunday.

Clarke dedicates World Cup triumph to 'little brother' Hughes

Clarke dedicates World Cup triumph to 'little brother' Hughes

Rediff.com29 Mar 2015

Michael Clarke signed off from One-day cricket on a high on Sunday after his team beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the World Cup final at the MCG and fittingly dedicated the triumph to Philip Hughes, who tragically lost his life in a freak on-field accident.

'I'm going to have a beer with every Aussie in the stadium'

'I'm going to have a beer with every Aussie in the stadium'

Rediff.com29 Mar 2015

Australia's players said they had saved their best performance until the end of the tournament.

McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final

McCullum proud of New Zealand despite losing World Cup final

Rediff.com29 Mar 2015

For New Zealand, the tournament is still a great success. They had never played in a World Cup final before, reaching the semi-finals six times but losing on each occasion, and were unbeaten going into the final.

Prem Panicker: The boys in black have a bit of growing up to do, yet

Prem Panicker: The boys in black have a bit of growing up to do, yet

Rediff.com29 Mar 2015

'That was the key to a game where, on paper, there is nothing to separate the two sides: Intensity. From the first ball of the innings to the run out of Southee, the Australian bowlers and fielders buzzed around like predatory yellow-jacketed wasps.' 'Adding teeth to the bowling and relentless fielding is the captaincy of Michael Clarke, leading in his last one day international. His body may require an entire college of medical specialists to maintain, but his mind is scalpel-sharp, cutting through the complexities of the game to hit on simple solutions.'

Let's not make 50-over game like a T20, says Dhoni

Let's not make 50-over game like a T20, says Dhoni

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

I would like current playing conditions to change, says Dhoni.

'Dhoni is a very good One-day leader, an average-to-poor Test captain...'

'Dhoni is a very good One-day leader, an average-to-poor Test captain...'

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Prem Panicker, on the Rediff chat, delves on what went wrong for Team India and what to expect from Sunday's trans-Tasman World Cup final.

How the underarm incident changed cricket's fate in New Zealand

How the underarm incident changed cricket's fate in New Zealand

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

New Zealand's cricketing Gallipoli came on February 1, 1981 when Australia captain Greg Chappell instructed his brother Trevor to bowl the last ball of a One-day match at the Melbourne Cricket Ground along the ground.

Dharmasena, Kettleborough to take charge of World Cup final

Dharmasena, Kettleborough to take charge of World Cup final

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Check out on-field umpires for the ICC Cricket World Cup final between Australia and New Zealand on Sunday in Melbourne.

The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker

The Rediff World Cup Chat with Prem Panicker

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Join Prem Panicker on the Rediff World Cup Chat on Monday, March 27, 2015, at 3 pm IST to discuss cricket's finest championship.

Captain Clarke stumped by 'tremendous sex' question

Captain Clarke stumped by 'tremendous sex' question

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Australia skipper Michael Clarke was stumped by a question which appeared to be about his sex life.

Here's what Clarke predicts for Finch at World Cup final

Here's what Clarke predicts for Finch at World Cup final

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Australia opener Aaron Finch said he never feared for his place in the side during his lean spell at the World Cup and having found some runs will be raring to go in Sunday's final at his home ground.

Australian media slams India's below-par performance

Australian media slams India's below-par performance

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

Dhoni mysteriously held back a final assault on the distant victory target.'

World Cup Report Card: Full marks for India's bowlers

World Cup Report Card: Full marks for India's bowlers

Rediff.com27 Mar 2015

The consistency of India's bowlers throughout the tournament disguised the team's batting problems till they were exposed in the semi-final against Australia.

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