Rahul Desai

A film critic (Film Companion) and columnist (The Hindu), Rahul Desai writes about everything cinematic under Mumbai's hot sun. When he isn't writing, you can find him losing in Fantasy League Sports, or exploring obscure countries to identify locations of his favourite films.

  • indialossworldcup What Team India’s World Cup Defeat Taught Me About Grief and Loss

    For my best friend, who lost his mother recently, the World Cup became an antidote. With every Team India victory, I believed that its only purpose was to make my friend feel again. But when the team crashed out, we sensed an ending. It reminded us that the pain of losing a loved one is real – nobody could, and should, take it away.

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  • jaspritbumrah Jasprit Bumrah and the Art of Finishing Our Long Wait

    I grew up at a time when a victory for India was equated with hitting the ball rather than the stumps. When “Indian fast bowler” was a paradoxical term and a cautionary tale. That’s why Jasprit Bumrah feels like a miracle.

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  • rafaelnadal A Roger Federer Fan Holds Rafael Nadal to Love

    They say we have a Nadal-shaped hole in our hearts. But only a Roger Federer fan truly visualises Rafael Nadal. We saw Nadal, clearer than ever, on Friday at the 2019 French Open semifinal. We saw that even when Federer looked to be the better player in a set, Nadal was the better competitor.

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  • CheteshwaraPujara The Slow-Motion Charm of Cheteshwar Pujara

    Cheteshwar Pujara is Man of the Match of the Adelaide Test. He may have scored 71 in the second innings. But it was his lone-hero 123 on the first day of the first Test that made all the difference. He scored his 16th century, crossed 5000 runs. Pujara showed intent – to defend, struggle, understand, grind, graft, and survive

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  • NovakDjokovic Why the Humourless Wimbledon Needs Djoker, the Comeback Clown

    Novak Djokovic has been a clown, he has been fragile, he has been gracious, he has been human. There is no way tennis could feel complete without Djokovic, who is now part of the triumvirate of fairytale returns alongside his rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

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  • RohitSharma A Toast to the Greatness of Rohit Sharma’s Inconsistency

    Only a longtime Rohit Sharma fan can effectively exploit both his greatness and his inconsistencies to their own profit. And only a true Rohit Sharma fan can go so far as to romanticise the greatness of his inconsistency.

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