So much news. This is some of it.

Plenty happening in the cricverse (cerse for short, pronounced the same as curse). Contrary to what some may think, the season has not ended with Chennai being crowned champions of everything.

Time is scant, however. Here's a possibly inaccurate graph to emphasize the scantiness of time relative to the news being coughed up by cricket.

Right. Now here's some of that news, in point-form to make it look more professional, to go with the graph.

  • Chennai Super Kings have won the IPL for the second year in a row. No surprises there. Around a 100% of the people I asked correctly predicted that Ashwin would get Gayle early for a duck.
  • Some changes were made to India's squad for the West Indian tour. With Gambhir and Yuvraj being ruled out and Sachin not playing the Tests, doors have suddenly opened for Abhinav Mukund, Shikhar Dhawan and - the biggest one - Virat Kohli in the Test squad. Raina gets another shot at ODI captaincy, which is unfortunate for Kohli but ultimately fair. Also, Gayle hasn't been picked to play us in the LOI's, which is one less reason to actually watch and one more reason to check the results online afterwards.
  • England surprised themselves, Sri Lanka, and the 4 people who follow cricket in Brazil by winning at Cardiff, with Tremlett and Swann nipping out the Lankans for 82. Prior to the fourth innings, the match had not just been heading for a draw - it had long since reached it, taken a nap and was heading back to the draw. I can only assume that the strong Lankan top order had already switched off in anticipation of having some of their finest island curries for dinner (I don't really know their food).
  • Shahid Afridi has retired, in protest against something the PCB did at some point when he didn't want those things to happen. I've set a timer for 71839 minutes from now for his unretirement - if the event doesn't take place I think something might explode. Seems like a safe bet.
  • Here's a couple of pieces I liked: Aakash Chopra's analysis of Chawla, Mishra and Pirate Sharma (get it?). And Warne has some wise words for us legspinners.
I guess that's it for now.