Makarand Waingankar is one of the most widely read cricket columnists, best known for blending meticulous research with his own experience of a life lived on the cricket fields of India. Journalist, columnist, researcher, talent-spotter and administrator, he wears a multitude of hats, each of which fits snugly on his head. He launched the Talent Resource Development Wing (TRDW) on behalf of the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) in 2002. The TRDW has since been responsible for taking many small-town players to the national stage, including Mahendra Singh Dhoni. In fact, seven such players were part of the 2011 World Cup-winning team. Waingankar has also been the CEO of Baroda Cricket Association and consultant to the Karnataka State Cricket Association’s academy.