Sidharth Monga

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A groundsman runs a roller on the pitch

India in Australia 2014-15

Grasping the depth of drop-in pitches

In Melbourne, Sidharth Monga tries to understand the science and logistics behind the idea of drop-in pitches, and that they are not as complicated as he expected

A memorial for Phillip Hughes outside the SCG

India in Australia 2014-15

Not a shot you just get on with

Australian cricketers and the public are known for their certainty and clarity when it comes to cricket. That has gone missing as they struggle to come to terms with Phillip Hughes' death

Usman Afzaal made a half-century to delay Leicestershire's victory

India in England 2014

Old address, new home for Usman Afzaal

Usman Afzaal's new restaurant Slumdog, located bang opposite Trent Bridge, is all set to witness a Test match for the first time

A fan congratulates Kapil Dev for taking a catch to dismiss Viv Richards in the 1983 World Cup final

Indian in England 2014

A background score to idle afternoons

Musings about cricket in England, randomly thought, reread and rewatched on the nine-and-half-hour flight from Mumbai to London

A stone inscription dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi on a hill overlooking Tolstoy Farm

India in South Africa 2013-14

Walking through history at Tolstoy Farm

Once a crucible for Mahatma Gandhi's philosophies of community living and civil disobedience, Tolstoy Farm is now a desolate place a few kilometres away from the suburb of Lenasia

A tent protects the pitch from the rain

India in South Africa 2013-14

A tent against the torrent

With a state-of-the-art drainage system, a 12-foot-high tent protecting the pitch and groundsmen working hard day and night, Supersport Park in Centurion has all the resources at its disposal to negotiate a rain threat

People gather outside Nelson Mandela's house to pay tribute to the leader

India in South Africa 2013-14

A night of celebrating Mandela

Taking in the scenes outside Nelson Mandela's house in Houghton in Johannesburg, on the night he died

India in Australia 2011-12

Ian v Greg at the Chappell backyard

The Chappell brothers' has to be the ideal childhood, one every lover of cricket would commit heinous crimes to enjoy

India in Australia 2011-12

Here lie Trumper and Fingleton

Waverley Cemetery in the Bronte suburb in Sydney is a picturesque and peaceful resting place

India in Australia 2011-12

Tales of the Don

Neil Dansie was one of the last men to see Don Bradman get out from 22 yards away