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Of great series and sucky DVDs

The India-Australia series in 2001 gave us much joy. Too bad those who put it on disc for posterity weren't up to the task

The Karthik-Dhoni dynamic

Every time Dinesh Karthik looked set to cement his spot in the India side, MS Dhoni seemed to emerge as an obstacle. Until now

There'll always be takers for easy money

Conflicts of interest, franchises' dubious holdings, disparity in earnings, easy access to players combine to form a potent mix for underhand dealings

Wish I was at the G

Being in the stadium adds a whole other dimension to cricket, and nowhere is this better realised than at the likes of the MCG and Galle

What makes the IPL successful?

Is it the marriage between cricket and entertainment? The T20 format? Or just its power to grab a prime chunk of the game's calendar?

Life is tough but cricket is harder

Cricket is the most ambiguous of all sports, often messier, more confusing, more contingent and more compelling than life. It may be billed as escapism but, for some, the trauma of a sporting memory is lasting

Australia in India 2000-01

Tendulkar's revenge

Sachin Tendulkar's 126 in the 2001 Chennai Test against Australia was achieved by reining in his instincts when facing Glen McGrath and helped win India the series - but he remembered the bowler's goading when the ODIs began

Australia in India 2000-01

When McGrath mastered the Master

After two consecutive whitewashes, it's worth reflecting on some of the great passages of play between India and Australia - my favourite of which was the four-ball spell by Glenn McGrath to Sachin Tendulkar at Eden Gardens a dozen years ago

Australia in India 2012-13

Ashes talk undermines Australia effort

A rivalry that used to be hotly contested and for a decade produced some of the finest cricket in the world seems to have been sidelined by the Australians because of an obsession with their Ashes preparation