V Ramnarayan

A view from the fringe and beyond

Wriddhiman Saha avoids a bouncer

The helmet effect

Has protective gear resulted in inferior techniques when facing short-pitched bowling, resulting in more batsmen getting hit these days?

Polly Umrigar, Datta Gaekwad, Denis Compton and Vijay Manjrekar

A captain a minute

Or that's what it felt like in India at the tail end of the 1950s

Bishan Bedi chats with Cameron White

Listen to Bedi

The former left-arm spinner's trenchant views on selection, and on the treatment of India's spinners in particular, should not be ignored

Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his century with Ajinkya Rahane

India's one-day selection needs a rethink

The World Cup showed that those picking the side need to focus on the team's weaknesses and be bold enough to replace players who may have come to take their places for granted

Alvin Kallicharran drives on his way to a half-century

Where have all the stylists gone?

You'll get powerful and innovative shots, spectacular fielding and express pace in this year's World Cup, but at the cost of artistry and mystery

India's debutant Karn Sharma bowls

India's Adelaide blunder

Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them

David Gower holds the trophy aloft after England's 2-1 series win in India

Home advantage: everyone's property

In years past, the term was something of a pejorative; not so much these days, when just about every side seems to enjoy it