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JULY 31, 2014

Remembering Ashok Mankad, a domestic giant

The late "Kaka" was a terrific batsman, a shrewd captain, and a wonderful raconteur. But most of all he was a genuine friend
JULY 24, 2014

Do India stick with the same team?

Binny did well at Trent Bridge, but surely he must make way for Ashwin now?
JUNE 26, 2014

Let's hear it for the unorthodox

Spinners who can't be bracketed into one style flourish today in cricket, while they struggled to make it big in the past
JUNE 10, 2014

Cricket's twin towers of evil

If the game's custodians are serious about stamping out fixing and chucking they must empower umpires and encourage respected players to speak out and share information about wrongdoing
MAY 25, 2014

Is the era of the factory-produced cricketer upon us?

Young aspirants in India today have their futures planned to a t by their parents, coaches and academies. Perhaps the old ways were better
MAY 08, 2014

The Pravin Tambe fairytale

It's a story about self-belief, dedication and the ability to chase your dreams
APRIL 23, 2014

Fizz, flight and loop

Erapalli Prasanna was a masterful conjurer and perhaps the shrewdest of India's great spin quartet
APRIL 05, 2014

Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy

One of the oldest limited-overs in India used to be a thrilling affair, with Test and club cricketers fiercely competing for the title
MARCH 20, 2014

India's need for bowling variety

Why their traditional strength, spin, ought not to be forskaen in favour of pace
MARCH 09, 2014

India should pick two spinners in away Tests

The team has no express fast bowler, so it's time when touring to put faith in two slow bowlers bowling in tandem
FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Gavaskar's stunning entrance

For Indian cricket fans of a certain vintage, the Caribbean summer of 1971 was the most glorious of all
JANUARY 29, 2014

A wizard called Vishy

Remembering a magician who invariably rose to the occasion when conditions favoured the bowlers, especially the fast men
JANUARY 14, 2014

Time to make leg slip a regular fielding position?

Too often batsmen get away with playing loose shots behind square on the leg side. Maybe a change in the laws will help
DECEMBER 29, 2013

What's competitive about ugly on-field behaviour?

Today's on-field aggro is no better than the worst kind of bullying by schoolboy thugs. It's time to outlaw such conduct
DECEMBER 09, 2013

Ashwin in the offspin pantheon

He is among the most successful bowlers of his kind, and excitingly, his best may yet be ahead of him
NOVEMBER 24, 2013

The art of Bishan Bedi in prose

Suresh Menon's biography on the great Indian left-arm spinner is essential reading for all young tweakers
NOVEMBER 09, 2013

Could Tendulkar have turned into a great allrounder?

One can only wonder what might have been had he persisted with his bowling throughout his career
OCTOBER 23, 2013

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields
OCTOBER 08, 2013

The fearless Indian scourge of chucking

Back in the 1970s and '80s, a certain umpire took it upon himself to rid the game of throwing
SEPTEMBER 25, 2013

Two teams for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka?

The decline of two southern Indian teams may paradoxically have to do with a surfeit of talent, not a lack
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

V Ramnarayan
A Chennai-born offspinner who represented Hyderabad and South Zone in the 1970s, V Ramnarayan is an intermittent columnist / blogger on cricket and other subjects. He is a translator and author, with books on cricket and the arts to his credit, a teacher of language and style at a premier journalism school, and editor-in-chief of Sruti, a leading Indian monthly on the performing arts. His works include histories of Tamil Nadu cricket and the Madras Cricket Club, and biographies.

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