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MARCH 19, 2014

The Michael Vaughan challenge

Andrew Hughes: Do you have it in you to follow him on Twitter?
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MARCH 10, 2014

On Twitter, sport is black and white

Jonathan Wilson: Sport has the capacity to forge bonds of connection, but it's hard to do that on platforms that encourage instant, reactive responses
OCTOBER 11, 2013

The kid who finally had to grow up

Rajan Thambehalli : To this fan, Sachin Tendulkar is a kid who managed to extend his childhood beyond its definition
OCTOBER 03, 2013

Illegal streaming sites aren't the problem

Dave Hawksworth: Cricket boards must realise that they can't tame the internet. They are better off trying to figure out how to engage cricket's young online audience
SEPTEMBER 07, 2013

Australia news

Fawad Ahmed's brave stance maintains team harmony

Australia legspinner, Fawad Ahmed's decision not to wear a beer-company sponsor's logo on his country shirt has sparked off a debate which has quickly moved beyond cricket and to touch upon larger issues of immigration and integration within the Australian society. A few have criticised Ahmed for his decision but as Malcolm Knox points out in the Sydney Morning Herald, the issue is not just about one player but about sport being open to changes within societies and cultures.

Whenever sports try to insulate themselves from change, they self-destruct. So let's imagine that a national symbol, such as the gold shirt Ahmed wears as an Australian one-day cricketer, does not impose a national character. Let's imagine that it's the wearer who changes the character of the shirt. In Ahmed's personal history, is there not the courage and durability we associate with a Hewitt (or a Dawn Fraser, a Herb Elliott, a Dennis Lillee, take your pick)? In his refusal to wear a VB logo, is there not something of that wilfulness that we like to call ''Australian''? In choosing to be here, rather than being born here, has he not already proved something?

Ahmed also finds support from Guardian writer, Joe Gorman who says his decision not wear the logo should be praised if Australia truly values moral conviction.

SEPTEMBER 03, 2013

The experience of arriving in Zimbabwe again

Firdose Moonda: One of the excitements of touring Zimbabwe occurs long before one arrives in the country. Getting there is an experience on its own
JUNE 20, 2013

'How good are turtles!'

Alex Bowden: Mystical musings and suchlike rubbish in this week's Twitter round-up. Also, the meaning of "Life!!!"
MAY 23, 2013

'Apparently I smell of wee'

Alex Bowden: Less-than-fragrant cricketers, and other oddities, in this week's Twitter round-up
MAY 09, 2013

'Time for some dinner!'

Alex Bowden: If you're ever caught without a watch, our Twitter round-up will help you plan your day
APRIL 09, 2013

IPL 2013

CSK pay tribute to 'Sir Jadeja'

Most of you have probably heard several jokes about 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja, in the Chuck Norris/Rajnikanth template, floating around. How about his one? "Sir Jadeja once wanted to make a silt mountain to play as a kid, now we all call it Mt Everest." That one's courtesy Jadeja's India and Chennai Super Kings' captain, MS Dhoni.

Jadeja had to put up with some serious ribbing from Dhoni and his Super Kings' team-mates on Tuesday, prior to their evening practice session in Mohali. Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, and even franchise official Gurunath Meiyappan, all got into the act, tweeting joke after joke about "Sir Jadeja". Among other things, Jadeja was credited with inventing something new every time he made an error, making the road move whenever he sat in his jeep with the intention of going for a drive, and making the ball come to him instead of running to claim a catch.

Jadeja's response? He tweeted Dhoni and Raina confirming he had no intention of being the next Rajnikanth, and went on to pose for photos in the team bus with Raina.

MARCH 21, 2013

'You can't have tea tea'

Alex Bowden: Rage over erroneously named foods and more in this week's Twitter round-up
MARCH 14, 2013

'I think Hughesy has something wrong with his bum'

Alex Bowden: Expert physiological analysis and more in this week's Twitter round-up
MARCH 11, 2013

Couch Talk: Alternative Cricket's Nishant Joshi

Subash Jayaraman: The Cricket Couch's Subash Jayaraman chats with the founder of Alternative Cricket, Nishant Joshi, about the website and his online following, the "IPL cheerleader affair", medical studies and charity work, and the future for Alt Cricket
OCTOBER 05, 2012

ICC World Twenty20 2012

Raina blames it on the "nephew"

Suresh Raina has become the latest of a long list of cricketers who have got into trouble over their tweets - but his response might be the cue for future explanations. Minutes after Pakistan's semi-final loss to Sri Lanka in the World Twenty20, a tweet from his account mocked Pakistan for the manner of their defeat.

Expectedly, the tweet caused a furore over social media and it was several hours before Raina responded - by blaming his "nephew".

Cue a host of re-tweets and even a "Raina's nephew" twitter handle with tweets about the "uncle's" exploits. Kevin Pietersen may well be wondering why he hadn't thought of something similar when asked about the controversial messages he allegedly sent to South African players.

SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

Does KP have any secrets from us?

Andrew Hughes: Or why we all ought to sit down and enjoy Pietersengate
AUGUST 15, 2012

The twin threats of stupidity and insanity

Andrew Hughes: Cricket is reeling from l'affaire Pietersen, and now there's the whole Bolt thing
MAY 21, 2011

The Silly Bash and the Kieron Kopter

Andrew Hughes: Both were created for Twenty20, but one is redundant like the American banking system and the other is a handy tool for all cricketing journeymen
FEBRUARY 15, 2011

Mr Pietersen is not quitting

Andrew Hughes: He will be back soon, with a new, improved Twitter technique
FEBRUARY 05, 2011

Geeves, Warner and the joys of philosophy

Andrew Hughes: Insights into the gentle art of post-match discussion
NOVEMBER 25, 2010

Is dedication dying?

Aakash Chopra: The scales are heavily tilted in favour of the ones playing in the money-spinning IPL with regard to both money and recognition, and in some cases even selection
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