APRIL 16, 2015

Kapila Wijegunawardene: the man who bowled Viv Richards

Nirgunan Tiruchelvam: Kapila Wijegunawardene, Sri Lanka's new chairman of selectors, was an unsung cricketer. Not many know that he bowled Viv Richards and played a key role in Sri Lanka's first ODI win over West Indies
Kapila Wijegunawardene takes over from Sanath Jayasuriya as Sri Lanka's chief selector at a critical time for Sri Lankan cricket © AFP
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APRIL 02, 2015

India's one-day selection needs a rethink

V Ramnarayan: 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
FEBRUARY 19, 2015

India need to be flexible with their bowling

Krishna Kumar: Opening with a spinner and rotating the slower bowlers against specific teams could be a sensible ploy for an attack that is struggling for consistency
FEBRUARY 15, 2015

Pakistan lost it in the middle of both innings

Kamran Abbasi: Their spinners exerted no pressure on India, and their batsmen largely brought about their own downfall
FEBRUARY 09, 2015

How effective are left-right batting pairs?

Kartikeya Date: Why it is a myth that left-right batting combinations have an advantage over other batting pairs in ODIs
JANUARY 29, 2015

Sri Lanka in a World Cup funk

Damith Samarakoon: For a Sri Lanka fan, the team's losing streak in the New Zealand ODIs is perhaps the equivalent of getting paralysed by poison. Your body is immobile giving the impression that you've died, but inside, you are still very much alive. Screaming.
JANUARY 13, 2015

Bravo, Pollard numbers don't add up

Noel Kalicharan : Although there has been a lot of criticism against Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard's omissions from the West Indies' ODI squad for South Africa and later the World Cup, their recent statistics indicate the axe might be justified
JANUARY 12, 2015

Pakistan's top-order problems could cost them at the World Cup

Ahmer Naqvi: The side is unimpressive on paper, and the bowling line-up is spotty too, but Pakistan have always done well with the odds stacked against them
JANUARY 03, 2015

Why Pakistan domestic cricket inspires pessimism

Hassan Cheema: Less-deserving players have been picked for the Pentangular and A squads at the expense of talented allrounders
DECEMBER 24, 2014

New Zealand cricket

The Adam Milne conundrum

A home World Cup is special to New Zealand and their build up has had people dusting out those dark horse quotes. Some have tipped them to clinch the trophy and to a large extent, that comes down to their abundant and impressive pace reserves. One of them, though, has posed an interesting problem to the captain, coach and selectors. Osman Samiuddin, in the National wonders how they can fit Adam Milne into the XI with Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan, Matt Henry and perhaps a couple of others as well

Milne is something else, though. There is nothing more bracing in cricket than happening on a new, largely unseen and super-quick bowler. If you have ever allowed the evening breeze of Karachi to bring you to life, especially after sweating away the day, it is precisely that effect. The world becomes a better place.

There is no better time for him to be in the side, either, with Shane Bond as bowling coach. There is actually something very Bond about Milne, not just in that upright simplicity as he begins his action but also in the stripped-down style of bowling itself.

DECEMBER 12, 2014

India's Adelaide blunder

V Ramnarayan: Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them
AUGUST 27, 2014

English cricket

Cook's boys are all right

Criticism has been as regular as breakfast for Alastair Cook. He saved himself from becoming an "untenable" option as Test captain but the focus has now shifted to his one-day capabilities. With former players questioning if England have the composition to win a World Cup, Stephen Brenkley, in the Independent comes to the support of the embattled England captain

Cook's batting strike rate as captain is 81.89 runs per 100 balls, acceptable even by the era's standards. There seems to be a desire outside the selection room to pack the team with sluggers on the grounds that one or two are bound to come off. England may actually have it right as long as the totals to which they aspire are based on conditions on the day, not some statistical database. The plan is to backload the innings after a solid start with Joe Root, Morgan and Jos Buttler all scoring at a lick

AUGUST 23, 2014

The Phillip Hughes debate never ends

Russell Jackson: He makes buckets of runs but cannot hold his place in the Test side. What needs to work for him going forward?
AUGUST 13, 2014

The complex art of picking openers

Jon Hotten: An opening pair requires good form and a happy blend of personalities to succeed. Perhaps Cook needs a new partner in the Strauss mould
JULY 30, 2014

Cook's Brearley lesson

Jon Hotten: Mike Brearley managed to remain an outstanding captain despite his consistent failures with the bat. Is there a lesson in there for England's current skipper?
JULY 24, 2014

Do India stick with the same team?

V Ramnarayan: Binny did well at Trent Bridge, but surely he must make way for Ashwin now?
JULY 19, 2014

The decline of the specialist attacking bowler

Kartikeya Date: Why do teams pick a fourth bowler who is practically incapable of taking five wickets in a Test innings simply because he can score a fighting 40?
JUNE 10, 2014

An emotional jigsaw puzzle on an unlicensed roller-coaster

Andy Zaltzman: It's all up in the air for England selection-wise, goody
JUNE 08, 2014

Caribbean second comings

Roger Sawh: The return of Jerome Taylor, Sulieman Benn and Dwayne Bravo to the West Indies Test squad shows that no door is truly closed when it comes to sports
MAY 01, 2014

An English sort of revolution

Dave Hawksworth: It's all change for England heading into the home Test season. Or is it?
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