MARCH 01, 2015

The vices and virtues of Misbah

Ahmer Naqvi: The debate about whether Misbah-ul-Haq is holding Pakistan back or holding them together is obscuring the team's real problems
Too cautious? Not when it comes to attacking Misbah-ul-Haq © International Cricket Council
JANUARY 31, 2015

The World Cup: one-day cricket's hour in the sun

Ahmer Naqvi: Except in the case of Australia, a World Cup win becomes a big part of the victorious captain's legacy
DECEMBER 19, 2014

Would Brearley have picked Cook as captain?

Nicholas Hogg: Cook lacks certain qualities the ex-England captain listed as those necessary for an ideal leader, in particular, charisma
DECEMBER 18, 2014

England cricket

A multitude of issues for England

The England selectors will sit down on Friday to pick the World Cup squad with questions still hanging over the head of captain Alastair Cook. In the Daily Mail, Nasser Hussain says it is not too late for England to make a change - a change he believes should have been made months ago - but the captain is not the only concern. He does not see the return of Stuart Broad and James Anderson as a quick fix for the bowler attack and still thinks England base their one-day cricket too much on Test match ideals.

When I helped compile the Schofield Report seven years ago, we were saying one-day cricket should be treated just as seriously as Test cricket and I see that Paul Downton was saying the same thing this week. Well, if England really mean it this time then they have to put faith in the younger, more dynamic batsmen who have grown up with Twenty20.

DECEMBER 15, 2014

A Test match for the ages

Michael Jeh: The Adelaide Test was pulsating, dramatic and poignant, and threw up questions about India's captaincy, and the absence of the DRS
NOVEMBER 30, 2014

Misbah, the unobtrusive hero

Bill Ricquier: Misbal-ul-Haq may not have the inventiveness of Javed Miandad or instantly-recognisable presence at the crease, like Inzaman-ul-Haq, but he is rock solid, an attribute valued highly in Test cricket
OCTOBER 14, 2014

Misbah's place in Pakistan history

Kamran Abbasi: He was the next great leader after Abdul Kardar and Imran Khan, standing between Pakistan cricket and its end
SEPTEMBER 07, 2014

Spinners need intelligent, trusting captains to thrive

V Ramnarayan: A captain must be able to understand a spinner's craft if he is to manage him properly and set the right fields
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 12, 2014

Is Pakistan's slow approach now holding them back?

Ahmer Naqvi: Under Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan have had a lot of success when they have batted for time and strangled teams with spin. But they may need a different tactic now
AUGUST 01, 2014

How exactly does one 'lead by example'?

Alex Bowden: A captain needs to do enough as an individual to retain respect and control, but exceptional performances may not result in even greater influence
JULY 30, 2014

Why we need Cook to succeed

Andrew Hughes: Because there is no one else who can captain this England side
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 27, 2014

The geometry of captaincy

Scott Oliver: Maybe leadership in cricket is not so much about the art of captaincy as about the real-time computing of information
JULY 11, 2014

Are you born to captain?

Nicholas Hogg: Are some people just made to lead and the rest to follow? Let's examine the case of the two Captains Cook
JUNE 25, 2014

England cricket

Tend to Cook the batsman, before Cook the captain

England's hopes of a new era were struck down in Headingley by a young and hungry Sri Lanka. As much praise as Angelo Mathews and his side deserves, the hosts did not do themselves justice both in terms of the cricket they played and the tactics they used. Mike Selvey, in the Guardian, casts the magnifying glass on the captain Alastair Cook and suggests he might be trying too hard to change himself and the process if proving to be detrimental.

If Cook were to score runs in the kind of quantity he once managed, then that would underpin the innings, with others feeding from it, and leadership would seem easier. It does appear, however, that he might be placing too much emphasis on being in the vanguard, perhaps trying to be something he is not, rather than being a little more selfish in that regard and thinking primarily about his own game. The point has not yet been reached where either Cook or his employer should be considering whether his position as Test captain is appropriate for both the team benefit and his own but it will be under discussion.

MAY 05, 2014

Australia's rise and the climb ahead

Michael Jeh: Under Michael Clarke, they have had a fantastic summer. But can they continue to keep the competition at bay in Tests, and win the World Cup?
APRIL 05, 2014

Indian cricket

Wadekar's shoes and a Karnataka triumph

In the Telegraph, historian Ramachandra Guha reminisces about Karnataka's semi-final against Bombay in March 1974, en route to their first Ranji Trophy title. Guha writes that Karnataka beat Bombay in that game (on first-innings basis) due to two human errors - the first an umpiring decision that went in favour of Gundappa Viswanath off the first ball he faced; and Ajit Wadekar's slip, which resulted in his run-out and allowed Karnataka to take a lead.

Some 20 years after I watched Karnataka defeat Bombay for the first time, I met Ajit Wadekar at a reception in New Delhi. I reminded him about the match and how he had got out, adding that had he not slipped he would still be batting at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. His answer, offered with a laconic shrug of the shoulders, was: "New shoes."

MARCH 21, 2014

The Tendulkar-Brearley conundrum

Samir Chopra: The stereotype of the hero-worshipping Indian fan ignores evidence that seemingly skewed fandom is also present in supposedly more rational settings
MARCH 20, 2014

The what-ifs of Wasim Akram's captaincy

Hassan Cheema: His stats, and the list of great players who flourished under him, indicate he ought to be up there with Imran and the rest. But is he?