Rahul Bhattacharya

Rahul Bhattacharya is the author of the cricket tour book Pundits from Pakistan and the novel The Sly Company of People Who Care

A tribute to Phillip Hughes


Life goes on

But it's not quite the same, as cricket's profound grief at the death of Phillip Hughes showed

Mohammad Azharuddin and Mark Taylor shake hands before the World Cup match

A billion Bill Lawrys

Down the years, Australia was the cricket country Indians wanted theirs to aspire to be

Shivnarine Chanderpaul gets ready for beach cricket

Cover story

Shiv on the shore

When the great flood or fire finishes the world, Chanderpaul may still be batting. Here he is in his element: his home in Unity, by the Atlantic

Joe Root ducks under a bouncer


The bowling was superfast

Batsmen excepted, breathes there a fan with soul so dead who doesn't like it fast and furious?

Love letters

Of two Indian cricketers who found love on tour, romance by post, and left to make a home in countries far away

Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman added 140 for the fourth wicket

Farewell: Dravid and Laxman

Two southern gentlemen

Of the batting line-up instrumental in overturning India's history of lethargic indifference in the 2000s, Dravid was the spine and Laxman the nerve

No. 38

The match referee and third umpire

Two officials who appeared on the cricket scene as it grew into a high-stakes sport: one to police it, the other to make it more error-free

It all began in South Africa

Indian cricket's most successful era was ushered in at the 2003 World Cup, with some effigy-burning, banana-barfing, and sleepless nights for Tendulkar

No. 37

South Africa's readmission

Their return to international cricket showed that social change could manifest itself in sport

Here comes the flood

It's set to be a big year for India with Tests in five continents. If only the BCCI and the broadcasters rolled back on the hyper-commercialisation