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

Sep 2014: Batsmen excepted, breathes there a fan with soul so dead who doesn't like it fast and furious?

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Love letters

Aug 10, 2013: Of two Indian cricketers who found love on tour, romance by post, and left to make a home in countries far away

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Farewell: Dravid and Laxman

Two southern gentlemen

Apr 11, 2013: 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

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No. 38

The match referee and third umpire

Feb 26, 2011: 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

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It all began in South Africa

Feb 6, 2011: 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

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No. 37

South Africa's readmission

Jan 22, 2011: Their return to international cricket showed that social change could manifest itself in sport

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Here comes the flood

Jan 3, 2011: 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

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The decline and fall of Test cricket

Dec 13, 2010: Like children do with video games, as spectators we are going numb watching dull, futile matches and are revelling in the tiny bits of quality on display

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When cricketers age

Nov 15, 2010: Do we have the right to call for their retirements or should we let their dramas play themselves out?

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Why cricket can't pardon its sinners

Oct 11, 2010: The real world may accept the corrupt, even welcome them, but sport cannot because they break the principle sport hinges on

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Video thrills the history fan

Aug 30, 2010: The best of cricket's past can now be watched and marvelled at over and over again, thanks to YouTube

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Foxes, lizards and other bowlers

Aug 2, 2010: Amir is a bee, Asif a snake. What are Malinga and Ishant?

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No. 26

The first World Cup

Jul 10, 2010: Four years after the birth of ODIs, the format was given validation by what was perhaps the boldest and most ambitious innovation since the legislation of overarm bowling

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Cricket, tennis and the loss of immersion

Jun 28, 2010: If you're looking for sport to convey gripping narrative and drama involving human beings under pressure, cricket is probably not the place to look these days

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Equality isn't excellence

May 31, 2010: Despite India's early exit from the World Twenty20 for a second time in a row, the BCCI hasn't grasped the harm the IPL's bloated schedule is doing

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A blueprint for the IPL

Apr 26, 2010: Corporate partnership rather than ownership might have delivered a much healthier IPL

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Aggravated by advertising

Mar 29, 2010: Watching the IPL is like encountering one of those post-modern narratives that seeks to satirise consumerism

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Keep it simple

Mar 8, 2010: The more you legislate the game, the more anal it will become

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No. 7

The light of the East

Feb 6, 2010: Ranji opened up the region behind square on the leg side as a legitimate area for making runs

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What makes a cricketer great?

Feb 1, 2010: You could judge him by stacks of runs and wickets, elegance, or exerting considerable influence on how the game is played

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