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India in England 2014

Vijay rediscovers the old Monk

Jul 23, 2014: The leave outside off stump has been critical to M Vijay's success since his India comeback last year. Contrary to popular opinion, such patience and self-denial comes naturally to him

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Indian cricket

Ishant's fourth-innings heroics in rare company

Jul 22, 2014: In India's win at Lord's, Ishant Sharma took the best bowling figures by an Indian in the fourth innings of a Test outside Asia. Here are five other best bowling efforts by Indians in the fourth innings of Tests outside Asia

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Why Dhoni stood back to Jadeja's spin

Jul 22, 2014: Why did MS Dhoni stand back to Ravindra Jadeja's spin on the final day at Lord's? He said later that he was trying to double up as a keeper and a fine leg slip

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Dhoni decides, Ishant provides

Jul 21, 2014: MS Dhoni and Ishant Sharma reversed India's customary defensive strategies, on day five at Lord's, to help them to a landmark Test win

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 5th day

Dhoni masterminds bouncer attack

Jul 21, 2014: Having completed India's second Test win at Lord's, MS Dhoni revealed how he had to step in and get his bowlers to execute the right plan

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Anderson spat helping Jadeja - Vijay

Jul 20, 2014: M Vijay might have missed out on a Lord's century by one shot, but he was not shy of playing one at the press conference

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Oh, Ravi Jadeja: India's warrior king

Jul 20, 2014: The allrounder splits opinion; awash with IPL cash and with three first-class triple hundreds. He is an in-your-face-cricketer trying to establish a Test career and took Lord's by the scruff of the neck

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

India encouraged by variable bounce

Jul 19, 2014: Both sides believed the second Test as finely balanced, but while India are eyeing the uneven bounce England are looking at the history of the Lord's pitch becoming flatter

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Bhuvneshwar - Meerut's scissors

Jul 19, 2014: The small town in Uttar Pradesh is known for its assembly line of scissors and now, swing bowlers. While Praveen Kumar has fallen off the radar, the relatively humble Bhuvneshwar Kumar is made of sturdier metal

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's 2nd day

Bowlers allow Dhoni to breathe again

Jul 18, 2014: Usually India's bowlers are ridiculed for letting Dhoni down but on a day that Dhoni let them down, they kept their spirits up, didn't let England run away with it, and came up with their best bowling day in a long time

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 2nd day

Bhuvneshwar thanks Praveen's advice

Jul 18, 2014: On a day that Bhuvneshwar Kumar kept India in the Test with 4 for 46 in 23 testing overs, he acknowledged Praveen Kumar's contribution to his success

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 1st day

Rahane quietly bedding in as India's No. 6

Jul 17, 2014: Tough enough to score crucial runs, prepared for innings that don't have proper structure, content with not cashing in on flat ones, Ajinkya Rahane could be just the man for India

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

India in England 2014

Dhoni implacable on Anderson

Jul 16, 2014: James Anderson has riled many opponents in an illustrious Test career, but when it came to his disagreement with Ravindra Jadeja, India's captain MS Dhoni saw a chance to make a stand

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England v India, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's

'It was good Jadeja did not retaliate' - Dhoni

Jul 16, 2014: Having initially deflected questions about India's official complaint against James Anderson, MS Dhoni opened up in the pre-match press conference and came down strongly on the England fast bowler

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

Being on the Beeb and other stories

Jul 16, 2014: In which our correspondent is remembered by a former international cricketer, befriends a librarian, and talks horses with Ravindra Jadeja

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India in England 2014

Stuart Binny set to play again

Jul 15, 2014: India's preparations at the nets, coupled with their policy of not dropping a player after just one game, suggest that Stuart Binny could keep his place in the team at Lord's

Sidharth Monga at Lord's

India in England 2014

Keith the Pipe Man honours tradition, like Lord's

Jul 15, 2014: Keith the Pipe Man has marked attendance at Lord's for more than four decades. Life-threatening illnesses may have forced him to quit smoking, but the 'Pipe' still remains his celebrated companion

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India in England 2014

India out-reversed on dry pitch

Jul 15, 2014: England consigned India to two reverse-swing-induced collapses whereas India bowlers mainly relied on the new ball's movement and uneven bounce by hitting the deck hard

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Eng v Ind, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Dhoni pleased with lower-order resistance

Jul 13, 2014: Despite failing to close out the match, MS Dhoni looked at the positives and reflected on the lower order stand that rescued India

Sidharth Monga at Trent Bridge

England v India, 1st Investec Test, Trent Bridge, 5th day

Binny's selection does not prove trivial

Jul 13, 2014: Why had Stuart Binny been picked in this Test? It was probably not with a match-saving innings in mind, but that's what he produced just when India were threatening to topple apart

Sidharth Monga at Trent Bridge
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