Sidharth Monga

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R Ashwin, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara wait on a DRS review

Australia in India 2017

Questions remain, but practical resolution found

To our dissatisfaction, we might never know who was in the wrong in the DRS debacle. But the best way forward has been settled upon under complex circumstances

KL Rahul put down a difficult chance at short leg off the face of Keaton Jennings' bat

Australia in India 2016-17

India look to solve catching jinx

India's slip cordon has seen a number of combinations in the last couple of years but they have not settled on one yet even as more catches are being dropped by close-in fielders in Tests

Where's the green? The pitch at Trent Bridge

Australia in India 2016-17

Seven deadly pitches

ESPNcricinfo lists six full-member pitches that have been rated 'poor', and one that was rated 'unfit', in the years since the ICC introduced its pitch and outfield monitoring process

Australia spin consultant Sridharan Sriram talks during a press conference

Australia in India 2016-17

Sriram's familiarity with India gives Australia edge to adapt

Former India batsman Sridharan Sriram was the first recipient of the Border-Gavaskar scholarship long ago. Now he has played a part in Australia's first step towards retaining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy

Peter Handscomb attempts a tough chance at short leg

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune

How the Pune pitch backfired for India

Even though the pitches at the MCA Stadium in Pune have usually been flat or have assisted seamers, preparing a rank turner for its Test debut meant there was an accident waiting to happen

Virat Kohli asks the umpire for a review as Umesh Yadav looks on

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 3rd day

'How not to bat': Kohli faults batsmen not pitch

After India's capitulation in Pune, Virat Kohli said that he had not asked for such a pitch but saw nothing wrong with the track

Steven Smith made a resolute half-century

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 3rd day

A Steven Smith lesson on playing spin

The second-innings century, which steadily shut India out of the Pune Test, underlined the clarity and flexibility of Steven Smith's plans and his assessment of the conditions and the opposition

Steve O'Keefe is thrilled after taking a wicket

India v Australia, 1st Test, Pune, 2nd day

We haven't adapted well to the surface - Kumble

India coach Anil Kumble admitted that India's batsmen should have shown more restraint in a first-innings that saw the team collapse from 94 for 3 to 105 all out

Virat Kohli takes a souvenir with him

Captain of the year

The man who demands

Unlike his predecessors as India captain, Virat Kohli asks his team for top-drawer performances every single time