Sambit Bal

Sambit Bal is editor-in-chief of ESPNcricinfo. @sambitbal

India handed South Africa their biggest defeat in World Cups

India get their groove back

The long winless Australian summer might just have given those watching the wrong impression

Virat Kohli exults after bringing up his ton

India v Pakistan, World Cup 2015, Group B, Adelaide

India win battle of nerves, their World Cup starts now

In a World Cup contest where nerves are the X-factor between the two teams, India prevailed over Pakistan with a superior batting performance and a couple of cool heads

Indian fans cheer on their side

Corruption in the IPL

An order for an overhaul

The tenor of the Supreme Court verdict on the IPL corruption case is unambiguous, and it makes clear that it's time for the BCCI to look within

The new fab four

All hail the new blood

In part two of the year-end essay: the new breed of Test batsmen, the player of the year, and more

MS Dhoni at the presentation ceremony after the Perth Test

MS Dhoni retires from Test cricket

A uniquely remarkable man

MS Dhoni left his Test team much like he led it - without fanfare and an overt display of emotion. Indian cricket will know what it has lost only after he is gone

The 63-second applause for Phillip Hughes

Overwhelming grief, conflicting interests

In part one of the year-end essay: what Phillip Hughes' death did to cricket, and how the BCCI strengthened its hold over the world game

Virat Kohli times one onto the on side

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

Virat Kohli, soul provider of India's batting

It was in Australia in 2011 that Virat Kohli announced himself as an emerging talent in Test cricket. Now, as the leader of a young batting group, he has owned the stage

Ishant Sharma: fast and furious?

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 2nd day

India's bowlers fall short, again

India have let slip another Test that held promise for them courtesy one horrible bowling session; when their rigid bouncer strategy failed, their only apparent plan was waiting for batsmen to eventually surrender their wickets