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The importance of risking failure

Mar 26, 2013: A Day With Dravid was not all it could have been, but glitches are best looked at as building blocks rather than setbacks

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No runs for deflections off direct hits

Mar 16, 2013: If the ball ricochets off the stumps after an attempted run-out, why should it benefit the batsman?

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India v Australia, 2nd Test, Hyderabad

Pity the paying public

Mar 3, 2013: The way Indian cricket treats spectators is depressing and a travesty of the times

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Presenting The Cordon

Mar 1, 2013: Announcing a new section on the site: voices from outside the press box

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Soul Man

Jan 27, 2013: Obituaries are hopelessly inadequate in a way. Frank Keating will never know what I owe him. I never got to know him well enough to tell him, but when I heard about his death on Friday evening it felt personal

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The year-end essay 2

The thorny question of retirement

Jan 4, 2013: What gives us the right to expect a player to know exactly when to give it all up?

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The year-end essay 1

South Africa's ascent, India's tailspin

Jan 3, 2013: The current Test No. 1 side has something other teams from the country have lacked: an air of invincibility and ruthlessness

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If India don't hurt, they won't rise

Dec 18, 2012: Plenty of excuses have been offered over the last year and a half; the time has come to acknowledge reality

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'I don't think it's fair to call the BCCI a bully'

Dec 4, 2012: Board president N Srinivasan acknowledges India has an influential role to play in world cricket but rejects the perception that it controls the other boards

Interview by Sambit Bal

Choose your ESPNcricinfo homepage

Nov 7, 2012: We will not pretend this is a dazzling innovation. Even though ESPNcricinfo has run multiple homepages for years now, you have not had the option of choosing which one to set as your default

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Sri Lanka v West Indies, Final, World Twenty20, Colombo

A bizarre and joyous night of cricket

Oct 7, 2012: West Indies recovered from the most terrible of starts; Sri Lanka collapsed spectacularly when they had batted so well on this pitch two days ago

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Cricket gives Sri Lankans a sporting chance

Oct 6, 2012: The war is over, the economy is booming - now Sri Lanka wants and needs a major cricket title

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Aus v WI, 2nd semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo

The perfect storm

Oct 5, 2012: If there is a template of how to build a Twenty20 innings then West Indies produced it against Australia, but there is still one more match to go

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SL v Pak, 1st semi-final, World Twenty20, Colombo

Crumbling pitch clouds judgement

Oct 5, 2012: The track at the Premadasa had captains unsure what a good total was, and batsmen unsure whether to attack or consolidate

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Not so bad for the bowlers after all

Oct 3, 2012: The World Twenty20 has shown that the shortest format need not be all a batsman's game

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India v South Africa, Super Eights, World Twenty20, Colombo

India and South Africa can only blame themselves

Oct 2, 2012: If they allow themselves to reflect on the cruelty of the format, both South Africa and India would be distracting themselves from reality: they were inconsistent, scratchy, confused, and poorly led

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A question of cricket

Sep 2, 2012: Introducing our latest series, The Jury's Out, which is a highly subjective exploration of the beautiful facets in the game of cricket

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South Africa in England 2012

South Africa relentless and ruthless

Aug 21, 2012: The era of undisputed supremacy went with the Australians, but of the recent claimants South Africa's status as No. 1 would seem the most legitimate

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The case for flexibility in the Pietersen saga

Aug 20, 2012: Unity and stability are overrated, great teams are built around great players

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England v SA, 3rd Investec Test, Lord's, 4th day

Steely Amla shows substance over style

Aug 19, 2012: Hashim Amla is one of the rare stylists left in the game but it was his unwavering determination that brought him a valuable hundred at Lord's

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