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A riveting contest at Gaddafi

The capricious world of Test cricket

Apr 8, 2004: Of all the reasons why we love Test cricket, the most compelling one is the way it reveals itself and yet holds back so much

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Pakistan v India, 2nd Test, Lahore, 2nd day

It hardly feels like another country

Apr 6, 2004: After a childhood full of misgivings and apprehensions, I have spent an adulthood wondering how it would feel to set foot in Pakistan

Roving Reporter by Sambit Bal in Lahore

Pakistan v India, 1st Test, Multan, 5th day

Aspiring to greatness

Apr 1, 2004: Since 2001, India have won six away Tests in as many countries, and given their dismal record, it can be called a substantial progress

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

The throwing controversy rumbles on

Save the doosra

Apr 1, 2004: As might have been expected, an entire nation has been roused to indignation over Chris Broad's decision to report Muthiah Muralitharan's doosra as suspect

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Pakistan v India, 1st Test, Multan, 2nd day

Departures from the past

Mar 29, 2004: Thousands of words have already been exhausted describing the spirit of New India, and when Rahul Dravid terminated the Indian innings this afternoon, leaving Sachin Tendulkar stranded six short of a double century, he made another significant

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

The Indian View

The beauty of toil

Mar 25, 2004: A tape of his batting wouldn't enliven a rainy evening, but if your team had to save its skin on a dodgy pitch, Gary Kirsten's name would among the first on the sheet

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Pakistan v India, 5th ODI, Lahore

Magic in the air

Mar 24, 2004: It wasn't a finale that the series deserved, but perhaps it was inevitable such a thing would finally happen: one of these days, a score of nearly 300 was bound to be defended with comfort, but the striking aspect of India's comprehensive

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

The Indian View

Two for the ages

Mar 18, 2004: For those of us bemused by the orchestrated hype around Steve Waugh's retirement, the coverage of India's tour to Pakistan has been benumbing, but fears that the good game will be buried in the cacophonic lust of marketing czars have been happily

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The Indian View

Two for the ages

Mar 18, 2004: For those of us bemused by the orchestrated hype around Steve Waugh's retirement, the coverage of India's tour to Pakistan has been benumbing, but fears that the good game will be buried in the cacophonic lust of marketing czars have been happily

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The Indian View

Don't burden cricket with significances it cannot carry

Mar 11, 2004: Given the bitter history that India and Pakistan share, every little thing that promotes goodwill is worth clutching at, but there is a danger here of overestimating the power of cricket

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The Thursday column

Remembering KP Bhaskar

Mar 4, 2004: I never saw KP Bhaskar play

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Wasim Akram

'The speed gun is killing swing'

Mar 1, 2004: It isn't about muscle, aggro, and going 100mph; it's about using guile, wit, and science to think a batsman out. Swing bowling's finest exponent Wasim Akram talks about the craft he helped make famous

Interview by Sambit Bal

The Thursday column

The power of nostalgia

Feb 19, 2004: Nostalgia can be the enemy of reason, for it imbues the past with such marvelous colours and scents that reason cannot cut through fortifications

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To go or not to go

No petty politics please

Feb 13, 2004: From genuine concerns about safety of the players, the issue of India's tour to Pakistan is now degenerating into the utterly ridiculous

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The Thursday column

To go or not to go

Feb 12, 2004: Safety is a matter of personal concern and players should be allowed to make the choice without the fear of recrimination

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Australia v India, VB Series, 2nd final, Sydney

Different class

Feb 8, 2004: One-day cricket demands a different set of skills, both physical and mental, and Australia, on the evidence of the two finals, are light years ahead of India

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

The Thursday column

Bring on the fliers

Feb 5, 2004: The essence of sport lies in contest and cricket is in danger of limiting itself to the contest of bat against bat

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The Thursday column

Yes to passion, no to hysteria

Jan 29, 2004: Watching Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram do their stuff in Australia is a demonstration of what India-Pakistan cricket relations really are

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The Thursday column

Dude, where's my country?

Jan 22, 2004: How far is nationalism taken in journalism?

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The Thursday column

Spare the umpire

Jan 15, 2004: If Steve Bucknor is looking for some R & R, he should strike India off his list of possible destinations

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