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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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Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 5th day

Sourav Ganguly - 'We could have bowled better'

Jan 6, 2004: At the post-match press conference, Sourav Ganguly wore a vacant look, of disappointment and frustration

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 5th day

Waugh's last stand

Jan 6, 2004: It was an irony that a man whose bequest to cricket is the elimination of the draw should end his Test career with one.

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 5th day

Waugh's last stand

Jan 6, 2004: It was an irony that a man whose bequest to cricket is the elimination of the draw should end his Test career with one.

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 2nd day

Batting in its pristine form

Jan 3, 2004: One of the nicest things that can be said about VVS Laxman is that he looks like a batsman from another age

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'If I can stay for three hours, I can stay for three more'

Jan 2, 2004: Just like his batting, Akash Chopra has a confidence that is not demonstrative

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'Indian' Australians and spilt chances

Jan 2, 2004: Guess who flew down to boost the confidence of the Indian cricket team before the most important Test match of their lives

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney, 1st day

'Indian' Australians and spilt chances

Jan 2, 2004: Guess who flew down to boost the confidence of the Indian cricket team before the most important Test match of their lives

Sambit Bal at the SCG

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney

One last battle

Jan 1, 2004: India are on the precipice of realising an impossible dream, and Australia have a legacy to save

Sambit Bal in Sydney

Australia v India, 4th Test, Sydney

One last battle

Jan 1, 2004: India are on the precipice of realising an impossible dream, and Australia have a legacy to save

Sambit Bal in Sydney

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 5th day

Not rolled over

Dec 30, 2003: Australia have drawn level, but India can draw heart from their performance in Melbourne

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

Australia v India, 3rd Test, Melbourne, 4th day

Wag the tail

Dec 29, 2003: This series has seen some incredible twists so far, but none was forthcoming today

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal at the MCG

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

End of the Indian Summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

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

End of the Indian summer?

Dec 28, 2003: Cricket has been so enthrallingly absorbing in this series so far because the script has been defied and the story has belonged to the underdog

The Wisden Verdict by Sambit Bal

Should Zaheer have been rested?

Playing through pain - brave or foolhardy?

Dec 28, 2003: Even though it's only with hindsight, the question should nevertheless be asked:should Zaheer Khan have played this Test?

Sambit Bal in Melbourne
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