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V Ramnarayan is an author, translator and teacher. He bowled offspin for Hyderabad and South Zone in the 1970s
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The science of deception

Oct 2014: Aerodynamics, biomechanics, psychology, and pitching on a length: Erapalli Prasanna and Ian Chappell on the thrill and skill of spin bowling

Interview by V Ramnarayan

Don't shed tears for chuckers

Sep 23, 2014: The ICC's decision to take a stricter view of throwing is an important step forward in eliminating the problem of illegal actions

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Spinners need intelligent, trusting captains to thrive

Sep 7, 2014: A captain must be able to understand a spinner's craft if he is to manage him properly and set the right fields

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It's time we had laws to eliminate sledging

Aug 17, 2014: Players should realise that their cricket skills speak louder than the abuse they sometimes dish out in the name of legitimate aggression

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Remembering Ashok Mankad, a domestic giant

Jul 31, 2014: The late "Kaka" was a terrific batsman, a shrewd captain, and a wonderful raconteur. But most of all he was a genuine friend

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Do India stick with the same team?

Jul 24, 2014: Binny did well at Trent Bridge, but surely he must make way for Ashwin now?

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Let's hear it for the unorthodox

Jun 26, 2014: Spinners who can't be bracketed into one style flourish today in cricket, while they struggled to make it big in the past

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Cricket's twin towers of evil

Jun 10, 2014: If the game's custodians are serious about stamping out fixing and chucking they must empower umpires and encourage respected players to speak out and share information about wrongdoing

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Is the era of the factory-produced cricketer upon us?

May 25, 2014: Young aspirants in India today have their futures planned to a t by their parents, coaches and academies. Perhaps the old ways were better

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The Pravin Tambe fairytale

May 8, 2014: It's a story about self-belief, dedication and the ability to chase your dreams

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Fizz, flight and loop

Apr 23, 2014: Erapalli Prasanna was a masterful conjurer and perhaps the shrewdest of India's great spin quartet

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Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy

Apr 5, 2014: One of the oldest limited-overs in India used to be a thrilling affair, with Test and club cricketers fiercely competing for the title

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India's need for bowling variety

Mar 20, 2014: Why their traditional strength, spin, ought not to be forskaen in favour of pace

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India should pick two spinners in away Tests

Mar 9, 2014: The team has no express fast bowler, so it's time when touring to put faith in two slow bowlers bowling in tandem

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They broke the mould after Sir Garry

Feb 27, 2014: Even today - and not just to those of a certain vintage - Garry Sobers remains above every other claimant to the title of cricket's greatest allrounder

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Gavaskar's stunning entrance

Feb 16, 2014: For Indian cricket fans of a certain vintage, the Caribbean summer of 1971 was the most glorious of all

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A wizard called Vishy

Jan 29, 2014: Remembering a magician who invariably rose to the occasion when conditions favoured the bowlers, especially the fast men

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Time to make leg slip a regular fielding position?

Jan 14, 2014: Too often batsmen get away with playing loose shots behind square on the leg side. Maybe a change in the laws will help

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What's competitive about ugly on-field behaviour?

Dec 29, 2013: Today's on-field aggro is no better than the worst kind of bullying by schoolboy thugs. It's time to outlaw such conduct

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Ashwin in the offspin pantheon

Dec 9, 2013: He is among the most successful bowlers of his kind, and excitingly, his best may yet be ahead of him

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