V Ramnarayan

V Ramnarayan bowled offspin for Hyderabad and South Zone in the 1970s. His latest book is Third Man, Recollections from a Life in Cricket

Imran Tahir had Darren Sammy stumped for 5

Tahir, Ashwin and Vettori buck World Cup trend

While other spinners have struggled, the three have kept the runs down and broken partnerships through low trajectory, controlled turn and minimum width

Alvin Kallicharran drives on his way to a half-century

Where have all the stylists gone?

You'll get powerful and innovative shots, spectacular fielding and express pace in this year's World Cup, but at the cost of artistry and mystery

Mitchell Johnson gives Ajinkya Rahane a stare

Whatever happened to sportsmanship?

The nasty behaviour we continue to see on the field is threatening to drive fans away from the game

India's debutant Karn Sharma bowls

India's Adelaide blunder

Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them

David Gower holds the trophy aloft after England's 2-1 series win in India

Home advantage: everyone's property

In years past, the term was something of a pejorative; not so much these days, when just about every side seems to enjoy it

Budhi Kunderan on his way to 192

Remembering Budhi the dasher

Before Sehwag, and even Srikkanth, India had a swashbuckling opening batsman who also kept wickets

Sachin Tendulkar bowls at the nets

Any multi-skilled bowlers out there?

Bowlers who can switch between pace and spin, left-arm and right-arm and vice versa will spice up the contest between bat and ball

Erapalli Prasanna, Ian Chappell and V Ramnarayan discuss

Talking Cricket

The science of deception

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

Geoff Griffin resorts to underarm bowling after being no-balled

Don't shed tears for chuckers

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