Top Performer - Murali Kartik

Tweak of the week

The best-ever figures for a left-arm spinner in one-day cricket, Man of the Match in a tight game against Australia, pressed into service in Twenty20 cricket - life's looking good for Murali Kartik at the moment. But it almost wasn't



Top Performer - Paul Harris

Spinning magic

Although Paul Harris managed only 11 wickets in his first four Tests, a hugely successful tour of Pakistan earned him another 12 in only two Tests and allowed him to outshine his much-publicised team-mates



Top Performer - Andrew Symonds

The return of the king

The numbers that Symonds has put up are frightening. In 120 matches since that O Henry twist in 2003, he averages 47.11 while scoring at close to a run a ball. Toss in 80 wickets, 50 often spectacular catches, and innumerable run-outs, and you have perhaps the most complete one-day performer since a certain IVA Richards roamed the playing fields.



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Back in the fold, back with a bang

Jacques Kallis has put his exclusion from the Twenty20 side behind him to return more determined than ever. By Neil Manthorp... more

Grace under fire

As the stakes mounted in the World Twenty20, India's captain held his nerve and kept his faith - and his smile. By Dileep Premachandran... more

Dan's the man

Twenty20 may not be his favourite game, but New Zealand's captain has proved to be a dab hand at it... more

Big hitter takes the big stage

Dimitri Mascarenhas can bash 'em with the best of them. And now he's got the perfect stage to do it on... more

Happy return

After a not-quite-purple patch, Yuvraj Singh is back, and how. By Jamie Alter ... more

England's old-school anchorman

Ian Bell has burst forth from the margins to assume the role of England's tempo-setter... more

Oldest swinger in town

Ottis Gibson showed that age is no barrier as he took three wickets to help Durham to the Friends Provident Trophy... more

A ton for Jumbo

Anil Kumble was in the thick of things again - this time with bat in hand. By Siddhartha Vaidyanathan... more

Home or away?

Ryan McLaren is a player with a bright future. The question is with which country? He joined Kent for this season on a Kolpak deal, but at 24 now has a career-defining decision to make... more

All fired up

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan profiles Zaheer Khan... more

The drinks are on Jimmy

It's been a long four years for James Anderson where his roles for England have switched from new-ball bowler to drinks waiter... more

Double feature

Two 200-plus scores in a row? It's another day at the office for Kumar Sangakkara... more

Captain cool turns up the heat

Chris Gayle played a key role in West Indies' 2-1 series win over England both with the bat and as captain... more

Shedding the rust

Yuvraj Singh overcame poor form, rode his luck and made the most of his breaks to fashion India's series win over South Africa... more

Philander fills his boots

Vernon Philander is being seen in South African circles as the new Shaun Pollock, and so far he hasn't done too badly in international cricket... more

Monty's got mettle

The secret of Monty Panesar's success is his utter insouciance... more

The quiet West Indian

Whether he likes it or not, Shivanrine Chanderpaul is now West Indies' main man... more

Glowing in the cold

Jenny Thompson has this week's top performer - Ryan Sidebottom, who took eight wickets on his Test return... more

New magnetic wonder

Andrew Miller has this week's top performer - Matt Prior, who cracked a hundred on Test debut... more

Brighter than the bright lights

Jenny Thompson on Adam Gilchrist's smashing World Cup final ... more

When Sabina woke up to Mahela

Dileep Premachandran on Mahela Jayawardene's Sabina Park epic ... more

South Africa's go to man

Top Performer: Andrew Hall would be the first to admit that there's much more to life than a century or a five-wicket haul... more

Born to run

AB de Villiers could have been a household name in any sport and his innings in Grenada restored the faith of his seniors... more

One last hurrah

Dileep Premachandran writes on the stunning comeback to form by Sanath Jayasuriya... more

Prizefighter's gloves are back on

Matthew Hayden has completed another remarkable renaissance... more

The journeyman arrives

Paul Collingwood has just completed the journey of his life in Australia... more

Grabbing your final chance

The past week has been an important one for Brad Hodge... more

Nobody's substitute

Brydon Coverdale on New Zealand's man of the moment, Jacob Oram... more

Returning with venom

Osman Samiuddin on Mohammad Asif's emphatic return to the international fold... more

More substance than style

Top Performer: Ashwell Prince... more

The duke of hazard

Graeme Smith's decisive twin half-centuries at Cape Town were a welcome return to form and sealed a great Test series win for South Africa... more

Exorcising the demons

Straight off the bat, this is not just about the runs he scored. This is about a man who came, saw and conquered - if only for the moment - the demons in his head, the ghosts in his past... more

The Ever-Ready Bunny

Matthew Hoggard toiled for 42 overs in the first innings, uphill and into the wind for the most part, for the heroic figures of 7 for 109... more

In the shoes of Bradman

In the haze of Australia's failure to enforce the follow-on in the first Test it was easy to lose sight of the brilliant quality of Ricky Ponting's batting... more

Pirate of the Caribbean

Jamie Alter on a sensational Brian Lara innings at Multan, one that changed the very complexion of the match and series... more

The swing and seam merchant

Osman Samiuddin on Umar Gul after he scripted Pakistan's win against West Indies at Lahore with a nine-wicket haul... more

Swinging into contention

Damien Martyn hardly ever looks ruffled. Not when arching his back leg to dissect two gullies or when sipping a freshly ordered coffee. Not even when answering his thousandth question about the 1993-94 SCG Test... more

You can't keep a good man down

Damien Martyn hardly ever looks ruffled. Not when arching his back leg to dissect two gullies or when sipping a freshly ordered coffee. Not even when answering his thousandth question about the 1993-94 SCG Test... more

Fever pitch

Based on his performance during the DLF Cup in the past week, its clear that Brett Lee's concentration has gunned up a notch and that the objective is annihilation... more

A Gayle with grace

Reticence at the crease is not normally what you associate Chris Gayle with. His calling card all along has been a casually imperious batting style... more

Driving to success

Hindsight is a marvellous thing.... more

Back from the periphery

Osman Samiuddin gives the Lowdown on Shoaib Akhtar... more

Burying the demons

This week's Top Performer is James Kirtley... more

King of the hit and giggle

This week's Top Performer is Darren Maddy... more

Blessed are the meek

This week's Top Performer is Ian Bell... more

Hungry for runs

This week's Top Performer is Mahela Jayawardene... more

Getting back in the ring

Andrew Miller on Justin Langer... more

The art of conversion

Andrew Miller on the rebirth of Mohammad Yousuf... more

Iron fist in a silk glove

Wicketkeepers are a persecuted breed. Like umpires, they tend only to be noticed when they err, and increasingly both are judged on criteria that should be beyond their remit - that microscopically thin inside-edge, for instance, or in Chris Read's case,... more

Standing on guard

He might not have made the mountain of runs that Gavaskar manged, but Dravid, throughout the series, was outstanding. In the final Test at Kingston he was plain awesome ... more

One final fling

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Demolition man

Anand Vasu on how, to Virender Sehwag, caution remains something akin to perdition... more

An unstoppable threat

Will Luke looks at Muttiah Muralitharan, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

A 21st century entertainer

Andrew Miller looks at Kevin Pietersen, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

The next Adam Gilchrist

Andrew Miller looks at Phil Jaques, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

Captain calm shines on serenely

Andrew Miller looks at Mahela Jayawardene, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

As inevitable as the rising sun

Andrew Miller looks at Mark Ramprakash, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

Captain Insatiable

Andrew Miller looks at Stephen Fleming, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

Never knowingly underbowled

Andrew Miller looks at Jon Lewis, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

Dizzy comes back from the dead

Andrew Miller looks at Jason Gillespie, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

The understudy grabs the limelight

Martin Williamson looks at Stuart MacGill, Cricinfo's top performer of the week... more

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