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India v Afghanistan, only Test, Bengaluru

Rahane to lead against Afghanistan, Rohit left out

May 8, 2018: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Rohit Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are missing from India's Test squad to play Afghanistan

Shashank Kishore in Bengaluru

IPL 2018

How do Royals resolve the Rahane issue?

Apr 14, 2018: If the captain isn't the best man to open the innings, who is?

Shiva Jayaraman

IPL 2018

Royal responsibility on batsmen as Rajasthan look for grand return

Apr 5, 2018: Heavy on allrounders and thin on spin options, Royals need to turn to their batsmen to drive their fortunes in their return to the IPL fold

Shashank Kishore

Why Dinesh Karthik shouldn't be batting higher up the order

Mar 30, 2018: After his stunning innings in the Nidahas final, there has been talk about how he has been wronged. Here's why those saying so aren't quite justified

Sanjay Manjrekar

IPL 2018

Steven Smith steps down as Rajasthan Royals captain following ball-tampering scandal

Mar 26, 2018: India batsman Ajinkya Rahane will lead Royals, who are returning to the IPL this year after serving a two-year ban for corruption

ESPNcricinfo staff

India news

Kohli, Rohit, Dhawan bag million-dollar BCCI contracts

Mar 7, 2018: India's much-awaited new annual contracts are a departure from last year's attempts to keep Test specialists in the top category

Sidharth Monga

South Africa v India, 2nd ODI, Centurion

'I don't see any difficulties in batting at No. 4' - Rahane

Feb 3, 2018: India are running with Ajinkya Rahane in the middle order because he does well on quick pitches, the kind that will be in use for the 2019 World Cup

Sidharth Monga in Centurion

How South Africa's superior bowling made the difference in the series against India

Feb 2, 2018: Looking at the control data for the three Tests makes it clear

Kartikeya Date

South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Durban

Kohli 112 bests du Plessis 120 as India go 1-0 up

Feb 1, 2018: A difficult chase of 270 ended up being straightforward thanks to a mighty Virat Kohli century and solid contribution from Ajinkya Rahane at No. 4

The Report by Alagappan Muthu

South Africa v India, 1st ODI, Durban

'Rahane a strong candidate for No. 4' - Kohli

Jan 31, 2018: On quicker pitches, in conditions similar to England where the 2019 World Cup will be played, Ajinkya Rahane can fit in to India's set-up as an opener or a middle-order batsman

Sidharth Monga in Durban

South Africa v India, 3rd Test, Johannesburg, 3rd day

Challenging pitch, but not dangerous - Rahane

Jan 26, 2018: The batsman insisted the ball that hit Dean Elgar in the helmet did not behave in an extraordinary manner, and said India, having 'prepared turners' for the home series against South Africa in 2015-16, had expected to play on pitches like this one at the

Sidharth Monga in Johannesburg

India in South Africa 2017-18

India hint at Rahane recall in Jo'burg

Jan 21, 2018: Judging by their net sessions at the Wanderers three days before the third Test, it seems likely that India's vice-captain will slot back into the side. The question is: who will he replace?

Sidharth Monga in Johannesburg

South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion

Not saying Rahane will not start in this game - Kohli

Jan 12, 2018: India's captain mocked those asking for Rahane's inclusion in the XI, claiming that "no one" had wanted him to play in the last Test

Sidharth Monga in Centurion

India have plenty of selection headaches going into the second Test

Jan 10, 2018: Should Rahane play? How about opening with Parthiv? Is it fair to drop either or both Dhawan and Rohit?

Aakash Chopra

India in South Africa 2017-18

Benched quartet keep themselves in contention

Jan 9, 2018: A day after India's defeat at Newlands, the four players who had sat out the Test match - KL Rahul, Ajinkya Rahane, Parthiv Patel and Ishant Sharma - went to the nets for an intense training session

Sidharth Monga in Cape Town

India in South Africa 2017-18

India yearn for a less slippery cordon

Jan 3, 2018: Since India's last tour of South Africa, their slip and gully fielders have dropped more often than they have caught. Whether it's an issue of technique or temperament, they will have to sort it out quickly if they hope to win matches on pitches with pace

Sidharth Monga in Cape Town

India in South Africa 2017-18

A batting order with clear roles to fulfil in hostile conditions

Dec 31, 2017: If M Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara protect Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane from the new ball, India know they can score plenty of runs in the quick-scoring grounds of South Africa

Sidharth Monga

India v Sri Lanka

When runs disappear

Dec 5, 2017: The five worst series for batsmen since 2000, including Ajinkya Rahane's stinker against Sri Lanka

Karthik Krishnaswamy

India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 1st day

Rahane won't be a wrong 'un in South Africa

Dec 2, 2017: Ajinkya Rahane's troubles deepened in Delhi but as Sanjay Bangar was quick to point out, his overseas record is "phenomenal"

Sidharth Monga in Delhi

India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi

Must-win scenario beckons battle-weary Sri Lanka

Dec 1, 2017: They do not have a Test win in India and they must find one in Delhi to level the series

The Preview by Alagappan Muthu
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