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West Zone v East Zone, Duleep Trophy semi-final

Erasmus steps into uncharted territory

Jan 28, 2009: Marais Erasmus will become probably the first overseas umpire to officiate in Indian domestic cricket, starting with the Duleep Trophy game in Mumbai. Nagraj Gollapudi met him

Nagraj Gollapudi in Mumbai

South Zone v Central Zone, Duleep Trophy, Bangalore, 4th day

Relative unknowns seize their chance

Jan 25, 2009: The two bowlers who impressed most during the Duleep Trophy were virtual unknowns from India's cricketing backwaters: Andhra legspinner M Suresh and Vidarbha fast bowler Umesh Yadav

Siddarth Ravindran at the Chinnaswamy Stadium

South Zone v Central Zone, Duleep Trophy, Bangalore, 3rd day

Dravid returns to reliable ways

Jan 24, 2009: Rahul Dravid played the sort of knock that made him the world's most bankable batsman a few years ago, displaying the confidence, ease and solidity that were once second nature to him

Siddarth Ravindran

South Zone v Central Zone, Duleep Trophy, Bangalore, 2nd day

Both sides of Sreesanth

Jan 23, 2009: Sreesanth's first bowling stint in the spotlight since last year's IPL was a typically entertaining mix of the sublime and the surreal

Siddarth Ravindran at the Chinnaswamy Stadium

South Zone v Central Zone, Duleep Trophy, Bangalore, 1st day

Carefree Karthik bludgeons Central Zone

Jan 22, 2009: Karthik's 113-ball 153 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium that bumped Central Zone from being front-runners to playing catch-up; from 86 for 6, South Zone rocketed along to a more-than-acceptable 290 for 8 by the time he was dismissed

Siddarth Ravindran at Chinnaswamy Stadium

Mumbai v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy final, Hyderabad, 5th day

Up close and jovial

Jan 17, 2009: Sriram Veera watches the Ranji Trophy final come to end, from up close

Sriram Veera

Mohammad Kaif

'Now we know how to win'

Jan 16, 2009: Uttar Pradesh will no doubt be heartbroken by the missed opportunity in this year's Ranji Trophy final, after suffering their second loss in successive finals. Captain Mohammad Kaif though believes it still is a very huge achievement nonetheless, a

Interview by Sriram Veera

Pravin Amre

'There were no shortcuts'

Jan 16, 2009: Praveen Amre never won the Ranji Trophy as a player, but in his three years as Mumbai's coach he has won the Ranji title twice. He shares Mumbai's journey to their 38th Ranji crown

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Mumbai v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy final, Hyderabad, 4th day

Samant in the spotlight

Jan 15, 2009: Wicketkeeper Vinayak Samant, pushed into opening by Amre in the final league game, scored his maiden ton to allow Mumbai have a firm grasp on their 38th title

Sriram Veera in Hyderabad

Sudeep Tyagi

Tyagi's test

Jan 14, 2009: Great debut season. Heartbreaking injury. Loss of form. But Sudeep Tyagi did enough in his first season of first-class cricket to merit a central contract, and to be retained by Chennai Super Kings

Kanishkaa Balachandran

Indian umpiring

Long way from the elite

Jan 13, 2009: What is the BCCI doing to raise the level of umpiring in the country?

Sriram Veera in Hyderabad

Mumbai v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy final, Hyderabad, 1st day

Time to pitch it right

Jan 12, 2009: A lively pitch for the final was a pleasant sight when you consider that complete batting beauties were served up for the semi-finals

Sriram Veera in Hyderabad

Suresh Raina is enjoying his game more than ever

Bright end of a dark street

Jan 11, 2009: Suresh Raina looks back at his worst year, 2007, as a blessing in disguise

Sriram Veera in Hyderabad

Cheteshwar Pujara

Knock knock

Jan 10, 2009: Indian cricket's next big thing seems to be a 20-year-old from Rajkot determined to break the selectors' door down by producing triple-hundreds on demand

Nagraj Gollapudi

Tamil Nadu v Uttar Pradesh, Ranji Trophy semi-final, Nagpur, 4th day

Flickering talent discovers the limelight

Jan 7, 2009: The story of Shivakant Shukla, who batted for821 minutes to take Uttar Pradesh through to the final of the Ranji Trophy, embodies Uttar Pradesh cricket

Sidharth Monga in Nagpur

Indian domestic cricket

Waiting for a turning point

Jan 6, 2009: Who is Pritam Gandhe? To people who follow domestic cricket - especially the Plate League - through scorecards (there's no other way really), he is a Vidarbha offspinner who is one of only three bowlers to have taken more than one hat-trick in the Ranji T

Sidharth Monga

Ajinkya Rahane

Using the f-word to succeed

Jan 2, 2009: Ajinkya Rahane needs 24 runs to reach the 1000-run mark for the season

Nagraj Gollapudi

L Balaji

The smiling assassin is back

Dec 29, 2008: One of the more endearing sights in Indian cricket is back. To see L Balaji smiling on a cricket field, after a painful two-year hiatus, is reassuring

Sidharth Monga

Dhawal Kulkarni

Early bird

Dec 26, 2008: Used to striking before the batsmen have even warmed up, he became Mumbai's best bowler before his 20th birthday

Nagraj Gollapudi

Ranji Trophy 7th round

One last drama, and a dream ended prematurely

Dec 22, 2008: Highlights of the seventh round of the Ranji Trophy's Super League and Plate matches

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