The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

When batsmen transfer their body weight and movement precisely into the point of contact between bat and ball, the results can be glorious

The plight of the English spin bowler

As England wait on the fitness of Zafar Ansari ahead of the tour of the UAE, the Middlesex spinner, Ollie Rayner, explains why alternatives are thin on the ground

What will Ian Bell's legacy be?

He always made the difficult look easy and rarely got the recognition his batting deserved. The difficulty of replacing him may determine his worth

The helmet effect

Has protective gear resulted in inferior techniques when facing short-pitched bowling, resulting in more batsmen getting hit these days?

The pain of the discarded England opener

Facing the new ball acts like a can-opener on a candidate's game and his psyche. Also, failure in the role is harder to deal with than for other players

IPL 2015

Even AB wasn't impressed by AB

Writing for Firstpost, Tariq Engineer explores the inevitability of AB de Villiers' 133 off 59 balls, and explains why he felt a little cold after watching the batsman's knock

World Cup 2015

The lonely batsman

Cricket may be a team game but batting is an individual process. Every man will be on his own

The many crickets of an Indian boyhood

Growing up in India, you play a number of varieties of the game, each contributing to the development of certain skills

Helmets alone offer no guarantees

In the light of Phillip Hughes' tragic accident, it's time to acknowledge that no protection is foolproof and cricket can never eliminate risk completely