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The Ganguly story in numbers

Oct 10, 2008: After his 12-year international career, the stats indicate that Sourav Ganguly has largely fulfilled the potential that was obvious in his Test debut

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Overseas spinners and their woes in India

Oct 3, 2008: Indian tracks are known to aid spin, but visiting slow bowlers have struggled to turn on the magic over the last two decades

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Ponting's shot at redemption, and Hayden's rare feat

Sep 26, 2008: Why Australia's captain could turn around his poor record in India, and openers who haven't been out caught-behind too often

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Why Australia will miss Symonds in India

Sep 19, 2008: Andrew Symonds' ability to score big quickly and handle spinners competently suggests his team will miss him in India

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Great at No. 5, slouches elsewhere

Sep 12, 2008: Flintoff's remarkable recent form with the bat in ODIs against South Africa continued an extremely successful period for England's No. 5 batsmen

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Bad times for Dravid and Kallis, and England's new No. 3

Sep 5, 2008: Kallis and Dravid have been the mainstays of their batting orders for a while now, but 2008 has been a particularly bad year for both

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Call correct, call the shots

Aug 29, 2008: At some venues hosting day-night ODIs, just winning the toss might be enough

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Livewire in a graveyard

Aug 22, 2008: Surrounded by the subcontinental deathbeds, Dambulla has been the best ODI venue for bowlers

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India's middle-order blues

Aug 15, 2008: How Murali and Mendis brought about one of the worst batting displays by the Indian middle order in the last 40 years

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Why it pays to open in Sri Lanka

Aug 1, 2008: The strength of Sri Lanka's spin attack has meant opening partnerships have yielded more runs for overseas teams than those in the middle and lower orders

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England's problems with No. 6

Jul 25, 2008: England have struggled with one batting slot for more than 20 years

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Ntini and his first-Test blues

Jul 18, 2008: The difference between Makhaya Ntini's bowling average in first and second Tests of series is more than ten runs per wicket

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The best batting pitches in Tests

Jul 11, 2008: At which venues have batsmen made hay recently?

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The flattest ODI pitch in the world

Jul 4, 2008: One-day cricket isn't much fun for the bowlers at the best of times, but in the Asia Cup theirs has been an especially unenviable job

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Malik's favourite opposition

Jun 27, 2008: Shoaib Malik has thrived on the challenges of captaining Pakistan and playing India

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Australia's pace kings rise to the challenge

Jun 20, 2008: In Brett Lee and Stuart Clark, Australia have just the right men to spearhead their attack

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Splendid Anderson and his Achilles heel

Jun 13, 2008: Over the last 11 months James Anderson has been in excellent form, but he still hasn't solved the puzzle of how to bowl to left-hand batsmen

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West Indies' fourth-innings heroes

Jun 6, 2008: How Chanderpaul and Sarwan have starred for West Indies in the last innings of Tests in recent times

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The IPL's most valuable players

May 30, 2008: With the league stage of the IPL out of the way, we look at the best batsmen and bowlers in the tournament so far

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Why Rajasthan have been such a force

May 23, 2008: Which IPL teams have capitalised the most on Powerplays, and which have been the best finishers

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Might cricket ban close-in fielders some day?

Michael Jeh ruminates on health and safety issues in the game, and how we might deal with them in the future

    When Schultz slung 'em in

Luke Alfred: South Africa's Brett Schultz was fast and fearsome, but for all-too-short a while

    'My father's contribution to the game has been extraordinary'

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The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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'Why don't you admit you're an alien?'

Some of the reactions on Twitter to Virat Kohli's record-equalling hundred during India's chase in Pune

Vote - Which is the most outrageous cricket shot?

In the past week, we have seen two shots that left us awestruck: Virat Kohli's jab that sailed over midwicket and Najibullah Zadran's six over the extra-cover boundary despite slipping in the process. Will either of the two top this compilation?

Another record chase, another Kohli special

Stats highlights from the first ODI between India and England in Pune

'Yuvraj is making us believe in fairytales'

The Twitter world rose up to applaud Yuvraj Singh's hundred, in his second game since being recalled to India's ODI squad

The agony and ecstasy of Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav battled physical exertion and pain as he played the innings of his life, but there could not have been a better balm to soothe those pains than watching his team go the distance

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