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The importance of the opening gambit in the IPL

May 9, 2008: The opening partnership is crucial in any form of the game, but in the Twenty20 version teams have little time to recover after an early setback

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Win toss, lose match

May 2, 2008: Much has been written about teams needing to adapt their batting and bowling strategies to the demands of the new format, but the IPL has shown that another area that needs urgent attention is captaincy, and especially the decision-making at the toss

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The marauding match-winner

Apr 25, 2008: McCullum's talent and ball-striking ability have never been in doubt, but it's only over the last 16 months that he has begun to live up to his potential as a batsman

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Bangladesh slide, Steyn and Yousuf soar

Apr 18, 2008: Bangladesh's superb performance in the 2007 World Cup suggested they were at last learning to play with the big boys, but over the last year they've slipped into mediocrity again

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Why India have been missing a Srinath at home

Apr 11, 2008: India have won only seven of their last 22 home Tests, and while their spinners have been less effective recently, that is hardly the complete explanation

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How important is Shoaib Akhtar for Pakistan?

Apr 4, 2008: Numbers can't completely explain what Shoaib has brought to the table for Pakistan, but they can help reveal the basis for some of the arguments that have been used to support or rubbish him

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Gayle and his struggle against Vaas

Mar 28, 2008: For a batsman of his ability, the manner in which Gayle has been dominated by Vaas is amazing - seven dismissals for ten runs in all

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Home truths for Sri Lanka and Jacob Oram

Mar 21, 2008: Sri Lanka's batsmen have consistently turned it on when playing at home, but most of them have struggled for runs overseas. The same can be said of Jacob Oram the bowler

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England's overseas woes

Mar 14, 2008: Since the Ashes triumph in 2005 England have done dismally overseas, with both their batsmen and their bowlers underperforming significantly

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New Zealand's best batsman, and the world's best allrounder

Mar 7, 2008: Over the last decade Daniel Vettori has offered New Zealand much more than just accurate and incisive left-arm spin

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Tendulkar and the run-chase quandary

Feb 29, 2008: Sachin Tendulkar has been outstanding when batting first in ODIs, but has been outshined by many of his team-mates in run-chases

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The new and improved Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Feb 22, 2008: When Mahendra Singh Dhoni first burst onto the international scene, he was known for his six-hitting, but over the last couple of years his batting has changed considerably

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The most successful batsmen against Murali

Feb 15, 2008: The teams, and the batsmen, who have handled the threat of Muttiah Muralitharan better than others

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A test for India's batsmen and Sri Lanka's bowlers

Feb 8, 2008: The CB Series will be a huge test for the Indian batsmen, who haven't always done well overseas, and the Sri Lankan bowlers, who have similarly struggled to turn it on abroad

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Opening worries for the Indians

Feb 1, 2008: The Indian openers' poor showing in Australia, and how they and other subcontinent opening pairs have done in pace-friendly conditions overseas

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A soft corner for Adelaide and Sydney

Jan 25, 2008: The relatively easy conditions in Sydney and Adelaide have clearly favoured overseas batsmen more than Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth

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Rearguard to the rescue

Jan 18, 2008: Australia's last five wickets cost oppositions 31 runs each, while they get the oppositions' last five out for 20 each. Clearly their lower half is their better half

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Of boundaries, dots, and everything in between

Jan 11, 2008: How teams, and batsmen, compare in terms of dot balls, singles and threes scored, and more

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The year of the No. 4 batsman

Jan 4, 2008: After playing second fiddle to the No. 3 batsmen, the No. 4s came into their own in 2007, dominating in both Tests and ODIs. Also: lefties strike it big, and how pace and spin stacked up against each other over the year

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Australia's toughest opponent, and the spin dilemma

Dec 21, 2007: India have been the one side to have consistently stretched the Australians over the last decade

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