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The next Lara?

May 26, 2006: Ramnaresh Sarwan has outstanding ODI stats, but his Test numbers need some work

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India's amazing middle order

May 19, 2006: The key to India's wins in run-chases has been the manner in which their middle order has reacted to the pressures of getting to a target

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Too much cricket, or too much talk?

May 12, 2006: For all the talk about an overkill of cricket in the last few years, it's interesting to note that 2005 wasn't by any means the busiest in the calendar over the last ten years

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The myth of the improved tailender

May 5, 2006: Is the average lower-order batsman today better than his corresponding number from yesteryear?

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The most consistent and prolific batsman of all

Apr 28, 2006: Averages are a good measure of a batsman's calibre, but here's method which attempts to combine big scoring with consistency

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The difference between Tendulkar and Dippenaar

Apr 21, 2006: How averages are not so much a matter of getting starts but converting them, and the batsmen who thrive on not-outs

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Batting at the crunch, and outdoing the best legspinner

Apr 14, 2006: Which are the teams that are most affected by the pressures of batting in the second innings, and for which sides does it not matter much

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The new and improved Ntini

Apr 7, 2006: Makhaya Ntini has shown over the last 15 months that he can crank it up against the best batsmen in the world, while Pakistan's ability to come back from the dead was confirmed at Kandy

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Langer's landmark, and Ponting the pulveriser

Mar 31, 2006: As a crowd-puller, Justin Langer doesn't rank among the top names in a star-studded line-up, but his contribution to the juggernaut called the Australian cricket team has been immense

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Maestros on the decline, and Pakistan's double-whammy

Mar 24, 2006: Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Adam Gilchrist have all been struggling for runs for a while now. Is this their worst slump in international cricket?

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More than a wall

Mar 17, 2006: Rahul Dravid has risen from a good batsman to one of the world's best. His journey in numbers

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India's battle against left-hand batsmen

Mar 10, 2006: Do Indian bowlers struggle more than most against letf-handers, or are they generally toothless against most batsmen?

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Ashraful's battle to make his mark

Mar 3, 2006: Mohammad Ashraful has the talent, but consistency is one virtue he has struggled to achieve so far

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Trial by spin awaits England

Feb 24, 2006: Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh will be licking the chops in anticipation of bowling to England's batsmen

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Shoaib Malik's resurgence, and hot chasing streaks

Feb 17, 2006: Shoaib Malik's batting has been quite exceptional since Bob Woolmer took over as coach, while India are closing in on the record for most number of successive wins when batting second&

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Why the Supersub isn't a super idea

Feb 10, 2006: The Supersub system hands over too much advantage to the team winning the toss, and must be changed

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Where toss is key, and Tendulkar's drought

Feb 3, 2006: The venues where losing the toss is a blessing, Tendulkar's slump in form and Dippenaar's rising stock

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Prolific partnerships, and one-sided triangulars

Jan 27, 2006: Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf are fast moving up the ladder among Pakistan's top batting pairs, while this season's VB Series is a rare three-way contest

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A lowdown on lbws

Jan 13, 2006: Has the frequency of lbw decisions increased over the years? The Numbers Game find out

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The enigma called Jacques Kallis

Jan 6, 2006: He has played almost 100 Tests, averages nearly 57, has scored runs against allcomers in all conditions, and was recently named the ICC's Player of the Year, but Jacques Kallis has hardly got the kind of acclaim you'd expect a batsman to receive after all

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