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Former India opener; author of Beyond the Blues, an account of the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season
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India have problems at the top and tail

Oct 13, 2015: In T20, they have issues at the head of the batting order and with their death-overs bowling

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Why senior Ranji players move states

Sep 28, 2015: When their home teams aren't interested in developing them into mentors, experienced players look for new pastures

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Backward steps costing Ballance

Jul 25, 2015: His habit of moving deep into his crease has challenged right-arm fast bowlers. The same can't be said of the left-armers

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Pace pays off for Bangladesh

Jul 14, 2015: The team's focus seems to have switched from their traditional reliance on spin, and that has shown in their results

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Don't judge Rahane on stats alone

Jul 9, 2015: While the numbers show he has indeed not been scoring freely in ODIs, he has been improving on the whole and his skills demand that he is persevered with

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Why have Jadeja and Axar gone off the boil?

Jun 20, 2015: Both left-arm spinners have fallen into a rut, and it comes down to subtle technical changes made wittingly or otherwise to their bowling

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Dhawan or Rahul?

Jun 16, 2015: It's not an easy choice for India as they go into a long home season

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Rule changes ODIs could use

Apr 3, 2015: The World Cup has breathed life into the format, but we still need to give bowlers more of a say and make the middle overs more watchable

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Why a ten-team World Cup is right

Mar 5, 2015: The sport's top event must be a high-quality affair. It's up to us to ensure that Associates get a fair chance at making the cut for it

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Can rehabilitated bowlers be as effective as they were before?

Jan 23, 2015: A bent arm helps you gain speed and add revolutions to the ball. It stands to reason that without it, a spinner's effectiveness is bound to be diminished

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The king of comebacks

Oct 12, 2013: The fact that he was on the brink of being pushed out, and running out of time, makes Yuvraj's latest return even sweeter

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Kerrigan's dream turned nightmare

Aug 23, 2013: Why does a cricketer's long-cherished hope of performing on the biggest stage often crumble on the big day?

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What's in it for India?

Jul 26, 2013: Their squad to Zimbabwe is young and inexperienced; time to experiment and hand out opportunities

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West Indies v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Kingston

Subtlety and power succeed on sluggish pitch

Jun 29, 2013: On a pitch that caused problems for most batsmen, two thrived, and in contrasting styles

Aakash Chopra at Sabina Park

Respect the fan

Jun 10, 2013: Indian cricket is where it is today because of its supporters, but their dedication is being tried by the unsavouriness surrounding the game

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What makes players cheat?

May 26, 2013: Getting away with deceit can provide a certain high. For some, the rewards of cheating will always outweigh the potential consequences

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How to turn from a nobody into an IPL star

May 23, 2013: Apart from plenty of luck, you need to pick your team wisely, bat at the top and have your captain's support

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Dravid and the art of T20 captaincy

May 15, 2013: Despite a small squad bereft of big names, Rajasthan Royals' captain has churned out win after win

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Poor pitches make a mockery of the game

Mar 27, 2013: When cricket becomes a lottery because of the playing surface, it's not fair on the players or the viewers

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What is the secret of Fletcher's longevity?

Mar 23, 2013: India's coach has clearly not produced results, so how come he has got an extension?

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Ross Taylor treats himself

How Ross Taylor reconciled with New Zealand cricket and made the highest score by a visiting batsman in Australia

Buttler plunders England record books

Stats highlights from Dubai where Jos Buttler broke his own record for England's fastest ODI hundred

A six-ton Test, and Imran's prolific 30s

Plus: most runs in a Test by a New Zealander, and c&b by the same bowler twice in a Test

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His game appears to lack emotion but it is not cold. Like Kallis, but more adaptable and with greater flair

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