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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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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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Why's Ojha not playing against Australia?

Mar 13, 2013: There may be plenty of left-hand batsmen in the opposition, but it still doesn't make sense to leave your best bowler out of the side

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You need the Kumbles and Dravids, not just the Tendulkars

Feb 20, 2013: How do we assess talent? And why do we persevere with players who we believe have special skills even when they don't display them consistently enough?

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The Ranji Trophy needs neutral venues

Feb 4, 2013: And a tweak to the points system so that there are more outright wins

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Build cricket centres, not stadiums

Jan 29, 2013: Plenty is spent in India on building stadiums that lie idle for months on end. How about building more grounds that are available to up-and-coming cricketers all year-round?

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Who after Fletcher?

Jan 21, 2013: In the past Indian coaches have been appointed based on what they achieved in their playing careers; the current team cannot have one of those

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Criticise their skills, not their commitment

Jan 7, 2013: There's plenty to fault in India's performances in the last 18 months, but the players' lack of intent isn't to blame

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Where are India's next Test openers?

Dec 25, 2012: The domestic circuit isn't producing batsmen with the skills and temperament for five-day cricket. A certain T20 league is to blame, though not entirely

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What's going wrong with India's spin tradition?

Dec 5, 2012: The call for seamer-friendly wickets, and the spinners' own over-defensive mindsets may be to blame

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Dhoni: from instinctive to inflexible

Oct 9, 2012: India's captain has increasingly become rigid in his tactics when the team needs him to be unconventional

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World Twenty20 2012

Dhoni faces tough calls

Sep 18, 2012: After a golden run in his first few years, India's captain faces searching questions in the format that first brought him glory

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