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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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What's eating Cheteshwar Pujara?

Aug 8, 2016: India's solid No. 3 has been looking out of sorts lately. The problem seems more mental than anything else

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Will playing the Ranji Trophy at neutral venues work?

Jul 6, 2016: There's a strong case to be made for the change, because the gains outweigh the downsides

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How much is a century against Zimbabwe worth?

Jun 21, 2016: Cricket stats need to take into account various contextual factors relating to players' and teams' performances if they are to be meaningful

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What makes legspinners successful in T20 cricket?

May 14, 2016: Batsmen are often forced out of their favoured hitting zones when the ball spins away, and the lack of bounce plays a part as well

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What Dhoni can learn from McCullum

Jan 19, 2016: The New Zealand captain's gamble of attacking with his main bowlers paid off during the World Cup. Dhoni could take a leaf out of his book

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Where should Dhoni bat in ODIs?

Jan 10, 2016: The seeming vacillation and inconsistency over Rahane's place in the order tells a story - and it does not say good things about India's captain

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What we have learnt from Kohli's first year as Test captain

Jan 4, 2016: He goes by his gut and wants to mould the team in his own image. But is he getting the right sort of support and advice?

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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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