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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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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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India v New Zealand, 1st Test, Hyderabad, 2nd day

The perils of defensive captaincy

Aug 24, 2012: New Zealand were in a position to put India under pressure on the first two days but Ross Taylor's captaincy was found wanting at crucial stages

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India's selectors pick populism over vision

Aug 16, 2012: The final selections by Srikkanth's committee have sent all the wrong signals to the players and fans

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U-19's fine, but don't forget first-class cricket

Aug 10, 2012: Age-group cricket is increasingly being seen as a shortcut to the big time. We need to make sure players don't bypass first-class cricket entirely

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India, look after your young

Aug 1, 2012: Four ways the BCCI can make first-class cricket as attractive as the IPL to budding cricketers

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Temperament lets Rohit down

Jul 29, 2012: Rohit Sharma makes batting look easy, but five years since his debut, he is yet to arrive in international cricket

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Why does cricket have to be a tool of politics?

Jul 24, 2012: The rush to have India play Pakistan doesn't benefit the game or the players

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Who after Zaheer?

Jul 19, 2012: Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma are the likeliest candidates, but there are a few others who can be contenders, provided they are nurtured carefully

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Wanted: education for players on ethics

Jul 8, 2012: Why the BCCI needs to invest in systems to let players know when they may be going astray

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India's bare spin cupboard

Jul 5, 2012: Kumble's successor, Harbhajan, has faded, and the likes of Ashwin and Mishra aren't quite up to scratch yet

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Who can step into Dravid's giant shoes?

Jun 25, 2012: Three young batsmen stand out from the pack, but they need time and guidance before they can become the backbone of India's middle order

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In search of India's next Test openers

Jun 18, 2012: Why have India been so dismal in Tests abroad recently? First up in a four-part analysis: does the opening combination need changing?

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Who's mentoring India's youngsters?

Jun 12, 2012: Test prospects are not getting enough guidance, if you go by recent performances. The talent pool won't keep supplying quality players endlessly

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Flatter, faster, weaker

Jun 6, 2012: Most Indian spinners today are content to bowl wicket to wicket rather than attack batsmen with turn and bounce. The IPL is to blame to a large extent

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Educating players is the first step in tackling corruption

May 17, 2012: Also important: monitoring player agents and putting fair salary rules into place

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Take a bow, BCCI

May 14, 2012: The Indian board's decision to acknowledge the efforts of former cricketers with cash rewards is a good and much-needed gesture

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India A in West Indies 2012

Why not Harbhajan Singh for India A?

Apr 29, 2012: While the batsmen picked in the India A squad for the summer's tour of the West Indies show a move in one definite direction, the bowling ensemble seems to indicate a bit of jumbled thinking on the selectors' part

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A cricketer most evolved

Mar 19, 2012: Every time Rahul Dravid found a glitch in his batting, he did everything he could to correct it. Even when it required superhuman effort

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Why bring the spirit of the game into it?

Mar 8, 2012: When India appealed for run-out against a non-striker who was backing up, and against a batsman who touched the ball with his hand, they were following the laws. How can that be morally wrong?

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