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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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    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that wickets win you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

    'A Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better

    Chance for 'mediocre' West Indies to show up England

Tony Cozier: The incoming ECB chairman's pre-series comments could motivate the hosts to show the resolve that was lacking in recent months

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (136)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun