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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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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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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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The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

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Also, losing ten-fors, and back to back Tests at Lord's

Ashwin emulates Botham with ton and seven-for

Stats highlights from the fourth day's play in Antigua where Ashwin's maiden five-wicket haul outside Asia bowled India to an innings victory

Kohli's banner day in Antigua

Stats highlights from the first day of the Antigua Test, where Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan stole the show from the hosts

Loose West Indies succumb to Ashwin's wiles

One after another, the hosts' batsmen attempted questionable flicks and drives in their second innings, disregarding the drift and dip the offspinner was generating

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