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The fizz in Mustafizur

Apr 29, 2016: In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

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The chasing formula in IPL 2016

Apr 22, 2016: Teams batting second have had it all their way so far in IPL 2016, and openers have racked up some incredible numbers in chases

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Why Andre Russell rocks the 20-over format

Apr 15, 2016: Andre Russell is one of only two allrounders - Dwayne Bravo is the other - to score 2000-plus runs and take 100-plus wickets in T20s since 2013

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The Kohli and Root show

Apr 8, 2016: The 2016 World T20 saw some fine batting, but Kohli and Root stood out not just for the runs they scored, but the manner in which they got them

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Dots, boundaries, and a WT20 for spinners

Apr 1, 2016: A look at the two finalists and their run-gathering methods, and the huge role that spinners have played in the tournament so far

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A limited-overs champion

Mar 25, 2016: Shane Watson's Test career was underwhelming, but with his brute batting force and his canny bowling, he was an absolute asset in the limited-overs formats

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The Chris Gayle phenomenon

Mar 18, 2016: There are other big hitters in 20-over cricket, but Gayle's stats are far ahead of anyone else's in this format

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The AB de Villiers T20I mystery

Mar 11, 2016: Despite his outstanding ball-striking skills, de Villiers' numbers in this format are decidedly ordinary

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All-round India clear favourites for World T20

Mar 4, 2016: The hosts' superb recent form in T20Is has been due to consistency and the presence of several match-winners with both bat and ball

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Why the middle overs are key in T20Is

Feb 26, 2016: The middle overs in T20s usually don't get much attention, but how well teams perform with bat and ball in those overs often has a huge bearing on the result

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Adaptable, inspirational, inconsistent

Feb 19, 2016: Brendon McCullum made 1000-plus Test runs from three batting positions, but 21% of his Test aggregate came from just six innings

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Dissecting Suresh Raina's ODI stats

Feb 12, 2016: His stats by point of entry show that he struggles when he comes in before the 20th over, but he has been hugely successful in the middle overs

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Why Kohli is the best T20I batsman around

Feb 5, 2016: The runs he has scored and the assurance and control with which he has got them suggest so

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Stokes' all-round brilliance

Jan 29, 2016: For the first time since Ian Botham in India in 1981-82, a player scored 350-plus runs and took 12 or more wickets in an overseas Test series

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Australia's incredible winning streak at home

Jan 22, 2016: In the last two years, Australia have a 29-2 win-loss record in home ODIs, with their batsmen scoring 17 hundreds in 32 games; overseas, though, their record isn't that hot

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How Rohit became a one-day monster

Jan 15, 2016: In the last three years, Rohit has transformed into a consistent and prolific ODI batsman, consistently making big hundreds and batting deep into the innings

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The Root cause at No. 4

Jan 8, 2016: England's two-down batsmen have been the least prolific among the top eight teams in the last 40 years, but in Joe Root they have a possible long-term solution

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The curious case of Darren Bravo

Dec 25, 2015: Darren Bravo's overseas Test average is the best among all West Indies batsman, but his home numbers are surprisingly poor

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A bowling paradise where Amla and de Villiers thrive

Dec 18, 2015: South Africa presents the most challenging conditions for batsmen, but you wouldn't know that from the recent home form of their top two batsmen

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A force called Ashwin

Dec 11, 2015: This year has been staggeringly successful for Ashwin, whose Test stats in Asia compare favourably with the very best

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