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The charm of cricket from the past

Bare-headed wonders

Oct 21, 2004: So seductive is the aroma of the past that it can easily obscure perspective. Watching footage of old cricket matches invariably brings a terrible longing for the good old days

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A leadership crisis

Question of motives

Oct 14, 2004: Indian cricket is facing a leadership crisis

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How different pitches add flavour

A contest more equal

Oct 7, 2004: The first thing you feel upon landing in Bangalore from Mumbai on an early October morning is the crispness of the air

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What would cricket be if pitches were the same everywhere?

Variety is the spice of life

Oct 7, 2004: Cricket's greatest asset is its rich and varied temper

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Indian cricket's autumn of discontent

The sick season

Sep 30, 2004: Jagmohan Dalmiya may have dragged Indian cricket into the professional era, but he has done nothing to promote the same sort of culture within his organisation

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John Wright's contribution to Indian cricket

The Maximiser

Apr 22, 2004: Whenever I heard former Indian players talk on television about Wright's lack of fire, I have had a quiet chuckle

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Dravid - India's best batsman?

Hail the new master

Apr 15, 2004: It's time to stop fudging the obvious with phraseology

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A riveting contest at Gaddafi

The capricious world of Test cricket

Apr 8, 2004: Of all the reasons why we love Test cricket, the most compelling one is the way it reveals itself and yet holds back so much

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The throwing controversy rumbles on

Save the doosra

Apr 1, 2004: As might have been expected, an entire nation has been roused to indignation over Chris Broad's decision to report Muthiah Muralitharan's doosra as suspect

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The Indian View

The beauty of toil

Mar 25, 2004: A tape of his batting wouldn't enliven a rainy evening, but if your team had to save its skin on a dodgy pitch, Gary Kirsten's name would among the first on the sheet

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The Indian View

Two for the ages

Mar 18, 2004: For those of us bemused by the orchestrated hype around Steve Waugh's retirement, the coverage of India's tour to Pakistan has been benumbing, but fears that the good game will be buried in the cacophonic lust of marketing czars have been happily

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The Indian View

Don't burden cricket with significances it cannot carry

Mar 11, 2004: Given the bitter history that India and Pakistan share, every little thing that promotes goodwill is worth clutching at, but there is a danger here of overestimating the power of cricket

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The Thursday column

Remembering KP Bhaskar

Mar 4, 2004: I never saw KP Bhaskar play

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The Thursday column

The power of nostalgia

Feb 19, 2004: Nostalgia can be the enemy of reason, for it imbues the past with such marvelous colours and scents that reason cannot cut through fortifications

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To go or not to go

Feb 12, 2004: Safety is a matter of personal concern and players should be allowed to make the choice without the fear of recrimination

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The Thursday column

Bring on the fliers

Feb 5, 2004: The essence of sport lies in contest and cricket is in danger of limiting itself to the contest of bat against bat

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Yes to passion, no to hysteria

Jan 29, 2004: Watching Ravi Shastri and Wasim Akram do their stuff in Australia is a demonstration of what India-Pakistan cricket relations really are

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Dude, where's my country?

Jan 22, 2004: How far is nationalism taken in journalism?

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Spare the umpire

Jan 15, 2004: If Steve Bucknor is looking for some R & R, he should strike India off his list of possible destinations

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The Abhijit Kale case

Tackle the disease, not the symptom

Dec 4, 2003: The Kale case, irrespective of the truth, is only a manifestation of a serious and deep-rooted malaise

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