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Refreshing the one-day game

Twelve-man XIs and quartering the game

Jan 20, 2005: The noble, the wise and the adventurous have spoken

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The road ahead for BCCI

Mahendra's chance to be his own man

Jan 13, 2005: The only way for the BCCI's new president, Ranbir Singh Mahendra, to show that he is his own man is by acting like one

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BCCI's scheduling problems

Last-minute specialists

Jan 6, 2005: The BCCI believes scheduling is a job best left till the last hour

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A matter of degrees

Catching out the throwers

Dec 23, 2004: That India hasn't worked itself into a state of paroxysm over Harbhajan Singh's doosra being reported as suspect is perhaps indicative of two things

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Accepting the master's change

Let's see Sachin with a new eye

Dec 16, 2004: We continue to expect the fizz and abandon of a 19-year old from a 31-year old man with a wife and two children

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What Test cricket's minnows really need

Back to school for Bangladesh

Dec 9, 2004: A Test is about to begin, and once more watching cricket will seem like work

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Lloyd's ban on Ganguly

The over-rate conundrum

Dec 2, 2004: Laws have been made, and they need to be enforced

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The batsman who confounds orthodoxy

Virender Sehwag's Brave New World

Nov 25, 2004: You look at Virender Sehwag's Test record and stagger at the sheer impudence of it

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Needs to consider his future in ODIs

Decision time for Anil Kumble

Nov 18, 2004: Anil Kumble has become a better Test bowler but is clearly a lesser bowler in one-day cricket than before

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India's wicketkeeping woes

A costly infatuation

Oct 28, 2004: Sambit Bal points out the flaws in Parthiv Patel's wicketkeeping

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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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