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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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A sleepless night in Chittagong

George Dobell: Whether Bangladesh win or England, this Test will be one for the ages

The greatest cricketer who never lived

In our new series, we look at cricket in fiction. First up, Shehan Karunatilaka's Chinaman
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Test or T20?

Daniel Brettig: Two Australian teams will play a T20 and a Test each in two separate continents within a day next February. Is this how itineraries will be drawn up in the future?

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Candid Clarke's revelations and reckonings

Talking points from Michael Clarke's new autobiography

Asif marks first-class comeback with victory

ESPNcricinfo looks at the major talking points from the latest round of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy 2016-17

Azhar's 302 and 2, and the cheapest eight-for

Also: most wickets in a bowler's last Test, and Australia's whitewashes

An Ashwin nightmare awaits Australia

They have traditionally struggled against good offspin bowling, and the Indian spinner can now be included among the best of his kind

Dhoni's 9000 runs: 244 innings, 10109 balls

Almost two-thirds of Dhoni's 9000 ODI runs have come as captain and all of them with the extra responsibility of keeping

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