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Two thousand Tests, I've watched them all

Jul 28, 2011: Test matches burn bright in the memory whether you watched them or not

Suresh Menon

The sport that makes the clocks melt

Jul 26, 2011: In Test cricket, like in no other game, time is a protagonist. An instant can be an aeon, hours can go by in a heartbeat

Sharda Ugra

A spinner's flight plan

Jul 24, 2011: The great spinners visualised their wickets and deceived the batsmen in the air. But why are today's bowling coaches almost always fast men?

Ashley Mallett

Whites are right

Jul 14, 2011: They're evocative, they're old-timey, they're among cricket's few constants in an age of change

Tanya Aldred

Too drained to care

May 30, 2011: You don't support your side through a World Cup win and then forget all about it inside a week to cheer them as they turn out for different teams in a Twenty20 league

Abhishek Purohit

It happened in '85

Apr 8, 2011: As the 2011 season gets underway, a county cricket watcher recalls his first year travelling the Sunday League grounds of 1980s Britain with a press pass-wielding father

Liam Herringshaw

India or Sri Lanka: whom to support?

Apr 2, 2011: Which team does a second-generation British Asian fan cheer for? It's not all that straightforward

Sahil Dutta

India v Pakistan: a fantasy

Mar 24, 2011: Will the two sides meet in this World Cup? One can but live in hope

Imran Yusuf

Hooked on torment

May 25, 2010: What are you if you switch the TV on at three in the morning knowing full well your team will probably get a pasting?

Soumya Bhattacharya

Book extract

Tout suite

Mar 7, 2010: You can't miss them if you're going to an Ashes Test in England: the bald, scarred, toothless gents who're dying to get you into the ground

Jarrod Kimber

Where did opinion go?

Feb 22, 2010: All too few men stand between us and the mind-numbing drivel that commentators and players spew these days

Sriram Dayanand

Ears glued to the cricket

Feb 14, 2010: In the years following India's independence, many fans' link to the game was the radio, usually owned by the English-speaking, all-knowing man of the town

Krish Ashok

It happened at the G

Dec 26, 2009: Living 40 minutes away from the MCG is something you can come to take for granted, a homesick Victorian realises

Jarrod Kimber

Book excerpt

Eden on an impulse

Dec 7, 2009: India v Pakistan in Kolkata, Laxman and Ganguly at the crease. Fly into town for the day?

Soumya Bhattacharya

Thank you, uncles

Oct 16, 2009: There's nothing quite like watching cricket with grumpy old men for company

Anand Ramachandran

When trickery was afoot

Sep 11, 2009: On two spinners who made the special art of deception their own, and gave the game a gripping narrative in the process

Sriram Dayanand

Old school tie

Aug 20, 2009: On meeting a childhood hero - and letting him down

Edward Craig

The loss of cricket's cadence

Jul 28, 2009: Cricket has outdone other sports in commercialisation, at the cost of the viewing experience - but perhaps that's no more than we deserve

Sriram Dayanand

Mr Backyard Cricket

Jul 24, 2009: A hunk of wood for a bat, stones for balls, his father's awkward action to face: Michael Hussey's initiation to cricket wasn't exactly indicative of what was to come

Steve Cannane

A Lahore landing

Mar 10, 2009: In 2004 Pakistan unrolled the red carpet for India. A look at the team's arrival in Lahore

Rahul Bhattacharya
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Were Indian batsmen of earlier eras better against spin?

Kartikeya Date: Quality spinners have always thrived in India, so it may not be fair to suggest that the current generation of Indian batsmen is inferior

    T20: it's a gas, gas, gas

Mark Nicholas: The Cardiff match showed the format is valid and valuable. Only, we need to be careful we don't overdo it

The travails of a middle-aged cricketer

Jonathan Wilson: When the bad days outnumber the good, and the aches and pains hasten your decline, you wonder if each game might be your last

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After spending 15 years in the domestic circuit, Naman Ojha is expected to make his Test debut in the third match, for which, he says, he is not facing additional pressure because of the long wait

Pujara's chance to beat his blues

After a ten-month free-fall, Cheteshwar Pujara will turn out for India once again at the traditional batting paradise that is the SSC. Can he make it count?

Why is Pujara given short shrift?

He averages better than Rohit Sharma but still has to fight for a place in the Test side, mostly because he doesn't play ODIs

Another bowling display of two halves

For the fifth time in the last year and a half, India had their opponents five down for less than 100 only to let the lower order off the hook

Resolute Pujara shines in stop-gap role

Cheteshwar Pujara's century was proof that at times in Test match play, survival need not mean mere tentativeness but the ability to wait for simpler things, like the loose ball

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