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'When you've played at the top, it's hard to settle for second-best'

Mar 29, 2012: Rahul Dravid looks ahead to life after retirement, back at his career and captaincy, and at the changing status of Test cricket

Interview by Sharda Ugra

'I just try to convey my enjoyment of cricket'

Jan 30, 2012: Now as 40 years ago, Bill Lawry can get excited at the drop of a hat - by a shot, a ball, a catch. His job, he says, is to make the man in the garden come into the house to check what happened

Interview by Sidharth Monga

Tim Nielsen

'It would've been hypocritical for me to cry and carry on'

Nov 4, 2011: The former Australia coach talks about losing his job, Australia's last two Ashes, Greg Chappell, and the captaincy of Ponting and Clarke

Interview by Daniel Brettig

Tim Nielsen

'We became more mortal than in the past'

Nov 3, 2011: The former Australia coach looks back at his trying tenure when Australian cricket lost big names, dealt with controversy, and coped with becoming one of the rest

Interview by Daniel Brettig

'A bad captain can make a great team look ordinary'

Sep 22, 2011: India's youngest and most distinguished captain on the importance of honesty, transparency and inspiration when leading a side

Interview by Sambit Bal

'Will Fletcher risk annoying a lot of people in India?'

Sep 7, 2011: Nasser Hussain looks at the challenge ahead of his former coach, his own experience as a British Asian captaining England, and how to balance cricket's three formats

Interview by Sharda Ugra

Nasser Hussain

'As captain you need people to want to play for you'

Sep 6, 2011: The former England captain talks about leadership, the captaincy styles of Strauss and Dhoni, and more

Interview by Sharda Ugra

Harbhajan Singh

'If the critics think I could have taken four, I feel I could have taken six'

Jul 12, 2011: The latest entrant to the 400-club aims for another 200, beats himself up for his bad spells, and talks about how he's better when he's calm and composed

Interview by Sriram Veera

John Wright

'To become a good coach you need to have good cricketers'

Apr 21, 2011: John Wright talks about the place of coaching in the modern game and looks at his assignment with New Zealand, as well as his time with India a few years ago

Interview by Sharda Ugra

Kumar Sangakkara

'My decision may have been selfish but it was right'

Apr 12, 2011: Kumar Sangakkara explains why he stepped down from the captaincy and looks back at his two years in charge

Interview by Sriram Veera

Rahul Dravid

'There are no easy catches in the slips'

Dec 28, 2010: The first man to take 200 catches in Test cricket, Rahul Dravid speaks about what it takes to stand in the cordon

Gary Kirsten

'If you are not in the team, you are doing something wrong'

Nov 9, 2010: India's coach looks ahead to the next year: playing the World Cup and 14 Tests, building up the bench strength to deal with retirements, and his high points so far

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Gary Kirsten

'It's exciting to see the younger cricketers wanting to play Tests'

Nov 8, 2010: India's coach looks back at his two and a half years with the team: from building one-on-one relationships to putting himself in a player's shoes before offering advice

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Shane Bond

'I love Test cricket, but I'm also a realist'

May 11, 2010: Shane Bond explains his retirement from long-form cricket, and talks about New Zealand's talent pool, his likely successors, and his plans for the future

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Sanath Jayasuriya

'I'd like to play for another six months'

Dec 27, 2009: Jayasuriya on his immediate goals, the captains and coaches he's played under, his favourite opposition and his best innings

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Sanath Jayasuriya

'Winning for Sri Lanka is what I enjoy the most'

Dec 26, 2009: Twenty years into an extraordinary international career, Sanath Jayasuriya looks back at his humble beginnings and the people who made his rise possible

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Virender Sehwag

'I've never been in the zone'

Sep 17, 2009: In the second part of the interview, the most destructive batsman of our era talks about his respect for Tendulkar, playing spinners, and the influence of various coaches on his game

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Virender Sehwag

'Sometimes I play according to the situation'

Sep 16, 2009: Last five overs of the day? Forget the nightwatchman, I'll take 25 runs. Modern cricket's greatest maverick batsman speaks about the method in his madness in the first instalment of a two-part interview

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Allan Donald

'I wanted to be the bloke who took a five-for'

Aug 31, 2009: Aspiring to get 300 wickets is all very well, but White Lightning set himself short-term targets. His secret? Wanting to pummel the opposition into the ground

Interview by Nagraj Gollapudi

Rudi Koertzen

'If you have to use technology, use it fully'

Jul 22, 2009: His 100th Test turned out less than auspicious when he found himself at the centre of several claimed catch controversies. Rudi Koertzen reflects on the issues confronting umpiring, his time in the game, and what keeps him going

Interview by Alex Brown
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Keep calm. Misbah is here

Pakistan's thrilling triumph at Lord's was underscored by their captain's serenity

West Indies need to paper over bowling cracks

The hosts' pace attack, with a combined experience of 31 Tests and 56 wickets, is a candidate for being their weakest ever, yet India cannot simply show up and expect to win

Yasir's 13 going on 100, and 42-year-old centurions

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England played a full part in a compelling Test, but if they are to continue to evolve as a Test side the top order has to shape matches

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