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Novelist, essayist and historian based in New Delhi
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The emirate of Indian cricket and its subjects

Jan 29, 2015: What sort of cricketing culture sees conflict of interest as normal? The answer lies in the history of cricket administration in India

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An Indian original

Jan 9, 2015: As captain, MS Dhoni was wholly himself, unflappable, and a desi to boot

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We need to think about the role of the bouncer

Dec 23, 2014: To consider banning it in the wake of Phillip Hughes' death may be knee-jerk, but to refuse to consider the pros and cons of a ban is unwise

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Shades of Gavaskar

Jan 4, 2014: There's an implacable soundness about Cheteshwar Pujara, the best young batsman in the Test-playing world

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A farewell left too late

Oct 14, 2013: Tendulkar's legacy has been diminished by his long twilight, and the team he served for so long with such distinction has been damaged too

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Why laissez faire won't do for Test cricket

Jun 24, 2012: For the five-day game to survive, we need a BCCI that harnesses the market and tempers its profit-maximising logic to create a stable environment for the format

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How not to close a great career

Apr 8, 2012: Sachin Tendulkar's media blitz in the wake of his 100th hundred has been unseemly and cheapens his legacy

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Why the 100th doesn't matter

Dec 3, 2011: An "international hundred" is an artificial landmark and we don't need to be flying into a frenzy because Tendulkar is on the brink of a hundred of those

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Cricket's modern Zen master

Nov 8, 2010: It is tempting to see Virender Sehwag as a product of the limited-overs age, but he uses more or less orthodox strokes. The key to his success is that he has the ability to live in the present

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Haunted by virtue

Aug 10, 2009: A drug-testing regime as invasive as WADA's needs to be vigorously debated, and thanks to the opposition from India's cricketers maybe it will now be

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Lessons from Lahore

Mar 5, 2009: The notion of cricketers being immune to attacks was a myth that should never have been put to the test

Easy lies the head

Oct 28, 2008: Dhoni is different from other India captains, principally in the poise and calm he brings to the role

The last tour

Sep 25, 2008: Why the Australia series marks the end of India's great middle order, and even, possibly, of the primacy of Test cricket

Spin kills

Aug 22, 2008: Never before Mendis has a spinner dominated Indian batsmen so comprehensively and collectively

The politics of morality

Jul 3, 2008: The West's hypocrisy over Zimbabwe may feel obnoxious, but the BCCI has to decide whether it wishes to be the patron-in-chief of a dysfunctional and compromised cricket body

V for Vendetta

Jun 13, 2008: Try as it may, it will take the BCCI some effort to make people believe legends like Kapil Dev didn't exist

Where to now, Test cricket?

May 17, 2008: Test cricket's virtues have become sins in the new age, and that is why aficionados fear Twenty20: for the threat it poses to the highest form

Why the IPL should fail

Apr 25, 2008: There is a real possibility the league will work, but the cricket played so far has been low-grade rubbish, and the whole thing deserves to fall on its face

No room for bigotry

Oct 20, 2007: Racism among Indian cricket watchers is alive and well and needs to be acknowledged, and then tackled ruthlessly

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    Come fly with me

Diaries: Sharda Ugra finds Hamilton's laid-back charm hard to resist, and summons up the courage to leap off the tallest building in the hemisphere

    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that taking wickets wins you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

    'A Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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Wet weather dulls India's threat perception

The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

From 110 to 150 kph, the Wahab Riaz story

As a six-year-old, he watched Wasim Akram at the 1992 World Cup and decided that he would be a left-arm fast bowler. As a man, he put on a show very nearly as memorable as Wasim's 23 years before

The battle of the bullies

This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

Dhoni masters numbers game to crack ODI code

Over the last few months, he has slowly moved from a flashy finisher, to a more measured risk manager

Time slips by South Africa once again

It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

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    The battle of the bullies (236)

    This contest brings together a belligerent bunch of brats and braggers from two countries that are so different, yet share rampant egotism and a high opinion of themselves

    India swept away by Australia's depth (183)

    India's Plan A in this World Cup had worked flawlessly over seven matches. When they came up against the toughest opponents in the World Cup, however, they were left scrambling for a back-up plan

    Time slips by South Africa once again (147)

    It was Grant Elliott and New Zealand's time in Auckland. Not South Africa's. But the Proteas will leave this tournament wondering when that will ever change. Maybe next time.

    Wet weather dulls India's threat perception (140)

    The SCG might be India's preferred semi-final venue at this World Cup, but persistent rain in the lead-up has left them worried their spinners may not get the help they are widely expected to

    The greatest time of our lives (137)

    Whatever happens, the Australia-New Zealand World Cup final at the MCG will be the most divine fun