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Novelist, essayist and historian based in New Delhi
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Why is Pujara given short shrift?

Aug 31, 2015: 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

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Why the Ashes is watchable and Indian cricket isn't

Jul 21, 2015: There is nothing stimulating in watching a television broadcast in which the players and commentators allow themselves to be remote-controlled by the BCCI

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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

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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

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A method to find the real world champions

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The West Indies captain grew up playing with men who never gave her an inch. That helped make her one of the best players on the women's circuit

The problem with Pakistan's chief selectors

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James Faulkner talks about the IPL, his slower balls, bouncing back from a drunk-driving episode, and bad haircuts

The fizz in Mustafizur

In a little over 12 months, he has firmly established himself as a top-notch bowler, and the captain's go-to man in the toughest situations

The Happy Families Test, and most IPL runs without a ton

Also: the highest successful first-class fourth-innings chases, and the double of 1000 runs and 100 wickets in women's ODIs

'For fast bowling you need an environment that helps you go wild'

Former Pakistan international Aaqib Javed talks about his growth as a fast bowler, the influence of Imran, and coaching UAE

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The franchise's success over the last five seasons has been built around consistency of selection and a familial atmosphere within the squad

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