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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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    'Not playing Test cricket isn't a tragedy, losing a son is'

Couch Talk: Barry Richards puts his shortened Test career in perspective, and talks about Bedi, Pollock and Viv

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

Would it have been different with Khaya Majola around?

Luke Alfred: Cricket in South Africa is perilously close to being irrelevant for the country's largest demographic group

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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Ojha's time to 'relax' before Test debut

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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