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Author of Pundits from Pakistan: On Tour with India, 2003-04
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It all began in South Africa

Feb 6, 2011: Indian cricket's most successful era was ushered in at the 2003 World Cup, with some effigy-burning, banana-barfing, and sleepless nights for Tendulkar

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Here comes the flood

Jan 3, 2011: It's set to be a big year for India with Tests in five continents. If only the BCCI and the broadcasters rolled back on the hyper-commercialisation

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The decline and fall of Test cricket

Dec 13, 2010: Like children do with video games, as spectators we are going numb watching dull, futile matches and are revelling in the tiny bits of quality on display

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When cricketers age

Nov 15, 2010: Do we have the right to call for their retirements or should we let their dramas play themselves out?

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Why cricket can't pardon its sinners

Oct 11, 2010: The real world may accept the corrupt, even welcome them, but sport cannot because they break the principle sport hinges on

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Video thrills the history fan

Aug 30, 2010: The best of cricket's past can now be watched and marvelled at over and over again, thanks to YouTube

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Foxes, lizards and other bowlers

Aug 2, 2010: Amir is a bee, Asif a snake. What are Malinga and Ishant?

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Cricket, tennis and the loss of immersion

Jun 28, 2010: If you're looking for sport to convey gripping narrative and drama involving human beings under pressure, cricket is probably not the place to look these days

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Equality isn't excellence

May 31, 2010: Despite India's early exit from the World Twenty20 for a second time in a row, the BCCI hasn't grasped the harm the IPL's bloated schedule is doing

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A blueprint for the IPL

Apr 26, 2010: Corporate partnership rather than ownership might have delivered a much healthier IPL

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Aggravated by advertising

Mar 29, 2010: Watching the IPL is like encountering one of those post-modern narratives that seeks to satirise consumerism

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Keep it simple

Mar 8, 2010: The more you legislate the game, the more anal it will become

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What makes a cricketer great?

Feb 1, 2010: You could judge him by stacks of runs and wickets, elegance, or exerting considerable influence on how the game is played

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Alone in the middle

Dec 1, 2009: Why cricket, it can be argued, is even more of an individual sport than tennis

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Shane Bond the thoroughbred

Apr 9, 2007: Damaged, repaired, remade, Bond is influential as ever

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All Out Cricket: The amount of verbal and physical violence in club games is disillusioning many players and officials

Third Ground

Mudar Patherya remembers the diverse characters he met while playing at the Kolkata Maidan
The Cricket Monthly August issue

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Pat Howard, Australia's performance manager, on the challenges of shaking things up over five years of mixed results

What good are Test rankings?

Jon Hotten: They don't really provide narrative shape to the uncoordinated mess that is the FTP, but they can occasionally provide a compelling story

The hinterland of 40

Jon Hotten: At Lord's we saw three in-between scores of the sort that are as likely to annoy the selectors as excite them

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Starc zooms to 100 wickets in record time

Stats highlights of Mitchell Starc's record-breaking ODI career

Ashwin's rare double, and stellar comebacks for Shami, Bhuvneshwar

India's marks out of ten after they beat West Indies 2-0 on their Caribbean tour

Herath's masterclass, Mendis' surge, de Silva's promise

Sri Lanka's marks out of ten after they bounced back from a winless tour of England to trample Australia 3-0 at home

Similar failings mar Tests at historical venues

The lack of play in Port-of-Spain and Durban over the last four days points to a disregard for common-sense scheduling and a failure to equip grounds to deal with bad weather

Pakistan's biggest win and Wasim betters Wasim

Stats highlights from Pakistan's crushing win over Ireland in the first one-day international

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