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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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Let us now bow to R Ashwin

Andy Zaltzman: Guess who is the second-best opening bowler in Tests this decade

    How about state funding for Tests?

Rob Steen: Lord Patel's appointment to the ECB could put the endangered format in the forefront, both financially and otherwise

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

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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

India's will to win tested by searing conditions

On a steaming Colombo day, victory did not come easily to India. But the team kept its focus, intensity and clarity of thought going, and reaped the benefits

All 60 wickets to India bowlers, and a rare comeback

Stats highlights from the third Test between Sri Lanka and India at the SSC where India completed a rare away series win

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

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

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