Decline? What decline?
Decline? What decline?

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A dream gone sour
A dream gone sour

The ovation that greeted him when he walked out to bat was almost seismic in its nature, but Steve Waugh might have been reminded of the James Kelman novel, How Late it Was, How Late, where the main character wakes up one morning to find himself bl

A dream gone sour
A dream gone sour

The ovation that greeted him when he walked out to bat was almost seismic in its nature, but Steve Waugh might have been reminded of the James Kelman novel, How Late it Was, How Late

No fence-sitting, no editing
No fence-sitting, no editing

Jaywant Lele's book about his life and times at the BCCI has some telling anecdotes. Too bad it's so poorly written

Teams' rookies could look ahead with optimism
Teams' rookies could look ahead with optimism

What saved the game for West Indies was a spirit and unity of purpose that hasn't always been in evidence in the past decade, while R Ashwin and Virat Kohli showed signs of promise for India

Those majestic West Indians
Those majestic West Indians

They pulverised India on tours here, but the home fans loved them regardless because of the way they played the game

The many facets of Bedi
The many facets of Bedi

Suresh Menon's biography does justice to most aspects of one of cricket's more legendary larger-than-life characters

Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat
Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat

The latest rule changes in ODIs are unlikely to inject excitement into the format. How well the Powerplay tweaks work will depend on a team's strength, and two new balls will handicap plenty of bowlers

Why does Raina fail?
Why does Raina fail?

It's easy to dismiss him as not being a Test player, but what if none of the upcoming players the system is producing are?

India's shaky Lord's history
India's shaky Lord's history

In 15 Test visits to the famous stadium, India have finished victorious only once and have lost ten times

Beware the Caribbean curse
Beware the Caribbean curse

As India kick off their Test series in the West Indies, a look back at a few cautionary tales from the past

How the tables have turned
How the tables have turned

In days gone by, Indian sides went to West Indies with fear and trembling. Today's West Indian players would do well to look to the current crop of Indians as role models

'We're 10 or 15 years behind the curve'
'We're 10 or 15 years behind the curve'

West Indies' coach speaks about why he went back to the Caribbean and looks at the problems and challenges his side faces

Beware the IPL's success stories
Beware the IPL's success stories

When a player makes an impact in the IPL, it's no guarantee he's one for the future

Why blame players for choosing club over country?
Why blame players for choosing club over country?

The issue of loyalty is not as straightforward in cricket as in football and American sport. Ultimately it's about the players getting just reward for their talent

How do you top a World Cup win?
How do you top a World Cup win?

Some said the World Cup success would increase the fans' appetite for the IPL. That seems optimistic

West Indies search for winning feeling
West Indies search for winning feeling

West Indies have created opportunities in both of their last two matches, but perhaps the memory of winning against a big team is too hazy for them to remember how to get over the line

'When I'm playing well, I can dominate any bowling'
'When I'm playing well, I can dominate any bowling'

A chip off the Lara block, Darren Bravo was seemingly born to play cricket. And he's had plenty of help and advice along the way, not just from his illustrious relative

Team no longer dependent on Gayle - Sammy
Team no longer dependent on Gayle - Sammy

Despite succumbing to spin against England, Darren Sammy says West Indies are capable of keeping India at bay

Sammy eyes Caribbean revival
Sammy eyes Caribbean revival

Of the current squad, only Shivnarine Chanderpaul was around the last time West Indies beat England in the World Cup and Darren Sammy, the captain, hopes that this campaign could mark the turning point