The helmet
The helmet

A piece of cricket equipment that affected batting techniques - and not for the better

Parochialism wanted
Parochialism wanted

For the Champions League to gain the sort of profile its football counterpart enjoys, the fans need to feel connected to their players. The current format disallows that

In quest of a perfect itinerary
In quest of a perfect itinerary

If a cricketer plays four series of three Tests and three ODIs each, a month more of limited-overs, the IPL, the Champions League, and a World Cup in a year, he could still have 12 weeks off

Nobody could have done it better
Nobody could have done it better

Murali was top of the world on the field and classy off it

The most important people in the game
The most important people in the game

Who is cricket run for - advertisers, television companies, franchisees? Is anyone thinking of the players and the fans?

Continuity is India's strength and weakness
Continuity is India's strength and weakness

Six survivors from India's 2003 World Cup campaign are likely to play in the 2011 edition. And going by the younger talent at hand, the nation's hopes will rest on these six

When the tough got going
When the tough got going

The pitch and Asif were playing tricks, but they were up against a wizened master

Crunch time for the IPL
Crunch time for the IPL

Will the fans vote with their cash? Will the games be mind-numbing run-fests? What are the players in it for?

Hyderabad heartbreaker
Hyderabad heartbreaker

Tendulkar's 175 was the sort of innings that just had to win, but fate had other plans

An understated rivalry
An understated rivalry

An intriguing contest has built up between India and South Africa, with the intensity found on the field of play rather than in the stands

Zaheer burst sets up 2-0 victory
Zaheer burst sets up 2-0 victory

From a position of relative strength to utter disarray in the space of half an hour - that was Bangladesh's story on the final day of the series in Mirpur

India in charge despite Tamim Iqbal fireworks
India in charge despite Tamim Iqbal fireworks

A scintillating counterattack from Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh's resistance after they conceded a 311-run first-innings lead in Mirpur

Tendulkar and Dravid put India on top
Tendulkar and Dravid put India on top

Having failed to take advantage of the toss, Bangladesh paid the full penalty on the second day, as India's batsmen built up a formidable total in favourable conditions

Seamers give India early advantage
Seamers give India early advantage

A impressive unbeaten 96 from Mahmudullah rescued the Bangladesh innings from utter ignominy, but the starts squandered by other batsmen were threatening to haunt them by day's end, as India knocked off 69 runs from just 13 overs, with Virender Sehwag cr

Batting the key for Bangladesh revival
Batting the key for Bangladesh revival

After the verbal jousts that spiced up the contest in Chittagong, the teams arrived in Dhaka having proved their points in different ways

Gilly and Baz go bonkers
Gilly and Baz go bonkers

Flintoff's Edgbaston magic, a Tendulkar gem, that 434 chase, and the IPL's fiery start feature in the second part of our performances of the decade

Kohli cracks unbeaten ton as India ease home
Kohli cracks unbeaten ton as India ease home

Powered by Virat Kohli's unbeaten ton, his second in ODIs, India made short work of the target of 248 against Bangladesh in Mirpur

Ricky rampages, Shoaib sizzles
Ricky rampages, Shoaib sizzles

One of the greatest Tests of the decade, four World Cup performances, a seven-for, and a blazing double feature in the first part of our performances of the decade

Samaraweera, Perera take Sri Lanka to second successive win
Samaraweera, Perera take Sri Lanka to second successive win

Rarely does a centurion get overshadowed in a match of middling scores. But though Thilan Samaraweera finished with an accomplished unbeaten 105, the headlines were stolen by Thissara Perera, who celebrated his third cap with a power-packed 15-ball 36

Tendulkar and Jadeja give India 2-1 lead
Tendulkar and Jadeja give India 2-1 lead

After Virender Sehwag had bludgeoned 44 from just 28 balls, an unhurried and unbeaten 96 from Sachin Tendulkar took India to a facile victory that took them 2-1 ahead in this five-match series