Hectic and surreal
Hectic and surreal

I’ve covered cricket tours before, but nothing as hectic and, frankly, surreal as this

English interests
English interests

But today, if Shane Warne is good enough to pick him for the Royals against Kolkata Knight Riders in sweltering Jaipur, our numbers will balloon by one: step forward Dimitri Mascarenhas

Momentum is over-rated
Momentum is over-rated

“We’ve got the momentum,” says a captain, moments before losing the toss on a flat one and conceding 350 on the first day

The aftermath of The Slap
The aftermath of The Slap

Since everyone has been up in arms about The Slap (and it’s only a matter of time before the words are followed by a little ™ and we can all buy the DVD), it’s tempting to wonder exactly whether many losers have actually emerged from yesterday’s

Indian Foreign Legion?
Indian Foreign Legion?

One of the many familiar grouses about the county game is the way in which English players can generally rely on an overseas team-mate to dig them out of yet another hole

Slapgate - the IPL's first controversy
Slapgate - the IPL's first controversy

Harbhajan Singh’s alleged slapping of Sreesanth – or push, or comment, or tickle, or whatever it was that reduced Sreesanth to tears in Mohali last night – is all the more bizarre for occurring between players who, despite recent on-field tensions,

Warne, a pocketful of sunshine
Warne, a pocketful of sunshine

Storm in the cheering corner
Storm in the cheering corner

Do cheerleaders add glamour to the game

Random thoughts from the first leg
Random thoughts from the first leg

This is my ninth day in India, so I thought it was time to take stock and pass on a few things I’ve learned …

Expect the unexpected
Expect the unexpected

Shah Rukh and the cult of celebrity
Shah Rukh and the cult of celebrity

The cricket uses the celebs to feel good about itself; the celebs use the cricket to stay in the headlines

Shrinkage
Shrinkage

And there I was thinking India’s initial reluctance to embrace Twenty20 was because the format offered fewer ad breaks than the 50-over game

In need of an identity
In need of an identity

Just how popular is cricket in India?
Just how popular is cricket in India?

We've been expecting you, Mr Khan
We've been expecting you, Mr Khan

An Englishman at the IPL
An Englishman at the IPL

Predictions seem futile, but underlying it all is the thought that a successful tournament here could change the structure of the English game for good

Lambie and I
Lambie and I

'Twas a bond that brooked neither stats nor sense

Covered pitches
Covered pitches

The advent of covered pitches had significant effects on spinners, and served to make wickets all over the world uniform

And the winner is...
And the winner is...

A former bludgeoner, two former England keepers, a stocky allrounder, a fingerspinner, and a future KP, in our awards for the season

Leading from the front
Leading from the front

No 10 in our series of Kevin Pietersen's top ten innings