Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India batsman; commentator


Anyone thinking of South Africa 2013?
Anyone thinking of South Africa 2013?

The squad for the New Zealand series is just that, with hardly an eye on what will happen when India tour next

Is it time to bury the ODI?
Is it time to bury the ODI?

As far as the limited-overs formats go, the 50-overs game has showed it has probably outlived its usefulness

Don't blame the IPL for everything that's wrong
Don't blame the IPL for everything that's wrong

Sleaze in cricket? There was plenty of it before the IPL came along

The fans have voted with their wallets on the IPL
The fans have voted with their wallets on the IPL

The tournament now has a following independent of the Indian team's performance

The quest for three bowlers
The quest for three bowlers

Forget replacing Dravid; if India can find three world-class Test bowlers instead, they'll do very well for themselves

India must make fitness non-negotiable
India must make fitness non-negotiable

For too long they have placed a premium on skills alone, but a lack of fitness can undermine the best skills

The truth about 'unlucky' Ishant
The truth about 'unlucky' Ishant

He is known to work hard on the field but not get the wickets he seemingly deserves. Harsh but true: it's because he doesn't bowl enough wicket-taking balls

In praise of the natural game
In praise of the natural game

Injuries in cricket aren't only because of a heavy workload. There's also something wrong with how young players are being coached

Harbhajan's injured? Go figure
Harbhajan's injured? Go figure

Would his condition have come to light if he had been picked for the Australia tour? And why does the BCCI manage player injuries so poorly?

No DRS, no drama
No DRS, no drama

The Kotla Test showed that decisions unaided by technology don't always spell disaster, nor are they a mark of old-fashioned, rigid values

India needs to get bums on seats
India needs to get bums on seats

The poor turnouts, now even for ODIs, are worrying, and those with a stake in the game cannot sit back thinking TV rights will take care of everything

A bold move to drop Harbhajan
A bold move to drop Harbhajan

By axeing an underperforming senior player and favouring youth, India's selectors have shown they have learnt from the mistakes they made before the England tour

Let Kumble take charge of the Indian team
Let Kumble take charge of the Indian team

The BCCI needs to consider giving a three-member body, with Kumble as its head, complete responsibility for the side

A few urgent repairs
A few urgent repairs

India need to take a long, hard look at themselves, starting with the bowling

What's luck got to do with injury?
What's luck got to do with injury?

When a player walks off the field injured, we tend to sympathise. We need to pause to think if he is culpable

Dravid and the art of defence
Dravid and the art of defence

India's No. 3 is a living testament to the idea that you need application and will more than talent to succeed in sport

How the helmet turned cricket on its head
How the helmet turned cricket on its head

Today's cricketers don't quake in their boots at the sight of a speeding ball aimed at them. And that's a good thing

Thank god for the IPL
Thank god for the IPL

It's a retirement plan for players who struggle to make a living after their careers end

Watch out for vintage batsmen
Watch out for vintage batsmen

Now that these technically sound players have freed up their batting via Twenty20, we can expect some sizzling innings from them in the World Cup

Frozen at 18
Frozen at 18

Tendulkar has stayed on top for so long because his mind remains young and cricket remains an obsession for him