A team that could beat the best of Bombay
A team that could beat the best of Bombay

An all-time Karnataka XI, featuring one current batsman and several legends of Indian cricket

When you're neutral (calm) v when you're partisan (crazy)
When you're neutral (calm) v when you're partisan (crazy)

How we watch and respond to cricket differently depending on who's playing

The best of the Bombay boys
The best of the Bombay boys

Which players would make it to an all-time XI of the powerhouse Indian domestic side?

In praise of two batsmen who chose to be dour
In praise of two batsmen who chose to be dour

Chetan Chauhan and Yashpal Sharma had shots in their repertoire but put them away to play it safe for the sake of the team

R Prabhakar, the obscure cricketer imprinted on my mind
R Prabhakar, the obscure cricketer imprinted on my mind

Forty years ago, the Buchi Babu tournament was a crowd-puller in Chennai

Heroes and mobs: my first live match
Heroes and mobs: my first live match

A nine-year-old's initiation into big-time cricket, featuring Prasanna, Lawry, Gleeson and a boisterous Bangalore crowd

The jack of all sports
The jack of all sports

How is it that the kids who are the best at one sport are invariably also good at others?

The shades of 1976
The shades of 1976

Forty years later we can understand that famous English summer in a more nuanced way

Were the '70s really a golden era for India?
Were the '70s really a golden era for India?

Apart from the famous wins in West Indies and England, India spent the decade doing a fair bit of losing

When sixes were rare
When sixes were rare

In decades past, when a batsman cleared the boundary in a Test match, it was quite the event

Feasting, grooving, dancing at Chepauk
Feasting, grooving, dancing at Chepauk

In the '70s, home-cooked South Indian lunches and Hindi film music contributed to the experience of a Test match day in Madras

The Sri Lanka I grew up on
The Sri Lanka I grew up on

They were a competitive side in the '70s, but it's a pity that not all of their finest players of that era got to play Test cricket

Cricket in paradise
Cricket in paradise

Letter from... Honolulu

When is a poor decision a masterstroke?
When is a poor decision a masterstroke?

In sport, luck plays a big role in determining whether a tactical move on the field will pay off or not

What comebacks tell us about cricket cultures
What comebacks tell us about cricket cultures

A look at three returns to the top flight from the 1970s

Three proposals to enliven Test cricket
Three proposals to enliven Test cricket

There's only one way the five-day game ought to go, and that's in the opposite direction of what we saw in the Delhi Test

The kinaesthetic beauty of timing
The kinaesthetic beauty of timing

When batsmen transfer their body weight and movement precisely into the point of contact between bat and ball, the results can be glorious

A fast bowler India might have had
A fast bowler India might have had

Pandurang Salgaoncar silenced a Chepauk crowd by dismissing the likes of Viswanath and Pataudi cheaply in a Duleep game in 1972-73. Strangely it didn't get him an India cap

India's aggression leaves a bad taste in the mouth
India's aggression leaves a bad taste in the mouth

And it isn't going to make them a better team, especially abroad

Hit and giggle
Hit and giggle

Some lesser-known (and possibly apocryphal) cricket anecdotes