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)
How we watch and respond to cricket differently depending on who's playing
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
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
Forty years ago, the Buchi Babu tournament was a crowd-puller in Chennai
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
How is it that the kids who are the best at one sport are invariably also good at others?
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?
Apart from the famous wins in West Indies and England, India spent the decade doing a fair bit of losing
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
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
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
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
A look at three returns to the top flight from the 1970s
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
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
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
And it isn't going to make them a better team, especially abroad
Selecting the selectors: a key job in Indian cricket, but who'd want to take it up?
Ben Stokes puts prep over precedent as England ease towards Pakistan challenge