An India-Pakistan team to beat the world
An India-Pakistan team to beat the world

Which players from the from the late-'70s and early-'80s line-ups of the two countries, would make it into a combined XI to beat the world? Here's one team

Where Walter Mitty meets Bharath Reddy
Where Walter Mitty meets Bharath Reddy

An alternative end to the 1979 Oval Test, featuring a wicketkeeper from Madras in the lead role

Beware the ire of the Indian armchair fan
Beware the ire of the Indian armchair fan

Is it likely that the higher the level at which one has played the game, the calmer and more balanced one is likely to be in reacting to its fluctuating fortunes?

In defence of the stylist
In defence of the stylist

It's something of a misconception that elegant batsmen like Rohit Sharma "throw" their wickets away

Tales of Greig and Lloyd
Tales of Greig and Lloyd

In the '70s, the two towering tourists managed to win the hearts of Indian fans with their charm and prowess

The many crickets of an Indian boyhood
The many crickets of an Indian boyhood

Growing up in India, you play a number of varieties of the game, each contributing to the development of certain skills

The characters of maidan cricket
The characters of maidan cricket

From the Nonstop Commentator to the Flat-footed Slogger - a lowdown on the players who defined Indian club cricket in the '70s

The appeal I didn't withdraw
The appeal I didn't withdraw

How long can you remember an error of judgement on the cricket field?

A soft spot for the dibbly-dobbler
A soft spot for the dibbly-dobbler

These apologetic, innocuous trundlers come in various shapes and sizes. But in the modern era, they are slowly turning into an extinct species

Don't blame the bowlers for India's sorry record overseas
Don't blame the bowlers for India's sorry record overseas

Batting collapses, even in friendly conditions, have been the chief cause

The joy of seeing a sledger receive his comeuppance
The joy of seeing a sledger receive his comeuppance

It's deeply satisfying to see a known potty mouth, especially one who has wound up your team, be defeated on the field - though it doesn't always work out that way

Let's hear it for cricket's capriciousness
Let's hear it for cricket's capriciousness

The game's idiosyncrasies can lead to plenty of talking points, but they also add thrill to the outcome

Vishy or Sunny? Venky or Pras?
Vishy or Sunny? Venky or Pras?

What sort of interminable arguments have you had with your friends and relatives about cricketers?

The boys of endless summer
The boys of endless summer

All grace, good looks and charisma, Farokh Engineer, Salim Durani and ML Jaisimha epitomised the charms of a bygone age

Test-match moments I won't forget
Test-match moments I won't forget

The scorecards of these three Tests reveal fairly one-sided games, but that wasn't the case if you had been there

The gender question
The gender question

What exactly were girls and women doing in the '70s and '80s when all of us Indian men and boys were obsessed with cricket?

When cricket crackled
When cricket crackled

Listening to radio commentary required you to construct an image from the words you heard and create a rich movie of the match in your mind's eye

How hindsight helps make cricket history
How hindsight helps make cricket history

The game is full of turning points and momentous events, but they can be recognised as such only in retrospect

Who's your second-favourite team?
Who's your second-favourite team?

Often, watching as neutrals allows us to appreciate the beauty of the game, its ebbs and flows, and the skills of its practitioners, better

Andy, Vishy and me
Andy, Vishy and me

Flashback to 1975, when the mighty West Indians came up against a pint-sized giant at the Chepauk