Sharda Ugra

Sportswriter


Mission 2028: what does cricket's road to the Olympics look like?
Mission 2028: what does cricket's road to the Olympics look like?

Cricket is officially making its push for the Los Angeles Games, but it has to hurdle many practical and logistical challenges on the way there

The balls of the century, No. 10: Shane Warne to VVS Laxman
The balls of the century, No. 10: Shane Warne to VVS Laxman

Sometimes even a stock delivery can look spectacular (and change the course of a series)

The balls of the century, No. 13: Irfan Pathan to Adam Gilchrist
The balls of the century, No. 13: Irfan Pathan to Adam Gilchrist

The whiplash departure. The death wobble. The fatal yorker

Chetan Chauhan: bat like you're the last man
Chetan Chauhan: bat like you're the last man

In an age of modest achievements for Indian cricket, he was a stalwart partner to the only star

Whatever happened to Ravi Shastri 1.0?
Whatever happened to Ravi Shastri 1.0?

When did the outspoken rebel, who always put players' interests first, turn into an establishment man?

Remember the 'cursed' West Indies rebels who toured South Africa in the '80s?
Remember the 'cursed' West Indies rebels who toured South Africa in the '80s?

A new book sheds light on the lives of the 20 cricketers and the aftermath of their historic decision to play for apartheid pay

'There has to be a format where the bowlers are able to challenge batters'
'There has to be a format where the bowlers are able to challenge batters'

Sachin Tendulkar talks about how ODIs are skewed in favour of batsmen, and looks back to his landmark Sharjah innings against Australia 22 years ago

Sanjeev Chawla's arrest logical follow-up, says former Delhi police chief
Sanjeev Chawla's arrest logical follow-up, says former Delhi police chief

It's a chance to look at the case from a wider perspective, BCCI and ICC should also be involved now

What do India's cricketers have to say about the protests in the country?
What do India's cricketers have to say about the protests in the country?

The fans want their heroes to speak up at times like these

The good, bad and thorny of Indian cricket
The good, bad and thorny of Indian cricket

The seventh edition of the Wisden India Almanack turns the spotlight on the big issues, and more besides

What Sourav Ganguly needs to do as head of the BCCI
What Sourav Ganguly needs to do as head of the BCCI

He only has ten months, but there is plenty he can achieve if he wants to. Here's a list of things he needs to tackle

India have amazeballs fast bowlers? Surely I'm dreaming
India have amazeballs fast bowlers? Surely I'm dreaming

An Indian fan accustomed to the gentle speeds of Indian quicks of the '80s and '90s struggles to comprehend that her team now has a fearsome pace attack

Cricket in the age of Empire
Cricket in the age of Empire

History, geography, princes and politics meet in Prashant Kidambi's book on the first Indian team's tour to Britain

A tale of match-fixing, told by a cop
A tale of match-fixing, told by a cop

A new novel looks at nefarious doings in the women's game in Pakistan

Wahab Riaz dreamed he would be picked for the World Cup. And then he was
Wahab Riaz dreamed he would be picked for the World Cup. And then he was

The Pakistan veteran of three World Cups very nearly didn't make it to his third

'We were in control but it slipped' - Nicholas Pooran on disappointment of defeat
'We were in control but it slipped' - Nicholas Pooran on disappointment of defeat

Nicholas Pooran scored his maiden hundred but was unable to be West Indies' saviour

Mohammed Shami shows the Maestro in him to stop the music for West Indies
Mohammed Shami shows the Maestro in him to stop the music for West Indies

In a week, Shami went from back-up to match-winner. In six balls, he let West Indians know their World Cup was over

Gayle, Holder urge the West Indies rookies to become "rock and soul"
Gayle, Holder urge the West Indies rookies to become "rock and soul"

Patience around the West Indies young stars, like the team's chances at the World Cup, is starting to run out

Philosophical Kagiso Rabada takes in the lessons of a chastening World Cup
Philosophical Kagiso Rabada takes in the lessons of a chastening World Cup

The fast bowler did not think the early exit was the lowest point of his career, but admitted that he had slipped up with his execution during the tournament

When Pakistan needed some magic, Haris Sohail conjured the spell
When Pakistan needed some magic, Haris Sohail conjured the spell

Haris unfurls a magical mystery tour at Lord's to keep Pakistan hopes alive as South Africa's vanish