Might they have played for India?
Might they have played for India?

Indian domestic cricket is full of players who have been unlucky to miss out on national selection. Here are 11 of the likeliest contenders

In praise of Paddy and Goel paaji
In praise of Paddy and Goel paaji

Padmakar Shivalkar and Rajinder Goel, who are honoured by the BCCI this week, were so much more than hard-luck stories

The TN-Karnataka rivalry through the ages
The TN-Karnataka rivalry through the ages

The era of Madras and Mysore is long gone by, but contests between both sides have lent delicious sub-plots over the years to India's prestigious domestic competition

The loneliness of an ignored player
The loneliness of an ignored player

It can be hard to keep your spirits up when you're in the squad but never make it to the playing XI

Life lessons from a career ended by chucking
Life lessons from a career ended by chucking

Former Hyderabad fast bowler L Vasan quit the game in 1981 after he was called for throwing. He didn't let the bitterness of that experience break him

The importance of Kumble the coach for India's bowlers
The importance of Kumble the coach for India's bowlers

The new coach is already making a difference to Ashwin's overseas record, and his partnership with Kohli could be fruitful too

That '70s India-West Indies show
That '70s India-West Indies show

The rivalry has been a storied one - particularly through one decade of the 20th century

Three IPL leggies who gladdened the heart
Three IPL leggies who gladdened the heart

A look at Amit Mishra, Yuzvendra Chahal and Adam Zampa, who, along with many other bowlers, challenged the increasing dominance of batsmen in the league

Do we need to be harsher on wide yorkers?
Do we need to be harsher on wide yorkers?

Maybe it's time to give bowlers a little more leeway down the leg side and a little less on the off

Here's looking at spin in the IPL
Here's looking at spin in the IPL

The teams' slow-bowling strengths vary, but there does seem to be plenty of legbreak bowling in the offing

Does Under-13 cricket need to be competitive?
Does Under-13 cricket need to be competitive?

At such a young age, bodies are not ready to take on the burdens of specialisation and rigorous coaching. Also, let 'em just have fun

An evening with Gower
An evening with Gower

Talking captaincy, elegance and the playing of spin with the great England stylist

Are modern cricketers more open to experimentation?
Are modern cricketers more open to experimentation?

In the past, trying new deliveries and strokes in matches used to be frowned on. Not anymore

Are India's current spin trio the best of the lot?
Are India's current spin trio the best of the lot?

Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra are certainly very talented, but they will trump their esteemed predecessors only when they do well overseas

India's rule of three
India's rule of three

Ashwin, Jadeja and Mishra's performance in Mohali took you back to the heady days of the sixties, seventies, and some of eighties

That '70s Ranji show
That '70s Ranji show

Back in the 1970s India's premier domestic competition was a slightly different beast. There were more big-name stars around, for one

Those fine men of Hyderabad
Those fine men of Hyderabad

Playing alongside the likes of Pataudi, Abid Ali, Jaisimha and Abbas Ali Baig was an experience to be cherished

When Indian cricket was brimming with offies
When Indian cricket was brimming with offies

Not at all of them turned the ball into the right-hander, but they kept batsmen on their toes with variations of flight and pace

Lefties I've loved
Lefties I've loved

From Sobers to Sangakkara, plenty oozed grace at the crease. Each had his own distinctive style

A Jolly Rovers reunion
A Jolly Rovers reunion

It was all nostalgia and anecdotes when late-1960s alumni of a well known Chennai club got together one evening recently