The helmet effect
The helmet effect

Has protective gear resulted in inferior techniques when facing short-pitched bowling, resulting in more batsmen getting hit these days?

A captain a minute
A captain a minute

Or that's what it felt like in India at the tail end of the 1950s

Listen to Bedi
Listen to Bedi

The former left-arm spinner's trenchant views on selection, and on the treatment of India's spinners in particular, should not be ignored

Bombay local
Bombay local

A new book tries to unravel the secret behind the city's extraordinary cricket legacy, with anecdotes about the passionate following the domestic game has had there

India's one-day selection needs a rethink
India's one-day selection needs a rethink

The World Cup showed that those picking the side need to focus on the team's weaknesses and be bold enough to replace players who may have come to take their places for granted

Tahir, Ashwin and Vettori buck World Cup trend
Tahir, Ashwin and Vettori buck World Cup trend

While other spinners have struggled, the three have kept the runs down and broken partnerships through low trajectory, controlled turn and minimum width

Where have all the stylists gone?
Where have all the stylists gone?

You'll get powerful and innovative shots, spectacular fielding and express pace in this year's World Cup, but at the cost of artistry and mystery

Whatever happened to sportsmanship?
Whatever happened to sportsmanship?

The nasty behaviour we continue to see on the field is threatening to drive fans away from the game

What India's spinners are doing wrong
What India's spinners are doing wrong

They give the impression they haven't practised enough or come in with well-formed plans of attack

India's Adelaide blunder
India's Adelaide blunder

Picking a newbie as the sole spinner in the XI could be a mistake that will haunt them

Home advantage: everyone's property
Home advantage: everyone's property

In years past, the term was something of a pejorative; not so much these days, when just about every side seems to enjoy it

Remembering Budhi the dasher
Remembering Budhi the dasher

Before Sehwag, and even Srikkanth, India had a swashbuckling opening batsman who also kept wickets

Any multi-skilled bowlers out there?
Any multi-skilled bowlers out there?

Bowlers who can switch between pace and spin, left-arm and right-arm and vice versa will spice up the contest between bat and ball

The science of deception
The science of deception

Aerodynamics, biomechanics, psychology, and pitching on a length: Erapalli Prasanna and Ian Chappell on the thrill and skill of spin bowling

Don't shed tears for chuckers
Don't shed tears for chuckers

The ICC's decision to take a stricter view of throwing is an important step forward in eliminating the problem of illegal actions

Spinners need intelligent, trusting captains to thrive
Spinners need intelligent, trusting captains to thrive

A captain must be able to understand a spinner's craft if he is to manage him properly and set the right fields

It's time we had laws to eliminate sledging
It's time we had laws to eliminate sledging

Players should realise that their cricket skills speak louder than the abuse they sometimes dish out in the name of legitimate aggression

Remembering Ashok Mankad, a domestic giant
Remembering Ashok Mankad, a domestic giant

The late "Kaka" was a terrific batsman, a shrewd captain, and a wonderful raconteur. But most of all he was a genuine friend

Do India stick with the same team?
Do India stick with the same team?

Binny did well at Trent Bridge, but surely he must make way for Ashwin now?

Let's hear it for the unorthodox
Let's hear it for the unorthodox

Spinners who can't be bracketed into one style flourish today in cricket, while they struggled to make it big in the past