Cricket's twin towers of evil
Cricket's twin towers of evil

If the game's custodians are serious about stamping out fixing and chucking they must empower umpires and encourage respected players to speak out and share information about wrongdoing

Is the era of the factory-produced cricketer upon us?
Is the era of the factory-produced cricketer upon us?

Young aspirants in India today have their futures planned to a t by their parents, coaches and academies. Perhaps the old ways were better

The Pravin Tambe fairytale
The Pravin Tambe fairytale

It's a story about self-belief, dedication and the ability to chase your dreams

Fizz, flight and loop
Fizz, flight and loop

Erapalli Prasanna was a masterful conjurer and perhaps the shrewdest of India's great spin quartet

Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy
Remembering the glory days of the Hindu Trophy

One of the oldest limited-overs in India used to be a thrilling affair, with Test and club cricketers fiercely competing for the title

India's need for bowling variety
India's need for bowling variety

Why their traditional strength, spin, ought not to be forskaen in favour of pace

India should pick two spinners in away Tests
India should pick two spinners in away Tests

The team has no express fast bowler, so it's time when touring to put faith in two slow bowlers bowling in tandem

They broke the mould after Sir Garry
They broke the mould after Sir Garry

Even today - and not just to those of a certain vintage - Garry Sobers remains above every other claimant to the title of cricket's greatest allrounder

Gavaskar's stunning entrance
Gavaskar's stunning entrance

For Indian cricket fans of a certain vintage, the Caribbean summer of 1971 was the most glorious of all

A wizard called Vishy
A wizard called Vishy

Remembering a magician who invariably rose to the occasion when conditions favoured the bowlers, especially the fast men

Time to make leg slip a regular fielding position?
Time to make leg slip a regular fielding position?

Too often batsmen get away with playing loose shots behind square on the leg side. Maybe a change in the laws will help

What's competitive about ugly on-field behaviour?
What's competitive about ugly on-field behaviour?

Today's on-field aggro is no better than the worst kind of bullying by schoolboy thugs. It's time to outlaw such conduct

Ashwin in the offspin pantheon
Ashwin in the offspin pantheon

He is among the most successful bowlers of his kind, and excitingly, his best may yet be ahead of him

The art of Bishan Bedi in prose
The art of Bishan Bedi in prose

Suresh Menon's biography on the great Indian left-arm spinner is essential reading for all young tweakers

Could Tendulkar have turned into a great allrounder?
Could Tendulkar have turned into a great allrounder?

One can only wonder what might have been had he persisted with his bowling throughout his career

Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs
Eight ways to empower bowlers in ODIs

If we don't want limited-overs cricket to turn into one-sided massacres, we need to change some rules and encourage attacking fields

The fearless Indian scourge of chucking
The fearless Indian scourge of chucking

Back in the 1970s and '80s, a certain umpire took it upon himself to rid the game of throwing

Two teams for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka?
Two teams for Tamil Nadu and Karnataka?

The decline of two southern Indian teams may paradoxically have to do with a surfeit of talent, not a lack

How do bowlers adapt to different wickets?
How do bowlers adapt to different wickets?

There's plenty of discussion on what batsmen ought to do when encountering challenging pitches, but much less for bowlers

The Oval regales
The Oval regales

Memories, close-in cordons, and tactical prophecies: the joys of Test cricket in England