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'I had no doubts' - Fleming backs Dhoni the big-hitter


Talking T20 Podcast

IPL 2018 season review

IPL 2018, the most competitive season so far?


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IPL 2018

Fans' team of IPL 2018 - VOTE NOW

Who will our readers pick in their team of IPL 2018? Make your choices now


Should Ajinkya Rahane quit T20 cricket?

Raunak Kapoor and Raunak Kapoor argue if Ajinkya Rahane's style of play is outdated in the shortest format


IPL 2018 review

Trends that made the season

Money talk: Which team had the best returns?

ESPNcricinfo looks at the most and least profitable auction punts of the season

Ngidi and Pant take Smart Stats honours

Lungi Ngidi played only seven games this season, but he made his presence felt every time, while Rishabh Pant was outstanding with the bat

Mujeeb's tricks, Gowtham's on-demand sixes

Prithvi Shaw and Deepak Chahar also make it to ESPNcricinfo's list of breakout performers

Reviewing the champions

IPL 2018

Monga: CSK prove instincts still alive in the age of analysis

After adjusting on the fly following the switch of their home ground, Dhoni's men rode the wave to finish as IPL champions

Dhoni gives players belief - Fleming

The Chennai Super Kings coach talks about how MS Dhoni brings the best out of his players


How the CSK boys celebrated their win

A quick look at how the champions reveled after victory

IPL 2018

CSK v Sunrisers, Mumbai

The Watson sponge, the Watson bludgeon

Shane Watson saw off Sunrisers' two big threats and waded into the rest of their attack, validating CSK's faith in his experience

Five reasons why CSK won the final

From Dhoni winning the toss to Watson's innings, here are five things that helped Super Kings lift their third IPL title


Age no bar: Why Dhoni and Fleming backed CSK's 'old' squad

The CSK coach also explains how shifting their home matches out of Chennai affected the team's dynamics

IPL final 2018

CSK v Sunrisers, Mumbai

How CSK can win the IPL final

Chennai Super Kings' win-loss record in the summit clash is 2-4. What can they do to turn things around?


On the road: Talking to Rohit Sharma's hair stylist


'Disappointed we couldn't play in Chennai' - Dhoni

The CSK captain also focusses on how his team needs to be careful while fielding


'IPL captaincy different from other experiences' - Williamson

He also talks about how Sunrisers have handled missing key players during the season


Swann: Rashid and Ngidi, the players to watch

Ajit Agarkar thinks CSK start as slight favourites


Who is the best captain in the IPL?


CSK's journey studded with individual brilliance

Returning after a two-year ban, the team has waltzed into the final on the back of several last-over heists


How Sunrisers got to the IPL final


KKR v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Qualifier 2

Rashid Khan found out? Not a chance

The Sunrisers legspinner's skill was questioned in April. By the end of May, he had put to rest all doubts

Top five reasons why Sunrisers beat KKR

From Rashid's cameo to Prasidh Krishna's costly over, here are five reasons for KKR's season-ending defeat


Swann: Narine as batsman was a revelation


KKR v Royals

IPL Eliminator, Kolkata

Shetty: A Royal lesson in how not to T20

In the age of real-time data and out-of-the-box thinking, Ajinkya Rahane and his team seem to be stuck in the past with only each other for company

Five reasons why Knight Riders beat Royals


Talking Points - What was Ajinkya Rahane thinking?

Trying to understand Rajasthan Royals' baffling approach to the chase, and how they lost even though they had the best of the conditions

CSK make seventh IPL final

CSK's journey studded with individual brilliance

Returning after a two-year ban, the team has waltzed into the final on the back of several last-over heists


Five reasons why CSK beat Sunrisers


Swann: Williamson could have saved Rashid for the death

Where did it all go wrong for Sunrisers?


Why is it so tough to pick Rashid's googly?

Graeme Swann explains why is it so difficult for batsmen to read Rashid Khan's googly


League phase round-up

IPL 2018

Team of 2018 - Dhoni, Williamson in; Stokes, Krunal out

ESPNcricinfo picks the team of the IPL league phase, using Smart Stats, our new way of analysing T20 cricket

Ponting on Maxwell's poor form: "I wish I knew why"

The Delhi Daredevils coach also explains why the team stuck with Maxwell in the XI despite repeated failures

Overseas players at IPL: Afghanistan ace league phase

Around $39m was spent on overseas players at the IPL auction. Country-wise, which internationals had the most and least impact so far?

IPL Team Exit Reports

Mumbai's back-up not strong enough

Graeme Swann reviews Mumbai Indians' performance in IPL 2018


Time taken to settle on best XI costs RCB dear


Daredevils fail to translate on-paper potential

What were the positives? Who were the letdowns? And what can they look forward to next season? Ajit Agarkar reviews the season that was for Delhi Daredevils


Top-heavy Kings XI waste an excellent start


Rohit's leanest IPL season hurts Mumbai

Most of his runs came while batting at No. 4, but he only batted there five times this season


Gloves Off - Are English players underperforming at the IPL?


Talking T20

A podcast with Graeme Swann

The Hundred 'done blatantly for TV' - Swann

Former England spinner doesn’t buy ‘new audience’ justification for format tweaks

'In T20, I was looking to get a batsman out, not worrying about fours or sixes'


CSK v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Pune

MS Dhoni, and managing chaos

By inverting his middle order, the CSK captain created confusion. A touch of madness, perhaps, but as always there was a method to Dhoni's madness

Agarkar: Bizarre changes from CSK in batting line-up

Ajit Agarkar and Graeme Swann also look back at Kings XI Punjab's season and how they slid out of the top four


Talking Points - What was that CSK batting order about?

Ashwin promised to defy convention in this IPL, but it was his former franchise captain who took things to a new level

CSK v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Pune

Raina, Ngidi oust Kings XI; Royals through to playoffs

Kings XI needed to win by 53 runs, but CSK cruised to victory instead in the final league game of IPL 2018

Five reasons why CSK beat Kings XI

From Ngidi's dream figures to Tye's nightmare spell, five reasons why CSK came out on top in Pune


Daredevils v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Delhi

Mumbai knocked out in another close finish

Chasing 175 in a game they had to win to make the playoffs, Rohit Sharma's team fell 11 runs short

Agarkar: If fit, Rohit should have come in at 3

Graeme Swann, meanwhile, says Amit Mishra turned the match around in the middle overs with his 3 for 19


Top five reasons why Mumbai lost to Delhi

Middle-over troubles, relay catches and more


RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

De Villiers, Moeen keep RCB alive in playoffs race

Kane Williamson and Manish Pandey carried Sunrisers Hyderabad's valiant fight into the final over with sparkling fifties

Swann: Williamson took the pressure off Pandey

Our experts, Graeme Swann and Ajit Agarkar, marvel at the skills of Kane Williamson and reckon RCB did just enough to stay alive in the tournament


Talking points: How did Thampi concede 70 in four overs?

The numbers suggest he missed a trick that could have minimised the damage. Plus, do third umpires need time limits for decisions?

RCB v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Bengaluru

RCB overcome middle-overs muddle for perfect show

Quick wickets in the middle overs have often hurt RCB's ability to finish innings strongly, but Thursday against Sunrisers was a welcome departure from the norm

Top five reasons why RCB beat Sunrisers

De Grandhomme's cameo, Thampi's erratic lengths, de Villiers' promotion and more


Siraj bowled the last over really well - Pandey

The Sunrisers batsman believes 218 was a lot to go after on the Chinnaswamy pitch and they didn't bowl well in the death overs


Mumbai v Kings XI

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Five reasons why Mumbai beat Kings XI


We've struggled to put up a team effort this IPL - Tye

After winning five of their seven games at the start of the season, Kings XI Punjab are now on the verge of elimination

Clarity important when bowling at the death - Bumrah

The Mumbai Indians fast bowler had seemed off-colour earlier in the season, but came good in a must-win game

KKR v Royals

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Kuldeep, Russell push KKR closer to playoffs

The pair was instrumental in restricting Rajasthan Royals to 142 after Jos Buttler and Rahul Tripathi had powered them to 59 for 0 in four overs

Manjrekar: When Buttler fails, Rajasthan Royals lose

Graeme Swann feels Royals should have sent in Ben Stokes at No. 3 rather than Ajinkya Rahane


KKR v Royals

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Rahane at the heart of royal slowdown

After rollicking opening against KKR, Rajasthan Royals had the momentum to build a mammoth total. Their captain's batting robbed them of that

Five reasons why KKR beat Royals


Talking Points: Dinesh Karthik, IPL 2018's best finisher?

Few dot balls, many boundaries, several not-outs. The numbers sure seem to suggest that

Kings XI v RCB

IPL 2018, Indore

My focus was on pace and bounce - Umesh

Bowl wicket to wicket and tempt the batsmen. Umesh Yadav has revealed his bowling plan that dismissed Gayle and Rahul

Top five reasons why RCB beat Kings XI Punjab

Umesh Yadav's bowling, run-outs, and more


Talking Points: Where is Kings XI's middle order?

RCB crippled the Kings XI line-up with a flurry of short balls, taking out their openers inside the Powerplay

Mumbai v Royals

IPL 2018, Mumbai

Buttler heats up playoff race by thumping Mumbai

The Royals opener scored his fifth consecutive half-century to keep his team in contention, and help CSK qualify

Top five reasons why Royals beat Mumbai

Buttler's innings, Archer's overs, and more


Super fast, or super slow? Both work for Jofra Archer

The Royals bowler beat Mumbai with speeds north of 140 kph, but also foxed them with pace south of 120

Delhi Daredevils v RCB

IPL 2018, Delhi

De Villiers and Kohli eliminate Daredevils

RCB's two biggest stars ensured Delhi Daredevils were the first team to fall out of the playoff race

Top five reasons why RCB beat Daredevils

A recap of how Virat Kohli's side overcame Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday


Who is Abhishek Sharma?

Where did Delhi Daredevils' newest teenage sensation come from?

Royals v CSK

IPL 2018, Jaipur

Five reasons why Royals beat CSK


Warne pushed Stokes to open - Buttler

The funk was on a roll in Jaipur as Rajasthan Royals surprised Chennai Super Kings with a much needed victory

Did Dhoni not allocate the death overs properly?

A look at how Royals' new opening pair made Dhoni change tactics, and where CSK lost the match

Daredevils v Sunrisers

IPL 2018, Delhi

Five reasons why Sunrisers beat Daredevils


Pant takes 70 off 24 against Rashid and Bhuvneshwar

Stats highlights from Rishabh Pant's hundred, on a pitch where his team-mates collectively scored at less than a run a ball

KKR v Mumbai

IPL 2018, Kolkata

Five reasons why Mumbai beat KKR


Talking Points - Should Chawla have bowled the last over?

He conceded 22 in the last over, even though the batsman on strike, Ben Cutting, usually struggles against spin

'Dhoni, Rohit help me grow' - Ishan Kishan

The wicketkeeper struck a match-winning 62 off 21 balls


IPL 2018

BBL hit, IPL miss?

Archer, Short, Mujeeb and the rest: How have stars from other T20 leagues fared in IPL 2018?

Can MS Dhoni continue his outstanding IPL form in international cricket?


Tait takes on NBA D-League basketballer

Can rookie Shaun Tait hold his own against pro-basketballer Palpreet Singh Brar in a three-pointer shootout?

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