Analysis


Delhi Capitals' lack of batting depth a concern, but their bowlers are capable of offsetting that
Delhi Capitals' lack of batting depth a concern, but their bowlers are capable of offsetting that

The structure of their team would require their attack to do the heavylifting in the second Qualifier against Kolkata Knight Riders

The Chronicles of Narine: From stifled to game-breaker
The Chronicles of Narine: From stifled to game-breaker

After a 2020 IPL season that lacked spark, Sunil Narine brought his best at just the right time in 2021

How Ravindra Jadeja has developed as a formidable T20 batter
How Ravindra Jadeja has developed as a formidable T20 batter

He now has self-belief, skills, and the ability to intimidate bowlers

Raw pace and nerveless accuracy: How Umran Malik regained Sunrisers' middle-overs control
Raw pace and nerveless accuracy: How Umran Malik regained Sunrisers' middle-overs control

While Rashid Khan was taken apart, Malik put in a spell of 3-0-10-1 with an average speed of close to 150kph

Smriti Mandhana aces pink-ball test after 'two nets sessions'
Smriti Mandhana aces pink-ball test after 'two nets sessions'

This day-night Test was announced in May, but the Indian team, it turns out, got next to no time at all to work with the pink ball

How good or not has Eoin Morgan been as KKR captain? It's complicated
How good or not has Eoin Morgan been as KKR captain? It's complicated

There have been a whole lot of factors at play that make the question difficult to answer

Yuzvendra Chahal reconstructs compelling case for slow wristspin
Yuzvendra Chahal reconstructs compelling case for slow wristspin

After a lean first half of the tournament, Chahal has rediscovered his pace, accuracy and success in the UAE

Middle-and-off guards: ace or fad?
Middle-and-off guards: ace or fad?

Adam Hollioake, Mark Butcher, Graham Gooch and Rikki Clarke weigh in

Mustafizur Rahman, Kartik Tyagi pull off a coup as Punjab Kings suffer yet another meltdown
Mustafizur Rahman, Kartik Tyagi pull off a coup as Punjab Kings suffer yet another meltdown

Kings needed eight from the last two overs with eight wickets in hand, and still lost

Will Mithali Raj bat at No. 3? Can Shafali Verma silence her inner demons?
Will Mithali Raj bat at No. 3? Can Shafali Verma silence her inner demons?

Australia provide India the best opportunity to make key decisions across departments before next year's World Cup

Kent live in Darren Stevens' world as veteran lines up final glory
Kent live in Darren Stevens' world as veteran lines up final glory

45-year-old stars with bat and ball after missing quarter-final, to make point to team-mates

Tireless Jadeja's control on lifeless pitch justifies Kohli's faith in team combination
Tireless Jadeja's control on lifeless pitch justifies Kohli's faith in team combination

India have left R Ashwin out for all four Tests so far, and India's win at The Oval helped them shut out "outside noise"

England have looked outgunned and outplayed by India
England have looked outgunned and outplayed by India

In Bumrah, Rohit and Jadeja, India had players who could do what the hosts could not

Mirpur pitches could do Bangladesh's T20 World Cup prep more harm than good
Mirpur pitches could do Bangladesh's T20 World Cup prep more harm than good

They have lacked pace, produced sharp spin and uneven bounce in the series against Australia and New Zealand

How R Ashwin tweaked his line and used dip, drift and changes of pace to become the world's best Test spinner
How R Ashwin tweaked his line and used dip, drift and changes of pace to become the world's best Test spinner

He is a radically different bowler from the one he was before 2015 and the numbers say as much

Right-arm similar offers England no X-factor on day of hard toil
Right-arm similar offers England no X-factor on day of hard toil

Absence of express pace leaves England with few answers on day when India got away

Rohit Sharma walks the tightrope to his hundred
Rohit Sharma walks the tightrope to his hundred

Maiden overseas Test century contains all the familiar traits, as opener ends long wait

Ollie Pope finds home comforts in tough surroundings to power England revival
Ollie Pope finds home comforts in tough surroundings to power England revival

Crucial 81 bolsters the batting as England inch into the ascendancy at the Kia Oval

Another day in a decade of Umesh Yadav
Another day in a decade of Umesh Yadav

Yadav arrived like the culmination of India's first great pace bloom, but you're not quite sure what to make of him now

Chris Woakes shows why England are lucky to have him
Chris Woakes shows why England are lucky to have him

In another era, Woakes may well have been England's premier swing bowler for a decade