Dileep Premachandran


Those majestic West Indians
Those majestic West Indians

They pulverised India on tours here, but the home fans loved them regardless because of the way they played the game

Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat
Spinners and reverse-swingers under threat

The latest rule changes in ODIs are unlikely to inject excitement into the format. How well the Powerplay tweaks work will depend on a team's strength, and two new balls will handicap plenty of bowlers

Why does Raina fail?
Why does Raina fail?

It's easy to dismiss him as not being a Test player, but what if none of the upcoming players the system is producing are?

Beware the Caribbean curse
Beware the Caribbean curse

As India kick off their Test series in the West Indies, a look back at a few cautionary tales from the past

How the tables have turned
How the tables have turned

In days gone by, Indian sides went to West Indies with fear and trembling. Today's West Indian players would do well to look to the current crop of Indians as role models

Beware the IPL's success stories
Beware the IPL's success stories

When a player makes an impact in the IPL, it's no guarantee he's one for the future

Why blame players for choosing club over country?
Why blame players for choosing club over country?

The issue of loyalty is not as straightforward in cricket as in football and American sport. Ultimately it's about the players getting just reward for their talent

How do you top a World Cup win?
How do you top a World Cup win?

Some said the World Cup success would increase the fans' appetite for the IPL. That seems optimistic

A wake-up call for a cliquey sport
A wake-up call for a cliquey sport

Ireland have proudly carried the associates' standard for two World Cups in succession. They're not asking for free lunches, just for a fair chance

No one divides like Ganguly
No one divides like Ganguly

Few Indian cricketers have polarised the fans like Sourav Ganguly, evoking love and hate in near equal measure. The IPL's snub will do little to change that

No one like Steyn
No one like Steyn

He's the only one today who matches up to Lillee, Thommo, Maco, Wasim, Waqar and the other fast-bowling greats of the past

A decade of covering Sachin
A decade of covering Sachin

Charting the highs and lows, the changing roles and the changing game of the Indian legend since century No. 25

The case for Yuvraj and Munaf
The case for Yuvraj and Munaf

Despite his problems in Tests, Yuvraj Singh is an integral part of India's World Cup XI, while Munaf Patel would make an ideal third seam option

Expect the expected
Expect the expected

New Zealand have rarely challenged India in India. This tour is unlikely to change that

An India to reckon with
An India to reckon with

What would a team made of players from the side's three most successful eras look like?

From hardship to hunger for success
From hardship to hunger for success

Over the years, Australia's tours to India have changed in character: they've become more frequent, players have grown accustomed to the conditions, and the rivalry has intensified

Parochialism wanted
Parochialism wanted

For the Champions League to gain the sort of profile its football counterpart enjoys, the fans need to feel connected to their players. The current format disallows that

In quest of a perfect itinerary
In quest of a perfect itinerary

If a cricketer plays four series of three Tests and three ODIs each, a month more of limited-overs, the IPL, the Champions League, and a World Cup in a year, he could still have 12 weeks off

Nobody could have done it better
Nobody could have done it better

Murali was top of the world on the field and classy off it

The most important people in the game
The most important people in the game

Who is cricket run for - advertisers, television companies, franchisees? Is anyone thinking of the players and the fans?